Finn’s Seafood – Destination Lobster!

Serving Fresh Seafood on Block Island For Over 40 Years

Overlooking Old Harbor, Finn’s Seafood is the place to go for steamed lobster with melted butter that drips down your chin!  Or, if you prefer to use a fork while you eat – try the baked stuffed.   Lunch and dinner are served on the upstairs deck and on the harbor-level deck, at the inside bar and in the lower level dining room.

Whether you are looking for a complete seafood, lobster or steak dinner or a lighter meal of a side, salad, sandwich or chowder, you can find it at Finn’s.

Why we love it:  There is a takeout window where you can order food to go. Choose the lobster salad roll and enjoy it on the beach!

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Ballard’s – Stay Right on the Beach!

Stay Surf-Side on this Gorgeous Island

Ballard’s landmark oceanfront beach resort is located just a few steps from the ferry landing in Old Harbor on the Atlantic Ocean.  Enjoy your own private furnished balcony with a view of the harbor. Sit and relax and watch all the action pass by…or join in.

Spacious, luxurious and comfortable with two queen beds or one king bed for your stay.  Ballard’s accommodations are set apart on Block Island with each guestroom offering air conditioning and its own private bath.  Want to be in the middle of all the action?  This is the place to stay on Block Island.

Why we love it?  Stay steps from the beach.

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Rebecca’s Seafood Take Out – Picnic Tables And Water Views

No Frills  – Fast and Convenient! 

Rebecca’s is right next to the ferry and always a hub of activity on main drag in Old Harbor.  Featuring umbrella-covered picnic tables, they do have a small counter inside as well as a few tables and chairs.  Lobster rolls, fried clams, burgers, wraps and chowder.

Quintessential summer in New England experience (open until 2 am in summer) and cash only.

Why we love it:  A perfect stop embarking or departing on ferry!

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The Beachead – Across from the Beach

Serving Seafood and Signature Drinks

Offering delicious seafood and a perfect location on the island, the Beachead is across the road from the beach and boasts magnificent views of the ocean.  With a covered porch and views of the sea, this is one eatery you should not miss while on Block Island.

Although one of our favorite lunch menus is clam chowder, lobster roll and a Bloody Mary, the Beachead also sports other options like lobster baked haddock and lobster mac and cheese, yum!

Why we love it:  Come for the food, fall in love with the view.
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  • Seasonal
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • 596 Corn Neck Road, New Shoreham, Block Island, Rhode Island 02807
  • (401) 466-2249

Dead Eye Dick’s – Hot Lobster Rolls w/ Melted Butter

A Tradition on the Block Since The 1940s

Come for the food and stay for the view!  Dead Eye Dick’s at Payne’s Dock in New Harbor is open for lunch and dinner daily. Dead Eye’s eclectic menu offers the freshest seafood, including Dead Eye’s signature swordfish and lobster dishes.  Insider tip?  Sit outside for dinner on the deck and enjoy a gorgeous sunset if mother nature allows.

Open from May through September, diners can enjoy homemade soups, an extensive raw bar, creative cocktails, wine and microbrews in a casual dining room or outside on the deck overlooking New Harbor.  Don’t miss the the Lobster Rolls, served hot with melted butter.  Wow.

Why we love it:  Lovely views and a salty seabreeze experience.  

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  • Seasonal
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • 218 Ocean Avenue, New Shoreham, Block Island, Rhode Island 02807
  • (401) 466-2654

Ballard’s on the Beach – Offering Lobster 13 Ways

A Tradition on Block Island

Ballard’s is right on the beach dining!  There is a certain allure to dining on the water especially in New England with such a limited time each year to sit outside on the water to drink, dine and enjoy.  The dining menu at Ballard’s on Block Island is land to sea perfection and the breathtaking view doesn’t get any better than the one at Ballard’s oceanfront restaurant!

Think New England lobster prepared 13 ways (yes, it’s true), local fish from the surrounding waters of Block Island, luscious flame grilled steaks, chilled shellfish, burgers, steamers, stuffies, salads, sandwiches and more!  Dine inside the restaurant, enjoy the view of the Atlantic while dining outside on a covered oceanfront deck or grab a beach chair and let the staff deliver your food right to your beach chair with ocean waves crashing on your feet.

