“My best friend and I have never been to Rhode Island before and while i was doing research for our trip, I stumbled upon this tour. It was the best experience we had all trip! We loved our tour guide Paige and everyone else who was attending. I totally recommend it for anyone who’s visiting!”
Tour de Fork | New England Food Tours
“Alane Spinney, senior barista at Ellie’s, points to the nearby College of Culinary Arts at Johnson & Wales University as a driver of Providence’s thriving and eclectic food scene. “Young culinarians from around the world—India, Canada, Barbados—incorporate their foodways into ours,” she says. “They’re adapting their recipes to what’s seasonally available here.” Which means that this small city is home to a world of flavor.”--
The smallest state has a BIG food game
“Rhode Island’s Capital is riding a renaissance with city construction up 20% in the last 5 years, a building boom being a burst of all things sweet and tasty, even in areas once considered unsavory. But make no mistake, Rhode Island knows its food. This walking tour supports the locally operated eateries the community and allows foodies to taste fresh local foods.”--
Best of Rhode Island | Editors Choice Award
“Newport’s rich culinary scene makes visitors wish for more meals in a day. Want to know where the locals go? Where history and food intertwine? What the cleverest chefs are up to, and which regional specialties are the most sublime? On these three-hour-plus walks, your guide is your foodie best friend, with all the inside intel. Nothing brings people together like food (and optional alcoholic beverages), and by the end of this seven-stop tasting odyssey, you’ll be laughing and clinking glasses and plotting return visits to hidden-gem restaurants.”--
"Amazing Food, Wonderful Guide, Excellent Time!"
“Whether this is your first time to Newport, or your tenth, this food tour is a MUST. Our guide, Paula, was extremely knowledgable about the area and very much attuned to creating a perfect day for us. We hit 7 local establishments and were thrilled with the historical background as well as food suggestions for future visits. As food enthusiasts, we could not believe the amount and quality of food on this tour. We tried things we would never have had on our own and came away with new favorites. We purposely took the tour on our first day in Newport so that we would have an idea of where to eat later in the week end~ so glad we did. We ended up back at two of the restaurants and could not have been more pleased.
"A Tasting Tour de Force"
“We had a fantastic time Rhode Island Red Food Tours in Newport last weekend. I wasn’t sure what to expect other than trying some small portions from different restaraunts around Newport. What it turned out to be was three hours of exquisite bites and a dash of history to spice things up!
The history aspect of the tour was served just like the food – bite-sized, delectable, satiating bits of local history.
This is a fantastic event for a date night, or with friends. I don’t think young children would appreciate it, but there’s something from everyone else: historic neighborhoods, amusing and engaging stories, and of course, delicious food!
The best part is I have so many places I have to revisit now… Even having frequented Newport many times, I feel like I’m seeing it anew since this tour and can’t wait to return to explore these places further!”-- Brie - MA
"This tour was the perfect gift idea, something to do instead of something to dust."
“We had a beautiful day for the leisurely walking tour of the neighborhood where the 17th and 18th century homes have been meticulously maintained as well as their gardens. Along the way we stopped at six eating establishments and enjoyed sampling delicious offerings. The ribs at Perro Salado were awesome and dessert at White Horse Tavern was to die for. Thanks to our pleasant and informative guide we had a very enjoyable afternoon.”
“We got the chance to check out the Providence food tour and were pleasantly surprised with the quality and diversity of the food options. The tour group was very friendly and people seemed to enjoy socializing with one another. Gracie’s was the highlight of the tour for most—would love to go back there again and enjoy the private wine cellar room. We also enjoy providence coal fired pizza as well as Ellie’s cafe. No bad choices on this tour and we enjoyed the mixing of history, art, and of course, food! Most of the restaurants were places I’d never heard of before despite growing up only 20 minutes away. Would recommend for tourists and locals alike!”-- Amanda B - CT
" I would recommend this tour to both locals and tourists alike, we were a mix of both and we absolutely loved it."
“My wife and I very much consider ourselves “foodies” so when we moved to Rhode Island this past Summer we knew we had our work cut out for us finding the best food around. Luckily for us we found Rhode Island Red Food Tours. Paula was an amazing guide, not just for the food but for the history and culture of Newport and Rhode Island as a whole. She brought us to a wide variety of unique off-the-beaten-path type of restaurants, each one better than the last. They provided us with very generous portions of their best food and we left there feeling very full. I would recommend this tour to both locals and tourists alike, we were a mix of both and we absolutely loved it. We can’t wait to sit down at ALL of these places again for a full meal, they were ALL that good! In fact we already took her advice and revisited a local bar she pointed out, and what a great choice that was!”
-- Joseph - RI
“12 other friends and I were visiting Newport and this was a surprise tour. It was given to us from the couple hosting us on this vacation. We are all “foodies” and enjoyed this very much! Not only did we get to try the different foods, but we learned many historical facts about Newport. We visited two of the eateries from the tour and one of the sister eateries to a place we toured. When visiting Newport, this is a MUST! LOVED IT!”
-- Carlisha M.- KY
"History Meets Lunch at Rhode Island Red Food Tours"
“Attention history buffs and foodies: you no longer have to enjoy your passions separately. Since May, Paula Silva of Rhode Island Red Food Tours combined these two passions into a three-hour walking tour in Newport. Rhode Island Red Food Tours covers a diverse selection of restaurants, from cafes to pubs, to casual and formal dining on the tour.”-- The Bay Magazine
"A Newport Neighborhood Tasting"
“When planning your next trip to Newport and you’re looking for something different to do other than the mansions, cliff walk and the waterfront districts, I’d recommend including this delicious destination into your itinerary!”-- Juliedible Blog
"Food and History in Newport, RI"
“This was a leisurely paced historical and gastronomic adventure that I would highly recommend to anyone visiting Newport.”-- Here and There ...Ed on Travel, Food and Fun - Blog
"Food Tours; The Hottest Thing To Do This Summer"
“Silva has created a fun, off-the-beaten-path glimpse into Newport life. The emphasis of this tour was eating.Within the eating umbrella, our theme was “where the locals go.” We avoided the overcrowded, overhyped tourist streets of Thames and Bellevue and explored the neighborhood side of Newport. As the original capital city of Rhode Island, and — of course — a port city, Newport is rich in history, complete with America’s Oldest Tavern (where we ate a fabulous NY Cheesecake eggroll and learned about the resident ghosts), and Silva did a great job of pointing out historical buildings and landmarks I would have otherwise missed.After the tour I didn’t want to eat again for 24 hours, but I was happy to know the secret spots to return to this summer.”-- Jenny C.
"A Shore Thing Babymoon"
“With just four days in Newport, we were determined to make the most of our limited time with equal parts sightseeing and relaxing in the seaside city just south of Providence, RI. So we cruised into town midday on Saturday and immediately joined the Rhode Island Red Food Tour, even before dropping off our bags at the hotel. The tour is a brand new offering this summer and introduced us to some of the lesser-known culinary spots in the immediate area (no tourist traps or cheesy theme restaurants). We visited an eclectic café, a creative pizza joint, a bar with an operating baseball diamond out back, and the oldest drinking establishment in the country, all while taking in some local history and culture. It was a three-hour excursion but we covered the two miles on foot at a slow and steady pace with plenty of bathroom breaks. At nearly eight months pregnant, it was no sweat.”