The Mooring Restaurant

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4719 reviews
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Seafood
Located in the heart of downtown Newport's waterfront, the Mooring Seafood Kitchen & Bar provides the freshest and most creative local, regional and international fish and seafood selections, paired with an award-winning 300+ label wine list. The Mooring adheres to fresh, local and organic in many plate preparations. Enjoy true waterfront views of Narragansett Harbor as you dine at one of the best seafood restaurants in New England.
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SR
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience. Food was delicious server was extremely knowledgeable and attentive

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined at The Mooring to celebrate my wife's birthday. We were greeted at the door with a "Happy Birthday" from the hostess. It seemed like a "prime" table had been set aside for us. Service was excellent - friendly, timely, attentive. The food was outstanding - selection, presentation, & taste (!!). And, we received a complimentary "birthday" dessert. It was all that I hoped for, AND MORE, for my wife's birthday!

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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were perfect for our anniversary dinner.

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New England
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

I ordered the braised lamb. On the menu it said it came with sweet potato gnocchi and Brussels sprouts. It was served as a stew and there were no whole Brussel sprouts just leaves so you really did not get the satisfaction of eating a Brussels sprout. The gnocchi was good but super creamy and filling I could only eat a few before being full (along with all the lamb meat). My date got the salad with salmon and she enjoyed it but did complain the salmon was a tad bony. We’ve been to the Mooring a bunch of times and usually love it, favorite restaurant in Newport. Tonight maybe we just ordered the wrong meals and didn’t leave too satisfied. We’ll be back tho!

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a
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We travel to Newport about 3 times a year and I’ve always loved this place. This time I have to say the Food was okay. I had the filet and lobster tail. The filet was undercooked and wasn’t asked how it was or to cut into it first. My husband had the steak frites and my son had the filet. The waiter took our drink orders and never came back to ask if we’d like any more, so we all just had one drink. My son asked for a bowl of clam chowder along with his meal. He never received it. We all ordered desserts. I ordered the Baklava and I was the only one who never received my dessert. I never saw our waiter to tell him until he brought the check. Maybe your wait staff should write down what people are ordering so that your customers receive it. We were never charged for those two items, however, it would’ve been nice if we got a chance to try them 🤷‍♀️

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Orlando
150 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Mooring is such fantastic fun place to dine. Incredible atmosphere, great servers, unbelievable food. We dine there every time we’re in town multiple times.

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DL
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

David is a great waiter and we had a delicious meal as always.Thanks

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JG
New England
27 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

One of my favourite places in Newport. Easy to get to, scenery is wonderful no matter what time of year.

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MD
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I frequent the Mooring so there is a reason I keep coming back...I think the quality of the food is excellent and the service is fantastic. We recently had Jenn as our server and she was the best! She was so attentive and knew how to do her job well. Will keep coming back!

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M
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful setting. Our server Danielle was excellent and efficient and friendly. Food was delicious and warm. We enjoyed the scallop chowder and bag of doughnuts along with the seafood pasta. We were not rushed and thoroughly enjoyed our visit.

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CH
New England
14 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was excellent and worked carefully with the kitchen to have an allergy free meal for me! Loved the new gluten and dairy free scallop dish and the dairy free sorbet - YAY, I could have dessert! This is one of our favorite places and we eat here all year.

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LA
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Sat night reservations and seating immediately. Service was perfect. Food very good. Enjoyed!

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JL
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best seafood restaurant I’ve been to! Everything from the clam chowder to the oysters and the entrees were fresh and delicious! I will definitely be coming back especially when the weather gets warmer so I am able to enjoy the outdoor seating!

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LZ
New England
18 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is always great here —fresh seafood. Service is very good and drinks are generous. Very relaxed atmosphere, but also a very nice dining experience.

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P
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot as always. Had been a while and reminded us why we wanted to get back !

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MR
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I had the swordfish with beans & kale. While the fish was very good, the rest of the meal was too heavy and very salty. Our Tress, Emily, was the bright spot of th3 dining!

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DT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievable service! My wife was there for a birthday, with a free entree offered as part of their rewards program. She mentioned to our attentive server that she thought the scallop dish was a bit salty. The cook came out and apologized and then cooked new scallops for take home, and comped the chowder and dessert ( both excellent)! My swordfish was excellent. A good place to revisit and recommend!

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SP
New England
60 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Mooring is our go-to place in Newport. Never disappoints. Only one complaint - drink prices are very high.

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GB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are regulars at the Mooring and no matter the time of day or the time of the year it is always a great experience. Everyone from the hostess to the server are friendly and helpful. They make you feel like they are genuinely happy that you came to the restaurant. The food is always amazing as well. We are always trying new dishes and they are always excellent. Go and enjoy! You will not be disappointed!

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OT
New England
16 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The soup that the cod was served in was extremely salty but overall very good!

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JB
New England
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

When I made my reservation I had noted that we were coming for my neighbor's 90th birthday. Our server never said anything to her, no Happy Birthday nothing. In fact when it came time for dessert she said she didn't want anything. He did bring a piece of cake to the table anyway, which I appreciated, but when he placed it in front of her instead of saying Happy Birthday, he looked at me and said it was "on the house" and quickly left. Also, I had brought candles to place in it and they were not lit. I went to find someone I knew to light them for me. When we left the girl at the front smiled and said Happy birthday.

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CT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again, on an important night for my family, The Mooring delivered another wonderful meal. Thank you again.

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PC
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

We are locals so we enjoy the Mooring and always recommend this restaurant to everyone. Just a few items I noticed. We were never given bread, wasn't sure if we had to ask. We always get it as soon as we sit down. The food service for dinner was a little slow. I realize they were busy, but no one came over to check on us. The server was good but seemed more focused on the larger parties. Lately when we have gone , the service has not been as god as it usually is

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L
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Definitely a better choice than 22 Bowens. Service usually excellent however bar tender had an attitude and didn’t listen to multiple requests. I don’t suggest eating at the bar .

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Never disappointed

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V
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

We ordered Point Judith Calamari as an app, which in Newport, is usually a slam dunk... but sadly we received overcooked rubber bands! Our server very kindly swapped it out for a fresh batch, they were marginally better but...also dehydrated and disappointing. My son had Lobster which was great and I went for Asian style scallops which were just "okay". We have dined here in the past many times, our experience is usually much better. Offseason it just might make more sense to stick with some standards like fish and chips and burgers.

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RH
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Most enjoyable evening. Our server, Jennifer was the best

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DA
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time visiting and I had a great meal and a nice time. The server was pleasant and attentive. The food was delicious. I ordered the cod sandwich. Served on a soft potato roll and a side of shoestring fries. Cooked to perfection! My husband ordered the fish n chips and was served a generous portion of fish. He really enjoyed his meal. Make a reservation, because this restaurant fills up quickly. Worth the trip!

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OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extremely friendly and professional! Food and drinks were excellent!

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

The restaurant was completely empty but since it is the off
Season I wasn’t too alarmed by this. The server brought us our 2 ordered cocktails which were completely inedible. We didn’t take more than a sip - and the waiter never asked if we wanted something else instead and even charged us for the still full drinks. I’m not someone to complain I was just hoping he’d take the appropriate step as a server to remove from the bill. The fish was over cooked on top of a bland pile of poorly plated veggies. Would not recommend or return. I wish there had been a manger on site checking in with tables to correct all of the above. Disappointing.

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SJ
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We booked a reservation during a weekend getaway and my first time in Rhode Island. We were seated in a quiet spot with a view of the harbor. Food was fresh and excellent. Service was both friendly and knowledgeable of all the dishes and local specialties.

Oysters were amazing and the jalapeño mignonette was delightfully unexpected. The Chowder is a must and filled with flavor that warms your soul. Be sure to ask for extra bread as a compliment for the chowder. It is 10x better than just crackers.

The fish & Chips was gigantic with great flavor and the cole slaw was an incredible compliment to the dish. We ordered the 1 1/4 lb lobster steamed perfectly with lemon and drawn butter, but kept some of the jalapeño mignonette on the side to add a little spice
To the fresh Maine Lobster.

Well worth the trip and we will be back in fall or spring next year.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another very enjoyable dinner experience at The Mooring.

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D
New England
7 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Unless you are at a window seat you feel like you are at a chain. Super busy no special attention. If you are by the front Very drafty every time someone comes in the restaurant. Better options in Newport for the money.

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OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere, food was amazing and service was fantastic. Can’t wait to go back!

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CH
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was fabulous! She was very knowledgeable and all her suggestions were spot on! The salmon and scallop entries on the menu were delicious. Our server recommended the calamari as her favorite and she was correct-excellent choice.

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BF
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent fresh seafood - whenever we’re in Newport for the weekend we have dinners here both nights!

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CC
New England
20 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a good meal here. Most impressive thing about the meal was the attention to detail regarding allergies - thank you! Food was fresh and good. Not inspiring/amazing, but a solid seafood meal with no complaints. Would go back again if I was in the area.

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LM
New England
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and excellent staff. Very friendly. If you like seafood great place to go.

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j
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I always love dining at The Mooring when we go to Newport. The food, extensive wine list and service are consistently excellent. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming. We love sitting on the outside deck, looking at the water and boats, in warmer weather. Kudos to the management, servers and the chef.

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R
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect meal with our server Jennifer. she was very attentive and professional. We loved every second.

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