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Muse by Jonathan Cartwright
Muse by Jonathan Cartwright

Muse by Jonathan Cartwright Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.vanderbiltgrace.com
  • Email: muse@vanderbiltgrace.com
  • Phone: (401) 846-6200
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 6:00pm - 9pm, Friday - Sunday: 6pm - 9:30pm, Bar: 4pm - 11pm - Winter Hours Closed on Sunday and Monday
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, European
  • Executive Chef: Jonathan Cartwright
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Talented Pianist entertains evenings.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Clarke Street & Thame Street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complementary Valet and self parking in private lot.
A word from Muse by Jonathan Cartwright
Opened in June 2011 at the Vanderbilt Grace in Newport Rhode Island is an all new fine dining restaurant under the direction of Grace Hotels' Group Chef de Cuisine, Jonathan Cartwright. Muse delivers international food and wine with homage to many of the local culinary traditions of Rhode Island. The hotel's restaurant offers selected dishes created by Chef Cartwright including some classic New England favorites. Grand Chef Relais and Châteaux Jonathan Cartwright is one of the most celebrated chefs in New England. He is also executive chef at Vanderbilt Grace's sister hotel, The White Barn Grace in Kennebunk, Maine – the only AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five Star dining experience north of New York City. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "It seemed there were many choices for a romantic dinner in Newport, but I'm so happy we chose Muse. It is obvious the waitresses and waiters are well trained, but if you smile and act friendly with them, they let their hair down and loosen up and give good advice on the menu offerings. The tables are well-spaced so you can people-watch discreetly if you want that, but you can also have a private conversation. The food was delicious and interesting. My husband's split pea soup appetizer was better than my scallops choice. The scallops were tender and cooked perfectly, but I didn't care for the pairing of the peanut flavor underneath. We both enjoyed our main course, beef tenderloin for him and duck for me."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Our server was outstanding and food was great. Awesome restaurant for special occasions. Enjoy it emmensely..."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "While, as expected, the quality of the meal was second to none, the quality of the service was World Class. The waitstaff was exceptionally attentive without being obsequious. A very pleasurable dining experience."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "We went for a discount "newport restaurant week inspired" menu that was 55 for 3 courses. The food was excellent. The server needed a bit more training on how to not be insulting, and they were a little slow keeping the water glasses filled. Aside from that- nice! maybe the waiter assumed we had never been to a gourmet restaurant before because we went for the "special" menu. We wanted to put in the appetizer order first and wait a couple minutes to decide on the entree/desert, but he didn't like this, or didn't understand our wish-and was testy. The wood-burning fireplace and live piano/singing was great. After tips/drinks it came out to around 120 a person for a nice memorable meal. The regular menu is $85/ 3 courses."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Everything was great! Food was delicious and service sensational ! It was my Girlfriends birthday and they made her feel very special. Not to mention it made me look like a Hero. Would Highly suggest taking anyone you would like to Impress."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Among the hussel and bussle of the city... If you want a chance to escape the college students fallin around a bar take a walk into Muse. You feel like you are dinning among the sophisticated mansions of Newport but with the easy walking access to the rest of the city. A single block from Jane Pickens theater which made and excellet compliment for an evening out."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We've been here a few times and the food and service is always great! would not hesitate to recommend."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Although, my wife and I are lifetime Rhode Islanders, we had not become aquainted with The Muse at the Vanderbilt Grace. We were absolutely delighted with the gourmet dining experience. This certainly is on a par with Maine's White Barn Inn, the Home Hill in New Hampshire, and Masa in NYC. The prix fix 4 course menu was our pick. The combination, presentation, preparation, and service were nothing short of elegant. The ambiance of a quiet dinner in front of a warm fireplace with a pianist music filling the air on a cold winter's night could not be staged any better. The lobster bisque was extraordinary, as was the steamed lobster, and finally the pumpkin souffle with butterscotch macaroon. Fabulous finish !"
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "While in Newport we went to three different restaurants. Muse ended up at the bottom of our albeit very selected pile. Muse had some delightful ideas,but more than one fail. Also, we were completely alone in the restaurant and felt like fish and fish bowl with overly hovering/obsequious staff, You must keep in mind that this is a chain and is not run by a visionary chef."
