Clarke Cooke House: Serves Up a Great Meal with a Fab View
The many levels of the restaurant offer diners different options from cozy intimate spaces to larger, more frenzied spaces to see and be seen in.
Inventive cocktails, local brewery beer and a fab wine list keeps this restaurant current in a city where old world charm rules. Fresh seafood and fine dining choices like beef tenderloin and roasted duck are staples on the menu, but fresh local ingredients rule and change seasonally.
The sailing decor is in keeping with its location on the famous, bustling Bannister's Wharf. Sailing enthusiasts will love the top floor Commodore's Room which pays tribute to the winning sailors from Newport who have raced in the America's Cup. Local, Rome Kirby is the latest winner to receive the infamous gift certificate - free cocktails for life due to him being a crew member on this year's winning boat.
Packed to the gills in the summer with sailors and tourists, its fun atmosphere and frivolity is contrasted to the winter time when locals return to reclaim their spaces and enjoy the calm ambiance.
My favorite dishes: The Candy Store burger and the mussels for lunch and, for dinner, swordfish in season or the plank salmon.