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The Dining Room at the Vanderbilt, Newport, RI

The Dining Room at the Vanderbilt

4.6
4.6
434 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Pull back the portico curtains and step into the historic downtown Newport mansion once owned by businessman Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt that has been reimagined as a glamorous social hub with a culinary secret to discover at every turn. From an intimate dining room with an intriguing menu of savory local dishes to the sun-dappled Conservatory and dining al fresco in The Garden, the dining scene at The Vanderbilt is crackling with alluring eccentricities just waiting to be explored.

We are excited to offer one-of-a-kind dining experiences for Christmas and New Years Eve. Please note we will charge a $50 fee for holiday reservations cancelled within 48-hours.


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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 7:30 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 7:30 am–9:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (401) 846-6200
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Timothy Caspare
  • Neighborhood
    Newport
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 434 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Newport County

    Best Ambiance

  • Newport County

    Good for business meals

  • Newport County

    Great for fine wines

  • Newport County

    Romantic

434 Reviews
  1. TonyM

    New York City

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great service, nice dark ambiance with elevated decor and great drink menu. We were only in Newport for two days, and we’re really glad we were able to enjoy one night at the Dining Room at the Vanderbilt

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of our favorite spots!! Always great food, delicious unique cocktails, and beautiful location! The staff is always friendly and attentive. Should be on everyone’s “must” visit list in Newport

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  3. Keng

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful historical building, food was good but would have liked a better selection

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service - scallop app was outstanding- clam chowder would have liked some more clams-we also had the haddock which was very well portioned with the clams, perfect cooking- duck was beautifully done, would pass in the parsnips - lack of seasonings- toffee cake delish and great sorbet.

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  5. taekwondobabe

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Only knocked it one star because the menu was very small for lunch (I did find something I wanted) and otherwise the experience was excellent.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding meal and service was terrific! I had the smoked salmon and ham for Easter dinner and both were delicious!

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  7. CeceA

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful experience, ambiance was amazing, staff great and food wonderful. The drinks were just OK but overall we really enjoyed our dinner. It was our 39th anniversary and we had a full meal including dessert.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing service ! Kudos. To the chef ! Food was outstanding!

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  9. MIJR

    Greater Boston

    29 reviews

    2.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Pros are great venue and fantastic service. But, these pros are seriously outweighed by the limited menu selection, very expensive prices (and we are from NYC and saying this) , and mediocre tasting food with small portions. We actually left the restaurant feeling angry on how much we had to pay for what we received. We will stick to just cocktails if we go back. (again, we are NYC people who are OK with paying higher prices if the quality is there)

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  10. Janine

    New York City

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    wonderful dinner service and ambiance! it could not have been better!

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  11. NewportGuy

    Greater Boston

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was wonderful! We had a lovely meal and enjoyed ourselves

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous dinner and atmosphere. Our waiter Logan was EVERYTHING. Food was delicious.

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  13. Mike

    West Palm Beach

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice effort by the team at Vanderbilt; food was fantastic, service was great and the atmosphere always a homerun.

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  14. SheilaR

    Greater Boston

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Very inventive menu, delicious meal and lovely time spent in the library with the best Irish Coffee I ever had.

