Midtown Oyster Bar

4.4
206 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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  • Casual
  • Group Bookings
  • Outdoor Eating
Midtown Oyster Bar is Newport's choice when it comes to the freshest seafood and the largest raw bar in town.
Our two story building offer 2 bar areas, the first floor tavern and the second floor Burgee Bar. Located right on Thames Street, there is no better place in town to watch the hustle and bustle of downtown Newport. Our tavern area has high top tables for a casual, bar atmosphere, where you can gather with friends to enjoy a great meal, or a few beverages. Three dining rooms and two outside decks allow for plenty of dining space as well as the availability for private parties. Whether you are looking for casual snacks and cocktails with friends or a formal dining experience, Midtown Oyster Bar has everything you could possibly be looking for.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, Contemporary American, Comfort Food
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Hours of Operation
Daily: 11:30am - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(401) 619-4100
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Payment Options:
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
James Mitchell
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Private Party Facilities
Midtown Oyster Bar is the ultimate location to host your next event. Whether it be a rehearsal dinner, corporate event, cocktail party or special occasion, we certainly have the perfect space for you. Our private events director will coordinate with you to create a one-of-a-kind experience, customized specifically to your needs and event size.
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Private Party Contact
Devon Walsh: (401) 619-4100
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Cross street
Perry Mill Wharf
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 206 People Are Saying
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4.4
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JR
29 reviews
Dined 11 hours ago
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

Fun location in the harbor. Food was okay but nothing special. Overpriced like most restaurants in the area. Service was great and the inside is very fun.

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T
22 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our server, Deidre, was a great guide to Midtown's cuisine and craft cocktails. We had a lot of questions about ingredients and she made sure we enjoyed our meal. We'll be back!

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MB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 3

I spoke with the manager about the poor service. She was receptive and responded in kind.

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CB
5 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We loved this restaurant! We had a reservation, so we were seated right away. Loved the atmosphere, and the food and drinks were delicious! Highly recommend, we will definitely go back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We enjoyed everything about our experience at Midtown Oyster. The ambiance was perfect, a good balance between romantic and fun, which is exactly what we were looking for considering it was our wedding anniversary but traveling with a 6 year old and 3 month old. Our waitress was super friendly and helped make our experience one to remember. Ok now the food... amazing!!! Hands down the best meal we had out in a long time.. so good we went back for lunch the next day. We absolutely recommend the octopus and sirloin steak, and of course the oysters were delicious...they were our main reason for going. They have a huge selection and are extremely fresh. We will definitely be coming back on our next trip to Newport!

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O
47 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Service could have been better. Asked her to stagger all the apps. They came out all at once , when we asked her about it she said oh I thought you wanted them all at once. Really never came over to ask how everything was. Food was excellent!! Great oysters, burrata salad, grilled octopus.
We both had the halibut for an entree it was cooked to perfection.
We waited for a table on the deck, was well worth the wait because of the beautiful sunset that we saw.

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OT
3 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Came at around 3:30 for a 4:30 pm reservation- was in town for the Newport Boat Show and they had a decent crowd downstairs in the bar area. We opt’d into sitting upstairs were we could feel the air. The upstairs is a tall ceiling room, very bright & had cool flags! We had a server greet us and take our drinks, we also were greeted by an additional waitress. I had the summer sangria, overall opinion on it... it was more of a fall sangria than summer with cinnamon & brown sugar in it. Boyfriend had the tuna poke, says he loves it, best poke bowl. For dinner, I enjoyed the caramelized sea scallops!! Overall.... I’d return!

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E
15 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

I was surprised at the large size of this place. I think your dining experience could be quite influenced by where you are seated. We ate an early dinner upstairs outside where it was fairly quiet and calm. There is a large upstairs dining area with a tall ceiling and nautical theme. More seating is downstairs where it’s cozier but less classy. The bar was hopping downstairs when we left around 7:00. We loved our fresh fish entrees. My large portion of swordfish was served on a delicious cauliflower pilaf. Fun, busy, popular place.

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MC
3 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Very nice menu, good service, and nice ambience. A good effort is made to present and prepare an inventive and creative menu.

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TW
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful evening at Midtown Oyster Bar for a group of 17. Food and service were amazing. Definitely would go again.

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BT
25 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We had fried oysters and shared a bowl of oyster stew. Both were delicious. I also had a Guinness and my wife had a class of Chardonnay. It was a light meal that fit the bill.

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OT
6 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The lobster Benedict was amazing.

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FB
23 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Food and service companies were excellent as always. Noise made it difficult to converse. Hostess didn't give credit for our Open Table points.

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MA
7 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Midtown Oyster Bar has become our favorite go to for great food and atmosphere. Always pleases.

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DW
3 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great dining experience!
We three ate at Midtown Oyster Bar for the first time this evening. The service was great! Our waitress Nordia was cheerful and attentive without being intrusive. We ordered oysters, cherry stones on the half shell and lobster rolls. Everything was fresh and tasty. In addition, our martinis, gin tonics and sangria were well mixed and served quickly. We feel we had a great dinner experience. Thanks to the Midtown team!

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Farewell dinner before moving my son into URI

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SW
36 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great service at the bar. Raw bar selections excellent!

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D
3 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

I’ve been here several times. The food is good as is the service, so I will keep coming back. The chatty noise is more than I like when it’s date night, and not real romantic either so we normally choose the patio. Other than that that its a good safe choice.

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L
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 1Ambience 5

We were very disappointed. The service was slow. We ordered the two dishes our server recommended—clam pasta and Mahi Mahi. Both dishes were just okay. The fish was over cooked and bland. Will not return or recommend.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The staff were very friendly and provided great service. The seafood was fresh and delish. We really enjoyed the seating on the rooftop.

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OT
3 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Everything was wonderful! The only small problem was the waitress spoke very softly. We could hardly hear her

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OT
6 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 2Ambience 5

Dinner was delicious. Our waiter seemed to be overwhelmed with tables as he forgot a lot of our drink orders and other requests. The atmosphere was pretty, we sat outside.

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g
34 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great for adult family.

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JC
2 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

First off, I like Midtown and have been there several times. My experience this week was very disappointing. My daughter has a severe nut allergy. We overtly explain this to every waitperson when we go out. On this night I had to mention it several times during dinner. There was little in the way of sensitivity and true awareness to this which was very uncomfortable.

Next, we explained the need to cook a fish dish through to “medium”. It came out seared rare/raw. Also very disappointing. For desert, they mixed up the order and served my daughter (not our waitress but that can’t matter) cake with Nutella (nuts!) on it. Fortunately we knew and switched it off.

These are very serious issues so please train and get your [! ] together...YIKES!

Thx.

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LT
2 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Always a good meal at Midtown whether it be for lunch or dinner. Atmosphere is fun. Menu has a good variety

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GR
5 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Very good food and service. Nice outdoor seating My husband Loved the variety of oysters

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G
36 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Enjoyed lunch and dinner. Amazing Oyster selection with a great menu that describes each. Our waitresses were world class. Especially recommend the grilled Octopus. Smart beer and wine selections, too. Bravo!

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TK
2 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great Place with quality food, friendly and quick service with good advice. Price is fine for what you get.

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AT
26 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a wonderful dining experience. Chef Mitchell never disappoints. Fabulous Raw Bar. The freshest and most innovatated fare. Great staff and Charlie always greets you with a smile. Thank you all.

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FC
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Terrific menu selection and wait staff was friendly and attentive! Will be back when we are in Newport!

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C
6 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Midtown Oyster never disappointments! This time, we had an 11-year old with us and the bartender went out of his way to make him chocolate milk. The raw bar choices are always fresh. My wife and I just thought our fish dishes (mixed grill + black sea bass) may have been a bit over-grilled. The 11-year old loved his salmon dish.

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OT
3 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent seafood and service. Thank you Midtown. We've been in town for 3 days and loved it so much we already visited twice.

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D
8 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent seafood in the heart of Newport. A++++

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r
5 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

the Rhode Island style clam chowder (clear broth) is amazing! best in Newport hands down. place is crazy busy in the summer months but you'd never know that in how well you're treated by the staff.

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D
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went here for my daughter's birthday. The hostess gave us options/suggestions as far as seating. We ended up on the deck in shade. Seating and atmosphere was great. Daughter loved the cod chowder (which was unexpected), I had the Sea Bass, Wife had the Monkfish. We cleaned all our plates, everything was perfect. Monkfish was the winner.

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TS
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service from Alli and excellent meal. Awesome raw oysters and fish of the day.

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C
6 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent meal, terrific service!

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n
21 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

3 of us dined at Midtown on National Oyster Day (who knew) so we started with oysters. They had a great selection and described them well. We shared 4 varieties. They were terrific. Asked for another lemon wedge which never materialized. The smoked bluefish dip was another great dish we shared. Creamy and smoky , paired with saltines. Yum. Two of us had lobster rolls. They were perfect! Large pieces of slightly buttery lobster on a toasted roll. My mouth is watering just remembering it! Our third diner had scallops which she really enjoyed. They looked seared to perfection. There was live guitar music and we really enjoyed the singer. Our server at first was great, then we got a new one in a shift change who was just mediocre. Overall, great seafood and a fun atmosphere.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great restaurant in a convenient location!

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FB
16 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Really great food, perfect location. Outdoor and indoor seating. Lively bar crowd. Can't go wrong here, one of our favorite spots.

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