Located in the heart of downtown in historic Washington Square

19 Charles Street, Newport, Rhode Island

Perro Salado's location - the historic Decatur house - is of interesting note for Charles Street lore. Captain Stephen Decatur was a famous naval officer in the early eighteenth century, receiving accolades for his heroism in the Barbary Wars. He gained further renown for his service during the War of 1812 and Washington Irving declared "a  gallanter fellow never stepped a quarter deck." However, Decatur was mortally wounded by Commodore James Barron at the Bladensburg dueling grounds outside Washington at age forty-one. The dispute involved Decatur's role in Barron's court martial for unpreparedness in the Chesapeake-Leopard Affair of 1807.

Visitors frequently ask us whether Captain Decatur haunts the house...  Alas, we truly have neither seen nor heard our gallant hero. But if we did, we're confident he'd be complimenting the margaritas and cuisine, or dancing to some music with our local artists and fellow customers.