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About 22 Bowens Wine Bar and Grille

Located amidst bustling Bowen’s Wharf in the heart of downtown Newport, 22 Bowen’s Wine Bar & Grille is a world-class steakhouse serving USDA Prime beef, New England's finest seafood, and is complemented by an award-winning wine list. We look forward to having you experience one of Newport’s best.

22 Bowens Wharf
Newport, RI 02840
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Steakhouse

Hours of Operation:
Lunch
Monday - Sunday 11:30am-4:00pm

Dinner
Sunday - Thursday 5:00pm-10:00pm
Friday & Saturday 5:00pm-11:00pm

Cross Street:
America's Cup Avenue

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(401) 841-8884

Website:
http://www.22bowens.com/

Private Party Facilities:
Welcome to 22 Bowen’s Wine Bar and Grille, one of Newport’s finest waterfront restaurants, located in the heart of historic downtown Newport. Within easy walking distance from major hotels and with seating options from 26-40 guests, it’s the ideal spot for your next business, rehearsal or private party dinner or luncheon.

Private Party Contact:
Margaret McDonald: (888) 759-5557

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

22 Bowens Wine Bar and Grille Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (147)
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Good for Anniversaries (85)
Scenic View (84)
Romantic (83)
Great for Outdoor Dining (71)
Good for Birthdays (63)
Notable Wine List (59)
People Watching (51)
Fit for Foodies (42)
Hot Spot (40)
Good for Groups (37)
Worth the Drive (37)
Fun (36)
Great for Lunch (32)
Neighborhood Gem (32)
Business Meals (31)
Bar Seating (30)
Cozy (29)
Creative Cuisine (25)
Local Ingredients (23)
Handcrafted Cocktails (21)
Casual (20)
Seasonal (20)
Sunday Lunch (20)
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Quiet Conversation (16)
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Comfort Food (13)
Tasting Menu (12)
Happy Hour (10)
Late-night Find (10)
Great Beer (6)
Healthy (6)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
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Afternoon Tea (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Dined here frequently since it opened and used to like it for a lobster dinner on the waterfront. This time the reception was poor, service uneven, food fair, value uneven at best. Reception, we arrived on time for a 6 pm reservation for an informal anniversary celebration. Unfortunately, they seated us along he runway to the restrooms when there were plenty of nice tables available. Service, we asked for fresh pepper for our salads, the waiter showed up his grinder but kept turning it counter-clockwise. Nothing came out. Duh! My wife wanted to reserve part of her salad to eat with the main course. Not once, not twice, but three times a bus person tried to swipe it off the table without asking. Food was meh, unexceptional, and we did not order anything too complicated. The price, one expects market price for a 2 lb. baked-stuffed lobster yet realizing there aren't any supply problems, $72.00 seemed excessive as was $24 for a small glass of mediocre Barolo. Full disclosure, I'm a native and familiar with the problems faced by restaurants in the off-season, but this is a ridiculous and self-defeating form of price-gouging.

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·Dined on October 17, 2017

Enjoyable lunch. Good food. Excellent service! Great location

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Waterfront, Great for Lunch
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 (London)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Lovely food, good service, but the place was a bit crowded dark and drafty?

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 15, 2017

22 Bowens was referred to us by a friend and it did not disappoint! The service was terrific, the veal chop was amazing and the dessert (vanilla crème brulee with lemon curd and fresh blueberries) was off the charts delicious!!!!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Awesome atmosphere and great service - can’t wait to come back ! Food was fantastic too

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 (Miami)·Dined on October 14, 2017

The food was good and the portions were big. We were set in the deck area which we didn’t love, as it felt nicer inside. The acoustics were terrible and we even had to move tables because the people behind us were so loud. Our waitress was not good; she never told us the specials, never gave us bread, and passive aggressively gave us our dessert menus without saying a word or asking if we wanted anything else. When we did complain we were told it was her last day and a lot of people complained about her. It just sucks that she affected our dinner experience with our friends while on vacation.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Wonderful way to celebrate our anniversary! Excellent food and service

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

The food was very good...expensive but you know that’s coming if you look at the menu before you go. But it was great food, attentive service...and the ambiance was perfect. Low lighting, candle light on each table, dark walls....very nice!!

