The Best Restaurants on Block Island

Featured photo by @biearthworks on Instagram

We’ve talked about all of the best breakfast you can get on Block Island.

You’ve visited all of the restaurants on your day trip, stuffed your face with the best brunch you could find, enjoyed some wonderful homemade ice cream at a few of these locations, and brought some French toast and egg sandwiches on the ferry ride home with you as a token of memorabilia.

But now, I’ve decided to expand this list for you, because the restaurants on the small island off the coast of Rhode Island are just that good.

These restaurants combine traditional New England fare with the best meals you can get all along the Atlantic Ocean.

Now that summer is nearly over, you might be thinking that autumn isn’t a good time to visit Block Island.

But I’m here to tell you, that just isn’t true.

Autumn is one of the best, if not the absolute best time to visit Rhode Island, and even more specifically Block Island especially if it’s your first time.

The leaves have just changed, the air is crisp and cool, and there are way more locals out and about for you to chat with. Combine that with the true taste of New England that you’ll get at these restaurants, and you’ll have the best time.

So without further ado, here are all of the best restaurants that you should be visiting when you venture over to Block Island.

Dead Eye Dick’s

218 Ocean Ave, New Shoreham, RI 02807


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Dead Eye Dicks (@deadeyedicks)

Dead Eye Dick’s has one mission and one mission alone: to give you the best dining experience, but to keep it casual – no fine dining here!.

This is one of the oldest restaurants on the island, and they’ve been keeping strong since the 1940s.

Open daily from May-September, they offer a distinctive menu of exceptionally fresh seafood through an extensive raw bar, creative soups, and more.

Enjoy some great food and cold brews in their casual indoor dining room, or soak up all of the nature you can in their outdoor seating area overlooking New Harbor.

Poor People’s Pub

33 Ocean Ave, New Shoreham, RI 02807

Nothing fancy, just good grub.

Sounds great to me!

Open 7 days a week from 11:30am-1am, The Poor People’s Pub is a Block Island staple for the best mixture of classic American fare and the best local seafood.

They offer your classic soups, appetizers, and entrees, but they also are widely known for their unique menu offerings as well.

I mean really, who else is making a fried ravioli pizza?

Or a tuna burger?

When you dine at Poor People’s Pub, you’re guaranteed to have good food and a good time.

Mohegan Restaurant & Bar

213 Water St, New Shoreham, RI 02807

Open seasonally, this great place is in business seven days a week, and is always serving nothing but the best food.

A stylish tavern with classic New England charm, Mohegan Restaurant & Bar is somewhere you could sit for hours just taking in the environment around you.

With a menu full of creative dishes, you’ll never be bored here.

From fresh New England lobster rolls to tuna tataki salads, there’s something for everyone at Mohegan Restaurant & Bar.

Eli’s Restaurant

456 Chapel St, New Shoreham, RI 02807


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Eli’s Restaurant – BI (@el1sb1)

Named after the original owner’s black lab dog, Eli’s Restaurant has been the Block Island hub for craft cocktails, locally sourced cuisine, and, what they’re best known for, their welcoming fun atmosphere.

Equipped with a menu chock full of creative entrees, craft drinks, and appetizers, you’re guaranteed to find something you love at Eli’s. They even have an entire vegetarian menu here—these guys know what they’re doing.

My personal favorite item at Eli’s is the Tuna Nachos.

A bed of wontons topped with sushi grade yellowfin tuna, sriracha sour cream, ginger, and seaweed salad, this popular take on the classic dish is sure to leave you craving more, long after you head home for the night.

Come for the food, stay for the atmosphere – but make sure you visit Eli’s.

The Surf at Block Island Beach House

32 Dodge St, New Shoreham, RI 02807

Picture a quintessential beach area with cozy seating, fairy lights, and beachfront views.

Whatever you just imagined, I can guarantee it’s almost a carbon copy of The Surf.

This outdoor beachfront haven is the hub for the most memorable dining experiences in all of Block Island.

At The Surf’s unique dining venue, they believe that food and drink are major components of a memorable experience—and they take that seriously.

Their menu is filled with top of the line food offerings – from poke bowls, to delectable entrees, sandwiches, and even brunch bowls.

Plus, they make absolutely DELICIOUS Mexican street corn.

If you haven’t tried them yet, it’s an absolute must do on Block Island.

Persephone’s Kitchen

235 Dodge St, New Shoreham, RI 02807

When I tell you everything here is made in house, I truly mean everything.

The salsa fresca.

The baked goods, the homemade muffins.


And at Persephones, you can taste the difference that it makes.

This is more of a cafe, serving breakfast and lunch throughout the day.

Here you can find soups, brunch bowls, homemade creative toast, and pastries.

I recommend going for a melt – their Vermont cheddar cheese is delectable and melts together perfectly with any and all of their ingredients.

McAloon’s Restaurant

596 Corn Neck Rd, New Shoreham, RI 02807

If Ireland was to plant its stakes on Block Island, it would be right in McAloon’s Restaurant.

This Irish style pub is open year round and known for its warm and welcoming environment and friendly service.

