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The National Hotel, New Shoreham, RI

The National Hotel

4.5
4.5
153 Reviews
$31 to $50
American

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.

Breakfast, 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

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Booked 9 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Seafood, Steak

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–5:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (401) 466-2901

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Anthony Sammartano

  • Private party facilities

    For private event inquiries please contact Carol Ogden carol@blockislandhotels.com

  • Neighborhood

    Block Island

  • Parking details

    Hotel Parking

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Gluten free menu available upon request

Starters

  • New England Clam Chowder

    White chowder with fresh clams, onions, celery & herbs

    • Cup$7.50
    • Bowl$8.50
  • Chicago Dip$17.50

    Hot spinach, artichokes & cheese, tortilla chips

    • Point Judith Calamari$17.50

      Rosemary salt, crispy cherry peppers, marinara

      • Local Clams$18.50

        Italian sausage, garlic tomatoes, spinach, toast points

        • Crab & Shrimp Rolls$16.50

          Scallions, teriyaki & sriracha sauce, wakame salad

          • Pan Braised Mussels$16.50

            Spring asparagus, grape tomato concasse, roasted red pepper & basil broth, toast points

            • "Peeled" N' Eat Shrimp

              Made easy for you - peeled!

              • Half Pound$17.50
              • One Pound$29.50
            • Baked Brie$17.50

              Puff pastry, apple, berries, toasted almonds, raspberry puree, baguette

              Salads

              grilled chicken - $8 | grilled salmon - $12

              • Caesar$16.50

                Chopped romaine, parmesan, herb croutons, roasted garlic caesar dressing

                • Steak & Blue Salad$28.50

                  Sliced 7oz ny strip, crumbled blue cheese, bacon, grape tomatoes, iceberg, red onion, blue cheese dressing

                  • Bistro Salad$17.50

                    Baby field greens, granny smith apples, blue cheese, dried cranberries, walnuts, zinfandel vinaigrette

                    Seafood

                    • Fresh Catch

                      ask your server what the fishermen have landed for today's service

                      • MKT
                    • Linguini with Clams$26.50

                      Chorizo, garlic butter, fresh herbs, parmesan cheese

                      • Swordfish Tacos$24.50

                        Blackened swordfish, mango salsa, veggie slaw, sriracha sour cream, tortilla chips

                        • New England Lobster

                          1 1/4 pound lobster, roasted potato, daily vegetable

                          • MKT
                        • Fish 'N Chips$21.50

                          Atlantic cod, fries, coleslaw, lemon-lime tartar sauce

                          Sandwiches

                          Add French Fries for $2.50, Add Sweet Potato Fries for $3.50

                          • Simple Burger*$15.50

                            7oz angus burger, lettuce, tomato, bulkie rol

                            • National Grilled Cheese$16.50

                              American & cheddar cheeses, smoked bacon, spinach, tomato, caramelized onion, toasted sourdough

                              • Crispy Chicken Sandwich$17.50

                                Buttermilk fried chicken breast, bacon, onion hay, bbq ranch, toasted bulkie roll

                                • Tap & Grille Burger*$19.50

                                  blue cheese, crispy onion hay, bacon jam, fries, coleslaw

                                  • Hot Lobster Roll$29.50

                                    Sautéed with butter & fresh herbs, fries & coleslaw

                                    Main Fare

                                    • Steak Frites*$28.50

                                      7 oz NYstrip steak, parmesan pomme frites, saga bleu cheese fondue

                                      • Chicken Milanese$24.50

                                        Arugula, red onion, cherry tomatoes, parmesan, white balsamic dressing

                                        • Chicken Quesadilla$18.50

                                          Shredded chicken, chorizo, cheddar & monterey jack, cilantro sour cream

                                          • Hot Lobster Roll$29.50

                                            Sautéed with butter & fresh herbs, fries & coleslaw

                                            Sides

                                            • French Fries$5.00

                                              • Onion Rings$8.00

                                                • Sweet Potato Fries$6.00

                                                  • Bacon Parmesan French Fries$10.00

                                                    Last updated: May 20, 2022

                                                    What 153 people are saying

                                                    Overall ratings and reviews

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

                                                    4.5
                                                    4.5 based on all time ratings
                                                    • 4.4Food
                                                    • 4.5Service
                                                    • 4.5Ambience
                                                    • 4.1Value

                                                    NoiseModerate

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                                                      doug

                                                      Cleveland

                                                      8 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      8 reviews

                                                      Dined on September 20, 2021

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                      Ate on the porch, beautiful view. Excellent food, stellar service. Our Block Island favorite.

