Bouchard Restaurant and Inn

4.9
2555 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary French

Please notes restaurant week will be 3/5-3/11


At Bouchard Restaurant, a warm relaxed ambiance and gracious welcome signals your arrival. The restaurant serves fine French cuisine in a 1785 Georgian-style house.

BUSINESS CASUAL ATTIRE REQUIRED: No sneakers, jeans, flip-flops, T-shirts, or tank tops.
Due to the style of our restaurant, it would be inappropriate for children under the age of seven (7).


Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary French
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Hours of operation
Wednesday - Monday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(401) 846-0123
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Albert J Bouchard III
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Parking details
PARKING PASSES AVAILABLE FOR THE NEARBY CHURCH CALL RESTAURANT UPON ARRIVAL.INAPPROPRIATE FOR CHILDREN UNDER 7A BUSINESS CASUAL ATTIRE IS REQUIRED : NO SNEAKERS, JEANS, FLIP-FLOPS, T-SHIRTS OR TANK-TOPS.
Additional
Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wine
What 2555 People Are Saying
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MM
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was good but nothing special. They make a big deal about the dress code, even called us to remind us no jeans. No problem, we like to dress up a little for special dinners. Table next to us had 3 guys in jeans and collarless shirts. Ridiculous!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent. Our fourth visit and each one has been excellent.

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P
New England
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good French restaurant-service and food were impeccable. Will definitely return and recommend to friends.

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JF
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply best in Newport/Providence area!!! The five of us agreed it was the very best restaurant in the described area!!!!!

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RS
New England
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love to celebrate special events - anniversary, birthday at Bouchard. Dan, the Maitre D is always so helpful in choosing our menu items!

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B
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's in an odd location - the other end of Thames Street, but well worth going. It has parking associated with it. You check in, and you will be given a parking pass for a lot up the side street. If you need handicapped access, be sure to ask b/c the entrance has several steps.
I had the cod - delicious. The others in my party had a pork Wellington & seared scallops. Both were said to be superb. We went on a Sunday night in December, so it was not full, but about half the tables were occupied. It was still not noisy. Our waiter was very solicitous, which I would say also describes the ambiance of Bouchard. They even had a bowl of reading glasses at the counter in case you forgot yours!
The place has a dress code. No jeans or sneakers, no exceptions, not even in December on a rainy night. Don't let the dress code put you off. This place is worth it.
We'll be back every time we visit Newport.

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EC
New England
63 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service ( MAX ) fabulous, Wine selection and service 1st class, the appetizers and entree's outstanding and dessert remarkable ( Grand Marnier Souffle and Profiterole. I can't wait to return!!

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t
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, great presentation, romantic...will return!

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JM
New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect - as always - makes you wonder why other restaurants just don't get it. Restaurant Bouchard has that perfect quality of understated elegance. Great food, great ambiance, great wine, warm, cozy - just perfect on a cold rainy night on the first of December. If you haven't been there, it is really a must - quite sure you won't be disappointed.

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FF
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been here five times and every time it's been wonderful. The food is sublime and the service is impeccable. You can call this a French restaurant, but the chef is always experimenting with traditional seafood, beef, and lamb dishes. The staff is extremely knowledgeable about the food and wine. You have to splurge and order an appetizer or two (or even three), a main course (off the menu or one of their specials), and a dessert (the soufflé is a must) or two. I'm already planning my return visit.

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding... truly truly outstanding

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MC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful anniversary dinner, food and service was excellent

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful! Staff and service is excellent! Food is delicious and fabulous.

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KM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband said the veal chop special was the best veal chop he ever had and cooked perfectly. Both our appetizers and our entrees were delicious. A quiet upscale restaurant.

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JT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in Newport

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c
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience was delightful! Our waiter was warm and helpful! Even though the menu choices were in French, he was very helpful!! No snobbishness!!! We enjoyed it all!! Especially the soufflé!! Yum! A must!!!

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SG
New England
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

One of Newport’s finest restaurants featuring outstanding food, wines by the bottle, half bottle, and glass, and attentive service. The dress code is business casual, but a blazer or sports coat wouldn’t look out of place. Definitely a prime choice for special occasions.

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C
Miami
16 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This restaurant has been amazingly consistent over the years, with a very professional wait staff.

The menu is very diverse, and the food preparation always superb.

The Grand Marnier souffle' was delicious.

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RG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What can you say about a meal that you don't want to end? A meal in which every morsel on the plate that enters the mouth makes you go, "Hmmmmm."?
The honeydew and watermelon w/ arugula salad; the duck; the steak and lobster; and desert.. all superb. Topped off with the excellent attentive, personal service provided by Max and Carmen.
A most memorable dinner experience.

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k
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable food service and ambiance! Max our server was perfection. And the food - OUTSTANDING!!! I have to agree with other reviews - it was one of the best meals of my life too. I will make a point of returning! Worth every penny!

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RC
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a wonderful evening. Appreciated the confirmation call with parking instructions. The food was fabulous as well as the greeting upon arrival and wait staff.
Highly recommended for a special occasion!

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JF
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Never disappoints. Attractive atmosphere, excellent food and very attentive, friendly service combine to create a winning combination.

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JC
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was perfect. Dan was quite helpful with is suggestions. The foie gras was spectacular as were the the other appetizers. Everyone enjoyed their entrees and their drinks and wine. The souffle's were over the top...a primary reason to go back again! Hopefully, soon..

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LA
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Thanksgiving tasting menu (foraging) was outstanding, mostly vegetarian options. Service was exceptional. Wine pairings were diverse and interesting. Special occasion ... quite expensive, but very memorable. A highlight of our visit to Newport.

