The Vanderbilt

4.3
768 Reviews
$31 to $50
American

About

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 experience in The Dining Room at The Vanderbilt 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.

Enjoy the cuisine of The Vanderbilt:
Breakfast | 8am - 11am (Saturday-Sunday)
Brunch | 11am - 2:30pm (Saturday-Sunday)
Lunch | 12pm - 3pm (Monday - Friday)
Dinner | 6pm - 9:30pm (Sunday-Thursday) | Dinner 6pm - 10pm (Friday - Saturday)

Visit our Roof Deck for chilled cocktails and light bites on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience3

Service slow and limited menu and no substitutions. At the price point you should at least serve mash potatoes rather than French fries with filet and poor salad. Recommend music outside.

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Victoria
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was the total experience. 5 star in every way. Ambiance, service, food, drinks…SUPERB.

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Tracit
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner reservation cation was made for 8:30 in the garden. From the moment we arrived the staff was amazing. The establishment itself is breathtaking. Our waiter ( Paublo) was such a wonderful young man and so full of knowledge on The Vanderbilt.
Our food was delicious and the garden atmosphere takes your breathe away.
If I had to give one thumbs down, a table away had two smaller dogs that joined them for dinner that decided to bark the whole time. I’m not a fan of dogs at finer dining.

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

Overall delicious

RB
vipRickB
New England
34 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had to wait a bit to be seated, but I imagine that was due to the short-staffing that all restaurants are experiencing. After that, everything was excellent. The sommelier did sn excellent job of saving our bottle of wine from a faulty, difficult cork. Great food with portions sized perfectly.

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vipVineyardgirl6088
New England
14 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exquisite recently renovated decor bringing the Vanderbilt to a higher expectation of elegance and service.

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OpenTable Diner
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Sat outside, service was slow, took a long time to get tap water, never received ice we requested, took a long time to get our food but once received was delicious, ordered coffee and dessert and when it was finally received coffee slipped off tray and waitress burned herself. Coffee was also spilled all over table and my dress, was not only charged for coffee but took forever to get the bill. Maybe service would have been different if we had dined indoors?

Tables near us also had dogs barking and kids crying, otherwise atmosphere and music was nice. Just wish service had been a better.

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2travelers
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was awesome! Such great hospitality.

The Vanderbilt
Responded on August 17, 2021

Dear 2travelers, We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your waiter at The Vanderbilt. We are so excited to continue welcoming in guests to explore our reimagined Downtown Mansion and hope to have you join us again in the future.

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vipCWright
New England
70 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Menu was very limited with very little seafood options and it is Newport. What we had was good however for the price the portions were small and $18 for a green salad is a bit much. Service was good, Martini's were not.

The Vanderbilt
Responded on August 17, 2021

Dear CWright, We are so glad you were able to join us at The Vanderbilt, reimagined. We have provided your feedback to our team and hope to welcome you back in as our ever-evolving menu continues to expand.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful food and attentive staff

The Vanderbilt
Responded on August 17, 2021

Hi there, We are so glad to hear your culinary experience was fit with delicious cuisine and a hospitable staff. We strive to make every guest feel celebratory at The Vanderbilt, reimagined, and hope to welcome you back in the future.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They set the bar really high. Drinks and food could not have been better. Our bartenders Dean and Micah were professional and very friendly. I will definitely return!

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NewportTownie
New England
16 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Austin has introduced a very audacious and innovative selection of foods, with defining touches that clearly emphasize specific flavors that complement superbly with each other. Every dish has at least one culinary surprise. The service was impeccable: attentive and courteous without being intrusive and unctuous or overly familiar. The venue, now divided into three completely different ambiences (garden, conservatory and dining room) remains one of the most attractive in Newport. The location is far enough from Thames Street to be quiet and exclusive, but close enough to be very convenient. The wine selection by the glass was excellent, but surely the by-the-bottle selection could be scaled a bit differently from what amounts to an almost exclusively high-end list.

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vipraidersix2002
New England
149 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Fantastic location . . . food was ok . . . service was sooo slow!

The Vanderbilt
Responded on August 17, 2021

Dear raidersix2002, We are so glad you could dine with us at The Vanderbilt. We are sad to hear about service time and will alert our team to improve experiences in the future. We hope to welcome you in again to experience The Vanderbilt, reimagined.

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vipCastlerocker
New England
19 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great service but very limited menu with no vegetarian entrees although they agreed to make one.

Main dining room extremely dark but garden room is much better. This could be a prime dining destination in Newport but seems a work in process.

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EricK
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience5

The roof was awesome- but dinner was awful

The Vanderbilt
Responded on August 17, 2021

Dear EricK, We are saddened to hear your culinary experience was less than perfection. While our Roof Deck is a wonderful place to spend the evening, we hope to welcome you back for an amazing meal in The Dining Room at The Vanderbilt or The Conservatory to wow you with classic New England fare with a modern twist.

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YelenaG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Expected a nice fine dining experience. Was disappointed. Salad was so overly dressed with vinegar that burned my palate. Food portions were small, main dish was edible but nothing special. Restaurant is pricey, though I wouldn’t return even if my dinner was free.
Do not recommend.

