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S&L's Rhode Island Restaurant Guide

S&L's Guide to Fine Dining in Rhode Island

The fine dining establishments we have experienced include:
Restaurant Name Location Date We Ate S&L Rating Price Range Coupon Available Through ... Comments
Annies Newport, RI 06/26/1999 * * $ Newport Co. Dinner Club Over-rated downtown eatery. Skimpy portions. Stick to "Ocean Breeze".
Anthony's Seafood Restaurant Middletown, RI 03/24/1999
05/19/1999
* * 1/2 $ $ Newport Co. Dinner Club
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Tasty portions in a "fast-food" atmosphere
Becky's BBQ Middletown, RI 04/29/1999 * * 1/2 $ Newport Co. Dinner Club Good-sized portions in "fast-food" atmosphere; bathroom in basement
Ben and Jerry's Newport, RI 05/07/1999 * * * $ Newport Co. Dinner Club Website at http://www.benjerry.com/indexg.html
Benjamin's Newport, RI 05/07/1999 * * $ $ $ Newport Co. Dinner Club A La Carte -- even the bread! Small but tasty portions.
Boathouse Restaurant Newport, RI N/A OUT OF BUSINESS N/A Newport Co. Dinner Club
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Former website at http://www.boathousepub.com/
Coddington Brewing Company Middletown, RI 04/18/1999 * * 1/2 $ $ $ Newport Co. Dinner Club S's steak was "brewed" -- and tasty.
Courtyard Marriott Middletown, RI 04/24/1999
06/12/1999
* 1/2 $ Newport Co. Dinner Club Breakfast buffet with luke-warm food -- no microwave in sight.
Gave them a second chance -- only the coffee was warmer (still no micro).
Dave's On Thames Newport, RI 04/02/1999
06/25/1999
* * $ $ $ Newport Co. Dinner Club
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Shrimp was undercooked and smothered in a sickly-sweet sauce.
Much better 2nd time -- stayed away from the seafood dishes.
East Side Mario's Middletown, RI 04/07/1999 * * $ $ Newport Co. Dinner Club Typical bland italian fare -- e.g., "red" vs. "white" sauce.
Fred's Old Place Newport, RI 06/01/1999 * * $ $ $ Newport Co. Dinner Club Advertised "{rib}meat falls off bone" -- not! Tasty beef "stroganoff".
Gray's Ice Cream Tiverton Four Corners, RI 07/03/1999 * * * * $ None Award-winning dessert -- found by accident!
Green Valley Country Club 19th Hole Newport, RI 04/02/1999 1/2 $ $ Dining Adventures of RI & SE MA Avoid this place at all costs! (but don't give up golf)
International House of Pancakes Middletown, RI 1999 * * * $ None Website at http://www.ihop.com/home.html
Jonathan's Sportsmans Restaurant Portsmouth, RI 06/04/1999 * * * $ $ None Large "hungry-man" portions.
JW's Sea Grill Newport, RI 06/19/1999 * * * $ $ $ Newport Co. Dinner Club
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Good steaks & large portions. Pampered service.
"Early Bird" dinners were available.
Last Course Bristol, RI 04/03/1999 * * 1/2 $ $ Dining Adventures of RI & SE MA Waitress was clumsy -- spilled grease on L's pocketbook
Mainstay Inn Newport, RI 05/11/1999 * * $ $ Newport Co. Dinner Club Typical hotel fare -- nothing to rave about.
Mama Leone's Pizza Restaurant Newport, RI 1999 * * * $ Unknown, but we got a FREE pizza! Very tasty (maybe the price affected our judgement)
Mama Luisa Newport, RI 1999 * * * $ $ Newport Co. Dinner Club
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Nice romantic atmosphere; tasty food.
Marina Grille Newport, RI 06/16/1999 * * 1/2 $ $ $ Newport Co. Dinner Club Peppercorn steak overloaded with pepper. Take it plain, instead.
Mooring Newport, RI TBD TBD TBD Newport Co. Dinner Club
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Website at http://www.mooringrestaurant.com/
Music Hall Cafe Newport, RI 05/30/1999 * * $ $ $ Newport Co. Dinner Club
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Noisy place; no non-smoking area. Ribs were TOO fatty.
