The Café at The Chanler

4.5
385 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
The Chanler's casual and lively restaurant, The Café, highlights New England’s pristine locally caught seafood, meats, and farm fresh vegetables. Breads and house made pastas are crafted daily. The Café offers an al a carte menu for lunch and dinner, with an additional Chef’s Tasting For Two 4-course prix fixe (evenings only), featuring whole roasted Newport lobster and 40 oz. Tajima bone-in Wagyu ribsteak. Open year round daily, with al fresco dining in the summer. Enjoy our culinary team’s modern interpretation on the classics while dining on our terrace steps away from the ocean and the Cliff Walk.

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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipTaubs3
New England
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were terrific. The view was spectacular.

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ESRAZEYNEP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Amazing house, outstanding view!

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DinaL
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the setting. Food was amazing and staff fabulous

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vipOpenTable Diner
Key West
15 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience5

Chanler was such a great experience in the past The menu is limited now- three sandwiches and limited entree. Brisket sandwich bread was so stale it was almost inedible swordfish was frozen - dried out in cooking process. Nice kids with no training. Limited staffing. Beautiful venue that I will never go back to. Someone come In And show them how they can be great again

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We just love this place. The food and service couldn’t be better and of course the view is amazing! We have been here many times and have never been disappointed.

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Saga
New England
25 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated at a fabulous table on the porch. Roof protected us from the sun. Superb service. Enjoyed amazing mocktails..the best hamburger ever...beef eaters,, definitely try it..unique green salad with yummy blueberry lemon vinegarette dressing..

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vipLanieC
New England
23 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Sigh. I am always disappointed in the Cafe. This time the service was not very attentive and the food was mediocre for the prices, which have gotten to the point where it's not worth going, even for the fabulous view and ambiance. Our first choice was Castle Hill which has much better food and service. No wonder they were fully booked and we managed to get a reservation at the Cafe on Folk Festival weekend!

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betsyr
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The hotel was beautiful, the bar was excellent although pricey. The ambiance was great other then the memorial highway. Food was fair at best.

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vipRasmus
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing location and service. Food was great, too.

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vipJAG5
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

From the moment we sat, we were forgotten. Given a perfect table with a great view, yet nobody paid any attention to us. It took 40 minutes for our wine to arrive, which was ordered shortly after being seated. Then when it was determined that the original order couldn’t be fulfilled, instead of an apology, all we received were excuses from an arrogant and condescending Captain. I didn’t care that they didn’t have the wine, hardly a big deal. What annoyed me was that instead of saying we are sorry for keeping you waiting, I heard a story about how difficult it was for them to source the wine. Give me a break! Our server was overwhelmed and then relieved by another server, equally overwhelmed. Courses arrived before the dishes from the previous course were removed. My wife was actually asked to help clear the table. Not once did anyone come to refill water, until asked. At no time did anyone approach to see how we were doing, whether we were enjoying the meal, or if we needed anything. I believe that once it was understood that our experience was poor, we were abandoned and considered a lost cause. There was no longer an expectation for a good gratuity, or any gratuity at all. Btw, the tip was more than generous for the overall experience.

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CarolineB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I's experience eating lunch at The Chanler Cafe was exquisite. We made our reservation for after our tour of The Breakers, and it was the perfect way to wrap up our afternoon. They seated us in a love seat facing the ocean, which was special and - dare I say - romantic! We ordered 6 oysters (the freshest I've had in a long time!), a salad (which they split for us) and the freshly baked bread. All was delectable and plenty to satisfy us. The staff was friendly and very attentive. I savored every last sip of the French Pear Martini I ordered, I highly recommend! For us, the bill was well worth the breathtaking views and overall experience of dining at as lovely a property as The Chanler.

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vipLeiferer
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience5

We had the family style menu prix fixe for $180.
The first course, melon and serrano was o more than an amouse bouche portion. The raw tuna for two was underseasoned - missed salt, missed flavor. The whole lobster was combined with potatoes, greens and an overwhelming flavor of bacon. Nothing of the lobster flavor came though - drowned in bacon flavor.
The dessert was an egg flavored icecram scoop, salty popcorn and a salty hazelnut cake. An impossible combination.
Service was good, the place is gorgeous- this menu was simply off base. An wvening to forget. Sorry...

