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Newport County and East Bay Restaurants

The Black Pearl

  • Bannister's Wharf Map It
  • $$$
  • French

Updated 12/23/2013

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Choose your ambience at this mainstay on the Newport waterfront: formal or laid-back. The posh dining in the forest-green Commodore Room (jacket required and reservations essential) is where fried Brie, escargots bourguignon, rack of lamb, and roast duck with a raspberry-Burgundy sauce are among the classic offerings. Enjoy a casual lunch or dinner in The Tavern (no reservtions accepted) with its high-gloss black walls adorned with old nautical maps. There's also a relaxed

outdoor patio and bar for the raw bar and famous clam chowder. You can buy chowder to go by the quart or half gallon, too.

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Bannister's Wharf, Newport, Rhode Island, 02840, USA

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Restaurant Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • Closed Jan.–mid-Feb.

Updated 12/23/2013


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Jun 29, 2007

Tavern too pricey

The other room was booked, so we tried the Tavern. It was packed, rather loud. The bill for two, with a bottle of wine, was over $100. However, the food was just average. I had sole and the portion was very small. So, we suggest you try another restaurant if you're planning to shell out 100 bucks.

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Oct 30, 2002

be careful they dont clam in your chowdah

Oh the Black oearl......ask to see the kithchen ........if that doesn't stop you buy stock in Pepto Bismal..........

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Sep 11, 2001

Do not waste your time

I had been told that this was the place to eat. The service was the worst service I have ever had in a resturant. The waiters would walk away while before I finished ordering. The ceiling is so low that it made the resturant so loud and impossible to have a romantic dinner. We ate on the Commodore side which was supposed to be the nice side. It is a waste of time to eat here. Instead go to the White Horse Tavern.

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