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The Conservatory At Vanderbilt Grace
The Conservatory At Vanderbilt Grace

The Conservatory At Vanderbilt Grace Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.vanderbiltgrace.com/conservatory.php
  • Phone: (401) 846-6200
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast: 7:00am - 11:00am; Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm ; Dinner: Monday - Sunday 6:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Jonathan Cartwright
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, High Tea, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Clarke Street & Thame Street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complementary Valet and self parking in private lot!
A word from The Conservatory At Vanderbilt Grace
PERFECT FOR INFORMAL DINING is the Conservatory restaurant at the Vanderbilt Grace in Newport, Rhode Island - a transformation of the former Vanderbilt Hall by Grace Hotels. The bright and airy Conservatory offers lighter meals in lovely informal surroundings and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Conservatory"s picture windows offer lovely views of Newport town historic Trinity Church, built in 1725 based on designs by Sir Christopher Wren. The Conservatory also serves cocktails and food in the Vanderbilt Grace's garden terrace. This oasis of calm is just minutes from the town center yet transports you into another world.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Diner Reviews
  • "We read the reviews of this restaurant, in the charming Vanderbilt Grace Hotel, and weren't so sure it would be all it was reported, but it was! Beautiful setting, nobody there, great food (I didn't give it 5 stars as it wasn't especially creative but it was delicious!). Service was wonderful; nobody hovered, but when we needed something it came right away. Would be wonderful for a romantic dinner, or even a business lunch if you needed quiet."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "this is a great spot in a noteworthy hotel. The rooftop bar is unmatched in newport."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Took a workmate to lunch to celebrate 30 years on the job. Lunch at The Conservatory was the perfect place to do so. From the Processco, salad, and pizza to the marvelous dessert, all added to the celebration. Thanks to our server who acknowledged the occasion. Top notch place for lunch. If you haven't been, you must. I have returned many times and have never been disappointed."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "best salmon, bagel and cream cheese i have ever had. ambience was quiet, beautiful and romantic, service was great and the vanderbilt is a gem."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "This was my second time and the food, ambiance and setting were perfect. Alyssa, our server suggested an amazing dessert...you'll have to ask when you get there because I forgot the name...it was a chocolate mousse and coconut froth. It was a bit chilly the night we were there and the staff answered that challenge by offering blankets to every diner...nice touch!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Wanted to have a simple but good meal at a neighborhood hot spot and was not at all disappointed. Beautiful location in a historic property offering delicious food at a reasonable price served by extremely friendly staff!!! I'll be going back!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Went to dinner with my husband for a night out. Wine menu unimpressive and only served by the glass. Server was fine but they started moving furniture all around us to set up for a large party that had made reservations 2 months ago and it was very distracting. Party arrived with 8 adults (one table) and 9 kids at another table. Party was super loud and my husband and I couldn't hear each other at all. We hurried through dinner and left. They needed to shut down to accommodate large family instead of ruining dinner for the rest of us."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "This was our first visit to this restaurant. We arrived a little early and were offered drinks from the bar three times which we declined each time. This restaurant has a "haughty" air about it but has nothing to be "haughty" about. Our food was good but the menu is very "limited". Our server appeared to either be very "new" or extremely timid and could not really answer questions about the menu. I was appalled when we received the bill and they had charged me $4.00 for each glass of tea that I had (I only had two). The tea was served in a tall, slender glass so there couldn't have been more than 4-5 ounces of tea in each glass. We were offered desserts but all of them were $10 each and I didn't see that any of them would be worth $10."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "This was our 3rd meal at this lovely location. It is a great alternative to the seasonal Muse that would be more of a special occasion take for most I think. Service was lacking but staff was young and need training. An improvement here may bring in the diner looking for the total experience. Food is always great and quality better for the price. We will back next year or sooner next time we visit Newport. Enjoy!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We always enjoy our dining experience at The Conservatory at the Vanderbilt Grace. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "If you like the feel of being in Newport than Vanderbilt Grace is the place to dine. It is right in the middle of town, perfect to walk to from anywhere downtown. You feel like you stepped right into a lovely summer home in the mid 1930's. Loved it and the food was great."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "We celebrated a quiet and romantic birthday supper with a simple, elegant meal of mussels, a beautiful chicken dish. Service impeccable, and special diet needs swiftly accommodated. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "The Conservatory is a beautiful place for lunch. You can sit outside or in the atrium. The staff is wonderful...efficient and friendly. There are always nice choices for food. The food is outstanding and reasonable. We really enjoy it there and always go upstairs to the roof deck, with a drink, to enjoy the amazing view of the harbor."