The Mooring Restaurant

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$31 to $50
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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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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.7
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4.6
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vipFoodieFan
New England
22 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great! Service was excellent and the harvest seafood salad plate was yummy. It included a good size piece of salmon, small lobster tail and three shrimp. Plenty of greens with cranberries, apple and pecans.

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Amanda
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food2service2ambience1

Went here on a weekend trip, looked forward to it and did my research. Made a reservation for two on a Saturday night well in advance. Came on time, got sat right in the front, table and atmosphere were less than desirable for someone who made a reservation a week in advance and the rest of the restaurant looked much nicer. I politely asked to be moved or if there was another Available table and was told no by a snotty young girl upset that I even asked.
So we sat down and a young disinterested waitress came to take our order at which time we were honest and told her we weren't sure if we were staying (the seat was that horrible) after a little debate we decided to stay and make the most of it.
I waited to try their "donuts" they advertise which sounded delicious, I told the waitress that and told her we were going to stay and make the most of it and we knew our seat was not her fault.

The donuts were ok at best.
The wine was good (but we knew what we ordered)
The fish and chips was gross where the batter needed to be picked off to eat the fish
The lobster roll was the worst I ever had and overpriced. It was fresh but had no taste at all.
We weren't given the option for substitution with our sides and nothing was salted or seasoned we got
Very bland dinner.

We politely asked for sauce and some mayo for our food and even that was too much of an imposition for the waiter that brought our food to the table

They advertise that they do seafood...very small selection of sea food on the menu.

I felt like I was eating a $100 meal in a friendlys or dennys restaurant with worse service.

Save your money and go eat somewhere else for the price.

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JeanetteE
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

They were able to sit us outside so that was nice.

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UpscaleDining
New England
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food and great service in a beautiful location. I had made reservations for 2 well ahead of our visit, so I was disappointed that they sat us a table that had no ocean view right next to the server's station full of bottles of cleaner. My partner did ask for a table change and the staff was fantastic about moving us.

Lisa was a fantastic server and even gave us some inside scoop on some of the luxury yachts docked nearby.

Tip: Order the seafood tower!

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Foodlover
New England
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food3service3ambience1

Not very enjoyable

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vipTheresa
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Portuguese Cod and Spicy Seafood Linguini were delicious. Pumpkin ice cream was a nice treat also. The outdoor patio was very nice, felt very comfortable.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there. Good is amazing, service is nice and helpful. I would definitely be back every time I’m in town.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellant food and service at a downtown Newport dockside restaurant. Clam chowder and lobster doughnuts were wonderful

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Paiggy22
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The only bad thing is that parking and they charge you to park and don’t validate! Bad customer service!

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RCfromBristol
New England
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful waterfront location, food consistently very good, servers most often knowledgeable about menu, outside dining available. Inexpensive parking can be a problem on season. My husband and I eat at the Mooring 5 or 6 times a year.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food3service5ambience4

Service was excellent

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RussellA
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

This restaurant was recommended by a friend. Unfortunately my wife and I did not have the experience we expected. The location is great and right on the water. My wife had the salmon special which was very dry and over cooked. I had the stuffed lobster. The lobster was carved out and filled with 2 shrimp and 2 scallops that were covered in a large amount of loose breadcrumbs. I would have expected better for $45. We also tried the bag of donuts, dough stuffed with lobster and shrimp, that was a top rated appetizer. It was not. It hardly contained any lobster or shrimp and was 95% dough. We went here during the off season and it was not that crowded. I would have expected to have received better quality food for the price from such a highly rated restaurant. If we visit Newport again I would choose the raw bar. Those dishes looked way nicer with more food than the ones we received. Overall I would not recommend. We were in Newport for a week and we ate better quality food at other restaurants both on and off the Thames Wharf.

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PamV
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When we arrived they found our reservation right away. They seated us in a noisy area but when we asked for a quieter table they were very amiable to move us. They moved us to a beautiful water view table in a quiet part of the restaurant which had wonderful ambiance . The food was exceptional especially the bag of donuts. The filet melted in my mouth Our sever Jennifer was the best. I would go back in a heartbeat

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Daria
New England
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was amazing definitely will be going back!

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local
New England
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The newly renovated “patio” is light and airy. Really nice with appropriate spacing

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vipSueSull21
New England
33 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat by an open window with a heater above us and felt so very safe.
Food was delicious.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
10 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and great view

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RWolk
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I dined here while visiting from out of town - it came recommended by our Airbnb host and we are glad we tried it. The patio was enclosed, so on a cool evening we were comfortable but still had a nice view of the boats and the water. Our waiter was excellent and the food was delicious. We thought it a good value for the price.

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Kathleen
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great experience! Wonderful food, great service and a safe lovely setting! My favorite restaurant in Newport

SC
SusanC
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Beautiful views and delicious food! Always a great time.

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vipDavidA
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in downtown Newport with beautiful views of the harbor. The food is fantastic and the staff are wonderful. Great place to dine when in Newport.

JM
JohnM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and Ambiance. You cant go wrong with a dinner reservation here.

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RyanG
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You really can't go wrong in Newport. So many wonderful places to eat with great menus and amazing experiences. The Mooring makes the extra effort. You do not feel at all taken for granted. Even though they have a packed house every night, the manager (Justin) still made an extra effort to make sure our evening was a hit.

We will be back... again and again.

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margy
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

My sons food was very salty. The fish and chips batter was doughy. Pricy for food that was just average.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, it was fantastic.
Great service. Great food. Great times.

KG
KarlaG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food

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vipcoolvibe
New England
55 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Limited menu choices, especially if you're not into seafood. Lovely setting. Our server was excellent.

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RichM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ended up sitting at the bar. Andy was awesome, very attentive and personable. I can't wait to go back!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food3service1ambience5

Get the bag of donuts!

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DavidS
Anchorage
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding restaurant located right on the wharf/marina. Lobster was exceptional and sweet! Well worth a visit!!
The enclosed outdoor serving area is very well done and views of marina were awesome!

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JanetE
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent menu selection. “Bag of donuts” is a must at the Mooring...we order it every time!!!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Excellent service. Excellent view. What more could you want?

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JoeS
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great sunset view. Great service. Enjoyed speaking to Justin and Alvaro (?)

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wedding Anniversary

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CheyenneC
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great! Our waiter was so nice. We were out celebrating our engagement! Gave us complimentary champagne to celebrate!

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jkfood
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate outdoors. Quiet, beautiful view, delicious food. Was perfect. Celebrated our 40th anniversary.

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vipchrisC
Orlando
189 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been going to The Mooring restaurant for a few years now. Besides another Newport Restaurant Group facility in Tiverton, we only dine at one other eatery off the Island. The staff and food are first rate at the Mooring. Great selection of wines also.

DH
vipDanielH
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always excellent at the Mooring. My wife and I make it a habit to visit the Mooring every time we vacation in Newport, RI. I've never had a bad meal at the Mooring. It' truly a gem of Newport.

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Devleigh
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic, we ordered way to much. Everything was awesome!! Service was quick and friendly.

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vipAndyB
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has been our second time having dinner at The Mooring and it has become one of our top favorites. Justin and the crew do a great job!!

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The Mooring Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 6269 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.