The Old Courthouse

4.9
20 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
The Old Courthouse is a recent addition to the Newport area dining scene serving Creative American Cuisine in the heart of Newport's Downtown Historic District. Dine in a beautiful Federalist era building.

This circa-1826 building served as the district courthouse for the past twenty-five years. It is located behind the Newport Opera House and features an elegant dining room and full service bar.

This family-owned business has carefully preserved the elegance and simplicity of the building to provide a unique dining experience.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
American, Steak, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Wednesday – Saturday: 11:30 am – 2:00 pm; Dinner: Wednesday – Saturday: 5:00 pm - 9:00pm; Brunch: Sunday: 9:00 am – 1:30 pm; Closed Mondays and Tuesdays
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Phone number
(603) 863-8360
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Robert C Steele
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Catering
We cater 20 - 200 people, at your location or ours. Please call for more details.
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Parking details
To access parking: Take Central Street (off Main Street) travel approximately 150 yards. Sign on left OLD COURTHOUSE PARKING. When you enter lot you are at the rear of our building.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 20 People Are Saying
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New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

I did not fill out the other categories to recommend, as we had a different experience. We appreciated the restaurant's interest in celebrating Polish Week, and offering some traditional foods, along with community ladies in traditional costume. However, the chef did not have good control over serving the diners.There were only 2 servers, and they were understaffed and stressed. The beef roulade I ordered was so tough, I couldn't even cut it with a serrated knife. This should have been a medium rare dish. My husband's Polish platter had a great assortment of foods, but the pierogies were oily and flat, the galumpkis bland, and mashed potatoes that were not very good. While the owners tried to offer a special few evenings of dining, the chef was not able to manage the volume of orders with consistency or quality. We eat out infrequently, and love home cooked foods. What should have been a fun and tasty outing celebrating Polish culture turned out to be a disappointment. To the owner's credit, my beef roulade was removed from the bill. I wish them better management in the future if they choose to feature foods from other cultures.

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SD
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We occasionally go for Sunday Brunch. Food is always delicious and service is always amazing. This time was no exception. The entire staff is outstanding.

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m
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

this was my first time here and it was fabulous! Quiet. Great service. Great food.

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KG
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent! Our server was attentive. The prices were great!!

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BW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nicely tucked away in Newport. Its in the old courthouse building, hence the name. Small dining area, quiet (like a library), so conversations can be overheard, but easily ignored. Food changes regularly and is very good. Professional, and friendly, service. If you can't get a reservation on Open Table - just call, they may have space, and there is a bar area.

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NM
New England
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed a suburb dinner with friends at The Courthouse. Food was excellent, service outstanding and atmosphere pleasant.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff and the food was extraordinary. This was a birthday party for family members. The atmosphere was perfect for the occasion. The piano music was a special touch. Would highly recommend this restaurant.

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WW
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Menu has enough choices to meet all tastes.
Great food preparation. Delicious sauces.
Waitress K.was super. Attentive but not overbearing.
Great experience.

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l
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was polite and well informed, atmosphere was elegant and soothing, food was awesome and well priced. Couldn't ask for more.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very nice restaurant with great service,and the food was delicious!

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LR
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to the Old Courthouse several times, for both dinner and brunch. The food is always delicious, the atmosphere is very pleasant and you can talk to each other without shouting! Wonderful for that special occasion!

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KM
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy dining at The Old Courthouse.
The staff is friendly, food is great.
Highly recommend.

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KC
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very enjoyable experience. Guitar and piano were a little too loud in a smallish space. It was difficult to talk to dining companions.

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FL
New England
5 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Average food steak a little tough our server was very efficient and attentive. Limited menu

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New England
7 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Old Courthouse Inn
5/25/18
Duplicate review...1st review not posted

Very disappointing experience. I had heard some good things about the Old Courthouse Restaurant in Newport, NH. Before I decided to eat dinner there, I went with friends to have lunch on 2 occasions. The "comfort" food was quite good, as was the service. Based on my lunch experience, I went with my husband for dinner. My husband started with the crab meat salad in avocado appetizer. He couldn't taste the crab meat, since there was a very spicy sauce that drowned out the flavor. We both had the sea scallops, although they were cooked to the proper tenderness, they were smothered in a purported concoction of artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, fennel, garlic and white wine. I couldn't find the artichoke hearts. The fennel; however, was overwhelming and the delicate flavor of the seafood we had ordered was obliterated by the taste of the fennel. I couldn't finish my meal. The wild/white/red rice medley side dish reminded me of an Uncle Ben's pouch of microwavable rice. It was gummy. 1 star for the appetizer and entree. Veggies and dessert were quite good and improved the food rating to 2 stars. Our waitress was very attentive, but since there were not that many patrons in the restaurant, I only gave her 4 stars. Bottom line, I would recommend this restaurant for a nice lunch, but I would avoid it for dinner. We dined there the Friday night of Memorial Day weekend and had a 7 PM reservation.

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SS
New England
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always the Sunday brunch was great with great music

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SS
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, since day one! A great value and with great music. We will be back, particularly for brunch.

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g
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quiet...elegant, yet not formal or off-putting. Food is delicious. Service is friendly and top-notch. An accessible gem.

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KB
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have lived in the area for years, but just recently discovered The Old Courthouse. We now look for reasons to celebrate, and recommend The Old Courthouse to everyone we know. The food is fantastic, and the atmosphere friendly and inviting. Don't be like us and let time pass...try The Old Courthouse soon!

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New England
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our visit to The Old Courthouse was REALLY good! The food was well seasoned and delicious, the staff exceptionally friendly and personable, and the interior was exactly what we were hoping for in an historic building!

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