The Mooring Restaurant

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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
Houston
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were not disappointed by the food or ambiance of the restaurant. Our server was so incredibly attentive and helpful. The scallop and cod dish were cooked perfectly and definitely worth trying. I would recommend coming to the restaurant for anyone who visits Newport.

The Mooring Restaurant
Responded a day ago

Thank you LoMa! We love to hear our service made a positive impact on your meal. We are glad you enjoyed and proud to have earned your recommendation.

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JT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

20 minutes to receive appetizer and We received entrée same time appetizer!

JE
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was very good. We had steamed lobster and a special pozole with lobster tail and cod.

The Mooring Restaurant
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you Jerry! Glad you enjoyed the food.

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JA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely restaurant w good service and excellent seafood.

The Mooring Restaurant
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you John! We are happy you enjoyed.

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

Wonderful way to celebrate after running the amica half marathon. We had a reservation, showed up a bit early so had a drink at the bar first. Was looking forward to the spicy tuna tartar since the last time I was there. I think it was missing some of the spice. We also got the bag of doughnuts which were so good. Kids loved their meals. Overall it was great

The Mooring Restaurant
Responded 2 days ago

Congratulations on your marathon run! We are happy you chose to join us afterwards too and that you all enjoyed.

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F
New York Area
141 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location with views of harbor. Fresh oysters (got to choose from 6 local varieties) and other raw bar choices. Enjoyed a delicious salad, grilled salmon, chilled shrimp, and rosè wine.

The Mooring Restaurant
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you Frambois! We are glad you enjoyed it all. Hope you come back again.

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MR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was amazing and went above and beyond! She enhanced our already great experience.

JH
Austin
63 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice experience

The Mooring Restaurant
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you Joanie. We are happy to hear you enjoyed.

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PS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were seated in a noisy part of the restaurant but I had requested a window seat overlooking the water so we didn’t move although they did offer to change our table if we wanted. The food was beautifully displayed and delicious

The Mooring Restaurant
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for the feedback Patrice and we are glad you enjoyed your meal. We wish we had found you a better spot at the very beginning. We will always do our best to accommodate our guests in a spot where they will most enjoy.

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QL
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Awesome seating by water and boat docks. Kristin was an awesome server. Very pleasant and excellent at suggestions. Great early anniversary dinner in Newport. Only complaint is that they charge you 8 dollars and hour to park at restaurant. Highway robbery. Has to be another way to handle parking if you eat there! Cost us $ 24 just to eat dinner for parking alone!

The Mooring Restaurant
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you and glad you enjoyed. We will be sure to pass along your compliments to Kristin too - our team does a wonderful job at making our guests happy. We understand your frustration on the parking but unfortunately the lot is owned and operated by an outside organization and we are at their mercy for rates and pricing.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

On vacation and appreciated finding this spot on Open Table

The Mooring Restaurant
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for joining us!

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CG
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Apps and soups were phenomenal! Main dishes were average with regard to flavor. Quantity of food was reasonable for the cost. We had a wonderful evening and our server was spot on. Great night

The Mooring Restaurant
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for the feedback Christina. We are glad the appetizers made a great impression although we wish our main courses were more to your liking. We are glad you had a great night with us and hope you come back again soon.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Everything was very good. We did have a birthday celebration, which the hostess commented on when we came in, but our server did not acknowledge. A little disappointing. You guys always do such a great job. .

The Mooring Restaurant
Responded on October 11, 2019

We are glad you enjoyed although we do apologize we did not acknowledge your celebration more. You are right, we normally do a great job in making those birthdays special. We are sorry and will discuss your feedback with the team to find out what happened. We hope you will come back again and we can earn back your trust as being a great place for special occasions.

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DS
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! We had the London broil, I believe it was called, so fresh, so good. Filled with potatoes, lobster, clams, corn on the cob, mussels & chorizo. Our waiter, Dan, was also Awesone! We also had the trio dessert at the end. Great way to enjoy Newport seafood!

The Mooring Restaurant
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you Donna! Always happy to hear a guest enjoyed. You were in great hands with Dan taking care of you. We will pass along your compliments. Hope you come back and see us again soon.

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LM
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

I would recommend but would tell them that it is a big restaurant and noisy, which is why we have dropped it by one star.

The Mooring Restaurant
Responded on October 11, 2019

Thank you for the recommendation Liz. We are a big spot but hopefully you enjoyed the quality of our food and service. We are always focused on making each guest experience an exceptional one.

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W
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We happened to be at The Mooring at the absolute perfect time. Not only had they just introduced their new Autumn menu, but there was a spectacular sunset visible from most any seat in the restaurant. The cherry on the cake was the superb service by Tracey.

The Mooring Restaurant
Responded on October 11, 2019

Great timing Wigglesby! We hope you enjoyed the options on the new fall menu - we are excited to roll it out. As for the sunset, we can't take credit for that, but it sure makes for a special night in the restaurant. And as for Tracey, you were in great hands. We will pass along your compliments. Hope we see you again soon.

