SPECTACULAR SCENERY: A view of the Atlantic Ocean as seen from the dining room of the Spiced Pear Restaurant at The Chanler.
COURTESY THE CHANLER
Now that the summer season has gotten under way, the search is on for outdoor tables with the best views. Restaurateurs, hosts and concierges all are fielding calls and emails daily from diners in search of restaurants located in scenic spots with picture views or that “table with the best view in the house.”
Since we do most of our dining out in the Ocean State, when thoughts turn to tables with a view it is natural to assume that an ocean view is what is desired. But that is not always the case depending on the perspective of the diner.
I received a very nice photo posted to my Facebook fan page of the new view from Simpatico Jamestown, which is also new or at least made over. The former Trattoria Simpatico changed hands over the winter and the new owners made a substantial investment into a near total makeover inside and out. Simpatico has long had the reputation for fine dining on the island of Jamestown going back before the restaurant boom.
According to the new owners, the philosophy of the design theme was to open doors, lift up the windows, and literally take out the walls to get to the glorious gardens. One obstacle in the way was a large fence that blocked the view from the restaurant’s deck. The new owners rectified that and now the view takes in the harbor and the Jamestown waterfront.
So I asked my radio listeners for their choice of which restaurant they might pick for its view. I was on location in East Greenwich so I thought I might get a list of only West Bay eateries, but that was not the case. Kim from Barrington was shopping at Dave’s Marketplace where I was set up to broadcast. She took a moment to think and then picked The Port on lower Thames Street in Newport, just open for its second season. Some may remember this restaurant and raw bar under its previous iteration, H2O.
Ann from Warwick had two choices, both in Narragansett. She named Spain on Ocean Road, at the top of the list for many visitors for years. Her other choice was one that she and many others hoped to visit again this year. The historic Coast Guard House in Narragansett was badly damaged last fall by the storm called Sandy. The 125-year-old restaurant required an extensive rehabilitation to repair the numerous broken windows, smashed chairs and flooded floors.