Why we love it:   A quintessential Block Island experience!

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Kimberly’s – On Ocean Avenue

Local Flavors You’ll Enjoy!

Kimberly’s serves a wide variety of dishes and uses fresh, mostly local ingredients.  With a great location in Old Harbor, Kimberly’s offers a variety of seafood dishes, fresh salads, steaks, and pasta dishes. There truly is something for everyone on the menu. In addition, Kimberly’s has a large ‘wines by the glass’ list, beer selection and full bar.  They offer indoor, outdoor, lounge and bar seating.  Kimberly’s also offers lobster bakes for catered events!

Our favorite item for dinner after a long day of fun and sun on the Block?  Lobster Mac & Cheese –  of course!

Why we love it?  Fresh ingredients and locally sourced.  

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Poor People’s Pub – Lobster Rolls & Lobster Chowder

Very Casual and Lively Spot!

As the name aptly describes this is a pub – filled with fun and great food.  One of our very favorite things on the menu?  “Lobster Chowda”, just the right amount of creamy and loaded with chunks of lobster. Pairs perfectly with a lobster roll for lunch or dinner.

Sit in or out and enjoy live music on certain days and nights.  Open for lunch or dinner seven days a week with a really fun atmosphere, this place is an island favorite.

Why we love it:  They serve frosty brews and good times!

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  • Seasonal
  • Open 7 Days a Week
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • 33 Ocean Avenue, Block Island, Rhode Island 02807
  • (401) 466-8533


Hotel Manisses – Older Charmer Turned Boutique Hotel

Gracious Island Hospitality

Many of the hotels on Block Island are historic and this lovely structure is no exception.  This hotel has undergone a complete renovation and is gorgeous!!

All 17 boutique rooms have a private bath and are fully air conditioned.  Try to reserve a room with balcony access as well.  The view from outside the hotel is pretty exceptional with tranquil colors of sea and sky blending easily with natural Block Island beauty.  Enjoy peace, comfort and on site dining in the garden.  It’s quite an experience.

Why we love it:  Historic stay in a beautiful natural setting.



Spring House Hotel – Historic With Endless Views

 Lovely Accommodations for the Season!

The Spring House Hotel is Block Island’s oldest and largest hotel. Built in 1852, the main building includes 33 guest rooms that preserve the island’s authentic New England charm.  These hotel rooms consist of Standard King and Queens, Doubles, Studios, Suites, and Deluxe Suites. Main building rooms include panoramic island views or ocean views. Many also include air conditioning. Come enjoy a true New England Victorian experience.

On site you can enjoy dining overlooking the Atlantic Ocean on a marvelous wraparound porch.  There is nothing like a breathtaking view and an ocean breeze while enjoying a glass of Sauvignon Blanc and a signature lobster roll.  Fun note?  Their full-sized outdoor bar was GQ voted, “best place to drink a gin & tonic in the world.” FUN!

Why we love it:  The Barn offers luxury suites throughout the year with its own restaurant that features farm to table cuisine.

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Southeast Lighthouse – Photos, Views and Lobster Picnics

One of Two Stunning Lighthouses on Block Island

With gorgeous ocean views you can photograph beautiful vistas over the bluffs and this lighthouse.  If you fancy a stroll to this beauty it is 30 mins from the ferry terminal (Block Island is accessible via ferry from Point Judith, RI, New London, CT, and Montauk, NY. )  Of course many visitors reach the Southeast Light by bike as part of a great lobster themed day on Block Island!

For fun and exploration, there is a small museum and gift shop in the lighthouse, and the tower is open for tours in the summer.  Established in 1875, this historic light offers one of the best sunrise photo opps on the island – but we also recommend this amazing spot for a picnic (yes, lobster roll style.)  Grab a picnic to go and one of the local restaurants and enjoy some splendid ocean views with lobster lunch!

{Photo Credit: Jeremy D’Entremont, New England Lighthouses}

Why we love it:  Awe inspiring place for a Shelfie (lobster inspired selfie) and lobster roll picnics!

