An extraordinary experience
After reading dozens of ecstatic reviews, I took my fiancée here for our anniversary -- and now it's our turn to rave ecstatically!
For starters, the scenic view of surf lapping at shoreline, complemented by elegant interior decor, set the stage beautifully for our romantic dinner.
The service was equally impressive: our waiter, Cole, was not only knowledgeable and patient in relieving our many bouts of indecision, but charming and hilarious to boot. After warmly congratulating us on our engagement, he even arranged for the chef to write "Happy anniversary!" on the dessert plate in chocolate script.
As for the meal itself, it was easily among the finest we'd ever had. From start to finish, each dish was succulent. We left in ecstasy.
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fantastic all around
Everything was fantastic about our visit. The food, the view, the atmosphere and the service. We were greeted with a smile by the maitre d and brought to our table. We overlooked the stunning waterfront of Newport. The sun was just setting after a day of rain. Our server, Cole, was ever friendly and extremely knowledgeable about the wine and dinner menus. The meal was exquisite, brava to the chef! We finished our evening in the bar area while we waited for our car. The staff in the restaurant and hotel were impeccable. Thank you for such a wonderful evening. We will be back!
5/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything we expected
And more. The food was elegantly presented and tasted as delicious as it looked. For a special occassion it is truly worth it.
5/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Delicious dinner, expertly waitered by Teddy. He was attentive but not overly so. He was anticipatory and unhurried. The chowder was a bit on the salty side. The lamb was divine and perfectly cooked. Thank you for a special evening.
6/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Expensive but great ambience food and service.
Wish I could afford to go more often.
6/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything was great from
Everything was great from start to finish. Being from Maine we did not think that seafood could still impress, but my wife's scallops were the best she has ever had. Service was perfect and well paced. Coffee and desert finished off the evening perfectly.
6/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
A get away.
My wife said it reminded her of some of the fine restaurants in other countries. It felt like a vacation might even though we were only a few miles from home.
6/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was excellent. staff
Food was excellent. staff was eager, if young and a bit unpolished. Lovely view, upscale decor. Odd dining room layout--all tables for two are in a narrow second room, lined up against the walls. It feels a bit like being on Noah's Ark. The result is a real date-night feel on a Saturday night, which we, as an older couple, found amusing after a while, if a bit disconcerting at first. We'll definitely be back, but perhaps in a party of 4, so as to be seated in the mainstream, rather than with the young lovers. By the way, do they really have to whip out their Blackberries between courses?
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding in every way
We arrived early and had a glass of their own delicious "pear" champagne. We were escorted to our table precisely on time. We each had a plate of lovely fresh oysters and the lobster which was served out of the shell with a slice of foie gras and baby vegetables .Amazingly the sauce blended the flavors of the lobster and foie gras superbly. We could not find Chablis on the wine list so we had Muscadet instead which was perfect. For dessert we had the made-to-order souffle of the day with berry cream sauce, fluffy but rich. The servers were prompt, friendly and attentive. Unfortunately the fog was thick and we could only see a small ptch of ocean.
7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a minimum of two tuxedoed waiters for dinner on vacation which was the equivalent of "white glove service." The setting was for [wine] lovers/foodies, since the view allowed a Mediterranean-style vista of the ocean and beach and an open kitchen. There was no pretentiousness among the waitstaff or chefs, who were obviously knowledgeable about how to design locally grown food paired with wine which was nearly divine. The meal lasted for 2 1/2 hours and we were sated after nine courses and add-ons. The total effect was mouthwateringly delicious food. We liked it so much,we weren't disappointed to return to the Spiced Pear's Ultimate Dining Experience the next evening. We were totally impressed and satisfied with the whole experience.
7/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
What a view!!!!
Stayed at the Chanler which houses the Spiced Pear. Magnificent setting! Excellent food with professional service. The dining room I overlooks the famed Newport Cliffwalk and provides stunning views. Will be back.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very special evening once again!