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "My salmon came out raw and I mean raw. The chef refired it and that time is was perfect (even though it wasn't a new plate). Unfortunately my date had to eat alone while I waited. Overall an enjoyable dining experience. Servers were extremely pleasant and attentive. Moved to the Muse bar after dinner and had a couple drinks. The bartender was great and made an excellent Old Fashioned. The two desks outside the Conservatory (where it seemed the entire hotel staff congregates during down time) made dining in the conservatory a little uncomfortable at times. Maybe a break room for the staff would be a plus."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Everything about the place is exquisite. food, service, and ambiance all score a 10. Even the landlocked view is impressive. Ve'll be baack. PS. Every member of the staff can vie for Mr / Ms congeniality."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Went for Newport restaurant week and had lunch in the conservatory. Excellent food and service. Portions were very large and the restaurant did not skimp just because it was RW."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The Conservatory At Vanderbilt Grace was out favorite during Newport Restaurant Week. The tree course lunch was with a glass of Los Caneros sparkling wine sitting in the spring sunlight filled winter garden was an elegant affaire."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "The food and ambience was excellent. Our server was helpful and efficient."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Having never been to The Conservatory previously, we are delighted to have had the opportunity thanks to the restaurant week special."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Made 5:00 dinner reservations. However they would only serve from the lunch menu. Wouldn't budge. Open table reservation said dinner. Very unfriendly. Dine in Newport all the time - don't need to return to this one."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Well ... if you like to complain about wait staff and lack of attention to detail from the the kitchen....... DO NOT dine here! You will be lost for words."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "This was a beautiful location with a great views of a garden, lovely even in the rain. The ambience was warm, quiet and friendly, food was delicious, and service unhurried but engaged. This tiny dining area is tucked away at the back of a boutique hotel in the center of Newport nearby but away from crowds and tourists. A great choice after a great movie at the nearby Jane Pickens theater."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We have been to the Conservatory many times after finding it by accident a couple of years ago. It never disappoints. It is a lovely room especially in the spring and Summer. Our server was very attentive and knowledgeable about the menu and wines. We tell everyone about this hidden gem!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "I wish that the food was all good. Bread and butter good, the first evaluation of most restaurants, right? Clam chowder was very watery and flavorless. Cheddar broccoli soup tasty but broccoli was in large chunks. We dined at lunch midweek so the kitchen may have been on an off day. Mushroom risotto good but needed additional flavor. Waitress was very kind friendly and helpful. We had the billiard room or ourselves after lunch. Good hideout on a rainy windy day."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "I love this spot for lunch - especially in the winter because often it is very quiet and lovely for catching up with friends - perfect atmosphere and always the best service. I have never been disappointed in the food until this time. The flatbread was lacking in flavor - almost like a dry piece of bread with some toppings thrown on it and no base sauce or flavor. Other than that I have only good things to say about it as I am a repeat customer and highly recommend absolutely EVERYTHING else on the menu. Sorry to say that I have to give this one particular dish the thumbs down but don't let that discourage you from coming- everything else is spot on - the soups are delicious, the wagyu burger, boar bolognese, and risotto are wonderful!!"
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "This restaurant had been suggested to me by a friend last summer but I haven't been to Newport in awhile. Open table had it listed for Friday so I thought it would be nice to try something new. Well it was way beyond my wildest expectations . It was fantastic to say the least . Our waiter Alex was so attentive and the conservatory was so nice and quiet , what a gem. Mussels were good and the hanger steak very tasty and tender and the curried salmon was outrageous ! I will be heading back again soon try it, you will love it.."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Newport is fortunate to have so many great restaurants and most hotel restaurants are not the best option. This is an exception to the rule. Great food and atmosphere and not as hectic as some of the main street alternatives. You feel like you've found something special when dining here."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I took a chance and won big time! We were looking for a relaxed dining experience, and had passed this building many times in shopping travels. When I called and found I could wear jeans, I anticipated a less than great culinary experience. Snobby, right! But so wrong. The menu although limited provided a great experience for all. Sharing was the name of the game. Wonderful environment and great staff. Will be back soon with lot's of friends."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "When one selects the "lesser" of the two options at a hotel, one often expects and receives less-not at the Conservatory. Both the food and the service were top notch. Attentive though not intrusive wait staff created the perfect experience for our valentines getaway-oh and yes, the food was brilliantly crafted,delicious twists on standard fare at a price point reasonable for craftsmanship. We WILL be back!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The food was excellent and not very expensive. The service was great. The Conservatory dining area with just nine tables seemed a little odd, but we really enjoyed it."
