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Our Story

Spanning over three decades, the Ocean Mist is celebrated as a Rhode Island institution and home for many locals and returning destination visitors to experience the best sunsets in the state, top-shelf live entertainment, and great food!

With oceanfront views, breakfast served daily, local beers on draft, weekly events and a calendar full of regional and national live performances, the Ocean Mist offers a little bit of everything, any time of the year. 


Originally built and operated as Carpenter's Bar and Grill, the beachfront restaurant catered to the local surfers, daily beach-goers, and summer community of the neighboring campgrounds - recognized as Mary Carpenters Beach Meadow and Roy Carpenters old photo of a beach


After many changes in names and ownership, and withstanding devastating damage from a series of memorable nor'easter storms, the Ocean Mist built itself back up and still resides in its original Matunuck Beach location since the 1930s.

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 In 1988, Kevin Finnegan bought the Ocean Mist. Growing up near Providence and enjoying summers in Matunuck, Finnegan had a clear vision in mind; to honor and preserve the past, while creating new opportunities for nightlife and live entertainment in the South County area.

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Where you once had to go to Providence to find nightlife and live music, it was now accessible in Matunuck! The Ocean Mist continues to invite local musicians, up-and-coming artists, and renowned national acts to its stage. Some notable mentions include; Louie Camp Band, John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band, Bop Harvey, Jungle Dogs, The M.80s - and so many more!

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a farm

More than just a beach bar - Ocean Mist and the Matunuck Group, a family of food, beverage, hospitality and retail businesses, offers an endless range of career opportunities.

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