One of the nicest aspects to acquiring our first cruising boat Tenacity has been visiting Block Island at the same time my cousin Sharon and her family are there at her home.

We never know how many cousins will be there, but in 2017, it was a dozen so we ate at the only place on Block Island that would take a reservation for 12 – Dead Eye Dick’s.

Although “Dick’s” has one of the cruder names on the island, it may be the most refined dining options on Block Island.

Dining Al Fresco

The bar and dining room inside Dead Eye Dick’s is bright and airy; just the kind of place you’d expect to fine a few hundred feet from the water.

Dead Eye Dick's Random

To get the total experience at Dead Eyed Dick’s you need to dine Al Fresco.

The only problem with Dick’s deck is that you can’t reserve it — it’s first come, first served. If you really want to sit there, get there early and/or visit on a Monday or Tuesday night.

Fine Dining At Dick’s

As I mentioned above, I think Dick’s may offer some of the most refined cuisine on Block Island. Since there were 12 of us, we were able to sample a fair cross section of the menu.

Dead Eye Dick's Salad with Swordfish
Mixed Greens with Swordfish and Fries
Dead Eye Dick's Lobster Roll
Lobster Roll with Fries
Dead Eye Dick's Crab Cakes
Crab Cake Appetizer
Dead Eye Dicks Swordfish
The Swordfish Entree
Dead Eye Dicks Tuna
Seared Ahi Tuna and Grilled Baby Bok Choy

Getting There

If you’re docked at Payne’s or The Block Island Boat Basin, it’s a short walk — a longer walk from Champlin’s. If you’re in Old Harbor, it’s about a 1 mile walk or a cab ride.

As of last summer (2017) Block Island has blocked Uber to protect one of the best local jobs – driving a cab. It seemed whenever we took a cab it was very strategically priced at $14, which of course rounds up to $20 for a 22% tip!

If you’re there for just one night, Dick’s is special enough to earn your business along with a few others. If you’re there for a few days, particularly if you’re staying in Old Harbor, it’s a must eat venue.