31 Rhode Island Restaurants for Outdoor Dining
Rhode Island restaurants are offering safe patio dining in Providence, Newport, East Greenwich, Narragansett, Bristol, Warren and more.
By Jamie Coelho and Emma Bartlett
Rhode Island restaurants are pulling together some pretty creative patios for the season. From turning sidewalks into quaint outdoor cafes to transforming parking lots into al fresco adventures, here are some of our favorite spots to enjoy outdoor dining this spring and summer.
Bywater has turned its former “parking lot patio,” into a full outdoor restaurant, complete with a fire pit and cozy benches with blankets in the middle and individual heaters for each table. The menu includes local seafood like cioppino and scallops over fresh pasta with pancetta as well as comfort food dishes like burgers and steaks (and sometimes poutine!) with sides and salads that involve local farm ingredients. Twinkle lights hang overhead for a glowing atmosphere near the Warren waterfront.
How to get a reservation: Reservations can be made through the website or by calling 401-694-0727. It’s open Thurs.-Mon. from 4:45 p.m.–close for indoor and patio dining and takeout. You can also check out Bywater Bakeshop on mornings for housemade croissants, bread, breakfast and lunch sandwiches, coffee and more Wednesday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The details: 54 State St., Warren, 401-694-0727, bywaterrestaurant.com
Roll up to a picnic table or high top and choose from shareable small plates (that are actually quite large) from a rotating menu that might include crispy Brussels sprouts, General Tso’s fried cauliflower, corn and crab dip, fish tacos, lobster roll sandwiches and more. Cocktails are also very inventive, including a passion fruit jalapeno margarita, house jungle juice and a Poochageez bloody Mary. Cozy up to one of the fire pits to keep warm, soak up the Michael Ezzell mural on the side of the building and take a post-meal stroll in this quaint waterside town.
How to get a reservation: Be sure to call to make a reservation. The hours are Wednesday and Thursday from 4–9 p.m.; Friday from 4–10 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m.–10 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m.–9 p.m. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Call 401-252-4660 for a reservation or direct message on Instagram at @waterdog_warren.
The details: 125 Water St., Warren, 401-252-4660, instagram.com/waterdog_warren
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 daily from 11:30 a.m.–9 p.m.
The details: 215 Water St., Warren, 401-289-2524, thewharftavernri.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.–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.–8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and from 11:30 a.m.–7 p.m. on Sunday.
The details: 411 Thames St., Bristol, 401-253-4500, quitosrestaurant.com
Watch the sun set over the Sakonnet River while dining inside or outside on the Boat House’s waterfront patio and covered porch. This restaurant’s menu has an elaborate selection of fresh seafood, meat and other organic produce that is sourced locally as much as possible. 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 Sunday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m.–9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m.–10 p.m..
The details: 227 Schooner Dr., Tiverton, 401-624-6300, boathousetiverton.com
The patio at Troop. Photo from Instagram.
Troop has tricked out its patio into a colorful outdoor oasis with giant red, orange, green and blue umbrellas hanging overhead, tropical plants surrounding the scene and vibrant rugs. The outdoor area mimics the cheerful, upbeat vibe inside the restaurant. The dining room is also currently open for socially-distant service. The menu offers global street food with an upscale twist, like street noodles with pork belly, shrimp, fried or grilled chicken or tofu; braised short ribs, JT’s fried chicken and a vegan fried tofu banh mi or the regular banh mi with braised pork belly and pate, plus fun cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks. They also have the new Troop-Top roofdeck available at the WaterFire Arts Center on Thursday nights from 5-8 p.m. for cocktails, beer and wine.
How to get a reservation: Make a reservation on the website or through Open Table. The restaurant is open Thursdays from 5-10 p.m. (bar is open late); and Fri., Sat., and Sun. for brunch from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. and dinner from 5-10 p.m. (bar open late).
The details: 60 Valley St., Providence, 401-473-2900, trooppvd.com
Oberlin uses locally sourced seafood, meat and farm produce creatively to turn out dishes that are almost too pretty to eat. Start with the raw crudo or brandade, and move on to polenta, flatbread and salads made with seasonal produce. Don’t forget the fresh pasta (they also offer it frozen to take-home for your freezer), then get stoked for the whole roasted fish. The weather-dependent patio is portioned off by giant plants and twinkle lights and the whole street is shut down to traffic. The restaurant is also offering takeout and a special tomato pie for takeout on Mondays. There’s also a new Bread Share program for which you get two loaves of bread every Saturday for a month.
