This airy and popular three-story restaurant is as pleasant as it looks from its prominent location on Thames Street. Sip a salty, cold margarita at ... More
Red Parrot Restaurant
This airy and popular three-story restaurant is as pleasant as it looks from its prominent location on Thames Street. Sip a salty, cold margarita at the bar; the varied menu will please everyone in your party with dishes ranging from Mexican fajitas to fettuccine Alfredo, fresh shrimp and boiled lobster and seafood. The energetic staff deals efficiently with large groups and business functions. Don't leave without getting a mudslide for dessert.
Love the food, best people watching spot, the menu is great, drinks are great the only flaw is that the staff seems to be the most unfriendly waiters I have seen. Each time I am there they seem to think they are doing a favor taking your order. Too bad managemnet doesn't see how lame the staff is and do something about it! It really brings the experience down. And its been like that for over a year now.
This was our second visit to the Red Parrot & the Seafood Tortilla & Seafood Sub were delicious-never expected so much shrimp & scallops in a huge bowl of salad-loved the balsamic dressing!
I agree with all reviews, even the one the said something negative about the seating. With so many tables & booths open, the hostess tried to seat us at a tiny table for two crunched in among everyone else. We asked to move & sit in an empty booth, & they accomodated us. Hint to retaurants: don't pack us in like cattle when you have so many empty tables. Space us out for our privacy & comfort, until it's so crowded you have no other choice! Overall - I'd go back to this place, for sure!
I have eaten here about seven times. The parking is nil and for the most part relatively far away (across streets) from the actual restaurant. There are a handful of infrequently available metered parallel parking spaces adjacent to the restaurant. The view outside is not all that great: overlooking the intersection of three busy roads. The Red Parrot tends to get crowded so there is often times (not always) a wait for a table. There are three stories with lengthy flights of stairs leading to the upper two stories. Most people tend to eat on the first floor, which is eye level with passersby on the surrounding streets. Again, the main focal point is people milling about the streets outside in addition to one's fellow diners. If one likes to people watch, and likewise be watched by people as one eats this is the place! The tables are very, very small making it difficult and arduous to eat neatly if one has lots of bottles, glasses, and/or plates (i.e. appetizers, main dish, salad). Tables are so close together that there is scarce privacy between different dining parties. There is one women's restroom with two toilets (for the entire building) on the first floor. Restrooms for each floor would be great. Another major deal breaker was that women's restroom did not have toilet paper! You know the saying: the restrooms' cleanliness is akin to the kitchens' as well as the employees in general. The *one* positive thing had been the actual taste of the food served. That is the only reason we've returned to eat at the Red Parrot, and being a Rhode Island citizen made that task easy for us. The first six times we visited the servers were attentive and pleasant. This last time we went the server ignored us, consequently, we won't be back. Due to being ignored while the dining parties that came after us were served, my mother and I decided to leave. These parties were eating their appetizers as we left our so called server had not yet even taken our drink order. The dress code is rather casual. Customers consist of many college-aged in addition to several tourists of all ages and probably some locals too. Naturally, some people are dressed business casual, but also an abundance of sandals including flip-flops and extremely casual clothing (i.e. shorts, polo t-shirts, capri pants, hooded sweatshirts, jeans, sneakers, cowboy boots, leather motorcycle jackets, etc.) can be seen on many of the customers. My mother and I were dressed the part as well as clean-cut. No ideas as to why we were snubbed. Though we are African-American, we've never had such problems with a server (or service in general) at the Red Parrot before. Nevertheless, we will definitely not be going back to see if they are more welcoming and courteous in the future.
I've been to Newport a few times now and as far as I'm concerned, it doesn't get much better than the Red Parrot. There are always things to try, and the prices are right. Just so that you know, the sweet potato fries come highly recommended...
This restaurant was one of the best that my family and I have been to in Newport. We had to look for a parking spot closest to The Red Parrot taking us a half an hour. We were starving so finding this place was a real breakthrough for our growling stomachs.
Went for lunch, seafood salad platter and the lobster quesedillas(?) were both very good. Service was fair, the place was crowded (this was July)and is very good spot for people watching if you get the right table. Returned two nights later about 9pm just for dessert, the decision was very difficult but I don't think you can go wrong. We had two different desserts , which was absolutly not neccesary but they were fantastic. Would have gone back to try dinner but alas vacation was over. Will go again next time I'm in Newport.
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