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were excellent. Of course, the view was awesome!

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mirelas
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food, consistently delicious, views of the ocean are splendid!
Portions are on the small side, but didn’t bother us (constantly dieting). The desserts are to die for!
Never disappoints!

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vipBlue
Orlando
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience5

We were looking forward to an enjoyable lunch in this beautiful restaurant and sadly it was a disappointment. It took 12 or more minutes for someone to acknowledge us and they were surprised that we wanted to have something to drink and place an order. Two of my guest ordered a grilled cheese sandwich and there was no cheese in the sandwich. The other food was just mediocre. Very disappointing and we had the same experience at Castle Hill I don’t know what’s going on in this city regarding restaurants. No one seems to care and it’s like a surprise that you want to have food and drinks in their restaurant.

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vipReview
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place.

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Dining122
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience. Can’t wait to return. Very fresh food and cooked perfectly.

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vipMemeM
Naples
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful afternoon celebrating our anniversary. Everything was lovely!

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vipHappy
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall3food2service1ambience5

Realizing it’s a very tough summer to get help, but I’ve always had good service there until last night. Truly disappointing, but a lovely view. We will be back after the summer.

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GregC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and location. Drinks and food are a bit pricey but we had a wonderful dinner.

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vipNancyV
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Chanler has it all--outstanding food, attentive service, a sublime setting and a spectacular view!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visit every year for our anniversary and it's always lovely!

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Jazzwoman
New England
14 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food, ambiance and service but very expensive. The women's bathroom however is fully five stars! You will want to see it as it's stunningly beautiful!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Long wait time for food

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gwennC
Caribbean
4 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful ambiance and service

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RecentDiner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience5

Just remember that you are paying for the view and you will be fine. The food was mediocre at best.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Great service Excellent waiter

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ChristineM
New England
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience4

They lost gas so limited the menu rather than adding more cold items to the menu. Salads weren’t even offered. We only stayed for drinks since the food selection was so poor.

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Nikkilf624
New England
7 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is fantastic and they were very attentive. It was chilly due to the weather changing and the room not being equipped to accommodate colder weather.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated 1 year until our wedding, and it was the perfect pick. Food, drink, service, ambience and the views were perfectly on point. On top of that everything was pretty cost effective. Can’t wait to go back.

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vipamyg
Miami
21 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Beautiful beautiful place. Has a small lunch menu but the fish was really good

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LindaM
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easily one of the top 3 experiences in food, views and staff!

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LeightonS
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, outstanding view! Excellent service and great ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic Choice for Fathers Day dinner on the porch of the Chanler! Food was obviously made with fresh ingredients and exquisite presentation; service was warm and inviting, and timed at the perfect pace.

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vipCons1
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Million dollar view. The menu changes from week to week (at least the weeks we have gone) and it is always a treat when your meal arrives. Chicken dish I had was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the best seats facing the water. It was beautiful! Food was a bit pricy but delicious.

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Dave
Minneapolis
43 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, beautiful location. One of Newport’s best restaurants. The food and drinks were excellent.

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vipDaveAgburyCT
New England
34 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing! The hostesses were extremely friendly and accommodating. We had a martini to start in the bar that was made to perfection. Next we were greeted by the food and beverage GM and bought to a table with an amazing view. Our servers were extremely knowledgeable about the menu and wine list and their recommendations were spot on! The appetizers were excellent, followed by an amazing main course. The we concluded with berries, whip cream and chambord. Closed with espresso martinis! Absolutely amazing and the best restaurant in Newport!

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MaritK
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brought our two year old along to celebrate our anniversary in the place we got married. They accommodated her well despite its upscale orientation. Views of the ocean, gardens and convenience of the Cliffwalk are still amazing. While pricey, it delivers on great food and plenty of atmosphere. Fabulous place for a small, quality wedding!

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viplaureenh
Orlando
9 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Honestly it was horrible. Maybe because of Covid they are not back to a groove yet but the food, service and ambiance was poor. I won’t be back anytime soon.

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The Café at The Chanler is rated 4.5 stars by 385 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.