The Black Pearl

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$30 and under
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The Black Pearl, located in the heart of the city's bustling waterfront, is one of Newport's best-known and best-loved restaurants.
From the warm ambience and classic cuisine of our Commodore's Room and Tavern to the al-fresco charm of our Waterside Patio and raw bar, the Black Pearl has something to offer everyone. We only take reservations in our Commodore's room - please note there is a business casual dress code - no jeans, sneakers or shorts. Men are required to wear a collared shirt.
The Black Pearl, on Bannister's Wharf, is open seven days a week.
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b
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

It was not open even after I got confirmation from Open Table. I called the Black Pearl after I found it was not open. The phone operator was just arrogant. She didn't apologize at all and suddenly hung up the call. I tried to verify her name but she just answer she was operator no.7 so that she could avoid her responsibility for her rudeness to the person who made a phone call. I assume she reflected the restaurant's arrogant attitude to guests. This restaurant is the restaurant that you should avoid to go by any means.

J
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I made a reservation thru Open Table for Dinner for 4 for 2/1. The Open Table confirmed my reservation. And...the restaurant was closed!! Apparently they close in early Feb for remodeling and didn't bother to let Open Table know this information (and therefore, we were not informed).

When you have a party of 4 standing outside of a closed restaurant during a night of the Polar Vortex, it is uncomfortable and irritating.

I am not certain whether the Black Pearl or Open Table should get a bad Yelp review for this! or both.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

They were closed...me and my wife were very disappointed...they should not take reservations if they are closed for renovations

OT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

They are a great restaurant but they are not open!! Delete them

C
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I dined in The Commodore Room and everything was more than I expected. The best dinner during my stay in Newport. Service, ambience, food selection and quality were outstanding.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

I was told when I got to the restaurant that they don’t honor reservations from Open Table! But she did us this one time favor but wouldn’t except it from me again through open table. If they don’t honor from Open Table how did she get my reservation?? We probably got the worst table in the place, people standing right on top of us waiting for their table, not the best ambience with someone’s tush in your face.
The clam chowder, ceviche and lobster tails were wonderful!
Our waitress was also very nice

b
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

My negative review concerns reservation procedure and is for both Black Pearl and Open Table. Do Not Use Open Table to make a reservation at the Black Pearl. I had made a reservation for the rear dining room for a special occasion through Open Table. I confirmed this reservation on line twice. Unfortunately I did not call the restaurant directly. When we arrived, the hostess informed us that they (Black Pearl) have been trying to remove themselves from Open Table “for months” and are ignored. She said one evening she had 12 parties who “had made the same mistake” they were unable to seat. Once again, The Black Pearl does not take reservations for the more formal dining room through Open Table. Unclear about the outdoor seating option. We were eventually seated outside which is very casual dining, and had a nice dinner but it was Not what we had planned.

JS
New England
9 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 4

Don’t book through opentable. They do not honor reservations made through this site. They did manage to find us a table in the informal room. The computer had an issue and it took nearly an hour to get our food. Our server was very nice and gave us a discount for the inconvenience. They also do not have a kids menu. But the main takeaway is don’t book from opentable. Somehow the site is not corrected that they do not accept reservations from them and unless you luck out with a very slow night in the formal dining room you won’t get in there. Call directly

K
Orlando
9 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Servers was terrific, he got all details correct and he was smiling and knowledgeable.
All cocktails were perfect, our appetizers and entree, too. Scallops, softball crabs , steaks, YUM!

BA
New York Area
64 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

While the New England clam chowder is a standout, the rest of the menu is overpriced and not memorable.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Great service! Very welcoming. The restaurant is a Newport classic. Food prices are reasonable, and the menu provides a wide range from burgers to higher end steak and fish dishes.

K
Indiana
22 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took a date that had never eaten at the BP
SHE LOVED IT
It was every bit as good as it was in the 1980s and 1990s so my hat is off
WKL

NM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I haven't had their clam chowder in 40 years and it was still the best!

ME
New England
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Black Pearl was recommended by a friend. We had reservations in main Dining Room but were seated in Tavern. Food was average...in fact, the duck was so salty I could not finish it. Pretty disappointing.

