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About The Vanderbilt Grill

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. The Vanderbilt Grill is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

41 Mary Street
Newport, RI 02840
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Contemporary American, Breakfast

Hours of Operation:
Fall and Winter Hours
Breakfast Daily from 7:30am-11am
Lunch daily from 12pm-3pm
Saturday and Sunday Brunch from 12pm-3pm
Dinner Sunday - Thursday from 6pm-9pm,
Friday and Saturday until 9:30pm
Bar Open Daily

Cross Street:
Clarke Street & Thames Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(401) 846-6200

Website:
http://www.gracehotels.com/vanderbilt

Entertainment:
Kristine Wilbur on piano Friday and Saturday.

Parking Details:
Complementary Valet parking.

Executive Chef:
Anthony Theocaropoulos

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

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Celebrate the Day of Thanks with friends and family at the Vanderbilt Grill. Two Course Prix Fixe menu, with complimentary welcome drink and dessert station. Live entertainment by resident pianist Kristine Wilbur.

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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

The Vanderbilt Grill Ratings and Reviews

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4.0

service

4.2

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4.5

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3.6

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74% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (11)
Romantic (11)
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Cozy (5)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Live Music (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Good for Groups (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
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·Dined 4 days ago

It was fabulous One of the most beautiful evenings of my life. Very romantic! There is nothing like having a pianist playing on a grand piano. The food was amazing and wine list interesting.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Wonderful service and live piano playing. Lovely room, unhurried and uncrowned. Food was good.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Saturday night reservations, 6:15p. Upon being seated we were informed that the N.Y. Strip would not be available as they were out of it! Leaving only Lamb Chops the only meat entree on the menu (besides a hamburger). Cocktails took a loooooong time to arrive. The ambiance was very nice, pianist/singer was also enjoyable. Would considering trying a brunch in the spring when outdoor seating is available. Overall was not impressed.

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 (東京)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Experience was great from start to finish! Came here for Restaurant Week for lunch but the food was great and service was top-notch (s/o to our server Giopaolo!) - will definitely come back!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Wonderful service and excellent food and wine. We had a very nice time.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Ambiance was great Loved the roaring fire and piano player. Service was poor. No one came over to check in us when our dinners came out. Several of our dinners were cold. I️ had mussels and never got a extra plate for shells. Ordered tea to go with dessert and dessert was done before the tea came out. Just would expect better service and food quality for a restaurant like this

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·Dined on November 6, 2017

Service and food were both outstanding - 12 out of 10 :)

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Very nice atmosphere, the Gatsby like art and the piano music made it an exceptional evening.
Thanks he staff was very helpful, even showed us around the hotel area. I pledge to stay over the summer and let my guests have the house!

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Beautiful dining room with attentive service and excellent cuisine. The scallops were absolutely delicious. The grilled peach salad with chicken was refreshing, light, and beautifully seasoned. The piano player was exceptional. Great bar. Great cocktails. Great evening.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Romantic, Live Music, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Food was not up to par for the price. Otherwise , the service was very attentive and nice.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Great pianist/vocalist. That's a tough gig, but good song selection, she found spots to get creative (albeit tastefully), and she kept my interest despite the limitations of working the dinner crowd. Musical and surprisingly virtuosic.

The food, not so much. Very simple menu - steak, fish, chicken, no creativity. We both got the impression the restaurant was brand new, with staff that seemed to be actively in-training, and food that was mediocre. The environment was lovely, although it was about 1/4 full on a Saturday night, for reasons that soon became clear. We left large bits of appetizer and entree still on our plates, due to disinterest. The wine list wasn't awful, but the cocktails were bland and fairly lifeless (although the glasses were full, so not all bad). We don't plan to return.

A bit of a disappointment - due to other reviews, we planned this as the last night of a 3-night anniversary trip. We would have done infinitely better to have eaten at Bouchard each night, which was truly fantastic, and what we had been hoping for at the Vanderbilt Grill (The Breakers, also by the Vanderbilts, was a great 2 hours - this restaurant did not live up to the name).

They would do well to hire a skilled, creative chef and give him time to develop - we suspect that the current staff is under orders to keep it simple, which led to a meal that was sorely lacking, particularly at this price point and in this environment.

