Spring is less than six weeks away and the season of new beginnings promises more than just showers and flowers throughout our destination. From March 2-11, 2018, more than 45 restaurants will be offering mouthwatering masterpieces on their Newport Restaurant Week prix fixe menus featuring three courses lunches and dinners for $16 and $35, respectively.

Since 2006, locally-owned restaurants in Newport and Bristol counties have been eagerly showcasing their culinary creativity with dishes composed to highlight seasonal flavors. The 10-day savory stretch invites residents and visitors to experience the diverse dishes that distinguish our destination. From spectacular seafood creations and hearty handcrafted burgers to funky fusion foods, no taste bud will be left behind.

“Here at Midtown Oyster Bar, we welcome the arrival of Newport Restaurant Week,” said General Manager Charlie Holder.  “It allows us the opportunity to introduce new menu items and the chance to have guests come and try us out for the first time. I think it’s important for as many Newport and Bristol County restaurants as possible to take part as Restaurant Week allows us to showcase our ever growing and evolving culinary scene.”

Restaurant Week is a culinary event concept that has been sustainable in the U.S. for more than 25 years. Today, more than ever, culinary tourism is big business – and a critical destination driver. According to a University of Florida report, food service is the highest category of travel spending. The report estimates that 39 million U.S. leisure travelers choose a destination based on the availability of culinary activities while another 35 million seek out culinary activities after a destination is decided upon.

“We enjoy participating in Newport Restaurant Week because it gives us an opportunity to engage new customers and show them what Jamestown Fish is all about,” said Chef Matthew MacCartney. “In addition, in our seasonal area, the spring Restaurant Week sort of wakes everyone up from the winter slumber and gets folks out visiting restaurants again.”

Participating restaurants and their menus can be found at DiscoverNewportRestaurantWeek.org, along with food and wine-related events, lodging packages and more. Restaurant goers can engage with other foodies on social media with the hashtag #NPTRestaurantWeek as they share their delectable and flavorful experiences throughout the event.

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

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