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The Black Pearl, Newport, RI

The Black Pearl

4.3
4.3
78 Reviews
$30 and under
American
The Black Pearl, (PLEASE CALL FOR RESERVATIONS) 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:30 am–11:00 pm Fri–Sun 11:00 am–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (401) 846-5264

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

What 78 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. M

    Mitch

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Was really looking forward to this dinner but a few things fell short. The server was not overly friendly and first greeted us and then took his time to come back. The water was not cold, the house made pickles were not good, and the food was kind of just blah. The drink list still had winter seasonal specials and Christmas music played at one point. The food was over-priced for the quality, and the variety was not there. Was looking forward to it but it fell flat. The host was really friendly.
  2. AW

    AviadW

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was incredible, our server Jill was very pleasant and accommodating helping us celebrate our daughters birthday. We all had a wonderful time!
  3. BP

    BrianP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brigit's service was exceptional. She was most attentive and had a great attitude. It was a particularly busy night but she remained cool. and efficient.
  4. Z

    Zanerhead2

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent and very flavorful. The wait staff was very attentive and helpful with our questions. The only thing was the menu we where given when seated was much different from the one we reviewed online. We made our decision to go to the Black Pearl in the first place from the offerings and prices from the online menu.
  5. l

    local

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Nice location. Should show that open table reservation can be made on Restaurant website. Pricey.
  6. KT

    KendallT

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience3
    The black pearl was exactly what I was looking for high-quality food at a good price. However, the menu selection was limited.
  7. j

    justme

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    My lobster bisque was luke warm and although I'm sure having anchovies laid across your plate for a caesar salad is somehow high-end, it was a turn off for me. My son enjoyed his burger and clam chowder. I personally wouldn't go back, but it wasn't awful. It was just ok.
  8. F

    Family5

    Atlantic City

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    My husband and I received this restaurant as a gift. Friendly staff, service was a little slow. We ordered a second round of drinks during our meal and didn’t receive them until well after we were finished. They ran out of filet mignon but the NY strip was cooked excellent and the crab cakes were good. Mussels were excellent. I would go back and try other dishes.
  9. VA

    ValerieA

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 11, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    Did not appreciate the service, but the food quality was very good. Overall, would not recommend this restaurant.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    It was very nice. The service was a little behind but we thought maybe the server was new to the restaurant and still ironing out the kinks. He was very nice. The food was delicious!
  11. EM

    ElissaM

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We have been going here for years and the clam chowder is always a standout. The mussels are plump and delicious. Our server was wonderful.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Service was wonderful! Food changed and they no longer made the bread pudding the same way.
  13. IK

    IraK

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    They are known for their clam chowder soup, but when we got it, it was very salty. Other people nearby said the same thing. The mashed potatoes and greens were cold. Our waiter was very good and did bring out a plate of hot mashed potatoes and greens. For the anticipation of The Black Pearl being a great place to eat, we were disappointed.
  14. DR

    DuneleyR

    Key West

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and nautical atmosphere. The filet was prepared perfectly and the lobster risotto was astonishing. Bravo Zulu is Navy for Well Done and the entire experience deserves this praise.
  15. JB

    JoshB

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    We’ve been here several times over the years and this was the worse experience we’ve had. The Commodore room wasn’t open, the service was spotty and the food average. Corses came out too quickly and utensils weren’t replaced when they were removed. We were disappointed overall. Unfortunately we will not return.
  16. MS

    MegS

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always delicious. Cozy tavern feel. Great service
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner and service was excellent, would highly recommend the clam chowder. Very neat restaurant interior.
  18. OF

    OFNCtRI

    New York Area

    65 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    as a long time NPT resident, I've been to Black Pearl many times in the past...but had been avoiding this iconic place for the past several years...why ...b/c it was mediocre at best. Today I was a guest for plans that had been arranged by another..the luncheon experience was wonderful- including the food...(the ambiance has always been fantastic). Today, the food was elevated to the level of the glory days of years gone by which had been missing. I'm looking forward to having dinner there soon anticipating another fine dining experience. I welcome the Black Pearl back into my Newport dining retinue.
  19. CC

