Cara

4.6
145 Reviews
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Cara Restaurant showcases a culinary experience truly unique from any other in New England. Open Wednesdays through Sundays, Cara offers two seatings.
Seating 1: 5:00pm 3-course Prix Fixe $105 per guest
Seating 2: 7:45pm 6-course surprise Degustation Menu $180 per guest

Our multi-course Degustation Menu during the summer season would include foods such as foie gras, caviar, wagyu beef, bluefin tuna, dry aged duck, lamb, and uni. During the winter season, the menu would include foods such as venison, squab, and exotic shellfish. This experience is best suited for guests who like to explore all kinds of foods.

If you have dietary restrictions or follow a vegetarian or vegan diet, we recommend our 3-course Prix Fixe seating at 5:00pm or The Café. For vegetarian/vegan diets, a 48 hour notice will be required for the 5:00pm seating.

We require prepayment of the dinner and a 20% service charge on the food which will be fully refundable up to 72 h

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Experiences

  • 3-Course Prix Fixe

    $136.08 per personPrepaid

    Multiple dates available

    $105 + tax & gratuity per person. Select any three dishes from the gardener, the ocean, the rancher, and the confiserie. Prepayment required. 72-hour cancellation notice for a full refund. Menus change daily. If you have dietary restrictions or food allergies, please indicate in your reservation or contact us at 401-847-2244. 48 hours advance notice for vegan and vegetarian diets.
  • 6-Course Degustation Menu

    $233.28 per personPrepaid

    Multiple dates available

    $180 + tax & gratuity per person. Experience a 6-course surprise menu at the whim of the chef. During the summer season, the menu includes foods such as foie gras, caviar, wagyu beef, bluefin tuna, dry aged duck, lamb, & uni. For those with an exploratory palate, this experience will be a memorable culinary journey. 72-hour cancellation notice for full refund. Menus change daily. Strong dietary restrictions not recommended for this seating.
  • Valentine's Weekend at Cara

    $25.00 per personPrepaid

    Multiple dates available

    Celebrate Valentine's Day all weekend at Cara. Offering a 3- or 4-course prix fixe in the 1st seating with reservation times from 5:00pm to 5:30pm at $99 and $120 respectively. Or enjoy a 5-course tasting menu at $145 per person with reservation times from 8:15pm to 8:45pm. Due to the nature of the menu during the 2nd seating, we cannot accommodate vegetarians, vegans, or those with strict dietary preferences and recommend Cara's 1st seating. Deposit of $25 per person required in advance, and fully refundable if cancelled 72 hours prior to your reservation. After this time, any cancellation or reduction in party size will result in a forfeited deposit. For parties of 6 or more, please call for reservations.

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
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 145 people are saying
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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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ShellDash
San Francisco
1 review
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
49 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!

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vipCharlesC
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

This is an expensive restaurant. We expected top shelf quality and service. Unfortunately, I have to report that we were very disappointed. We went to dinner on Wednesday nite. There really are 2 restaurants there. Cara is the fancier restaurant, there were only 4 tables occupied. There also is the Cafe in the enclosed courtyard, that seemed busier. For our restaurant, the meal is price fixed, $105 each plus tip. We had 3 drinks between 2 of us. There also was upcharge of $25 for the steak entree. The drinks were very good. The server was attentive. But the kitchen was VERY SLOW. We spent almost 3 hours there. The quality of the food also was lacking. We had to send back the gnocchi because it was so salty. In fact all the entrees tended to be salty and good but not great. With the less than expected quality as well as very slow service, it makes me think that perhaps the chef did not show up that nite and they had a substitute who was not on his game. But that is not what we expect when we book a meal at a restaurant that is supposed to be one of the best in Newport. I do have to say that they were gracious. The waiter and manager apologized profusely, and they comped the drinks and upcharge for the steak. But would we ever go back there again? Umm, no.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional dinner! Service, setting and food presentation over the top!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
26 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tasting menu was amazing. We were in a semi-private room and felt extremely safe. We will definitely return in the future.

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1RDL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Great tasting food prepared exquisitely. Each Chef provided a brief description of the course they prepared using fresh, local ingredients. Outstanding meal! Go with the wine pairing as well. Leaves the guess work out and is paired perfectly with Each course. Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my birthday

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vipOpenTable Diner
Thailand
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We had the 6 course menu with wine pairing. It took so long to serve the food(one hour for the first course), the food itself was not good and extraordinary small portion. The service was really slow and not smooth. Even though we did not have high expectations, it was quite disappointing and it couldn’t meet the standards of a fine dining. The only good thing was the wine. Personally, I don’t like to leave a bad review, but this place really let me down.

