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The Barking Crab Restaurant Review: The Barking Crab is the closest thing you'll find to an old-fashioned shore dining hall in Newport these days, with live lobsters and a traditional clambake on offer. A good beer selection includes regional favorites such as Newport Storm and Harpoon. The dinner experience can be uneven at times. Crab cakes are moist and meaty and nicely accompanied by a red pepper aïoli for dredging, and the buffalo scallops with hot sauce, creamy blue cheese and celery is a clever variation on the pub standard. Skin-on, cedar plank-grilled salmon is rich enough on its own without the lemon-dill butter, and the side of chunky garlic mashed potatoes is good traditional comfort food. The Barking Crab is best experienced with friends, with drinks like the 32-ounce "Crabby Cooler" and a $101 mixed crab bowl (a pound each of snow, Dungeness, Bairdi and king crabs) made for sharing. The outdoor, covered back patio is popular in the summer, but the view and breezes are better from inside when the big garage-style doors are open.