My boyfriend and I are visiting Newport in a couple of weeks and we’re looking for some good restaurant recommendations. We’re both in our late twenties / early thirties and are looking forward to our romantic getaway weekend from the city. The types of restaurants in the city we like are upscale casual, neighborhood bistros with great food and lots of character. For Newport, we’re looking for a couple of dinner spots that are romantic with a nice atmosphere, but still casual and moderately priced (around $20-25 for entrees.) It would be nice to have dinner one night at a restaurant that is very representative of Newport – perhaps a great seafood restaurant? The next night, we’d like to depart from seafood / New England fare and try something different.
We’re staying at a bed and breakfast, so we will have a large breakfast provided to start our day. We’ll probably go somewhere in the afternoon for a snack and drinks, somewhere fun and casual for relaxing in the afternoon after a day of sightseeing, so please feel free to recommend locations for that as well.
To break it down, we’re looking for:
Dinner Friday night
Dinner Saturday night
Bar / Afternoon snack locations
After reading through various forums, the following restaurants sound appealing for dinner reservations. Any comments, suggestions, additions, or subtractions to the list would be super helpful! I also put reasons for why each sound like they’d be good options.
Mooring Restaurant (New England fare, a good place to taste the regional cuisine and seafood of Newport)
Mama Lucia’s (seems like a cozy place with great Italian food, and a good departure from seafood)
Perro Salado (we love Mexican, and this place seems like it had inventive cuisine and a good atmosphere)
Clarke Cooke House (seems to be highly recommended, although I’m a little concerned it will be too fancy / stuffy for us)
Café Zelda (seems like a good neighborhood place, similar to a NYC bistro)
Any great casual seafood recommendations for a late lunch would welcome, too.
Thanks for your help!