Food is very good & beautifully presented. Service is amazing due to very attentive Cole, Jayson & flambé maker. Really enjoyed celebrating our special occasion w 3 other tables who did not know before arrived as all very friendly & tables sufficiently close by to carry on a conversation. View of the bay gorgeous esp when there for a typical Newport sunset. Highly recommend for a special occasion.
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Will definitely go back!
After years of wanting to try this place we finally made it in there! We were not dissappointed! The service was exceptional, our waiter, Cole, was fantastic and his knowledge of wines excellent! The food ranged from very good (souffle) to exceptional (lamb and duck). We will go back to try the pre-fixe tasting menu next time!
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is a really good restaurant.
This is a really good restaurant. Great food, service and views. Work with the hostess to get an ocean view and you will be in for a memorable evening. Its a bit away from the main tourist area, but it is really worth going to.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
New Favorite Newport Restaurant
My husband and I loved the dinning experience at the Spiced Pear! The waiter was great; we didn't feel rushed and he was very informative about the wine, the food and the Chanler in general. We will definitely be back!!
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
It doesn't get any better!
We make it a point to go to the Chanler to spend the night and dine at the Spiced Pear for a "special occasion" every August. The food is wonderful, the service is terrific, and the view is fantastic. You can dine on the outside patio or in the dining room; both have great views. The bar area and fire-pit are great for a pre or post dinner cocktail.
It's a welcome respite from the Newport waterfront bar scene, and only a few minutes away...
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Super Romantic Spot
My wife and I celebrated our anniversary here and it was wonderful. The staff could not have been more outstanding in making our night extra special. Cole B was out waiter and he may be the best waiter I have ever had...ever! This kid was polite, and gracious and made us feel special. A rare find these days. The food was very good, and the views of first beach and the ocean were spectacular. We will definitely be back.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Five Star All the Way
Outstanding restaurant with no airs where there usually are in fine dining restaurants in Newport where the monied gather. It was comfortable and serene. My husband had the shrimp and scallops and I had the veal chop. Both were fantastic. Our waiter always had a smile on his face and very cordial. A nice corner table overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and Easton's Beach, right at the beginning of Cliff Walk inside The Chanler Inn. Would definitely return.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious Dinner August 23, 2013!
Ordered specials for the night: lobster salad appetizer and a grilled tuna entree.
Not really a lobster fan & not typically cold seafood fan at all - chilled lobster was the most delicious ever with mixed greens, pear and apple slices. The main course of grilled tuna was served rare (just slightly overdone) spiced just right, and so fresh - caught that day! Served with sauteed vegetables: every morsel was incredible.
For dessert a sort of tart mixed berry Shortcake with basil sorbet! This was superb. I couldn't comprehend the basil sorbet when I read it on the menu, but it was surprisingly wonderful! One of the most delicious sorbets I've ever had the pleasure of consuming.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Newport at its finest
A completely wonderful dining experience. The setting was delightful with drinks on the patio followed by wonderful food in a lovely setting. The wines by the glass and the wine list exceeded expectations with great choices at all price points. The plating and accompaniments to the striped bass made for a wonderful dinner. Lobster bisque was as good as it gets.
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Romantic and classy!
If you want to make an impression on your date, this is the place! The place is right at the entrance of the Cliff Walk overlooking Easton's Beach. The view of the ocean was fantastic! The decor, service and food was excellent. For better dressed patrons, they can opt to sit inside the dining room. For those that are dressed a bit too casually, they can also dine outside in the terrace. Overall, it was a great dining experience well worth the premium price.
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Exceptional Dining Experience
We had a wonderful evening. The wait staff was very attentive, able to answer questions and recommended wines for paring. We started with zucchini flowers and this was the first time I had them prepared NOT deep fried. They were filled with a beautiful gorgonzola cheese stuffing that made you want to lick the plate. We had the roasted corn soup which was delicious, creamy nothing like I have before. My husband had scallops and shrimp perfectly done with an amazing sauce. I had the duck breast which was accompanied with root vegetable that I probably would not have tried but the earthy tastes were a fabulous new experience. We finished with a taste of chocolate texture, 3 little chocolate tastes perfect for two. Fabulous!
