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Excellent Food!!

Rhode Island is known for its great food. We’ve selected a nice variety of restaurants that we’ve tried and we like. Click on any of the boxes below for some ideas of where to eat, drink, dance, or listen to music…or all of the above.

Pubs & Restaurants

Pub food (and better)

  • Back 40: Cool place, good steamers, excellent tuna tacos, sometimes acoustic music; outdoor seating. They’ve got a nice selection of beers on tap, including many local brews. Comfortable chairs at the bar, decent size parking lot. Apparently it’s at least partly-owned by Olivia Culpo, former Miss Rhode Island, Miss USA, and Miss Universe. We don’t think we’ve ever seen her there.     Menu
  • Cornerstone Pub: Big bar full of locals, pub food – check website or call for Karaoke and Trivia nights. We like the salt and vinegar wings. It’s a good place to watch a football or baseball game. Plenty of TVs.      Menu
  • Dan’s Place: Better pizza, sometimes music. Big parking lot, extremely tiny bar. Depending on the time that you go, you could be in for a bit of a wait for seating.      Menu
  • Alaina’s Ale House: Great selection of beers, Irish food and some New England specials like fish and chips, lobster and Mac, check website or call for Karaoke and Music nights; It’s on golf course and has outdoor seating.


Closest Excellent Restaurant:

  • Celestial Café: Celestial works with local farmers and fisheries to create farm-to-table comfort food. They also serve a nice farm dinner every now and then.  Click here to check their event calendar. Jami and I both like this place a lot. The flavor seems to lean toward an Asian influence on traditional comfort foods.       Menu

Others (mostly breakfast and lunch)

Rhode Island Traditions:

  • Charlestown Rathskeller – A little farther out but we think they have the best food and entertainment of all of above plus nifty outdoors with lawn games like corn hole and horseshoes. This might be a good place to go if you happen to head over to the beaches in Charlestown.  Jeff likes the Beef Stroganoff here. Great place for families.    Menu
  • Nordic Lodge, Charlestown – all you can eat lobster and shellfish/ $100 pp. Pricey, but if you have a big appetite you might be able to beat the house.      Menu
  • The Mews Tavern: Younger crowd with a mix of locals and college students (from URI). Really great beer selection, a few bars spread about the building and eating areas. Food is good pub food and the place is family friendly.

Excellent Local Seafood:

More Affordable Local Seafood:

Fun local Seafood: (20- 30 min)

  • Flo’s Clam Shack: Middletown – A no-frills stop for New England seafood since the ’30s, with counter service & an upstairs raw bar.      Menu
  • Aunt Carrie’s: Narragansett, RI – Clam shack with a 1920s dining room, takeout & homemade desserts. Outdoor seating      Menu
  • George’s of Galilee: Narragansett, RI – Sprawling, circa-1948 institution where the classic RI seafood comes with Block Island Sound views.      Menu
  • Iggy’s Boardwalk: Warwick, RI, Comfort food, fried seafood, Outdoor seating      Menu
Breweries and Distilleries

There are about 20 breweries and a half-dozen distilleries in Rhode Island. We definitely love our beer (see: Hi Neighbor. Have a Gansett”)

Sons of Liberty: This is a cool little distillery located about 20 minutes from the treehouse. They make a few different kinds of whiskey, bourbon, and gin. Pretty sure they make a vodka as well. Big tasting room, with all kinds of boutique cocktails that make the bartenders seem more like scientists than bartenders. Corn Hole, shuffleboard, food trucks and outdoor live music. Visit their site to see what’s going on.

Tilted Barn Brewery, Exeter, RI – The Tilted Barn is only about 15 minutes away from the treehouse and while it seems like it’s kind of in the middle of nowhere, it’s actually in a good spot – near the highway (Route 4), near major stores, close to Wickford, situated between the treehouse and Providence & Newport, and across from Back40 restaurant. The tasting room is only open for limited hours on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. They’ve got a nice variety of beers to choose from, and you can either take the beer to go, or hang out on the farm surrounding the barn. If you choose to hang out, you may want to bring a blanket or chairs to sit on because they have – wait for it – one picnic table. And don’t think you’re going to find any spots for an award-winning Instagram photo. Their focus is beer, not landscaping or ambience. Oh, an there’s a hot dog cart outside the tasting room. Our Review

Whalers Brewery, Wakefield, RI – This Brewery is only about 20-25 minutes away, located in the same mill complex as RockSpot Climbing, and only a couple minutes away from Sons of Liberty Distillery, and maybe a five minute drive from The Mews Tavern. So within a very small radius you have can work out, grab lunch, sample some great local beers, and top it all off with some award-winning whiskey.

Proclamation, Warwick, RI

Grey Sail, Westerly, RI

Shaidzon, West Kingston, RI – This nano-brewery located less than 20 minutes from the treehouse has some nice brews, indoor tap room and outdoor seating (picnic tables). The place is pretty small, and both the indoor and outdoor spaces are really nothing to write home about, but the beer is good. There is no food available.

Community Bruin, West Greenwich, RI

South of the Treehouse (Toward Mystic)

Narragansett/ 30 min

  • Spain      Menu
  • Coast Guard House, Narragansett – About a 20-25 minute drive, located right on the beach. Nice restaurant, with a big rooftop deck overlooking Narragansett Bay. Valet parking. Good food. Come in right off the beach.     Menu
  • Chair Five      Menu

Jamestown/ 25 min

Westerly/ 30 min

  • Olympia Tea Room, Watch Hill – About a 25 minutes drive, The Olympia Tea Room is a nice little place that’s been there forever (over 100 years?). There’s some outdoor, sidewalk seating that looks out onto the water. There are also some nice little beauty type shops along this walkable road, and the Westerly Town Beach is just up the street. Also up the street and around the bend is the Ocean House Hotel        Menu
  • Ocean House (next door to Taylor Swift’s house) – Pricey but great brunch. If you aren’t already paying too much for drinks and food,  at the Ocean House you can pay even more . The porch is beautiful, with gorgeous views. But to give you an idea of the type of place it is, there’s a croquet court and a private beach.     Menu

Newport/ 30 min

North of the Treehouse (Toward Providence)

Providence/ 30 min

TONS of great restaurants and entertainment including:

East Greenwich /20 – 25 min

Cranston/ 25 min