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21 Oceanfront Restaurant Review: At the foot of historic Newport Pier and right on Newport’s lively concrete boardwalk, this local landmark is known as a romantic spot for good continental fare and a well-stocked subterranean wine cellar. Oddly enough for a hip beach restaurant, the Victorian era lives on here in the elegant and sophisticated setting --- ornate brass and glass light fixtures, black leather booths, a color scheme featuring burgundy and a mahogany bar. Chef Umberto Rubelli creates reliable cuisine, and has a deft hand with seafood. Start with a classic appetizer like oven-baked escargots or greens like the Asian pear salad with candied pecans, blueberries and a raspberry vinaigrette. Signature entrées include the thick "baseball-cut" swordfish steak, a 16-ounce bone-in rib-eye, lobster tail, and osso buco slow-cooked in its own juices for 10 hours. If you’re looking to try something a little more exotic, order up an abalone steak sautéed in olive oil.