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  15. Jessen

    Atlanta Metro

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Had lunch with family. Ordered burgers as part of the Newport, RI Burger Bender. Burger was cooked perfectly and was on point. Jalapeño aioli was killer. Really enjoyed. Staff were very accommodating. My mother-in-law has difficulty with stairs. The staff happily directed us to park behind the hotel to avoid stairs. They had a parking attendant meet us and escort us to the restaurant. Very nice indeed. Lunch time was pretty quiet compared to the hustle and bussle of downtown Newport. Was nice and quiet. Very relaxing for us seniors wanting a quiet relaxing place to dine for lunch.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Ambiance excellent. Food was fine but way overpriced.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely ambiance, excellent cocktail and wine service. The table side martini is always a treat to see these days. Food was outstanding in concept and execution. Service was knowledgeable if not just a bit inattentive near the end. Excellent dinner, would highly recommend.
    The Dining Room at the VanderbiltResponded on February 20, 2024
    Hi there, Thank you for leaving your feedback from your visit to the Dining Room! We hope to welcome you back again to our Newport social hub soon.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    The food here was amazing! Each course was beautiful and their cocktail and wine list was fantastic. Our only downside is our waiter.. he was very standoffish and rude and with each course removed plates and drinks from our table before even asking if we were finished, which was a shame. Given that my partner and I were enjoying a celebratory meal and it wasn’t as if it was a busy evening, I was shocked at the way our waiter continued to brush us off and rush us along. Maybe just an off night for him! Couldn’t recommend the rest of the experience more, though!
    The Dining Room at the VanderbiltResponded on February 20, 2024
    Hi there, We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your meal with us in the Dining Room! We hope to welcome you back for another great experience with us soon.

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  19. sdr01

    Greater Boston

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service, food, atmosphere all excellent! We will be back!

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  20. jack

    Greater Boston

    67 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The restaurant was very nice , the menu offerings varied and enticing. Service very good also. Only 4 stars due to noise level. The tables were close and the noise reverberated throughout. Maybe some noise absorbing material would help. Otherwise a nice evening.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Even though we were not overnight guests, the staff made us feel welcomed and pampered. Our late dinner did not take away from the food quality. Lovely time, great atmosphere, attentiveness from the manager as well as Sam our waiter and the other staff.
    The Dining Room at the VanderbiltResponded on February 20, 2024
    Hi there, We are so thrilled to hear you enjoyed your meal with us in the Dining Room! We hope to welcome you back again for another exceptional experience.

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  22. OlenaD

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and service . Highly recommend ! Will come back soon
    The Dining Room at the VanderbiltResponded on February 20, 2024
    Hi OlenaD, We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your meal with us in the Dining Room! We look forward to welcoming you back again for another lovely experience at our downtown mansion.

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  23. Kimberly

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful. Like stepping back in time. The food was interesting g and delicious.
    The Dining Room at the VanderbiltResponded on February 20, 2024
    Hi Kimberly, We are so glad you enjoyed your meal with us! We hope to welcome you back again soon for another exceptional experience with us at The Vanderbilt.

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  24. MandBsMom

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our favorite dining experience in Newport!
    The Dining Room at the VanderbiltResponded on February 20, 2024
    Hi MandBsMom, We are so thrilled to hear that! We hope to welcome you back again soon.

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  25. mexico15

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A great experience from start to finish. Cozy and warm ambience. Inventive menu and fantastic service.
    The Dining Room at the VanderbiltResponded on February 20, 2024
    Hi mexico15, We are so glad you enjoyed your experience with us in the Dining Room! We hope to welcome you back again soon for another exceptional experience with us at The Vanderbilt.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was excellent, the lobster roll lobster was on the fishy side, wouldn’t order that again; fried chicken sandwich and burgers were outstanding!

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful restaurant, service was exceptional, food was beyond delicious!

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  28. Todd

    Greater Boston

    130 reviews

    5.0

    130 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great atmosphere. Wonderful service and food Highly recommend

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  29. KirbyP

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    They were slow to take the cocktail order and it's delivery was painfully slow. We brought a bottle of wine to be decanted. It was decanted out of our sight too many opportunities for bad things to happen and our guests did see what we were serving them. This was egregious. The room has hard surfaces so sound reverberates. This made the room loud and conversation difficult. The food was excellent as to taste and plating. Service was excellent.

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  30. Lori

    Rhode Island

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We requested to sit by the fireplace since it was a special occasion. Wish granted. There were many glasses of complimentary sparkling wine/champagne available by the hostess. The menu changed a bit but we enjoyed the fried broccoli as much as we use to enjoy the Parker House rolls. We each had a main course that was delicious. Our server gave us a complimentary slice of birthday cake with candle to top off our special occasion.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Was a perfect evening, we sat by the fireplace, we had champagne toast, then excellent cocktails, superb appetizers, truly stupendous main course, topped off by delicious dessert and cappuccino!