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CaraG
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very enjoyable evening and memorable experience. Food was delicious

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SusanC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful location, delicious food and attentive service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience5

Unfortunately, our food was very bland, with very little flavor or texture to the dishes... Almost like they forgot to taste the dishes before they went out. Plating was nice but so simple it really like they could have done more. They should look at a 3 Michelin star location like Quince in San Francisco. The staff seems like they have the ingredients and access to the resources but need to put more thoughtfulness in the execution and seasoning. It really is ashame because the location and the ambiance is truly second to none in the area.

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Stephen
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chefs Jacob and William favor bold flavors, and salt. The amuse bouche course, a kind of ceviche, did not work form me because the acid overwhelmed the fish flavor. Everything else was great: the soft shelled crab with sea grapes (! yes!) had intense crab flavor. Then pasta, like bigoli, soft and white, with peas and smoked duck in cream sauce with the only garlic flavor of the night, again, terrific. Then Alaskan King Salmon, cooked perfectly, slightly rare in the middle. Then the bread, a crusty bread and a Japanese kind of Parker House roll, mushroom butter, a full course in itself. Then the main course (!) smoked duck, with a flavor and texture I have not had with duck. Dessert was light, mercifully. The wine tasting was $125 with a white bordeaux, then chardonnay, then a rose, then a big beautiful California pinot noir, then ice wine and port. Bravissimo!

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vipCantabrigian
New England
65 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Exquisite surroundings with every effort to accommodate during these unconscionable times. Notable and varied wine list with good options for the single glass drinker - those whole bottle for the two of us days are over. We had the three items early sitting and our gourmand days are over, too - they serve a decent plate and we needed to save room for the dessert. Sitting is pre-paid with beverages extra and added. The environment is extraordinary and photogenic. I might guess there's a string trio during more relaxed and normal times.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! that was incredible! suddenly! and just unforgettable!

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vipFranR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second time at Cara, and it was just as fantastic this time as the first. the service and food are outstanding!!

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vipFilchickie
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Elegant setting and service

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Beautiful dining experience. Food was delicious but portion sizes were definitely tasting size. Service was outstanding and all the servers were extremely knowledgeable. By far the best dining experience in Newport or on Aquidneck Island. The only complaint I had was that the server stopped serving us water during the dessert course and didn’t refill wine glasses with wine still in the bottle. For the price, I would have expected we wouldn’t sit at all with empty glasses.

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vipTimothyL
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cara's is exceptional in every way. The chef's tastings and pairings are meticulous and always amazing. A foodie's nirvanna! We have been enjoying the food here for 11 years through multiple chefs. The creativity, presentation, and service have all, and always been spectacular.

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VanessaA
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing restaurant! We had the best lobster we ever had - and that's a lot to say!!

Overall: the food was delicious, the cocktails were very good, the staff was great, the little "attentions" were very nice (e.g., the delicious chocolates to go) and the decor was very refined. We had an amazing evening!

The only disappointing aspect was the "foie gras". It was too greasy and the texture was too soft (maybe "cutting" the grease by adding big salt?). Being French we are a bit picky about "foie gras", so others might find it very good.

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LynneW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for restaurant week. It was our 40th wedding anniversary. The inside is exquisite! The hostess greeted us with Happy Anniversary! Our table was very nice. Service and food were perfect. Hopefully I will get back there. I would suggest arriving before your reservation and having a drink at the bar. Enjoy your dinner and have a late night at the bar. So much ambience! Make a night of it!

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JayC
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Everything about Cara - Food, Service, Ambience - was Great. A little too pricey, but am recommending to anyone who wants to try high-end french cuisine!

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RobinF
New England
9 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well worth a visit. The service and food are outstanding. Our server, Teddie, was superior.

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JohnG
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu was appealing and featured original and creative items not frequently seen on many menus, Service was impeccable . The food arrived hot which I've been disappointed about (silently) at other restaurants recently. We would definitely return and recommend this venue to others, in spite of the somewhat higher prices on their regular menu.

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vipMariceann
New England
97 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience.

