The Mooring Restaurant

4.5
4462 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 900+ 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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Sunday – Thursday 11:30 AM – 9:00 PM
Friday & Saturday 11:30 AM – 10:00 PM
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Phone number
(401) 846-2260
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Private party facilities
Enjoy water views of Newport Harbor from virtually every seat. We offer three semi-private to private dining rooms and an option of outdoor private dining during the spring and summer months. Our beautifully appointed rooms are perfect for intimate gatherings, small wedding receptions or private business functions, with groups up to 50 guests.
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Private party contact
Laura Picozzi: (888) 759-5557
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Cross street
America's Cup Ave.
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Parking details
There is a large public lot in front of the restaurant.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 4462 People Are Saying
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Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Great service ! Extremely noisy and crowded. Excellent food and value. Had to ask for bread. Nice menu choices. Vriety of desserts.

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

The restaurant was very busy - I got fish and chips. Chips were cold and I asked twice for ketchup and finally gave up on it. Had eaten half of my salad and pushed it to the side for later- twice I told people I was saving for later then one of the servers came up and picked it up and had her thumb in the bowl. When I told her again that I wanted to eat the rest later she just sort of snarled and dropped the bowl. Overall was really disappointed in the place after having high expectations.

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

Great meal with old friends before a wedding weekend.

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RH
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed the food and the view and service were outstanding !

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Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Food was mediocre at best. Shells in the lobster roll, minimal clams in the chowder (all potato) and just average key lime pie.

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DF
Denver
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Only recommendation I have for an improvement is that the restaurant should stop serving bread in paper bags. There’s no need/value for doing that and it’s tremendously inconsiderate of the environment.

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AT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 5

Beautiful setting and ok service but food just wasn’t good. A shame because with that location, they should try harder.

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MD
New England
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was good but our waiter broke a glass at our table and we didn't get comped for the inconvenience

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AB
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great and location ideal. Loved the lobster

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Newport Boat Show with our best friends

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R
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

great scene, well prepared food and very good service

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New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an engagement dinner that was amazing. Staff were awesome and atmosphere spectacular! Thank you for making our special day so memorable!

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SG
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious anniversary dinner with lovely view. Our server John was welcoming and informative. Look forward to visiting again when in Newport.

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MC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Serving old classics like clam chowder and creating new ones like scallop chowder, the chef strives for creative spins on standard dishes. The Portuguese Cod was simply delicious! As were the mussels! Nice view in a lovely section of town too.

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New England
17 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

I like this restaurant group and sitting on the deck here by the boats is really nice. Our sandwiches were all good. However, we were asked by our waitress and by the manager at least six times how we were doing, etc. Too many interruptions. Maybe you could trust people to signal if something is needed. There is a big difference between providing good, attentive service and being annoyingly "there" all the time. Also, when I finished my lunch ahead of the others, a server swooped in to grab my plate - sort of like starting to sweep the floor when you still have diners. And the food was good!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals I’ve ever eaten! The ambiance and service were excellent!

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New England
10 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Specialty is seafood with a nice menu. Swordfish steak thick, fresh, and cooked right. Portions are good sized. There is an option for outside dining with a nice view of boats/waterfront. Make sure you request this if you want outside dining if making a reservation. Overall food is very good and moderately priced. Restaurant also has a pretty large bar area nicely separated from dining area.

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NA
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We had a nice time celebrating our anniversary here, although there was a large very loud party that was seated next to us after we were seated. The food was good but not spectacular. My husband got the fish sandwich and I got the seafood pasta. Both were good. We ordered bag of donuts and mussels for appetizers and I would rate as just ok. Nothing amazing. We did not get any items from the raw bar but you could see that was the popular way to go for many of the diners. The hostess and waitress were very friendly and attentive.

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New England
14 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

My chef's salad was ok, a bit bland- nothing spectacular. Add on of a lobster salad was a good idea. The place is pricey, but that's waterfront Newport, I guess. We regretted our choice of this restaurant after wandering about after dinner to other waterfront spots with more imaginative menus.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our anniversary. The food was delicious and the service (Sheila) was great!

