The Vanderbilt Grill

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$31 to $50
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In the heart of coastal Newport, The Vanderbilt Grill delivers classic and contemporary dishes that are beautifully presented and grilled to perfection. All of our ingredients are seasonal and regionally sourced to deliver classic New England to all of the senses. Enjoy the comfort of grilled favorites and the taste of upscale familiar dishes. In the summer months, al fresco dining in the Garden Terrace is available, with our indoor dining areas primarily reserved for inclement weather. The dining rooms may occasionally be closed for private events.

Guests wishing to book for Afternoon Tea may do so from 12pm - 3pm. Please kindly note in the reservation that Afternoon Tea is being requested.

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Sun 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Wed - Thu 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Fri - Sat 6:00PM - 7:00PM 8:30PM - 9:00PM

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B
New England
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Preferred the summer menu much more. Hope they return to it.

SG
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed afternoon tea and it was just lovely sitting in the courtyard.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

65th birthday

TR
Atlanta
99 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

What a lovely restaurant! It’s beautiful and the ambiance is enhanced by great music...think Sinatra and Elvis. For my wife and me, the food was not good...a really tough ribeye. To be fair, our friends raved about their salmon. Service was slow though it seemed there was only one server for the entire restaurant.

P
Baltimore
123 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

There were some really good things about this restaurant, e.g. the food was well-prepared and the setting was quiet and very pleasant. On the negative side the staffing was insufficient with the server also mixing the drinks behind the bar. As a result service was slow and inattentive. My biggest problem was the price and size of the wine glasses. I did not measure the wine, but the small glasses looked to have about 2 ounces of wine in them at a steep price.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Lovely dining room ambiance & great music!
Chefs new menu was amazing! Risotto and salmon were just right.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Small menu but great food

SC
New England
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We went to the Vanderbilt Grill for our anniversary for dinner. We expected to pay more money but we were also expecting the food to be amazing. The atmosphere was nice we sat outside, it was quiet and yo can see the lit up church behind you. We had the calamari that was not good at all- the breading on it tasted stale and was hard to chew. I had the salmon belly app which did taste good. My husband got the steak which he said was chewy and not good and I got the Halibut which was good but not great. We got the chocolate torte for dessert which had a very think crust and very little ice cream. I wanted to love it and it would have been ok for a different price point but for the price it should have been better. I had the hot chocolate which tasted like Swissmiss, very watery and not enough chocolate. Also I did list that it was our anniversary on the reservation and they made no mention of it.

RC
New England
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

The service was slow but pleasant. They could not find the wine we ordered, and took way too long to offer another bottle. Thankfully, after a long wait, the food was very good. Also very expensive .

JR
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary. Our evening began with drinks on the rooftop to watch the sunset. We then went down to a romantic dinner in the garden. As the evening got a little colder the staff turned on the fire pit and the outdoor heaters. They then brought furry blankets out to keep us warm. The food and service was excellent. They staff made our special day even more special with their attention to detail and thoughtful service.

h
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 5

The food is extremely average and very expensive. Service is terrible. Slow, rude waitresses. We won’t go back

OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!

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D
New England
9 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great. We were greeted by the Maître D and he was very nice. We arrived approximately an hour and a half before our reservations as we wanted to get a drink. We went to the rooftop for cocktails and we ordered some shrimp cocktail. Service was great. We went down for dinner and the Maître D remembered our names and sat us. He also would occasionally check on us. Our waitress was terrific and pointed out some favorites as suggestions. We actually went with her suggestions for an appetizer as well as both entrées. The food was great and we enjoyed a bottle of wine as well. Our server also suggested a dessert option which we went with and again she did not disappoint. So overall, just a delightful evening and thanks to everyone at Vanderbilt Grill.

D
New Orleans
11 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We ate outside on a beautiful evening. The food was excellent and the wait staff very friendly. It made for a very special evening.

NP
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

What a hidden gem in Newport. Loved the outdoor garden area for dining!!
Food was delicious. Our waiter was the only one (with helpers) but I think it would be better to have an additional waiter that night

D
New England
10 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We've been to the Vanderbilt twice before this last visit. The first two times, the food, service and ambiance were all five stars. This last visit, the staff wasn't knowledgeable about the menu or wine list and had to leave the table to get questions answered. The other thing that was a real negative was the lighting. The dining room was so dimly lit that it seemed like a dungeon. I cant imagine why they would want to hide such a pretty room with such a lighting scheme.

