The Mooring Restaurant
The Mooring Restaurant

The Mooring Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.mooringrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 4018462260x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Fri. & Sat. 11:30am – 10pm
    Sun. – Thurs. 11:30am – 9pm

  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Enjoy water views of Newport Harbor from virtually every seat. We offer three semi-private to private dining rooms and an option of outdoor private dining during the spring and summer months. Our beautifully appointed rooms are perfect for intimate gatherings, small wedding receptions or private business functions, with groups up to 50 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Laura Picozzi 888-759-5557x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: America's Cup Ave.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There is a large public lot in front of the restaurant.
A word from The Mooring Restaurant
Located in the heart of downtown Newport's waterfront, the Mooring Seafood Kitchen & Bar provides the freshest and most creative local, regional and international fish and seafood selections, paired with an award-winning 900+ label wine list. The Mooring adheres to fresh, local and organic in many plate preparations. Enjoy true waterfront views of Narragansett Harbor as you dine at one of the best seafood restaurants in New England.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
The Mooring Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
575 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.3
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (441)great for outdoor dining (412)special occasion (252)fit for foodies (193)good for groups (190)romantic (188)great for lunch (157)hot spot (130)notable wine list (118)neighborhood gem (105)vibrant bar scene (103)kid-friendly (73)great for brunch (52)late-night find (34)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We had an absolute wonderful time celebrating multiple events. The food was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • EXCELLENT
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Excellent!!!! Highly recommend the swordfish tacos!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • So disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We arrived early for our 1:30 reservation and were seated at a preferred outdoor table by 2:00. The service was prompt and friendly, but our meals were greasy, over cooked fish sandwiches and the doughnuts were overdone as well. The only well cooked meal was our granddaughter's salmon! This restaurant came highly recommended so we were very disappointed. Our fault for not sending things back!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    All the seafood looked and tasted so fresh and delicious. Overall a great seafood place to go to celebrate like we did for our son's graduation for Navy Officer Candidate School. Good service and great hostesses.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gorgeous view, great food
    sflocal
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Had early dinner with 2 starters, shared a salad, plus dessert. We had the steak and lobster sliders - really good, but drenched in a cheddar? sauce, which overwhelmed the steak and lobster flavor. Had their famous "bag of doughnuts" (seafood fritters). The seafood (lobster, shrimp and clams) are pureed into the batter and then fried. Served with a nice spicy aoli - delicious. Dessert was GREAT, mint gelato with chocolate chunks, and a great cappucinno. The prices were very reasonable, and not more expensive than some of the other mediocre places we'd eaten earlier in the week. Other diner's meals looked great -- everyone seemed to be enjoying their food and the view.l
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fabulous
    pickie
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Best place in its class the staff is phenomenal food is delicious the atmosphere is delightful. we try many different places and really haven't found a restaurant locally that answers to so many good quality points
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food, great service
    JohnO
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Would recommend this for good seafood, great view, nice drinks. Staff is top notch, very friendly and attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DebRn
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Great dinner, The Wait Staff were very friendly and attentive. My husband and I had a very delicious seafood dinner. I would recommend this restaurant and would definetly revisit it while in Newport RI.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • JayL
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Consistent quality and service. Great spot right in the middle of the action. Love the Striped Bass. We have been coming to the Moorings since the early 90s. Every few years we come back to Newport and we always end up at the Moorings and never disappointed. Probably should try some of the new spots but it's hard to beat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love2cook
    Luv2cook
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We enjoyed a wonderful evening and the service, food and atmosphere was wonderful. I would highly recommend this restaurant when in Newport.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place
    NorthendGal14
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I'm local and have gone to the Moorings many times, I had a client in town and wanted to take her to a nice place, it was the start of boat show so I knew it would be busy, made a reservation and we got right in! Food was great, service and the host at the door was the best!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent location and meal
    BeeGee
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Awesome meal! Great food at an outstanding location! Was seated right away at a great table. Services was top notch. Cant wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • djdine
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    One of the best locations in Newport to dine. Lovely outdoor deck, sunset views, seafood specialties, but wonderful other choices. Have had dinner there 3 times in 2 visits to Newport - love it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    ToneDogg
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    My wife and I were at Block Island for the day, came back late needed dinner. Made a resi on open table for 9pm. Considering how late we arrived the food, and serie was impeccable.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • henman
    sport
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Food & service was very good. Menu - something for everyone. Polite & attentive waiter, etc. The ladies room could be cleaner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great server
    TheHaaBuh
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Our server was terrific. We were a little miffed that we arrived 20 minutes early and had to wait at the bar for our table, considering our reservation was originally for 4 and we moved it to 430 (just in case) but arrived at 410; there were plenty of open tables. But once seated our server took great care of us. The food was very fresh; we had clam chowder and scallop chowder -- both warm and just as described and VG. Entrees of black fish and a protein laden salad (salmon, lobster and shrimp) were also VG. The bread was brought out in a paper bag to keep warm -- was soft and VG.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great view & location
    mainlakemary
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Great view & location; staff was excellent. Food looked really great but tasted a little bland. Would recommend over other restaurants in the area.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great spot in Newport!
    EatingforfunVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Excellent menu options, very fresh tasting food! Service was excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JImBVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Went for dinner to get in vacation mode after a long and frustrating travel day -- this was our first dining experience in Newport. Nestled among a number of other establishments, this one stood out for its view, the energy of the restaurant (packed on a Thursday night) and, most importantly, giving us a great and authentic "Newport" experience. Oysters from the raw bar were top-notch, and the seafood entrees (striped bass was good, sole was better) were just what we were looking for. The service, and the view from the deck at sunset, were equally great!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice place wonderful view
    Paulie
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Took my wife for a birthday dinner great view nice time BUT, We both had the surf and turf and the lobster was more of the size of shrimp than a lobster. Also, we finished our salad and in seconds they served our entree. We felt rushed.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top class
    Phil
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Great ambiance and selection of seafood. The shellfish platter was top class and at good value.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great spot on the water!
    NAVigator8
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We were recently visiting Newport and had a recommendation from a friend to try this restaurant. We had less than 12 hours to tour around, but I'm so glad we had lunch here. It was so nice eating while overlooking the water but not being directly in the sun. Our waiter was so friendly and attentive. I had the scallops, which came with an amazing bacon vinaigrette and pieces of lobster with it. My husband had the lobster croissant, which had a massive amount of crab. There were so many other things on the menu that I wanted to try so I hope to make it back there someday.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Dinner
    luv2dine
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    My husband arrived in Newport, RI for a brief overnight. We saw that trip advisor rated the Mooring as the #1 seafood restaurant. It was very convenient to make the reservation on-line. We wanted 7:30pm which was not available but and 8:15 and 8:30 were offered in return. We arrived early and sat at the bar while waiting for our table. We were seated close to 8:15. Service was quick and efficient. I had salad with a side of lobster tale which was very good. My husband had the sole which he said was OK. He was not crazy about the flavor. He wished it had more lemon. (But he ate it all.) This is a bustling restaurant. We were in view of the kitchen doors - thankfully not adjacent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine Harbor View Dining
    Stone13VIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    You can enjoy great views from the deck while enjoying very well prepared seafood served by a very competent wait staff.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Excellent restaurant on the water in newport. One of our favorites.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love The Mooring
    Melissa
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    My boyfriend & I dined here Labor Day weekend on Sunday night. We requested a table outside & that's exactly what we got! We absolutely loved our table overlooking the water. It was in its own little corner, very private. The service & food were outstanding. This was our first time to Newport & would definitely eat here again in the future.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect
    Christen
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We enjoyed dinner here on Labor Day weekend. The service was amazing, the food was incredible and the view... We were seated on the deck overlooking the harbor. It was perfect. Highly recommend. The Mooring is a must if you are anywhere near Newport.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will Be Back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Made a Lunch reservation at The Mooring when I was in Newport for a Wedding. Glad I made the decision to eat here and will definitely stop here again next time I am in town. Great service, great atmosphere, specifically out on the deck/patio and a great overall energy. Lobster Croissant is a must-order.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lisa Lisa NJ
    LisaLisa
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We were seated immediately for our reserved time. The wait staff was excellent as well as the food. This restaurant is definitely not a tourist trap that I'm sure everyone has experienced. Can't wait to go back. Thanks to everyone at The Mooring.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Newport Gem
    JRtravels
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I visited Newport for the first time and made a reservation and The Mooring. The outdoor deck looks over the pier and the service and food was so good. Wish they had a shrimp dish but the salmon and pork were both tasty!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    From my dirty martini, to the raw bar, to the grilled scallops, 4 stars on all!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's not about the food...
    FoodfinderVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Beautiful restaurant, great outdoor seating w/ great views, but food was tasteless, boring, and everything on menu was not quite what we were looking for. Choices in appetizers were fair, but popular bag of donuts tasted fishy and you needed the dipping sauce for any flavor. Raw clams were decent. Tuna tartare needed brightness. Pasta entree was fair. Seafood pieces were plentiful, but lacking taste. Sandwhich plates were awful! Open turkey was dry, tasteless. Cod sandwhich had too much breaking to fish. Did not stay for dessert. We have tried this restaurant repeatedly over the years, because is seats big groups, and has a great view. But come for drinks, maybe the fresh bread. Too many other choices for good food in Newport.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food's OK but not as good as it was
    glh3VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The main room and patio are lovely and the service is attentive and friendly, but the food has gone downhill. The menu rarely changes and what few changes that have occurred were inferior to what they replaced. Given the prices, the food should be better.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Oasis in Newport storm of people
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Labor Day weekend in Newport is a climatic time for finding a place to take your family for late lunch on Saturday. The town is mobbed with tourists, residents, and boaters. Parking is at a premium and usually requires a 15 minute plus walk to any destination near Thames Street. The Mooring was a perfect choice especially when members of your party have limited mobility. There is parking available outside the front door on the wharf and the Mooring accepts reservations (very few others nearby do). It may be pricey; but it is sure worth it when you want to insure all have a good time and great food! The lobster salad is prepared perfectly!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • If you haven't tried this...do!
    OhioFoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Once we got past the grumpy bartender and to our table the experience was near perfection. Our corner table on the upper patio was private, quiet, and the view was lovely. Our waitress was attentive. The food was fabulous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great View. Bad the food.
    Minie
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We sat outside on the patio. The view was amazing the food was not. My bloody mary almost had no actual alcohol in it. We ordered the tuna tartar and the bag of donuts for appetizer. The tuna was average. Bag of donuts were probably the best part of the meal. Our main course was the seafood pasta and cod. The seafood pasta considering the outrageous price failed to deliver on all fronts. Pasta was slightly overcooked. The sauce was a very bland butter sauce. The lobster tail was not good at all. Service was good though. But a restaurant is only as good as its food.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great seafood
    IsaGVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I love Mooring, first time in Newport. I really love seafood, and Mooring has it all.Great service and scenic view!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • britboy28
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The butter was cold not soft when we got bread, our server wasn't present all time, beet salad looked like salad from stop shop. The pork tenderloin was amazing and cheesecake and lemonade dessert wasn't something to talk about, overall I don't think I'll be coming back
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • A high energy dining experience
    gene422
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Glad we had Open Table reservations because the wait for "walk-ins" was an hour or more. One of the very busy, "wharf" restaurants with a reputation for serving good seafood and located on the wharf, overlooking the harbor and docks. We didn't luck out for "outside" seating but our inside dining room table was situated in a spot that wasn't as noisy as some table locations. The place was "jumping" as it probably always is during the tourist season. Anyway, our wines and seafood dinners were "right one" and our server did a great job considering how busy it was. A Newport favorite of ours and glad to see the "quality" and "value" is being maintained.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good but busy
    AmbienceVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The food was very good. They were extremely busy so had to wait for service at times. The waitress did her best.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic