We enjoyed it but it was restauraan
We enjoyed it but it was restauraant week and the choices were very limited. Only two and no choice on dessert. Dessert was best part.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Still fresh after 17 years
Still fresh after 17 years in business. Great food with an original twist. Vibrant atmosphere.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fun neighborhood restaurant
Fun neighborhood restaurant with an interesting menu. Seafood fritters were fabulous, as were the specialty martinis!
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very FRESH seafood and fresh
Very FRESH seafood and fresh domestic Colorado lamb chops Excellent !
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food is always great &
The food is always great & too make reservations was very easy thru open table. Waitress Lisa very informative as to specials & wine choices. Great place for friendly gathering. If you'be been before,staff has great recall. Owner is also chef & has great specials. Specials are always I'm season
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Off the beaten path, but don't let that stop you. You must try Asterisk.
5/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very ice play
We were visiting Newport and wanted to find a restorant where we could eat something different than just burger or fish and chips and Asterisk was really great for this. We took the crispy salmon and it was really delicate, we loved it a lot. The service was amazing.
5/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Located Toward The End Of
Located Toward The End Of Thames Street Tourist Area, The Restaurant Had A Funky, Unique Decor And Great Food. Visited The Restaurant On a Monday Evening While On Vacation And Enjoyed A Superb Meal In A Relaxed Atmosphere. Would Return Next Time We Are In Town
6/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
A nice surprise way down Thames
Asterisk is a bit off the beaten path in Newport, about as far down Thames as you can get, but definitely worth it. Asterisk had several openings on a Saturday night while the other restaurants on the wharfs were fully booked. The cocktails were creative and delicious, as were the appetizers and entrees. The service was very good. We did have to wait a little while for a second drink, as the restaurant had gotten busier by that time, but all food came out in a timely fashion. Nice bar, too! Fill up here, and enjoy the stroll walk back to the America's Cup Avenue area and hotels.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
If you want to eat at Asterisk, make sure the owner is there, it makes a big difference in the quality of your meal.
The owner is from Denmark and has a very rounded background in cooking, can make you just about anything you want.
They recently added, on the weekend, a raw bar and sushi bar, both very high quality, prepared by a Japanese chef.
One pet peeve all the red wines are served too warm, a pitty since there are some unusual items to be found sold at reasonable prices.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were here on July 4th, NOT a day to expect much of a restaurant, and why we were impressed. Service was extraordinary, from the attentive waitress to those serving water and bread with th left hand behind their back. Perfect.
Carpaccio appetizer would not pass in Venice, yet the interpretation was perfectly served with the right amount of garnish and sauce. Salmon was fine, yet the risotto base was perfect, as were the mussels, well steamed with no overpowering garlic presence.
Wine list is way user friendly, from $22.00 to $200+. Before dinner cocktails are extensive as the bar is properly stocked... Pims anyone?
Decor is Newport shabby chic, and works with white tablecloths and a great dinner soundtrack. Just perfect.
7/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Newport - "Off the beaten path"
We have going to this restaurant for several years and the menu choices, food preparation and location are very good.
Great "off the beaten path" spot in downtown Newport. Well worth the visit
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect place for our group
Eight of us for dinner, fairly late by American standards (9pm). Nice staff, nice atmosphere, a bit noisy from the bar area. Food was terrific, good wine list and we all had a great time.
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Just off the beaten path
Unusual setting (former garage), open kitchen, vibrant bar, and dynamic menu!
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lots of different menu choices!
Really enjoyed 2 apps of Brie & Gorgonzola cheese plate & cold fruit/rhubarb soup & then the lobster ++ pizza w thin crust & lots of cheese. Interesting & eclectic cocktails as well. Will certainly try to return when back in Newport!
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
I first ate here 15 summers ago. We returned many times a summer for a decade. Then we stopped. It was tired, old and done. IT'S BACK AND BETTER THAN before. New decor and the owner seems to be back in the kitchen. A new sushi chef mans his own open area where 3 seats offer wonderful watching. It is clean, delicious and we will return. Best part is that it's a little off the beaten path of the crazy Newport weekend crowd and parking is easier and it's also a nice walk from most areas.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
lunch with a friend
Being with a friend, who I hadn't seen in a long while, the atmosphere was perfect. It was comfortable seating. We were able to converse comfortably, because of the friendly noise level. Our waiter was attentive, without being pushy. He knew we were there to converse and enjoy our lunch and he let us do that professionally. It was pleasant all around.
The food was excellent, well presented and tasted great.
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything was great, food, wine, service. Lots of good energy and perfect for a nice summer night, we sat inside but the large open doorways made us feel as if we were out side, there isn't a bad seat in the place.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a great meal there.
Less noisy on a Saturday night than restaurants in the center of the tourist area. Free parking available as opposed to up to $20 in the busier area. We were very pleased to get great service and an excellent meal. This place is a winner.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food with creative presentation. Small but very good craft beer selection. Attentive service. A bit further down on Thames than most restaurants and shops, so the atmosphere is more relaxed (no swarms of bar hoppers). Highly recommend.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loved everything about the it.
Really enjoyed sitting at the bar chatting and laughing with Alan, your bartender from Ireland. He's the best!
