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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.
Newport, RI 02840
American, Contemporary American, Breakfast
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast Monday - Friday from 8:30am-11am
Breakfast Saturday and Sunday from 7:30am-11am
Lunch daily Monday - Friday from 12pm-3pm
Saturday and Sunday Brunch from 12pm-3pm
Dinner Thursday, Friday and Sunday from 6pm-9pm,
Friday and Saturday until 9:30pm
Bar Open Daily from 4pm
Clarke Street & Thames Street
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Kristine Wilbur on piano Friday and Saturday.
Complementary Valet parking.
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
The Vanderbilt Grill Ratings and Reviews
We came in from the cold for lunch to find an empty dinning room. We had very good clam chowder, but at $18 for a moderate size bowl, way overpriced! You can get the same thing for half the price all over Newport. Good food, but I really wouldn't recommend to a friend.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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- !
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.
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!!
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
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