Cara

4.7
68 reviews
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Contemporary American
Cara is the crown jewel of The Chanler, providing guests a memorable, curated dining experience. Executive Chef Matt Voskuil’s menu draws on classic French, Italian and Spanish influences to present a menu as distinct as The Chanler's 20 uniquely designed guest rooms. Diners can choose one of two modern tasting menu options, or select an appetizer, entrée and dessert from the prix fixe menu. The atmosphere at Cara is upbeat and fun while deliciously comfortable and sublime.
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CT
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Really worth trying

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

An absolutely fantastic experience. Cara is fine dining without the stuffiness. Passion is evident from the kitchen to the waitstaff to the amazing flavors. It’s really just about amazing food. Tour the kitchen if you get a chance, the enormous custom stove is one of only a few in the country. Cole was a perfect server and put us at ease and comfort throughout the night. Service was attentive but not intrusive: The scallops were perfect, and the oxtail stew under it was rich and complex. The lobster and gnocchi was the best I’d ever had. Wine list was stellar and. The desert was fantastic. A five star experience for our valentines dinner. Bravo Cara!

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S
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

extremely tentative staff, elegant ambiance and food presentation, along with the ultimate fine dining experience!

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m
New England
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best restaurant in Newport. Food was unique, special and fantastically prepared and delivered. There are so many good restaurants in Newport, it's hard to find something that truly stands out. Cara does. If you are looking for a dining experience, not just dinner, this is the place.

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JD
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cars is a spectacular experience all around! 10/10! The service, quality of food & location in the infamous Chanler is second to none!

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WS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very elegant dining experience that is good for a special date or anniversary. Portion sizes are perfect for their tasting menus, not too big and not so small where if you share with your date you only get one bite. Dining room is bright and it complements the food presentation where as the bar is opposite (dim and cozy) and is perfect for an after dinner drink by the fire.

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JT
New England
17 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing meal. We did the plunge with the wine pairing and I was superb. Definitely will go back soon.

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New England
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never a disappointment! Cole is the best waiter! We enjoy this special place immensely...incredible food, presentation and service. Five stars!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great service great ambience great food

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OG
Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I recently attended Cara for a Christmas dinner. We were able to try two unique tasting menus and we absolutely loved them both. Our service was excellent and the ambiance was superb. We would highly recommend Cara and certainly come back again in the future.

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New England
11 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined on Christmas Day and everything was extra special. The staff, the cuisine, the atmosphere. Exceptional.

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TK
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So glad we chose this place for Christmas. Service and food deserved some Michelin stars.

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JO
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've lived in Newport for 8 years, but this is the first time I've eaten here since it changed over from the Spiced Pear. The meal and service was exquisite. Lovely evening. Waygu Cheek was excellent!

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New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quite possibly the best complete meal experience I’ve ever had!

Wife and I have been coming here, formerly when it was the spiced pear, for the past 4 years. We were married in Newport and keep coming back to the chandler for our anniversary to rekindle our memories.

The change to Cara has brought improvements to the food experience. Every component of each dish is splendidly crafted and perfectly executed. The taste profiles are exotic and romantic. The quality of the food is just amazing. And the service is exceptional. Add the beautiful views, stunning architecture and classic Newport mansion decor, and the experience is simply exquisite.

Eating at this restaurant is a first class event and each time a unique experience never to be forgotten!

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D
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sheer brilliance. We opted for the six course tasting menu which was fabulous. The risotto and skate were our favorite courses. Service was friendly, formal and on pointe. Wines were fairly priced. I cannot say enough about the brilliance of the courses. I did not know if Cara could rival the former Spiced Pear. But it certainly does! One of the best tasting menus in the country!

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LV
Las Vegas
16 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly , knowledgeable wait staff. Outstanding wine parings. Every course had beautiful presentation and taste

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DM
New England
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely setting . Sat by the fireplace. Excellent service. Perfect for a special occasion. Very attentive service.

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GP
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

I feel like reading these other reviews is like the Emperor’s New Clothes - no one wants to speak the truth for fear of being seen as foolish, uncultured or not in tune with the newest hot place to dine. Having traveled and dined all over the world, I can affirmatively state this this was one of the worst meals I have ever had. Perhaps it would not have seemed so utterly offensive if it were not for the $400 price tag. My husband and I are happy to (and often do) pay a high price for an outstanding meal- new and exciting dining experiences are our favorite thing. However, from the mushy, distasteful amuse bouche to the repulsive entree to the poorly executed dessert, this meal could not have been more of a disappointment. Given the nature of the other reviews, I suppose it’s possible that we dined here on a night where every single, solitary thing just went wrong. However, given the unlikeliness of that, I would advise taking all of these other “glowing” reviews with some level of scrutiny, and wonder whether they are just trying to jump on the bandwagon of praising the newest shiny object to go along with the pretense that it is something special... when it is not.

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A
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Nice place. But food paring was ok. Long time in between courses.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I requested "something special" for my wife's birthday through open table and each member of staff that waited on our table said happy birthday her. They brought her a special dessert without me having to even mention anything. Great attention to detail in both the service and the food. You get what you pay for and I've paid more for less of both!