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had eaten at Asterisk four years ago, and had an outstanding meal, so when we returned to Newport, we made sure to make a reservation there. It is a bit away from the very busy wharf area, and so it is quieter than most restaurants in that area. Judging by the mixed reviews, we were concerned that the quality of food and service had deteriorated from what we had remembered, but this was definitely not the case. We dined on a Monday night and there were only four other couples in the restaurant at that time (?) so it was very quiet. My husband and I had the chef's specials of the evening; My husband had swordfish, and I had pesto gnocchi and scallops. The gnocchi were very light; not chewy or gummy. Service was outstanding.
8/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Sunday at Asterisk
Really great place-excellent service, very good food, and funky set up. Had 7 PM reservation, which was easily changed to 8, at the last minute. Let us enjoy Newport for an extra hour. Server was outstanding-she had passion for food, drink, and service. She was very helpful with my date, who had a special request. Very nice crowd-genteel, well-heeled, and the only "wanna-bees" quickly left. Too classy for them! Beer selection was small but outstanding-shows that quality can overtake quantity. Really liked the garage doors, opening into the street, and the open windows in dining room and kitchen-very relaxed feel.
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect for the two of us!
We were a little apprehensive given the mixed reviews, but in further reviewing them, we saw that the less favorable reviews were old and the positive ones were current. So we took the chance and were glad we did. We felt welcomed right away and were immediately seated at our reservation time. Our server was prompt and attentive throughout the evening, made some great suggestions, and answered all of our questions. The selection of appetizers, main courses and desserts were original. We had the pork loin wrapped in bacon and the Belgian drunken beef and both were delicious and well presented. We were never rushed, but also never waiting, so it turned out to be an excellent choice and we would certainly go again and recommend to others.
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Asterisk is off the beaten path in Newport. However, it seems to be a place for both locals and tourists who do their research. We had a new waitress. Having grown up in a family restaurant biz, all the cousins worked different jobs. We know how to treat staff, particularly new ones. What was impressive was the waitress made no pretenses. She told us up front she was new to the place. She was good, and will be great soon.
My wife had a special of seared scallops and shrimp w/ a spinach/mushroom risotto. I consider risotto a good indicator of a chefs skills. The dish was superb. I went w/ 2 appetizers, mussels and an order of lobster/crab/shrimp fritters w/ a nice aioli. They were both very good. I highly recommend this restaurant.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Made reservation on friend recommendation, We were a bit nervous when we approached because it wasn't very crowded, but it was because it was off season and most likely the price point is a bit more than the touristy restaurants surrounding it.
4 people, birthday dinner, all of us LOVED our meals. Appetizers were fantastic, the sushi appetizers were some if the best weve ever tasted. The staff was great in guiding us and we had a great, memorable meal. Highly recommend it.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food in a quiet area of town
We dined at Asterisk on Oct 29th. We were one of only a few diners that evening so we received excellent personal attention. The food was outstanding and the atmosphere was very pleasant, particularly with the number of people in the restaurant while we were there. Definitely recommend to others.
10/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
We chose the prefix menu for restaurant week . Our waitress said that everyone who had the Osto Bucco? Raved, whole party ordered this dish. a braised beef with roasted vegetables and mashed potatoes. It was great like a Barvarian style. Malbec wine was a good complement. It was my birthday celebration. The service was rushed and "sloppy" in that the wAitress threw silverware on the table while looking at other customer tables. She didn't give us her full attention while at our table. At the end of the night they were busy breaking down the dining room and didn't offer coffee or ask if we wanted anything else. We will go back for the food but will remember that we have to fend for ourselves if we need to be served.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great Find !!
Asterisk is located a little further down Thames Street away from the hustle bustle of the other shops and restaurants. Dined here on a sunday night in off season and it was virtually empty. Cool atmosphere, used to be a garage !! Waitress was very personable and attentive. Had the salmon dish on her recommendation, which was EXCELLENT ! It is pan seared and then baked, placed over a mushroom risotto which was perfectly prepared and then the final touch a cabernet sauce which I wish they sold so I could have brought it back home !!!! Great food options and well prepared ,reasonably priced - glad I came across this find !!!
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
First visit for us
We went to Asterik during restaurant week_a good time to try a never before visited restaurant. There were limited choices on this special menu but both_Osso Bucco and the swordfish were excellent. First course salmon and salad were great. Even the house wine was good. Our server Courtney was terrific. The meal ended with a tasty bread pudding.
We definitely will go again.
11/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Glad we went
My husband & I had noticed Asterik on a previous trip to Newport so when we saw it as an option for Restaurant week we
We are so happy to find another great place to enjoy a grown up dining experience. We had the menu choices for the promotion and enjoyed everything. It gave us the opportunity to check out the fare without spending alot of money in case we were not pleased
The hostess was very pleasant and even when the pace picked up with dining guest she wasn't flustered or stressed looking. Our waiter was attentive and very personable but did not hover.
There is and opening where the chef and his staff can be seen preparing the meals and they made it seem effortless to accomodate the many diners.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good drinks, great salmon
There was a reservation mix-up but the staff was very gracious about it, our server was very friendly and engaging all night. The decor is on the minimal side, the restaurant is one big room so it may get noisey when full. The food is great - I had the Crispy Salmon and it was amazing - perfectly crisped on one side, tender and moist inside, I wish I could make it this good at home. The dishes are all artfully presented but not pretentious. The Tuna Tartare appetizer was very tastey but a little over-sauced, almost overwhelming the flavor of the tuna. I'd definitely recommend this place to a friend.
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM