Cara

4.9
164 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, restrictions, or vegans, we recommend The Chanler Café, our refined casual waterfront restaurant, with à la carte and prix fixe menus.

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

Support Cara during COVID-19

Experiences

  • 8-Course Blind Tasting Menu (8 at 8:00)

    $252.72 per personPrepaid

    May 5 - Oct 1, 2021

    $195. + tax & gratuity per person. Experience an 8-course blind tasting 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. 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.
  • 5-Course Blind Tasting Menu (5 at 5:00)

    $174.96 per personPrepaid

    May 5 - Oct 1, 2021

    $135. + tax & gratuity per person. Experience a 5-course blind tasting 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. 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 164 people are saying
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vipJeff
Miami
27 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food great service albeit a little expensive

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ChrisK
New York Area
3 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
14 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
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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MarnieR
Seattle
6 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.

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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
10 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

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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.

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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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vipShellDash
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
7 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
6 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
2 reviews
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
3 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipFranR
New York Area
5 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
7 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Elegant setting and service

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 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.

FAQs

Cara is rated 4.9 stars by 164 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.