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Diners' Choice: Best Ambiance restaurants in Rhode Island

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best ambiance in Rhode Island? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Aurelia at Castle Hill restaurant
4.9
4.9 (2638)
$50 and over
Farm-to-table
Newport
About the restaurant
Residing inside the historic Agassiz Mansion at Castle Hill Inn, Aurelia is the next evolution in Castle Hill’s culinary journey – one that has been lauded as one of the best dining experiences in New England. Nestled on forty magical acres, the property has been the backdrop of memorable occasions for more than a century.

The Forbes and Relais & Chateaux restaurant, known in its original incarnation as The Dining Room at Castle Hill, offers a six-course prix fixe menu with imaginative dishes utilizing the local bounty of produce, seafood, and artisanal producers.

Aurelia’s dining rooms overlook Narragansett Bay in all its raw beauty. As the bay’s seascape and surrounding landscape change subtly with the seasons, so does Aurelia’s menu, culminating in a truly memorable experience.

Top review
Moosevip
Dined 7 days ago
Beautiful setting and delicious food and great place for dinner when visiting Newport
A photo of COAST at Ocean House restaurant
4.9
4.9 (260)
$50 and over
Farm-to-table
Westerly
About the restaurant
COAST offers a seasonal menu showcasing the finest of each season’s products locally & from around the word. Our collaboration & proximity to local farms allows us to source the highest quality ingredients of that day, creating a distinctive dining experience.

CUISINE
Dining guests may select from a prix-fixe four-course savory or vegetarian tasting menu with optional caviar and/or cheese course available to elevate the meal to an indulgent six-course culinary journey. $145pp

DRESS CODE
Resort elegant. Collared shirts & slacks with jackets preferred for Gentlemen. Evening or cocktail attire for ladies. Jeans permitted provided they are of dark color and do not have rips or holes. Shorts, flip-flops, lounge ware, or tennis shoes are not permitted.

AGE MINIMUM
We kindly ask that our COAST restaurant be enjoyed by guests ages 8 and older.


Top review
MichaelO
Dined on Jul 8, 2024
It was a really lovely meal with fabulous service. There was a lot of food and I particularly liked the Tuna Tartare. The cheese plate is being consumed as I type this for breakfast :) The lamb was delicious. Yep, brilliant experience.
A photo of The Bistro at Ocean House restaurant
4.6
4.6 (770)
$31 to $50
Bistro
Westerly
About the restaurant
At Ocean House, our classic American Bistro menu invites guests and visitors to enjoy casual, seasonally inspired dishes. Available for breakfast, lunch and dinner in The Bistro, Bar and Lounge, and in the members-only Club Room and Club Terrace, the Bistro menu offers traditional brasserie fare with a New England flavor. Begin your morning with inspired breakfast classics, fresh pastries or a colorful spread inspired by the season’s bounty. For lunch and dinner, a selection of starters and entrees are simply prepared and presented, with an emphasis on fresh local meats and sustainable seafood.

CUISINE
A classic American brasserie menu with an emphasis on featured seasonal ingredients and traditional club specialty items including grilled meats and inspired sides.

Cancellations within 24 hours and no-shows are subject to a $5 per person cancellation fee.

Top review
Barbievip
Dined 5 days ago
My sister and I had enjoyed our lunch at The Bistro. Our server Cosmin greet us with a very warm smile.was He explained the appetizers in detail. Our lunch was delicious. I have had lunch there before but the was the most memorable. We will ask for him on our next visit.
A photo of The Lawn Terrace at Castle Hill restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2974)
$31 to $50
American
Newport
About the restaurant
This time of year, Lunch at Castle Hill menu continues to be served daily from 11:30am - 3:00pm at indoor tables as well as at the Terrace Bar. By booking online, you're reserving an indoor table - while the covered terrace bar does not require or accept reservations.

We accept reservations of up to seven guests no more than four weeks in advance. Private events and overnight guests can book further as well.


Top review
Sandyvip
Dined 3 days ago
Amazing time so beautiful highly recommend it 👍👍 great service delicious food
A photo of The National Hotel restaurant
4.6
4.6 (285)
$31 to $50
American
Block Island
About the restaurant
Located in the heart of downtown beautiful Block Island, The National Hotel Tap & Grille is the perfect place to enjoy a great meal or cocktail. Outdoor seating on our iconic Porch offers breath taking ocean views of the Old Harbor.
Dog friendly dining available, please specify in visit notes if you are bringing a furry friend. Inside Seating is also available. We do not reserve fireside seating.

