The Spiced Pear
The Spiced Pear

The Spiced Pear

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.thechanler.com/dining
  • Phone: (401) 847-2244
  • Hours of Operation:
    The Spiced Pear opens daily for dinner from 5:30pm - 9:30pm. The Spiced Pear dinner menu is available in our Main dinning room only.
    Dinner reservations are recommended.

    Lunch is served in our Veranda Sunroom daily from 12pm to 3pm.

    Al fresco dining, daily from noon to close on the Cliff Walk Terrace serving our lighter fare menu (weather permitting, call for availability)
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French / American, Continental, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Thomas Duffy
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: John Winthrop Room - Provides seating for up to 8 guests. The entire restaurant can be contracted for private parties and weddings.
  • Private Party Contact: Kate Wood (401)847-2244 x
  • Entertainment: Fireside Jazz with Dick Lupino and his musicians, every Friday night from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM.
  • Special Events: Live Jazz on Friday nights, Romance Dinner Packages, Chef's table, private dinners,

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Cliff Avenue
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary valet parking for hotel and restaurant guests
A word from The Spiced Pear
Welcome to The Spiced Pear Restaurant offering the very best in Newport fine dining. We use only the freshest seasonal ingredients from New England and abroad. Enjoy fine dining in a beautiful oceanfront setting. The Spiced Pear Restaurant located in The Chanler at Cliff Walk is a Newport treasure waiting to be discovered! The best of Newport awaits you with endless cliff-side Atlantic views, romantic atmosphere and the highest quality service. The spiced pear dinner menu is served in our main dining room only.
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The Spiced Pear reviews from OpenTable diners
70 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.5
    Service4.8
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (62)romantic (58)scenic view (55)fit for foodies (40)notable wine list (28)great for outdoor dining (21)neighborhood gem (10)great for lunch (5)good for groups (4)great for brunch (4)vibrant bar scene (4)hot spot (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • We enjoyed our weekend getaway
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/12/2008
    We enjoyed our weekend getaway to Newport, RI. I anticipated our experience at The Spiced Pear to be the highlight of our trip. The food was incredible, but our service wasn't memorable. I believe our next trip to the cliff will include a different establishment.
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    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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  • The food was amazing as well
    Stile
    Dined on 10/12/2008
    The food was amazing as well as the ambiance. The only drawback we experience was our server (Joane). She forgot to get our wine and then allowed both wine glasses to become empty and sit for 10 minutes until we finally had to have another server fill our glasses for us. The other male server was truly excellent and made up for our servers shortcomings. This was my wifes birthday and our expectations coming to the Spiced Pear were quite high which is why we fill a little let down by our server. Otherwise, the Spiced Pear has my highest recommendation.
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    romantic
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  • This was our third visit and
    RedcapVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2008
    This was our third visit and it is amazing how waitsaff can make or break an evenings experience. Her attitude was poor, she was slow then tried to rush us to order, her wine knowledged lacked to the point that we had her ask a prior waitperson to come over and help us select an appropriate wine pairing for our meal. When you meaal is your evenings entertainment you expect a better trained staff. Very disappointed with our meal.Past experiences have always been outstanding.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was a little too cool to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 10/8/2008
    It was a little too cool to sit on the terrace and quite dark out for the view, but the food was spectacular and if I were to go again at this time of year I would go for a special lunch instead of dinner
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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  • We visited the Spiced Pear
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/5/2008
    We visited the Spiced Pear for a two-person birthday celebration and, unfortunately, left feeling disappointed overall. The online reviews were sparkling, so our expectations were high. It was a slow Sunday night dinner, so there were only three other diners; regardless, our service was a bit slow and not as attentive as we would have expected. The appetizers and entrees were good, but the dessert (a chocolate duo) was literally inedible. We returned it to our server who noted that it had been a problem they had been aware of - I don't know why they couldn't have warned us when it was ordered. Noise was a bit much, with the bartender yelling at a baseball game. Would likely not return, despite the setting and mostly good food.