                                                    2. d

                                                      dininggirl

                                                      New England

                                                      60 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      60 reviews

                                                      Dined on September 18, 2021

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      The National is always one of our favorites. The service was excellent, the food and drinks delicious. I loved my sourdough grilled cheese and my husband also loved the swordfish tacos. We’ll be back!

                                                    3. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      New York Area

                                                      19 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      19 reviews

                                                      Dined on September 18, 2021

                                                      overall5food5service4ambience3

                                                      We ate late and I felt a bit hurried. I ordered sauce on the side and they gave me my butter sauce cold and congealed. Other than that the food, as always, was excellent.

                                                    4. JC

                                                      JohnC

                                                      Phoenix

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on September 15, 2021

                                                      overall5food4service5ambience4

                                                      Very good food, and an accomadating wait staff. Good value especially if you prefer to split entrees with your partner. Even split, entrees were generous enough that even the kitchen split meals were enough. Decent wine selection rounded out a great meal. Live music out back topped off the evening.

                                                    5. JP

                                                      JeffP

                                                      New England

                                                      37 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      37 reviews

                                                      Dined on September 10, 2021

                                                      overall5food4service4ambience5

                                                      Great location on the balcony. Great ambience, fabulous views

                                                    6. CH

                                                      CrystalH

                                                      New York Area

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on September 7, 2021

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Always special when we go here❤️

                                                    7. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      New York Area

                                                      19 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      19 reviews

                                                      Dined on August 30, 2021

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Love the food there. Go and enjoy.

                                                    8. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      New York Area

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on August 30, 2021

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Food was delicious, atmosphere was chill as usual. Our waiter Terry was very friendly and accommodating to myself, my boyfriend and our pup! Great place to grab food and drinks out on block.

                                                    9. JC

                                                      JeffC

                                                      New York Area

                                                      10 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      10 reviews

                                                      Dined on August 28, 2021

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      The clam chowder and overstuffed lobster rolls were fantastic!!

                                                    10. GS

                                                      GSixtyOne

                                                      New York Area

                                                      1 review

                                                      4.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on August 28, 2021

                                                      overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                      The National Hotel personnel were very accommodating to our group. The food was served hot and was very good. We were sat on the porch overlooking Old Harbor, which was very nice. The noise level from the street, other patrons, and the area in general was moderate, especially considering it was a Friday night. Our server Emily was outstanding! The entire adventure was a little pricey, but that’s to be expected I guess, after all it is Block Island.

                                                    11. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      New York Area

                                                      1 review

                                                      4.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on August 27, 2021

                                                      overall4food4service4ambience5

                                                      Lunch on Block island Pricey for ok food, but it was convenient and the staff was friendly and attentive.

                                                    12. c

                                                      cct1420

                                                      New York Area

                                                      43 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      43 reviews

                                                      Dined on August 26, 2021

                                                      overall5food4service5ambience4

                                                      Food was excellent! Service was great Best restaurant we have been on this stay

                                                    13. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      New York Area

                                                      1 review

                                                      2.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on August 24, 2021

                                                      overall2food2service3ambience2

                                                      Gross food and restaurant condition

                                                    14. e

                                                      enzab

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on August 20, 2021

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      The food was very delicious. I had the lobster pasta dish. The wait staff was great!!! Highly recommended!!!

                                                    15. LG

                                                      LesleyG

                                                      Treasure Coast

                                                      27 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      4.0

                                                      27 reviews

                                                      Dined on August 19, 2021

                                                      overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                      Excellent food and service. Had the fish and chips and the cod was delicious and super fresh. Beautiful location on the porch with harbor view.

