Located in Island Park, a charming residential community on a peninsula in northeast Portsmouth, 15 Point Road Restaurant overlooks the meeting point of Narragansett Bay and the Sakonnet River. To compete for attention with this scenic backdrop, the food must be epic – and 15 Point Road did not disappoint.
Outfitted in nautical chic, the dining room features clean white wood paneling with navy blue accents. Oversized windows cover the far end, giving diners stunning water views that reach over to picturesque Tiverton on the other side of the river. After the sun sets, the hurricane lamp lighting casts a pleasant glow. The restaurant is dim enough to be festive but has enough light so you can still see your meal. Low music allows for easy conversation. The tables are wide, giving ample room for plates and drinks.
While both the indoor dining room and quaint patio were packed on a Saturday night (pro tip: make reservations), the wait staff was friendly and efficient. The welcoming maître d’ made sure everyone felt right at home. Our patient waitress was stuck waiting for us to decide what to order – everything on the menu, mostly locally sourced, sounded divine.
15 Point Road boasts an impressive wine list. Like their food, beer specials focus on local brews. Spirits lovers will find their creative cocktail concoctions delightful.
For starters, we went with the stuffies. The locally harvested clams were piled high with a delicious breadcrumb filling that retained plenty of briny flavor. The Wild Mushroom Ragout, a filo pastry base covered with meaty mushrooms in a brandy demi-glaze, was delightfully decadent.
Fittingly, locally caught seafood is a highlight of the 15 Point menu. Our entrees reflected an oceanic delight. The Pan Seared Scallops, fresh from George’s Bank, were cooked with a perfect sear. Accompanying it was a Creamy Mushroom Risotto with just a hint of garlic.
Their Fish and Chips were another stand out. The battered Atlantic Cod was fried to a golden crisp and the fish was thick and flakey. Similarly, the Whole Belly Clams that were on the specials menu were deep-fried to a golden hue. Both dishes came with a side of fries that were crisp on the outside and tender inside. No one at the table reached for ketchup.
For meat lovers, the Deconstructed Beef Wellington was awe-inspiring. So much so that the table beside us gasped at its arrival. Portobello mushrooms were layered between two perfectly cooked tender filets and topped with a homemade biscuit. A demi-glaze deepened the flavor notes of the dish. Simple sides of fingerling potatoes and steamed brussels sprouts were the perfect counterpoint to the dish’s richness.
Although overstuffed from dinner, one doesn’t turn down beignets. The tiny donuts were warm upon arrival, the outside crisp and the inside pillow-soft. Dusted in cinnamon-sugar, and boasting a small scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side, it was a sweet and simple treat after a rich and satisfying meal.
15 Point Road Restaurant
15 Point Road, Portsmouth • 683-3138