Cara

4.9
181 Reviews
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Led by Executive Chef Jacob Jasinski and his dedicated culinary team, Cara brings a surprise take on dining with two different Blind Tasting menus designed to intrigue the palate & satisfy the senses.

Open Wednesday - Sunday
Seating 1: Blind Tasting, 5-course 5:00 PM, $135 per guest ++
Seating 2: Blind Tasting, 8-course 8:00 PM, $195 per guest ++

**Reservations are open up to 14 days in advance.

Blind Tastings highlight ingredients from our New England region, our own Cara vegetable garden and feature premium products from a farther reach including wagyu beef, caviar, and truffles to enhance your meal & customize your experience.

Tastings include both meat and seafood. For severe allergies, multiple restrictions, or vegans, we recommend The Chanler Café, our refined casual waterfront restaurant with an à la carte menu.

Prepayment required for dinner, tax & 20% service charge, fully refundable up to 72 hours prior to reservation. Within 72 hours, it is non-refundable.

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Experiences

  • 5-Course Blind Tasting Menu (5 at 5:00)

    $174.96 per personPrepaid

    Oct 14 - Dec 30, 2021

    $135. + tax & gratuity per person. Experience a 5-course blind tasting menu designed to intrigue the palate and satisfy the senses. For those with an exploratory appetite, this experience will be a memorable culinary journey. 72-hour cancellation notice for full refund. Menus change daily. Blind tastings include both meat and seafood. Guests with major allergies or strong dietary restrictions are not recommended for the blind tasting menu. Children ages 12+ welcomed. Please contact us 72 hours in advance at 401-847-2244 with dietary concerns or questions.
  • 8-Course Blind Tasting Menu (8 at 8:00)

    $252.72 per personPrepaid

    Oct 14 - Dec 30, 2021

    $195. + tax & gratuity per person. Experience an 8-course blind tasting menu designed to intrigue the palate and satisfy the senses. For those with an exploratory appetite, this experience will be a memorable culinary journey. 72-hour cancellation notice for full refund. Menus change daily. Blind tastings include both meat and seafood. Guests with major allergies or strong dietary restrictions are not recommended for the blind tasting menu. Children ages 12+ welcomed. Please contact us 72 hours in advance at 401-847-2244 with dietary concerns or questions.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 181 people are saying
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vipJohnT
New England
22 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible tasting menu. Very intimate abs personal experience. Chef is outstanding and the service was incredible. I highly recommend for a special occasion or just to treat yourself !

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vipAlexF
New England
13 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We hadn't been to the restaurant at the Chanler in years, and it has completely transformed for the better since it has become Cara. The food was excellent: of particular interest was the Alfonsino fish course and the oak grilled wagyu heart of rib eye. Both these dishes were outstanding enough to be appreciated at any restaurant in the world. The new chef has clearly taken this restaurant to a new much higher level of food quality and he appears prepared to have Cara compete to be the best restaurant in Newport.

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Krisi
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our one year wedding anniversary and it was an amazing tasting experience. Highly recommend for a special occasion.

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vipFoodieGaga
San Diego
157 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our trip to Newport was a great chance to visit The Chanler hotel and its upscale restaurant Cara. They have two seatings, with the earlier one 5 courses, which was plenty food for us. My spouse chose the wine pairing and the server gladly switched out a wine when he agreed he wasn’t fond of the choice either. The chef uses clever choices of veggies and herbs to highlight the courses. He even caught our fish course himself.
Service was wonderful but it was a small venue due to COVID but it gave us a chance to talk to our neighboring diners.
I’d definitely go back but it’s also definitely not a budget meal.

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vipPamelaS
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

A blind 8 course menu with a hefty price and we were served chicken that sounded great but was mediocre. Great idea with charcoal sear on the carpaccio, but only one dot of carmelization. The oysters were delicious. The wait staff good. We were hoping for a fun experience, but it came up short.
The corkage fee was more than the French Laundry, and the wine list didn’t support it!
We ate here last year at the height of the pandemic and had a mediocre meal and gave it a second chance this time. Not so sure we would do it again.

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vipBrandonG
Kansas City
44 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tasting menu was exquisite! Every course was magical.

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YuliyaK
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is a dinner for real gourmands who enjoys unusual combinations of food, prepared in unusual way. Food was very delicious and served beautifully, definitely for sophisticated people who fond of different experiences and admires rich flavors and unusual combination. The restaurant is very classy and beautiful, no details spared and the view is absolutely wonderful. Very special place for a special dinner

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is exceptional, just hoped for a little more food.

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SilkaC
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing birthday dinner!
Service was impeccable from beginning to end. We could not have had a better evening. Everything was just perfect. Thank you!!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Every that was phenomenal.

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JenniferB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was an amazing experience!! Would definitely recommend it for a special occasion

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BrianD
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every single thing about this experience was magical!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

8 course tasting menu. It was an amazing experience

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MadD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was delicious and beautifully presented. Service was outstanding. Decent cocktails. Had a great time and would definitely recommend it.

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JoeyFlair
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

5 course fixed price blind tasting with wine pairing was awesome. Well done.

