The Lawn at Castle Hill Inn

4.8
432 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
The epitome of classic New England dining, our rolling lawn is a timeless Newport icon. After decades of entertaining, The Lawn at Castle Hill is as much a tradition as it is a restaurant. This time of year, we offer the menu of casual favorites from the comfort of the historic mansion with ocean-view windows on all sides – as well as in the cozy Mansion Bar. There is no better way to spend a crisp fall afternoon than with a cup of our classic clam chowder, a succulent burger, or a spiked glass of mulled wine. Each Sunday our chefs prepare traditional brunch items paired with live jazz music as well, a perfect way to round out a winter weekend. Reservations are available for lunch & brunch beginning at 11:30am, while the Mansion Bar is “first-come, first served” beginning at 11:30am.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Lunch Monday – Thursday 11:30am – 2:00pm, reservations & walk-ins
Lunch Friday & Saturday 11:30am – 3:00pm, reservations & walk-ins
Sunday Brunch 11:30am – 3:00pm, reservations & walk-ins
Mansion Bar 11:30am – 10:00pm
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Phone number
(401) 849-3885
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Louis Rossi
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Private party facilities
Private Dining services are available for our indoor spaces and our Chalet, featuring a range of capacities and menu styles based on applicable hours and seasonality. Please contact our sales department to coordinate private events at (401)619-3830.
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Parking details
Parking is available on-site with complimentary valet service.
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Entertainment
Live music is featured on Sundays for our weekly ala carte brunch.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 432 People Are Saying
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AM
New England
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined here for our anniversary. The ambience was just right overlooking the waters of Newport.
The food and service was amazing! We come here every year for our anniversary.

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RW
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our favorite spot to dine while visiting Newport. We've enjoyed both lunch and dinner and have never been disappointed. Waterfront views are amazing!

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S
New England
51 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service with an outstanding View!

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HM
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service at Castle Hill Inn is always excellent, but the view is the showstopping characteristic. Everywhere you look is quintessential Newport.
I went for fall 2018 restaurant week brunch, and had the best Old Fashioned I've ever had, polenta with local mushrooms, and flourless chocolate cake with raspberry.
My one and only gripe is that there were a few flies buzzing around during our whole meal.

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RP
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We so appreciate that Castle Hill Inn participates in Newport Restaurant Week. It is a beautiful location, with wonderful food and attentive, thoughtful service. Brunch for my party of four was inventive and delicious. Their cocktails were equally fun and inventive. We will be back--and I tell anyone is in the Newport vicinity to take the time to drive out to this stunning, ocean-side location.

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CN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great lunch spot with a great view. The corn dogs were amazing! Definitely sit outside if the weather is good

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CM
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this place is top notch all around. Best Sunday brunch in Newport hands down. Lobster hash... do I really need to say anything else?

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MM
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our favorite restaurant in all of Newport !

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JT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a must when visiting Newport. Great food, beautiful view and delicious food. We went in the summer and fall, we sat in the bar which is typically outside but it was cold so there’s a temporary enclosed structure with heaters- it was wonderful. We were able to take in the beautiful views and enjoy a cocktail even in the cold weather.

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Adelaide / SA
7 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My clambake was delicious! There could have been a little more lobster bisque in the portion. The lobster roll was delicious. drinks were great. Ambiance is a 10 plus absolutely love sitting on the lawn in the Adirondack chairs watching the sail boats go by.

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L
New England
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful as always!
Every year my birthday celebration
I always feel special, not rushed. I love that!

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A
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely gorgeous spot. This is a must do when you are visiting Newport. The grounds and view are stunning, the food delicious and the service very good. We came for a casual lunch and to view Castle Hill - it did not disappoint.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

You can’t order up the weather but we lucked out with a beautiful day! Wonderful scenic view, attentive service, very good food, fun cocktails~ a memorable afternoon with friends visiting from out of town.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious but had issues with stomach distress on my way home and for the entire evening. Not typical of me, at all. Had the chowder, lobster roll & ice tea with lemon.

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S
New England
9 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Lawn at Castle Hill is simply amazing! Probably the best scenic waterfront location in RI. The lobster roll is perfectly seasoned and loaded with lobster. We also had a scallop BLT Special which was INCREDIBLE! Nice summer cocktails too. I HIGHLY recommend it!

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Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Beautiful location, great food and service. Everything about it was 5 stars except the bees. I can't blame the restaurant since that comes with the territory with al fresco dining but the were terribly aggressive putting a slight damper on the experience.

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TM
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved this restaurant from beginning to end. When we drove up the valet parking attendants were friendly and professional. The hostess that sat us was also very kind and accommodating. We had a great table outside with an incredible view. Our server was great! We both ordered the lobster roll and it was amazing. Tons of sweet lobster cooked perfectly. The chips and coleslaw were also outstanding. Although we choose to sit outside, the inside of the restaurant was beautiful. We would recommend this restaurant to anyone!

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Iit is casual enough for everyday but good for special occasion too

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GR
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to the Castle Hill Inn, and we had lunch at the terrace overlooking the Lawn on a Sunday afternoon. It was mostly a very good experience, but the food was a little disappointing. The service was fantastic, and the ambience outside on the terrace was very special. There was a small jazz band playing, and they sounded great. The wine selection was also outstanding.

