28 Washington Square • Newport, RI 02840 • 401-847-0116
Thank you for 40 great years.

About Us


Located on Washington Square, the heart of Colonial Newport, Yesterday’s Ale house has seen many changes over the years. From our early years as a popular Newport nightclub, to hosting the cast and crew of Hollywood films like Amistad and Wind, Yesterday’s has been a tradition for both locals and visitors since 1974.

Unfortunately, “The Place” is no longer operating as a separate wine bar, however, executive chef Alex Daglis is still creating fun and exciting new recipes for Yesterday’s. He has even incorporated some of his wine bar specials into Yesterday’s specials!
The wine bar area is still available for private parties and functions. Visit our Contact Us page to inquire!

Make no mistake, this is the original Yesterday’s restaurant – accept no substitutions!

Come visit us today! We are 100% handicapped accessible.

Read Our Reviews


Four Stars Erin F. – Newport, RI – I love Yesterday’s more than I love most any place ever. 
They have an awesome beer selection that changes seasonally and specials that change weekly/monthly. If you haven’t had the salmon tacos, you should eat the salmon tacos. Today and every day. 
But the rest of their specials are also delicious.
I have never had anything less than an amazing service experience here, so if that’s what makes your clock tick, this is your choice for Newport.

Three Stars Elizabeth P. – Medford, MA – In town for a getaway weekend, we stumbled upon Yesterday’s for lunch. Overall, the experience was solidly good: the food was largely tasty, with more creativity than expected, and the beer list was better than average, though they were out of one of their more interesting options my friend was hoping to try. The restaurant isn’t especially remarkable, but it was a very acceptable lunch spot, and I would imagine that Yesterday’s is also a solid bet for happy hour as well.
The interior is very pub-like in feel. It’s somewhat worn and a bit dated, but doesn’t feel depressing or run-down: “lived-in” is probably the best way to put it. When we arrived around noon on Saturday it was pretty quiet–maybe it’s more of an evening spot? Our server was friendly, though I did find service to be a touch on the slow side, particularly considering the emptiness of the restaurant. We got our orders in promptly enough, but it took quite some time for our lunch to emerge from the kitchen.

The lunch menu is extensive, with a diversity of different options, flavors, and influences. Initially I was a little wary (some of the sandwich combinations struck me as particularly questionable), but was happily proven wrong. My tuna Nicoise salad was a very solid rendition of a classic: the tuna was well cooked, the dressing surprisingly good, and the various vegetable components tasty. My boyfriend was similarly satisfied with the braised short rib sandwich: the flavors were great. Others at my table split one of the pizzas (a special one with hummus and some Mediterranean vegetables), which received mixed reviews. My sister loved it and ended up taking home the leftovers; however, our other dining companion was less of a fan of the dish, finding it too garlicky. Still, we were largely pleased with the quality of the food at Yesterday’s–it was definitely a pleasant surprise!

Overall, Yesterday’s is worth a visit if you happen to stumble upon it. I wouldn’t go too out of my way to dine here, but I would certainly consider coming back if in the area.

Four Stars Joseph F. – Newport, RI – ACCESSIBILITY FRIENDLY! So, where to start.

 If you have been to Newport, you will know that many buildings are historic, old, and if you have ever been with someone who was older, or someone who needed accessibility, there are few business’s in the ” Historic District” that are accessible.

I have been to this restaurant multiple times, the food has always been very good. They always have an interesting new menu or menu items and are always very very accommodating in regards to modifications. 

The biggest thing is that this restaurant is ACCESSIBLE ! I enjoy going to dinner with a dear friend who is in a wheelchair. Its very tough in Newport for anyone who has accessibility challenges, and by that I mean… the challenge is on the restaurant… not the patron. These restaurants are loosing business !

I highly recommend this restaurant for uniqueness of menu items and friendliness of servers. I just wish they would put a little money into the interior.

Five Stars Erica P. – West Warwick, RI – Not only do they have amazing food, but they have a spectacular beer selection. The menu is constantly changing with delicious pairings you would never have thought to combine. Overall, Newport dining is quite expensive and I find that the quality of food and service elsewhere isn’t that great. When I found this gem, I dine no-where else but here. Everything is fresh, modern, and great tasting. The servers are friendly and the atmosphere is very homey. A must-eat!!

