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Sailor's Tea Hour at The Vanderbilt, Newport, RI

Sailor's Tea Hour at The Vanderbilt

4.2
4.2
241 Reviews
$50 and over
Afternoon Tea
AN AFTERNOON OF INDULGENCE
Head to the reimagined sun-dappled Conservatory for an exciting coastal take on afternoon tea. Take in the hotel’s lush gardens from classic rattan armchairs within gleaming glass walls while sipping a selection of delicious teas. Enjoy a light bites menu of savory and sweet selections and add a bespoke cocktail to your experience, dreamed up by our expert Cocktail Curators.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Afternoon Tea, Contemporary British
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Fri–Sun 2:00 pm–3:15 pm
  • Phone number
    (401) 846-6200
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Private party contact
    Alex.Pendergrass@gracehotels.com: (401) 846-6200 ext. 7529
  • Neighborhood
    Newport
  • Cross street
    Clarke Street
  • Parking details
    Complimentary Valet Parking
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Sailor's Tea Hour at The Vanderbilt

    $55.00 per person

    Oct 23, 2023 - May 19, 2024
    Sailor's Tea Hour at The Vanderbilt
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What 241 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on all time ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 0.7Value

NoiseModerate

241 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The ambiance is excellent, but the rest of the experience and food was relatively mid.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Absolutely terrible from start to finish. Unbelievably awful service, particularly from the woman who seated us. Our water was never refilled. Food was dreadful, tasted like packaged grocery store pastries. Nothing appeared to be restaurant made. The tea was ok, but nothing we could not have gotten from a coffee shop for $6-8 at most. At $55 per person, we were appalled by the price for what we received in terms of food and service. Do not recommend!

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  3. Laurie

    Greater Boston

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious afternoon tea experience. The service was exceptional and very accommodating with a food sensitivity. Thank you.

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  4. DENVERVIP

    Denver

    58 reviews

    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I cam here for afternoon tea with the daughters. They treated us well. The tea was good and my girls had a good time. Thank you for your hospitality.

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  5. MoniqueM

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Booked a brunch reservation at the last minute sight unseen and we were absolutely blown away by the beauty of the space. Our waitress was kind, drinks were excellent. My only downsides, which is on the smaller scale, is that the French fries that were served with my meal were hard as rocks. Additionally, when booking through open table, the staff could not seem to find the reservation although it was booked. Other than those small hiccups, I cannot wait to come back in the near future.

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  6. CJDolan

    Greater Boston

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding dinner and service......worth a detour to this spot

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  7. Paola

    Toronto

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Was a nice anniversary dinner good wines and food

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service is outstanding, polite, felt like a princess. Only thing is small portions, and 1 salmon dinner was undercooked and 2 salmon dinners overcooked. And the white chocolate mouse was too sweet like vanilla frosting. Bread and butter is homemade in restaurant.

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  9. JoWen

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceptional service and exceptional and creative culinary menu. Would highly recommend restaurant as one of Newport's finest.

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  10. Dinaroo

    Philadelphia

    58 reviews

    2.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2016

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    The restaurant was empty for most of our meal on a Friday evening. The room was very cold. My steak was ordered as rare to med rare but it came medium to well done and dry. It was precut into slices on my plate and cold by the time I ate it. The other entree was grilled tuna and was good. Their wines were limited and we had to choose a few from their menu before they had one on hand. Dessert was boring and small. Fruit tarts were actually very hard cookies with pie-type fruit filling. Our other dessert included chocolate puff pastry which was hard as a rock and shot across the room when we cut into it. Meal was very overpriced for what was delivered. Service was good.

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  11. jen59

    Charlotte

    146 reviews

    5.0

    146 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    had a lovely meal, very relaxed, maureen was terrific

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  12. Mike

    Atlanta Metro

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Heavenly! Overall you can't go wrong, and they have a number of gluten free options. Glorious.

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  13. Kathy

    New York City

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My friend and I visited while touring the mansions. It was the best brunch we've ever had! She ordered Eggs Benedict and I had the Greek omelette. The hostess was SO friendly and when asked, told us the history of Vanderbilt Grace which was quite interesting. The outdoor setting was peaceful and beautiful. If I weren't 5 hours away, I'd go back several times a year.

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  14. FineFoodLover

    Greater Boston

    40 reviews

    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was phenomenal.!! I had the best grilled lobster and the steak my husband had was so tender and flavorful. I read a negative comment about the portions. If you want huge portions then don't go. The food is worth the price. A must go to if you are a foodie and farm to table person.

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  15. JimB

    Greater Boston

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dining at night in a garden in Newport. ... perfect

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2016

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    100% Dissatisfied !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  17. EllenH

    New York City

    18 reviews

    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2016

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very small entree portions, Service was excellent.

    1 person found this helpful

  18. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2016

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a beautiful setting with excellent and attentive service. unfortunately nothing we ate was special, especially for $100. The inexpensive meal we had the next night was more tasty and satisfying.

    2 people found this helpful

  19. Obiwan

    Greater Boston

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great secluded gem for a romantic dinner or intimate group. Garden dining beautiful.

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  20. CMBH

    London

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Quiet retreat dining in downtown Newport. The food is seasonal and farm fresh, an inspired menu that is simple yet elegant. Good wine list, nice garden terrace dining, nothing rushed, secret in the hustle of busy Newport.