MM
vipMrsMunch
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious brunch. Highly recommend.

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vipOpenTableDiner
New York Area
79 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Am unbelievable experience start to finish, thanks to Dwayne my server for his perfect suggestions and brilliant wine pairings. A truly memorable evening with delicious fare!

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vipmaria
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Very limited menu, although what we had was good, well prepared and served. Seems they are in transition to redo menu and dining room, it is located now in an informal greenhouse type structure. Server was excellent, friendly and energetic. From description thought the restaurant would be more upscale, but turned out only the prices were and so the value was not so much there. Very limited wine selections, small pours for the price, although they do pour a taste so you can try before getting the full glass. Cocktails were good.
Overall was OK in an interesting hotel but nothing special.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Out door courtyard was nice

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Service was god awful

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vipFoodieMike
New England
7 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First and foremost, the service was excellent. The staff is smart, young, ambitious kids who are experts in customer service. They should open a school.
The food was excellent, the sauces where exceptional.
Especially the buerre Parmesan fondue that came with the stuffies. I actually dreamt about that sauce.
I’m loath to write this because I don’t want reservations to become more difficult but they deserve accolades.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Staff was very pleasant and a charming location. Menu was limited, but everything we ate was delicious! Caesar salad with lobster was perfect!

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curtisl
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Service was very slow and incompetent. They refused to substitute chips for another side even though there were was someone in our party with dietary restrictions. Ran out of lobster rolls and then the replacement burger was undercooked and sent back. Ambience was the only highlight.

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PaulB
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant is currently being renovated, so we were seated outside, under an awning, nice, sheltered and comfortable despite poor weather. Food quality, service, and ambiance all outstanding, would happily recommend.

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Pierre
Montreal
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great foods great staffs

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NYer
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Food very nice, service a bit shaky. Early arrival ensured an "inside" table in the conservatory otherwise "outside" in the garden under a tent on a cold, rainy evening. Look forward to the dining room reopening.

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vipMarkH
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a beautiful hotel restaurant with a wonderful and diverse menu.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
17 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The mansion is going through some renovations so we ate in the patio. The food was good, reasonably priced but the service was slow. We noticed that there were 2 couples and us and it took over 25 minutes to get service. The waitress was very nice and pleasant but we noticed that another couple came in and got served right away. Not sure who they were but we would have loved to get that kind of service.

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vipAmyQ
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience5

Oh, wow, this was a horrible dining experience. With the beautiful pictures and food pictures, I thought I was making a good decision. First thing: the waitress was very overwhelmed and the two support bus boy and water boy were of zero help to her. We had to ask for water 20 minutes into our wait, our drinks were never refilled and the food is delicious, but extremely overpriced. I chose the eggs Benedict with a poached egg that was fully cooked on top. $18 mimosa in a coupe glass is an absolute rip off. Five tables surrounding us were not cleaned off and reset the entire time we had breakfast. Oh, and the manager ~ she was interviewing a prospective employee in the outside dining area, clueless to what was going on and flirting heavily with the soon-to-be employee. Absolute rip off. AVOID.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience3

I've eaten here twice and both times the food was subpar. First time the restroom was also dirty. The service is always fantastic, I wish the food was comparable.

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Tabbs
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best team, fabulous chef and wonderful menu

AW
vipAshleyW
Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was impeccable. The food was delicious beyond words. The ambiance was perfect! The service was outstanding!

DA
vipDaveAgburyCT
New England
35 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely outstanding. We were greeted by the general manager, the host, and the head chef as we entered. We started with a ceviche tostada, followed by pickled scallops, followed by oysters and an amazing burrata salad. The main course was to die for.. consisting of the Waldorf salad with lobster and the Seabass. Both outstanding! We ordered a beautiful bottle of Pinot Noir, suggested by our waiter, after having two delicious martinis. We finished with berries, whip cream and chambord. The staff, service, food, quality, ambiance and management were top notch! We will definitely be back!

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DSamT
New England
36 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal! Server was well versed on wines and every item on the menu. Definitely a hidden gem.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
10 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

There was no restaurant the address was not a restaurant update open table because it was a waste of my time it was closed that sounds good don’t talk when you’re on the breakfast one yeah oh yeah yeah

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vipSheilas
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience1

Understandably the renovations are ongoing but the signage was poor and we wandered around to get to the roof top and Then to the pavilion for dinner. Staff we very inexperienced and served side dishes without any cutlery , no bread just dry crackers , couldn’t find the valer to get our car and had to go into the kitchen ( trailer) and ask for help. The management was around and trying but missing the basics. We will go again as we love the roof top bar and we want this hotel to succeed despite so much turnover in ownership

JM
JoeM
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food with good service. Thoroughly enjoyed the Tomahawk steak and the heirloom carrots.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The menu was limited, but everything was delicious.

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vipElizabeth
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I really enjoy coming to the Gwyne for brunch. Their price and value are out of this world, especially for Newport. Their menu is small, which might turn people off, but what they do they do so well! The main dining room is currently under renovations but the sunroom is a great backup for brunch. Might not be peoples ideal for dinner. I am a repeat customer and proud of it!

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