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    fit for foodies, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner was great and the setting
    LG07
    Dined on 9/30/2008
    Dinner was great and the setting on the ocean was very romantic. We were there on our honeymoon. Would go back again!!!
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    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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  • We have been at the restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/27/2008
    We have been at the restaurant before and service was OK, but this time it was terrible. In addition there was a wedding on the patio and with all the windows all evening there were flashbulbs going off in our eyes. Totally distracted from the evening and made it very distracting. Not sure we would come again, besides the quality of the food
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  • One of the top for Newport.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 9/27/2008
    One of the top for Newport. Very filling Seven Course menu with wine pairing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great to celebrate a special
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/20/2008
    great to celebrate a special occasion or for a romantic dinner!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This restaurant was absolutely
    Anna
    Dined on 9/10/2008
    This restaurant was absolutely gorgeous! We were on our honeymoon in Newport and this was one of the most spectacular views of cliffside walk you will find. The food was delicious and memorable. Our waitress was very friendly and courteous. We had a wonderful time! We will definately make this our anniversary spot for years to come!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful service and food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/6/2008
    Wonderful service and food as well. We will be back again....Love the atmosphere and the attention to detail
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    romantic, scenic view
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  • The setting and facility were
    wedinewellVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2008
    The setting and facility were fabulous. That's where the accolades end. The food was very mediocore, and definitely overpriced for the quality. (we had lobster salad,cesear w/ lobster, bisque) Service was slow and not very attentive or professional. Then on top of that - about 1/3 way thru lunch they began to set up a tent in the yard for an event & an auto hammer (sounding as loud as a jackhammer) was pounding in the stakes - making it very difficult to converse. A curt apology was given by the hostess. Our opinion was that the noise was so disruptive that a truly service-oriented, up-scale place would be comp'ing wine, dessert or giving a gift certificate for a future - quieter visit! We were so disappointed & will not go back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • When we arrived it appeared
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/31/2008
    When we arrived it appeared the hostess had no clue what a reservation was and that it was the first day on the job for the whole entire wait staff! Even though the website states our reservation was during Sunday Brunch time, we were told that brunch was not available yet. Which was the only reason I had picked this particular restaurant. We were also seated at the worse table in the place near the kitchen and dishes went crashing to the floor at least 3 times during our meal. There were ONLY two good things about the Spiced Pear is the chef appeared to know what he was doing. The meal was quite good. And the view is fabulous! However, I would be hard pressed to return to this restaurant for any meal. Definitely a disappointment.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and service. A
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/29/2008
    Great food and service. A beautiful view of the ocean and right off the cliff walk.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nothing can beat a Thursday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/28/2008
    Nothing can beat a Thursday afternoon lunch on a sparkling clear day sitting on the Terrace at the Spiced Pear overlooking the beach, the water, and cliff walk. And the food and service, although not inexpensive, was great too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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  • This is a great spot overlooking
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 8/27/2008
    This is a great spot overlooking 1st beach. It is in the Chanler Mansion, and the outdoor dining area is large.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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  • Wonderful. We sat outside
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/27/2008
    Wonderful. We sat outside and of couse our view was perfect. The staff was friendly and helpful with the menu. We Brought our daughter (11) and she wanted two accompaniments that were with two separate meals, no poblem. The food was excellent. ANd without a doubt the dessert, luscious.We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, notable wine list, special occasion, scenic view
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  • This restaurant was Perfect.....fri
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/25/2008
    This restaurant was Perfect.....friendly and tentative service....the food was amazing with complementary gifts from the chef between courses... cozy yet elaborate charm with a French Flair!!!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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  • Always incredible. Gave my
    RedcapVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2008
    Always incredible. Gave my husband the smaller shrimp appetizer portion and corrected it with another portion. Wines are outstanding
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • View wonderful. Menu degustation.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/20/2008
    View wonderful. Menu degustation. Prawn dish excellent 9/10. Crab and monkfish 8/10. Duck and lamb was one meat dish too many for my taste, but both were perfectly cooked (8/10). The cheese course was dull and bland (except for the honey/sultana thing, which I liked)(5/10). The soufflé with crème anglaise was brilliant (10/10).
