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Le Central – Lobster at a French Bistro

A Charming Restaurant in Bristol

A popular neighborhood restaurant located in the heart of Bristol,  Le Central offers a magnifique dining experience whether you choose to go for lunch or dinner!    French country fare includes grilled confit duck leg and fennel sausage, coq au vin, steak frites and other favorites.

Of course our recommendation for dinner is the Grilled Sakonett Lobster charmoula rubbed and served with warm salad of local, seasonal produce and lemon butter!   Another taste bud tantalizer is the Lobster Mac & Cheese made with panko baked penne, Sakonnet Lobster, porcini, Fontina and Gruyere cheeses.  Simply delicious!   And, just so you know –  Sakonnet is in Little Compton, Rhode Island so the lobster is locally caught and always fresh.

Why we love it:   They serve wine by the glass.   We suggest a Chardonnay with your native lobster meal. 

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DeWolf Tavern – Maritime Restaurant Facing Water

Historic and Delicious!

The DeWolf Tavern is located in a renovated 1818 warehouse built by the Bristol-based maritime merchants James and William DeWolf for their shipping business in the “Triangle Trade.” A boat slip originally ran alongside the Tavern where ships could dock and unload goods into both levels of the building.  Today, DeWolf features two levels for your dining pleasure. The first floor includes a rustic bar, intimate tables, cozy booths and a waterfront deck.  Upstairs you’ll find a comfortable dining room with a  fireplace for crisp evenings and an exterior deck for a memorable meal with a sunset view.

Serving contemporary American for breakfast, lunch and dinner, DeWolf Tavern offers something for everyone.  Try the lobster popovers, a lobster roll with a twist, the native steamed or even the stuffed!

Why we love it:   It’s an upscale tavern along the historic, Bristol waterfront!

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Bristol Oyster Bar – Oysters and Lobster!

Bring on the Local Seafood

Bristol Oyster Bar is a testament to seafood as it was meant to be.  The owner has cultivated his vision for this restaurant since he was 14 years old. He has spent most of his time since then in the bay, fishing, and raising oysters. His many years on the bay has built an incredible awareness and love of local seafood.  His idea behind Bristol Oyster Bar is simple – create the ultimate fisherman to table dining experience using the highest level of care and craft.

The handcrafted menu items will change daily, and offer patrons some of the best seafood delicacies to be found in the Narraganset Bay.  Small and very local, this restaurant offers a warm atmosphere and high attention to unique details.  Come for the oysters – but make sure you try lobster claws from the raw bar or the lobster roll itself!

Why we love it:  Where the locals go and indulge!

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Prudence Island Lighthouse – Fun Day Trip by Ferry

Let Prudence & Bay Islands Transport Take You There

Take a little water cruise for a view of the bay with the Prudence Island ferry!  Departing from Bristol, the trip takes less than 30 minutes and the views of the Mount Hope Bridge and the Newport Bridge are lovely.  Once on island, there is only nature to enjoy – so plan for a visit of solitude, quiet and scenic views.

The island lighthouse itself is a mildly strenuous walk of about a mile from the ferry landing, and please note the tower is not open to the public.  Our favorite way to enjoy the island, is with lobster rolls you’ve packed in town and then have a picnic on the island.  {Photo Credit: Jeremy D’Entremont, New England Lighthouses}

Why we love it:  Accessible only by ferry, a truly unique way to spend the day!

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Historic Warren – Water Street Makes a Great Trip!

Features One of the Oldest Working Waterfronts in New England

With tons of locations for water views, Warren RI makes a fun and delicious day trip!  With a long history and many historic homes to boot – the town of warren is filled with artists, shops and restaurants.  Our favorite way to stroll this little gem, is to head towards water street.  Running along the bay you will find lovely harbor views, waterfront eateries and unique shopping opportunities.

Choose from several great seafood restaurants like Wharf Tavern or Traffords, or go casual with Blount’s outside Clam Shack! If you get a lobster roll and chowder to go, you can hunker down for a waterfront park picnic down the street – at Burr’s Hill.  Breathe the salty air, hear the seagulls and relax!

Why we love it:  Charming, waterfront and scenic.  

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Scenic Bristol – Quaint Town and Lovely Harbor

Always Something to Discover Here!

The gem of a town is located on 10.1 square miles of a peninsula that includes a smaller sub-peninsula on the west called Poppasquash, with Narragansett Bay to the west and Mount Hope Bay to the east.   Offering miles of lovely coastline, 14 parks, and the starting point of the East Bay Bike Path, Bristol is a great place to spend a day.   This quaint town offers several historical attractions, independently owned shops, and great dining options.  This is a great bet year round!