                                                    16. e

                                                      elinaf

                                                      New York Area

                                                      7 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      3.0

                                                      7 reviews

                                                      Dined on August 18, 2021

                                                      overall3food3service3ambience3

                                                      It was a little rundown so the ambiance didn't match the food prices. The quality of the food was pretty ok. Nothing to come back for. And they couldn't figure out how to make a drink I wanted which is pretty standard.

                                                    17. N

                                                      Nightoff

                                                      New England

                                                      7 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      7 reviews

                                                      Dined on August 16, 2021

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Food and Service was wonderful. Staff was very attentive, friendly and very nice. Had a great dinner. Can’t wait to go back.

                                                    18. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      New England

                                                      4 reviews

                                                      2.0

                                                      4 reviews

                                                      Dined on August 15, 2021

                                                      overall2food2service3ambience4

                                                      The venue was nice and the service was fine, but I was let down by the food and it’s preparation. We ordered steak frites and a hot lobster roll. The cheap cut steak wasn’t cooked right which was upsetting considering the price, the bun on the lobster roll was stale and burnt, fortunately there were big pieces of lobster to pick out, and the coleslaw was not fresh. We also had the fried calamari which was pretty good and we enjoyed the french fries, so if you stick to the fried food you will enjoy your experience more than us. Overall, I could have gotten the same meal for a cheaper price somewhere else. I do not anticipate to return to this restaurant and look forward to trying different restaurants next time I visit Block Island.

                                                    19. HD

                                                      HartfordDowntowner1

                                                      New York Area

                                                      48 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      48 reviews

                                                      Dined on August 14, 2021

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      This restaurant serves excellent food in a pleasant environment with friendly and attentive waitstaff. I would hope to return to this restaurant every time that I visit block island.

                                                    20. JC

                                                      JosephC

                                                      New York Area

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on August 12, 2021

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Sat outside on a beautiful breezy day. Our elderly friend said she felt like she was in a movie setting. The vintage character of this restaurant is wonderful and the views are breathtaking. Terry our waiter was pleasant and attentive. Great experience and we will return soon!

                                                    21. J

                                                      Jackie

                                                      New England

                                                      7 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      7 reviews

                                                      Dined on August 11, 2021

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                      Food was very good, our server was a nice, thoughtful and friendly young man. Lobster roll and clams were perfect, cheeseburger was a little better than average. Would go again.

                                                    22. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      New England

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      Dined on August 10, 2021

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Most beautiful location

                                                    23. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      New England

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      Dined on August 9, 2021

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                      Can’t beat the location and view from the deck at The National! Our host and waiter were friendly and patient, and the food came quickly and was delicious! Next time I’ll be sure to stop by the back patio for the fire pits!

                                                    24. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on August 7, 2021

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Nice experience

                                                    25. M

                                                      Marie

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on August 7, 2021

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Dinner was amazing, service was awesome. We were seated right away no wait and server was very attentive to us. She was fast communicative with us, (bar was behind because it was packed) food was excellent. Wonderful experience

                                                    26. BB

                                                      BurtonB

                                                      1 review

                                                      2.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on August 7, 2021

                                                      overall2food2service4ambience2

                                                      Mediocre food with very loud atmosphere. Desserts were very good, but Halibut, lobster bisque, and other entrees were just fair. Service was very good with our delightful service Yavor. Surprised by the mediocre food given the very high prices. The kids menu is a testimonial to why American children are overweight with a high incidence of diabetes. Nothing very healthy on the kids menu. There was a quieter inner courtyard that was half full, but for some reason that was not a seating option for us.

                                                    27. C

                                                      Chandler

                                                      New England

                                                      3 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      3 reviews

                                                      Dined on August 7, 2021

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Got a beautiful view of the harbor, super friendly waitress, VERY tasty food and drinks, and just feet away from the ferry landing - was a great experience!

                                                    28. d

                                                      dininggirl

                                                      New England

                                                      60 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      60 reviews

                                                      Dined on August 7, 2021

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      The food, cocktails and service were excellent, especially since it was busy day. We appreciate your continued excellence! We’ll be back.

                                                    29. BW

                                                      BrianW

                                                      New York Area

                                                      6 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      6 reviews

                                                      Dined on August 6, 2021

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Great view great place

                                                    30. LN

                                                      LyndaN

                                                      New England

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on August 6, 2021

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Kimmy was sun an attentive and perso al server. She added to our perfect lunch!!