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 (New England)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Great evening. Everything was amazing but lobster Mac and cheese was horrible. Just too dry.

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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Had the small sirloin which was perfect, a baked potato the size of a football, and a salad which was filled with tomato, cukes, carrots, etc. not just lettuce. Simple dinner but they did it right. Asparagus was good too. Lively fun spot right on the marina.

Tags: Hot Spot, Waterfront
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 (New England)·Dined on October 13, 2017

One of our favorite restaurants. The food is always excellent as is the service.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Waterfront, People Watching, Bar Seating, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Casual
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

We all ordered steak, and all four, although different cuts, were tasty, tender, and perfectly cooked. The Porcini Shallot Butter was a real treat. It was a lovely meal, we nderful food, great service.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Visited for a date night at the end of our trip. Cannot say enough good things about the service here. Every member of the wait staff was warm and attentive. We watched a few of them dealing with a rude diner at the table across from us and they handled him with total grace. Very impressed. Food was delicious - definitely try the baked lobster macaroni & cheese. Would definitely return when we're back in the area.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Overall a good experience. Food was very good and the service was excellent. Wines are a little pricey. Would go back but would try a few other places first.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 10, 2017

We go every year on our anniversary which this year they did not acknowledge.

Tags: Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on October 10, 2017

We were greeted by a very pleasant hostess and manager. We had a drink at the bar before dinner with a very nice bartender. We were looking forward to a special birthday dinner as noted in our reservation request on Open Table. But, when we sat down at our table, we waited a good 10 minutes before anyone came over to take a drink order. My husband went to the hostess to see if anyone was going to serve us at all. We almost left the restaurant. A server named Victoria saved the evening by taking the initiative to come over and take care of us. Also, even though we told them that it was a special birthday dinner on our reservation request, there was no mention by any staff member. The food was great, but at these prices, it was a pretty disappointing experience. A better choice for dinner is The Mooring Restaurant. Same owners and within walking distance. Every server there from the hostess to the bus staff are extremely friendly and professional. The food is also consistently good there - never a bad meal or bad service in the many years we've been going to The Mooring.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 8, 2017

We had lunch their on our first of 5 days in Newport. Was so good that we decided to go back for Dinner on our last night. We had eaten seafood the first time we were there but both decided on a steak since we had eaten everything from clams to lobster the previous 4 days. She had the filet and it was good. I had a 30 day aged ribeye that was one of the best I have ever had. Service was great! Must eat place in Newport!!!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Great Beer, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Waterfront, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Ushered to sit outside during pouring rain and howling wind, asked hostess to secure the door which was being blown open and slamming every 5 minutes, which was next to our table, this request was ignored. Waitress was nowhere to be found after dropping off our drinks, we would have left if it wasn’t for the kids were hungry. Food itself was average. Will never return.

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·Dined on October 8, 2017

My first experience was terrible, Manager was arguing wirh me about what Medium Rare should look like in a piece of meat. Purple is not medium rare! Second chance i gave them and went back a monrh later. Did not order steak but food was great. SERVICE was aweful. Sat for 1 hr before even getting salad and bread. Then another 30 minutes for rhe meal.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Always a great time and a perfect meal when we visit Newport!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Three of the four in our part chose all inclusive meals. The potatoes purée was very good but it was barely a scoop. I had an allergy to mushrooms and asked for no mushrooms but the potatoes had mushrooms atop them so I couldn't eat them. It was our anniversary and they said Happy Anniversary as we walked out the door.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Being an ocean front restaurant, I was expecting more seafood on the menu. The restaurant is more geared to a steakhouse, which was not my on-line impression. Although the appetizers were good, raw clams and shrimp cocktail, the dinner menu was disappointing. Also, there were no pasta choices. I don't think I would be returning anytime soon.