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Lighthouse and Lobster Afternoon – Worth the Bike/Hike

Located on the Northern Tip of the Island

With gorgeous sunset views, the North Lighthouse makes for a perfect pairing of a late lobster lunch and sunset on Block Island.  However, this is also a perfect place to visit any time of day.  The North Light is surrounded by waterviews and white sand dunes.  A must visit for those touring the island by bike!

Visitors should note that reaching the lighthouse requires walking for about 20 minutes from the parking area on a sandy beach.  The lighthouse is open daily from late June to mid-September, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; weekends only in spring and fall.

{Photo Credit: Jeremy D’Entremont, New England Lighthouses}

Why we love it:  Peace inspiring place for a Sunset Shelfie (lobster inspired selfie.)

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Roll Around Block Island – By Bike or Moped

Fun Way to Tour the Island

This lovely, serene and pristine island is perfect for day trips or getaway weekends.  A perfect day includes a bike rental so you can see the sights at a leisurely pace.  Island Mopeds & Bikes is conveniently located right in town, a quick jaunt from the traditional ferry landing. A perfect place to start your day on wheels is Block Island’s Historical Society which is right down the road (entrance is free).

A suggested next stop on your pedal tour is Mohegan Bluffs, the most amazing view on the Island.  Head back to Old Town for Lunch (steamed lobster or a lobster roll) and then spend the afternoon visiting the two lighthouses (South and North Light.)  Stop in between for a beach rest and stroll the sandy shores or just gaze out and fine your island inner peace.

Why we love it:   You can tour Block Island at your own pace!

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  • 7 Miles Long and 3 Miles Wide
  • 12 Miles from the Rhode Island Coast Line
  • New Shoreham is Block Island’s Only Town

Mohegan Bluffs – Natural Bucket List Experience

Serene and Spectacular Overlooking Lighthouse Cove

Located on the southern shore of Block Island,  Mohegan Bluffs are large clay cliffs about 150 feet high, with breathtaking views and beach. There is a fun staircase with over 135 steps leading down to the beach and can be quite a climb – but well worth it!  Pristine and untouched by time, this rocky and picturesque stretch at the bottom of the bluffs offers beach combing, sunbathing, walks and of course in incredible place for a lobster roll picnic.   Please note that the surf can be very rough so not an ideal place for swimming, however it’s mesmerizing to sit and watch the waves roll in.

You can get here by a walking, an island taxi or by bike/moped.  Spend an hour or a day and be sure to pack water and snacks as there are no facilities. Serene and spectacular, this is one of our favorite spots to take a Shelfie (a lobster inspired selfie.)

Why we love it?  One of…if not THE highlight of a lobster inspired trip to Block Island!

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Block Island – A Lovely Lobster Day for Friends and Family

Quintessential New England 

You can only travel to Block Island by ferry and that is part of its charm.  Pristine and lovely, it is quintessential New England with white sand beaches, towering bluffs, quaint town and historic inns.

Steps from the traditional boat – you have Ballard’s.  With a mammoth dining hall, outdoor oceanfront seating and drink service on the beach, this is heaven for the lobster lovers’ friends and family.   Lobster dinners, lobster rolls, and other seafood and non seafood specialties are sure to please everyone.  The view and laid back style truly feels like a mini vacation and absolutely memorable.

Another option for toes in the sand, is the National Hotel across the street from the Old Harbor Ferry.   Offering a harbor view, nice breezes and covered outdoor seating – this is another lovely place for a lobster roll and relaxation. Kick back and watch the world walk by while eating and glory in the history with a peek inside the  hotel lobby before leaving.

Enjoy the day with a bike or moped rental, browse little shops in the small but charming town or eat and bask in the sun.  Block Island is a world unto itself and a must do once in your lifetime.

Why we love it:  Melt away the stress with sand, sun and lobster!

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  • Year Round Ferry Service from Point Judith, RI and Newport RI and Fall River, MA
  • New Shoreham is the only town on Block Island
  • Tourism Council: 40 Center Road, Block Island, RI 02807
  • (401) 466-5200

Quintessential Block Island – Spend the Day at Ballard’s Beach!

Perfect for Suntan Lotion and Lobster!

Only steps away from the traditional Block Island Ferry dock, you can see this beauty as you approach the island.  It’s lovely stretch of sand, offers daily live music, beach volleyball, tiki bars and oceanfront dining.  At Ballard’s, they offer more than just a day in the sun – it’s a day trip destination unto itself!