How to get a reservation: Book a reservation online. Oberlin is open Thurs.–Mon., 4–9 p.m. Closed Tues. and Wed.
The details: 186 Union St., Providence, 401-588-8755, oberlinrestaurant.com. Oberlin’s sister restaurant, birch, is now closed for good.
Chef Yveline Bontemp serves up Caribbean cuisine and Jamaican jerk chicken for takeout and patio dining. She has always had a beautiful patio with a vivid island vibe that pays tribute to her Haitian roots. You can also enjoy her cooking on the patio of nearby the Industrious Spirits Company, which serves fun cocktails with made-on-site gin and vodka and locally sourced and foraged herbs and flowers. Book a reservation for the restaurant or for ISCO here.
How to get a reservation: Book a reservation at Garden of Eve online. The hours are Wed.–Sun. 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.–10 p.m.
The details: 405 Harris Ave., Providence, 401-688-6166, exploretock.com/gardenofeve
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Nicks is another renowned Rhode Island restaurant that always supports local purveyors, farmers and fishermen. From brunch to dinner, James Beard Award-nominated chef/owner Derek Wagner cooks each meal with passion for the seasons, and spring brings out fiddleheads, ramps, baby lettuces and more for him to play with in the kitchen. He and his family and staff made the covered patio into a beautiful outdoor spot with twinkle lights and hot drinks, plus Nicks on Broadway-branded blankets. You can also order takeout from the entire menu and pantry items to go, including basil pesto, chicken pate, bolognese, stocks, house baked bread and more. The dining room is also open for indoor dining.
How to get a reservation: Book a reservation by phone at 401-421-0286 or 401-421-0287 or email at email@example.com. Patio, dine-in and takeout hours are Wed.–Sat. 10 a.m.–8 p.m. and Sun. 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
The details: 500 Broadway, Providence, 401-421-0286; 401-421-0287, nicksonbroadway.com
Persimmon has constructed a quaint patio with heat lamps on its cobblestone sidewalk on Hope Street. The farm-driven restaurant from James Beard Award-nominated Champe Spiedel, and his wife, Lisa, is serving upscale al fresco meals, including the Little Gem salad, truffle beignets, oven roasted Rhode Island fluke with rich sea broth with glazed vegetables, tomato and saffron and black spaghetti with squid ink. You can also order takeout, or the restaurant’s famous bolognese or red or white clam sauce frozen to go for your freezer.
How to get a reservation: Book a reservation on the website. The hours are Wed.–Sat. 5–9 p.m. for takeout, indoor and outdoor dining.
The details: 99 Hope St., Providence, 401-432-7422, persimmonri.com/reservations
Chef Beau Vestal has been working in the kitchen at New Rivers for nearly two decades and he and his wife, Elizabeth, purchased the restaurant in 2012. The restaurant is named after the river rerouting project that jump-started Providence’s renaissance. This past fall, New Rivers launched a beautiful patio with twinkle lights and illuminated views of College Hill, which reopens on April 21. The restaurant offers takeout only, and outdoor dining starting on April 21. Don’t miss special Fried Chicken Fridays for takeout or patio service, which includes chef Beau’s special fried chicken, farm-style sides like potato salad, cornbread, pickles and more.
How to get a reservation: Reservations for the patio are recommended. Call 401-751-0350 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve. The hours are Wed.–Thurs. 4:30–8:30 p.m. and Fri.–Sat. 4:30–9 p.m. You can also order contactless takeout here.
The details: 7 Steeple St., Providence, 401-751-0350, newriversrestaurant.com
Rosalina is downtown Providence’s answer to Italian food. The restaurant has set up a darling sidewalk scene with heaters while guests enjoy eggplant Parmigiana and Bolognese with pasta. There also a Sunday supper available for dine in or takeout, including pasta with gravy.
How to get a reservation: . Call or text 401-413-1069 to reserve your table. The hours are Wed.–Thurs. 4–9 p.m., Fri.–Sat. 4–10:30 p.m., Sun. 4–9 p.m.
