Warwick has a unique combination of unrivaled shopping, breath-taking views and excellent exhibitions. The dining scene is equally diverse, with excellent restaurants scattered all over the city, from traditional Italian trattorias to a bistro hosted in a 19th century iron works building. In this update of our previous article, we take a further look at the 10 best restaurants in Warwick to enjoy today.
A signature dish at Treehouse Tavern Courtesy Treehouse Tavern
Bistro, American, Wine, Beer, $$$
The beautiful setting for the Treehouse Tavern offsets the delicious cuisine to make for a truly well-rounded experience. Settle down on the terrace overlooking the trees or choose a spot in the rustic dining room to enjoy a selection of devilled eggs with a glass of wine or beer. For something a little more substantial, begin with the Tree House cheese and beer skillet, a variety of their select cheeses softened and blended with their rich beer of the week, served with an oven warm pretzel, before moving to the beef brisket atop a bed of creamy pumpkin polenta and roasted Brussel sprouts, finished with a rich coffee crème.
Over its 32-year history, Bertucci’s has perfected the difficult art of cooking within a brick oven, resulting in all their dishes being not only expertly prepared but cooked to perfection, with a true zing of authenticity. Begin with spinach, artichokes, parmesan, mozzarella and romano cheeses blended into a rich dip then baked in the brick oven and topped with diced tomatoes, served with crispy, homemade flatbread for scooping. From this indulgent start, cleanse the palate with a simple Caprese salad before moving onto a fisherman’s stew of mussels, shrimp and Pacific cod simmering in a light tomato and caper broth alongside a wedge of grilled rosemary focaccia.
Eleven Forty Nine, East Greenwich | Image courtesy Eleven Forty Nine
Contemporary American cuisine meets understated elegance at Eleven Forty Nine. All produce is of the highest quality – local, seasonal and at the height of freshness. Choose an appetiser of aromatic garlic soy butter calamari or perhaps the signature antipasto platter to enjoy with wine before enjoying braised beef short ribs of paella with orange teriyaki glazed salmon. For a dose of familiar favourites with a unique twist, opt for the ever-popular Eleven Forty Nine burger or one of the delicious, thin crusted brick oven pizzas. Pop along on Sunday to partake in their award-winning Sunday brunch buffet, with made-to-order omelettes, runny eggs benedict and breakfast pastas with ribbons of smoked salmon.
The Iron Works Tavern is rich in history, the building originally constructed by industrialist Thomas Jefferson Hill in 1867 for the manufacture of malleable iron castings. From this date, the Iron Works has provided the nucleus for the village surrounding it and even in its new capacity, remains a cultural centre for the gathering of friends and family. Start your meal with bacon-wrapped scallops served with green onion, cornbread crumble and bourbon maple butter followed by a luxurious lobster mac and cheese or perhaps a baked Atlantic haddock with buttery cracker stuffing, spinach, scallion rice and refreshing wedges of lemon.
The team at Lemongrass choose their ingredients with the utmost attention to freshness and origin, picking predominantly organic fare. Offering delicious Asian food in the heart of Warwick, Lemongrass promises unrivalled flavours in an atmospheric, intimate restaurant space. Begin with gyoza or soft shell crab in an unagi sauce before progressing to a sumptuous array of freshly cut, exquisitely prepared sushi or a pile of delicate crispy duck. Indeed, the menu at Lemongrass is impressively extensive, offering everything from luxurious lobster in cream sauce to an array of beef dishes, pork cuts and an ever-popular selection of pad thai.
The family-run, cosy and clean atmosphere of The Ripe Tomato, with its red walls and monochrome furniture, gives an air of Italy even before tasting the food. Everything at The Ripe Tomato is homemade, lending an authentic feel to the classic dishes. Begin with an Italian classic, the eggplant parmesan, with thin-sliced battered and lightly breaded eggplant topped with marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese or opt for the wonderfully fresh flavours of handmade bruschetta with ruby tomatoes glistening on the garlic ciabatta. From here, enjoy Black Angus NY steak strip cooked in a white wine and garlic marinara sauce or spaghetti served with the ever-popular meatballs.
Bar, Pub, Wine, Beer, Fast Food, Vegetarian, American, Irish
A signature dish at the Shanty | Courtesy the Shanty
The convivial, Irish pub ambiance of the Shannon View Inn is the perfect spot to relax with an ice-cold beer and a small plate of corned beef and sauerkraut appetiser spring rolls. If looking for something heartier, however, opt for the Mighty Flynn, a succulent burger topped with cheese and crispy bacon, piled high with Murphy’s chilli, caramelised onions and sautéed mushrooms. For something a little more unusual go for the grilled granny smith apples topped with smoked Gouda or the fish tacos finished off with a generous whip of sour cream. The Irish beers are the stars of the show and if found in the position of having too many to choose from, why not opt for a flight of four different drafts and sample them all.
The Shanty prides itself on matching unbeatable, local, farm fresh ingredients prepared to an impeccable standard with first-class customer service – offering delicious food in the relaxed atmosphere that has made it a local hotspot in Warwick. Begin with a traditional cocktail transformed with an eclectic twist, such as the Beet Marguerita livened up, as the name suggests, with vibrant beet juice or Sangria given an autumnal flavour with cinnamon and cloves. Move from the bar into the dining room to enjoy hummus nachos or Medjool dates wrapped in bacon served with gorgonzola and balsamic before tucking into braised pork shoulder with polenta fries and drizzled in braising jus.
Cafe, Restaurant, American, Vegetarian, Coffee, Tea , Fast Food
A signature lobster | Courtesy Timmy's Waterfront
Pop into the cheery Sunrise Café, complete with its scalloped awning and continual attention to detail, to enjoy a light bite for brunch or delicious, hearty breakfast. Begin with a stack of blueberry or perhaps apple and cinnamon pancakes or opt for two slices of strawberry cream cheese French toast with a sweet mocha or glass of grapefruit juice. For something to truly fuel you all day, go for a succulent steak sandwich on sweet bread with onions, eggs, mushrooms and melted cheese or perhaps one of their famous omelettes, piled with potato, hot pepper, bacon, marinated tomato and American cheese.
Nestled on the picturesque shores of Greenwich Bay, Timmy’s Waterfront Restaurant and Landing oozes romance and relaxation. Enjoy a chilled, crisp glass of Kendall Jackson VR Chardonnay looking out onto the boats, or progress inside to choose from the comprehensive menu. Start the evening with a classic clam chowder followed by the seafood platter, with fresh baked scrod, stuffed shrimp, studded quahog and a jumbo lump crab with a side of sea scallop casserole or dive straight in with a tender, young veal breaded and fried, topped with mozzarella and romano cheese, poured over pasta.
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