JJ
vipJoJo
New England
17 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food2service4ambience4

The four of us came for Restaurant Week as we always do. Cara has been one of our favorite destinations for fine dining. The restaurant is lovely, and the service is impeccable. This evening, I ordered the oysters, which I enjoyed. The celeriac soup was very good. The gem salad with the goat cheese mousse was oddly plated and looked as if it was about to sail off the plate. For the main course, my three dining companions ordered the the Culotte Beef Steak, and I ordered the Bronzino with creamy potatoes and I believe it was kale. I enjoyed the fish. It was perfectly cooked and had a nice crispy salty skin. All three of my dining companions, however, were disappointed that their beef was somewhat chewy. For dessert, two chocolate souffles were ordered as well as the cheese plate. The souffles were very good. I ordered the Champagne Cake. Now, I love dessert, and I always look forward to it. This was a layer cake with what I believe was a grapefruit sorbet. But the filling between the layers was extremely bitter and not pleasant at all. I ate less than half of it. Sadly, I'm not sure if we will be visiting Cara again for the next Restaurant Week.

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concma
New England
10 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went during restaurant week so the price was great. But on a regular night, it's very pricey. This is a special occasion restaurant. The chef's attention to detail and creative is exceptional.

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noteasilypleased
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience at Cara was delightful. We had the six course tasting menu and found the food to be excellent, creative and delicious. The timing of the delivery of the food was perfect...with enough wait time to allow consuming a course without feeling rushed that the next course was waiting. The service was very attentive and yet not overbearing.

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vipChuckD105
Chicago
105 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Cara has a tremendous ambiance and location. the staff are friendly. The food is creative and tasty. We just found the wine program to be lacking. There are good wines but not really great wines, and the names on the list are not inspiring or creative. The evening we spent at Cara, they served a premium wine tasting with an outstanding six-course meal. The wine tasting started with a split of champagne - which just feels cheap. The chardonnay was good - a Shafer Red Shoulder Ranch - that is a solid, but not spectacular performer. The Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir (Merry Edwards and Erath) were simply dreadful. Although both wines had a good initial presence they had no depth or finish. The dessert wine was a creative apple wine but the value in the tasting just was not there.

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vipMichelle
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating our one year anniversary , everything was as incredible as we remember it !

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DENNISK
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service and location was outstanding. Exceeded my expectations.

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dVbNYC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Took my girlfriend for her birthday. I currently run a restaurant in New York City and Cara is on par with all the restos I frequent. Great service and wonderful original menu

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vipnineveh
New York Area
79 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

First time at Cara and really enjoyed it. We had a lovely table overlooking the ocean, excellent service, and a lovely experience with the tasting menu. Go for the premium wine pairing; well worth it. Def will be back, def recommend.

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GeoffB
Brisbane
9 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful ambiance and view of the ocean, along with absolute excellence in dining and service. Nothing more needs to be said.

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vipOFNCtRI
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience5

what a disappointment our dining experience was recently. To begin with, our server acknowledged
his inexperience by his actions long before he told us he had only been there one month. He's to be forgiven for not knowing and implementing service commensurate with FINE DINING - management, however, is not...it's their responsibility to train and supervise and continue to train all wait staff but especially those who are new. To have the server explain the uniqueness of the menu while we were clearly looking through the drink/wine menu was confusing and led to a feeling of being rushed - not suitable a FINE DINING experience. Another "gaff" by the staff occurred when they had to be waved off from clearing dishes while some at the table were still eating - this is just basic training.

These things could have been overcome if the food delivered...IT DID NOT. In the first place, the menu selection is far to limited and way to "precious". But it was in the the execution that Cara really failed...the halibut was nearly inedible and most other offerings were mediocre at best.

Cara is an exquisite place favored by our party (all Newport residents, by the way) for it's gracious ambiance and the expectation of memorable dining. We were all greatly disappointed by our evening and offer the above notes in the hope that remediation of these problems occurs so that we can look forward to returning.

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vipIleneK
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Beautiful restaurant and location

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This was a very good fine dining experience with outstanding ambience and service. We thought the appetizers and desserts were excellent. However the entrées did not mean that standard. Both were seafood items which which could have been warmer when served.

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vipBelgium
New England
83 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just top! Every little detail has been taken care off. Excellent service. We had a wonderful 25th anniversary dinner.

FAQs

Cara is rated 4.6 stars by 145 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.