Lunch and dinner served daily, our diverse menu specializes in seafood, steaks & Island favorites. Inside and outside bar shows all sporting events and offers live entertainment on the Weekends during high season.

Independently owned and operated the National Tap and Grille is favorite with locals and tourists

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
We had four appetizers and they were all excellent. The place has such a phenomenal vibe and the location is terrific. Great service good drinks always a good time.
A photo of Verandah Raw Bar at Ocean House restaurant
4.5
4.5 (340)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Westerly
About the restaurant
A favorite area for visiting guests during the summer, The Verandah sweeps across the south façade of Ocean House. The outdoor terrace overlooks the pristine croquet court, which offers stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and Little Narragansett Bay. Fresh shellfish from nearby waters — succulent oysters, clams and lobster — are shucked to order at our traditional New England raw bar. The menu also includes savory light items such as a daily salads and an assortment of delicious sandwiches. With oversized chairs and low tables, The Verandah beckons you to relax and enjoy a brisk cocktail paired with a heavenly bite as you watch the waves crash along the shoreline.
Cancellations within 24 hours and no-shows will be charged $5 per guest.
All parties larger than 6 guests will be seated at multiple tables.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 3 days ago
Beautiful setting. Great service. A very yummy lunch.
A photo of Boat House Waterfront Dining restaurant
4.8
4.8 (7854)
$30 and under
Seafood
Tiverton
About the restaurant
At the Boat House, we proudly celebrate coastal New England's natural abundance: fresh seafood, local produce and pastoral and nautical charms. Residing on a bluff over the foot of Mt. Hope Bay, the restaurant beckons guests to relax and soak in our panoramic, award-winning bayside views.
Top review
Andysgirlvip
Dined 3 days ago
Had a delicious lunch on the porch. The setting is lovely, cocktail exceptionally good, and the food was delicious. Top that off with excellent service and it was a winner!
A photo of Gracie's restaurant
4.9
4.9 (4203)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Providence
About the restaurant
Gracie’s is committed to providing an unforgettable dining experience. Great lengths are taken to ensure each dish highlights local seasonal ingredients. Our team works closely with local farmers, fishermen, brewers, winemakers, and distillers to bring you the freshest ingredients available. Gracie’s team is trained to accommodate food allergies and a wide range of dietary restrictions.

We are conveniently located in downtown Providence’s theater district (across from Trinity Rep and a short walk from PPAC). We are also close to the Dunkin Donuts Center, the RI Convention Center, Brown University, RISD, Johnson and Wales University, and Providence College.

We believe in full transparency; a 22% service fee (Teamshare) is added to each check to compensate our team of trained professionals with a consistent and reliable salary. Additional gratuity is optional and will be dispersed to the Hospitality Team.

Thank you for choosing Gracie’s and supporting our passion.

Top review
JonMcvip
Dined 1 day ago
Wonderful meal! Or favorites were the focaccia and gnocchi but it was all good!
A photo of Atlantic Inn restaurant
4.6
4.6 (98)
$31 to $50
American
Block Island
About the restaurant
Our tal­ent­ed Exec­u­tive Chef invites you to Restau­rant 1879 to enjoy a din­ing expe­ri­ence unpar­al­leled on Block Island. Relax and enjoy a roman­tic din­ner while sip­ping a glass of wine from our exten­sive and Award Win­ning wine list.
Top review
Jaytvip
Dined 3 days ago
Probably the best restaurant on Block Island. Great scallops and halibut in a very nice setting. Our waitress was very attentive. A pleasant evening.
A photo of The Cafe - Westerly restaurant
4.8
4.8 (242)
$31 to $50
American
Westerly
About the restaurant
WHERE STARS ARE TREATED LIKE LOCALS 
& LOCALS ARE TREATED LIKE STARS
The Café is a concept born of our family’s belief that a community is stronger when it gathers to celebrate, discuss ideas, relax, and enjoy. Our unique downtown location and partnership with the newly renovated United Theatre will yield an endless number of these memorable experience opportunities for years to come. The design of our venue, menus and service are a proper mix of aspirational and comfortable.

We are honored to be a part of this incredible region and look forward to having you join us.


Top review
JulieDvip
Dined 1 day ago
Everything (food - salmon entree and chocolate vinegar cake, service, atmosphere) was perfect!
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