The Old Courthouse

4.9
112 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
The Old Courthouse has been serving the Newport area dining scene for 15+ years with 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.
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100% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Leos
New England
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had wonderful service a great meal and could relax and enjoy our evening with each other.

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MaryG
New England
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time back since COVID and everything was as if there had been no break - gracious and inviting with delicious food (as always)

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LindaS
New England
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch with fresh made to order omelettes and Belgian waffles!

KT
KellyT
New England
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My second visit, first time for brunch! Chef Robert is amazing!

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amyb
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Sunday brunch. Beautiful ambience, amazing selection, awesome pastries and wonderful tasting food. Very attentive and friendly staff.

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DanielS
New England
5 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always. The rack of lamb was superb and enough to take home for another dinner.

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GaryD
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Wonderful atmosphere. Great service. A must!

LH
LoriH
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious! I enjoyed everything on my plate. The wine that was suggested paired great with dinner. Excellent service. Will definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first experience at the old Courthouse. I am not sure why we have never gone before. The food and the service were outstanding and the prices are incredibly reasonable. I would highly recommend this restaurant and plan to return soon.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve driven past the Old Courthouse for years and finally decided to try it. Boy have we missed out! Nice atmosphere, great service and the food was great. Woul highly recommend giving it a try.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New England
11 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect evening, but they didn’t have the lamb chops. How come I didn’t get points?

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great breakfast buffet with family - loved the French toast.

JD
JohnD
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food that is delicious and hot when served. The dining room is quiet and nicely decorated with a warm feeling. We have eaten there several times and never feel rushed.

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DanM
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was good, service as always excellent and ambience perfect

LH
LauraH
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Do not miss this gem in Newport. We eat here often and have never had a bad meal. Everything is scratch made, the menu is simple but varied, the service is excellent and everyone is friendly and welcoming. It is a small but comfortable dining room, almost like eating at home without having to do the dishes! Try the brunch, also, the orange rolls are simply delicious!

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PeterL
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a fantastic dining experience! The food was excellent and the service was attentive and on the mark. We highly recommend The Old Courthouse!

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Localyokel
New England
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The scallops and roasted rack of lamb were both phenomenal!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic, thought about going back again while I was there for a long weekend!

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DarleneW
New England
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice upscale restaurant for this area. Good food, different menu using seasonal and local products. Always enjoyable.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Lunch date with the wife.
She had soup and sandwich which came with a side salad,
Soup -outstanding flavor
Sandwich - fantastic taste and presentation

I ordered pan seared scallops for 18$ with a side salad
Received a nice presentation of five scallops (only one of which was prepared properly ) the side salad was the same as my wife’s but I received a 7$ up charge for mine.

Didn’t have any starch (potatoes, rice or pasta come with the plates ?

The atmosphere was fantastic. Her food fantastic. My food or lack there of was not.

Hostess/waitress/bartender was very nice,friendly and attentive came back with water three times.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Outdoor fun, great apps, good food. We love it here!!

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ChristineM
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely room, attentive service. Three of us for lunch and we all truly enjoyed the chicken salad croissant and a spinach and tomato omelet! Certainly will return!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything was outstanding but we were disappointed that one of the appetizers was out of stock due to the success of the past weekend.

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KATRINA
New England
9 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A creative menu, locally sourced ingredients, and fine food preparation made the dining experience awesome. The chef's skill was apparent, and the service excellent as always. A quiet setting for fine dining makes this a special place.

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ReneeKennett
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was extraordinary! The food was the best meal we have ever had in a dinning out experience. My Steak was cooked perfectly as was my husband's rack of lamb. Such a peaceful setting and everyone around us seemed so relaxed and happy. We really like that the menu changes each month. We will definitely be making The Courthouse our go-to for date nights.

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MaryS
New England
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience3

We had booked a table for 5 but when we arrived they did not have the table ready and eventually we had to be crammed into a small table that was set for 4 people. Hence, getting to our food and keeping glasses on the table was very difficult. There were plenty of vacant tables in the restaurant.

