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The Old Courthouse

4.8
4.8
127 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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Booked 1 time today
  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Steak, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch
    Sun 9:00 am–1:30 pm
    Lunch
    Wed–Sat 11:30 am–2:00 pm
    Dinner
    Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–7:30 pm
    Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (603) 863-8360

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Robert C Steele

  • Catering

    We cater 20 - 200 people, at your location or ours. Please call for more details.

  • Neighborhood

    New London

  • 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, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

Starters

  • Baked Brie in Puff Pastry$7.00

    with Apricot Preserves and Toasted Almonds

    • Deep Fried Apple Fritters$8.00

      with Stetson's Maple Syrup

      • Eggplant, Grilled and Stuffed$8.00

        with Mushroom Duxelle, served with Smoked Tomato Coulis

        Soups

        • Soups$6.00

          Ask your server

          Salads

          • Roasted Beets$7.00

            Oranges and Feta over Greens with Coriander Vinaigrette

            • Traditional Caesar Salad$6.00

              • Garden Salad$6.00

                Entrees

                All entrees served with choice of Mashed Potato or Rice Medley and Seasonal Vegetables

                • Sautéed Chicken Mirabella$19.00

                  • Rack of Lamb$23.00

                    with Cranberry Ginger Chutney

                    • Pan Seared Sea Scallops$22.00

                      with Raspberry, Rosemary and White Zinfandel

                      • NY Strip Steak$22.00

                        with Red wine Demi Glaze

                        • Roasted Salmon$20.00

                          with Horseradish Crust and Balsamic Reduction

                          • Stuffed Portabella, Stuffed$17.00

                            with Spinach and Cheddar

                            Last updated: August 7, 2021

                            What 127 people are saying

                            Overall ratings and reviews

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

                            4.8
                            4.8 based on recent ratings
                            • 4.8Food
                            • 4.9Service
                            • 4.7Ambience
                            • 4.8Value

                            NoiseModerate

                            Loved For

                            • Boston / New England

                              Best Value

                            • Boston / New England

                              Special Occasion

                            • Boston / New England

                              American

                            • New Hampshire

                              Best Overall

                            • New Hampshire

                              Best Food

                            • New Hampshire

                              Best Service

                            • New Hampshire

                              Best Value

                            • New Hampshire

                              Great for Brunch

                            • New Hampshire

                              Special Occasion

                            • New Hampshire

                              American

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                            1. LH

                              LauraH

                              New England

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on January 8, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Always a wonderful menu and meal, our favorite place to celebrate!

                            2. AC

                              AC603

                              New England

                              35 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              35 reviews

                              Dined on January 8, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Such a lovely experience. Service and food was fantastic. The owner came over and spoke with us and shared a bit about herself and the restaurant. Gave us a delicious dessert for our anniversary! Definitely will dine again.

                            3. m

                              maryg

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on December 19, 2021

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Another wonderful experience at The Old Courthouse! Surpassed only by the company!! Thank You!

                            4. J

                              Jenness

                              New England

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on December 2, 2021

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              We loved EVERYTHING about The Old Courthouse! We want to go back.

                            5. S

                              Sunapeesam

                              New England

                              9 reviews

                              5.0

                              9 reviews

                              Dined on November 10, 2021

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              The Courthouse is a hidden gem!! Highly recommend it.

                            6. TP

                              ThomasP

                              New England

                              3 reviews

                              5.0

                              3 reviews

                              Dined on October 28, 2021

                              overall5food5service4ambience5

                              It is Polish Week when we can get excellent prepared and authentic Polish specialties.

                            7. JM

                              JudyM

                              New York Area

                              2 reviews

                              4.0

                              2 reviews

                              Dined on October 23, 2021

                              overall4food4service5ambience5

                              Although the menu is a bit limited the food is very good. There are not a lot of tables and there was only one waitress but she did a excellent job getting to everyone. This is a top-notch establishment in this small little town.

                            8. F

                              Fishers03431

                              New England

                              4 reviews

                              5.0

                              4 reviews

                              Dined on October 22, 2021

                              overall5food4service5ambience4

                              The old courthouse has hit the sweet spot in offering a very accessible fine dining experience in the off the beaten path town of Newport. The food was excellent, the service attentive and friendly. A great option especially if you want to try something other than the higher priced fine dining options closer to Hanover and Norwich.