Four Stars Krys A. – Boston, MA – Alright… so its about time I write and re-rate Yesterday’s. I’m going to give it a 4 based on food alone, because the place is still run down.. one out of the two stalls in the bathroom were out of order, so losing a star for that.

I went here with a large bachelorette party and from my knowledge everyone enjoyed their meals and the waitress got everything right. One of the girls and I ordered two plates and split them. One was the Vegetarian Pizza (instead of goat cheese we asked for extra mozzarella) and the other was the Atlantic Salmon Tacos… both were amaaaaazing!! Especially loved the tacos! The bride (Yelps Wonderful – Meg M) ordered the Seafood Risotto which, I tasted and it was delicious. Huge beer menu but I stuck to wine for the evening.

Yesterday’s is located in a great area of Newport and is close to the shops on Thames Street. It also has outdoor seating which I was unaware of before.

Four Stars Beth C. – Newport, RI – Went for lunch and sat outside with our dog. 

They have a great beer list and the sandwiches we had were surprisingly good! I had the pomegranate chicken sandwich and it was amazing! I’ll go back just for this. My husband had the sausage panini, it was good, but not great. 

They are just a block off Thames so it’s not over crowded, but the food is really good.

Three Stars Andrew W. – Panama City, FL – We stumbled into Yesterday’s & The Place on Oct. 7 for lunch. To our delight, we were treated to a special Oktoberfest menu. Having an affinity for German food, I enjoyed a Bratwurst/Knackwurst plate with German potato salad. My wife ordered the jagerschnitzel. We were very pleased with our lunch – not having the opportunity to eat good German food very often. That being said, if they had not offered the special Oktoberfest menu, I suspect this place would’ve been rather average.

Three Stars Ben S. – Los Angeles, CA – The Food: 

Yesterday’s Burger. A little dry. Medium. Char flavor. But good. 

Nacho Supreme. Cheese hardended. I wish there was more cheese on it. Good. Sweet. Tortillas a little stale but maybe it was due to a longer cooking time in oven. 

Big Al. Roast Beef. Sweet sauce. Nice onion strings cooked differently than other places. Best thing. 

House-made ranch. Wow.

The service:

Good. I think I’ve come to realize that the east coast service is much slower than the west coast’s. 

The bottom line: Overall, this place was pretty good. Fair prices for the quality, mixed in with great service. This place may be better for the Bar scene, but this also serves as a good place to sit down and eat.

Three Stars Annie D. – Minneapolis, MN – Get the teriyaki roast beef and onion sandwich with fries. That’s what I should’ve ordered. My boyfriend made the right choice and all I got were a few of his delicious scraps.

I ordered the nicoise salad, which was just not even close to as good. Maybe it was fine on its own, but the sandwich outshined it and I was left with food envy the whole meal.

A lot of the restaurants in Newport are so similar and there’s really nothing that stood out to me about Yesterday’s aside from the sandwich. The beer selection was a bit above average, atmosphere is very pubby and service was kinda meh, but all in all it was a solid place in comparison to others like it.

Four Stars Kathi J. – Mansfield, TX – Offseason perspective: 
Hubby and I are in town on vacation and this place was recommended by our innkeeper. Found parking across from the restaurant, in front of an old theater. We were greeted warmly and seated promptly. 

I started with the clam chowder which was good. Hubby had a salad with ranch which he said was fine. They made a nice hot cider for me (wind chills in the 20s outside) and hubby had a very good beer. For an entree, I had the seafood cakes which were quite wonderful. Great flavor with a nice crunch. Came with rice (hardly touched), butternut squash (yum), and green beans (didn’t eat). Hubby had fish and chips – the fish was oily and it was breaded, not battered. He was disappointed, somewhat, and wishing he had gotten my seafood cakes!

Overall, the atmosphere was nice, the service was good, and we’d go back if we’re down here again.

Five Stars Sean M. – Westborough, MA – Yesterdays: One of the better pub food places in the scene.
Good German specials. Good Beer. Expansive friendly room.
Great bar seating. Killer Bloody Mary’s.

