Wright’s Farm

All-You-Can-Eat | Chicken Dinner
One of the best

Wright’s Farm began as a chicken ranch whose proprietor started serving al fresco barbecues. It has since become the biggest of Rhode Island’s several chicken dinner halls, with seats for up to 1,500 eaters at a time and a gift shop that is a bonanza of kitsch. Despite its cavernous accommodations, Wright’s Farm is so popular that a hour’s wait is not uncommon before you actually get a seat.

No, it is not intimate or cozy or anything like Sunday supper at grandma’s, but if you are looking for the best chicken dinner in Rhode Island, maybe the best non-fried chicken anywhere, put this gastronomic Gargantua at the top of your hit list. What’s so good about the chicken itself is that in addition to juicy, fall-apart mouthfuls encased in gossamer skin, there are significant surface areas where the skin has pulled away during roasting and the bare exterior of the meat itself turns firm, becoming chewy, moisture-beaded bark with flavor even more intense than the softer succulent parts within. Along with the chicken come hot rolls, cool salad, macaroni shells with red sauce, and fabulous thick-cut French fries.

The meal is all-you-can-eat. If ever a bowl is emptied, it gets replaced with a full one. Legend says that one big man came to Wright’s several years ago and consumed eight whole chickens before deciding dinner was over.

Note #1: Wright’s farm will take reservations for between 10 and 36 people.

Note #2: Hours are seasonable. Wright’s is closed Monday through Wednesday in the winter.

Note #3: Reservations (for 2 to 20) are required for Easter and Mother’s Day and accepted (but not required) for New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Father’s Day and Thanksgiving.

What to Eat
Wright’s Farm, Chicken Dinner
Chicken Dinner
Roast chicken, the simplest of dishes, can also be the best. Less than 1% of customers choose the alternative, steak.
Wright’s Farm, Fried Potatoes
Fried Potatoes
Fried potatoes are a necessary part of the traditional Rhode Island dinner. These big, soft logs are some of the best, like huge-flavored home fries that actually have a certain earthy vegetable sweetness compared to the schmaltzy savor of the chicken.
Wright’s Farm, Pasta
The shells are fine and the gravy (aka sauce) is very good, but frankly, I reserve most of my appetite for chicken and potatoes.
Wright’s Farm, Salad
There is nothing unusual about the salad, but it's a good one: fresh, crisp and cool, with just enough garlic to snap taste buds to attention for the feast about to be eaten.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday12pm - 8pm
Thursday4pm - 9pm
Friday4pm - 9pm
Saturday12pm - 9pm
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

Other Nearby Restaurants

  • Durgin-Park

    Boston, Massachusetts

    Boston’s landmark restaurant, Durgin-Park serves traditional meals with a Yankee accent: IT CLOSED FOR GOOD JANUARY 12, 2019.

  • Shady Glen

    Manchester, Connecticut

    Shady Glen cheeseburgers are awesome works of art, but don’t ignore the excellent ice cream concoctions from this vintage Connecticut dairy bar.

  • Stanley’s

    Central Falls, Rhode Island

    Serving affordable burgers since 1932, Stanley’s is Rhode Island culinary history. To drink: coffee milk, of course. Dessert? Grape-Nuts pudding.

  • Wein-O-Rama

    Cranston, Rhode Island

    Wein-O-Rama is a full-menu, breakfast-and-lunch diner specializing in hot weiners, the unique Rhode Island way with franks. Correct beverage: coffee milk.

  • Bagelsaurus

    Cambridge, Massachusetts

    Bagelsaurus’ slow-fermented bagels are great with unique spreads. Try an everything bagel with honey-rosemary cream cheese.

  • Kitchen

    Providence, Rhode Island

    You can’t be in a hurry and may have to squeeze into your seat, but Kitchen’s croissant French toast, butter-crisped muffins, and bacon hash make it worthwhile.