                            9. CJ

                              CindyJ

                              Tulsa

                              21 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              21 reviews

                              Dined on October 21, 2021

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Have been wanting to try this place for a while and are so glad we did! Our waitress was lovely and the food was very good! We’ll definitely dine again next time we’re in town!

                            10. BP

                              BrianP

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on October 21, 2021

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Excellent food served by a friendly staff.The old courthouse offers a unique dining experience.

                            11. LA

                              LAURIEW

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on October 10, 2021

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Sunday brunch was amazing! Full buffet with Chef Robert making perfect omelettes to order. The food was fresh and local. The atmosphere was perfect for a Sunday morning. Excellent quality and value.

                            12. d

                              donnap

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on September 26, 2021

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Great service great omelette made by the man behind the grill love the ambience of the piano player and every time we had was great and will definitely be back

                            13. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              New England

                              3 reviews

                              5.0

                              3 reviews

                              Dined on September 22, 2021

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              We always have great food and a good time!!

                            14. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Miami

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on August 29, 2021

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Great place great food and great people!

                            15. P

                              Palate

                              New England

                              44 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              44 reviews

                              Dined on June 26, 2021

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              This place is a Gem. Also a Historic location which always to me is something special. The food is outstanding and the service as well. We have never dined here and been unsatisfied with our meal. Love to dine her for lunch. try this place it is great.

                            16. L

                              Leos

                              New England

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              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.

                            17. MG

                              MaryG

                              New England

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              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)

                            18. LS

                              LindaS

                              New England

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on April 18, 2021

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                            19. KT

                              KellyT

                              New England

                              2 reviews

                              5.0

                              2 reviews

                              Dined on April 11, 2021

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                            20. a

                              amyb

                              Orlando

                              2 reviews

                              5.0

                              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.

                            21. DS

                              DanielS

                              New England

                              5 reviews

                              5.0

                              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.

                            22. GD

                              GaryD

                              Western NC

                              2 reviews

                              5.0

                              2 reviews

                              Dined on April 3, 2021

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                            23. LH

                              LoriH

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              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.

                            24. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              New England

                              5 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              5 reviews

                              Dined on December 13, 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.

                            25. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              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.

                            26. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              New England

                              12 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              12 reviews

                              Dined on November 14, 2020

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                            27. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              New England

                              4 reviews

                              5.0

                              4 reviews

                              Dined on November 8, 2020

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Great breakfast buffet with family - loved the French toast.

                            28. JD

                              JohnD

                              New England

                              2 reviews

                              5.0

                              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.

                            29. DM

                              DanM

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on October 4, 2020

                              overall5food4service5ambience5

                              Food was good, service as always excellent and ambience perfect

                            30. LH

                              LauraH

                              New England

                              2 reviews

                              5.0

                              2 reviews

                              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!

                            31. PL

                              PeterL

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              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!

                            32. L

                              Localyokel

                              New England

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on September 12, 2020

                              overall5food5service4ambience4

                              The scallops and roasted rack of lamb were both phenomenal!

                            33. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Philadelphia

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on September 4, 2020

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                            34. DW

                              DarleneW

                              New England

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              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.

                            35. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              New England

                              6 reviews

                              3.0

                              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.

                            36. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              New England

                              4 reviews

                              5.0

                              4 reviews

                              Dined on July 17, 2020

                              overall5food5service4ambience5

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

                            37. CM

                              ChristineM

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              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!

                            38. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              New England

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              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.

                            39. KA

                              KATRINA

                              New England

                              13 reviews

                              5.0

                              13 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.

                            40. RK

                              ReneeKennett

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              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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                            The Old Courthouse is rated 4.8 stars by 127 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.

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                            Booked 1 time today
                            Google Map for The Old Courthouse

                            30 Main St Newport, NH 03773

                            • Neighborhood

                              New London

                            • Hours of operation

                              Brunch
                              Sun 9:00 am–1:30 pm
                              Lunch
                              Wed–Sat 11:30 am–2:00 pm
                              Dinner
                              Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–7:30 pm
                              Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–8:00 pm

                            • Cuisines

                              American, Steak, Seafood

                            • Dining style

                              Fine Dining

                            • Dress code

                              Casual Dress

                            • 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.

                            • Payment options

                              AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                            • Executive chef

                              Robert C Steele

                            • Additional

                              Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                            • Phone number

                              (603) 863-8360

                            • Catering

                              We cater 20 - 200 people, at your location or ours. Please call for more details.

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