The Place: Some of the best meals I’ve had in the last 5 years I’ve had here. Homegrown Chef who knows what he’s doing. They have scaled back a bit on the wine but they offer a solid by the glass list. The wine list can get into your wallet, but they have some gems. Unlike the Yesterdays you should make a reservation or eat at the bar. Many NYC types who summer in Newport have adopted this place it can be tough to get a table.

Four Stars Josh F. – Washington D.C., DC – Yesterdays is a surprisingly great dining experience just off the main tourist track in Newport, RI.I’ll admit, my expectations were somewhat skewed by mixed reviews from friends and yelp. The good reviews tended to come from towneys, though, so I gave it a shot. 

Yesterdays has an old school tavern type feel; growing up near Cleveland, this is the type of joint all over my hometown. Good portions, good beer, and friendly local service.

Dark wood booths and old school bar stools are lit by dim glowing sconces. Two separate dining areas give patrons lots of room and get you seated right away, a novelty seldom seen at Pour Judgement or Brick alley. (contemporary type restaurants)

The menu is expansive, featuring a great selection of fresh salads with all the best kind of fixins, as well as a full page of sandwiches highlighted by Kobe beef sliders and a burger that comes stuffed in a pocket with mushrooms and onions. The fries are crispy and fresh, and you can sub a house salad free of charge.

I had a chicken sandwich; roasted chicken with mushrooms, warm goat cheese (think its chevre) and roasted red peppers on a ciabatta with creamy balsamic mayonnaise. It was fabulous. 

The beer selection was extensive and delicious; I had the warsteiner dunkel (which they keep on tap and is tremendous) and my homey had the BBC maibock, a refreshing hard to find local selection. Props to whoever picks the tap selection here, I was torn between a handful of great prospects.

Yesterdays has a rotating seasonal menu that is exciting and eccentric. Currently, for the spring, it’s a carribean flavor; they take standard dishes such as the St. Louis ribs and spice them with a carribean rub and jerk pineapple salsa, for example. This practice keeps the menu fresh and keeps patrons coming back.

Check out the pairings with a local brewery; couple courses with paired beer selections on a prix fixe menu are sure to give you a good taste of what the restaurant is capable of.

I’ll definitely be back.

Four Stars David C. – Manassas, VA – The decor of this restaurant seems the same as it was in 1982 (or 1974, for that matter), but in 30 years, I’ve never had a bad meal here. On this last outing I had the gator bites and the calamari as appetizers, caesar salad with seared scallops as an entree.They have 35 beers on tap. After 40 years, they still have French onion soup on the menu (my go to poor guy food in 1982). A reliable institution in the Newport dining scene.

Three Stars Noah P. – Newport, RI – Every time I’ve eaten here I have been unimpressed with the food. Not good, not bad. They do have a very large selection of draught beer for Newport and they change a number of them regularly. Mixed drinks here are nothing special.
The service is always good.

Four Stars Nancy E. – Washington, DC – Friendly staff, extensive menu. The waitress was very attentive. Reservations a must. The on street parking was a pain.

They have daily specials which is what we tried. The stuffed shrimp was cooked to perfection, steaks too! We had calamari & wings for apps, also delicious!

All round, great place to eat..!!

Three Stars Felecia W. – Newport, RI – This will be a short review. 
2 things: 

1: The food Menu is just meh. Nothing stands out, and nothing grabs your attention and gives you that “I MUST have it!” feeling. Call me crazy, but I love that feeling. 

2: The beer selection on Tap is GREAT! 

Overall, this place is good to come for a beer and some apps.

Four Stars Edward S. – Providence, RI – We went to Yesterday’s to eat after being told that the wait at the Brickalley Pub was 1.5 hours. 

We were able to be seated right away at the bar at Yesterdays. Great selection of beers at the bar. Service from the bartenders was very prompt and friendly. Both of us had “gourmet” style chicken sandwiches. The ingredients were fresh and the sandwiches were delicious. We had a choice of side salad or fries with the sandwiches — a nice option to have when you are trying to eat lighter. The salads were delicious and a step above the traditional, bland side salad. Would recommend and would go back again.

Three Stars Danielle F. – Norfolk, VA – My boyfriend, a naval officer, was once stationed in Newport, and Yesterday’s is one of his favorite places to eat there. That’s where we found ourselves this afternoon for a late lunch.

