There are day visitors who take the ferry to Block Island
for no other reason than to dine at one of the isle's elegant restaurants. Perhaps this is because many of the island's fine dining establishments boast views that are every bit as impressive as the food. Here is your guide to some of the best places to dine on Block Island.
Four-course dinners at the Atlantic Inn are truly a gourmet experience, as well as a visual feast. Most guests choose to start with tapas and cocktails on the veranda, which affords stunning ocean views. The menu changes often and features ingredients harvested from the inn's own garden. 401-466-5883.
Dine in Victorian elegance inside the formal dining room at the Spring House Hotel, Block Island's oldest and largest lodging establishment, or enjoy a more casual dining experience on the hotel's seaview veranda. This gracious restaurant serves a seasonally changing menu of favorites from the land and sea. 401-466-5844/800-234-9263.
Although it lacks a water view, the fine dining restaurant at the Hotel Manisses on Block Island is a romantic place to savor a meal. The a la carte menu features fresh fish, beef, poultry and pork, plus an intriguing variety of appetizers and accompaniments that take advantage of in-season, island-grown vegetables. The finishing touch is the flaming coffees, prepared tableside in the hotel's Upstairs Parlor. 401-466-2421.
The restaurant at the National Hotel--a Victorian landmark on Water Street near the Block Island ferry dock--is best known for its steaks and the views from tables situated on its expansive, wraparound porch. 401-466-2901.
For breakfast or light, lunchtime fare, which you can order to-go or enjoy at outdoor picnic tables, give Three Sisters a try. It's tough to resist the Twisted Sister: turkey, bacon, cheddar, avocado, romaine and tomato on a roll. This cozy little restaurant is indeed owned by three sisters, one of whom is Third Watch
actress Molly Price. 401-466-9661.