Tags: Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Do not pay cash. They have no idea what they are doing. Gave us wrong change back and took foreverrrrr but selfish food and nice ambiance

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 15, 2017

The Vanderbilt Grill is amazing! GianCarlo was the best waiter - attentive and knowledgeable while letting us enjoy ourselves. His recommendation of the pork roast and wine was beyond yummy. It was so romantic to eat outside at night - they even had a piano player serenading us! All in all the BEST eating experience we had on our trip to Newport RI.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 10, 2017

A lovely old world gem in the heart of bustling Newport. We were there on a beautiful September day and ate brunch outside in the courtyard. The food was fresh and delicious, the service was gracious and it was just an overall perfect experience.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Afternoon Coffee, Romantic
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·Dined on September 9, 2017

This restaurant deserves NO stars. The wonderful piano player was the only redeeming factor. Waiter was very uncomfortable, we waited forever for everything....we arrived and waited when only one other table was seated (with our reservation). One server for the entire dining room. Other customers walked out after being served - we should have heeded the warning. Our three entrees were cold and inedible. Manager came and apologized but did not offer any solutions other than to say they had a large party in another room. My halibut was served on a white plate, soggy breadcrumbs without any side or garnish - unappealing and it tasted worse. We were not charged for the entrees but it was too late to change venues. Our last night in Newport offered one of the worst dining experiences we've ever had. Sad to end such a wonderful trip on a sour note. Not sure who rated this restaurant previously with such high ratings.....will do my homework before I make another reservation.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 3, 2017

My wife and I had eaten here last spring and had a very good meal and experience. Consequently, we were very much looking forward to returning.

It took an exceptionally long time for our drinks to be served despite the fact that it was not that crowded.

The dinner order also took a very long time to be served. While waiting, we ordered another round of drinks and pointed out to the waiter that one of the martinis in the first round was nowhere near a full drink. The second martini was served full, but the only reason for this was that it was loaded with ice which was inconsistent with the order that it was to be shaken with the ice on the side. If you subtract the ice, the second drink had less in it than the first.

The lamb chops ordered were tough and fatty and the pasta dish was bland and lukewarm. We ordered a strawberry shortcake to share for dessert and while waiting, we ordered a second glass of wine. Instead of bringing a new glass, the waiter poured the wine into the first glass which still had wine in it. Apparently realizing his mistake, he turned back and poured a little more wine into the glass, but it still did not in the aggregate amount to a full second glass.

When the desert arrived, the biscuit on which the strawberries were served was stale, hard as a rock and difficult to even cut. When we brought this to the waiter's attention, he was apologetic, took it off the bill and told us that he would have the manager come over to speak with us. Subsequently we were told that the manager was "too busy" to come over.

My wife and I are used to paying top dollar at local restaurants during the height of the summer season. However, we have a reasonable expectation that the service, food and overall dining experience will be commensurate with the prices charged. Vanderbilt totally failed to live up to this standard. We will not be returning.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 1, 2017

So Lovely! The piano music was delightful and the wait staff incredible. I enjoyed my dishes more than my spouse, but we both thought it was exceptional.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on August 25, 2017

It’s an old school experience . Beautiful setting, very quiet, food was better than average....but didn’t blow my socks off.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 24, 2017

We had a wonderful dinner on the outdoor patio with a great live jazz group...

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Live Music
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 19, 2017

WE REALLY ENJOYED THE ATMOSPHERE AND THE MUSIC. IT WAS EXPENSIVE. I WOULD CHOOSE MENU SELECTIONS MORE CAREFULLY NEXT TIME. BUT WOULD DEFINITELY RETURN.

Tags: Live Music, Romantic
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·Dined on August 18, 2017

Food and drinks were way overpriced. Service was slow. Ambiance was awesome however, go somewhere else.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 10, 2017

As always...perfect!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Delicious food, beautiful setting

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 (New England)·Dined on August 6, 2017

What a disappointment- we booked this for a special birthday brunch and there was nothing special about it. So disappointing! Drinks took forever and it wasn't busy- had to ask for butter and jam and ketchup for our breakfast food and by the time the server brought it to us most of our party was already done with their breakfast- who brings dry toast out for breakfast without the proper condiments? For being tagged as an upscale establishment- this was anything but! And to top it off- we SPECIFICALLY told the waitress that one of our guests was allergic to strawberries and what came on her breakfast? Fresh fruit on the side of the dish that had strawberries in it- !

