Cara

4.8
49 reviews
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$50 and over
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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.
Dining Style
Elegant Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Seafood, Contemporary French
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Hours of operation
Daily 6:00 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(401) 847-2244
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Matt Voskuil
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Private party facilities
Cara can accommodate up to 8 guests in the Private Dining Room or seat up to 40 guests for exclusive use of the restaurant. Please contact sales@thechanler.com or call 401.847.2244 for more information.
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Parking details
Complimentary Valet Parking for All Restaurant Guests
Additional
Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Executive Chef Matt Voskuil has crafted a six-course Tasting Menu aptly named 'Celebrate' for this special day. Wine pairings are available at an additional price. Cara invites you and your family to indulge in a holiday feast to remember; set within the warm and festive confines of The Chanler.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Celebrate the New Year with two special dinner seatings. The first seating is from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm and features a six-course menu for $165 per person plus taxes/gratuities. The second seating is from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm and features an eight-course menu for $225 per person plus taxes/gratuities.

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 49 People Are Saying
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New England
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 3 days ago
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
12 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
41 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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m
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
23 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
9 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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OT
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
17 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
16 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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New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location with a view of the ocean. We had the the three course prix fixe dinner. My wife had the pork belly appetizer and I had the foie gras. For entree, my wife had the duck and I the salmon. For desert, my wife had a chocolate mousse cake and I a blueberry soufflé. Everything was excellent and a beautiful presentation. The wait staff is exceptional. They do the legacy of Newport proud.

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LS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a fabulous, delicious, unrushed, and elegant 6 course dinner! We loved every bite! It was perfect for a special occasion! The service was perfect too! Thank you!

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EP
New England
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

I was very disappointed with my experience at Cara. The first thing our waiter (George) asked was if we had ever dined there before. This was our first visit. I noticed that other tables received complimentary champagne. We did not. We ordered cocktails which were quick to come and dinner. We chose the 3 course prix fixe menu. Our appetizers came and I really enjoyed my fois gras. I noticed that other tables received an amuse buche. Ours did not come until we were done with our appetizers. This usually comes first. My husband had the filet and I ordered the duck. The apple chutney on the duck was very good but the duck was very tough. The filet was wonderful. Dessert was good. Finally I noticed every other table received a parting thank you gift which is common in upscale restaurants. The waiter took our paid check and disappeared. We finally got up to leave with no gift. I went to the ladies room and my husband tracked down the waiter and asked about the gift. Overall I feel because this was our first visit our waiter felt like he could not give us the same service as repeat customers. I will not go back.

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RA
New England
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, excellent service, very romantic and elegant

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M
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and amazing service. We did the 6 course tasting and it was fantastic and Cole our server was a perfect 10! Go here for special occasions, they definitely know how to make you feel special.

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CU
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance is very special with views of the ocean from every table. The service is attentive but unobtrusive and the food was spectacular. The presentation was exceptional. They have an extensive wine list with great wines by the glass. The staff is very friendly and professional. I would highly recommend this restaurant to discerning diners who appreciate excellence in their dining experiences.

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PW
Raleigh
14 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful find!! While staying at the Chanler by Cliff Walk, enjoyed dining at Cara twice, once with the 3 course, and then “Fluke”. Both the poached lobster and the creative “fluke” menu were excellent. Cole, our server, made dining at Cara even more enjoyable.

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CA
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A special experience in a beautiful environment! Artful food delicately prepared with very attentive service.

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EW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My husband And I celebrated our anniversary there. Extraordinary views. Service was impeccable and we were treated so specially for this occasion. Soufflé was out of this world.

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DC
Frankfurt Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional 6-course tasting menu for $135 prix fix was worth the plunge - for special occasions and splendid fare, recommend this gorgeous spot. Service delightful.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food, service and atmosphere. Well worth it!

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J
New England
16 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had a spectacular meal for a special occasion. The staff and restaurant were amazing!

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I wasn’t quite sure what Cara would be like when I made the reservation. I saw that there were only a couple of reviews, but I was confident that as part of one of “the mansions,” it would be a classy experience. And wow — was it ever! An absolutely unbeatable view of the beach and the ocean. Our table wasn’t right beside the window, but I could still see the surfers and watch the waves crashing. The Chanler mansion itself is just gorgeous. The restrooms were probably the nicest I’ve even been in. There is valet service at the door, which sets the tone for the level of customer service provided throughout the experience. I had made a note on the reservation that we were celebrating our anniversary, and every staff person with whom we interacted was sure to wish us a happy anniversary. The menu is divided into three options — two of which are elaborate tasting menus and can be accompanied by wine pairing. I believe without the pairings the price per person was about $130. There was also an option to get the three course prix fix for $95/person (plus the cost of cocktails) and this is what we did. The meal began with lovely cocktails, a light and tasty amuse bouche and some amazing bread (I chose the cranberry walnut and I really wanted another piece it was so good, but I knew I wouldn’t have room for my meal). I had the crab to start and it was beautiful and fresh. My husband had the lobster and enjoyed it as well. For an entree, I had the filet and it was unbelievable. The accompaniments were delightful. My husband had the duck and he’s still talking about it 24 hours later. We had strawberry shortcake for dessert and it too was wonderful. The chef created a piece of chocolate that read “Happy Anniversary” as part of the dessert. Before sending us on our way, the server presented us with a box of chocolates to bring home. We were beyond impressed with the service, ambiance and quality of food. Definitely worth the splurge for a special occasion or date.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

1st wedding anniversary

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PJ
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I write this without hyperbole - It was the best meal my wife and I have ever had. New chef is unbelievable. Just for context and perspective, we are not novices when it comes to food. Had the Forage tasting menu with pairings. Do it!

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m
San Antonio
18 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We will be back! Sitting outside watching the surf was very relaxing. We ate there three times in two days. Very creative chef. Incredible food and wonderful presentation.

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L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The restaurant itself is very nice but the food is not good. We did the 6 course tasting menu for $135 and none of the dishes were executed well. The tuna tartare came out luke-warm, the sea urchin risotto was overcooked and soggy, the wagyu was flavorless. Even the dessert was disappointing with the baked peaches coming out cold. The restaurant itself is beautiful but it definitely not worth the steep price.

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R
New England
26 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I have eaten at The Spiced Pear many times and always enjoyed my meals. Cara has a very limited menu...
.no ala Carter choices. I had the duck and along with the meat I was served a large piece of fat. Cara is not living up to the standards of The Spiced Pear. I was disappointed.

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