Dock and Dine

The Oar – Block Island

In 2016 we made our first trip to Block Island and we stayed at The Block Island Boat Basin in New Harbor. We had planned to stay for 3 days, but ended up getting bumped by an incoming tropical storm. Fortunately, we ate at The Oar the first night!

Oar View

View From The Oar Bar

That Beach Club Feel

It’s funny how the restaurants on Block Island vary wildly in atmosphere. I recently reviewed Dead Eye Dick’s which has a completely different feel from the Oar. I could see Dick’s in Newport or on the Vineyard, but the Oar really has an island vibe.

The Oar View

View from the Oar Dining Room

By the way, if you’re docked at The Block Island Boat Basin as we were, you can go up to the hostess, put your name down for dinner, and take a pager back to your boat and they’ll page you when your table’s ready.

Seafood and Sushi

A lot of my favorite seaside eateries have started to add sushi to their seafood fare and that’s where The Oar really shines. I mentioned in my review of Ballard’s Resort that they serve sushi. Ballard’s sushi is okay, but it’s actually just a tick above the stuff you find in a grocery store.

The Oar is a serious sushi bar (click here for the sushi menu.)

Here are a few photos of some of the specialties:

Oar Sushi Hand Roll

Hand Rolled Sushi

Oar Shrimp Tempura

Tempura Shrimp Roll

Oar Cucumber Roll and Tempura Roll

Cucumber Roll (left) and Special Tempura Shrimp Roll (right)

Oar Hawaii Fish platter

Hawaii Fish Platter

Oar Rainbow Nori

Sushi Wrapped in Bamboo Nori

Oar Tuna Sushi

Ahi Tuna Sushi

All The Seafood Favorites

Although the sushi is the star of The Oar, we also had the Fried Oysters, Lobster Roll, and Chowder and all were above average and first class for a venue with such a great view.

Oar Fried Oysters

Fried Oysters

Oar Chowder

Clam Chowder

Oar New Shoreham Platter

The New Shoreham Platter

Oar Crab Cakes

Crab Cakes

Oar Lobster Roll

The Lobster Roll

To me, this is one of the treats of docking at The Block Island Boat Basin. It’s also a great change of scenery from the “Hamilton Bermuda” feel of Old Harbor.


NOTE: Since we ate there a year before I began My Buzzards Bay, I’m a little short on photo’s so much of what you’ve seen here came from my friends on Yelp and Facebook.

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