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Safari Room Restaurant, Newport, RI

Safari Room Restaurant

4.3
4.3
1100 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
The Safari Room Restaurant and Bar at OceanCliff is known for providing extraordinary culinary experiences both indoors and out. Our experienced team of culinary professionals provides the ultimate dining experience while you soak in panoramic views of Narragansett Bay. Our team utilizes only the finest ingredients, including a selection of fresh, local seafood, prime aged beef, and exotic house specialties.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 20 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, American

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Fri–Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Wed, Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri–Sun 5:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (401) 849-4873

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Private party facilities

    The Safari Room specializes in private events with an interior dining room accommodating up to 65 guests including a private bar (available year round). Our seasonal open air patio overlooking the Narragansett Bay can be transformed for your private celebration for events up to 70 guests.

  • Private party contact

    Krystal Hastings: (401) 849-4873

  • Neighborhood

    Newport, Rhode Island

  • Cross street

    Harrison Avenue

  • Parking details

    We offer complimentary on-site parking.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4Value

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  1. CF

    CatherineF

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall1food1service2ambience4
    Menu was terrible. For such a beautiful spot you would think the menu would reflect it. Website does not have current menu. Very limited and below average.
  2. NB

    NikaB

    New England

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    We went to Safari for my boyfriend’s birthday and had a nice afternoon lunch. My only feedback is that the french fries were undercooked. Our server was fantastic and extremely attentive. The view was also spectacular! We’ve decided to have our engagement party here!
  3. L

    Lynn

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely afternoon lunch on the lawn. Our server, Bobby, was terrific! Very attentive and helpful with suggestions.
  4. LP

    LeanneP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    The Safari Room is a great place to eat with a wonderful view.
  5. JM

    JeffM

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food3service3ambience5
    First and foremost, we had an excellent view of the water and sunset from our table, and this really made the night. The food was good, and the service was fine. I overheard some other tables complaining about the pace of service, but we weren’t bothered by this. My wife and I shared a cheeseboard, and there was a particular cheese we really liked. The server gave us the name, but when I searched for it online, I couldn’t find it anywhere. I emailed the restaurant the next morning, and they got back to me with clarification and a link to the cheese maker. That was certainly gracious of them.
  6. KT

    KevinT

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Would highly recommend having dinner around sunset. Everything about the restaurant was wonderful. Dinner at sunset, food, service and value was wonderful.
  7. LC

    LaurenC

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience1
    From the pictures online, I expected a safari themed decorated, beautiful restaurant. When we arrived, I was disappointed to find that they were using that room for a wedding and we would instead be seated in a stark, boring room enclosed on the ocean side with plastic windows. Although our ocean view table was nice, the cold air blowing through the spaces of the plastic windows, made for a chilly dining experience. I should also mention that the music from the wedding reception next to this room mixed with the streamed in music of the restaurant, made for a confusing auditory experience. The service was awful! The waiter was obviously new and very disorganized. He brought us someone else's drink, forgot about us for lengths of time, and generally made our dining experience frustrating. The food was good, but not worth the money. Overall, disappointing experience and would not recommend this restaurant.
  8. GW

    GregoryW

    Toronto

    19 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience5
    A wonderful setting in a beautiful spot. Highly recommended for the view alone. This said, the food was average (at best). We ordered the scallops and seared tuna. Prosecco was fine. Mondetto. As for the service, unfortunately, the sense we get is that they employ seasonal staff and they really aren’t there to make a connection and deliver exceptional service. I wouldn’t recommend Safari unless you are attending with a group.
  9. N

    Noname

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    I’ve always wanted to go here. My sister was in town so I made reservations. There were 2 weddings which typically wouldn’t be an issue but I have to believe the food suffered because of it or at least I hope that is the reason. We got the chowder for starter and it was “ok.” We then got the stuffies. The waiter told us it took 20 mins. Because they were made in house. That got us excited. Well they were awful. They were dry, flavorless and I don’t think I had one clam. NOT worth the 18.00 for 2. I have had better frozen stuffies from the grocery store which doesn’t say much. I then got the chicken tacos. They were also super dry, the corn tortillas were over cooked and again they lacked flavor. The only positive was our waiter. Bobby was very pleasant and attentive. The view is amazing but I will not hurry back. The next time I want a beautiful view I will try somewhere else in Newport. Sooo disappointing 😒.
  10. DD

    DianeDP

    New England

    64 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience5
    We had 6 people to have lunch and watch the start of the Newport yo Bermuda race. A perfect venue for this. The food looked better than it tasted! One person’s order was forgotten . Service was attentive .
  11. TN

    TraceyN

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had excellent service. Katrina, our server, did an outstanding job. She was friendly and personable, while still being professional. Our food was lovely and the entire staff treated us well. Definitely recommend and will definitely return.
  12. NP

    NanaiPF

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice ambiance and food was great!
  13. A

    Amelia

    New England

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    new menu is great!!! had a wonderful evening with a killer view!
  14. DB

    DerekB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Like so many restaurants today, they were terribly understaffed during our visit, possibly compounded by a wedding underway on the premises. The food was very good but the pace of the kitchen was very slow and some hot items arrived lukewarm and meats were way overcooked. It took more than 2 hours to have a meal without dessert. Our waitress was very sweet and apologetic and they did credit us for two overcooked meals. It is a beautiful spot to dine so I prefer to give this normally outstanding venue a ‘pass’ for having an off day and being a victim of short staffing.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    28 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience5
    We used to frequent this place often. I guess the Covid outbreak really took it’s toll on staffing here. We had reservations at 5:15 & didn’t get our meal until 6:30p! Granted, there was a wedding going on, but the restaurant should have been more prepared to tend to the patrons in the restaurant. We both ordered the fillet mignon, mine was acceptable, but my date’s was much smaller than my portion even though it was the same exact item. He sent it back, and had to eat separately. Needless to say, we were very disappointing. We spoke to the manager on shift & she did comp our meal, which we were thankful for. The table beside us also complained the service was bad . The waitress was not knowledgeable of many questions that we asked …she had to keep going back-and-forth to ask someone else. We will not be going back there anytime soon. I hope they get their act together, because it would be a shame if they didn’t . It’s such a beautiful establishment and the view is five stars.
  16. MG

