Restaurants and Nightlife in Washington County

Washington County, in Rhode Island, is known for its quaint charm and scenic landscapes, also boasts a vibrant food and nightlife scene that could entice anyone considering a move to the area.

Washington County offers a variety of culinary delights ranging from fresh seafood to classic American dishes. Notable restaurants like The Nordic in Charlestown serve top-tier American and seafood dishes in a high-end setting, perfect for those special occasions.

The nightlife in Washington County, particularly on Block Island, provides a blend of activities from laid-back evenings in cozy bars to more lively music and dance venues. Captain Nick's Rock N' Roll Bar, for instance, is a staple for music lovers and a place where you might find yourself wanting to visit more than once during the week.

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Block Island

If there’s one thing you can count on when vacationing on Block Island, it’s trying the sheer variety of restaurants and bars packed into a few square miles. Between Old Harbor and New Harbor, you’ll find numerous seafood spots, sports bars, specialty food shops, and more.

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The Fantastic Umbrella Factory is a well-known “shoppers paradise” in Charlestown. You’ll find cafes, artist cooperatives, animal farms, and a bamboo forest all wrapped into one fun experience. There are also several consignment shops and specialty stores in the town center, perfect for collectibles and seeing the fantastic work of local artisans.

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Although it’s not necessarily a “foodie town”, Exeter has a few dining spots that are well-known and populated throughout the year. Plus, it’s very easy to travel from Exeter to Wickford or East Greenwich for more dining and bar varieties.

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North Kingstown

The local dining hot spot would be a few miles north to East Greenwich or heading south Galilee, but North Kingstown does have a handful of notable restaurants and classic RI fare.

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South Kingstown

Between South Kingstown and Narragansett, you have the best selection of RI restaurants along the South Shore. This part of Rhode Island is a hot spot for seafood restaurants and locally-owned taverns by the sea. The Wakefield-Peacedale historic districts and Matunuck are the places you’ll find local favorites.

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The restaurant scene in Narragansett is one of its biggest attractions. There are well-known seafood restaurants along Narragansett Pier, Galilee, and Point Judith. Plus a variety of “classic” Rhode Island spots, unassuming cocktail bars, and taverns by the sea.

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The villages of Hope Valley, Wyoming, and Ashaway offer the best variety of restaurants in Hopkinton. Being a rural area, many of the restaurants in Hopkinton are tavern or Inn-style places, though you can find “outside the box” concepts sprinkled around town (like Bail Village Restaurant). If you’re looking for fine dining or a night out, just head south to Westerly or cross over the state line into Stonington, CT.

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Westerly has one of the most impressive and diverse restaurant scenes on the South Shore. You can find very high-end dining spots here (Ocean House) and electric, local favorites with a unique vibe (The Cooked Goose). Downtown Westerly, Watch Hill, Misquamicut, and Weekapaug all have a variety of choices!


Richmond is quiet, rural town, so your best bet to find “nightlife” spots is further south into Westerly, Charlestown or South Kingstown. That said, there are a few restaurants that are popular with locals and nearby gems that are worth the drive.

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Beyond food and drink, Washington County's array of events and activities ensures there's always something to do. From live music and comedy nights across various venues to the local favorite, the Washington County Fair, which brings together the community with its array of performances, exhibits, and contests.

Living in Washington County means embracing a lifestyle where quality dining and diverse entertainment options are just a part of daily life, all set against the backdrop of Rhode Island's natural beauty. This unique combination makes it an appealing destination for those looking to relocate to a place with both small-town feel and vibrant community life.