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  21. HansS

    New York City

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I can not confirm some of the negative reviews. We experienced utmost courtesy and professionalism by the entire staff, from the moment we entered the hotel/restaurant. Our server, Maureen, deserves a special mention as she was particularly friendly and accommodating. The atmosphere was very nice (not too busy or loud), with beautiful live piano music in the background. The food was delicious, but as other reviewers have stated, portions are on the small side, so you certainly need to add an appetizer, and perhaps even a (delicious) desert. The result, of course, is a dinner bill that is not on the cheap side. However, it is worth it, and we have no hesitation recommending this gem of a restaurant for dinner.

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  22. EnriqueD

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent service and food very nice place

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The lobster risotto was exceptional. Great service in such a beautiful location.

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  24. jacquelinec

    New York City

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed Sunday brunch in the garden. Was a peaceful atmosphere. Food was delicious and service was excellent!

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful service as well as gourmet food. Would recommend this place to anyone who wants to get out of the loud streets of Newport in the summer but not be too far away from everything. Within a walking distance to Bowen's Wharf and all the shoppes! THE best meal I ate in Newport.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dining there was a thoroughly delightful experience.

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  27. RANDB

    Greater Boston

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Though the menu is limited, this is a little gem. The food was delicious, we were not rushed at all, it was beautiful to sit outside. Our waitress was wonderful!!! Cant say enough about her and the others that served us. Cant wait to go back

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  28. MaryFran

    Greater Boston

    82 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    82 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is our go to place away from touristy spots in Newport. A place you can actually have quiet conversation. Delicious food, great cocktails and extensive wine list. There is a rooftop bar too, great views of Newport.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    38 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2016

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Poor service

    1 person found this helpful

  30. JamesR

    Greater Boston

    9 reviews

    1.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2016

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Save your money. DO NOT go to this restaurant. The service is mediocre. Most of the staff, especially our waiter, had a very strong creepy vibe. The servings are extremely tiny for the prices. Entree sizes were more like appetizer size. I suggest instead that you go to The Moorings restaurant. The ambiance is fabulous and the food is out of this world delicious and fresh. The staff is friendly, attentive and knowledgable.

    1 person found this helpful

  31. Mags

    Chicago

    20 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2016

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    This was a beautiful courtyard and a very quiet and welcomed getaway from the busyness on Thames. The menu was diverse even though it was not too long. Great drink and wine menu. The food was well-prepared and tasty. We were the first ones to arrive so service was very good in the beginning. Once it started to fill, the service was a little more spotty. The table next to us started to have problems and when we ordered dessert, we sat waiting for at least half an hour - no eye contact from the wait staff, no drink refills, no reassurance that dessert was on the way. We asked for the check because we had a timed tour and were told that the pastry chef was late so our desserts were not ready - it was too bad because if we had not t stayed for dessert, I would have rated this place higher.

    1 person found this helpful

  32. Ludwig

    Greater Boston

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We arrived for brunch after the breakfast crowd had left. It was a hidden jewel, cute garden al fresco dining. Good food, very friendly and engaging staff who gave us time/space but were attentive. A wonderful contrast to the busy, street-side cafes and bar/restaurants. Also, the staff was knowledgeable about the beautiful house that had been converted into a boutique hotel. Will come back again!

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  33. Depps

    New York City

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a wonderful meal at the Conservatory at Vanderliblt Grace. Like several other reviewers have mentioned, the restaurant was basically empty which is crazy because the food was amazing! Our server was great, he was very attentive yet let us have our space while enjoying our meal. Not overly expensive either. Eventually this spot will catch on as a hot spot!

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  34. JamesC

    New York City

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2016

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    It's a small place and the table next to us happened to be celebrating a birthday and we're way too loud. I left with a headache.

    1 person found this helpful

  35. Vivaldi

    Philadelphia

    118 reviews

    4.0

    118 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    While enjoying a long-awaited getaway to Newport, we scheduled a dinner at Vanderbilt Grace with relatives in Rhode Island and had a wonderful dining experience together.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food at an affordable price. The calamari appetizer, the boar main and chocolate mousse dessert were all well worth it!

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  37. Fishster

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Our only experience here. Wait staff very welcoming without being overly friendly. We reserved Conservatory, but ate at Muse. So in that restaurant there was piano singer. Subdued atmosphere. Food was good without being excellent. The value for cost was correct but I wouldn't have wanted to pay more. The dishes arrived with quite an artistic flar. We will return.

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  38. SKEP

    Greater Boston

    48 reviews

    4.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Went to the Conservatory once again and this time for my son's graduation celebration. All was good except the timing of the service was a bit off. We received our dessert well before the tea and cappuccino. Also, we were asked if another bottle of wine was desired when everyone had at least 2-3 ounces in their glass. Food and atmosphere were great but service could use some improvement.

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  39. Devan

    Greater Boston

    29 reviews

    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The reputation at Vanderbilt Grace exceeded their Mother's Day brunch service and food, especially for the price. Service was not particularly attentive once seated. In fact, people at next table said they too had waited for a server to notice them. For $65 the brunch buffet was pretty limited - while it was nice to have mimosa/bloody included, dessert (not breakfast pastry) would have been nice. Tab for 2 without anything extra was $almost $150 before tip.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2016

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was fair at best, especially given the restaurant next door.

    1 person found this helpful

FAQs

Sailor's Tea Hour at The Vanderbilt is rated 4.2 stars by 241 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Experiences are available.
Google Map for Sailor's Tea Hour at The Vanderbilt

41 Mary Street, Newport, RI 02840

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Clarke Street
  • Neighborhood
    Newport
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Fri–Sun 2:00 pm–3:15 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Afternoon Tea, Contemporary British
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Complimentary Valet Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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