Barking Crab Seafood & Bar
Barking Crab Seafood & Bar

Barking Crab Seafood & Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.barkingcrab.com/
  • Phone: 4018462722x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday - Thursday: 11:30 - 9:00
    Friday - Saturday: 11:30- 10:00
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Comfort Food
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We feature seating from 40-400. In-season we accept private parties in the outdoor section of the restaurant for groups of 100+. The inside portion of the restaurant is available for private parties anywhere from a party of 20 to a full buyout which can accommodate 250.
  • Private Party Contact: Renee Cortellessa 4018462722x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Thames
  • Public Transit: The Barking Crab is located just two short blocks south of Newport's Gateway Center on America's Cup.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: We do validate parking for the lot directly in front of The Barking Crab for your first 2 hours. You will see our sign at the entrance. Additionally, there are multiple metered spots and public lots that can be accessed off of Thames St.
A word from Barking Crab Seafood & Bar
Barkinig Crab Seafood & Bar is the sister restaurant of the legendary Barking Crab in Boston. Opened in July of 2007, Barkinig Crab Seafood & Bar is centrally located on America's Cup blvd. in the Brick Marketplace retail district just one block off the waterfront. At The Barking Crab you will find New England cuisine at its best. We feature crabs including snow, dungeness, and king, as well as whole crabs when in season. We also feature live lobsters of all sizes. The menu also includes traditional favorites including lobster rolls, fried clams and seafood platters, beer-battered fish and chips, and for the land lover, Bone-In Ribeye. The restaurant has indoor and outdoor seating as well as 2 full-service bars and a raw bar. The main bar has 2 large screen plasma tv's perfect for game day.
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Barking Crab Seafood & Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
4 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating3.3
  • Food3.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelEnergetic
66% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (2)hot spot (2)great for lunch (1)great for brunch (1)kid-friendly (1)special occasion (1)good for groups (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • high prices average food
    cwc2241
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The food is just average with high prices. I received a lobster that still had the eggs in the tail. Asked for a new one because it tasted odd and it was refused even though I paid $42 for a 2lb lobster.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Typical Seafood Fare
    khelenmack
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    There were four of us for a noon reservation. We were seated at a table but felt crowded during the meal, a booth would have been more appropriate. Service was excellent. Seafood casserole had a thick dressing burying the seafood, lighter breadcrumbs would have been tastier. Fisher men's platter was good sized and tasty. Special surf and turf sandwich was a burger with lobster on top. Three good sized pieces of lobster. Crabmeat sandwich looked delicious. I had brought visitors from out of town and they enjoyed it. Waiter was very attentive.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 2 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4
    • Ambiance5
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 129 reviews are from the Barking Crab Seafood & Bar reviews archive.
  • We will back.
    Robert
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We went on Easter Day while in the area. I had the clambake, it was just what I had hoped for. My wife had lobster Mac and cheese, a special for the day. It had enough lobster, and good sized pieces that she couldn't finish, so I did. My daughters raved about what they had but I don't recall what it was called, sharing was minimal in their part. Our waitress checked on us frequently and was very nice.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for People with Allergies
    Virtualmrx
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    I was very impressed with the care they took in dealing with food allergies. The food was fresh and good and the staff was very nice. The atmosphere is very cheerful and it was a great place to bring teenagers.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lunch experience!!
    VeronicaVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    We had a great lunch on our recent mini get away to Newport. The food was delicious. The atmosphere fun. Would love to go back for dinner soon. I would highly recommend this place to everyone!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not bad.
    Santa
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Went with group of 8 gents during a conf over at the Marriot. Folks are very friendly there.. no problem with service what so ever. Was surprised it was so quiet on a Friday night. Plenty of Beer and drinks, wide selection, great bar. I think the general consensous with all the meals was "it was good", nobody really overly impressed other than a great place to grab a couple drinks and then convienent to grab dinner. We all thought the menu was somewhat limited... though it is definitly a seafood place so cant complain too much. Decor was great and as I mentioned service was friendly and very attentive. I would give it a 7 out of 10. I would definitly give it another try during the nice weather, outside seating looked fun.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best of Newport
    NikeBoSox
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    We went to the Barking Crab with friends on a Thursday evening. Their menu was diverse and covered many seafood items expected of a quality restaurant. They also had an abundant wine and drink list, as well as various beers. We all got some form of lobster and it was delicious, rivaling the best that can be had in Maine, lobster capital of the world (IMO). The service was quick and friendly, as was the food. Overall it was a great experience. We will definitely be going back. IF there was ANY negatives, it was that there was ice on the accessible ramp and even though we brought it to their attention, that ice was still untreated when we left making it a safety hazard for those using the ramp.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Memories
    ValentineDiner
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I brought my girlfriend back here because this was the place I first took her the day we officially started dating. So it had sentimental value for us. The food was excellent and our waitress was so sweet and nice. The only problem I had was with the hostess. She wasn't very pleasant. Other than that, an overall great experience
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good meal, good service. Took
    foodiehub
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Good meal, good service. Took advantage of special Valentine menu. Nice variety of options. Food was ok--both of us had steak and lobster tail. My tail was difficult to get out of the shell and steak was just bland.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great time!
