Rhode Island January 03, 2019
The One Rhode Island Town That Can’t Be Beat For Waterfront Dining
The love of water views and coastal sunsets runs deep in Rhode Islanders. We walk along the ocean, bays, and salt ponds to take in the scenery and recharge our souls. But if you want to fill your tank on all levels, then you need a scrumptious meal with a shoreline view. In Rhode Island, if you’re looking for waterfront dining, head straight to the town of Bristol.
With a total area of 20.6 square miles of which 51 percent is water, there's no doubt that Bristol has some amazing scenery from its shores. So if you're longing for dinner (or lunch) with a waterfront view, these restaurants will treat you right every time.
Thames Waterside Bar & Grill - 251 Thames Street
Located right on the harbor, you can't get much closer to the water unless you're on a boat. Thames Waterside Bar & Grill is a cheerful eatery with casual fare you can eat over and over again.
During warmer months grab a seat on the patio to enjoy the coastal breezes and sweeping views. Enjoy a wide variety of delicious cocktails as you browse the menu.
Seafood is predominant on the menu and the lobster roll is an overstuffed delight. You can also find tasty pub favorites like burgers, salads, and paninis.
Lobster Pot - 119 Hope Street
The Lobster Pot has been serving diners in the classic seaside town of Bristol since 1929. The longstanding spot has won "Best of Rhode Island" awards for its seafood, chowder, lobster, and of course its views.
The dining room is a bright space with huge windows that look out onto the Narragansett Bay. Even if it's cold outside you can take in the scenery while lingering over your meal.
Once warm weather hits, the coveted tables are outside on the patio. Watch the boats pass by as you enjoy a wealth of carefully prepared cuisine.
Waterfront restaurants are notorious for their excellent seafood and the Lobster Pot is no different. Start with a sampling from the raw bar and then move onto some excellent entrees featuring choices like lobster, salmon, scallops, and steak for the non-seafood lovers.
DeWolf Tavern - 259 Thames Street
The DeWolf Tavern is located in a beautifully renovated 1818 warehouse. This upscale spot is perfect for celebrating a birthday, anniversary, or just enjoying a romantic night out.
Claim a table for two with a window view to the harbor. During the summer, you can also choose an outdoor table on the patio.
Savor elevated salads, sandwiches, and entrees. Keep an eye on the daily specials for the fresh catch that is sure to amaze.
Quito's Restaurant - 411 Thames Street
Quito's Restaurant is a seasonal spot open from April to August with casual Rhode Island favorites. When you dine here, it feels like you are enjoying summertime on a plate.
Clam chowder and clam cakes are the most popular dishes by far. Fish and chips, calamari, grilled swordfish, and fried whole belly clams also get rave reviews.
But perhaps the best thing you can savor at these waterfront dining spots are the colorful sunsets. Bristol is a town with views and restaurants that you'll be sure to enjoy.
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