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DarleneW
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

It was a great experience, good food, many choices for a buffet, great service. It felt a little crowded table wise, but not all the tables were used so it was "ok".

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a very quiet evening and the meal we had was fantastic.

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Hayley
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I LOVE this restaurant! The food is outstanding as is the waitstaff and ambiance. Truly a pleasure and the pricing is very reasonable. Thank you Karen and Jane!

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CathyW
New England
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, our visit to The Courthouse was wonderful. The brunch buffet was filled with delicious choices, and the service was outstanding. We always enjoy eating at The Courthouse!

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BrianG
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very friendly staff and the head chef is really good. We have been there on a number of special occasions and have always been pleased.

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RuthW
New England
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

This was my first visit. Probably not the best occasion for a review since the dinner was a special Winter Carnival event. The service staff dis an excellent job of maneuvering between the tables. The noise level was higher than I like at a dinner, but again, this was a special event. Can't wait to go back for a regular event.

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JENNYP
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been in town for several years, but never visited The Old Courthouse Restaurant. I'm so glad I finally did! We had a wonderful dinner with apple fritters for an appetizer, a crispy fresh Caesar salad with the most delicious croutons I've ever tasted! My partner had a chicken dish, which he said was very good; and I had the baked stuffed shrimp, and it was absolutely yummy. For dessert we both had a perfect crème brûlée and coffee. From start to finish, our server was fantastic, both attentive and intuitive. We will definitely be visiting The Old Courthouse again!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favorite restaurants!

DM
DanM
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The noise level was pretty high as there was an event at the opera house and many people were having dinner before the event; but as soon as everyone started leaving, the more typical quiet pervaded the room. Our waitress was the only one working that evening, but you would never have guessed this was the situation. She was pleasant, quick, and attentive -- another great dining experience at The Old Courthouse!

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Love2DineOut
New England
41 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience5

This was our third visit and we were here for their soul food dinner. Senie Hunt was phenomenal!! Everyone here is lovely and very hospitable, and we really want to love it, but the food and service is just so lacking. The black-eyed peas and collards were the best part of the meal. The pork was tough and dry, the mac & cheese was dry and lacked flavor. The “southern fried chicken”, which was what I was so excited for, was absolutely not fried, definitely not crispy, and so very not southern. It was soggy, boneless, breast tenders. The grits were well cooked but the shrimp was clearly frozen, over cooked and tough. They had pie for dessert which was either pumpkin or sweet potato. The crust was overworked and tough. The pie filling was grainy and so very over spiced that it clobbered everything else and you couldn’t tell which main ingredient actually was, and the caramel drizzle was gritty.
The servers are very lovely, but we were constantly out of water and beverages, which was odd because it was a buffet and their only job was taking care of beverages. The venue is beautiful, but I just can’t find any reason to come back based on our three trips here.

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WanderingDiner
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Atmosphere was quiet, relaxing and sophisticated but not overdone. The service was friendly but not intrusive. Both the scallops and haddock were excellent. I only wish there were more selections to choose from. The only negative aspect to the entire experience was the rather loud beeping from the kitchen (I assume it was from some kind of timer.) It was a bit distracting. We will be back1

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
17 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

It was disappointing that they ran out of the roast beef roast at the brunch. We had a 12:15 reservation and we didn’t get any beef.😕

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HermD
New England
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to the Courthouse several times every time has been wonderful! The staff is great and on top of everything. The food is great, omelets to order, waffles with real maple syrup or whipped cream and strawberries! No matter how many guests are enjoying their brunch the food never runs out fresh food is brought out to the table. The staff is also very friendly as well, they always stop to chat but are not annoying in any way. Come out and enjoy!

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NancyL
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Old Courthouse never fails to please. The food is reliably good, the staff warm and accommodating. When we have a special event to celebrate, it's the place. Many girlfriends have gathered for a birthday lunch or a dinner choice after an event in town. Out of town guests frequently ask to treat us to dinner as a way of saying thanks.....we suggest The Old Courthouse and then they say THANKS! If you've never been, try it. If you have been, we've probably seen you there as no one can go just once.

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The Old Courthouse is rated 4.9 stars by 112 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.