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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.

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Maria's Seaside Cafe - Hotel Maria - Westerly, RI
Hotel Maria

132 Atlantic Avenue Westerly, RI, 02891 Phone: 401-622-4000

Bustling seaside cafe brings a little bit of Italy to Misquamicut Beach

Once you check in to your airy, cottage-style room or classic suite at the Hotel Maria, take a moment to marvel at the view of the ocean from your balcony, then grab the fluffy towels and head for the beach – right across the street. The rooms in this re-imagined boutique hotel, a modern throwback to simpler times, are inspired by “olde Misquamicut,” and so is the hospitality and service. Get comfortable in Maria’s Seaside Cafe, with homemade pasta and the freshest nightly seafood specials, or grab a cocktail on the rooftop deck. Check out Westerly, with its great beach bars, ice cream parlors, kids’ amusements and pristine beaches, all a walk or bike ride away.
Paddy's Beach Club outdoor Dining Misquamicut RI
Paddy's Beach Club

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

Oceanside dining with the perfect ocean view

Dine by the Atlantic on Misquamicut Beach at this waterfront deck restaurant serving delicious food and drink. A revised lunch and dinner menu includes great seafood and modern American fare including Bavarian-style pretzels, coconut shrimp, BBQ tater tots and our Chowder. If you're in the mood for a sandwich there's our decadent Porky Mac burger, the flavorful Bun Mi and the kickin' Chicken Popper sandwich. And of course there's our standards - including Crispy Chicken, Crispy Fish and our fantastic Fish Tacos. Quench that thirst with punches, coladas and margaritas, beer and wine, or take it up a notch with the award-winning Signature Specialty Drink Menu with take home souvenir cups. From May-September there’s seven miles of white sand, events, amusements, live music and fun just waiting for you – beachside.
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.