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "On December 27, 2013, my wife and I had the perfect anniversary dinner at Muse by Jonathan Cartwright in Newport. The food was superb -- delicious and substantial, but not heavy and not resorting to cheap culinary tricks -- , the service was impeccable, and the wait staff very friendly and engaging. There was a piano player and singer. adding just the right background. The tab was far lower than we would have expected to pay for comparable food, service, and ambiance in our hometown, the District of Columbia. Four thumbs up (our limit) for the experience. We would definitely return if we;re in the area again."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "We eat out a lot but the night we were with friends at The Muse was outstanding and exceeded expectations for perfection...gorgeous facility, perfect ambience, knowledgeable wine steward who was able to make great recommendations for price and quality (we are wine makers) and the food was simply stupendous...we had everything from Lobster Bisque to scallops, to the lobster dish, the filet with a delicate tasty sauce and more...it was super delicious. We may go back again for New Year's Eve if they are not totally booked already. Love it and what a find! Cindy and Carl of Newport, RI"
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "We returned to this restaurant never expecting it would surpass our first visit. It did! Wonderful venue with outstanding service and excellent food. The location in Newport is ideally situated between the mansions and the waterfront in the heart of the historic neighborhood. We will definitely be back and it cannot be too soon."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "Muse is elegant dining and gourmet food preparation in the heart of Newport. Always a special treat."
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "We thought we were going to get a fabulous meal and impeccable service. That was not the case. We instead had mediocre food and horrendous service. The waitstaff was hard to hear and unprepared. Our wine came without wine glasses, our courses without utensils. Save your money and go to any other restaurant in Newport. Last night we spent a third of the amount we spent at Muse and had an amazing waitress and the food was to die for. Maybe the kitchen couldn't keep up with the restaurant week crowd, but we paid full price and expected full price level food and service. Also, with the amount of people working there, they should have been able to accommodate a 100 table restaurant without any problems."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "Food was awesome! Had filet mignon.....melt in your mouth! Dessert pumpkin Soufle was perfect! Quiet romantic table, excellent service! A must when in the newport area. Valet parking."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "From the server,Andrew, to each course it was- as it has been- exceptional."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "Just a great night! Food, service, and experience was superb at this restaurant."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "Food was mediocre, service rushed and impersonal. So many other fine restaurants in Newport this is not one to waste time or money on."
    Dined on 10/31/2013
  • "The food was absolutely phenomenal. I am very critical when it comes to pricey fare and Muse did not leave me with anything but delight! The service was outstanding, timing was perfect, with a very knowledgable and unobtrusive staff. And the food... Oh my. Words cannot do it justice."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "Loved the smokey butter poached lobster- am emailing the sous chef for the recipe. We were visiting Newport and this sounded like a neat restaurant although a little pricey, $80 prix fixe - BUT so Worth every penny - food was superb, service impeccable, lots of little touches and the chef even came out to chat - will be the first place we go back to on our next visit"
    Dined on 9/3/2013
  • "Everything was absolutely perfect. I can't even remember the last time I had a meal as excellent as that. Granted it was kind of expensive (pris fixe), but well worth it. I guess you do get what you pay for. The service was top notch as well. The woman playing the piano and singing during dinner was exceptional. I can't believe how many songs she knew and she was on point the entire time. Would love to go back there again but would save it for a special occasion. I hope it is as amazing the next time."
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "Except for the screaming baby our experience was lovely. Great food and impeccable service. The restaurant really should not allow infants especially on Saturday evenings! Excellent piano player. Ask for the table by the fireplace!!"
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "Inside a charming Grace hotel this restaurant is first class. Service was impeccable and the food was classy and tasty. Very romantic to sit by the fireplace. The soufflé desert was done in expert hands. We had halibut and lobster and the main dishes were well done and well presented. Lobster bisque was one of the best I ever had. The only item worthwhile for any improvement mention was the sizes of the oyster: they were not very big but still tasty. Will come back for another meal (preferably the tasting menu) again."
    Dined on 10/9/2013
  • "Incedibly delicious lemmon soufle Everyone who approached our table was top notch. Dissapointing apps and entree."
    Dined on 8/10/2013