Where are the best waterfront restaurants in Newport?

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Melanie Nayer

It’s hard not to stumble across waterfront dining in Newport. Whether you’re strolling around the boardwalks after a day at the beach, or you want something a little more formal, Forbes Travel Guide Editors found a slew of eateries with a water view in this Rhode Island coastal town.

The West Deck, located at Waites Wharf, is a local favorite for watching the sunset over the water. Belly up to the bar and watch the chef cook the night’s specialties while the water dances the background.
The Black Pearl on Bannister’s Wharf is where wine lovers will meet for rare bottles and unique pours on the water, but it’s the clam chowder that has people returning year after year.

Muse at the Vanderbilt Grace hotel is located on the water, and while you won’t be able to overlook the ocean from your table inside this fine-dining spot, you’ll have a great views of the water during an after-dinner stroll along the magnificent Cliff Walk.

Castle Inn and Resort is typically booked during the summer months for weddings and events, but if you’re here off-season you can grab a table at the resort’s restaurant or bar for sweeping views of the water.

For a more low-key waterside dining experience, head to The Pier Restaurant off Thames Street. The street is famous for its bars and nightlife, but you can avoid the chaos by scoring a water view table at The Pier and kicking back with the restaurant’s live entertainment.

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