The Café at The Chanler

4.5
303 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American

The Chanler's casual and lively restaurant, The Café, serves a Mediterranean-inspired classic New England menu for lunch and dinner year-round. Whether you are sitting at one of our indoor tables enjoying a panoramic view of the ocean, or dining amid the glowing lights of the seasonal outdoor terrace, you will experience our culinary teams modern interpretation of familiar classics, infused with creativity and local New England flavors.

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vipSuzanneS
New England
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The cafe was amazing. Drinks were so good and it was probably one of the best burgers I've ever had. Also, the view is unreal.

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TammieH
New England
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food5service1ambience5

The food, ambiance and view were fantastic! However not so much for the service. We were there for 3pm - they weren’t extremely busy.

It took quite a while for someone to initially come to the table and then another long period for a drink order. Again the food and view were fantastic but service was subpar for what you expect from the Chanler

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LindseyS
New England
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The drinks, view, service and ambience were superb! The food was okay - I ordered the bacon risotto, it tasted good but I was a bit surprised to receive a steak of bacon. A salad option on the menu would have be nice but then I'm not sure I would have had enough sustenance to trek the full length of the cliff walk.

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vipMarie
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting with gracious service. The food was very good. Only complaint was the portions are a bit small for the price.

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JCL123
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food, ambiance and view are fabulous. The hostess didn't make me feel welcome, despite having a reservation, which wasn't ideal, since I had put in my open table request that we were celebrating our anniversary. The waiter was nice but forgot to give us our credit card back.

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vipJenniferB
New England
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Wonderful location, service and attention to Covid protocols. Food was excellent but dinner portion size was ridiculously small - I ordered haddock, as well as did 2 others in our party and we all commented on how teeny tiny the portion was for the expenses.

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vipKirsten
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience and amazing service- we will be back!

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NancyG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The view is beautiful but the lunch menu was disappointing . There was not a single salad offering on the menu

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful location and stellar service. Our food was outstanding— the seafood bucatini was delicious, each piece of seafood perfectly cooked. This was a lovely spot for a lunch date and we will be back. It was super cold and windy and the staff was very accommodating moving us to a warmer spot on the terrace.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Very small portions, fillet was served sliced and dry. Waiter was very nice

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vipDavidV
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

We had a strange experience. The setting (outdoor cafe) was lovely and most of the food was delicious. But we made clear that we had one serious food issue--a shellfish allergy--and that we would be sharing the meals. Once the food came, all plates at once for us to share, the server told us the cauliflower dish had been cooked in a pan where other seafood was also cooked and it was unsafe for my partner to eat. We were kind of shocked that they waited until the food was served to tell us this. Obviously my partner avoided it; I tried the cauliflower to see if you could taste seafood--you could. So we left the bulk of the cauliflower uneaten. The rest of the meal was really good. When the check came it was not itemized so I asked the waitress to see it, to be sure we were not charged for the cauliflower. She informed because she had seen me try the cauliflower (her words "you enjoyed it"), she did not see a need to comp us. I pointed out that not only had most of the dish been returned uneaten but that for a restaurant of this caliber it was a pretty big miss to serve it to us in the first place. She agreed to make the change. I didn't make a big issue of it but it did color the otherwise really lovely experience.

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culinarydelight
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

food, atmosphere, serving staff all superb. the view is exceptional and even the COVID restrictions couldn't dampen our enjoyment of the restaurant.

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DomenicoM
New England
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Honeymoon weekend

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OpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite places to have lunch. The views, menu, and the service are unmatched in Newport!

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vipKenann
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Had a wonderful lunch here while in Newport for a long weekend. Food and service were excellent. The atmosphere is upscale and you can’t beat the view! Tables are appropriately spaced to allow for adequate social distancing. We ate outside on a cold day and were plenty warm with the heaters. I’d highly recommended The Cafe at The Chanler.

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Andy
London
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was so nice to be back at one of the top restaurants in Newport!

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vipJobi
New England
7 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a beautiful spot! And very Covid safe! Food and drinks were delicious!

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Jess
New England
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My boyfriend and I have been to The Chanler two times. Once for dinner and most recently for a late lunch at The Cafe. Both times we had great food and cocktails paired with lovely service and ambience. The gnocchi on The Cafe's menu is outstanding by the way.

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TravelGirl
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our server was great! Beautiful place with delicious food

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Katelin
New England
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service, food and ambiance were all
Amazing! My fiancé and I had the best night

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MichaelB
New England
6 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

The ambiance and service were both top notch. Hard to beat the location. Drinks were excellent. Was a little disappointed in the food. Squash soup was amazing. Our entrees where very salty and didn’t wow us for the money. Will definitely give it another try in the future.

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ElizabethV
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hot chocolate is the best! The burger was delicious!

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MarcL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible views, wonderful service and excellent food.

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vipDevi
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Allison was excellent and made our visit extraordinary.

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Aggar
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Went here for Valentine's Day dinner. Great food, great ambience!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated valentines here with some great martinis and a beautiful view. The heated outdoor terrace was perfect, will be going back!

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vipTraveler
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and the outdoor hot chocolate bar was amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely first class. Dinner was superb. Menu was exactly what we were looking for. Service outstanding. In this day and age of COVID, it was just so nice to get out. Kudos to the entire Chanler staff! We will be back again and again...

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vipMarianneS
New England
22 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience1

We have been to this beautiful spot a few times. Last night the restaurant was disappointing. Firstly, it was absolutely freezing! We could have been eating outside and been warmer. The installed ceiling heaters were not on. The food was expensive but ok. Brussel sprout and gnocchi apps were decent. Entrees (bucatini, petite filet) were good. Desserts (pumpkin mouse, chocolate cake) were terrible. They were pretty but totally lacked flavor. Server was ok but not terribly attentive and there were not a lot of diners. It’s too bad, as we were thinking of booking a long weekend here at the hotel affiliate. Overall dissatisfied. Very.

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LoHa
New England
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the food was wonderful. the pastas and sandwiches are unique and delicious. the service was genuine and great.

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vipMarieG
New England
21 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

On advice of a friend we decided to celebrate my daughter’s admission to her #1 college at The Chanler including their hot chocolate bar. The hot chocolate drinks were as sinfully good as they were beautiful with a choice of milk or dark chocolate, with or without liqueur. The lunch was delicious. My slow roasted lamb sandwich on sourdough was delicious and the girls’ pasta dishes were excellent. The service was attentive and pleasant. Won’t be my last visit.

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vipNoel
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great views and wonderful service. Seafood was very tasty.

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LauraC
New England
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Limited menu, the dish was somewhat tasteless...blame it on Covid...

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolute perfection!!

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vipjodijam
New England
57 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful spot! Everything was delicious. Service was great!

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Esther
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Fantastic service, romantic ambience, good cocktails and food. Standard new american fare. Would recommend the pistachio pate and the rigatoni.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best burger I’ve ever had. Oysters were amazing. Customized drinks based on our taste preferences that the bartender whipped up. Will definitely be back!

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vipKathy
New England
38 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Perfect evening; food and service impeccable. These are difficult days for the hospitality business with the pandemic. The Chandler does everything to give you a great safe experience

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vipPeterM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The food was o.k. Except for the short ribs which I ordered. They were 95% fat and gristle. Ambience was not too pleasant in outdoor outdoor tented terrace. No tablecloths, no charm. Service was desultory. Would not return.

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KaliL
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were excellent. You can't beat the incredible view and relaxation dining here provides! I felt like I was on vacation.

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The Café at The Chanler is rated 4.5 stars by 303 OpenTable diners.

The Café at The Chanler 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.