Stroll the tree lined Hope Street, enjoy lunch at one of the waterview restaurants or plunk yourself down in front of the Harbor.  In summer, the water fills with boats and the Independence Park offers hours of idyllic ways to pass the day, from picnics to frisbee and just plain relaxation.

Why we love it:  Lobster lovers rejoice with a salty lunch at Bristol’s Lobster Pot restaurant!

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Blithewold Mansion – Tour and Lobster

Just Pulling Up to the Mansion is Stunning!

Want to experience a world away from everyday life? Blithewold, a 33-acre summer estate with grand views of Narragansett Bay, is nationally significant in American history as one of the most fully developed and authentic examples of the Country Place era. The property features a 45-room mansion filled with family heirlooms framed by a series of lovely gardens that range in character from mysterious to exotic and from poetic to practical.  An exceptional collection of rare and unusual plants, specimen trees, an accessible greenhouse, and whimsical stonework project sets the stage for a visit that is romantic, fresh and inspiring – anytime of year.

The perfect way to experience Blithewold is with lobster, and your visit can be paired with lunch or dinner in the nearby town.  Bristol’s Lobster Pot is right down the street and offers waterviews anytime of the day.  Delicious history!

Why we love it:  A bit of lifestyles of rich and famous!

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  • Mansion: Open April – mid October
  • Garden and Grounds: Open Year Round
  • Admission Ticket Required
  • 101 Ferry Road (Rt. 114) , Bristol, Rhode Island 02809
  • (401) 253-2707
  • info@blithewold.org
  • www.blithewold.org

 

Colt State Park – Lobster Roll Picnic Perfect!

Lots of Wide Open Space for Fun in the Sun

Talk about a gem along the Bristol waterfront!  This park is arguably one of the best picnic spots in Rhode Island. Colt State Park is 464 acres of lawns, stone walls, and curving drives along one of the state’s most spectacular shorelines.

Colt State Park is often referred to as the ‘Gem’ of the State Parks System. The entire western border of the park is an open panorama onto Narragansett Bay. Open year round, the park offers four miles of bicycle trails passing along the Bay and through 464 acres of groomed fruit trees, carefully nurtured flowering bushes, and manicured lawns. Rich in history, it proudly displays ten large playfields, a historical museum, six picnic groves containing 400+ picnic tables, and its popular open air Chapel-By-The-Sea.

Why we love it :  Lobster roll picture perfect, anytime of year!

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Point Pleasant Inn – Incredible Setting on the Water

Lose Yourself in the Peaceful Waterviews

Step back into time and enjoy a life from another era. Surrounded by Narragansett Bay on Bristol Harbor – Point Pleasant Inn is a bed & breakfast resort that offers an open bar, swimming pool, hot tub, tennis court, sauna, fitness center, billiards, bikes and other amenities.  This 1940’s mansion on the water is across from all the quaint shops in Bristol, RI and a visit town is a must.

With seven luxury rooms, Point Pleasant is just an hour away from Boston and only twenty minutes from Providence and Newport.  Perfect for romantic getaways everything is included, even an open bar!

Why we love it : Tucked away on the water but close to historic town.

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Bristol House Bed & Breakfast – Nestled Close to Attractions

A True Gem in a Quiet Location

Nestled in a quaint, seaside town filled with beauty, charm and history, Bristol is best known for America’s Oldest Fourth of July celebration but is lovely any time of year.

This Cape Cod style B&B is the perfect spot for a family vacation/reunion, holiday celebration or a relaxing getaway for two! Bristol House boasts four beautifully decorated rooms , cozy gathering spaces, outdoor patio and backyard garden. Play a game of croquet on the beautiful lawn; sit and relax in the backyard patio garden with a glass of wine to end your day or relax by the fire indoors when the weather turns crisp. Whatever your plans, Bristol House is a destination that is truly unique!

Why we love it:  The innkeeper is a total delight!

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Herreshoff Marine Museum – America’s Cup and Lobster

Learn About Legendary Boat Building

The Museum, bordering beautiful Narragansett Bay, in Bristol, Rhode Island, is a boat lovers dream!  We suggest a visit either before or after a fabulous lobster lunch in downtown historic Bristol.  Your visit will encompass the story of the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company, a famous boat manufacturer.  Their most legendary accomplishment was the construction of eight consecutive successful defenders of the America’s Cup from 1893 to 1934.

