Midtown Oyster Bar

4.5
247 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
Midtown Oyster Bar is Newport's choice when it comes to the freshest seafood and the largest raw bar in town.
Our two story building offer 2 bar areas, the first floor tavern and the second floor Burgee Bar. Located right on Thames Street, there is no better place in town to watch the hustle and bustle of downtown Newport. Our tavern area has high top tables for a casual, bar atmosphere, where you can gather with friends to enjoy a great meal, or a few beverages. Three dining rooms and two outside decks allow for plenty of dining space as well as the availability for private parties. Whether you are looking for casual snacks and cocktails with friends or a formal dining experience, Midtown Oyster Bar has everything you could possibly be looking for.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, Contemporary American, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Daily: 11:30am - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(401) 619-4100
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
James Mitchell
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Private party facilities
Midtown Oyster Bar is the ultimate location to host your next event. Whether it be a rehearsal dinner, corporate event, cocktail party or special occasion, we certainly have the perfect space for you. Our private events director will coordinate with you to create a one-of-a-kind experience, customized specifically to your needs and event size.
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Private party contact
Devon Walsh: (401) 619-4100
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Cross street
Perry Mill Wharf
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 247 People Are Saying
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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CS
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very good - nice restaurant- friendly vibe

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DK
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Paul was our waiter and he was very attentive and friendly. Makes the experience so much better when the wait staff truly cares. Thanks Paul.

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D
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We were there for dinner a party of 5 and there was something for everyone . All thought their meals were very good and the price was very reasonable. The ambiance was great and it’s located where all the happenings are so easy to walk to see a band or get a cocktail after dinner .

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DG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was good service slow

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DD
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We were there for a business dinner. Great food and great atmosphere!

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KW
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food!

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K
Los Angeles
78 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Fine but nothing special. A lot of the oysters were gritty and not shucked well. Lobster roll unexciting. Fun stmoaphere at the bar but better restaurants in town

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OT
Key West
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visit to Newport for the Christmas boat parade. Early dinner with 2 young Grandsons . Had a great time, and will definitely return! Thanks for a very enjoyable evening!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Grilled octopus appetizer was very tender and tasty. Crispy pork belly cracklings were well seasoned and the blue cheese dressing was not over powering. Four of us each had different entrees and none of us were disappointed. Highly recommended.

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E
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Food was underwhelming. Had the fish tacos which felt as though I could have made them at home. Flaked fish vs what I’d expected, a proper deep fried piece of cod. My fault for not asking how it was prepared. mom got the lobster roll. At $28 I expected a lot; pictures from Yelp suggested it brimming with actual fully in tact claw meat. Maybe the season? We weren’t day before thanksgiving and it was light in the portioning. After all the excitement and hype from not being able to get a summer reservation we realized we weren’t missing anything.

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BB
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always a consistently good meal, and attentive service.

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DP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious with great service!

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E
New England
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, selection, service and ambiance

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JV
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I went here for restaurant week and the food was so good and the staff was amazing! I want to go back again!

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were a party of five and all of us decided to choose to order from the Restaurant Week Menu for $35. It was a great value and didn't disappoint. They had a few different main entree choices to choose from and all were great. We all chose the warm apple spice cake with ice cream for dessert and it was absolutely delicious. Our waitress was awesome; very attentive. We'll definitely go back!

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Scallops were delicious!

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

Great fresh seafood. I had a delicious Sword Fish. Nice variety of appetizers.

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m
New England
22 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I thought this was an exceptional lunch experience. Beautiful place. We were on the second level with the flags hanging around us, lots of windows, very open and airy. Waiting for friends, we started with a coffee and hot tea to offset the driving rain from which we had just come in. Smoked fish dip was excellent and a generous portion, I thought. Calamari was good but not the best I've had. We had drinks and then ordered lunch. Everyone but me had fish and chips and they said it was good. I had the mussels frites. Someone had posted a funny review on Yelp saying that he had ordered the mussels and they were so big he was traumatized. In fact, my order did have some pretty big mussels, but nothing that I considered grotesque. The frites had a nice aioli drizzled over them but not enough -- I would encourage the restaurant to include a small ramekin with aioli for dipping like red stripe does. I had a very nice glass of Riesling to go with everything. Overall, it was a beautiful setting, the food was good, the menu interesting with lots of other offerings I would one day like to try, and the prices were excellent.