We started off with the lobster corn gumbo for an appetizer, and wow, I think it was the best soup/gumbo that I've ever had. The lobster was very fresh, and the gumbo had a great spicy zing to it that I loved. My wife had the Chicken al Mattone and I had the Lobster Roll. I had the Lobster Roll Connecticut style, warm on a toasted roll with butter. The northeast is a great place for lobster rolls, and I've had them everywhere in the area, from the Connecticut coast up through the Cape and all the way into Maine. I would give this lobster roll about a B compared to most of the other lobster rolls that I've had at the best clam shacks and restaurants in the northeast. There was plenty of meat and it was cooked well, but it just didn't taste very fresh.

Unfortunately, my wife's Chicken al Mattone was very disappointing. The chicken was very dry and over cooked, and the skin was not crispy at all, which is one of the things Chicken al Mattone is noted for - crispy skin.

Our desserts were fantastic. I had the Key Lime Pie, and my wife had the Warm Brownie Skillet.

So all in all we had a good experience, but just a little disappointed in the main course meal. Most of the reviews I read before we went were very good, so hopefully this was just an exception, and we do plan to go back and give it another try.

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A
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Outside dining with lovely view of the water; perfect location to have a quiet lunch and a cocktail. Brunch menu available on Sundays along with their regular lunch offerings.

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St. Louis
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Had a reservation for 1:30. Showed up 10 minutes before and they said it would be an hour. Why does this place even have reservations. There were also available tables everywhere. My wife and I are local Newport residents and every chance we’ve given this place has just been awful. They’re lucky they have that view because the service is probably the worst in all of Newport. I hate this but place and my wife is finally on board that it sucks. Won’t be back again.

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SB
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 4

This was our second visit for an afternoon luncheon with friends this summer season. The outdoor seating / scenery with stunning water views & active sailing scene was lovely. Your Aperol Spritzers were the best I’ve had !! Our only issue were the bees 🐝 that continued to challenge us during our meal - on both visits . The second luncheon they were a bit more aggressive- in our wine glasses & literally flying under one friends sun glasses 😬 !! I guess that can be chalked up to outdoor dining . Overall, a lovely afternoon with good friends & food

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Naples
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was good but disappointed that there were only 4 choices on the menu besides appetizers and salads

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R
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

The setting is amazing. The food was not as wonderful as previous times. TH eservice was quite poor...had to wait a long time to order, had to beg for water an silverware, was charged for something we did not order and server's reaction was to be miffed.

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JF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular views and lively scene make The Castle Inn a must do and see experience for one and all! A gem on the eastern shore!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful view. Wonderful staff. Incredible food. Best calamari I’ve ever had.

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M
Dallas
125 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Lawn is outstanding! Beautiful view of water from inside the dining room. Sunday Jazz Brunch is great—choice of brunch or lunch menu. Service and food outstanding! Fried Green Tomato Benedict is outstanding!

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a
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Must do in Newport!!!

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IR
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent, as always. We were a little disappointed that the great music selection we heard a month ago was not playing. The 1920-30s jazz really added an extra element to the overall atmosphere.

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JK
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was absolutely amazing. A slice of heaven on earth. Highly recommend.

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J
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Haven’t been to Castle Hill for years, so yesterday’s visit was a real treat. It met all our expectations. The day couldn’t have been more beautiful and our table was in just the right spot to enjoy the spectacular view. The service and food were great. We look forward to a return visit before long.

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TB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect in every way. Will definitely return. xxxxxxxx

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JM
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome location, food and service! Everything was fresh and perfect temperature when served. Our server was friendly and helpful. Very relaxing lunch!

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JR
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been to Castle Hill on several occasions and always an amazing experience. Lunch on the Lawn is fantastic, the view breathtaking. Solid lunch menu, service is always top notch. To top it all off, manager Carlos remembered my name and all of my family, and it had been several months since our last visit. Castle Hill is the place to go to in Newport in the summer for outdoor dining.

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JC
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love celebrating special occasions here or just stopping by for a cocktail on the lawn. Perfect place to enjoy sunset as well, as the outdoor lawn is scattered with Adirondack chairs and overlooks Sakonnet Bay and the Newport Bridge. Perfect on Sundays if you have kids - there’s a jazz band and plenty of room for the kids to run around on the lawn. My #1 favorite place to enjoy outstanding food, good company, and good drinks in Newport!

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M
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular views; great service & food! Reservation a must; seated without delay.

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T
New England
25 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a very special place. A definite must for a summer day. The lawn is elegant but casual. It wouldn’t be a summer in Rhode Island without lunch at Castle Hill.

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B
New England
12 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

View is spectacular..Food and drinks are very good. Cudnt ask for better location for special occasion. All the people including other guests were super nice. Wouldn't be that good on a bad weather day.

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OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular all around! Food, weather, service and ambiance couldn’t have been better! Can’t wait to go back again! Rachel our server was amazing!!! She made sure everything was perfect!

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J
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 5

Awesome views, good food, the service was not great.

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