Newport Restaurant Week returns this spring to Newport and Bristol Counties, and for the first time, area restaurants will create seasonal dishes at prix fixe prices for 12 days.

With approximately 50 restaurants expected to participate throughout Newport and Bristol counties from March 27th through April 7th, diners will have the opportunity to savor three-course, prix fixe lunch menus for $16 and three-course, prix fixe dinner offerings for $35 throughout the expanded 12-day event.

This year, Discover Newport will be kicking off restaurant week on a Monday instead of a traditional Friday launch. Traditionally Newport Restaurant Week has kicked-off on a Friday and run through the following Sunday, then including two weekends – now including just one.

“We survey chefs and restaurateurs after every rendition of restaurant week regarding multiple facets of their experiences, from casual observations to suggestions that may improve the program,” explains Brittany Lauro, who manages Newport Restaurant Week at Discover Newport in a prepared press release. “The way the calendar falls this year, the selected dates worked best for the majority of the restaurateurs, so we were happy to accommodate them with this new schedule.” In the past, the event has been a 10-day affair.

“We’ve been organizing Newport Restaurant Week for more than a decade and with each edition, there’s always something new and exciting to savor due to the extraordinary culinary talent throughout our destination,” said Evan Smith, president and CEO of Discover Newport in a prepared press release. “It always fascinates me how our coastal city, which predates America itself, consistently rethinks and reinvents, especially our chefs and restaurateurs.”

Participating restaurants are added to within 24 hours of signing up and their menus are added within 24 hours of receipt, according to Discover Newport.

Discover Newport highly encourages all participating restaurants to submit their lunch and/or dinner menus as early as possible so diners can get a comprehensive scope of all the delectable dishes and plan accordingly.

The event’s “Behind the Apron,” video series, featuring chef interviews and a behind-the-scenes look at the talent leading many of our region’s favorite restaurants and hidden gems, will grow with additional episodes on Restaurant Week updates will be posted across the organization’s social media channels including Facebook and Instagram along with engaging content on Snapchat, Instagram Stories, Pinterest, and Twitter.

Diners, chefs, and restaurateurs can continue the conversation about the event by using the hashtag #NPTRestaurantWeek on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and for an ongoing, real-time index of user observations and images, including dining, throughout our destination, users can include #NPTrightnow.

Newport Restaurant Week is sponsored by Kenwood Vineyards, Open Table, Rhode Island Seafood and Discover Newport.

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