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D
New England
27 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Nice menu, good service, good draft beer list. The problem with this restaurant is the food. The fish was dry and overcooked and we highly suspect that our halibut was not halibut but cod. My wife and I are from Boston and eat a lot of halibut. The oyster bar and oyster selection are very good. Would not return although this is the type of restaurant that usually appeals to us.

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Jackson Hole
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good service. the scallops were fab, the pork and clans so tasty. Good beer selection. And no waiters hasslung you all the time, which I hate!

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WR
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a late night dinner at Midtown. We opted for the Newporter seafood medley. Food was outstanding, service was very good, and the atmosphere was great. Large eating area so it did not fee like people were surrounding you. After dinner, we had drinks on the second floor roof top bar which was a fantastic ending to a great meal. I especially recommend this restaurant for people who like oysters and other shellfish.

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JR
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The oysters were fantastic! Also, the sirloin steak and lobster roll were exceptionally tasty!

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LR
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great fresh oysters, enjoyed the cod chowder, and a fantastic lobster roll. Had a reservation, but chose to sit a high-top in the bar. Nice, energetic atmosphere that made for a great evening.

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T
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was very good. First time dining here and will return.

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DE
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent lunch at Midtown Oyster Bar. It was our second visit to this restaurant. The food and service were great. We will definitely be back next visit to Newport!

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

I have been here before and it was fantastic but last night it was not great. Fish was over cooked they served us old wine that tasted like vinegar and salads were average
At almost $200 for dinner for two with a single drink each it was very disappointing and we won’t be back.

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C
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Really nothing special. Two of us got the Norwegian Salmon it was dry and was over cooked. Cowboy pork chop was too salty. Little choice in salads but the wedge was really uninspired and the dressing was not good. I’d say the service was good but the way the server returned the credit card was sloppy and it was left behind. Trying to get a the staff to assist in retrieving it was difficult and it too several visits to get it back. There were a lot of cards left behind so it wasnt just us.

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C
New England
17 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Good restaurant, but definitely a tourist destination.

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K
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Unser Essen war sehr gut, Bedienung war nett und mit Kind prima. Es ist so laut da, man stört auf keinen Fall wenn sein Kind mal keine Lust hat den ganzen Abend still an Tisch zu sitzen 🙂. Parken überall an der Straße war kein Problem - war allerdings Nebensaison.

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R
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was fine. The only con would be the noise level. It was very loud.

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JK
New England
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The overall experience was a good one. The location was perfect right next to our hotel. We had dinner there two nights in a row. Food good, but service inconsistent. First night there were delays in taking food orders. Second night, the second and third course were served as we were still eating the previous courses.

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Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

On our reservation, We had requested a “QUIET TABLE.” We were seated upstairs.
Rather than being in a quit corner, next to us was a party room (doors open) and a large gathering of boisterous guests. The noise level was Loud+++. We asked to have another table,
And were told that there were no downstairs tables available.
Our new table was 2 away from our previous one. No change in noise level.
Our waitress never explained the 2 menues, as she did for guests sitting at the next table.
While the oysters were fine, my scallops were over cooked and “rubbery.”
The overall experience was so disappointing that we left without even considering
Coffe, and/or dessert.

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OT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Usually pretty good. Not this time. Oysters were pitifully tiny out of season. Tuna tacos were soggy, tuna poke was mostly filler, mussels were sandy in the pan roast and fluke fish box was over cooked. Scallop crudo lacked any acid or Oliver oil. Not great. Hope they do better next time.

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EB
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our service was a bit slow but was a very large party next to us that our waitress was also covering.

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NM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Didn’t know have any expectations before going to Midtown Oyster Bar but was pleasantly surprised. The food was excellent and the service was great! Will definitely be going again.

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LC
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Claudia was fantastic! She was sweet, attentive and knowledgeable. The food was delicious!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was fantastic and the food is consistently amazing. One of our favorite places in Newport.

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GE
Atlantic City
6 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We have been To the Midtown Oyster Bar before however the Midtown’ food seems very over priced and inconsistent ... our meals were ok and other times they have been very good.

Brick alley food at The Mooring prices... maybe should have dined at The Mooring for the cost in the end .. services was very good.

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g
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I love their "fix box" specials, especially the halibut. The smoked fish dip is consistently good. We love the waitstaff. They are so warm and friendly.

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L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Amazing Experience!!!! Jen our server was amazing, very experienced. We loved the oysters, tuna tartare tacos were the best, and my husband loved the scallops.

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