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "If you want a nice quite place for brunch where the food and service are fantastic, then this is the place to go!"
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "We had an excellent time, the service was very good and friendly, the food and drinks excellent (try the house cocktails). We loved the great nautical-themed ambience. Since it's really a winter garden, the room felt roomy and cosy at the same time. We went on an off-season Friday and the place was quiet, perfect for a great romantic, intimate dinner (though the table set us a bit apart). Overall highly recommended."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "The Vanderbilt Grace is an elegant small hotel, and the Conservatory is their less formal, patio (enclosed) dining room. We were there during Newport's Restaurant Week, when the Conservatory served only a very nice, fixed price three course menu. Neither of us were hungry enough for a full three course meal, and so we were thinking of moving on when the host (Bryan) realized our dilemma. He reassured us that we could modify and split up the menu any way that suited us, and we soon came to a good fit. The setting of the Conservatory is absolutely gorgeous, and the food is very, very good. The one aspect that pleased us even more is the thoughtful, professional service. We highly recommend the Vanderbilt Grace hotel and the Conservatory."
    Dined on 11/10/2013
  • "Looking for a quiet gracious spot for dinner, the beautiful tiny restaurant was a quiet oasis. My sister and I were there for restaurant week. Pretty space, incredible food, a very helpful wait staff (Amy) we enjoyed Lobster mac and cheese with the preselected wine pairings. The room is quiet so we were able to chat about all that we had seen and done during our tours that day. A very nice experience, my only complaint would be the website does not indicate parking we took several laps around the neighborhood before finding a parking lot. Only to find upon walking up that apparently there is valet service."
    Dined on 11/10/2013
  • "/During Newport Restaurant week we lunched at The Conservatory at Vanderbilt Grace. It is a beautiful sun room in an old luxury hotel. The surrounds/ambience is just wonderful, the service was excellent but the menu selection was extremely limited and not a good value for my dollars."
    Dined on 11/10/2013
  • "The food was very good, service was very good, courses were paced nicely and wine pairings were excellent. On a 3 night stay in Newport, this place was tied for favorite meal experience."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "The menu for Newport Restaurant Week was one of the better offerings in town. The food was prepared well, presentations was wonderful and flavor and in my case, the steak, cooked perfectly. It was a very nice evening."
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "We have been wanting to try this place for years and were not disappointed. Food is good, service great,, atmosphere is relaxed but elegant and the staff is there to serve the customer...did not see a cell phone in the hand of any of them, unlike so many establishments. Check out a room if you have the time. We were told some go for $1500 a night and are full in the summer."
    Dined on 11/7/2013
  • "When we arrived at Vanderbilt Grace, the Conservatory was full so we were seated in the main dining room (Muse) in front of the fire. It was the perfect setting on a rainy day! Our server, Michael, was informative, attentive and had perfect timing. He also really knew the wines that we decided to pair with our meals. For our first course we chose the mussels and the butternut squash soup. The mussels literally melted in your mouth and the broth was subtly sweet and not too creamy. Same for the soup-delicious! We both chose the crab cake for an entree. Somehow, the outside of the cake was very crispy (lightly fried) but the inside was very moist & flaky and full of crab! The sauce was a bit spicy but not too. Desserts were perfectly sized."
    Dined on 11/7/2013
  • "I've been living in the local area for 10 years and never knew this restaurant existed. It's a hidden gem...part of a larger hotel operation in downtown Newport. The buildling is beautiful, and the service was excellent. It's pricey...but we visited during Restaurant Week for a deal."
    Dined on 11/4/2013