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.