The friendly staff are a crowd favorite time and time again, and the food is essentially famous around the island.

Combining a traditional Irish menu with creative American style offerings, McAloon’s keeps wowing its guests time and time again with delicious food alongside a good time.

Over the summer you can enjoy live music outside, rotating taps, and dog friendly patio seating.

A win win all around!


214 Corn Neck Rd A, New Shoreham, RI 02807

Executive chef Billy Chandler discovered that cooking was his life passion at around age 14, and hasn’t looked back since.

The menu at Winfield’s is inspired by the culinary arts from master chefs around the world, and Billy’s travels are reflected by the food he creates and delivers to the customers that visit Block Island at reasonable prices.

Though the menu is more refined, you will always be enjoying something unique.

From Peruvian shrimp ceviche to Moroccan spiced grilled tuna, Winfield’s brings you flavors from all around the world.

How special that you can get that right in the heart of Block Island!

No matter when you decide to visit Block Island, visiting Winfield’s is a must.

Block Island Oyster Bar & Grill

251 Spring St, New Shoreham, RI 02807

When it comes to seafood restaurants, these guys do it right.

Nevermind their wide variety of fresh oyster options, their starters and entrees are far beyond what you would expect from your typical raw bar.

I’m talking about loads of baked seafood dishes, creative salads, and unique starters.

In my opinion, you need to try the caramelized sea scallops. They’re wonderful on their own, but if you order them as an entree, they come with the most delicious lemon chive risotto and citrus butter.


238 Ocean Ave, New Shoreham, RI 02807

A sister restaurant to the above-mentioned Block Island Oyster Bar & Grill, Kimberly’s is an island favorite for their wonderful staff, great service, and warm, welcoming atmosphere.

Some of the menu items are parallel to each other, but Kimberly’s gives off its own individual style, which is chock full of fresh seafood, fine quality meats, and creative entrees.

Here, you can’t go wrong with any of Kimberly’s salmon dishes.

They are always so fresh and wonderfully seasoned, that you’ll be craving more in no time.

Aldo’s Restaurant

130 Chapel St, New Shoreham, RI 02807

Can’t go wrong with Italian, baby!

Aldo’s is one of the most popular spots on the island for anything and everything Italian food.

It was Block Island’s first pizzeria in 1977, and is still going strong to this day.

This family owned restaurant went from selling pizza and subs, to offering a wide variety of fine Italian and seafood.

I recommend going with the Zuppa di Clams – because there is absolutely nothing better than freshly seasoned clams over linguini!

The Oar

221 Jobs Hill Rd, New Shoreham, RI 02807


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by The Oar (@theoar_bi)

An American restaurant with a bonus sushi menu? Sign me up!

Located at the basin in New Harbor, you can be assured that The Oar is serving up all of your favorites.

And yes, that includes a full sushi bar.

This perfect place offers some of the best sushi in the area, using the island’s freshest seafood.

Try anything from barbecue eel to edamame hummus – the chefs love getting creative.


221 Jobs Hill Rd, New Shoreham, RI 02807


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Calaveras (@hellocalaveras)

With the authentic Mexican cuisine derived from the freshest local ingredients, it’s no wonder that Calaveras has coined the term, “Mexican fare, local flair.

This might be the best spot on the island for Mexican food.

The cuisine is inspired by Mexican street food, which everyone knows is second to none.

Their guacamole is made to order, which is hard to find these days, and can be added to just about everything.

In addition to typical Mexican fare, they also offer loads of creative soups and unique tacos to mix and match.

You can’t go wrong with anything at Calaveras!

The National Tap and Grille

36 Water St, New Shoreham, RI 02807

Who knew that the restaurant at the National Hotel could be such an island favorite?

Open for lunch and dinner, this restaurant is a favorite spot for tourists and locals alike.

They embrace each season with fresh seasonal menu changes to go along with fresh local cuisine and what the island locals have been craving.

Their amazing appetizers have wonderful offerings like baked brie, crab & shrimp rolls, New England clam chowder, and a steak and blue cheese salad.

The National also offers consistently fresh New England seafood, so you can enjoy favorites like lobster pasta and baked shrimp year round.

Whether you’re staying in the hotel amidst the guests of the resort or not, the restaurant itself is a must try!


126 Corn Neck Rd, New Shoreham, RI 02807


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by TigerFish (@tigerfish_bi)

Casual Asian dining with a tiki lounge? Say no more!

This great spot is filled with the island’s favorite pan Asian foods, sushi, cocktails, and more.

This is one of the best places to go for some of the island’s best Asian food.

I’m talking about tons of different kinds of fried rice (including pineapple fried rice), spring rolls, ramen, you name it.

In addition to the extensive pan Asian and sushi menus, TigerFish is home to its very own Tiki Bar, serving up many Tiki inspired cocktails.

Whether you’re stopping by for some Asian food or for a few drinks, TigerFish is where you want to be!

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


(and get a free ebook)

Our latest posts


Join Our Mailing List

Copyright © 2020. All Rights Reserved. Mortadella Head