The South Shore Village Guide to Culinary Delights
Located right next to each other, Cap’n Jack’s and Matunuck Oyster Bar are each worth repeated visits. Cap’n Jacks is a locals’ favorite, famous for a hot cup of “Rhode Island” chowder and asideofclamcakes, as well as other traditional favorites, an in-house bakery, and top-notch desserts. Matunuck Oyster Bar is visited far and wide for its simple yet elegant dishes, farm-to-table ethos, and locally sourced raw bar. Every dish at the Matunuck Oyster Bar is served with a focus on freshness and simplicity, and you’ll also enjoy a gorgeous view of the Salt Pond as you dine.
The Ocean Mist, just down Matunuck Beach Road, is a famous beach bar known for its Tex-Mex inspired menu and oceanfront Sunday brunch. Come for brunch, lunch, or dinner, and watch surfers cruise the waves as you dine. The Mist is also a top spot for live music and dancing on the weekends, and make sure to have a drink on the deck and enjoy a world-class sunset.
The Bluebird Café, in Wakefield, serves up Caribbean-inspired fare, including Southwestern, Mexican, Cajun and Creole, and is a favorite for breakfast all-day, any day of the week. They only serve dinner on Fridays, but their eclectic menu earns rave reviews all over the state.
Mews Tavern, in historic old Wakefield, boasts 69 beers on tap, and elevated pub fare. They even have a separate whiskey bar for unwinding after a fun day of hiking or boating. We recommend the wood-fired pizza, it is crispy, savory, and satisfying.
Phil’s Main Street Grille, also in Wakefield, has been a wildly popular choice for decades. Downstairs, breakfast and lunch are prepared right in front of you, under the authentic tin ceiling, while upstairs you can enjoy a drink in the Loft Dining Room. In nice weather, relax on the rooftop deck while taking in scenic Old Wakefield. Whatever spot you choose, you won’t be disappointed by one of South County’s most iconic restaurants.
Sometimes, whether it is a hot summerday, or a cool winter night, we crave something new and different. Start with Spain in Narragansett, a Spanish dining experience where the fare is as authentic as it is delicious. We recommend the paella, which is rich with old-world flavor, as well as the sangria, and they also have a top selection of Spanish wines.
For another spot that serves creative cocktails and offers a pristine view of the swells, take a comfortable seat at Chair 5, also in Narragansett, a new bistro with original food and a rooftop lounge. It’s both casual, and upscale, all at once.
Heading over to the fishing village of Galilee to check out the shops, and watch the fishing boats come back to shore? George’s and Champlin’s are two favorites in the fishing village of Galilee. George’s is your bet for seafood and live entertainment—try the delicious sushi—and Champlin’s has been our go-to for counter-style seafood since the 1930s. Hint: while you’re in the area, you might go down to the docks and try your hand at buying some lobsters straight off the boats!
In Charlestown, enjoy the lively atmosphere, delicious food, and live music at theRathskellor. The tavern serves “the coldest beer in RI until 1 am,” and the menu features seafood, steaks, burgers, sandwiches, appetizers, daily specials, and the famous Rathskeller fries. Or visit Johnny Angel’s Clam Shack, just steps from the beach, for tasty fried clams and shrimp.
210 Oyster Bar, on Salt Pond Road, is famous for their freshly shucked oysters, but is also the ideal hot spot to savor one of their signature seafood entrées, or relax on the patio or dockside deck with a cocktail. Sit outside in the warmer months, or take a stroll around the grounds to enjoy stunning views of the harbor and the salt pond.
Another “Gansett” favorite of ours is Turtle Soup, with an outdoor bar, and an eclectic seafood-based menu, with some of the best appetizers in town. Check out the wine list, too, and the view of the Atlantic right across the street.
For casual fare, Aunt Carrie’s might be known by locals as a ‘clam shack,’ but once you try their clam-cakes, fried clams, and chowder while gazing out at the sea; you’ll be a true believer.
Finally, The Coast Guard House is a perennial favorite for classic and elegant seafood, and was recently awarded the Yankee Magazine Editor’s Choice Award for waterfront dining. In the warmer months, there is an outdoor bar, and Adirondack chairs to enjoy, but you can savor the view overlooking Narragansett Beach and the iconic Towers during any season.
On a Journey
Sailing out to Block Island?
Out on an island jaunt? The Atlantic Inn offers innovating, upscale cuisine, including small plates and delicious cocktails, served right on the lawn. Also on the island is the Spring House, one of Block Island’s most popular eateries. Whether it is fresh, local Atlantic seafood, Spring House farm-grown vegetables, or decadent Neapolitan-style brick oven pizzas, they have it all.
Poor Peoples’ Pub offers more casual seaside gastro-pub fare, with delicious sandwiches and burgers, and a top-flight beer list.
Heading to Jamestown? European Fish features Euro-American cuisine made with local ingredients, if you’re in the neighborhood. Simpatico, a long-standing local favorite, was voted best restaurant in Jamestown by Newport Life Magazine, and serves fresh seafood with a unique take, including award-winning calamari.
We could go on and on…but now we’re famished! As you can see, there is truly cuisine for everyone in your lively new neighborhood. South Shore Village, a 55+ active adult community, is your gateway to living the “South County Lifestyle.” If you haven’t yet, please visit southshorevillageri.com for more information.