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.

While many restaurants still haven’t buttoned up their Christmas Day plans, the following restaurants in Newport will (or have in the past) be open, serving dinner, and celebrating the holiday;

1 – One Bellevue at Hotel Viking

On Christmas Day, One Bellevue will offer Chef Thiele’s Tasting menu with a main course of grilled filet mignon and baked stuffed lobster tail.  Tickets are $ 79 pp plus tax, drinks and gratuity. Seatings are at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm.

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2 – Salt Water at Newport Harbot Hotel

Saltwater’s Executive Chef Tom Phelps will feature a three course Pre Fixe Holiday Menu, as a special treat.  Salt Water’s Holiday menu provides a choice of Cornish Hen & Dried Fruit Stuffing or Thick Sliced Prime Rib.  Their mouthwatering dessert is a choice of Saltwater Pumpkin Pie or Peach Cobbler topped with Vanilla Ice Cream.  The Pre Fixe menu is available December 24th, 25th, and 26th for $42.00 per person and does not include tax, gratuity, or beverages. Saltwater will also feature their regular menu including our Signature Sharable items such as Array of the Bay, Fish and Chips, and Saltwater Clam Chowder.

Reservations are recommended but not required.  Enjoy our Harborside dining room or our Fire Side Lounge.

Contact Saltwater at 401-848-3303 for reservations or visit their website

3 – Castle Hill Inn 

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

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4 – Sardella’s Restaurant

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

5 – 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.

6 – MainSail Newport at Newport Marriott

In the past, MainSail Restaurant at Newport Marriott has offered a $30 per person dinner on Christmas Day.

7 – The Spiced Pear at Chanler

The Chanler at The Spiced Pear has celebrated Christmas in the past with a special Brunch on Christmas. The price in 2015 for Brunch is $75 per person.

8 – Vanderbilt Grace

Let Vanderbilt Grace take care of the holiday cooking this year whilst you relax in front of the fireplace. Enjoy a complimentary holiday drink upon arrivalthree-coursey a three course feast and fun Christmas crackers with family and friends. Breakfast will be served from 7:30 am to 11 am. 12 pm, 3 pm, and 6 pm seating’s available | Reservations are required | $85 per person

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This list will be updated as we receive more information, menus and/or details from restaurants.

The following bars and restaurants opened on Christmas Day last year for light fare and/or drinks; we’re working on confirming their 2016 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.
  • IHOP Middletown – Open until 2pm.
  • Pour Judgment – Open at 6pm
  • Speakeasy Bar & Grille – Open around 6pm
  • Tavern On Broadway – Open at 1pm.

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Ryan Belmore has been the Owner & Publisher of What's Up Newp since 2012. He also currently works for Mountain News, where he serves as Senior Editor - North America for OnTheSnow. He previously worked for the New England Patriots and American Cancer Society. He currently serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).