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t
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and service, just a little too quick for us

The Mooring Restaurant
Responded on October 10, 2019

Glad you enjoyed your meal although we wish we had paced it better for you. We always strive to make our guests feel relaxed and comfortable.

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Indiana
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant in Newport. The food is phenomenal and the service is fantastic.

The Mooring Restaurant
Responded on October 10, 2019

It's an honor to be your favorite! Thank you and hope we see you again soon.

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MC
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

We looked forward to eating seafood and having a more genuine "Newport wharf" experience. Based on many of the reviews, we were optimistic.

When we entered the restaurant with its tasteful wood-trimmed interior, we felt we'd made the right choice. Alas, our Sunday night table wasn't in the attractive main area; we were relocated to an outside deck, screened in with plastic sheeting. We were seated against stairs, in an area so dimly lit we needed our phones to read the menu. At night, without a view of the wharf, it honestly felt like we were seated in a three-season garage.

Our party ordered clam chowder and mixed green salads. Both were simply okay - an average quality salad and a somewhat gloppy soup, unfortunately not hot at all.

For the main course, two of us ordered Portuguese Cod, with olives, tomatoes and shellfish. The presentation was good, but the soup was awfully salty. Our companion ordered a salad with shrimp and salmon. He said the shrimp was fine, but the salmon was inedible. He left the entire section of salmon on his plate, something that a more attentive server might have noticed and asked about?

Overall, our sense was the restaurant was slamming meals through. Servers seemed overwhelmed and a little scattered. For the money ($30 plus for an entre), we expected a smoother experience. We hope our experience isn't typical and we may give the restaurant another try, but admittedly, it will be much further down on our list.

The Mooring Restaurant
Responded on October 9, 2019

Thank you for the feedback MizChateau and sorry we did not live up to your expectations. We have built our reputation on serving exceptional food and never like to know a guest was disappointed. We will share your feedback with our culinary team who is always working for ways to be the best at what we do. We hope you do give us another try and on your return we can deliver a much more memorable experience that is more typical for our restaurant. Your satisfaction means a lot to us.

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OT
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food excellent service and a great view

The Mooring Restaurant
Responded on October 7, 2019

That's our recipe for a great experience. Glad you enjoyed.

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MK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Took 1/2 hr to get drinks, which came out after apps. Mozzarella was used in the Burrata salad, which was a big disappointment. Baked clams weren't great. Lobster ravioli had no flavor. Scallops were good. Place is huge and was filled to capacity. Food is probably cranked out and I bet most is prepped in advance, which is how it tasted. I overheard another group complaining that they had to send their food back twice. Definitely wouldn't recommend if you are looking for a really good, fresh-tasting Newport meal.

The Mooring Restaurant
Responded on October 7, 2019

Sorry to hear about your experience Michele. That's not typical of our quality. We will be sure to discuss your feedback with our culinary team. We'd love to hear more as we always want our guests to be satisfied. At your convenience, please give dan Fischer, our General Manager, a call at 401-846-2260. Dan would love to understand more about your experience and offer his personal apologies.

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DA
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We went to dinner here for our 25th wedding anniversary. Food, staff and atmosphere were amazing.

The Mooring Restaurant
Responded on October 9, 2019

Thank you Dwayne! We are glad you both enjoyed and we are grateful you chose to celebrate with us. Congratulations!

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

Visited from NYC. Waitress was super helpful in making vegan modifications for us.

The Mooring Restaurant
Responded on October 7, 2019

Thank you for joining us and glad we could provide a meal that met your dietary preferences.

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JA
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We return to this restaurant often. I’d like to see some more menus side options. Like simple baked potatoes & garden salad. For this price point and compared to many surrounding restaurants that we frequent those things should be included. The service has been ridiculously slow the last couple times, as well. That said, the food is very good & they do try to make sure your pleased with your meal, including special requests, if possible. We will be back, but these are the things keeping me from a perfect score.

The Mooring Restaurant
Responded on October 7, 2019

Thank you for being a returning guest Jazzy and we are glad you enjoy it here. Thank you too for your feedback and we will be sure to share it with our culinary team. Even after 35 years, we are still striving to be the best at what we do and listening to our guests is always helpful . We hope we can earn a perfect score on your next visit.

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SS
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The sunset view was lovely and the food was delicious. The swordfish special was outstanding!

The Mooring Restaurant
Responded on October 9, 2019

Thank you Susie! Very happy you enjoyed, especially the swordfish. Hope you join us again.

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WR
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were on a cruise ship docked out in the harbor and came ashore for lunch . They served the best fish and chips i have ever eaten and as good as it was , I could not finish the giant portion of food they served. Our table was right by the dock and we could see all types of boats coming in. Both a wonderful meal and ambiance.

The Mooring Restaurant
Responded on October 7, 2019

Thank you WRAMOM! We are glad you enjoyed your lunch with us and hope you could enjoy our beautiful city. Bon voyage!

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MM
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Mooring had been recommended to us by a friend who used to live in Newport. It turned out to be a wonderful recommendation. Our food and drinks were delicious and Dan our server was very friendly and helpful. The atmosphere was lively but not too noisy at all. We would definitely return!

The Mooring Restaurant
Responded on October 3, 2019

Thank you Michelle! We are glad you enjoyed and please thank your friend for the recommendation. We take pride in being a Newport favorite and love to hear a guest enjoyed. We look forward to seeing you again.

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

Anniversaries

The Mooring Restaurant
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for celebrating with us!

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RP
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great guy greeting you and in charge of seating was not nice at all. We had 815 reservations arrived 750. Ok so I knew we were early but figured I would check in. He so rudely said go take a walk we were to early. So we took a walk. Came back at 805 checked in again and told him we would be at the bar. There were so many opened tables it was Sunday. I didn't say anything just proceeded to the bar . Bar tender was really nice. At 814 I went back to hi, only for him to tell me it wasn't 815 yet! Finally he sat us at 820. I should have walked out but....

The Mooring Restaurant
Responded on October 2, 2019

Thank you Rosalie and we are glad you enjoyed the food. We are sorry if you felt our service was anything less than great. While managing our reservations and wait list is always a challenge, our team should always be welcoming and friendly. We will discuss your comments with the Sunday night host team to ensure that we are not forgetting this important step. We hope that if you ever do come back, we can show you our more typical exceptional hospitality. Thank you for your feedback.

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k
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We sat outside near the water, it was beautiful. I had the baked cod which was delicious. My partner had the lobster raviolis and he's still talking about how good they were. Very generous portions, terrific wait staff, we had an amazing time.

The Mooring Restaurant
Responded on October 1, 2019

Thank you Karen! So glad you had such an amazing time. We appreciate the review and hope you both come back again.

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d
New England
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love love love this restaurant . Our daughter got married at the moorings it was a wonderful night .

The Mooring Restaurant
Responded on October 1, 2019

We love stories like this and we are honored you have such a happy memory here. Thank you!

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MY
New England
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

9:15 reservation, seemingly tired waitress, minimal communication, traditional seafood, no real ambiance, shouldn’t have requested table nearer to ocean or fireplace... too stuffy (not fancy stuffy) for my taste

The Mooring Restaurant
Responded on October 1, 2019

Thank you for sharing your feedback Meg and we are sorry that we did not meet your expectations. We are always striving to leave a memorable impression.

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M
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Poor service
Boring food

The Mooring Restaurant
Responded on October 1, 2019

That's never what we like to hear Mike. If you'd like to tell us more, please call Dan Fischer, our General Manager, at 401-846-2260. We would love to understand more about your experience.

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F
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great lobster awesome service by our server Jennifer we return every trip to Newport

The Mooring Restaurant
Responded on October 1, 2019

Thank you! Glad you enjoyed and thank you for coming back again and again.

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SG
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Large restaurant in a great location. Not a lot of fish choices on the menu. Great oysters and clams. Wine list good but over priced.

The quaint places of Newport appear to be ancient history

The Mooring Restaurant
Responded on October 1, 2019

Glad you enjoyed Steve. We are proud of our 35 year history in Newport and continue to strive to bring our guests the very best,

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OT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Without fail every visit to The Mooring has been outstanding!!

The Mooring Restaurant
Responded on October 1, 2019

That is great to hear and we are truly grateful.

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KC
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great choice for Newport for a group with a variety of tastes and preferences. Everything from fancy starters and sandwiches, to more expensive main dishes. Great for us with our teenage daughter. Setting is lovely, and the food was very good (and I'm very picky). Generous portions. The only negative was that the service was rather slow. However, that worked for us because we were visiting with an out-of-town friend, so we appreciated the slow pace. Nice that they don't hurry you. Definitely recommend.

The Mooring Restaurant
Responded on October 1, 2019

Thank you KC01! We are honored to have received your recommendation, but more importantly, we are glad that you and your group enjoyed it all. We hope you come back again soon.

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JR
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jen was our waitress and she was wonderful !
We highly recommend the food and the ambiance .

The Mooring Restaurant
Responded on October 2, 2019

Thank you Jennifer. Your recommendation means a lot. Glad you enjoyed!

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LK
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a terrific place to celebrate special occasions. Our party of five was seated promptly (with reservations) and the service was outstanding. The food was delicious and they have a great selection of both seafood and non-seafood options. The noise level is "busy" but not so loud that you can't have a good table conversation.

The Mooring Restaurant
Responded on October 1, 2019

Thank you LKPDiner! We Love when groups like yourselves come to celebrate with us and we we especially love when you enjoy. Thank you for the review.

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OT
Charleston
15 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Both service and food were spectacular. Our favorite restaurant on our trip to Newport.

The Mooring Restaurant
Responded on October 1, 2019

Thank you! We are honored to be your favorite. Hope you enjoyed our great city.

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