Now that the weather’s warmer, it’s time to get outside. Luckily, many Rhode Island restaurants are now offering outdoor dining so you can take in the views, enjoy scrumptious food, and socialize safely.
Many other restaurants besides these may offer al fresco dining, but call ahead. Things are changing so quickly. You will need a reservation for most restaurants now, due to reduced capacity. Either call them directly or book a table online with OpenTable.
Don’t forget your mask. It is required, except when you are eating and drinking.
251 Thames St.
The bar and grill is now accepting reservations for outdoor dining on their deck on the harbor. Choose from quick bites, comfort foods, and local seafood as well as a good wine list, local craft beer and cocktails. They’re open 11 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. daily.
20 Water St.
This restaurant is best-known for its New England clam chowder, raw bar, and stunning views. They’re open during the week from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and until 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
223 Main St.
La Masseria offers authentic Italian cuisine, outdoor dining, and lunch and dinner sidewalk service. They’re open from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., except on Sundays when they open at noon.
140 Thames St.
This Newport restaurant continues to serve up what people want, as they have for 40 years. Enjoy pub grub, seafood, steaks, and other dishes with a cultural flair. They are serving outdoors and indoors, but call ahead for a reservation. They’re open 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
If you’re looking for something more unusual, check out the ethnic dishes at the Salvation Café. They offer Chipotle Parsnip Hummus, Mongolian BBQ Baby Back Ribs, Grilled Tempeh Curry, Pad Thai and more. They’re open 4:30 p.m. to midnight daily.
411 Thames St
Bring the whole family and head down to Quito’s for a table on their patio. If you love seafood, they have everything you could imagine from sandwiches to platters, pasta, and rolls. They’re open 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. during the week and until 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
15 Kingstown Rd.
Enjoy a meal from the comfort of this restaurant’s patio. They offer seafood, pork, burgers, pizza and excellent views. They’re open 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. during the week and on Sunday and until 9:00 p.m.
22 Bowen’s Wharf
This Newport Harbor favorite offers savory meat dishes and succulent seafood served on their patio from noon to 8 p.m. daily. They’ve recently added indoor dining, too.
The Lounge and Fire Pit
1 Goat Island
You can’t beat the fire pit patio at Gurney’s. It offers outstanding views, memorable sunsets, and outdoor and indoor dining between 11:30 a.m. and 10 p.m. daily. Enjoy Italian cocktails, great wines and beer, shareable plates, or the raw bar.
229 Waterman St.
This year-round, fully-enclosed rooftop offers city views and excellent cuisine. Their pasta, salads, steak, ribs, seafood, and pizza are just as delicious as the sunsets. They’re open 4:00 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
334 Water St.
If you’re looking for vegetarian and vegan options, you can’t beat the Mexican and American menus in Bar Verde. They feature fresh, local ingredients on and in pizza, burgers and tacos. They’re open 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. during the week and until 10:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
210 Salt Pond Rd.
This restaurant offers two outdoor dining areas and fabulous seafood, chicken, and burgers. One patio offers water views. This is one of the few restaurants that will accept walk-ins of up to 8 people. They’re open 2:00 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.
215 Water St.
The patio is open and the restaurant’s been remodeled. They offer paella, lobster mac n’ cheese, pumpkin ravioli, and many other unusual and well-loved dishes you’re sure to enjoy. They’re open 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. during the week and until 9 p.m. on the weekend.
697 Jefferson Blvd.
This restaurant features local craft beer and contemporary American meals. Enjoy chicken wings, sandwiches, seafood, meatloaf, short ribs, and more. They are open from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily.
1 Masthead Drive
Chelo’s is family-owned restaurant that has served Rhode Island comfort food for over 65 years. Enjoy burgers, chowder, or a bowl of chili on the lawn or patio and great Greenwich Bay views. They have a great kid’s menu and cocktails too and they’re open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.