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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 an especially deft hand with seafood. Start with the Asian pear salad with a honey Dijon raspberry vinaigrette. Signature entrées include the thick-cut “baseball” swordfish steak, an 18-ounce bone-in rib-eye, two-pound Maine lobsters and 20-ounce osso buco, slow-cooked in its own juices for ten hours. If you’re looking to try something a little more exotic, order up a Baja pink abalone steak sautéed in olive oil.