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  32. CheriN

    New York City

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went to dinner to celebrate a very special occasion. The staff at the Vanderbilt did everything to make our evening perfect! The food, wine and ambiance was of course fantastic!

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  33. SusanM

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food and cozy environment. The time to go is January when no one else is there!

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  34. SrdanDokovic

    Rhode Island

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had our dining experience for lunch. Not much to say, but amazing. The restaurant appears to be upscale and at the same time very formal, love the idea of the lunch with a view (especially this weekend, when it was snowing) Our server was very pleasant and friendly. We took some time to decide what would be having for lunch. We were not rushed, so we appreciated it. For an appetizer, we have decided to start with Marinated Beets (fresh cream with beets was a perfect pairing) and Octopus (beans and fennel was an okay pairing, but octopus by itself was delicious). For entree, we had a Lobster roll (I’d say one of few best in Newport) and Ricotta Gnocchi (tbh I think it needed to be cooked a little bit longer, but very delicious and a nice pairing with wild mushrooms). So far everything we had was great. For dessert, we had caramel gelato. So great! In the end, last but not least, I’d like to thank my friend Nadya, a professional Sommelier who has been always wonderful. Thank you for making sure we had a great time even if you were enjoying your day off. And thank you for the Champagne! We are looking forward to having Afternoon Tea service. We love it and it looks awesome! Once again, thanks, everyone! Hope this year brings only the best, as well as happiness and joy to the Vanderbilt team! Srdan Dokovic

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  35. CheyenneD

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I took my mother for a congratulatory dinner and we were over the moon impressed with the level of service and quality here. The food was incredible, the table was gorgeous, the service was amazing, making jokes, and everyone who passed by made a congratulations comment, a table by the fireplace, and friendly staff. Our favorite was the halibut! Will absolutely return

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  36. PaulS

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Overpriced Food simply didn’t taste good Had to send chicken dinner back zero taste ended up getting a burger for 30.00 joke

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  37. Terrific

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was the first time I had dined there. The ambience was incredible so welcoming for a building that has been around since 1908. Their service was impeccable, our waitress Julie was very friendly and helpful answering our questions about the menu. The food was incredibly amazing everything that came to the table was cooked perfectly from the Duck to the Scallops.

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  38. PaulP

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a charming and amazing restaurant. The atmosphere was out of this world. A dimly lit room with charming decorations. Especially with the Christmas/ New Years theme. The waitress was amazing and very attentive. Did not rush us and made sure we were well taken care of. The food was delicious and cooked to perfection. The rib eye for 2 was incredible and was well aged. I would recommend this to all and we will definitely return for another amazing meal. A must when visiting Newport.

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  39. lauralu

    Greater Boston

    31 reviews

    3.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The Vanderbilt pretends to be something it is not. We arrived a Little early to be told our table was not ready and we could sit in the library while we waited. We were never offered to order a drink my husband had to go back to the maitre d and ask. 7 minutes later someone came to take our order. When we were finally seated the dining room was empty! Our waitress dressed in grungy jeans began by telling us she was there the night before until 4am (New Years Eve) and was very tired. Maybe we are out of touch but we expected for what we were paying an upscale experience. I ordered the duck my husband had the fried chicken. My duck and the very minuscule side of figs was lukewarm warm. The fried chicken was very good but came with only a very small side of Cole slaw. We each had one drink and shared a desert. With tip our bill was $175. Not worth the money. The gilded age must be something different for these owners. I do not see maitre d’s in sneakers or waitress & waiters in jeans in any version I have watched. While I wasn’t expecting white glove the modern day gilded age was a disappointment in both food & service.

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  40. CharlesD

    Rhode Island

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service & food. Highly recommend. Thank You

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FAQs

The Dining Room at the Vanderbilt is rated 4.6 stars by 434 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


Booked 14 times today
Google Map for The Dining Room at the Vanderbilt

41 Mary St, Newport, RI 02840-3027

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Newport
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 7:30 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 7:30 am–9:30 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Timothy Caspare
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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