The Museum boasts over sixty significant boats and has great displays and information on America’s Cup.  Its collection include plaques honoring the inductees; half-hull models of challengers and defenders; artifacts including spars, steering wheels, and tank test model hulls; and special exhibits about the America’s Cup.You will leave feeling quite nautical and inspired by the surrounding waters of Bristol!

Why we love it:  An incredible piece of maritime history.

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East Bay Bike Path – Roll for the Day!

Work Up an Appetite for a Lobster Roll

Weaving its way through Bristol, this is part of the larger East Bay Bicycle Path.  Hugging the shores of Narragansett Bay, it is a 14 mile paved path from Bristol in the south and north to India Point Park in Providence.  You can take detour paths off the main route, like lovely Colt State Park in Bristol.  Spend an hour or spend the day!

In Bristol, watch for an intersection on the path marked by bike racks. Here, a path leads to the Rhode Island Audubon Society’s Environmental Education Center. The center features a state-of-the art, fully accessible natural history museum and aquarium, as well as all-season guided tours, nature walks and special family programs.

Why we love it:  This is a beautiful bike path, lots of water views and shady sections.

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Blount Clam Shack – Home of the 9 Inch Lobster Roll!

Located Along the Historic Warren Waterfront

Casual and coastal, Blount Clam Shack is the place to go for clam cakes, clam chowder, whole belly clams and the 9-inch overstuffed lobster roll! Bring a big appetite since the Giant Lobster roll is made with a 1/2 pound of succulent lobster meat, tossed in Blount’s special dill sauce or served with warm butter!   In a hurry? Choose the Small Lobster Roll with 1/4 pound of lobster chunks.   You’ll be back for more!

Owned and operated by the Blount family, this very casual  food truck/trailer/lobster shack offers the best of the best!  With walk-up windows  clearly marked,  “Order Here”, “Pick Up Here” and  “Express”  for quick items such as beer and wine, the lines move quickly. Enjoy your mouthwatering meal to-go or settle down at one of the picnic tables under the tent and enjoy every bite of your lunch or dinner as you gaze out onto the water!

Why we love it:   Blount’s is a local hot spot for summer seafood platters!

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Trafford – Fresh Seafood, Nice Views

Lobster Rolls Creatively Prepared!

Located in Warren’s historic district overlooking the water, Trafford believes that the outstanding view is part of the superb dining experience.   Featuring an upstairs and downstairs dining room with lots of windows that allow the sunlight to  wash over the modernly decorated interior, Trafford offers a creative menu that will make you come back for more.
A favorite is the Lobster Roll deliciously prepared with fresh lobster meat and lemon chive aioli served on a Brioche roll.

Why we love it:  The decking dining!   Enjoy a lobster roll and specialty drink as you watch the sunset.

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Quito’s Seafood Restaurant & Bar – A Bristol Tradition

Fresh and Flavorful Lobster in Bristol

It all started in 1954 with a fish market.   Now, Quito’s is a popular, family-owned seafood restaurant with more than just a few tables and chairs.   It includes a casual and cozy dining room with a fireplace that warms the place up during the cooler months and a patio that opens up to beautiful views of Bristol Harbor during the summer.

Open from March – November for lunch and dinner, Quito’s secret to success is to serve simple, fresh, local seafood.  Period.   Choose from Baked Stuffed, Grilled Tails, Steamed Lobster and the famous Lobster Roll.  Yum!

Why we love it:   Choose your lobster roll.  Cold meat with mayo and dill or warmed with melted butter.  Either way – pure bliss!

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Lobster Pot Restaurant – Overlooking Narragansett Bay

Winner of Many “Best of Rhode Island” Awards!

Ideally located alongside Bristol Harbor, The Lobster Pot  has been serving the finest traditional New England classics since 1929.  With lobster salad rolls, baked stuffed lobsters -fisherman style, lobster mac and cheese, and lobsters boiled, broiled and grilled – the Lobster Pot is a proud participant of the “Farm & Sea To Table” program and buys products from local, hard-working farmers and fishermen.  With its longstanding reputation and commitment to using the freshest ingredients, it’s no wonder why the Lobster Pot is a favorite dining destination of many southern New Englanders.  For the “meat and potatoes” person in your party  – the Lobster Pot also offers steaks and burgers.

Why we love it:   The sunset views of Narragansett Bay, charming bar and live entertainment every Friday and Saturday nights.

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