Perfect for families, couples and friends there is never an entrance fee and one can enjoy take out to eat on the beach (we suggest the lobster roll) and craft cocktails, wine and beer from their inside and outside bars.   Of course they have an ocean front restaurant offering shade under table umbrella and a great seafood menu.

Lounge chairs and umbrellas are available for rent and they even have complimentary showers o rinse off after swimming in the ocean.  This is one of our FAVORITE places on Block Island to have a lobster. lunch!

Why we love it?  Beach, fun and a great lobster menu you can eat on the sand or in the open air under umbrellas with table service.

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  • Seasonal
  • Walk to the Ferry
  • 42 Water Street, New Shoreham, Rhode Island

The Oar – A Sizzling Summer Favorite on Block Island

Stunning Location on Beautiful Great Salt Pond

Step inside The Oar and you’ll be greeted by friendly staff, lots of seafood menu items including steaks and burgers and oars of many different shapes and colors decorating this casual, Block Island favorite!   With an expansive lawn and outstanding views of the marina, this summer casual restaurant is located within the historic 1661 Inn at the Boat Basin in New Harbor.  It’s a delicious and fun place to hang out!

Whether you sit inside or outside,  The Oar offers the perfect place to relax with a lobster roll or lobster grilled cheese and enjoy the casual nautical ambiance!

Why we love it:   Tucked away yet popular and fun place to enjoy lobster!

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Avonlea, Jewel of the Sea – A Serene Location!

Charming Bed and Breakfast Overlooking the Ocean

Avonlea, Jewel of the Sea, is a respite like no other on Block Island.   Cozy, bright and romantic, this inn is situated just a few small steps from the beach and close to seafood restaurants serving our favorite – lobster!   With nicely appointed guest rooms aptly named after “jewels” such as the Diamond, Amethyst and Moonstone, Avonlea offers breathtaking views of Crescent Beach and the ponds behind it. Relax on the wraparound porch with your afternoon glass of wine and take in the fresh, salty sea breezes as the stress of your over-scheduled life melts away.

Why we love it:   They offer suites and beachside cottages,too!    

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The Darius Inn – Walk to the Ferry Landing

Renovated and Renamed in 2013

Located in Old Harbor and within walking distance of the ferry landing and the beach, The Darius Inn is one of the best places to stay on Block Island!    Named after a Captain Darius B read the full info here. Dodge, a druggist who made and sold medical elixirs on the property in the 1800s, the Inn was transformed in 2013 by innkeepers Christy and Becca.    The Darius Inn offers 6 intimate guest rooms each creatively decorated and 5 pet friendly suites on the first floor.   Many of the suites offer kitchenettes and for a nominal fee, Christy and Becca will stock your fridge!   The breakfasts are delicious and the views are outstanding.    Lobster anyone?  The Darius Inn is close to many casual and fine dining seafood restaurants.

Why we love it:  The innkeepers support local artists and display their artwork through the inn!

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Sail Away – Ferry to Fairy Tale Block Island

Getting There is Half the Fun! 

Accessible only by ferry, Block Island off on mainland Rhode Island is about quaint as they come.  Oozing old New England charm, historic inns and sand beaches – you can step off the boat and 100 yards to lobster roll heaven.  The ferry ride itself is a thrill, with the traditional ferry taking 55 mins or the fast speed ferry with a shorter time frame (30 mins) and air conditioned comfort. No matter how you get here, outdoor seating beckons – beach front, harbor front or inside for A/C.

The Block Island Ferry is worth the ride all be itself as you watch the Galilee area slide by, with cute beach shacks and a rock jetty with people waving. Riders can sun themselves on the outside decks with sounds of seagulls and enjoy the salty air.  Soon, Block Island itself slips into view and arrival views are lovely.  Whether on the traditional or high speed ferry, upon arrival and spilling out onto the island docks…you know you are somewhere special.  Head for the beach (there are many perfect for a lobster roll and ocean views) or stop into one of the numerous restaurants and enjoy a roll “al fresco”.

Why we love it:  Same day / roundtrip fares available.  

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