Waterfront dining at restaurants in RI offers lush seaside views

Waterfront restaurants can run the gamut from seafood shacks to white-tablecloth food extravaganzas. Enjoy dining by the sea in all its forms during your Rhode Island vacation with family or on a weekend getaway.

For more great waterfront dining, click here to visit our "Find a Restaurant" section on the VNE Blog, or Dock and Dine at New England Boating.

Dune Cottage Outdoor Patio 500x250 - Ocean House Resort - Watch Hill, RI
Ocean House Resort

1 Bluff Avenue Watch Hill, RI, 02891 Phone: Toll-Free: 877-346-9442

So many options to choose from for dining with water views – or right on the beach

The options for waterfront dining at the classic Ocean House resort are numerous – and you may want to try all of them. There’s COAST, CNN Traveler’s World Best Waterfront Restaurant in New England, offering seasonal menus. More casual fare, with a coastal twist, is offered at The Bistro. In summer, dine on exquisitely prepared seafood on the outdoor terrace at The Verandah, or on Mexican cuisine at the ocean-view Dalia by Danton Valle. There’s a Mediterranean-inspired beachside menu at Thea at Dune Cottage and crepes and champagne at the charming Secret Garden. And, of course, don’t forget the inn’s lobster boils and barbecues on the beach on select weekend nights. In the winter, reserve a vintage ski gondola for private dining at Gondola Village. Ocean House was recently named to Forbes Magazine's list of "Most Luxurious Hotels & Spas", and is one of the top 100 hotels in the world among Travel + Leisure readers.

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Drinks by the Harbor - Brenton Hotel - Newport, RI
Brenton Hotel

31 America's Cup Avenue Newport, RI, 02840 Phone: 401-849-3100

Admire the water view, enjoy the imaginative menus at boutique hotel’s tantalizing restaurant

At the Brenton Hotel, eating in the living room is not only permitted: It’s highly recommended. With its dramatic oceanside view and fresh, seasonally inspired menus, the Living Room at the Brenton is the go-to place in Newport for delightful small plates like grilled lamb lollipops and beef sliders, enough-for-the-table entrees like lobster salad and truffle fries and fabulous desserts like molten lava cake and key lime tarts. A curated list of craft cocktails, artisanal beers and fine wines has been designed to complement each dish. You might also enjoy a cocktail in The Bar at LR or, better yet, on The Rooftop, where you can sip your signature cocktail and dine on small plates while marveling at jaw-dropping harbor and city views. Named to the Travel & Leisure Top 500 Hotels in the World in both 2022 and 2023.
Paddy's Beach Club outdoor Dining Misquamicut RI
Paddy's Beach Club

159 Atlantic Avenue Misquamicut, RI, 02891 Phone: 401-596-2610

The menu, and the drinks, are as great as the view!

As you take in the sand and surf of scenic Misquamicut Beach at Paddy’s Beach Club, you’ll dine on a creative beachside menu. Start with fresh selections from the raw bar or beach bites like coconut shrimp or Paddy’s famous smoked wings, then move on to street tacos, fresh salads, a chilled lobster roll, burgers or fried scallops. And you definitely want to sample from the drinks menu! After all, Paddy’s was named a Top 10 Beach Bar in America by Coastal Living magazine, so you’ll want to check out the Island Rum Punch or Pina Colada. Check the website for the special dinner series including offerings from Gooseneck Vineyards and Harpoon Brewery.