The details: 50 Aborn St., Providence, 401-413-1069, rosalina-ri.com
The Federal Hill Commerce Association is bringing back Al Fresco on the Hill starting on May 14. On Friday and Saturday evenings from 5-11 p.m., Atwells Avenue will be closed off to traffic in the Federal Hill section. Restaurants on Federal Hill will be able to take their tables to the sidewalks so that guests can be more spread out for social distancing, as well as enjoy the outdoor environment during their meal. The closure will occur in two sections; from Bradford Street to Dean Street and from Dean Street to Lily Street. Al Fresco On The Hill is currently scheduled to take place for a period of twenty weeks. Atwells Avenue will begin closing to vehicle traffic at 3:30 p.m. each afternoon and reopen at 1 a.m. Dining will take place from 5-11 p.m. Reservations are suggested and may be made by contacting participating restaurants directly.
How to get a reservation: Contact individual restaurants for reservations on Friday and Saturday evenings between 5–11 p.m., or just walk in to dine. The restaurants are also open all week long and many have sidewalk dining and indoor dining.
The details: Go to federalhillprov.com for a list of restaurants located on Federal Hill.
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 spring or summer night with a stunning sunset, this is the place to come and watch it.
How to get a reservation: Mare Rooftop is open Wed. and Thurs. from 5–10 p.m.; Fri. from 5–11 p.m.; Sat. noon–11 p.m.; Sun. noon–10 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. You can also opt for indoor dining or takeout.
How to get a reservation: The Providence and North Kingstown restaurants are open daily for outside dining from noon–8 p.m. Meanwhile, the Westerly restaurant is open Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays from 3–9 p.m. as well as Saturdays and Sundays from noon–9 p.m. (closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays). To make reservations, call the restaurants or go online to OpenTable.
The details: 385 Westminster St., Providence, 401-454-7499; 6105 Post Rd., North Kingston, 401-885-7499; 162 Granite St., Westerly, 401-596-1842, providencecoalfiredpizza.com/reservations
Bite into traceable local seafood at picnic tables located outside an adorable little red shack near the Providence Riverwalk and Pedestrian Bridge. The menu includes old favorites like beer-battered fish and chips with hand-cut fries and tartar sauce (choose from Point Judith hake or Cape Shark) or new hits like the Fish Mac with beef fat-fried pollock, special sauce, lettuce, tomato and yellow cheese. The chowder and clam cakes and lobster roll (when available) are also really popular choices, too.
How to get a reservation: Order food online or at the shack. Picnic tables are first-come, first-served. Hours are Wed.-Sun. 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
The details: 239 Dyer St., Providence, 401-480-1269, dunebrothers.com
Chez Pascal has turned its outdoor patio into an al fresco adventure. Eight Adirondack chairs await along with a menu of seasonal meals that are made with ingredients sourced from local farms and food producers. Enjoy the great outdoors on Hope Street in Providence near the Saturday farmers market and close to shopping. There are no tables, just the chairs with a drink holder, so it’s really meant to enjoy a bite and sip and not a full, three-course meal. Beverage aficionado Ian Magiros has come up with a great selection of Alpine amaro to go along with Matt Gennuso’s weekly changing patio food menu that might include dishes like asparagus salad, roasted chicken, scallops and clam chowder, braised beef short rib, items from the Wurst Kitchen and more, plus lots of dessert options.
How to get a reservation: Outdoor dining only. Book online or call the restaurant for a reservation. Hours are Tues.-Sat. from 4:30-8 p.m. Patio closes at 9 p.m. sharp. They are closed the last Tuesday of every month. Staff members are all vaccinated but please wear your mask if you are more comfortable doing so. If it is raining or there’s bad weather at the time of your reservation, it will have to be rescheduled for another day.
The details: 960 Hope St., Providence, 401-421-4422, chezpron.com
Located by the Providence River, Plant City is a vegan restaurant with four different dining options that offer an assortment of plant-based dishes that use fresh, local ingredients for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. Choose from Mexican at Bessina, Italian and pizza at Double Zero, and burgers and sandwiches at New.Burger. Make Out also has smoothies, bowls, sandwiches, coffee and more for easy takeout or quick-service dining in. Some of the taco selections on the Bessina menu include farro chorizo, wild mushroom carnitas and jackfruit pibil, and the nachos are also a must. At Double Zero, the raw lasagna and pizzas with cashew-based cheese are all terrific. Plant City has both sidewalk tables and a heated tent for dining outdoors.
