Safari Room Restaurant
Safari Room Restaurant

Safari Room Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.newportexperience.com/SafariRestaurant.php
  • Phone: (401) 849-4873
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - [ CLOSED ] -[ Available for Private Functions ]

    Tuesday - [ CLOSED ] - [ Available for Private Functions ]

    Wednesday - [ CLOSED ] - [ Available for Private Functions ]

    Thursday - [Lunch / Dinner ~ 11:30am - 8:00pm]

    Friday - [Lunch / Dinner ~ 11:30am - 9:00pm]

    Saturday - [Lunch / Dinner ~ 11:30am - 9:00pm]

    Sunday - [Lunch / Dinner ~ 11:30am - 8:00pm]
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Bradley McCoil
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We specialize in private events: Our interior dining room, featuring British Colonial decor, accommodates up to 60 guests with a private bar, available year round. Our seasonal open air patio overlooking Narragansett Bay can be transformed for your private celebration for events 12 -100 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Samantha Rodrigues 4016197930x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Harrison Avenue
  • Public Transit: Seasonal
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: We offer complementary on-site parking.
A word from Safari Room Restaurant
The Safari Room is located on the famed Ocean Drive, set against the cliffs of Narragansett Bay.

The Safari Patio is open seasonally from May through October, providing you with an open-air dining experience with exceptional service. Enjoy fresh local seafood and a variety of hand crafted entrees while dining among sunsets, starlight and the un-paralleled views of the bay.

Our culinary team utilizes only the finest ingredients to make each dish distinct, creating a unique sense of culture and place in every bite. Relax with a sunset cocktail, and redefine romance while telling us of your travels.

