best fish in Newport?

Feb 5th, 2008, 07:45 AM
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best fish in Newport?

thanks to this forum, I'm taking my wife to stay at the Castle Hill Inn over president's day weekend, for a few days.
Now it's time to pick the restaurants...what do you know about fish places? It doesn't have to be fancy, but we love great fresh fish. Neither of us is a major shellfish eater, although I'll probably have one good bowl of mussels at some point.
thanks in advance!
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Feb 5th, 2008, 07:59 AM
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Scales and Shells is very good. Make sure you bring cash, as they don't take credit cards.
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Feb 5th, 2008, 08:13 AM
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looks fantastic, thanks! Now I need one for the second night...
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Feb 5th, 2008, 08:45 AM
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The Mooring:

Clarke Cooke House: (Candy Store)

Black Pearl: (Tavern)
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Feb 5th, 2008, 08:50 AM
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Definitely, Castle Hill Inn for one nite - reserve a table "at the window".
Scales and Shells is great - very casual but there mesquite grilled fish is the best.Be advised that the menu is all fish and shellfish.
The Moorings - MMMmmmmm..get the "bag of donuts" appetizer. The scallops are excellent and so is the veal chop.
If you want a great steak - 22Bowen.
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Feb 5th, 2008, 08:50 AM
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I also like the Cooke House and the Black Pearl.

The West Deck is also good for casual seafood but I'm not sure they're open this time of year.
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Feb 5th, 2008, 08:52 AM
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Oh, and if you're looking to splurge, don't miss the Spiced Pear at the Chanler Hotel.
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Feb 5th, 2008, 09:05 AM
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Interesting, I wouldn't describe the West deck as casual seafood unless you mean outside? I consider it one of the more upscale newport places-- white linen table clothes and excellent higher end food. Although they serve seafood, i wouldn't call it a seafood restaurant. Granted, a very loud bar sits right outside it, but i find the inside to be a nice contrast to that.

For good seafood with a view, i'd choose the Mooring- just b/c it's on the water. The Spiced Pear is great, but it is very very pricey and in my opinion quite formal for newport. castle hill itself is a wonderful option.
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Feb 5th, 2008, 10:55 AM
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We had a beautiful evening at Sardella's... I can't rave enough about the food or the people. The lobster stuffed ravioli made me re-think my definition of Italian seafood! The restaurant is on Memorial Boulevard, which is a nice walk from water.
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Feb 5th, 2008, 11:01 AM
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Just FYI, all these restaurants mentioned have great reps, but scanning the menu I see some fish that can't possibly be very fresh, as they are not local species. For example, the Castle Hill Inn lists red snapper as a menu choice. The closest red snapper to RI is about 1200 miles away; the "freshest" this fish could be would be three days old. So if "fresh" is important to you, ask the server for what is locally caught and in-season (thinking cod, flounder, tog). Also, since it is dead of winter, the harbor view you get by eating at the Moorings isn't anything like that you get during boating season, so I wouldn't eat there just because of the view (food is great, though).
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I hate to be the lone dissenter but last year I took my mom to Scales and Shells for scallops and we were both significantly underwhelmed. Over-priced and nothing to brag about. Sorry.
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Jan 9th, 2009, 06:08 PM
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The Mooring serves wonderful seafood. Scales and Shells doesn't accept reservations, and is very popular, so expect a long wait. What is great about Newport is that much of the seafood is fresh and local.
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Jan 9th, 2009, 06:17 PM
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I loved Cooke House, Castle Hill and The Moorings. Castle Hill was the dressiest and more of a fine dining experience. Food was very good but the view! Wow, the view, sitting on the hill in the lawn chairs watching the sailboats going by was the winner.

The Moorings was excellent as well as Cooke House. Mussels at Cooke house were excellent as well as their clam chowder. We liked it much better than The Black Pearl. Our only disappointing meal was outside at The Black Pearl. Outside is not the same menu as inside so keep that in mind. It's more of a bar menu really.

Have a great trip!
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