20 Rhode Island Restaurants for Outdoor Dining
Rhode Island restaurants are offering safe patio dining in Providence, Newport, East Greenwich, Narragansett, Bristol, Warren and more.
This article was created in collaboration with Rhode Island Commerce.
Warm weather is finally here, and Rhode Island restaurants are slowly reopening for outdoor dining. A trip to a nearby restaurant may be in your plans this week. These twenty venues offer numerous delicious dishes but, no matter which place you choose, remember to have a face mask with you.
Located in historic East Greenwich, this restaurant caters to all your seafood needs with its raw bar and New England clam chowder. Enjoy lunch or dinner on the porch where you can admire the docked boats and the view of Greenwich Bay from under a shady umbrella.
How to get a reservation: BLU On The Water is open from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Reservations can be made over the phone or online at opentable.com.
The details: 20 Water St., East Greenwich, 401-885-3700, opentable.com/r/blu-on-the-water-east-greenwich
La Masseria transports guests to Italy with its rustic countryside interior inspired by farmhouses from the region of Puglia, Italy. The menu is composed of Italian dishes that give you a glimpse into Mediterranean culture. Customers can enjoy meals outdoors at tables set along the sidewalk.
How to get a reservation: La Masseria takes reservations via phone or OpenTable. On Monday through Saturday, the restaurant is open from 3 to 8 p.m. On Sundays, La Masseria opens at noon and closes at 8 p.m.
The details: 223 Main St., East Greenwich, 401-398-0693, opentable.com/la-masseria-ri
Tucked into Newport’s harbor, 22 Bowen’s Wine Bar and Grille offers a variety of indulgent seafood and meat classics. The cozy harborside patio includes popular dishes such as the filet tartare, yellowfin tuna and prime New York sirloin.
How to get a reservation: The easiest way to make a reservation is through the restaurant’s website, however, Bowen’s will take phone reservations as well. Daily outdoor dining is from noon to 8 p.m.
The details: 22 Bowen’s Wharf, Newport, 401-841-8884, 22bowens.com
With a crackling fire, string lights and a sunset over Newport, the Lounge and Fire Pit dining area at Gurney’s Newport Resort is the place to spend a relaxing evening. Outdoor dining offers a romantic setting and the restaurant’s menu of sandwiches, seafood delights and specialty drinks will make the trip worthwhile. Scarpetta at Gurney’s Newport will also open this weekend for to-go food orders.
How to get a reservation: Reservations can be made by calling or going online to opentable.com. If there are no available time slots on OpenTable, Gurney’s asks for customers to call them directly. The lounge and fire pit are open from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
The details: 1 Goat Island, Newport, 401-851-3325, opentable.com/r/gurneys-newport-resort-the-lounge-and-fire-pit-newport
Serving Newport since 1980, Brick Alley Pub is a staple to the local restaurant community. This restaurant offers a surplus of seafood and classic comfort foods. Stop by for fish tacos, corned beef Reuben or spicy buffalo pasta. Indoor seating and outdoor patio seating behind the restaurant are currently available. The style is classy yet family-friendly so it’s a great place to visit for a relaxing dining experience.
How to get a reservation: Make sure to call Brick Alley Pub or go online to OpenTable to reserve seating. The restaurant is open from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
The details: 140 Thames St., Newport, 401-849-6334, brickalley.com
This restaurant takes on a global flair with an expansive list of around-the-world dishes. From Cajun jambalaya to the pad thai, Salvation Cafe offers tasty cuisine that leaves a craving for more. Salvation Café is providing outdoor dining under a canopy tent with string lights in their parking lot.
How to get a reservation: Salvation Cafe is open from 4:30 p.m. to midnight seven days a week. To make a reservation, call the restaurant.
The details: 140 Broadway, Newport, 401-847-2620, salvationcafe.com
Evelyn’s Drive In offers a calming water view of Nanaquaket Pond from its outdoor patio. Customers can enjoy local favorites including clam cakes and chowder, fish and chips, lobster chow mein, pan-grilled sea scallops and a two-pound seafood platter.
How to get a reservation: Reservations for indoor and patio dining are required Monday through Thursday and can be made over the phone. The restaurant only reserves spots for same-day dining and is opened daily from noon to 7 p.m. Currently, parties are limited to a maximum of five guests.
The details: 2335 Main Rd., Tiverton, 401-624-3100, evelynsdrivein.com
Watch the sun set over the Sakonnet River while dining inside or outside on the Boat House’s waterfront patio. This restaurant’s menu has an elaborate selection of fresh seafood, meat and other organic produce. Popular dishes include George’s Bank scallops, creamy clam chowder and seafood scampi.
How to get a reservation: The best place to make a reservation is online at OpenTable. If you do not see available seats online, please call to double check. The Boat House is open from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
The details: 227 Schooner Dr., Tiverton, 401-624-6300, boathoustiverton.com
Enjoy outdoor dining on the deck overlooking Bristol Harbor. Thames is available for lunch and dinner and offers fresh, local seafood and amazing cocktails.
How to get a reservation: Thames Waterside Bar and Grill is open daily from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Reservations can be made at OpenTable or by calling.
The details: 251 Thames St., Bristol, 401-253-4523, opentable.com/r/thames-waterside-bar-and-grill-bristol
Quito’s is a family-friendly seafood restaurant with outdoor porch seating overlooking Bristol Harbor. Enjoy the hot crab dip appetizer and other mouth-watering dishes such as the seafood Mediterranean pasta and pan-seared pesto salmon. After eating, take a stroll on the Bristol bike path to work off all you ate.