How to get a reservation: Plant City accepts online and phone reservations. Plant City is open 8 a.m.–9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 8 a.m.–0:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Outdoor dining is only available Sun.–Thurs., noon–9 p.m.; and Fri.–Sat., noon–10 p.m. Currently, the outdoor dining food choices include the Mexican and American menus while indoor dining includes all menus. Reserve the outdoor patio on OpenTable. Reserve the indoor dining room on OpenTable. For parties of five or more, please call for reservations.
The details: 334 Water St., Providence, 401-429-2029, matthewkenneycuisine.com/plant-city-pvd
Enjoy Indian food outside on the heated patio with your own blankets and hot drinks from their menu. The restaurant is offering a Weekday Thali lunch special Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. It involves your choice of a main dish like chicken tikka masala or a curry or one of many vegan or vegetarian choices, served with tomato soup, kale salad, freshly baked garlic naan, basmati rice and dessert for dine-in only, starting at $10.95. Or enjoy a brunch Thali, with your own mini buffet served personally in individual copperware.
How to get a reservation: The dinner menu is available for dine-in or takeout every day. You can make a reservation right on the website or Opentable.com. Hours are Sun.-Thurs. from 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; and Fri. and Sat. from 11 a.m.–10 p.m.
The details: 1060 Hope St., Providence, 401-421 2600, indiarestaurant.com
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, including amazing pastas, meat and seafood dishes from chicken with mushrooms and sausage in a red wine and shallots sauce to grilled rack of veal and grilled branzino. 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 for lunch from noon–3 p.m., and dinner on Mon. from 5–9 p.m.; Tues.–Sat. from 5–10 p.m.; and Sun. noon–9 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 for lunch from noon–3:30 p.m.; dinner Sun.–Thurs. from 5–8 p.m. and Fri. and Sat. 5–9 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 igloos and outdoor lounging areas in a romantic setting with the restaurant’s menu of sandwiches, seafood delights and specialty drinks. Scarpetta at Gurney’s Newport is also reopen this spring for indoor and outdoor dining.
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 daily from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
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 daily from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. or close.
The details: 140 Thames St., Newport, 401-849-6334, brickalley.com
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 Sun.–Thurs. from 11:30 a.m.–9 p.m. and
Fri.–Sat. from 11:30 a.m.–10 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 with fire pits and four bars. Either way, you’ll be surrounded by the aroma of the sea and summer vibes.
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.–11 p.m.
The details: 1 Masthead Drive, Warwick, 401-884-3000, chelos.com
Book a spot in the igloos by the bay. Each one is decked out and designed with furniture, heaters, beautiful decor and more. The Coast Guard House’s roof deck overlooks the crashing waves of Narragansett Bay, right by the beach, and there’s no better place to enjoy raw bar options, seafood, steaks and more with cocktails outdoors. The restaurant also offers indoor dining and takeout.
How to get a reservation: Dining hours are Sun.–Thurs. 11:30 a.m.–9 p.m. and Fri. and Sat. from 11:30 a.m.–10 p.m. Igloos can accommodate up to eight guests and a minimum of two people. There is a $75 igloo rental charge for three hours, in addition to a $25 per guest minimum spend. Book reservations through Open Table.
The details: 40 Ocean Rd., Narragansett, 401-789-0700, thecoastguardhouse.com
Coastal-themed bric-a-brac, colorful chairs and hanging lights decorate the charming outdoor patio at this iconic South County establishment. Enjoy any one of the sixty-nine beers on tap, snack on some smoked wings or bite into the Blazin’ Saddles Burger while sitting by the Saugatucket River. The vast menu features all the classic American pub classics, like nachos and mac and cheese, along with barbecue platters, wood-fired pizzas and mexi-fare. This is the perfect family restaurant to finish off a day soaking up the sun at the nearby beaches. The entire menu is available for takeout and the indoor seating areas are also open.
How to get a reservation: Check in at the host desk in the back parking lot for a table. Bar areas are seat yourself. The patio is weather dependent and opens every night of the week starting Memorial Day weekend, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Kitchen hours are 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Bars are open until 1 a.m.
The details: 456 Main St., Wakefield, 401-783-9370, mewstavern.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. Mon.–Sat. from 4–9 p.m. and Sun. from noon–8 p.m.
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 hours are Mon.–Thurs. 11 a.m.–8 p.m.; Fri.–Sat. 8 a.m.–9 p.m. and Sun. 8 a.m.–8 p.m. Breakfast is served Fri.–Sun. from 8–11 a.m.
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 4 to 9 p.m.
The details: 645 Douglas Pike, Smithfield, 401-233-3223, terrazzari.com