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Top Choice Modern American in Block Island


The locally caught sea-bass special (tender fillets over scallions, grapes and beans) tastes so fresh and mildly salty and sweet that its memory will haunt you for weeks. For real. The room is cramped, crowded and c…
Top Choice Bar in Block Island

The Oar

Sitting on the lawn, cold Mudslide in hand, overlooking the boats bobbing in the Great Salt Pond, the Oar is quintessential Block Island and its open-sided, wraparound bar can't be beat. What's more, it serves a sur…
Beach in Block Island

Block Island State Beach

The island's east coast, north of Old Harbor, is lined with this glorious, 3-mile beach. The southern part, Benson Town Beach, sits closest to Old Harbor, and is supplied with changing and showering stalls, a snack …
Lighthouse in Block Island

North Light

At Sandy Point, the northernmost tip of the island, scenic North Light stands at the end of a long sandy path lined with beach roses. At the trailhead, you'll find Settler's Rock, a small mo­nument that lists the na…
Seafood in Block Island

Finn's Seafood

Finn's is an island institution, its bunting-draped deck the first cheerful sight that greets arrivals at the ferry dock. Come here for New England–style chowder, clams, lobster rolls, steamers and broiled fish that…
Ice Cream in Block Island

Aldo's Bakery & Homemade Ice Cream

Family friendly Aldo's has been serving homemade ice cream and pastries, including the delicious Portuguese sweetbread, to Block Island tourists for over 40 years. It even operates a 'pastry boat' so you can have fr…
Lighthouse in Block Island

Southeast Light

You'll likely recognize the red-brick lighthouse called Southeast Light from postcards of the island. Set dramatically atop 200ft red-clay cliffs called Mohegan Bluffs south of Old Harbor, the lighthouse had to be m…
Pub Food in Block Island

Mohegan Cafe & Brewery

Besides brewing its own beer, this atmospheric pub with large picture windows offers a select menu of local fish specials alongside more standard pub fare of steaks and barbecued brisket. The lunchtime lobster bisqu…
Bar in Block Island

Captain Nick's

Built of reclaimed wood, this is the island's most raucous bar. It has live music six days a week, sometimes acoustic, often rock (there's even a weekly disco night). There's sushi Thursday through Sunday.
Bar in Block Island

Yellow Kittens

Just north of Old Harbor, Yellow Kittens attracts bands from around New England and keeps rowdy patrons happy with pool, table tennis and darts. It's been called Yellow Kittens since 1876!