This past weekend, I headed down to South Kingstown, Rhode Island, with my parents and some of their friends to Matunuck Oyster Bar. I was planning on spending the day in Boston, but with the mention of seaside oysters and free glasses of rosé (thanks, mom and dad!), I was there.
This place is just great. The food is great. The view is great. The service is great. We put in our name (there was a bit of a wait) and then headed to the outside bar – complete with heat lamps, sun-tanned couples in baseball hats, and toddlers scooting around – for a glass of wine before our table was ready. Dinner itself was easy and tasty – you really can’t go wrong. All of us were challenged to pick just one dish, but we settled on a platter of oysters and clams to share, a variety of entrees, and – naturally – dessert.
The highlights: the mustard sauce on my seared tuna… I don’t know what was in it, but it was insane; the extra-vinegary sauce for the oysters; the cutely packaged key lime pops. If you’re down in RI, we’d recommend stopping over at Matunuck. Or even if you’re not – it’s worth hopping in a zipcar for the day. Pro tip: go during the afternoon – even at 3PM, the place is packed. We can only imagine what it’s like during dinner hour.
The short of it:
Matunuck Oyster Bar
629 Succotash Rd, South Kingstown, RI (90 minute drive from Boston; 45 minute drive from Providence, RI)
- Good for…
- Fresh seafood; they catch some of their ingredients a stone’s throw away. Bonus: they also grow some of their vegetables
- A date, a family dinner, a big group – we imagine that this spot would accommodate just about anybody’s tastes
- Not the place for…
- Vegetarians – there are definitely vegetarian-friendly options, but the menu is just so spectacular fish-wise, it would be hard to sit there are resist while everyone else is slurping down their 10th oyster
- Sitting down without a wait – we’d recommend going at an off-hour to get a table quickly
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