The Dining Room at Castle Hill Inn

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1988 reviews
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The Dining Room at Castle Hill Inn has been the backdrop of memorable occasions for over a century, residing inside a historic mansion built in 1875. The Forbes Four Star restaurant presents a prix fixe menu showcasing the talents of Chef Lou Rossi and his culinary team. We are blessed with a location that is second to none in New England - not only for the view, but for the bounty provided by our surrounding lands being brough to your table. These range from local seafood surrounding Aquidneck Island, seasonal produce, and artisanal cheeses crafted throughout the region. We hope to serve you a meal that will speak both to the nostalgia and tradition of New England cooking, while inviting you to experience something new along the way. The wine list features over 800 selections, and has been awarded the “Best of Award of Excellence” from Wine Spectator for ten years running. We look forward to making great memories and traditions with you soon.
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New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A truly special experience. Execution was spectacular of both food menu and service. Guest focused experience was wonderful at a special location.

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JT
New England
45 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful experience. Service is top notch and all of the food was excellent. I really appreciated how well the 4 course dinner was paced (I hate when food comes out too fast). We had a lovely, relaxing Valentine's weekend dinner. I was also thrilled that they had one of my favorite wines by the bottle and glass. For a wonderful, relaxing, top-notch experience I can't recommend Castle Hill Inn highly enough.

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New England
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and the service was simply outstanding! Always a great time dining here.

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New England
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was wonderful and the service was excellent. It was Valentine’s Day so there was a special prefix menu. Our server Nick was outstanding. Plan on returning to order from the regular menu soon. Our

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New England
28 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Restaurant offered a special 4 course menu and while the food was good it a little too much. It was very quiet in the area we were in even though they had a 3 piece string band. Service was very good and Castle Hill is an iconic location.

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New England
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved our time there. Nick was phenomenal and the food never disappoints.

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BB
New England
8 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the fixed price three course menu which is what I would suggest as a means to control the cost but we were given a few extra tastes at no additional charge which was very nice. Also, the choices were combinations of tastes that I have never seen together. All in all, it was a very nice night out.

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TM
New England
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sensational and certainly one of the best places we have ever eaten. We will definitely be returning

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K
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved Castle Hill, everything was top notch. Even was surprised with gifts to take home for me and friend’s birthdays. Didn’t realize it was a fixed menu but everything was divine. Highly recommend.

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N
New England
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A+++ experience.. food , ambiance, service all exceptional

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Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was outstanding. Room was lovely and food
Was excellent but very overpriced

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New England
26 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The Castle Inn is at a special scenic location in Newport and is especially fun in the warmer weather. We were there for a winter celebration. Our waiter was well informed but seemed to have an abundance of tables as noted when he said he would be back to discuss the menu and after a wait, we were greeted by another young woman. The food here is delicious and special. Our appetizers of Broccoli and cheddar soup and the Potatoes with truffles were delightful. However, we were disappointed with the lobster entree and the seared fluke. I am used to lobster that I often prepare by steaming that is sweet and juicy,, This roasted lobster with an additional $12.00 charge was not the aforementioned. Rather than that carrot puree, it needed a touch of sweet butter. The fluke which my husband had was not a favorite of his as it was also dry and had a strong fish flavor. We did finish with super desserts - the banana soufflé, which was elegant and delicious, as well as the simple, but yummy, ice cream with chocolate and caramel sauce. The complimentary truffles were lovely as was the amuse-bouche. I think the service that evening was impaired due to the gas outages in other Newport Restaurants that caused an influx of patrons at the Inn. We look forward to returning in the summer and sitting outside to enjoy the great food and the unparalleled view.

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AF
New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you to the exceptional team at Castle Hill for making our engagement dinner so memorable. From the moment we sat down, the team was so accommodating. Some friends had purchased us cocktails and wine to celebrate, and they took note of the occasion and repeatedly congratulated us. We each had the three course menu. I started sweet potato ravioli, and my fiance had the seasonal soup. It was divine! For dinner I had Seared Halibut. It was served with root vegetables in a chowder sauce- again amazing. My fiance had the pheasant and raved about it. For dessert we both had the Coffee Semifreddo and it was heavenly. It was the perfect portion for each course so you felt satisfied but not overly full. Our waitress was extremely attentive throughout. She made a wonderful wine suggestion that paired perfectly with everything we ate. We will definitely be back and hope to make this an annual tradition!

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SG
New England
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was outstanding. Maybe one of the top two or three meals I have had. Not cheap but reasonable value.;

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EB
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Seven course prixe fixe menu with great quality. Extensive wine list. Nice atmosphere.