How to get a reservation: Quito’s is accepting reservations via OpenTable and phone. The restaurant is open from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
The details: 411 Thames St., Bristol, 401-253-4500, quitosrestaurant.com
Enjoy a waterfront meal at the Wharf in Warren. This quaint, newly remodeled restaurant offers a wide variety of seafood including shrimp cocktail, lobster mac ‘n’ cheese and a raw bar tower.
How to get a reservation: For outdoor dining, be sure to call to make a reservation. The Wharf is open Monday–Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday–Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The details: 215 Water St., Warren, 401-289-2524, thewharftavernri.com
Enjoy dinner up in the sky at Mare Rooftop. The outdoor setting that gazes over treetops and Providence homes offers a tasteful selection of food such as pan-roasted salmon, chicken scaloppine and shrimp and pesto pizza. If there is a summer night with a stunning sunset, this is the place to come and watch it.
How to get a reservation: Mare Rooftop is open daily from 4 to 8 p.m. Reservations for outdoor seating can be made by phone or via OpenTable.
The details: 229 Waterman St., Providence, 401-336-6273, opentable.com/r/mare-rooftop-providence
With a coal-fired-oven-inspired menu of pizza, wings and more, Providence Coal Fired Pizza has a lot of options for food lovers. Enjoy the aroma of sauce and cheese as you dine outside with family or friends on the sidewalk space.
How to get a reservation: The Providence and North Kingstown restaurants are open daily for outside dining from noon to 8 p.m. Meanwhile, the Westerly restaurant is open Thursdays and Fridays from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. as well as Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 8 p.m. To make reservations, call the restaurant or go online to OpenTable. They are currently booking parties of five or less.
The details: 385 Westminster St., Providence, 401-454-7499; 6105 Post Rd., North Kingston, 401-885-7499; 162 Granite St., Westerly, 401-596-1842, opentable.com/r/providence-coal-fired-pizza-providence
Located by the Providence River, Plant City is a vegan restaurant which offers an assortment of plant-based dishes that use fresh, local ingredients. Known for vegan pizza, burgers and tacos, some of the taco selections on the Bar Verde menu include farro chorizo, wild mushroom carnitas and jackfruit pibil.
How to get a reservation: Plant City accepts online and phone reservations. Indoor and outdoor dining is available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Currently, the outdoor dining food choices include the Mexican and American menus while indoor dining includes the Mexican and Italian menus. If your party includes more than five people, be sure to call the restaurant in advance. Reserve the outdoor patio on OpenTable. Reserve the indoor dining room on OpenTable.
The details: 334 Water St., Providence, 401-429-2029, matthewkenneycuisine.com/plant-city-pvd
Enjoy a contemporary American meal at Iron Works consisting of sandwiches, boards and other delicious entrees. This restaurant is known for its extensive list of beers sourced from local breweries.
How to get a reservation: The best way to make a reservation is online via OpenTable. However, people are encouraged to call if there are no available time slots online or want to inquire about last-minute availability. Iron Works is open daily for outdoor dining from noon to 8 p.m.
The details: 697 Jefferson Blvd., Warwick, 401-739-5111, opentable.com/r/iron-works-warwick
Look out onto Greenwich Bay as you dig into some of Rhode Island’s best comfort food. Chelo’s is known for its award-winning dishes including its Met’s Mushroom Burger, seafood chowder and chili. This restaurant has a variety of outdoor seating from the lawn to the porch. Either way, you’ll be surrounded by the aroma of the sea and summer.
How to get a reservation: Customers can reserve a table through OpenTable or by calling the restaurant. Walk-ins are also being accepted. Chelo’s Waterfront is open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
The details: 1 Masthead Drive, Warwick, 401-884-3000, chelos.com
This restaurant offers a variety of seafood including linguine and clams, lobster rolls and roasted cod. Located by the sandy shores of Narraganset, Trio offers patio dining at an ideal location and tasteful food.
How to get a reservation: Call Trio to reserve a table or make a reservation online either at their website or on OpenTable. The restaurant is open daily for outdoor dining with various hours of operation. Monday–Thursday from 2–8 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 2–9 p.m. and Sunday from noon–8 p.m.
TwoTen Oyster Bar and Grill’s menu is filled with delicious seafood including clam cakes, crab cakes, fish and chips and more. This restaurant offers two outdoor dining areas with one overlooking the water. The other consists of a vibrant, gated patio with a small bar.
How to get a reservation: Reservations are no longer required, though the restaurant will still accept those who call ahead and walk-in parties up to eight people. TwoTen requires contact tracing information upon arrival from one member of each party. They are also open from 2 to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.
The details: 210 Salt Pond Rd., Wakefield, 401-782-0100, twotenobg.com
Look out at the docked boats as you eat on this restaurant’s patio beneath an array of string lights. Wickford on the Water offers breakfast, lunch and dinner to hungry customers. Start your morning right with a morning cocktail and a filling breakfast sandwich. Or, stop by midday or late afternoon for lunch and dinner and a variety of salads, burgers and wraps.
How to get a reservation: Due to the high demand for reservations, customers should fill out a reservation request form on the website’s reservation page. The manager will then reach out to confirm your seating arrangements. If you are looking for same-day dining, call Wickford on the Water directly.
The details: 85 Brown St., North Kingston, 401-294-7900, wickfordonthewater.com
Enjoy Terrazza’s outdoor patio and fireplace after a hard day of work. This restaurant’s menu consists of Mediterranean, Lebanese and Italian food. Popular dishes include calamari, shrimp and filet mignon.
How to get a reservation: Reservations can be made via OpenTable. Customers can also reserve a table by calling the restaurant during the regular business hours. Terrazza is open daily from 2 to 7 p.m.
The details: 645 Douglas Pike, Smithfield, 401-233-3223, terrazzari.com