The Mooring Restaurant

4.5
4599 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Outdoor Eating
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.
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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Executive Chef
Jennifer Backman
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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
Jessica Martino: (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 4599 People Are Saying
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4.5
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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 3

Michael was a terrible server, made the experience even worse than the overpriced food.

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EP
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Took my wife and daughters to celebrate my wife’s birthday. Food and service were first rate but after spending $200+ for lunch it was very irritating to pay $14 to park in the lot in front of the restaurant. Even if they don’t own the lot they should find a way to validate parking for at least a couple of hours. It will be Castle Hill next year, also great food and plenty of free parking.

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C
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

I was very disappointed with the baked stuffed lobster. I was looking forward to a tasty seafood stuffing for that price and got scallops and shrimp with dry breadcrumbs sprinkled on top. Not a New England treat at all. The Cesar salad had a strong vinegar taste for the dressing. The bag of doughnuts were good and different. I enjoyed the key lime tart too. It was my first time there. Probably the last.

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DR
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

While it was Newport Restaurant Week and also a holiday weekend, The Mooring was overly crowded. There was barely enough room to navigate between tables; having an end seat, there was continuous bumping into the back of my chair by both staff and patrons. Our meals, however, were deliciously prepared and our server was attentive and efficient.

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M
33 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

It was very good! Nice view of the water and service was excellent! It was restaurant week so it was a good deal for $35!

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AG
4 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was wonderful.

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J
5 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

The restaurant is located near the harbor and is nicely decorated. The food and service are good, but not exceptional. Overall it is a good meal, but not something I cannot miss.

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TS
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Excellent service. They were gracious about reseating us when the outdoor area became too cool, and the table service was very professional. It was loud on a Saturday night, but it's a pretty, festive environment. Food was good (not great) and I'd go again.

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R
25 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Visiting Newport. Excellent dinner!

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SR
3 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Nice view, decent food, excellent service, limited parking

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RS
2 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, service and atmosphere! Having to pay $14.00 for parking not so good!!

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BG
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great lunch during restaurant week

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OT
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Cod was over cooked and food was way too salty

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MB
12 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Beautiful location, great service, lively atmosphere.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Tracy our server was amazing!!

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l
77 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Ivonne was my waitress. I was in town for a conference and the concierge at the Marriott highly recommended Moorings. Meredith said moorings was one of the first to have a gluten free menu.

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FA
15 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great waterfront dining with special ambiance with warm friendly staff. Good spot for celebrating a special occasion.

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JD
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was incredible. There was a gluten-free menu so that I did not have to guess at what was safe. The atmosphere was fun and relaxed. We sat by the water and our waiter was wonderfully attentive. Was a fantastic experience!

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MK
7 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Food was good but not great. We started with the tuna which was lacking flavor. My husband got the surf and turf with lobster tail which he thought was good, and I got the lamb with sweet potato gnocchi which needed salt (and I don’t put salt on anything). The service was great though. Recommend 22 Bowen’s over the mooring

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DL
3 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 3

Poor service and food quality. It was restaurant week and I would never go back. Waitress never checked on us and we waited 40 minutes for appetizers.

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AM
3 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 2

Too loud for us. View was great..food was too pricey for what it was.

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CM
3 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

I would never recommend this restaurant to anyone. It was one of the worst meals I have ever experienced. They should be ashamed of themselves.

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T
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Try the Donuts!!! You won't be disappointed! The swordfish and lamb were amazing too!!

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SW
8 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Restaurant week so particularly crowded and noisy. Nice selection . Mostly attentive wait person but forgot to refill our water glasses.

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S
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 5

Latest visit not up to par- service very slow so cost me $21 to park. Food was tasty but presentation poor. Felt like because it was restaurant week we weren’t important enough.

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MM
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food as always and great service, staff is pleasant and they aim to please! Parking lot available on site for $5.00 so worth it. One of the best restaurants in Newport, perfect distance to walk downtown or to Bowen’s Wharf. Best sunsets while having dinner!

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

Food is incredible and service is excellent!

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SR
16 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 2

We had long standing reservations for our anniversary. No mention at all from the hostess. As it was a Monday night it was not very busy. She seats us next to the kitchen when there were so many better tables. we asked to move. They happily changed our seat still it was grand central station walking by us every second. The food was mediocre nothing special at all,

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JB
8 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

wish self parking in front was free for the value of the overpriced food

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NY
3 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was our first visit to Newport and this restaurant was highly recommended. It certainly didn't disappoint.

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M
8 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food and service. Good views of the waterfront and activities. Parking could be a pain and expensive at times but worth going to The Mooring.

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BD
6 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Very nice selection of local oysters. I had salmon and spaetzle. The fish was nicely prepared but the spaetzle were tough and chewy. Spaetzle should be tender and buttery.

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SG
13 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We LOVED the Mooring! We have been to Newport several times and I don't know why we didn't try this place before! Excellent food and unbeatable views

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SM
2 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, service and ambience! Our go-to restaurant for celebrations! It never disappoints!

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j
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 3

This restaurant came highly recommended, but I fear it was from years ago. My group of three each had issues - The chips with the fish and chips were not good - the steak was mediocre, and for myself, I was appalled that I could not request the lobster be removed from the shell by the kitchen - it was explained that they are "too high volume" for that -I have never been to any place that refused this service, since with the right utensils it would take just seconds. It was about 9:00 and it was not that busy. I feel a restaurant needs to be known for their food and service, but unfortunately these were lacking on both accounts. I ended up with the "bag of donuts" which were all bread and lobster and shrimp bits so small they were undetectable and a Caesar salad which was just OK - I feel this place is known for it's location/views - if it was across the street it would be less popular. The poor server was very nice - it was not her fault.

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DA
40 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

Our server at our table was very good. Unfortunately, when we finished dining and went to the bar for a cocktail the bartender was borderline rude. After finishing one round of cocktails, he went out of his way to ignore us when we wanted a second round. I had to literally call out to him because he was immersed in breaking down the bar and watching the World Series. The food was decent, the pricing OK, the ambiance also OK.

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y
9 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

our second time at this restaurant. wonderful view of the harbor, and food was great, although their menu is not an extensive one.

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ME
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We weren’t able to get reservations until 9pm when making them the day before but it was worth the late dinner for us. The food was delicious! It’s loud in the restaurant but was tolerable. Our server wasn’t the most attentive but there are other staff to bring your food and clear plates, etc. I was new to cracking a whole lobster and “the lobster doctor” was great and helped me through every step of it without making me feel dumb. Definitely will visit again if we are ever in Newport again!

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RB
4 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

couldn't have been better. we come in may and october and have for the last 15 years. our meal was one of the best we've ever had there. our waiter dan, was most enjoyable and efficient. looking forward to may.

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NZ
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had dinner here in late October. Our waiter, John, was phenomenal. He was friendly and knowledgeable about the menu and the area. Our food was delicious. We had the bag of donuts appetizer, pan seared scallops special, and filet Oscar style. Our desserts of creme brûlée and keg lime tart were also excellent. We would definitely dine here the next time we are in Newport, and we would certainly recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting the area.

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