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S
Adelaide / SA
49 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal to look at, delicious to taste and worth every penny! Service was wonderful (thank you Caitlin), food over the top, and knowing the view was there even if dark outside (!) made it even special. Castle Hill is incredible and we are locals! From the cocktails to the food with wine pairings, dining here is exceptional. And thank you to the chefs who gave my dairy allergic husband a blood orange soufflé to die for!

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KM
Memphis
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A night to remember! A huge thank you to the talented chef and incredible staff who made our night so special. We were celebrating our son’s naval commissioning and chose the Dining Room at Castle Hill Inn based on it’s great reviews. Sometimes high expectations lead to disappointment, but our expectations were exceeded beyond measure. We chose the six course menu option and every course was scrumptious. The wine menu is extensive and setting is truly unique in this beautiful old estate. We hope to return to Newport and will make our dinner reservations here as soon as flights are booked!

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j
New England
35 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining at Castle Hill is wonderful. The service is elegant, the food is interesting and delicious. Wine options are extensive. Here and Bouchard are clearly the two best restaurants on the island. We have dined here many times and it always meets those standards. A must place to dine.

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Tallahassee
12 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Special from beginning to end! We got the 3 course prix fixe with wine pairings which were perfect. Castle Hill has such great character and ambiance. If you’re looking for a special place, this is it!

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BM
New England
11 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food! Everything about dining here is perfect!

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SK
New England
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing food. The service was on point. My husband and I agreed it was well worth the money. Overall fantastic experience!

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K
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Other than a somewhat put-upon bartender and the fact that they had neither our first champagne nor wine choices (Neither was a deal-breaker.), this was a perfect meal and a perfect evening. Sweet local oysters with a sea foam mignonette and THE best cod we have ever tasted. Special dietary needs were happily and creatively accommodated. Rounded out with blackberry ginger sorbet and cheese. We didn’t want to leave!

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S
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you for a wonderful dining experience! The selections were diverse and I appreciate you explaining each course as you brought it out. I felt like a princess for the evening! Thank you again.

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f
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The staff was outstanding and very attentive to our every needs. They knew everything I had mention on the phone when I made the reservations and couldn't be more pleased. I would go in a heartbeat not only for an outstanding meal, but the service.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My best friend and I were celebrating birthdays as well as many years of friendship. The dining room at Castle Hill is second to none in their menu and service. And the view!

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SG
New England
11 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful experience at Castle Hill. We had not had dinner there before so took the opportunity to try it during restaurant. It was a great value. The service was excellent and the food fantastic. The only thing I would criticize if pushed was that the coffee wasn’t hot, but overall we had a great evening. Can’t wait to go back!

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MJ
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The attention to detail was superb, in particular the attentiveness to my wife's allergies set a new standard by which all other restaurants will be measured. Thank you!

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St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent menu and execution. We had the Restaurant Week menu, which was a steal compared to the restaurant’s usual, exorbitant prices. Service was superb

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FE
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gorgeous venue, delicious food, great service, we enjoyed our anniversary at Castle Hill

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JJ
New England
16 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a perfect evening at Castle Hill. Every course was wonderful. The Celery Root Soup was lovely and light. The Burrata-Radicchio Salad and the Roasted Beets were delicious. We all ordered the beef dish, which was excellent. The beef was so tender and flavorful, and the portions were generous. The chocolate mousse bar was densely chocolatey and rich. The perfect ending to a perfect meal. The service is top-notch. The staff is very attentive and friendly.

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PF
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service as always. Very consistent high quality all around.

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B
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and view as always. Went on Restaurant week for dinner and it was fabulous as always.

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MW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to the Castle Hill Inn for their Restaurant Week tasting menu on my birthday. An overall incredible experience with delicious food and drinks, and amazing recommendations by our waiter, Dan, who went above and beyond to ensure everything was perfect. I highly recommend the Paloma! Delicious!

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NO
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievably fantastic dinner. Every course was superb. The staff is beyond reproach. Best date or special occasion dinner on the island.

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New England
11 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Wonderful prize fix with wine pairing
But too noisy when room is full
That's my only complaint

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h
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was fenominal. The choices though limited were sufficient to give you enough to chose from. The service made you feel welcome and catered to your every need. It is definitely a wonderful dining experience when in Newport.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Limited menu that tries to hard to be a N.Y. fine dining place. Overcomplicated food is spotty. Great service

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r
New York Area
63 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent restaurant in every respect. Impeccable service ,with great food and wine .

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d
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service. Superb location. Great hotel

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to the dining room for dinner on our honeymoon. Our waiter Harrison brought out bubbling Apple cider from Normandy when we first sat down and proceeded to exceed our expectations throughout the rest of our dining experience. Everything brought to the table was amazing from the shrimp cocktail to the chocolate hazelnut bar. Will definitely be back.

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