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New England
39 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious at The Mooring...in fact ALL in the Newport Restaurant Group are delicious! Great food, staff, atmosphere, and on and on....try them you'll be very impressed and will return!

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MC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding meal and outside service! Always top notch !

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We can't say enough great things about The Mooring. The food was amazing, service was fantastic and you're right on the water. I would go a back again in a heart beat and highly recommend it!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at the Mooring for our anniversary. Everything was fabulous. From seating us on time to service to comping the dessert for our anniversary! It was great. Would definitely go again.

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RT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Always enjoy the food and atmosphere at The Mooring. Can't wait to return.

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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Heard about this place but was unable to get a reservation. I booked 2 weeks ahead on Open Table and was able to get a late (8:30) dinner reservation. We arrive a little early and sat at the back bar. The bartender's were friendly and very attentive considering it was a crowded bar. We did stand for a about 10 minutes but was able to get 2 stools. We still had about an hour to wait so we asked for a menu. The bartenders were all easy to make suggestions. Spot on suggestions. We were sat promptly at 8:30. Great table inside with the view of the harbor. Food was excellent. I write food reviews professionally and am putting the Moorings as a feature in my trip to Newport. Our total tab with 2 entrees, dessert coffee and a bottle of excellent wine was less than $150 including a generous tip. This will be a must do when I return to Newport.

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S
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful! It was our wedding anniversary. Unlike restaurants at hom, they didn’t bring a littl cake with a candle or anything like that. Don’t look for any special attention. But that was fine—the food was so good and we couldn’t have eaten another bite anyway.

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B
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extremely happy with our experience at The Mooring. The staff was very accommodating to hold our table/reservation for 15 minutes even though they were busy while my friend tried to find a place to park. The food was amazing and the service was quick and very friendly. Wonderful atmosphere to the whole place and the outdoor seating was lovely and very comfortable, surprisingly so as it was very windy outside but somehow we were shielded from all that. Hope to go back again someday!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place...great food!

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L
New England
16 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed the food and the view from out outside table.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

The Ahi tuna was good but the pancake thing was tough. Could not cut it with a knife. Brought another one and was just wrong. Should have more vegetables.
My husband had the flounder fish and just sub par. Service was great!

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BV
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

For a Wednesday night post-Labor Day, we did not expect the incredible busy night at The Mooring that we had, and although we did have a reservation, we still needed to wait for a table to open up. As a result, the service (both at the bar and at our table) was good but not great - but having said that, the food was outstanding! From the mussels to the dessert, this was an excellent meal start to finish. Highly recommended, but be prepared to wait.

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RT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Despite having a reservation we had a 45 minute wait..despite lots of open tables. Had to ask reception 3 times about our table. Ordered steak medium rare..came medium. Not up to the recommendations we were given.

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d
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants. Try to bring guests to Newport here for a terrific dining experience

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m
New England
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We came here because of positive reviews of the food. The reservation went fine and the hostess was very nice. Our waiter was overly casual, like he was working in a sports bar. He didn’t tell us about any specials; we overheard another person tell the table next to us AFTER we ordered. The caesar salad looked like it had been sitting for a while (browned edges) and had way too much cheese and dressing. My cod was well cooked but flavorless. My husbands scallops were very nice. Very loud and parking was ridiculously expensive. We will not be back

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made last minute Anniversary reservations, still seated at a beautiful table on the water. Our waitress Denise was knowledgeable and attentive. Waterman Grille, owned by the same group, is our typical go to since it’s closer to home. We have been to three of their restaurants, all outstanding...food, ambiance..everything. The Mooring was no different. They pay attention to the details, all of their staff seem really happy and want to be there. Highly recommend!

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AM
Phoenix
30 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

My food was flavorless due to lack of seasoning. I’m allergic to shell fish bit was with a work group and figured I could find something to eat. I ordered the pork chop. Oh well. Go for the seafood because Others enjoyed their Meal. I would not go back. But that’s just me due to options.

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JB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you love seafood, especially raw oysters,this is the place. Beautiful, scenic, gorgeous sunset.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service great food

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WJ
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food quality OK, not as good as previous visits. Very loud, service fair at best.

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