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C
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner at Bouchard Restaurant was exceptional. The service that Daniel provided was outstanding, I wish I could give him more than 5 stars. We went with several of his recommendations, and were very glad that we did. If you dine at Bouchard and there is a scallop special with fennel and apple I highly recommend it. The scallops were perfectly cooked, and the flavors of the dish were perfectly balanced. Also order the soufflé for dessert - it is enough for two to share. It was incredibly light and airy, but had great flavor. We will definitely return!

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A
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bouchard offers a great choice of different flavors from land to sea. We enjoyed our dinner that included two delicious specials: for appetizer scallops ravioli with feta and spinach and veal chop with blue cheese for entree as well as fantastic escargots with short rib and red wine and amazing re-stuffed lobster with a hint of truffle. It was our anniversary so our waiter Max brought us complimentary champagne and the chef wrote a note on our dessert plate. Amazing food and great service.

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JM
New England
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to Bouchards and we were accompanied by close friends with whom we have dined at various restaurants in R.I. and SEMA. Warm and cozy with a terrific waitperson who was very knowledgeable and personable. All 4 appetizers and all 4 entrees were not only delicious but the plate presentations were beautiful. Desserts were shared and all of us concluded that Bouchards was truly one of the most enjoyable dining experiences we have had.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely the best restaurant in Newport!

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PP
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We drove from Stamford, CT to Newport, RI to dine at Bouchard, after touring The Breakers decorated for Christmas. We have dined here many times over the years. My mom and her fiance joined us for their first time at Bouchard. Daniel, the maitre de, recommended the French Martini, so I ordered it and it was wonderful. Mom's fiance ordered a non alcoholic beer and then had the lobster bisque, which he enjoyed. Mom ordered a Dark and Stormy drink and we then shared puff pastry with lobster and asparagus and a lovely cream sauce. I had Jack Daniels on the rocks and then had a mesclun salad. For entrees I had the sliced steak which was done perfectly (medium). Mom's fiance had the veal chop which he relished, as it's not readily available on Cape Cod where he lives. Mom and I each had the Dover sole, which was delicious.
I asked for Daniel's recommendation on a white wine to have with the Dover sole. He recommended a French burgundy, which was a perfect accompaniment.
Mom and I each ordered the Grand Marnier souffle for dessert, which was light and delectable! I had a decaf expresso for the 3 hour ride home. Ironically, the couple next to us had driven from Danbury, CT to celebrate their birthdays at Bouchard. Bouchard is well worth the 6 hour round trip drive!

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PA
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s hard to overstate how wonderful this restaurant is. We always go when visiting Newport. And people we know who live there feel this is their best option for important dinners with family and friends.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food!!!!!!! By far the best !!!!! Dan is also the best server ever! Truly apart of the amazing experience

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u
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our favorite restaurant we drive from Boston and stay in Newport just to go to Bouchards
for all of out special ocasions

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DA
New England
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall a wonderful place to celebrate a birthday. We will return.

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FM
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

During our recent visit to this restaurant which was participating in Newport Restaurant Week we found that there were two levels of pricing for the menu. The offerings were great. The lobster bisque was the best I have ever had, light and flavorful. The roast duck entrée was delightful. The service was outstanding. This is such a popular restaurant that there is generally a long waiting list for reservations and no open seating. I would recommend this restaurant for special occasions.

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OT
New England
133 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We give 5 stars to Bouchards. Their menu offers something for every palette; the menues for restaurant week was excellent. The food is delicious and the presentation is exquisite. The servers, in tuxes, are superb. They are professional, attentive and efficient, they make dining an experience. Our server Dan, is outstanding and also makes fantastic cocktails!!

If you’re in Newport and only have time for one restaurant, Bouchards is a must!!

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JM
New England
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bouchard Restaurant is our "go to" place for special celebrations. Always meets our expectations.

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J
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional service and food. Thank you for making our evening special!!

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DL
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love this place. Been a few times but came for restaurant week. Food and service were outstanding as usual however I can only comment on a group of 6 sitting near us. They were loud from the moment they walked in. Not to mention we overheard them being told by the hostess that their table wasn’t ready because a group had to pay first so two of the women began to troll that table until they left. Literally walking into the dining room and next to the table of people finishing up enjoying their coffees. One guest even went up to this table after an hour and scolded them for being so loud and ruining the ambiance of the restaurant for everyone else. Which they were. In response one man in the group got offended and argumentive and literally was trying to make the captain Dan give him that woman’s number and information so he could “deal with her” harassing the waiter to go thru the reservation log for her information. They then proceeded to trash all the other guests in the restaurant because they weren’t as rich as them because “restaurant week brings out all the garbage” we could clearly hear them and were there for restaurant week as most of the guests but so were they! I felt bad for the waiter who was left alone to deal with the these people passive comments and badgering. My boyfriend and I couldn’t hear much of what each other was saying. Wished a manager had intervened. But I only write this review as this restaurant is excellent and this is no reflection on Bouchards but I wanted to commend this waiter for being so calm and collected. Unfortunately money does not buy class

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m
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Bouchard was the usual wonderful experience. There was an unexpected hiccup with a loud party of six diluting the cozy and quiet ambiance but we were fortunate that when they came we were waiting for dessert and weren't disturbed for very long.

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B
New England
13 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Even though this was Restaurant week, the food and service were impeccable , as always. It is one of the best restaurants not only in Newport, and Ri but also New England, always worth the trip.

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