Christmas Day in Newport, R.I, believe it or not, will be here before you know it. For some of you, the thought of cooking at home, traveling, or visiting the family is simply, out of the question!

If you head out on Christmas Day, be sure to take care of those hard working staff! It doesn’t always have to be monetarily, sometimes a simple thank you, smile, hug, or expression of gratitude will do the trick.

Plan Ahead: All liquor stores on Aquidneck Island are closed on Christmas Day

The following restaurants in Newport will be open, serving dinner, and celebrating the holiday;

1 – One Bellevue Restaurant

The award-winning Hotel Viking and One Bellevue Restaurant is situated atop Newport’s Historic Hill neighborhood with breathtaking views of Bellevue Avenue. On Christmas Day, One Bellevue will offer Chef Thiele’s Tasting menu with a main coarse of grilled filet mignon and baked stuffed lobster tail. See The Menu $69pp at 12pm, 2pm, & 4pm.

2 – Castle Hill Inn 

Castle Hill Inn will be serving up a Three Course Dinner on Christmas Day between 12:30pm – 6:30pm. See The Menu. $82 per person. Children’s menu available.

3 – Sardella’s Restaurant

Sardella’s Restaurant will be offering Chef Kevin Fitzgeralds’ regular menu as well as some holiday specials from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Christmas Day.

4 – Clarke Cooke House 

Clarke Cooke House will continue the tradition of being among the very few restaurants that are open 365 days a year when they open at 5pm for dinner on Christmas Day.

5 – MainSail Newport at Newport Marriott

MainSail Restaurant at Newport Marriott is offering a $30 per person dinner on Christmas Day. For More Info

6 – Saltwater Restaurant at Newport Harbor Hotel

Saltwater’s regular menu and a traditional lobster boil dinner will be served on Christmas Day at Saltwater.

7 – The Spiced Pear at Chanler

The Chanler and The Spiced Pear are celebrating Christmas with a special Brunch on Friday, December 25th from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. The price for Brunch is $75 per person.  Call for Reservations at 401-847-2244.

8 – Vanderbilt Grace

Let Vanderbilt Grace do the work while you relax in front of the fireplace with a glass of mulled wine as we prepare Christmas. Then, sit down and enjoy a 3-course feast with fun Christmas crackers. 1 – 9:30pm | $75 per person – See more here


The following bars and restaurants opened on Christmas Day last year for lighter fare and/or drinks; we’re working on confirming their 2015 Christmas Day plans;

  • Benjamin’s Raw Bar – Closed during the day. Opening at night.
  • Busker’s – Open at 7pm.
  • Clarke Cooke House – Open after 5pm.
  • Fastnet Pub – Open from 5pm to 1am.
  • HOPE – Open at 8pm.
  • IHOP Middletown – Open until 2pm.
  • One Pelham East – Pelham X-Mas Party with DJ Blacklist. No Cover.
  • Pour Judgment – Open for cocktails around 2pm. Limited food from 5pm – 10pm.
  • Speakeasy Bar & Grille – Open around 6pm
  • Tavern On Broadway – Open 6pm to 1am

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here - https://whatsupnewp.com/2021/09/letter-from-the-publisher-some-personal-news/

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at ryan@whatsupnewp.com and 401-662-1653.

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