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·Dined on October 3, 2017

It’s amazing place to spend nice evening with family or friends! Food is very tasty. Service is good.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 2, 2017

The lobster was amazing! Loved the ambiance. A classic for traditional Newport fare. Could step up their mashed potato game but steak was cooked perfectly, great wine, great date night on vacation. Overall loved it.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Waterfront, Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 1, 2017

A must if you are in Newport! The food is amazing and the service was outstanding. My husband and I were celebrating our 30th anniversary in RI and the restaurant was recommended to us. Our server was a delight, he didn't hover but was there if we needed him. His suggestions were perfect and we enjoyed our food and drinks. I highly recommend and will go back.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

The ambiance and food is fantastic!
Try to sit outside or by a window for the best experience ...

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Late-night Find
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Consistently great food fresh ingredients excellent service

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·Dined on September 30, 2017

We had the most wonderful meal at 22 Bowens! My boyfriend had the Porterhouse steak and absolutely loved it! He and I both agree that 22 Bowens is one of the best restaurants we've ever been to.

Tags: Late-night Find, Casual, Romantic, Hot Spot, Quiet Conversation, Waterfront, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Always consistent and good quality food. Servers are all great in making recommendations.

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Waterfront, Business Meals, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Omg. So fabulous! One of our favorite places to eat. Briton our server is one of the best in the business. Very warm, enthusiastic and funny. Our meals were terrific! Had a blast. Thank you for a great evening!!!

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Great location and perfect weather - will order better next time!

Tags: Seasonal, Scenic View
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 (Dallas)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Everything I order at this restaurant is literally the best food I have ever eaten. How is this even possible? When in Newport I will never eat any Where else.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 27, 2017

My friend thoroughly enjoyed their steak the week before so he took me there and he ordered the $60- 30 day dry aged sirloin medium rare And they brought it medium well . The waitress was friendly but she didn't come to check on us so I had to flag her down to return the steak . It was extremely chard too. My pasta was delicious but got cold since I felt bad eating my whole meal without him even starting . The manager brought out his new steak but they didn't offer to keep my food warm or a free dessert or anything . I tried A piece of the medium well steak and I was not impressed at all.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on September 27, 2017

We enjoyed dining here for our 59th anniversary! Hope to be able to return for next year's anniversary as well as inbetween!

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups
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·Dined on September 25, 2017

Fantastic food and service. Love the location on the dock.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Excellent way to start the evening at a ellegant restaurant with wonderful friends. The room had a nice view. The food was great, but a bit on the price side for the portions. The service was great! I would definitely come back and recommend this restaurant to others.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 24, 2017

We have been wanting to try 22 Bowens for a couple of years during our Newport visits. The food was delicious and portions were larger than anticipated. The downside of our dining experience was the service. We are a couple in our late 20's and felt our server quickly judged us as not worth her time, assuming we wouldn't spend much money. For example, we overheard her telling another table the evening's specials and realized she didn't share those with us. In addition, when she came to clear our entrees, she quickly presented the bill and said she assumed we wouldn't want dessert. The fact that she didn't even ask or offer us another cocktail really left a bad taste in our mouth. I am not sure if we will return, as our experiences at other upscale restaurants in Newport have been top notch. Though we are a younger couple, we are extremely successful and did not appreciate being pre-judged.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Seasonal, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

We made reservations with a special request to sit, "Portside". I was told they did not accept reservations from Portside but I was given an excellent table on the second floor overlooking the harbor. Excellent food and service.

Tags: Waterfront, Creative Cuisine, People Watching
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

This was our first time at 22 Bowens for dinner and we loved it! They had a 18 oz dry aged sirloin & tomahawk on special! We got both & they were phenomenal! We also had the Grilled Spiced Shrimp, Smoked Beef Short Rib and Chocolate Cake...all were delish!! Looking forward to going back soon.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Scenic View, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Romantic, Fun, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

This is the second time we’ve had dinner here. The first time was wonderful. Fabulous food and one of the best steaks I had had out in quite a while. I have also been talking up the baked potato as it was possibly the best I’d ever had.
This time we were told , even though we had a reservation, we could not sit outside. All through our meal, there was only one table filled outside. There was no baked potato that would be ready for quite a while. The steak was not only tough but flavorless. Of the four people in our party, no one was impressed this time around.
We eat out often and in many venues and for this price point, it simply needs to be better.
Kitchen staff change we’re thinking?

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