The Mooring Restaurant

4.7
4875 reviews
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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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New England
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Mooring was recommended by a few people. It surpassed our expectations. The view by the water was a nice bonus. The food was cooked to perfection with extremely large portions. (Fish and Chips; Mixed seafood on salad) Worth the price and visit!

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

This restaurant was fantastic. The staff members were incredibly polite. Came a half hour early to the reservation and I was seated right away. The wait staff was very polite, didn’t rush us, and brought out food quickly. All appetizers and entree were cooked well and taste delightful. I would highly recommend to others.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Post graduation late lunch

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

Great meal...waiter offered very good suggestions/advice

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

My fiance and I had a very romantic engagement dinner.

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MN
New England
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to The Mooring for my daughter’s college graduation. Despite the traffic and paying for parking. The food and setting were worth it!

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

In Newport celebrating an early birthday for my husband. We chose one night for a fabulous grilled steak dinner and the second for seafood. The Mooring more than accommodated everything we look for in a seafood restaurant. Walking in to beautiful decor, we were immediately waited on considering the crowded restaurant. My wine was served immediately and they had a great Mocktail selection for my husband. The appetizer of a variety of oysters, shrimp, clams and lobster was one of the most delicious we have had. My entree of lobster ravioli was served with scallops and a variety of seafood accented with a delicious but not overwhelming sauce. Port wine and a trio of small dessert servings ended one of the best meals we have had in quite some time. 5 stars without a doubt.

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

Great time. Good food.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stuffed lobster was amazing!

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SD
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved the food and the scallop chowder was simply delicious!

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KM
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff where very good there when required but did not bother you. The food was beautiful and the lobster donuts where fantastic.

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EW
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is a large, well decorated, welcoming restaurant. It offers a full service eat-in bar area and several large dining rooms. The views from the main dining room are spectacular. We ate inside because it was the evening temperature was too cold for alfresco dining, but the waterfront patio area looked beautiful, maybe next time. The food was delicious, the plates were beautifully composed and all of our meals were served together, which I always appreciate. The drinks were very good. My husband and I enjoyed fresh, briny clams on the half shell, along with an order of their "donuts" - a delicious take on seafood hush puppies.

We had two primary complaints one was that the complimentary bread that was served, clearly came out of the refrigerator (perhaps even the freezer) and did not sit in the oven long enough, so the inside was still ice cold. Our server removed it immediately, however, the replacement bread arrived with our entrees. This was not a huge issue, just something for the kitchen and wait staff to be more attentive to. The other issue was less palatable and very much a surprise. It was that the restaurant is located just inside of a parking lot, and during "WINTER" time according to the hostess (we were there for mother's day in middle of May) they DO NOT validate and therefore you must pay the full hourly rate during your time at the restaurant. This resulted in a parking charge of $26 dollars. This was unexpected and unwelcome. Yes, downtown Newport is a location that does not have easy parking access, however, this should be made clear by the restaurant when you make reservations. Dinners that patronize the Mooring during OFF-SEASON, should not be treated any less favorably than those that eat at your establishment during the summer, high tourist time. We will return, but hope that the owners can reconsider how parking is handled during Newport's low tourist season.

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MC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful Mother’s Day lunch! The food was amazing, great service, great view. Too bad it was rainy but we still enjoyed it! We parked across the street for 1.25 an hour on the street. Perfect!

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LG
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a noon reservation on Mothers Day. Great time nice and early before the crowds.
Wonderful service and food

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day dinner

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SG
New England
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place awesome food and service
Must try the fritter doughnuts and chowder
Cant wait to go back again

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K
New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Mooring is consistently great! I always have a good experience there. Love the new patio area!

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KC
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant, the food and ambience are perfect.

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c
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We were first seated at a table in the very back of the restaurant- even with reservations made a month in advance. After asking for a table with a view we were offered one by the window. The evening picked up from then on. Our server John was very good, attentive and friendly. His recommendations were spot on. We had a delicious meal and a very enjoyable time- we will be back!

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RB
New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We requested a table by the water and as usual, the Mooring's did not disappoint! The food, staff and ambiance made for a terrific 39th anniversary! We have been coming here every May and October to celebrate our anniversary and my wife's birthday for the last 20 years. I'm already looking forward to October!

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B
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Anniversary

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MC
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding. We watched the sun set from our table. The food was perfect and the staff was professional and friendly. A must while in Newport

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RH
New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Very disappointed that the menu has changed. Changed the night we went. Menu on line was not the menu when we got there

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SK
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reservations a must. Great food and service. Can’t wait to visit in the warmer weather and sit outside.

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EP
New England
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great restaurant to go to for the Newport experience -- delicious seafood by the water, where you can watch the boats come and go.

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RF
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The clam chowder was delicious! Our server was attentive and personable. Would definitely return!

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NB
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We booked this restaurant for my wife's birthday, and it didn't disappoint! I had dropped them a quick e-mail to say it was a special occasion so hoped for the best. We were offered a prime table in a select dining area with views of the harbour, awesome. The food was excellent and the choice plentiful. The service was friendly, informative and helpful, but quietly attentive and respectful. The atmosphere was perfect for an evening meal with your other half, friends or family. You won't be disappointed, so book in advance next time you're in Newport to ensure you get in!

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

Waiter seemed to be new but still very knowledgeable and friendly. Always a good experience here.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and drinks! Great service and a beautiful atmosphere! What a memorable dinner!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience for our anniversary

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n
New England
17 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I brought my mother for her 88th birthday. She really enjoyed the waterfront views as well as the uncommon menu offerings! We don’t usually have appetizers but I couldn’t have her miss the bag of doughnuts! She had a Portuguese cod dish that was every bit as delicious as it was creative! I had the tuna which as delicious too! Being very cost conscious, as many older folks are, my mother didn’t want to order dessert but since it was her birthday, I insisted we at least share something. She opted for the strawberry shortcake & it was fabulous! The lemon poppyseed shortcake was so moist & delicious & the plate was so artfully presented! And to top it off, the dessert was “on the house” for her birthday! Thank you to The Mooring & especially to our server for making this a wonderful afternoon!

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Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was home visiting Boston and wanted to take a day trip to Newport. The view was great and the food was amazing!

I moved to the south and haven’t had real NE clam chowder in a very long time. Their chowder was AMAZING!

I will definitely visiting the restaurant again!

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal!

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G
Pittsburgh
53 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A must do when you are in Newport, RI. Welcoming staff, delicious food, and great service.

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h
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a party of 6 including 3 small children.
Terrific food. Terrific service. Very attentive management.

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R
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my favorite meal of our trip. The Mooring was a beautiful setting for a delicious meal. We watched the sunset from our table by the window. The service was great, warm bread so good and calamari was one of my favorites ever. We both ordered the Portuguese cod entree and I would highly recommend. The sangria was also some of the best I’ve had. Make a reservation and enjoy !

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G
Pittsburgh
54 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Welcoming and friendly staff. Delicious entrees and very fresh selection of clams and oysters.

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LR
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We ended up sitting at the bar for brunch and it was wonderful! We loved our bartender Mark!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal. Wonderful experience and staff was amazing. Food was delicious.so many flavors going on at once, and all your seafood is as fresh as can be. It's a well known spot, I suggest walking to it instead of paying for parking, if u are staying near Bowens wharf

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M
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was amazing and the food is always good. I highly recommend!

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