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Clarke Cooke House

April 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

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photo_clarkecookeBoaters visiting Newport recognize the area’s specialness as soon as they enter the harbor. So choosing a spot to dine is an opportunity to make a special day exceptional.

A meal at the Clarke Cooke House can fit different moods and expectations, depending on where you’re seated. On the top floor, the dining is more decorous, with attention paid to what you’re wearing. Down on the wharf level, in the Candy Store, and in the Bistro on the main level, the atmosphere is more relaxed and your boating attire is just fine.

Arriving for a late lunch, we asked to be seated in the bright Candy Store. It seemed appropriate as our table afforded us a great view of the eye-candy of mega yachts at the wharf. It was hard to draw our gaze away from the beauty and grandeur of these vessels to look at the menu, and yet it was certainly worth it.

Oyster Bar offerings include chilled shrimp, lobster, littleneck clams, and oysters. Appetizers include chowder, calamari fritti, pan-fried crabcake, and beef tenderloin carpaccio, or you can start salads such as mixed field greens, Caesar salad, and chicken with fresh vegetables.

Lunch options include steamed, sautéed, or baked and stuffed lobsters, or a flavorful lobster salad roll served with fries. Enjoy a burger on a brioche roll or one stuffed with blue cheese and topped with bacon on an English muffin, or savor a smoked salmon on pumpernickel or smoked turkey sandwich. Native mussels are on the menu as is a 12-ounce New York steak.

Plant-based eaters may choose from vegetarian burger and grilled Portobello mushroom and eggplant sandwich — vegans need to ask for menu tweaks. Along with the seafood, gluten-free eaters may ask for a no-bun burger, and there’s a children’s menu available. Dinner and brunch may differ from lunch, but the quality of the food and attentiveness of the service is consistent.

Open nightly at 5:00 for dinner, there’s lunch on weekends and brunch on Sundays. Enjoy live music on Friday nights in the Candy Store and dancing on Fridays and Saturdays in the wonderfully named Boom Boom Room

Bannister’s Wharf, established in 1742, has slips and a fixed pier. Raise them on VHF channel 9 or call 401-846-4556.

Clarke Cooke House

Bannister’s Wharf




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