Since it was about 2:00 – too late for lunch and too early for dinner – we were seated immediately. There were many empty tables this time; one weekend evening last winter when we came, we had to eat at the bar because the wait for a table was so long. 

Yesterday’s has a large beer selection. We were happy to see that they have Wachusett blueberry beer, one of our favorites. Unfortunately, the beer came without blueberries actually in it (this is customary at other places where we’ve been served this beer).

The lunch menu had many appealing choices. I chose the baked panko-crusted scallops, which came with half of a corn on the cob, a small portion of rice with diced red and green peppers, and broccoli. While the amounts of vegetables and rice on the dish were small, the portion of scallops was generous. Although they were generally good, they tasted somewhat undercooked in the center. The breading was somewhat bland and required a lot of salt. Mark had the Cajun-flavored scallops, which came with sausage and vegetables. I tried one of his scallops, and while it wasn’t bad, it wasn’t overly flavorful or spicy as I expected it would be. 

While Yesterday’s isn’t a bad place to dine out, it’s not exceptional. If you’re looking for a great view of one of Newport’s main streets and an old-style feel, it fits the bill.

Five Stars Rick S. – Natick, MA – Fries were excellent. Would recommend any of the Octoberfest specials. Pleasant waitstaff and ambiance. Amazing apple streusel.

Four Stars Chris P. – San Diego, CA – Lunch break during the week – the lunch menu isn’t nearly as extensive as the dinner menu, but what is available is quite tasty. I had a kobe beef burger and my friend had a deli chicken sandwich. Service was great, food was well-prepared, and our glasses never empty.

Only complaint – parking in Newport! Grr…

Five Stars Molly R. – Newton, MA – This is an old standby that hasn’t failed me yet. Granted, I have a meal here about once or twice a year when I’m visiting, but when I lived there it was a regular stop for meals.

They used to have a salad on the menu that had these sun-dried tomato quesadillas that I still have dreams about. Of course, those days are long gone.

But my most recent lunch at Yesterday’s was great! No complaints here.

Five Stars Peter H. – Bristol, MA – Yet another amazing meal at Yesterday’s. This is one of our favorite restaurants. Great value! Great meal!

Three Stars Stewina S. – Hamden, CT – The last time I was here was twenty years ago…It was nostalgic to go back and grab a bite to eat. The menu is interesting-but as other yelpers notes, there is nothing crazy great. The food itself was good….pretty much pub food. The waitress was great.

Four Stars Jim M. – New York, NY – Excellent option in downtown Newport near all the tourist action.

We lunched in the Yesterday’s section of the establishment (The Place is attached and is a more upscale dinner restaurant) which features classic barroom decor: dark wood, pressed tin ceiling, tiled floor, u-shaped bar, etc. 

There is an extensive beer list and the draught beers are cold and served in chilled glasses, always a great sign.

Service was good, I had a fine, tasty lobster roll and excellent fries, the wife enjoyed her Kobe Sliders, which came in a nice presentation on a rectangular plate with chipotle sauce decorative swirls. We really enjoyed both lunches washed down with chilled Anchor Steam pints. 

Plenty of varied dishes on the menu and an excellent choice in downtown Newport.

Four Stars Nicole R. – Providence, RI – One of my favorite places to eat in Newport. Staff is always friendly and very accommodating. The lunch and dinner menus are well put together and the ingredients have been very fresh (even in the off season).

Four Stars Brian M. – Northborough, MA – Excellent Food…extensive menu. There is something for everyone here. I had a special 5 spice pork rib meal that was perfect. It’s a nice escape from the hot sun with a cool drink and great food. No complaints from our 10 person group.

Four Stars Sarah S. – Wakefield, MA – Decent prices, and really enjoyable consistently food. Last time I was there, I had the fried scallops. They were reallllllly good- fresh, sweet, not too heavily battered and greasy. The fries that accompanied them were crisp, but not crispy-bordering-on-potato-chip-esque, which I always appreciate. Our waiter was attentive, but not hovering. Boyfriend’s lobster roll was really good as well. One star deducted for the portion size, which was a bit small for the price, I felt. I left feeling full, but was hungry again sooner than I would’ve liked afterwords.