V
New England
29 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

First, but not last, visit. Loved it. Felt like we went back in time. Food portions and quality outstanding. Service was fantastic. Highly recommended!

j
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The outdoor garden at the Vanderbilt Grille is delightful. The glow from the fire pit and the landscaping add so much to the experience. The food was fresh, well prepared and delicious. Definitely will go back again.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful dining room and the food and wine were phenomenal. Highly recommend.

CM
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We ate on the patio. It was early so it was very quiet. The patio is a beautiful area. The food was wonderful everyone shared their meals and the mushroom ravioli was amazing, particularly the balsamic sauce.

MB
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely welcome from valet and waitstaff so friendly and kind!

GS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating our 55th Anniversary and we couldn’t have selected a more perfect place. First had a drink on roof top and then proceeded to garden for dinner which was delicious!!!! Our server Erin was excellent all around. Hope to get back soon.

JM
St. Louis
33 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 5

Everything was top notch except for the service. They use a team approach to table service which means you deal with too many people who do not communicate with each other. Service was very slow in addition. Finally had to deal with the manager to finalize our bill. Food, ambiance, noise level, and price otherwise were outstanding.

OT
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Trying to be big and fancy . . . but they’re not. Good food, but very average. Not really worth the price. Check you bill for items you didn’t order. This was originally a home, later turned into a YMCA, then a “luxury” hotel and restaurant. Still kinda had the YMCA vibe going on in a few areas that sort of cheapened the experience, even though they try to make it feel like an elegant experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

A lovely dinner. The bar was limited on choices. The menu was not extensive but had good options. The food was excellent. The device was good. I would go back.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

made us give a credit card deposit for a 6:30 dinner telling us that there was no availability for a party of 4. When we arrived at the restaurant at 6:30, it was empty and continued to be empty for the whole dinner. the food was overpriced for what it was. the waiter was really nice however and made the experience better.

MV
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Loved the piano player!

BP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made my cousin’s 70th Birthday really special. Food, service and ambiance were all excellent.

M
New England
83 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 4

Our waiter was very inexperienced and overwhelmed. After a party of 9 came in, we were primarily served by the wonderful maitre D, Ian, and a helper. Food was underwhelming as was the menu. The dining area was lovely.

DR
New England
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The rooftop bar cannot be beat. The bartender was very friendly and offered blankets when it started to drizzle. Service for dinner downstairs was outstanding and well timed.

s
18 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was great. Server must have been busy, but was still interactive. Loved the roof deck for next visit, as it poured. Would try again.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing waiter and service. Varied wine menu with worldwide classics for value. Recommend the lamb and mini bloomin onions

OT
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Roof top bar was great. Veranda dining experience was less than acceptable, waited over 50 minutes for cocktails, order was wrong, decided not to dine by 915 for an 8p reservation and went to Satdella’s.

TD
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Service was slow and it was a 50TH birthday celebration and the desert was half an ice cream ball...ridiculous.

JF
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Fantastic steak. Outside lovely. Service ok

MH
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Booked this restaurant because it has high tea but when we went on a Sunday, the restaurant was closed. Thank goodness it was a nice summer day and they seated us outside at an adjacent restaurant in the Vanderbilt Hotel. My asparagus egg white omelette was small and had no asparagus in it. Only mushrooms and cheese.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 5ambience 3

There is no air conditioning, fans or ventilation. It’s very very hot.

KG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A friend of mine recommended the Rooftop Vanderbilt bar for the amazing view. My husband and I celebrated our 1 year anniversary and watched our first sunset on the rooftop. Spectavular view. Prior to drinks on the rooftop we had dinner downstairs. Food and drinks were tasty!

h
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Went to dinner with my girlfriend - we are a younger couple and they served the older couple next to us (who sat down 20 minutes after us), before we even got bread. Manager was rude when I complained. We ended up eating an app and leaving

MS
New York Area
83 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Located within the Vanderbilt Hotel and convenient to waterfront, the restaurant is upscale, quiet and convenient for late night meal. Good wine list, piano bar, and varied seasonal menu. Food well presented and tasty. Local seafood salad was excellent as well as the squid and seafood linguini. Attentive, non-intrusive wait staff who were young but knowledgable including familiarity with a large list of wines. Highly recommend.

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