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    fit for foodies, scenic view
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  • Great place with vg bay views.
    Lovestoeatout2VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2008
    Great place with vg bay views. Highly recommend it. A bit pricy so be prepared.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, scenic view
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  • We have always enjoyed our
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2008
    We have always enjoyed our dining experiences at The Spiced Pear. Everything, from the service, to the food, to the ambiance is always excellent, and this time was no exception. Thanks for a superb evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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  • It doesn't get much more romantic
    ClairegolfsVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2008
    It doesn't get much more romantic than this converted mansion in Newport overlooking the water. Great food. Super service. Don't miss this one. Men, wear your jacket & tie, it's a really special place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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  • We loved the Spiced Pear,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/9/2008
    We loved the Spiced Pear, elegant and the service was very accomodating, and classy. Recommend the duck and souffle. Looking forward to continuing a very rewarding relationship with Open Table. How does the points system work, are they redeemable? Thank you. Kathleen Lyons
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    romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This was a FANTASTIC meal.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/4/2008
    This was a FANTASTIC meal. The restaurant accommodated our requests for changes to the tasting menu when there was something we just didn't eat. The service was wonderful. The kitchen did not miss on ONE course... all tasting menus have a weak spot... this one didn't. The server worked with our request for mini wine pairings. All in all, it should be listed as one of the top 40 on Gayot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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  • Our waiter was savey enough
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/2/2008
    Our waiter was savey enough to ask if we had any food allergies when we first sat and then proceeded to serve the "chef's tasting" containing an ingredient that we had mentioned. When we brought it to his attention, he swooped the item away from the person in our party that has the allergy. While that was being replaced, we all sat with ours in front of us while another was prepared without the ingredient. Our guest suggested that we go ahead and eat, but since it was just a bite, we opted to wait. It mainly just irritated me for our waiter to specifically ask us about allergies and then not pay attention to what we said. This was the fourth time I have eaten at this restaurant, and as a couple our tab has never been under $300.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was a late reservation,
    SalvadorVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2008
    It was a late reservation, but the service was just fair for such an expensive place we expected for everything to be just outstanding. the food was pretty bad. I assume that the service was very tired, because there was opened bottles left right next to us from the previous table. the manager came and did not notice, the server came and did not notice, until I finally said to the server. "Should you not remove that?" it was not a goo dexperience. we had much better at Cooke's, The Black Pearl and Simpatico in Jamestown
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  • We had an amazing wine paring
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/26/2008
    We had an amazing wine paring meal, obviously put together by an experienced staff. The food was outsatanding, the server Amy was knowledgeable, effecient, and had a wonderful personality. The atmosphere was beautiful! We should also mention the bartender Maurice, fabulous drinks, great personality and a concern for the job. Sincerely, Colleen & Paul Sardelli
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • The four of us had dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/26/2008
    The four of us had dinner at the Spiced Pear recently and had a great time. We all ended up agreeing that although the menu is wonderful, you could be blindfolded pick a dish from the starters, entrees, and deserts, and would be perfectly contect. You can't go wrong with the menu. The only downside to our visit was that there was a private function on the terrace and so we were not able to dine outside. Not bad at all if that was the only negative. Waitstaff was great, we were left not wanting a thing, everything was performed with minimal fuss, and right on time. Would we go back? I am already planning on it, next time we will sit at the Chef's table. Bravo Spiced Pear, you made our only dinner in Newport very memorable.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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  • The quality of the food was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/23/2008
    The quality of the food was very good, but the price was outrageously high. Definitely not worth the money, in my opinion. Too many other great restaurants in the Newport area that I would choose instead of The Spiced Pear.