The Indoor Safari Dining Room is open for weekend dining October through May, and open year round for special events.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Safari Room Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
49 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food3.9
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (43)great for outdoor dining (37)special occasion (27)romantic (20)good for groups (12)fit for foodies (10)great for lunch (9)great for brunch (9)kid-friendly (6)neighborhood gem (5)notable wine list (4)late-night find (2)vibrant bar scene (2)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Will definitely return
    SailorBill
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    It was Newport Restaurant Week and we had lunch at the Safari Room with another couple, who had heard good reports. We were not disappointed. Everything was great . . . food, ambiance, service, etc. We will definitely return. Probably with out-of-town visitors or for some other special occasion.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Menus can be deceiving!
    Safari
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Literally, the food arrived cool as it seemed prepared before and barely reheated. We chose this place because the menu appeared unique from everything else in Newport but it was disappointing. My husbands venison was so tough he couldn't eat it but our dog did enjoy the bone. Anyways, not a place we would return due to the cuisine.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing
    ColoradoTasteBuds
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The experience wasn't terrible, but with so many other better choices for food with comparable views and superior service in Newport, this was subpar. The food was good but because we were seated for 10 minutes before anyone even took our drink order - in a room with only two other tables seated and 2 servers - it dampened our entire mood. The server offered no acknowledgement of the delay, even after we had to call on the other server for attention. My only recommendation would be if someone is attending an event at Ocean Cliff, then the bar area may be a nice respite from the ballroom area.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Newport Restaurant Week 11/2014
    DineDiva
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We had lunch here and it was swell! A quite fair portion-sizing for appetizers, entrees and dessert. For appies we had the onion soup and salad. The soup seemed to be the better choice as the salad was fine but not too flavorful despite a variety of ingredients. (Perhaps it needed some goat cheese to spark it up?) We both had the braised short rib over the cauliflower/horseradish mash (that was my favorite part!). The short rib was advertised as being in a barbecue and explained by waitstaff as that being a sweet flavoring - but we couldn't detect much taste of any type. The dessert tart was a BIG WOW owing to both the homemade whipped cream AND the sesame/maple brittle side cookie. Of course, there's a bay view, albeit indoors now.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great spot
    Lovetoeatout
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We had the steak special which was excellent. The salad I ordered was large enough for two very fresh and tasteful. We would highly recommend this spot
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cons1VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    great view and feel to the entire brunch! well done Safari Room. No valet for my car which was disappointing however on Sunday.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • inconsistent
    arnieVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Horrible service, the young girl who I believe is the manager was awful. they charged me five different prices for the same thing over a weeks time! Ordered rare steak and got medium, ordered medium and got well done.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • micky
    micky
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    It was a pleasant outside eating experience. A little pricey for what you got. Found service a little lax. I had a piece of swordfish which was small and a thin cut, especially for the price.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Steveh
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Very slow service. There was a small wedding on the same night and the kitchen was having trouble getting the food out. When we did get our food after waiting 45min we were very disappointed with the quality of the food. As the sun went down we started getting bit by mosquito's. Will not return.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A view to remember
    msmac
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Safari Room at Ocean Cliff is a great spot for seeing a sunset and the view is spectacular. The outside menu is rather limited to sandwiches and a few entrees. Casual is fine. There was a wedding in the tent next to the grill so it was full of people having fun.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistant - Perfect
    Espo123
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We are return customers. Each and every time has been enjoyable with great food and excellent service. Honorable mention to our waitress "Crystal" she was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Peaceful relaxing scenic ocean view
    SheilaVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Quiet deck seating, beautiful views of the ocean, excellent service, valet service, varied lunch menu but limited standard dessert menu, food presentation average yet pricey.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spectacular View, Otherwise Average
    Stone13VIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The view across Narragansett Bay i fantastic, but the food and service are in the average range. I had the 'steak frites" special, which to my surprise ended up being a steak sandwich. Still, I would return to enjoy the view.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 36 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 174 reviews are from the Safari Room Restaurant reviews archive.
  • JAGMAN
    CtSoxFanVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    My son and I had dinner at the Safari Room on July 25th. Once again, the food was great, the views of te water and sunset were terrific, and the service was pleasant. Newport in the summer can be hectic, and we visited during the Folk Festival making the area even more crowded. Avoiding the downtown crowds, being able to hear our conversation with ease, and having good food to enjoy in such a scenic and relaxing environment was terrific. We will be back again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not the same Safari Room
    StevenVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    This place has a beautiful, scenic view. The property is gorgeous. Unfortunately, the food is terrible. I have dined here many times over the past four years. It never disappointed me until this summer. I dined here 4-5 times this summer and each time the food was mediocre at best.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • SAFARI ROOM
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    The food was so outstanding. I do wish we had a server that understood English better. We ordered a Jamaican coffee as a dessert and what we got was coffee. The server said he was Jamaican and said he understood. He did not charge us for the coffee. He disappeared a few times to the bar where he chatted with friends and my sister at one poing went to get him he had been gone so long.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You can't beat the view
    Eastcoaster
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    The view is absolutely fantastic, and I love the safari decor along with the walls open to the outdoors. The food is quite good and it is well priced. My son and I split the caprese salad (plenty for two) and I had the tuna sushimi. Both were very tasty. My son had the fish and chips....great fries but the fish was a massive portion. I like the option of a 9 ounce pour of wine; sometimes you want more than a glass, but not two glasses! Overall, a pleasant experience on a lovely night in Newport. I will definitely go back, if even just for the view. Note that I absolutely HATE dining at restaurants with crummy food, so I am a bit of a stickler as far as having a decent meal. Safari Room achieves that and more.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Service was poor the staff is lost ... As for the view it was amazing
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LOUSY! Dont waste your $.
    Gaffer
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    This has always been one of my favorite restaurants, but things have changed--dramatically. The management has failed to maintain the property. Needs work- worn out. Menu has changed. What used to be a fine dining experience is now close to a diner menu- except diner food is better. Waited and waited for our bowl of $ 24.00 lobster bisque which when it finally came was bland, tasteless and outright in the Campbell soup category.DO NOT GO TO THIS RESTAURANT. I was shocked when Open Table had a 7 oclock. Pm opening at this resataurant on a beautiful Saturday night in Newport but surprised when we arrived that the place was almost. EMPTY--- now I know why.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Really good meal as usual
    MEMSr
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Once again, we had a very good meal at Safari Grill. The Maryland crab cakes were excellent. The Kobe beef burger was a little overdone but tasty. Service could have been more attentive. Good wine selection.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    Espo123