    CrisC

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Restaurant was closed. Not a good idea to take reservations if you’re not open.
  20. I

    Impressed

    New York Area

    187 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    187 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat outside near a space heater. The service was very attentive. Enjoyed the clam chowder, lobster salad and swordfish sandwich. Better than we expected.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food was amazing as always. The clam chowder is the best! We had a wonderful dining experience.
  22. DR

    DavidR

    New York Area

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Unfortunately not what it used to be like - due to Covid. Limited selection on the menu but the chowder was still the best.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Waited 40min for a table with a reservation! Dirty dining room…… Food not eatable.
  24. DT

    DebT

    New England

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2021

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    I don’t think our server looked at us in the eyes, once- never mind a smile. We felt like just another number- get in, get out. It is too bad. In the past, the Black Pearl was known for friendly servers.
  25. SS

    SkiandScubaFan

    New York Area

    48 reviews

    4.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Always a favorite in Newport, the Black Pearl consistently delivers. Our waitress was even able to seat us earlier than booked, and she and her colleague were incredibly attentive. The food at the Black Pearl is good, and we found that in winter the portions are markedly more generous than during the summer rush! The tavern was decorated beautifully for the holidays. One tiny caveat - the tavern is not a place to go if you are looking for a quiet dinner. The noise level is more than "energetic", especially if there are a lot of families with kids dining there (was not a major issue for us, but just be aware it can get quite loud and "active"!). It can also be a bit drafty in the tavern on a cold night. Taking this into account, overall, this is a great place to have dinner on a cold night thanks to its warm and friendly ambiance. We dined indoors, but the Black Pearl also put a tent around its outdoor dining area, including a lot of heaters, so there is quite a lot of extra capacity. Not sure whether they will keep this active during the entire winter season, though.
  26. LT

    LynnT

    San Diego

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2021

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Even though I reserved at table on OpenTable we never got a table. We luckily found 2 seats at the bar on our own. Making reservations on OpenTable didn’t guarantee us a reserved table at the Black Pearl. However the bartender was great and made it very comfortable to dine at the bar
  27. AC

    AlyssaC

    Jacksonville

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The reviews on here saying they don’t honor Open Table reservations are over two years old and outdated. They do honor these reservations. We sat outside in the tent area. It’s pretty cold if you don’t get placed near a heater, so try to ask for that. But the food was fine and we came on a really busy night and still got our food relatively quickly.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Word of advice - do not use open table to make reservations at this restaurant- they do not accept them. The staff was accommodating to us and we were able to sit and have a fantastic meal. But word to the wise - call the restaurant directly for reservations.
  29. b

    bravo

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 6, 2019

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    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.
  30. J

    Joey

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2019

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    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.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2019

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    They were closed...me and my wife were very disappointed...they should not take reservations if they are closed for renovations
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    9 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2019

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    They are a great restaurant but they are not open!! Delete them
  33. C

    Croton

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2018

    overall3food5service4ambience3
    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
  35. b

    butnotafoodie

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2018

    overall3food5service5ambience5
    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.
  36. JS

    JuliaS

    New England

    11 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2018

    overall1food3service2ambience4
    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
  37. K

    Kate

    Naples

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2018

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    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!
  38. BA

    BigAppleTransplant

    New York Area

    64 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2018

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    While the New England clam chowder is a standout, the rest of the menu is overpriced and not memorable.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2018

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    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.
  40. K

    Keith66

    Indiana

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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

FAQs

The Black Pearl is rated 4.3 stars by 78 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Google Map for The Black Pearl

30 Bannisters Wharf Newport, RI 02840

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Newport, Rhode Island

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:30 am–11:00 pm Fri–Sun 11:00 am–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

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