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10 Howard Wharf (Thames St.) Send to Phone
It's billed as a seafood restaurant, but the steaks carry the day at this waterfront restaurant in Newport.
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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED The Pier Restaurant Restaurant Review

: Seaside restaurants in a town like Newport inevitably must cater to the tourist crowds, which is a mixed blessing for The Pier. The views of the harbor and Newport bridge may not be the best in town as claimed, but there are some exceptional vistas through the floor-to-ceiling windows. A starter of lobster bisque was first-rate, with a lightly sherried tomato cream sauce and a generous hunk of claw meat on top. The chopped salad was mildly adventurous with an antipasti that included marinated hearts of palm and capers. Chef Kevin Geaudreau's previous station was as executive chef at Ruth’s Chris in Providence, so sure enough the filet was properly cooked to order and nicely presented atop green beans and baby carrots. But it arrived just lukewarm, and the vegetables were nothing special. A side of rock shrimp hash with zucchini, potatoes and asparagus was more interesting. The mahi mahi entrée---randomly topped with crispy onions that perhaps were meant for someone's steak---was plated with two sauces: teriyaki and a beurre blanc. One or the other would have sufficed. Overall, we felt like The Pier would be a fine place to get a meal in a pretty setting if we were on vacation, but didn't bring enough to the table to warrant a special drive to Newport.

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Overpriced and Unfriendly
by forgetmenot7304 on Wed Aug 31, 2011 3:22 pm
My boyfriend and I dined at the Pier last week. We sat at the bar and although it was not busy it took the bartender a few minutes to acknowledge us. I ordered a key lime pie martini, which I have ordered there before, and the bartender didn't know how to make it - which is fine but he seemed irritated that anyone would order something he was unfamiliar with. However, once the drink was made it was very good. As for the food, my boyfriend ordered the iceberg wedge and I ordered the scallop appetizer ($12). When the food arrived the iceberg wedge was fresh, was nicely drizzled with salad dressing and my boyfriend enjoyed eating it as well. That was not the case when it came to my dish. My plate consisted of two sea scallops atop 4 or 5 puny fingerling potatoes. I was insulted, to say the least. I pay $15 a pound for fresh sea scallops at my local fish market and although I understand that the restaurant, of course, has to make a profit but charging $6 a scallop is just ludicrous. When we tried to talk to the bartender about the incredibly small portion size he was indignant and stated that we weren't getting ripped off. Whatever happened to the customer always be right? There are plenty of restaurants on Aquidneck Island so I don't ever have to eat there again.
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