22 Bowens Wine Bar and Grille

4.7
4614 Reviews
$30 and under
Unspecified
Prime Steaks and New England's finest seafood on historic Bowen's Wharf in Newport

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 4614 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.3
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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our entire experience at 22 Bowen’s was amazing from start to finish. It was one of the best dining experiences of our lives. I let them know it was my husbands birthday and they gave us a perfect table with a beautiful view. Our server Joseph was absolutely wonderful and so personable. He was the perfect combination of attentive and low-key. He was seriously so great. Lastly, Joseph brought over a delicious cupcake to cap off our meal. We look forward to making our Newport trip a yearly tradition and 22 Bowen’s will be part of that!

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NataliaA
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great view, food, service. I hope to return again this summer. Thank you!

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vipmval27
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent service, great steaks

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luv2goout
New England
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent, food was delicious. We all enjoyed ourselves.

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BarbaraD
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best scallops I have ever had. Tender, cooked to perfection.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing , service pleasure

LB
vipLauraB
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A must visit if in Newport, especially if it is a special occasion. My husband and I seem to always go back to 22 Bowens when we are celebrating something in life. The food is phenomenal and the service is great. The ambiance is amazing during a sunny day but the interior is as great as the exterior if you get stuck on a cold, rainy Rhode Island day. Would recommend to anyone if you are looking for a nicer meal in Newport. (Favs include espresso martini; tuna tartare, Filet oscar; and the cheesecake!)

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RobtB
Miami
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Swordfish was terrific. Cheesecake with black pepper was REALLY good

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vipDailybeancafe
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed a lovely meal here during restaurant week. All three courses were thoroughly enjoyed! Will keep this on our list for sure!!

KM
KenMac
New England
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The location of Bowens 22 right on Bowens Wharf at the Newport Waterfront is just amazing. What a way to start the dinner experience. Great service. Nice drink and wine offerings. No question that the restaurant is pricey. But for a special night, it is worth it.

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PamS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a beautiful dinner. The food was absolutely delicious, the staff was so friendly and accommodating, and the atmosphere was quiet and romantic. It was just perfect for the type of night we were looking for.

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Paul
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The waitress was clear, supportive, and available. Steaks were great, bread was stale and Ceasar salad had little or no taste.

KM
KellyM
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The only thing that we were disappointed in was we were seated on the outside deck on a 35 degree, rainy evening. It was heated and enclosed but still very cold. We asked to be seated elsewhere and were accommodated. We would have left if not seated inside. Fabio, our waiter, was awesome!

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wait staff said the calamari was the best in New England - very possible she was right

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vipChrissy
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Why ask if my reservation is a special occasion and then don’t acknowledge it. Tried to sit us directly by the stairway lotsa traffic. They did move us on request Food was good not great ! We had the tuna tartare which was good. We ordered the special dry aged steak which was cooked a bit to much for medium, so that was one. blemish of the night. Also they ask if there’s any dietary restrictions on reservation We had to reiterate. Don’t ask if you don’t read it! Our server was very good! Would try again maybe. There are so many restaurants in Newport so gonna try something new.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience5

AC wasn’t working well upstairs. Steak was over cooked.

EA
vipEdA1
New England
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food and the atmosphere were great. I thought the waiter was spread a little too thin.

It seemed to me that he had a hard time getting to everybody on a timely basis.

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SuzieQ
New England
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service is always great. We ordered a special which was a Delmonico steak for 2. The middle slices were delicious-anything close to the edge was very fatty so we basically lost at least 2 of the pieces. For the price we paid I thought there should have been more meat. I usually order the filet mignon, which is always excellent. I should’ve stuck with that-I would’ve been much happier.

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kelleyc
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent as always - restaurant week was a great menu

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AniS
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was a delight and they were super accommodating. They even managed to find us a hot chocolate when they usually don’t carry it. The food was beautifully cooked and presented. We ordered the curated filet and the half chicken. Super fresh and perfectly seasoned. We thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. 10/10 would recommend.

JB
JoshB
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

great meal, great friendly service. An amazing night out! Can't wait to go back

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were served by Zach and he was a delight! Great service and amazing food and wine. Very happy.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location and generous portions!

JM
JaniceM
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This a very nice place, everyone was very nice and accommodating. I got the Braised chicken with root vegetables and it was delicious!