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Deano
New England
10 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had our Anniversary Dinner there and it was tremendous. We had the 5 course dinner and wine pairing and every detail was handled. The Sous Chef detailed each course and his passion and enthusiasm came through. The Pastry Chef detailed the dessert portion and she was excellent as well. The servers were tremendously knowledgeable as well and very attentive. The flavors, seasonings and food chosen were spot on. Just a wonderful evening and we would highly recommend Cara for a great evening out.

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vipLovetocook
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tasting dinner was amazing. Such attention to detail. THe chef explained each course as it came out

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vipJeff
West Palm Beach
29 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Kyle is incredibly talented and passionate about his work. The food was simply delicious start to finish. The presentation was beautiful! Highly recommend!

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Ah6125
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food great service albeit a little expensive

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ChrisK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelievable. Really made you feel special for the experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mothers Day

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vipDonnaK
New England
16 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For our anniversary, we ordered the 5 courses prepared by the chefs. The chefs and waitstaff described each course and accommodated any personal preferences. The cocktails were superb. The view was amazing. It was such a special evening for us.

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MichaelT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cara was a dining experience well worthy of

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NikkiS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING dining experience. Would totally recommend the blind tasting menu/experience.

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MarnieR
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a simply marvelous experience at Cara! The multi course 'surprise' tasting menu was superb and inventive, starting with the bounty of the sea and culminated in a beautifully prepared local lamb! The Sous Chef Kyle Palmer and Exec Chef Jacob Jasinski not only care about cuisine, they really look after their diners' entire experience. I had mentioned I was gluten free when we booked, and they served up a perfect experience - even the desserts from Pastry Chef Sarah were fabulous! My husband was impressed with both the depth and breadth of Cara's wine list (he reads them like novels!) and enjoyed the well matched pairings. Service was impeccable (thank you George!) and the view and ambiance make this a perfect special occasion spot... but the dining experience was so good it would make any day a celebration - why wait?! We just wished we lived closer to Newport - we'll be back next time we are on the East Coast!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From start to finish one of the best meals I’ve ever had. It was a complicated and surprising menu in terms of flavor that was done using straightforward ingredients and techniques. They truly cared about our experience from start to finish and if it wasn’t a three hour drive away, I would be back next week. For a special occasion in the area, this is the place you need to go to. You won’t regret your experience, top notch yet comfortable from beginning to end. While the menu will always change, I hope the level of cooking doesn’t because it was wow after wow.

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AlisonL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating Easter and a Birthday. Harry was our waiter. He was extremely attentive to all of our celebrations. We had a delicious meal and can’t wait to return. Highly recommend. The jazz band and scenery of cliff walk set the mood finely.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat with two other tables overlooking the water. Had a wonderful time! Definitely an experience with Shirley will be unforgettable!

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JimT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

It was a nice meal, but overpriced. Service was okay and they allowed a dog at the table next to us that smelled and was jumping. Not what you would expect when spending $400+ for brunch.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

The food was mediocre at best and we waited over 45 minutes between courses. It was a huge disappointment.

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GordonP
New England
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service, food and would go back again.

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Jimmy
New England
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Don't hesitate if you can afford to splurge a little. These people know what they are doing. Couldn't have been a better experience. Absolutely loved it and can't wait to go back.

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GregH
New England
11 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've had tasting menus from NYC to Boston. This is one of the best we've ever had. And it was a great touch to have the chef come out and talk about each course. A wonderful experience that we plan to repeat.

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vipclairef
New England
7 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Very special enjoyed the personal attention

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful overall

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michaela
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Great experience for a special event.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the pleasure to visit Cara yesterday for a special date night (we have a baby girl who was born 5 months ago). Let me tell you, I was very impressed and pleased. We booked a surprise 6 dinner course, and we enjoyed the experience from the beginning to the end. We were sit in a separate room. The decoration of the room it was simple but elegant. It had a chandelier in the middle of the room, a big mirror on the wall and a serving table below it. Giving the room a vibe for romance. The tables were nicely spread, due to COVID-19 restrictions. Were 3 couples in the room. The experience started with an explanation from what I believe was the manager. He gave a little background story on Care and how it started at the Chandler. He explained how it was going to happened that night. The Amuse was made of reddish, the look was attractive to my taste, but I wasn’t impressed when I actually tasted. The Chef will come and introduce each plate in each course. There were two plates that the Chef shredded some black truffles in front of us, it gave each of those plate a boost to those flavors. The service starting from the hostess and ending with the waitress was phenomenal. We felt very special. Every detailed in the restaurant was well executed. There is a saying that says: “you get what you pay” but at Cara we got more that what we paired for. We had such a lovely night there last night that we would love to come back, but that time we will like to stay at the hotel overnight and bring the nanny to stay with the baby and book separen rooms to continue enjoying of what Cara and The Chandler can offer.

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vipShellDash
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Just terrible - service was awful. Raw bar shrimp were mush. Would not go back

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Dessert was inedible- so salty. Rest of the meal just OK. FINE SERVICE AND WINE but the food did not meet expectations.

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vipMontLife1289
New England
50 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal. Chris, George, and Lily are the finest representation of what the Chanler and Cara stand for. See you again soon!

FAQs

Cara is rated 4.9 stars by 181 OpenTable diners.

Cara does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.thechanler.com/gift-cards?nomob=yes.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.