Four Stars Heather N. – Woonsocket, RI – Very Attentive Service, reasonable Prices, flavorful food. I ordered the French Onion Soup and the Mussels Appetizer. Both were really good. My husband enjoyed the Schooners (beer sampler), which are not on the menu, but worth asking for. Our waitress was very nice. The restaurant is a little dated, but very clean.

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Five out of Five – “Warm Pub Atmosphere” Jac61349 – Illinois City, Illinois – Stopped for lunch on a Saturday after “high season”. This place has a great menu with a well stocked bar. Lots of choices for beer. The food was excellent, the booths were good sized and no one was in a hurry to leave. The waitress, although not overly attentive, did her job with good humor. The setting is in lovely downtown Newport close to shopping. I can see why people love Newport!

Four out of Five – “Very good yesterday, today and again tomorrow” danoRi – RI – We love Yesterdays and whenever in Newport, which is about every two weeks, we will go there most of the time. Right in the center of town, and across the street from the Jane Pickens Movie theatre, it’s great for a reasonably priced meal and if you like draught beer well they have more than enough to satisfy any beer lover with about 20 or more beers on draught. I always start out with their clam chowder since I think it’s better than the Black Pearl’s or the Moorings and love their huge salads or their specials.
We recently enjoyed their Octoberfest weinerschnitzel special and other specials that they seem to have throughout the year. When I first visited Yesterdays, there was a separate restaurant (different menu – same kitchen) within the bldg called “The Place” which served to a higher priced clientele but with hard times that area now is closed but the food at the old Yesterdays does not disappoint. We’ll be back again.

Five out of Five – “Always good. Been here several times” Genny164 – Boston, MA – Near the center of Newport. Varied good quality menu. I always enjoy a dinner salad of some type, but the rest of the family always gets something more that looks great and they say it is good. Large dining area and bar. Old fashioned decor. No complaints. One of my Newport faves!

Five out of Five – “Great meal and beer” FLYTHEWORLD – Wittshire, United Kingdom – They had a great selection of Oktoberfest food and our selections were great. They had approximately 32 beers on draught and the local brews we sampled we superb. 

The service was very good.


Four out of Five – “Good food/beer” travelnow18 – Delaware City, Delaware – We went to the mansions in the AM and when driving back into town stumbled upon this restaurant on the outskirts of town. Staff was friendly and beer was good. There was outdoor seating on the sidewalk which was nice. Food was very good and it was a different menu than most places. Many foods combinations you dont see at places but the food was very good!

Four out of Five – “Wonderful pub on the square” DLemon – Carrollton, TX – We had a wonderful snack at this pub on the square! The service was fantastic and the food was delicious. We were entertained when the local ghost tour came by.

Four out of Five – “Surprising Menu” NKDrifter – Haven’t been here in awhile but thought it would be a good place to take a friend from out of town. The menu was a great surprise as it was full of October Fest items. We both enjoyed the food. The service was just average. Waiter was polite and new the menu, but he wad somewhat unattentive. With all that said I would recommend this restaurant ad a place to go when visiting Newport.

Five out of Five – “Great food” pickyAberdeen – Aberdeen – We were here on holiday from Scotland and we had passed this restaurant . The lady at our hotel suggested we went to Yesterdays and we were not disappointed. A lovely atmosphere good staff and the meal was to die for. I had the fish cakes and have never tasted anything so good as often they are full of potato. Not these packed with fish. My husband chose the fish and chips this he also enjoyed. Although we had enough to eat we had to try the banana bread an butter pudding it was exquisite.

Really recommend this restaurant .

Five out of Five – “I wish the place still existed” Aaa60978 – Newport, RI – The Place is fantastic; but it hasn’t been open when I’ve tried to go for years. It’s in the back of an average restaurant. If you get a chance to go to the Place don’t miss it. It’s one of the best restaurants in New England.

Five out of Five – “Great food, great location!” AnneMLB – Boston, MA – We ate here this past weekend and loved Yesterdays. We sat outside, which was great in the beautiful weather. My husband was impressed with the selection of beers on tap, and I loved the sangria. My husband had the salmon tacos (which he raved about) and I had Yesterday’s cheese sandwich (soooo good). We would definitely recommend Yesterday’s to a friend!!

28 Washington Square
Newport, RI 02871
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