JB
JohnnyB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Been to this restaurant quite a few times. Always a great meal.

CT
CtTraveler
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Honestly felt treated poorly because i am not a big drinker. Menu was much much smaller than when previously we had gone. Our waiter Scott seemed to be bothered by us. No bread or water brought to the table when others all around us were brought. If i am paying 50 bucks a steak ala carte i expect some pretty dam good service. I would say the worse was the desert. I ordered Tres Leches Cake and they bring out this less than 2 inch by 2 inch piece of dry cake. My wife and i were dumbfounded. We love the building , the ambience but we left after dropping almost 150.00 dollars and were still hungry.

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vipStewie
New England
6 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was delicious! Waiter was attentive. We enjoyed our dinner as usual.

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professionaldiner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited Bowens about 8 years ago - It was a great dinner then, and also a great dinner this past weekend. Food was excellent - service was excellent - would definitely recommend this restaurant.

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MichaelE
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food and atmosphere as always. They always do a great job.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We had a very good experience and the food was great. We had bar seating and the server was awesome

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LindseyS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food, went for our anniversary and were seated by the bathroom. Aside from a bad seat and slow service, the food was phenomenal.

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Stace
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Both the rack of lamb and steak ordered by my group came out over cooked. While they brought us new ones they seemed annoyed that we complained. We ordered medium rare yet the meat had no pink or very little. The food was okay but for the price I don't think the value was worth it compared to other restaurants in the area out of 10 I would give them a 6.

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vipReet
New England
30 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome
Food awesome
Service !

JT
JoeT
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First visit and very much enjoyed the dinner. Will go back.

EC
EastCoastFoodie
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

My husband and I had dinner at 22 Bowens on a Wednesday evening in April— it was our first day of vacation, and we had booked a table one month in advance. We arrived about 15 minutes early, dressed for the evening. When we checked in with the host, I acknowledged that we were a bit early and offered to wait or have a drink at the bar if our table was not ready, but the host insisted we could be seated, and he instructed a staff member where to seat us.

When we settled into our seats, we looked around at several empty tables and realized we had been seated at the smallest table, which also happened to be the only table situated under the open landing of a staircase leading to the second floor. This meant that we were seated at eye-level with the shoes of every patron and employee clomping up and down the stairs and that whatever grime was being kicked up would become part of our meal. Despite our long-standing reservation, timely arrival, and appropriate dress, the host had relegated us to the worst seat in the house. We asked to be moved and we were accommodated.

Once we were settled at a new table, our server Chelsea redeemed our experience with her warm hospitality and friendly demeanor. We enjoyed some cocktails before dinner and shared a wonderful order of fresh, fried calamari. For dinner we each ordered a glass of Domaine Albert Bichot Pinot Noir and steak— the 10 oz. center-cut filet and the 16 oz. grass-fed ribeye— and we shared a (huge!) side of truffle mac the steaks were tastefully aged and each was cooked perfectly; the mac and the sprouts were plentiful and dressed with pomegranate seeds, but otherwise lacking in any discernible flavor. We passed on dessert, but I would have liked to try the coconut tres leches.

Overall, I want to thank Chelsea for reviving our entire experience. The host should take note.

EB
ErockBar1
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Went here for my wife’s birthday. Such a great spot.
We had the calamari for appetizer. It was very good and different from the calamari we get in CT as it was served with banana peppers not marinara sauce.
Hands down the star of the show was the salmon special my wife ordered. It had an Indian style sauce served over a mushroom rice pilaf. It was probably the best Salmon we’ve ever had had.
Bravo 22 Bowens!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall1food4service4ambience1

Bowen’s has been my go-to for years. The ambiance of the place combined with the location right on the wharf was one of a kind.
Now it feels like a hospital ward - sterile, and distant. Sitting at the bar was pitiful. Staring at a sheet of plexiglass? I’d rather be at home. Sitting at a table surrounded by plexiglass? It was silly, institutional and felt like I was in a bio-lab. Not a fine dining experience., more like a university mess hall. I will not return if this persists. You’ve de-valued the dining experience

TC
ThomasC
New England
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

birthday
very nice

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Lynne
New England
8 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience !

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22 Bowens Wine Bar and Grille is rated 4.7 stars by 4614 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.