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
I read the great reviews before making reservations and it certainly lived up to expectations. From the great food to the terrific service, The Spiced Pear ranks among the best in Newport. Highly recommended.
9/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful dining experience
Fabulous food, attentive staff, overall highly recommended!
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Pretty night after a stressful day
After getting our son off to college in Providence, we decided to spend the night in Newport. The Spiced Pear provided us with a beautiful setting (we ate indoors, but sat by the windows overlooking the beach). My martini was pricey ($15) but good, as were our wine choices. Lobster bisque soup was wonderful, but my halibut was a bit overcooked and dried out. The souffle was a special way to end the evening. We would try it again.
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect for special occasions
We celebrated our 10th anniversary at The Spiced Pear and it was the perfect choice! Everything from the food to the ambiance to the service was top notch. We had an amazing view of the water (definitely request a table with a view). It was the perfect spot for our special date.
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outside eating wasn't available because of a wedding but inside is also very nice. Food was excellent.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Superb dining experience
The Spiced Pear at The Chandler Hotel in Newport RI is not only situated on the cliff walk for a spectacular view of Brenton Point, it provides its diners with an incredible menu & service fit for royalty.
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
on two occasions I had to ask another server to get my waiter perhaps he was busy in main dinning room ,food was outstanding
drinks plentiful, wine selection extentive and over pricey we look forward to going back soon
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice special occasion
Very nice evening. Attentive but not hovering wait staff. The tomatoes in the salad were firm, but tasteless. The escargot with burgundy sauce was very good, different than the traditional garlic butter. The rib eye was perfect as was the duck. Portions were sufficient, although the supporting vegetable and starch were meager.The waiter was very good, congratulated us more than once on it being our 44th anniversary. Wine list was pricey for the value. They did a nice job of seating couples at tables in the room with a view and groups, who would be expectedly noisier, in an adjacent room. Much improved from out first experience a few years ago, now we will return more frequently.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
I have had several occasions to eat at the Spiced Pear over the last five years. The food is always excellent and the service is perfect, attentive, but not smothering. Another nice evening with my Wife and daughter in college. Thank you.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and ambiance
The Spiced Pear is a beautiful restaurant with wonderful food, drinks, atmosphere and attentive staff. My family and I have dined here for my October birthday three times in the last four years. It is very memorable and worth every penny. I have never been disappointed and look forward to returning next year.
10/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great little Gem!
This place is fabulous for romance or that special occasion dinner. Great wine list!
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband and I dined at the Spiced Pear on our first trip to Rhode Island. Memorable experience. Wonderful staff. Delicious food skillfully prepared. My husband had the lobster and he is still talking about it days later. I had the halibut which was excellent. Already told several people how much we enjoyed our dinner.
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Charm and Character
Perched above the Cliff Walk and with a water view, this restaurant is a fine choice, but there is a significant flaw that needs correction by management. The main dining room has an open kitchen and from anywhere in that room, the sound of the kitchen ventilation system was so loud that it distracted from the otherwise excellent experience. Service was excellent and we were pleased with the food. It was too cool on an October evening to sit outside but that would be a great alternative weather permitting.
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Foodie's dream
We tried the tasting menu and it was heaven! From start to finish everything was perfect: atmosphere, service, wine, and of course food. I highly recommend this restaurant! If you are visiting Newport, You should plan on eating at the Spiced Pear.
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Top Notch Dining!