                                                    31. SR

                                                      ShadyladiesRI

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on August 6, 2021

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      The food was very good! Our waiter was from Taunton Mass , I believe his name was Tyler, he made the whole experience perfect! Extremely friendly! Great personality ! Please let him know my girl friends and I had a wonderful lunch !

                                                    32. d

                                                      dianeb

                                                      New England

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      Dined on August 3, 2021

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Great food, good service. Would definitely recommend.

                                                    33. C

                                                      Clairic

                                                      Columbus

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      Dined on August 3, 2021

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      One of my favorite restaurants on Block Island. Staff is friendly, and accommodating. Service is excellent, and food is well prepared and presented. The General Manager ensure the presentation of an outstanding restaurant. Great place to bring family and friends if you want to experience the local flavor of the island. Outside dining on the porch has a view of the harbor and a great place to people watch. The back patio has comfortable seating with fire tables and often has entertainment in season

                                                    34. i

                                                      islandhopper

                                                      New England

                                                      9 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      9 reviews

                                                      Dined on August 2, 2021

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Our server Sydney was outstanding! She know all about the menu and made great suggestions. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal and the view!

                                                    35. ED

                                                      ElizabethD

                                                      New York Area

                                                      4 reviews

                                                      4.0

                                                      4 reviews

                                                      Dined on August 2, 2021

                                                      overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                      It was a delight to be at the National. It’s always jammed but they did an excellent job with the service. Not an easy feat in this post (?) covid world

                                                    36. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      New York Area

                                                      8 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      8 reviews

                                                      Dined on August 2, 2021

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      The best dining experience on BI. I love the National - the porch, people watching, service, food. It is the total package for a great time. Hands down the best Point Judith Calamari. I look forward to visiting several times a vacation. Tonight we had the calamari (of course!) and a lobster roll. The calamari is great because of the breading with rosemary salt. Very crispy and flavorful. The lobster roll was perfect - loaded with lobster and toasty/buttery. The National is consistent with every meal being top notch.

                                                    37. LP

                                                      LaurieP

                                                      New England

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      Dined on August 2, 2021

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      It was lovely. Food was very good :)

                                                    38. N

                                                      Nooge

                                                      Kansas City

                                                      8 reviews

                                                      4.0

                                                      8 reviews

                                                      Dined on August 1, 2021

                                                      overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                      Lovely setting with live music

                                                    39. BB

                                                      BurtonB

                                                      1 review

                                                      2.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on August 1, 2021

                                                      overall2food3service3ambience2

                                                      Overpriced for a place using plastic cups, formica table tops, and cheap paper napkins. The salad was good and the lobster was good, but the cheap tableware was a disappointment, especially from an environmental standpoint. What are they doing with all of that waste?! I know that since New Yorkers discovered Block Island, it's overrun, which means restaurants have more business than they can handle. How about limiting the number of ferries allowed to land each day instead of succumbing to greed?

                                                    40. MR

                                                      MichaelR

                                                      New York Area

                                                      13 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      13 reviews

                                                      Dined on July 29, 2021

                                                      overall5food4service5ambience4

                                                      Excellent food, great service. Can't wait to go back.

                                                    FAQs

                                                    The National Hotel is rated 4.5 stars by 153 OpenTable diners.

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                                                    Booked 9 times today
                                                    Google Map for The National Hotel

                                                    36 Water St New Shoreham, RI 02807

                                                    Additional information

                                                    • Neighborhood

                                                      Block Island

                                                    • Hours of operation

                                                      Lunch Daily 11:00 am–5:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

                                                    • Cuisines

                                                      American, Seafood, Steak

                                                    • Dining style

                                                      Casual Dining

                                                    • Dress code

                                                      Casual Dress

                                                    • Parking details

                                                      Hotel Parking

                                                    • Payment options

                                                      AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                                    • Executive chef

                                                      Anthony Sammartano

                                                    • Additional

                                                      Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                                                    • Phone number

                                                      (401) 466-2901

                                                    • Private party facilities

                                                      For private event inquiries please contact Carol Ogden carol@blockislandhotels.com

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