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Great service and delicious food. The pianist was fantastic also.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 31, 2017

Was impressed with our experience at the Vanderbilt Grill. If you get the chance to sit outside on a nice day it really is a treat. The service was excellent, the food came out in a reasonable amount of time and our server was polite and professional. We ordered drinks which were crafted very well although on the pricy side. Overall, I'd go back on a return trip to Newport in the future.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Excellent food and service! Wonderful location to town in a cute boutique hotel.

Tags: Romantic, Live Music, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Once again, this lovely space did not fulfill its promise...the service was fine (not quite up to the expectations of fine dining) but the food was just average. We regretably and uncomfortably had to ask for our ap (the lobster-crab fritter) to be returned..they were burned. The server claimed that they always came out that color (black) but offered to replace them. The replacements were a toasted brown and tasty enough. As to the rest of the meal, the preparations were OK. The entrees are a protein only dish..sides are ordered separately. They are pricey ($7+) and very small..not sufficient to share as we were told. I'm not an advocate of enormous amounts of food on a plate but the portions here were the other extreme, especially given the price point. All in all, the cuisine and dining experience just didn't deliver - especially when you're anticipating a fine dining experience!!

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 (New England)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Try to sit outside. The patio is magical

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 (New England)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Beautiful evening in the garden. Wonderful service from a very friendly and knowledgeable staff. A real gem in the heart of Newport.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 17, 2017

Had a wonderful night with my children. A birthday treat! Food was excellent, obliged my teenage son with a special burger. Josh our server was so attentive. The chef came out to greet us. Overall the atmosphere was excellent. Would highly recommend!

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu
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 (London)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Splendid. Wonderful food, beautiful room, extraordinary music. Don't be intimidated by formal description of the restaurant. Had a lovely dinner with my daughters.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 15, 2017

We had a delicious meal with wonderful service marred only by a very large party who apparently did not get served as quickly as they felt they should. It was very clear that staff were doing their very best to accommodate them a best they could, but towards the end, the party was somewhat loud and raucous and complained loudly which we found in very poor taste. My concern is that they will rate this restaurant poorly which will not reflect the beautiful setting and fine dining that is available here. Service is impeccable and I would recommend it highly. I think the occasion and the expectations of this large party were more the problem than anything else. I did note they asked for the check to be itemized and split into at least a dozen different bills and the staff accommodated them beautifully and without complaint. Our meal was amazing, I will be back and I highly recommend this restaurant

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 3, 2017

Although the small table and the folding chairs were not really comfortable, the excellent food and the lovely garden setting made for a wonderful dinner experience

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Indiana)·Dined on June 30, 2017

The steak and lamb chops were cooked to perfection. The staff were friendly but not intrusive. An unexpected bonus was the piano music. Christine created the perfect ambiance with her beautiful voice and skillful playing!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on June 25, 2017

Had Sunday brunch out on the back patio- it was simply delightful! Quiet and quaint listening to the fountain and not at all crowded and loud like so many other Newport brunch spots on the beaten paths of Broadway or Thames St. the food did take a bit longer than usual to come out, and certainly was more expensive but to avoid the wait, crowd, and noise it was well worth the extra $20 for two!

Tags: Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 21, 2017

We sat in the conservatory area and the food and service was great.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 11, 2017

I actually missed my reservation. I couldn't find parking. 40 minutes late, they sat me and the chef cooked. It was awesome.
The staff was professional and sweet. It meant the world to the traveler that was alone.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on June 10, 2017

The food was disappointing at best. My girlfriend got the swordfish- it was dry and burnt. I got the burger which was ok, but overpriced. Libations were fine but not outstanding. Environment was ok, a bit old and in need of renovation. Waitress was great. Would not recommend

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 10, 2017

The Vanderbilt Grill is located in the Vanderbilt Hotel--- which is something we typically avoid--but we were pleasantly surprised. The food was delicious, service was prompt and the dining room is lovely. We began our meal with a drink in the roof-top bar which overlooks Newport Harbor and that was a fun time! Lots of young people. But the dining room is quiet and elegant. Our dishes were perfectly prepared!

Tags: Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic
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