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KM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The former Spiced Pear’s fine dining carries on at Cara. We celebrated Suzanne’s birthday in the best table overlooking First Beach. George and the restaurant manager were very engaging. Cocktails and a welcome taste of Brussels sprout pedals were perfect. Suzanne’s crab on endive appetizer and my pork belly with shredded fennel in soy reduction were each so tasty! Our entrees were lobster tortelloni and Wagyu short rib of beef. Hers was surf, mine turf again both excellent. Desserts were chocolate molten soufflé and cookies moussed. Complimentary orangcello aperitif was provided as were chocolates for Suzanne’s birthday. We met neighbors from So. Kingstown as we left who were also celebrating a birthday. They agreed that their Cara dining experience was superb

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BK
New England
14 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter, Cole was fantastic. The ambiance was very special. The food was excellent
and out of the ordinary. It's pricey, but worth it for a very special dinner.

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JL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

November 25, 2018

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c
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! Delightful! And very intimate! From drinks to entree... a wonderful experience!

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C
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They had 3 different Pre fixe menus. Food was expensive but well worth it. The chocolate souffle was outstanding! We would definitely go back for a special occasion. Teddy, our server was the best, and the entire staff was super friendly, and professional.

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KH
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A memorable Thanksgiving feast. I usually think the Thanksgiving dinner is nice mainly because of the company. At Cara the food was exceptional which for a turkey dinner is quite a feat.

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S
New England
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Physically the restaurant is spectacular and the view to die for. The waitstaff was solicitous and charming without being annoying.
However the food was very disappointing. The tasting menu concept is confusing for two diners especially if one of them is a vegetarian. I had called previously to ask about the vegetarian options and they assured me that they were covered. Basically they were side dishes made larger or with offending items removed. My “entree” which I should have sent back was more of a side dish than a dinner- a pileup of hen o the woods mushrooms ( pricey mushrooms which can be delicious) was quite dreadful and should have been sent back. It was a large mushroom pile which can only be described as pickled. The squash soup was fine and the salad with greens, totally unremarkable. My desert with pomegranates was ok. I only ate everything because I was very hungry. My husband liked his turkey dinner option- thank heavens! I had to eat some of his veggies because I was still hungry.
Do not go if you are a vegetarian or vegan as the selections are afterthoughts with meat items removed. My mushroom “entree”came with chicken skin on top which was taken to the kitchen and removed.
Lovely place, lovely staff . At $400 for two people it should have been spectacular for both of us.

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Austin
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely thanksgiving lunch!

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JB
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

My wife and I were there for her birthday & the food was exquisite! Cole our waiter was fantastic & made sure our evening was the best it could be. The Chef was equally accommodating & made a special request come true and it was absolutely fabulous! Every staff member was friendly & attentive. The menu offered the choice of a 3, 5 or 6 course meal with wine pairings as well. The portions were not overwhelming large, but more than adequate to satisfy an appetite, but if you are a big plate eater, this isn't going to be enough...but your taste buds will enjoy it! Price wise it's on the more expensive side of the palate, but we were looking for a special place for a special occasion & this place did not disappoint! For those special occasions where you want to impress, this is the place. The views of the ocean would have been an added bonus, but at this time of the year it was dark outside at 7PM, but during the Spring and Summer..the views will only add to your experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is top notch. Menu is creative and innovative with a tremendous opportunity to pick and chose. The food was superb. It was truly a culinary treat. The service was impeccable and our waiter Cole accommodated all of our requests. He also had tremendous knowledge of the menu and his suggestions were phenomenal. I highly recommend this restaurant and can’t wait to go back.

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CT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary at Cara's on Sunday evening. The service was stellar, thank you to Teddie and the culinary team outdid themselves with an exemplary experience during a busy restaurant week. Thank you for a special celebration!

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LF
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This was my second time there (first time was under the Spiced Pear name), but as expected another phenomenal experience. The staff from the doorway, to the bar, to the table, to the kitchen are ALL outstanding. Very professional, clearly enjoy their jobs and take it seriously. This group loves providing excellent food and an excellent experience. Food is truly photo worthy. Delicious, beautiful, thoughtful and creative. We are thankful for the wonderful experience we had and plan to return (with friends!).

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SB
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappointed, the service is impeccable, always an amazing experience.

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s
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a really fantastic dinner here. The service was excellent (thanks for taking such good care of us Cole!) and the cocktails were great too. Glad they participate in restaurant week.

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

The food and service was great. The ambiance inside is pretty nice but could have been enhanced by outside lighting in their gardens so it didn’t just appear pitch black outside.

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RW
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Wasn’t sure what to expect since this was our first time back since the conversion from Spiced Pear, however , Maurice is still there bartending with his charm and expertise...a welcome sight indeed. Host Eric and the rest of the staff and the delicious meal made for a wonderful dining experience. We will be back next time we visit Newport...looking forward to it :)

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H
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first experience at the Chandler was the former Spiced Pear, nearly ten years ago, we have to say that we were concerned and worried that the new chef and newly named Cara restaurant would not be the same, however it met our expectations and more. It was a joyful experience from the moment we arrived the valet parking the front desk, our hostess all greeted us promptly with attentive hospitality, even being seated at the bar right down to our favorite waiter Cole, who waited on us with the sincerest of hospitality. It is like a well orchestrated dance. The visit of the chef at our table, the food was amazing, it’s a foodie dream, presentation was superb. We visit twice a year traveling three hours to enjoy this scenic view and dining experience.

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Private dinner. While entire dinner was outstanding it was VERY expensive.

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DC
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Creative appetizer & entrees.

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JT
New England
18 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely incredible experience. I highly recommend it. We both had the plunge with the wine pairing. The wine choices were incredible. Can not wait to go back.

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