    LunchLadies
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Food was excellent, service was the best! One of our party has severe allergies and the staff was very concerned in preparing a tasty meal that was suitable. The parking was easy (a plus for Newport) and free. We will definitely make a return visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Seafood-Comfort Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    Yummy lobster macaroni & cheese and new approaches with seafood on some traditional dishes. We caught them on a slower night in the winter so I can't testify to what it would be like when it's warmer and much busier. If you like the Boston original, you'll love this too.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bring your shovel
    LouInPortsmouthVIP
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    Parking lot was plowed. Walkway to the entrance was shoveled. -- But you couldn't get from one to the other without having to climb through the piled up snow. I pointed the problem out when I arrived at the reception desk. On the way out, the manager mentioned he went out and salted the walkway again. -- Solving the wrong problem! We had to climb through the snow bank again to get to our car.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovely Place - Excellent food!
    Jcouto
    Dined on 12/8/2013
    The ambience was gorgeous (it is Christmas time) and the food was great. Menu options were plentiful and wide variety of beer - local and national brands. Overall - terrific and will come again!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Seafood!
    MoveMe2VIP
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    Had the Bairdi Crab legs, did not disappoint. Server was pleasant and attentive to our needs. White chowder was very good , not to thick. Will dine here again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Seafood
    Debs
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    The lobster Mac and cheese was amazing. Very tasty with the toasted bread crumbs on top and big pieces of lobster. On the other hand it was hard to get meat out of the crabs, but what there was was tasty.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved the food
    donna
    Dined on 11/19/2013
    We were there during the winter season so there were not a lot of people there. That meant we had very individualized attention from our server. He took some time to stop and chat about the area and gave us his favorite picks off the menu. The fried clams were very good. Nice and sweet. Great meal. Also had the clam chowder, was also good. The wedge salad was amazing. There were huge chunks of blue cheese. I found out the dressing is made home made on premises. Desserts were very tempting but didn't have any room to eat any. My husband had a hot apple cider with bourbon and he said it was very good. He had the seafood casserole that he said was also very good. All in all a great meal. Definitely recommend and will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, basic food and Service
    BDdinners2VIP
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    The variety of fish options is great and there is something for everyone, including those who do not like fish. The service was quick and the managers paid close attention to dinners needs. Portions are large so appetizers may not be needed for small eaters. Wonderful friendly atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food wasn't the best!
    amy1977VIP
    Dined on 10/13/2013
    The food at the Barking Crab in Newport was fair. There are quite a few much better restaurants in the Newport, Rhode Island Area.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fish & Chips
    laughlicVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2013
    Every bit eaten. Loved the lighting and the open air space. Very creative. Two hour validated parking was handy.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overpriced, Mediocre Food
    Windyrise
    Dined on 9/7/2013
    Not worth wasting a meal here when there are so many other choices in Newport
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great for kids
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/26/2013
    TheBarking Crab was great! Food was fantastic, especially if you are looking for fried seafood. The restaurant was not busy so we had great service and they were very accomodating to the young child we had with us. Would definitely visit again for a family lunch or dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Was great for a family dinner,
    VISITNP
    Dined on 8/20/2013
    Was great for a family dinner, but based on the time you go would be fit for all kids of folks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Basic sort of place - wouldn't
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/13/2013
    Basic sort of place - wouldn't go for the ambience but would definitely go for excellent crab! My husband and I quietly polished off a 3 lb bucket of red crabs. Nothing left! No need for any starters or dessert. The place delivered excellent crab and that in the end is what makes the place worth a visit.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My favorite restaurant in Newport!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/18/2013
    We have dined at the Barking Crab on several occasions...always have great service and wonderful food. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seafood by the sea
    khelenmack
    Dined on 5/17/2013
    Took a group of foreign exchange students for lunch. Great time. Waitress was very patient with questions. Drinks constantly filled. Lots of attention paid to us. Ate outside on a lovely day. Food was plentiful and tasty.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced And Overrated
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/16/2013
    The food was way overpriced for what we got. I took my mom out for a post Mothers' Day brunch on 5/16/13 and she and I decided to split the New England Boil Pot which is supposed to feed 1-4 people. It just barely fed two. There was a tiny, pathetic little lobster with hardly any meat in the tail, two halves of a small corn cob, three really small potatoes, one hot dog, and maybe one link of chourico. A handful of clams and most weren't even open. One I couldn't even pry open. It tasted ok, but in no way was worth $50! They should warn folks on their site that they do not take Discover too. Thankfully, I had my Visa debit to back me up! How embarrassing! And the service? Meh.
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  • Crabs are best
    ugabooVIP
    Dined on 5/14/2013
    We come here for crabs! The fried clams are great too but the crab legs are awesome. We ordered a couple pounds of the Bairdi and snow crab legs and there cooked perfectly, and so sweet and tasty. We had the buffalo scallop app and it was out of this world! They were spicy, with a little tang and melt in your mouth delicious!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • awful from beginning to end...
    AiredaleVIP
    Dined on 5/4/2013
    first awful review, don't know what to say, would not recommend to an enemy...
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good seafood!
    Luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2013
    Lobster flatbread was excellent and so were the lobster rolls. Really good food Great margaritas too!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/19/2013
    It was a great restaurant. Our server was friendly and gave us suggestions for places to go. The food was all really yummy. We went as a group of 4 for a bachelorette and the drinks were also really good! I had the sparkle martini! very good. Also over head were lights and it was a really good ambiance to the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great gluten free dinner in Newport
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/19/2013
    Needing to eat gluten free, I was so impressed with the knowledge of the staff. The waitress had the manager come over and he let me know I could have the meal I had ordered. Everything was double checked and I had NO reaction or problems from eating there!!! Would highly recommend it to anyone, bug especially if you have celiac or need gf food!! Will be going back next visit to Newport!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent service and I'm
    RuffRony
    Dined on 4/18/2013
    Excellent service and I'm sorry I don't remember the waiter's name! He was fabulous!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Barking about this place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/18/2013
    Great service, excellent food, good menu, all around good place to eat! Excellent outdoor seating area.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great seafood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/4/2013
    We liked the location in Newport near the waterfront where we were staying. The server was friendly and efficient, and she offered helpful recommendations. The chowder was thick and flavorful, seafood casserole moist and plentiful, and the grilled mahi mahi with pineapple salsa was cooked to.perfection with the slightly smokey taste of an open fire. We had the almond cake for dessert, and it was light and delicious. Prices were reasonable, and the atmosphere sort of like a seafood shanty. I would definitely return .
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The crab basket and crab boil
    Mike
    Dined on 3/23/2013
    The crab basket and crab boil were great. One in our party has shellfish allergies, so she ordered the hanger steak. That was the only dish that lacked flavor, but the mashed potatoes that came with the steak was delicious. Rule of thumb...don't go to a crab place for steak!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This was my second time eating
    VeryHappy
    Dined on 12/26/2012
    This was my second time eating at the Barking Crab. This trip was AWFUL. Service was poor, all food including soup and salad were delivered with main meal. Person bringing food said he was only delivering what he was told and was upset that we asked about the wait.
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  • Real New England Fare
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/20/2012
    Great spot for fresh seafood and excellent drinks.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice spot for a simple seafood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/26/2012
    Nice spot for a simple seafood dinner and fun evening. Worked out great for our little group of tourists!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/24/2012
    We were looking forward to east coast sea food but were disappointed; I had the Scrud and it was dry. In addition, there were inconsistencies like one meal having less bread crumbs and flavor than the exact same meal ordered by another person in the party or one person in the party received far fewer potatoes than that of others in the party. I will have to say that the meal was not any more impressive than that of our local chain sea food restaurants - sorry.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service was extremely poor.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/20/2012
    Service was extremely poor. Food was mediocre at best. Much better options in the area.
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    • Noise LevelModerate