The Mooring Restaurant

4.5
4680 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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LM
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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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NW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went in the winter, so it was quieter than in the summer. Wonderful food, wonderful service. Had a great time.

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F
New England
22 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived on time for our 7:15pm reservation but the restaurant was running late and suggested we have a drink in the bar. I quipped "Is the drink on you?" to which the hostess replied, "If we are more than 15 minutes late, yes." They came to get us 20 minutes later and said our drinks were on the house. Not a bad way to start. The special we both ordered was sublime: scallop-stuffed sole over jasmine rice with a lobster beurre blanc and asparagus. We shared a side of (delicious) vegetable hash. Everywhere we went all day we had asked for recommendations and we were consistently told The Mooring was a good choice. Yes, it was!

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D
New England
9 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a family gathering recently with 5 adults and 3 kids and it was a fantastic time. Our server was incredibly attentive and understanding of the kids needs (food! Fast!) and our needs (drinks and apps and a slower timeframe) it was the absolute perfect meal, delicious food and warm, bustling ambiance.

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M
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an amazing Birthday dinner. Good was great, awesome service in a beautiful setting

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MC
New England
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Seafood pasta was good - but quite pricey. Service not great. No bread offered - other tables received without asking. Silverware was taken with appetizer plates - had to flag down server when meals arrived for knives. No glass refilled with water and bottle of wine - poured ourselves. Will give it another try - must have been an off night.

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AV
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 2

Wedding Anniversary, was seated in a very noisy place, when there was other parts of the restaurant that was not as noisy, and had a view, that would have been much better for the occasion. Too bad the staff was not very accommodating.

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

Good food and great service. We had a nice table by the fireplace on New Years Night. The scallops were very good and my husband enjoyed his seafood pasta.

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UR
New York Area
66 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We've been here a few times for lunch within the 5 days we were in Newport. BEST baked crab cakes I've ever had! and it's gluten free! Definitely recommend!

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L
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had dinner on New Year’s Eve, which isn’t typically a good night to eat out! It was crowded, busy and loud, but we had a table for two near the window looking out at the harbor. The restaurant was beautifully decorated for the holidays and very festive. We started with the crab cake which was excellent and mostly crab. I had the seafood pasta which had lobster, Scallops and shrimp all perfectly cooked with a light tomatoe sauce over perfectly cooked fettuccine. My husband had the Portuguese Cod and loved it. Our waitress was personable and knowledgeable and made the experience fun!

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KL
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

This is my favorite restaurant on earth. It's just a beautiful and relaxing environment that is 100% excellent every time I choose to eat there!

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KO
New England
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh and delicious food with great ambiance and service!! The Mooring is always very accommodating to their patrons. A definite gem in Newport!!

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MR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Lived up to great reputation. Would highly recommend.

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K
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply outstanding.
Swordfish was amazing.

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G
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great classic spot with a hopping bar scene, good seafood choices, and a warm welcoming atmosphere. Seafood salad is a wonderful change from fish n chips!

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A
New England
34 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

There are some treasures on the menu like the lobster doughnuts and the roasted cod. Meat dishes are fair not great. Wished they used the big tiger shrimp in the raw bar. For the price point all the restaurants in this group just seem to miss the mark slightly. Overall B+ experience for some high prices.

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s
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food & service is always good. I love the seafood pasta. The restaurant should validate the parking all year round.

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s
London
13 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Excellent quality seafood st reasonable prices, good service and fun.

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KT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh and delicious seafood, beautifully prepared and presented. Friendly and professional waitstaff. We loved it!!!

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AA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about the restaurant is great, but find street parking or just walk. The parking rate at The Mooring is criminally expensive.

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B
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the oysters and lobster roll. Both were delicious and look forward to returning once back in town!

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TE
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good lunch after a long drive, food was fresh and tasty, slightly over salted. Outstanding service from greeting to our table. Would absolutely revisit when returning to Newport

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YY
Philadelphia
406 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Sat at the bar before table was ready and bartender was uninterested at best and rude at worst. Picked up from there , as waitress was great.
Oysters always a treat and the lobster roll was very meaty. Mussels also done perfectly

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AL
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Moorings never disappoints. Service is caring and attentive without overdoing. Food is excellent. And they have a GF menu

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MC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were excellent. Would definitely come back again when in Newport.

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PT
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good meal at The Mooring - seated quickly and service was very good. Food: raw bar selection was/is very good. Seafood is fresh - drinks were strong ( gin martini 🍸) Solid choice for a nice meal in Newport

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d
New England
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

love this place but was the worst meal we have ever had there, it Christmas eve dinner don't think normal kitchen staff

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JL
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service staff is always friendly and accommodating , even on a very busy night. Eaten here several times and have never been disappointed!!

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J
New England
26 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Somewhat disappointed in our meal , We have been here on many occasions but this visit the food was not up to expectations

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LC
New England
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Christmas Eve

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BS
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

iconic waterfront seafood restaurant, great ambiance, bar service was OK
food was a little bland

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GS
Charleston
12 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staying in Newport over Christmas..The Mooring was recommended by the locals. We had a short wait at the bar and my wife had the best Dirty Martini ever. We were seated a greeted by John, very personable and knowledgeable. The food was great and plentiful. Highly recommend it.

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TW
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Waiter was excellent. Loved the food, nice view of the water and sunset just was seated by the kitchen door :-( aside from that noise and hustle and bustle love the restaurant.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

I guess when you book through OpenTable you are seated at the worst possible place we were across from the kitchen listening to waiters kick the kitchen door open every 10 seconds.
We waited over 10 minutes for ketchup, and my husbands steak was horrible. Big disappointment this time. Will try again in a few months... not too soon though.

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AO
New England
20 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The Mooring is always a solid choice in Newport. A tad pricey, but the ambiance and cocktails are worth the price. Solid food choices. Great service. Energetic and fun spot.

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PS
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

3 Days before Christmas, the restaurant was full of festive patrons. We were fortunate to get a booth next to a roaring fireplace. Our server was experienced and attentive. A real pro. Raw bar clams and oysters, native scallop chowder, and the “uptown salad”with salmon, shrimp and a small half lobster tail were all outstanding. Our waiter surprised us with a comped anniversary dessert to share. An evening to remember.

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MQ
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food with a beautiful view of Newport Harbor.

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MS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My sister and I met a friend for a nice holiday dinner, and the service was great, and the atmosphere was spectacular. The Mooring is always a must-stop when we visit Newport, love it!

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