Waitress tried to avoid honoring dining discount.
Newport Creamery Newport, RI 05/10/1999
06/26/1999
06/27/1999
* * $ Unknown - 10% off coupon exists Good dessert -- RI landmark now owned by FL developer.
Desserts are no match for "Gray's".
Avoid eating everything on menu except dessert!
North End Pizzeria Portsmouth, RI 07/07/1999 * * $ Newport Co. Dinner Club Veal fried. Sauce bland. Shudda got'n da pizza -- it looka betta.
Ocean Breeze Cafe Inc. Newport, RI 04/10/1999
05/01/1999
05/10/1999
* * * $ $ Newport Co. Dinner Club Been here 3 times for breakfast -- doesn't that say anything?
Pineapple's on the Bay Newport, RI 06/27/1999 * * $ Newport Co. Dinner Club
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Overpriced hotel fare served outdoors (poolside); good band.
Red Parrot Newport, RI 04/30/1999 * * 1/2 $ $ $ Newport Co. Dinner Club
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Historic landmark with good, but overpriced, food.
Past and Presents Tiverton, RI N/A OUT OF BUSINESS N/A Newport Co. Dinner Club
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Their answering machine voice sounded REALLY upset about closing!
Rhea's Newport, RI 04/17/1999 * * $ Newport Co. Dinner Club Also a B&B -- overpriced for that reason, probably.
Rhumb Line Newport, RI 06/03/1999 * * * 1/2 $ $ $ Newport Co. Dinner Club Large portions and very tasty; a la carte; avoid the bland rice.
Road Kill Cafe Newport, RI N/A OUT OF BUSINESS N/A Newport Co. Dinner Club Figures -- Why would anyone from this ritzy area want to eat here?
Salas' Dining Room Newport, RI 03/20/1999 * * * $ $ Newport Co. Dinner Club
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Early overcrowding forced eating in bar area -- great entrees made up for it.
Sardella's Newport, RI 04/25/1999
05/23/1999
* * * $ $ Newport Co. Dinner Club Creative fare, good portions -- waitress charged us a 22% tip.
Savoir Fare/Walnut Market Newport, RI 06/11/1999 * * 1/2 $ Newport Co. Dinner Club Good lunch sandwiches with slight creativity; not many choices.
Silver Shell Warwick, RI 06/27/1999 * * 1/2 $ Dining Adventures of RI & SE MA Tasty cole slaw & clam chowder. Overstuffed sandwiches, wraps.
Smokehouse Cafe Newport, RI 07/02/1999 * * * $ $ Newport Co. Dinner Club Tender fall-off-the-bone ribs. Lickety coleslaw and beans.
Szechuan Panda II Newport, RI 05/21/1999 * * * $ $ Newport Co. Dinner Club Good hearty portions -- substitutions allowed.
Themes Restaurant Newport, RI 06/13/1999 * * * $ $ Newport Co. Dinner Club Nice-sized portions; interesting tropical decor; reasonable specials.
Tito's Cantina Middletown, RI 04/13/1999 * * * $ Newport Co. Dinner Club Good Mexican food for those who don't usually like Mexican.
Tree House Juice Bar Newport, RI 05/16/1999 * * * $ Newport Co. Dinner Club Tasty/unusual vegetarian fare -- large green leaf wraps.
Tremblay's Island Park Cafe Portsmouth, RI 04/22/1999 * * * $ $ Newport Co. Dinner Club
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Tasty and nice-sized portions -- CASH or CHECK ONLY!
Vanderbilt's Newport, RI 05/26/1999 * * * * $ $ $ Newport Co. Dinner Club
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Excellent service & food quality; romantic/historic atmosphere.
"Early Bird" dinners were available.
Waverleys Harborside Newport, RI 05/19/1999 * * $ $ Newport Co. Dinner Club Typical hotel fare -- we were the only persons dining!
Windward Grille Newport, RI 04/15/1999 * * $ $ $ Newport Co. Dinner Club Typical Doubletree hotel fare during filming of "Providence".