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    scenic view
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  • As soon as we were seated
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/23/2008
    As soon as we were seated I felt that we should have been informed that there were items on the menu that were unavailable (i.e. sea bass & cappuccino). Otherwise, the service and food were very good.
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    notable wine list
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  • disappointed in martini olives,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/23/2008
    disappointed in martini olives, horrible. food was good but not for what we paid.
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  • What a gem! We sat on their
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/20/2008
    What a gem! We sat on their outdoor terrace overlooking the beach and the ocean. The service was excellent. Very attentive staff. The food was delicious. I had a pasta dish that was beyond compare. I would recommend the Spiced Pear to anyone going to Newport (in fact, I have already done so). I liked it so much that I will look into staying at the Chanler Inn for my next visit.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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  • The food was phenomenal.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/19/2008
    The food was phenomenal. High quality, generous portions, beautiful presentation. I lived in NYC for many years and I would put this on par with the finest restaurants I have been privleged to visit.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
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  • The "GQ"- rated hamburger
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2008
    The "GQ"- rated hamburger should not be described as a hamburger. Kobe beef is very smooth and it was drowned in a rich sauce, more like meetloaf than a burger. The lobster roll was served with bacon that drowned out the lobster taste. Over -priced for the lousy food. With such a spectacular view and lovely inn it is a shame the food was a disapointment.
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    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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  • A v. poor experience--greeting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2008
    A v. poor experience--greeting from outdoor hostess (blond, long hair) was off-puttingly unwelcoming--and service from server (young dark-haired woman) was also ridiculously amateur and unattentive. We ordered starters, mains and two bottles of wine--not a small check for lunch. At one point I had to retrieve our wine from a common cooler (full of water, not ice and shared with another table) and served my guests b/c the server was nowhere to be found. Food service also incredibly slow--30 min before she brought appetizers. Worst of all, the food was beyond mediocre--lobster roll made with frozen lobster--unthinkable experience for such a fine dining destination-they should be ashamed and I will never recommend to anyone!!!
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    special occasion, scenic view
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  • The food was excellent, but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/18/2008
    The food was excellent, but we had to wait for quite a long while for the wine steward and once the wine was ordered we had another long wait for the wine. In fact, our dinner arrived before the wine. The staff clearly rushed to get the wine when they saw our food had arrived, but it was a big disappointment to have 2 such long delays in such an elegant restaurant. What added to the disappointment is that the evening was meant to be a special celebration and it fell rather flat fromt he lack of attention.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
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  • The view was excellent. My
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/18/2008
    The view was excellent. My wife and I sat next to each other on one side of the table looking out at the beach to the left of us. Our waitress was very friendly and attentive. Rather than go for one of the tasting menus, we ordered an appetizer, entree, and desert seperately. My soft shell crab appertizer was very good. For entrees, we both ordered seared tuna, which was supposed to come with shrimp, which was one of the reasons we ordered it. Instead, it came with scallops, which we don't particularly like. When we mentioned to the waitress that it was supposed to come with shrimp, she simply said he made a change, but no offer to correct it. The entree was good but not great for the money. Given the choice, eat at Castle Hill instead.
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  • Beautiful restaurant and what
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/18/2008
    Beautiful restaurant and what a view! This is a must stop in Newport even if just for a drink.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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  • The food was good but not
    beverly
    Dined on 7/14/2008
    The food was good but not great, particularly given the price. Presentation was lovely but not particularly inventive. I ate at Oleana in Cambridge the week before and found the food much better at half the price. Far more flavorful. Two people at our table had lobster and one of the dishes was missing all of the garnish that the other had. The table next to me ordered the same bass I had ordered and theirs was served up tableside while mine was not. I also had some bones in my fish which was surprising given the price of $44.. Would I go again??? Yes, if I were meeting someone in Newport but would not go out of my way.
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    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet