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Permanently Closed - The Boat Yard

28 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Good for Groups (14)
  • Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
  • Great for Lunch (7)

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Chow down on creatively prepared seafood dishes and more at The Boat Yard. Its charming setting provides a casual atmosphere for patrons to unwind, enjoy a meal and converse. The Boat Yard has appetizers like seafood chowder, boneless sriracha wings, lobster bisque and avocado onion rings. Guests can dine on an entrée of bacon-wrapped filet mignon, roasted duck breast with cauliflower purée or halibut white bean ragout. Fresh salads, sandwiches and desserts can also be found on the menu.

Situated in the Brick Marketplace Retail District close to the waterfront, The Boat Yard offers outdoor seating. It has a bar area that serves flavorful cocktails and other libations. This restaurant provides catering for private events and take-out.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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American, Comfort Food, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Sunday - Thursday: 11:30 - 9:00
Friday - Saturday: 11:30- 10:00
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Brent Clark
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Private party facilities
We feature seating from 40-400. In-season we accept private parties in the outdoor section of the restaurant for groups of 100+. The inside portion of the restaurant is available for private parties anywhere from a party of 20 to a full buyout which can accommodate 250.
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Private party contact
Jillian Vieweg: (401) 846-2722
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We are able to cater on-site and off-site for any sized function. Our sister restaurant has and allows us to utilize a 40' catering kitchen for any party, wherever you want it to be.
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Cross street
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Parking details
We do validate parking for the lot directly in front of The Boat Yard for your first 2 hours. You will see our sign at the entrance. Additionally, there are multiple metered spots and public lots that can be accessed off of Thames St.
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Public transit
The Boat Yard is located just two short blocks south of Newport's Gateway Center on America's Cup.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on September 24, 2016

The location was not open when we arrived.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
1.0  Dined on September 24, 2016

Would have loved to review this restaurant -- but arrived there on Saturday night to find restaurant had closed for the season. Open Table should have known this...

OpenTable Diner (New England)
1.0  Dined on September 20, 2016

Well, neither the restaurant nor OpenTable published the fact that they have CLOSED for the season. We arrived for dinner only to find the building completely dark. Marketing and communication was EXTREMELY disappointing.

vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
2.0  Dined on September 10, 2016

Food was marginal; two of three entrees were wrong; a large family party were letting their toddlers run and scream making it difficult to talk. And didn't take Discover - overall not a hit.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
3.0  Dined on September 4, 2016

We arrived and we were given a clean table. The service was okay and the menu a bit light on quality. Unfortunately the food did not come up to standards we expected but acceptable. The restaurant in fairness was coming to the end of a long day of a holiday weekend and could have been stretched in the kitchen.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on August 27, 2016

Service was awful. Food was not flavorful. I would not recommend to anyone.

vipMaryLouS (New England)
4.0  Dined on August 7, 2016

great variations of food on the onion rings, cape cobb salad. a little short on the wine pour.
would definitely return

Outstanding (New England)
2.0  Dined on August 6, 2016

Lobster bisque was very good. Lobster Mac and cheese was over cooked and dry without any cheese. Mahi Mini tacos were very good with a kick, but they didn't drain the salsa (or it was just very watery) making it a mess to eat and leaving my plate full of juice.

OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on August 6, 2016

Great server who was patient with our group. The scallop roll and fish tacos were great! The drink list was fun and enjoyed the "hot and dirty" martini.

vipDandA (Baltimore)
2.0  Dined on August 4, 2016

Surprised that the restaurant was empty for week day dinner. The staff indicated that they were busy during lunch. New owners and things seem to be in transition still. Staff was nice. Soups were tasty. Scallop roll was very good. Cod was ok. Hopefully, things will improve.

Barney711 (Charlotte)
2.0  Dined on August 4, 2016

Web menu didn't match the actual restaurant menu. Web site is very deceiving. More of a sports bar/pub. Outdoor seating is picnic tables. Service was fine. Food prepared correctly, although the lobster bisque left a lot to be desired, especially in this town.

vipScotC (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on July 22, 2016

Impeccable service and delicious food. The seafood chowder and lobster risotto was amazing.

viplizm (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on July 11, 2016

we were there from 6;30 to 8pm - hardly anyone there - very depressing - amazed it is on OPEN TABLE how ever ,our waitress Irish Marie was very cute

vipGourmeg (Orange County)
2.0  Dined on July 5, 2016

I don't think I have ever wrote a negative review such as this is going to be, but the Boatyard offers very little. As stated the Boatyard has a nautical themed ambience, which is fine. The climate was uncomfortablably warm. The food which is American fare was less than mediocre. The bright spot was the young waiter visiting from Ireland.

Angrycomicman (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on July 3, 2016

Excellent waite staff. Moderate priced for Newport.

vipCons1 (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on July 2, 2016

very disappointing, great waiter but the food and the entire feel of the place was bad.

EricR (New England)
3.0  Dined on June 25, 2016

First time visiting. We had 8 people. Calamari was very good, but the muscles were not too good. Overall, everyone seemed satisfied with the entrees but the french fries on the side were pretty lame. Lobster BLT was solid, halibut was a bit overcooked. Very nice open atomosphere, easy walk to all the fun spot in town.

RuthK (New Orleans)
1.0  Dined on June 23, 2016

Terrible foodq. Badly cooked
Very amateurish. Should have had cheese and crackers in our hotel room. Don't bother.

tomzav1 (Atlantic City)
2.0  Dined on June 3, 2016

We where looking for a nice seafood restaurant in the heart of NewPort RI. What we found was a quiet, not too crowded,overpriced joint . Not near the water,and not very good overall. Not surprised it closed permanetly.

vipKateD (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on May 22, 2016

Availability to accommodate a party of 7 on a lovely Sunday evening after URI graduation held 1/2 hour away should have been a clue as to how well received this place is by locals but the space was welcoming and the better-than-average draft beer selection kept us there. Appetizers were ok (avocado onion rings, deviled eggs, Brie) but the lobster bisque was inedible and likely from a can. The rest of the menu was completely uninspired. You would never have known you were eating dockside given the complete lack of fresh seafood options. In fact, nothing much was fresh-seafood or otherwise. Everyone ordered entrees and none were raved about, about half receiving 'it's fine' while others 'terrible'. The server was nice but there was no saving the day. Won't be back again, which I am sure is expected by ownership given the lack of attention to the menu/food. Screams sucker tourist business. Cannot recommend. What a missed opportunity as the space & location are really great.