OT
Pittsburgh
12 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

We’ve dined here before. Made a reservation for dinner in the off season, got to the restaurant and were told the commodore’s room hasn’t been open for months and won’t be open until May. So we ate in the tavern which was fine, but was not the commodore’s room. We were dressed as required and everyone else was in jeans. The food was good, but not exceptional and not what we had planned. Don’t make a reservation here until probably May, because the upscale dining area isn’t open. If you’re ok with their tavern area, they don’t take reservations.

MM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 4ambience 3

back room were we reserved was not open. we were advised when we arrived. we would have change rest. if we had know. will not go back. m macqueen

TR
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere, food and service were exceptional. We went because our son had accepted student day at Johnson & Wales. So we will be back.

J
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great meal at The Pearl! Reliably solid food and service in a lovely room.

WG
New England
13 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On occasion we meet our friends at the Commodore Room for an outstanding meal with welcoming ambiance.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal waiter was very attentive quiet romantic peaceful Awesome view

L
New England
11 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful ambiance and excellent food! Great service! Highly recommend!

O
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This was our fourth time at The Black Pearl. This time with the entire family for a pre-Thanksgiving dinner. It was a unique and wonderful experience. We dined in the Commadore's Room. It is an authentic and elegant setting, but not stuffy. Not unlike a meal at home but where everyone else does the work! We had the salmon and lobster ravioli from the menu. And a few of the special halibut plates. All was well-prepared and appropriately seasoned. The service was outstanding and perfectly timed. All in all a fantastic evening.

RD
New England
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We could not have asked for more exceptional service. Most accommodating in every way. Timely as well. Both of us had seafood that was delicious. Dessert shared and spectacular. A wonderful well known place to not miss when in Newport!

a
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Too expensive for the value...Too expensive for the value...Too expensive for the value...vvToo expensive for the value...Too expensive for the value...Too expensive for the value...

T
New England
14 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Richard was awesome Again! He makes all the difference. Food was stellar as usual. Thank you

J
London
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Expensive but good. Excellent old fashioned service

OA
New England
11 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wanted to try the Commodore’s Dining Room and it was fantastic. The best lobster bisque I’ve ever had.

K
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Black Pearl never disappoints. I have been visiting Newport for over 30 years and never miss at least 1 meal at the Black Pearl. Originally I came for the Clam Chowder but their phenomenal Commodore Room menu is a draw as well. So many wonderful options.

Service is great as well.

AJ
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Best clam chowder, sole was delicious, perfect sized portions, excellent cocktails.

OT
Savannah
7 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal

R
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We had the bay scallops. They were delicious. Our waiter was very helpful in helping decide what to order. His suggestions were very good.

L
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food & wonderful staff. My hubby had a haddock & I had scallops. Also the lobster ravioli starter was excellent. Didn't have a sweet wine like white zinf or Riesling so a cocktail was the next best thing.

G
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a classic phenomenal Newport meal and part of the city ambiance.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated on time, not rushed through any course & our waiter was attentive and friendly.

TM
New England
10 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed a superb meal in the dining room reservation section where it was quaint, quiet and away from the hustle and bustle of surrounding area. Service was excellent and the door was outstanding!!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent. I had a filet mignon with béarnaise sauce that melted in your mouth. For an appetizer I had a shrimp, crab and lobster cocktail that was delicious. My husband had one of the specials for an appetizer- lobster ravioli which he said was delicious and his entrée of almond crusted salmon was great. Service was outstanding! I thought that a glass of wine for $12.50 was a bit expensive. I will go back there the next time we come to Newport.

S
New England
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and atmosphere. My parents raved about it. Best seafood I've had in awhile.

KL
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Five friends ate here for dinner. The waitress was nice and attentive, however she encouraged us to get the halibut special when we asked about her favorite meal. Said it was " to die for." It was not. It tasted bland and overlooked. We were all soooo disappointed. If the clam chowder and bread were not so good we would have rated this place with two stars.

Advice: don't get the specials. Probably trying to get rid of fish.

RF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had reservations during our vacation and it was the best meal of our trip. Would definitely revisit The Black Pearl.

CB
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The Black Pearl has a little of everything for everyone. They have the Black Pearl Annex which is their outdoor eatery. They have their bar area which is a dark, casual room, and they have their nicer white table cloth restaurant. The food comes from the same kitchen. As a novice, I did not know this. It's important to know where you want to seat when you make a reservation. The Clam Chowder was amazing. I strongly recommend. We had the lobster tails and the Striped Bass. Also very good.

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