White Horse Tavern
The Whitehorse Tavern

This story was originally published on September 25, 2015. It has been updated and republished. Last updated: March 25, 2021

There are many Newport restaurants that have survived new ownership, economic meltdowns, hurricanes, the American Revolution, millions of tourists and the test of time.

Many of these restaurants are filled with history and are considered institutions, landmarks, and in most cases iconic.

The What’sUpNewp Crew has compiled a list of the oldest continuously run restaurants that remain in business today here in Newport and the surrounding area.

While it’s not an exhaustive list, here’s a look at some (if not most) of the longest-running, still-operating restaurants in Newport.

Celtica Public House – 2001 (20 years)

Custom House Coffee – 2001 (20 years)

Norey’s – 2000 (21 years)

The Coffee Grinder – 1997 (22 years)

Newport Blues Cafe – 1995 (26 years)

Bouchard Restaurant – 1995 (26 years)

Coddington Brewing Company – 1995 (26 years)

West Main Pizza – 1995 (26 years)

Lucia Italian Restaurant – 1993 (28 years)

Salvation Cafe – 1993 (28 years)

The Red Parrot Restaurant – 1993 (28 years)

Ma’s Donuts and More – 1993 (28 years)

Mama Luisa – 1992 (29 years)

China Star – 1992 (29 years)

Atlantic Grille – 1992 (29 years)

Flo’s in Middletown – 1991 (30 years)

Scales & Shells – 1987 (34 years)

Annie’s – 1983 (38 years)

Newport Playhouse – 1983 (38 years)

Cafe Zelda – 1982/1986 (39/35 years)

Mel’s Cafenio –1982 (39 years)

Mama Leone’s – 1981 (“been selling pizza in the city for more than 40 years”)

The Mooring – 1981 (40 years)

Aquidneck Pizza – 1981 (40 years)

Nikolas Pizza – 1980 (41 years)

Sardella’s Restaurant – 1980 (41 years)

Brick Alley Pub – 1980 (41 years)

The Landing – 1979 (42 years)

A -1 Pizza – 1976 (45 years)

One Pelham East – 1975 (46 years)

Benjamin’s Restaurant  – 1974 (47 years)

Clarke Cooke House – 1973 (48 years)

Ben’s Chili Dogs – 1969 (52 years)

Gary’s Handy Lunch – 1967 (54 years)

Bishop’s Fourth Street Diner (4th Street) – 1967 (54 years)

The Black Pearl – 1967/1974 (54/47 years)In 1967, Barclay H. Warburton III  transformed the seedy dock shack on Bannister’s Wharf and named the place after his beloved brigantine rig, The Black Pearl. Warburton sold the restaurant in December 1973 to its present owner, who closed it down for extensive renovations and reopened it in May 1974.

Franklin Spa – 1960 (61 years

Valley Inn – 1957 (66 years)

Anthony’s Seafood – 1956 (65 years)

O’Brien’s Pub – 1945/1979 (76/42 years) O’Brien’s Pub has been operating continuously since 1945, the current operation was established in 1979.

Newport Creamery in Middletown- 1940 (81 years)

Cappy’s Hillside Cafe – 1938 (83 years)

Flo’s Drive-In in Island Park – 1936 (85 years)

Crowley’s Pub at Laforge Restaurant – 1880 (141 years)

The Whitehorse Tavern – 1673 (348 years)


Know of a restaurant that we missed? Email us at Ryan@whatsupnewp.com.

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/

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In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
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