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Could not have been better - great seats with spectacular view of the ocean. Fantastic service dinner and drinks. Not our first time here and definitely not our last.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic view but you pay for it
    Xawdis
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Fantastic view of the bridge and sunset over the bay. Food is nice, but nothing out of the ordinary. I had the seafood fra diablo which had big chunks of lobster (nice). The sauce had just a bit of bite. The waiter warned me that it was spicy. It certainly was not spicy enough to warn about, and tasted a bit canned... The pappardelle was a bit too thick and a bit too al dente. My date enjoyed her tuna, but the wasabi sauce seemed to me a bit on the sweet side. No specials on the menu. Service was ok, but a bit less than attentive. Bring a hat! Our guests enjoyed the sunset view, but had to stare into the sun's glare until then.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Terrible
    likestoeatwellVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Fabulous setting with gorgeous sunset and views of Jamestown and the Newport Bridge. This place should be outstanding, but it is awful. Food was horrible Service was not good. Waitress forget to take the order of one person; we had to continually ask for water Homemade "pretzels" were dripping with grease; $9 price point - unconscionable Lobster Mac n Cheese had no lobster Clam chowder luke warm Steaks were listed as Sirloin Strip Steaks but all 4 steaks were full of fat; we could hardly cut through them; should have sent them back to the kitchen French fries were over salted. Chicken piccata was overcooked and bland We were married at this spot and have a sentimental attachment to it, but we would never, ever go back to The Safari Room.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • SusanVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    I have been to the Safari room a few times because I love the view and atmosphere. I keep giving the food a try but continue to be disappointed. I had chicken which was really dry and had no flavor to it. Last time I had Salmon which also was not good. A couple of the others with me did like their meals.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great summer spot
    dinearound
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    It was a very nice castle, lovely floral arrangements. It had a great water view. Lots of options, sit and vegge out with your favorite wine on the lawn chairs; or chat with the friendly bar staff. Food was excellent and different. Good size portions.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunset to a perfect evening.
    Danimalbos
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I recently went here for a date and had a wonderful experience. Greeted and confirmed with lovely Victoria who hooked me up with a killer table. Zach and Krystle handled our service making it fun and enjoyable date. Sunset view is awesome and yet prices are easier than some of the neighboring resorts. Food was good, wouldn't of minded a bit more unique parings as I'm a bit of a foodie. But never the less my sword-steak was amazing and didn't leave much behind. Would certainly recommend someone to visit here, great view, had fun, and was easier attitudes and dress code. Well done Safari Room! See you soon for my next date!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • birthday dinner
    kacey5
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    This restaurant was recommended by a friend and although we loved the venue-the food was pedestrian. It may be a better spot for brunch or lunch. My boyfriend ordered salmon well done and it came raw and I ordered a lobster salad. The lobster offered was less than a cup and it was surrounded by greens and tomatoes which were not ripe. We also had to wait for our drinks quite a while With so many restaurant options available in Newport this one us not one I would recommend for dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect evening
    Foodback1
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    A drink overlooking picturesque Narragansett bay in classic adirondack chairs followed by a relaxing dinner steps away in the open air setting at sunset. Our third visit to the Safari Room was the right choice to wow an out of town guest. Friendly attentive staff, great food and wine list, we will be back for more.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great views
    FoodDocVIP
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    This was our second visit within the week. The seafood fra diavolo as great. Salmon on the mark. Views expansive and beautiful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service/food quality not up to par
    Deejay
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    The Safari Room at Ocean Cliff Resort did not offer a dining experience worth repeating. While the restaurant offers remarkable views from the exterior covered deck, this was overshadowed by poor service, overcooked food and mismanagement. The restaurant was not even busy for a Thursday evening. The wait staff was courteous, but clearly inexperienced in the food service industry. The empty bread basket and butter dish sat on the table through dinner, waters were never refilled, and I was not offered a second drink. While my wife's Tuna meal was great, my filet mignon was overcooked and cold to the touch-not medium as requested. Lastly, the table side heaters ran out of propane halfway through service and were not reset in a timely manner.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice but Expensive
    birdman93
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Great view, nice food but too expensive. Castle Hill prices without the Castle Hill quality and service...
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fantastic location
    peteVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Fantastic location, very friendly staff, nothing special food with catering hall atmosphere. Worth a trip to see the type of place that looks like old newport , food is OK if you stick to basics, decent drink menu and very fairly priced menu so good for groups or gatherings. Staff is professional if a bit impersonal but they get the job done. Very popular spot for weddings and deservedly so as location easily rival's castle hill. This is a special occasion place that you go to enjoy the company you're with in a unique setting- the food is decent.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Experience!
    Chelala
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    A must when visiting Newport. Absolutely recommend it for all that it has and it offers. Food, location and staff are expectacular.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary lunch
    Anniversary24
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Sunday afternoon lunch on the deck; food arrived timely, friendly staff, excellent food, good atmosphere and nice views combined with a place to park in the center of all the activity made for a nice overall experience. Specialty bar drinks a bit pricey. A good choice for our anniversary lunch. Would recommend as a top choice on the water.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Safari Room
    Marianne
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    We arrived a bit early for our reservations, and had drinks overlooking a very beautiful scenic view. Since our reservations where at 3 (on a Sunday), I thought we would be having a lunch menu, however it was still brunch. The brunch menu choices where very limited. The food was OK, but a bit over-priced (a single slice of banana french toast was $14.95!).
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great view
    uri2014
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Excellent view. Food was great as was the service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Mothers Day over the Bay!
    CaptCork
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Wonderful staff & food was perfect! The scenery was wonderful & being able to look over the entrance to Narragansett Bay is amazing. There was a wedding taking place in the ballroom & the bride & groom couldn't have picked a better spot!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother's Day Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Great bunch, a bit understaffed, but the servers could not have been more accommodating for my two young boys. Overall a wonderful way to celebrate mother's day. Many thanks!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Easter Brunch
    Nobska
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Your restaurant is beautiful. Everyone was was very nice. Great service. We are native newporters and are familiar with your establishment.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • underwhelmed
    foodieATheartVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    The positives first: the view was amazing and the Safari Room was classy not kitschy in decor. For the price points and descriptions on the menu I had very high hopes. My husband ordered the Salmon w Romesco sauce ($28), me, the lobster roll, and guests had the lobster mac and cheese. The salmon was a good portion but dry and overcooked. Romesco "sauce" was a dollop of tomato pesto, and underseasoned. My lobster roll ($24) was large, tasted of frozen lobster, over dressed (creme fraische tarragon dressing was so runny!) And the bun was a dense ciabatta than an soft typical buttered bun. Our friend was excited to have the lobster mac and cheese ($18) more like a penne w alfredo sauce, with a few bits of lobster. Definite fail.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet