For a memorable seafood experience, the obvious choice is the Ocean State. Seafood is second nature for these seasoned Rhode Island kitchens. From upscale dining by the beach, to kid-friendly spaces, you’ll love the variety and quality at these 10 great seafood restaurants in the state.
You’ll want to make a reservation on the weekend if you plan on eating at Matunuck. One of the most popular Rhode Island restaurants, Matunuck offers an extensive raw bar and plenty of cooked options, too. Their lobster roll overflows with meat, while the fried oysters are light and refreshing. The stuffed lobster is equally delicious. In the end, you really can’t go wrong with much on the menu!
Headed down to Newport for the day? End off your visit with a meal at the Mooring, located along Newport’s historic wharves. This classic restaurant melds incredible seafood with top-notch service and scenic views.
Anthony Bucolo opened his namesake seafood spot in 1956 in Newport, though back then it was just a wholesale lobster distributor. Since then, the lobster seller has become a successful seafood restaurant. They now have much more on the menu than just lobsters, but make sure to give their founding seafood dish a try!
Shore Dinner Hall is a great seafood place for families that even picky eaters will appreciate! Grab a plate of locally sourced seafood, such as the one-pound steamer special, priced at only $11.99. Let the kids climb around outside the restaurant on a life-sized pirate ship after your meal.
Another elegant Newport restaurant, Fluke brings a classy take to contemporary seafood dishes. Make sure to grab a seat on the second or third floor to overlook the wharfs and the bay, especially if you’re dining during sunset.
This oyster bar is nestled in the heart of downtown Newport. The two-story space boasts two bars and three dining rooms, but you’ll want to dine outside along the decks. Don’t let the tavern-style entrance discourage you. Upstairs, you’ll find a bright and spacious room perfect for a nice dinner out.
Make sure to stop by this restaurant during its “Buck-a-Shuck” night, which takes place during the week from 4 to 6 p.m. Enjoy the delicious lobster roll, the frutti de mare, or another shellfish dish. Despite the elegant offerings, the restaurant has a more casual atmosphere where you’ll feel right at home.
Go for the oysters at Red Fin Crudo, a tapas-style restaurant that serves seafood with a Latin American flair. You’ll also want to try the ceviche, a delicious and flavorful option that you won’t find done as well anywhere else in Providence!
Located on Bowen’s Wharf, this pub boasts one of Rhode Island’s largest selection of New England craft beers on tap. Choose from the selections on their raw bar, which include local Matunuck oysters, chilled Littleneck clams, or a jumbo shrimp cocktail.
Long a staple of College Hill is Hemenway’s. Their high-quality seafood, local flavors and refreshing menu make it one of the go-to places for seafood in Providence. The service is incredible—come here once, and you’ll leave feeling like royalty.