I found this place from a top ten romantic resturant email. I have dined all over Newport and never heard of the Spiced Pear in the Hotel Chandler. To sum it up, you feel like you are dining in the princess castle eating the food of royalty. Well maybe that is over doing it a bit, but the food is all composed plates that every bite goes to well with each other. The waiters are at your beck and call, and the ambiance, if it was spring/summer would blow you away. We went in the Fall so it was a bit cold if you want to walk the grounds. The breathtaking views, of what we could see being night time and the hotel/mansion itself actually made us think about having our wedding there. Very Pricey, but what isn't at a Newport Mansion for dining.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Such a memorable experience. The food was fresh and fantastic. The ambiance was INCREDIBLE. Can't wait to go back next time I am in Newport.
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Impeccable service, friendly
Impeccable service, friendly accommodating. Beautiful scenery and ambiance. The food was excellently prepared. Highly recommend this beautiful restaurant.
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
An AH-mazing date night
We were able to squeeze in from a last minute cancelled reservation that popped up on opentable.com. Our friends told us about their martinis and I have never had a better drink before in my life. I got the French Pear martini and my husband had the Spiced Pear martini. So delicious!!
We took advantage of the restaurant week menu, which was a phenomenal deal for such a great date place. We both started off with the mussels which we both thought were very good especially with the bread that we sopped up the broth with. I ordered the statler chicken and my husband got the blank angus short rib. The chicken was moist and flavorful and the short rib was beyond tender. So yummy!! We both got the bread pudding, which was ok. We will go back!
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
Well worth it
A memorable food experience but not over-the-top because we came during restaurant week :).
11/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had a wonderful dinner
We had a wonderful dinner as always when we dine here. Cole is a fantastic waiter and always remembers us and is ever so kind.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Spiced Pear Delights
Wonderful view, gourmet fresh local dishes and Cole as our fabulous waiter made for a very memorable evening. The burgundy escargot, mussels in lobster broth, veal cheek ravioli and the duck breast well all terrific! Friday evening jazz in the bar adds to the ambiance through the restaurant. Cole is a true professional wait-staff / server and ranks with the best of those in European Relais et Chateau restaurants.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Newport Restautrant Week
Great dinner at the Spiced Pear on Saturday evening. Appreciated the fact that even though we all chose from the reduced price menu of Newport Restautrant Week. The food, service and ambiance were still of the high standards that you would come to expect at any other time of the year that you would dine at The Chandler at Cliff Walk.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Perfect for a Romantic DInner
My boyfriend and I dined here during Restaurant Week Fall 2013, and we had a great dinner. The food was delicious and the restaurant was lovely. We left feeling satisfied, but not over-stuffed. It was a romantic getaway weekend for us, so this was the perfect place for dinner. We could not see the view though, as it was very dark out. I imagine this would be lovely for brunch or lunch when the sun was shining.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Everything about our experience was wonderful will have dinner there again.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very generous with their portions
Very generous with their portions during restaurant week in Newport. Great presentation!
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
We have eaten several times at the Spiced Pear, and each time is better than the last. We always visit during restaurant week, and this week was no exception. The food was fabulous and the service top notch. The waitstaff always remembers us, and we are always warmly greeted. We started by ordering a bottle of reasonably priced lovely white wine. My dining companion and I both had the potato leek soup, which was creamy and delicious, followed by the wonderfully generous shrimp entree with white cheddar polenta and organic vegetables. For dessert, I had the bread pudding w/vanilla bean ice cream on a delicious anglaise, and my companion had the profiterole trio w/chocolate mousse and ice cream. We left stuffed, happy and satisfied!
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Beautiful location, beautiful dining room, great, attentive & friendly service, BUT was expecting the food to be outstanding & it wasn't - it was good, but definitely not great.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was not our first time at the Spiced Pear, and it will not be our last. From the moment you drive up, the staff is friendly, accommodating, and pleasant. The servers are very knowledgeable and are quick to please. They work in teams and there is always someone nearby to help. You can have either ala cart or the Chef's Tasting Menu with wine pairings. We have done both and they have been fabulous. The ambience if very intimate and romantic. We highly recommend the Spice Pear.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM