The Ocean State is filled with seafood restaurants featuring everything from clam cakes to lobster dinners. But as Rhode Islanders, we don’t want to just settle for any seafood, we want fresh seafood that comes right off the fishing boats and onto our plates. Check out these nine restaurants that showcase the catch of our local waters in their delicious dishes.
1. Matunuck Oyster Bar, South Kingstown
Known for their fresh-caught oysters that are shucked right on the deck, Matunuck Oyster Bar is a seafood lover's dream. You can even enjoy an oyster farm tour while you're there! But shellfish is just the beginning of the yummy ensemble of seafood creations waiting at this pondside restaurant. Visit this picturesque eatery at 629 Succotash Rd., South Kingstown, RI 02879.
2. Bywater, Warren
The menu changes with the seasons and the catch of the day at Bywater. Freshly caught oysters and local littlenecks are plentiful while other dishes make a delicious but fleeting appearance. Keep your eyes on the specials for inventive dishes full of flavor. Find Bywater at 3129, 54 State St., Warren, RI 02885.
3. Finns Seafood Restaurant, Block Island
Finns Seafood Restaurant with its own attached seafood market spoils Block Island natives and tourists with fresh seafood at their seasonal spot. A dinner with local lobsters caught earlier in the day is the most decadent kind of seafood feast! Find this island hotspot at 212 Water St., New Shoreham, RI 02807.
4. Scales & Shells, Newport
Find the ever-changing menu at Scales & Shells printed on a blackboard showcasing seafood of all kinds. The catch from the local waters is prepared thoughtfully to please your palate with every bite. Find this seafood eatery at 527 Thames St., Newport, RI 02840.
5. Champlin's Seafood Deck, Narragansett
Enjoy the view of fishing boats coming into the docks to unload their catch from the patio or the deck at this iconic eatery. The attached seafood market allows you to purchase fresh seafood of all sorts to take home while the upstairs restaurant fries and broils all of your favorites on the spot. Enjoy the bounty at Champlin's Seafood Deck located at 256 Great Island Rd., Narragansett, RI 02882.
6. Two Little Fish, Westerly
This beachside eatery has all your casual clam shack fare. From freshly fried platters to the summertime lobster roll this seasonal spot caters to locals and visitors to Misquamicut all summer long. Visit this popular spot at 300 Atlantic Ave., Westerly, RI 02891.
7. Fluke, Newport
Fluke is bursting with local seafood dishes on its ingenious menu. Discover tautog, fluke, monkfish, striped sea bass, yellowfin tuna, and others making their appearance frequently. Enjoy a distinct and delicious meal at Fluke located at 41 Bowens Wharf, Newport, RI 02840.
8. Boat House Restaurant, Tiverton
It's difficult to determine whether the cuisine or the views are more satisfying at the Boat House Restaurant. This riverfront eatery gives diners fresh seafood with flair right beside stunning sunsets. Enjoy a meal at this lovely restaurant located at 227 Schooner Dr., Tiverton, RI 02878.
9. Hemenway's, Providence
Enjoy a whole plethora of local seafood at Hemenway's. The whole roasted fish of the day is a favorite, featuring catch from the local waters. Find this Providence restaurant at 121 S. Main St., Providence, RI 02903.
Where is your favorite go-to spot for fresh seafood in the Ocean State? While all of the restaurants above offer non-seafood options if you’re looking for a great steak visit this
Rhode Island locale.
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