The National Hotel

4.6
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85 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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
What 85 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.4
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4.6
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4.6
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4.1
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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ErinD
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy the view from the deck of the National. The food is always good . We were there their last night of the 2020 season. We will be back in the spring.

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MECRN
New England
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service! Seafood was great! The dessert was also excellent. The best Lobster Bisque I have ever had. Sat outside with the firepit going. Really nice!

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viplivethelivecom
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience2

The most disappointing dinner we’ve had on the island in a while. Two different steak dishes, both arrived cold and the beef was tough and chewy. Our server did his best, but the food quality was a real disappointment.

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tandp
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always a great outdoor dining location! Food choices were good, service friendly!

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vipkathym
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a lovely evening eating dinner on the porch of the National Inn. The chef was kind to add the halibut to a salad for me and it was fantastic.
We then had wine on the back patio, listened to the entertainment, and enjoyed the lovely evening. What a treat.

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vipLizzy
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! Service was fast and food was delicious. Would absolutely recommend.

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JeffreyD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great time. Waitress was exceptional. Must try the s’mores. Great singer

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NYCgirl
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoors on the back with fire pits and live music. Many great food choices, everything was delicious. Perfect summer night!

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vipBrianT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Bad service, mediocre food, beautiful view.

Staff nice service simply deficient

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Our meal service and view were all spectacular. The only thing that we didn’t care for was that we were seated near a very drunk loud obnoxious bachelor party. But their behavior has nothing to do with the restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience4

Was seated and it took over 30 minutes before anyone even acknowledged us, even after we asked for a server.

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MaureenW
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great view over the harbor from our table on the porch, service was responsive and helpful, and our food was very good while also reasonably priced. Would definitely recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor seating and view

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CaitlinH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food were both fantastic! We come here yearly on vacation and it’s always a great experience!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall3food1service5ambience4

Did not like the cheese used for my meal as well as my bf’s meal. We did not finish our food.

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DrewB
New England
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really delicious swordfish, both the entree and the tacos. Baked brie was good but not incredible. Drinks were excellent, and what’s not to love about the view? The only sour note was the loud, incredibly obnoxious drunk couple that were seated just as we finished eating, but of course that’s not the restaurant’s fault. I’d love to eat here again!

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EatingWithRoma
New England
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service was a little slow

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YolandaR
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eating lunch at the National Hotel was a wonderful experience in itself. The food was great and filling . The service was nice and very friendly. The restaurant had spectacular ocean views. Definitely will come back next time we’re in Block Island.

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vipKimberlyC
Tampa
19 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, location and service.

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Jackie
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and overall atmosphere. Best place on the entire island. Owner really knows how to treat his staff they all come back every year. Love it!!!!

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MeganF
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Small portions for the price - overall great spot but over priced.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience3

Anniversary and Birthday

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Biddy337
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great experience at the National Hotel. Amazing location with an awesome view. Menu was great. The meatballs were absolutely outstanding. Burger was really good too. Definitely would recommend it

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Mg4015
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Unfortunately, the only thing going for the National is the history and the view.
Plastic chairs on deck were a big turnoff. Chowder was lukewarm, chicken Milanese was dry and fish tacos were bland.
Very expensive outing and a big disappointment.
I would have complained, but I was entertaining family and didn't want them to feel bad.
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kathym
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a waitress on day #2. She was amazing and attentive. Food was delivered hot and timely. Drinks were on expensive side, which was expected. Great ambiance and place to people watch while enjoying a meal on beautiful BI!

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HollyD
New England
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good meal! The scallops and risotto is one of the best.

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Nelli
New England
11 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience2

Nice view, food was fair, the cheap plastic chairs on the lovely porch really detract from the experience. Guests deserve better seats for a meal for a party of 4 adults and 3 toddlers that came to $400.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Steak was of poor quality. Too bad, great view.

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DianeH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great location and view. Wait staff Griffin very nice and helpful.

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LyndaN
New England
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful view...excellent service...and fantastic meal

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GiannaA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I had the mussels appetizer sitting on Adirondack chairs surrounded by a firepit and live music. It was a lovely time!

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Roxy
New England
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal. Expensive but well prepared. A real treat.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was phenomenal. Food, service, outside dining

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ChristineA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, beautiful views and friendly staff. The crab shrimp rolls as an appetizer are incredible!!

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OpenTable Diner
Poconos
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

View is outstanding over looking the harbor. Our waiter was very attentive. Food was good. Then had drinks by the fire pit in back. We had the whole deck to ourselves. Volume of patrons was down due to the coronavirus so this was probably a once in a lifetime experience. We love BI!

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Princess
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great to go to The National. Great food and very professional staff. Always pleasant, courteous and respectful. Can’t beat the view either. Been coming to The National for 17 years.

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vipDotBobster
New England
32 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the last stop of our day on BI and it was a terrific way to round it out. Great food, great views, great service (thanks Sacha!). We will definitely be back. We had the burrata, crab cakes, burger, and salmon and everything was delicious. The service was attentive, but not overbearing, and the view just can’t be beat - we were on the front deck facing the harbor. When we were done, we headed across the street to get on the ferry and return to the mainland.

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RebeccaM
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was excellent! We had a table outside that overlooked the water and boats- it was beautiful.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and location.

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vipBrianM
New England
9 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The view spectacular. Food delicious. Will definitely go again

FAQs

The National Hotel is rated 4.6 stars by 85 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.