    MonicaG

    New England

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience1
    I’ve never been to a restaurant with such a lack of ambience. You could literally hear a pin drop. They didn’t know how to serve a table, like there was spilled food and not enough utensils and not a single napkin. Plus the staff was very inattentive. I understand they had a wedding next door, but if your staff can’t handle a wedding and a restaurant at the same time, just close the restaurant for the wedding. The food was good, and the view was really great. But that’s about it.
  17. HD

    HappyDiner57

    New England

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal at a great location. First time there. Only hiccup was handicap accessibility in the restrooms. Not great. Other than that, it was a lovely experience.
  18. RR

    RobRuss64

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was outstanding, the views were impeccable, service was perfect but it was a tad expensive which we expected. I booked another reservation while I was there for a few weeks from now. This is one of my favorite restaurants.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Todo me gusto mucho
  20. O

    ericaO

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    12/10 the place was amazing, the sunset was amazing and the staff were the nicest people you will ever meet! And the food was also fabulous!
  21. CD

    CarolynD

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Forced to take a later reservation on Wednesday, June 8th, and when arrived very few people in the restaurant. Asked for bread, because there were bread dishes on table, and told no bread. When bill came, the card receipt was for more then the actual bill. We were overcharged.
  22. KH

    KarenH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We come here every year on our Newport day. One year we tried a different place and realized we wanted to come back here! If you can get a table outside it is a bonus!
  23. CH

    ChristopherH

    New England

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional outdoor dining experience. Great food, wonderful service and spectacular view on the water. All of our entrees were great, along with the pretzels appetizer.
  24. MM

    MaureenM

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We dined on the outside deck overlooking the bay on a beautiful June day, the scenery was breathtaking, the service was outstanding and the food was delicious. We chose a variety of small plates to share and the only one that was somewhat disappointing was the lobster roll. the watermelon arugula salad and charcuterie plate were both great - very fresh, wonderful pairings of meats and cheeses. After our meal, we ventured down to the Adirondack chairs on the lawn and enjoyed some additional drinks there.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place
  26. CM

    ChristineM

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous view! Excellent food and service. The charcuterie board was delicious. Among us we also had scallops, swordfish, fish-n-chips and hot lobster roll. Everyone enjoyed. Especially lovely at sunset.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    The lunch did not seem up to the quality of the rest of the property and hotel. Only had sandwiches and lunch food. Just seemed a little light.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The location is beautiful, best view. Bobby was spectacular in every way. He was on top of everything and made us feel incredibly welcome. Would definitely go back whenever in Newport!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall1food1service5ambience5
    Food was gross and the drinks sucked. But the view was beautiful at lest
  30. JS

    JonS

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Unfortunately was very foggy so the view was nonexistent.
  31. JM

    JohnM

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    Three out of four entrees had issues. Statler chicken entree arrived missing fingerling potatoes. First of two salmon entrees arrived without sweet potato hash, and second had white rice instead of the sweet potato hash. Server advised of issues and indicated there wasn’t any sweet potato hash left and had to wait another 15 minutes for fingerling potatoes to work their way to the table. Did speak to manager and was compensated for two salmon entrees. Manager’s explanation was that a large wedding used up all the sweet potato hash. The evening entertaining out of town guests was a disappointment as was the explanation for the issues.
  32. MS

    MadeleineS

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing! Went here to celebrate a birthday and a graduation. Had beautiful weather and a gorgeous view of the water. These cheese plate was delicious, as were the soups. Definitely coming back!
  33. MC

    MariaC

    New England

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday Brunch; Our server was Ariana . She was new a did an outstanding job . Service was spot on and she was excellent. Food was delicious. I have some dietary intolerance and server and chef were very accommodating. I will be back . Thank you all for such a lovely day
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience5
    Location is great. Sunset was nice. Servers were friendly. Unfortunately that is where it ended. Menu on OpenTable not updated. No lobster on the menu. Chowder was meh. Steak undercooked. Would have been happy to pay more for a good evening, unfortunately, this was the wasted evening of the long weekend. Better options throughout Newport.
  35. N

    Newport

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Million dollar view! Great food and great service.
  36. LI

    LISAB

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Service and view were perfect. It was not busy (midweek lunch) so they welcomed us to stay and enjoy the view. Nice not to feel rushed. Only complaint is that the clam chowder had too many potatoes and too few clams. Pretzel sticks were great.
  37. DH

    DiannH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great! Reagan the manager is fab! And the staff she was training. We had a great celebration!!
  38. MD

    MitchellD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, perfect view, and quick service. Dinner during sunset made it very romantic and worth every cent.
  39. K

    Kathy

    New England

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The dining area was nice and open so we felt safe. The heater helped the nite chill!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best views!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Safari Room Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (401) 849-4873.

Safari Room Restaurant is rated 4.3 stars by 1100 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 20 times today
Google Map for Safari Room Restaurant

65 Ridge Road Newport, RI 02840

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Harrison Avenue

  • Neighborhood

    Newport, Rhode Island

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Fri–Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Wed, Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri–Sun 5:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    We offer complimentary on-site parking.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (401) 849-4873

  • Private party facilities

    The Safari Room specializes in private events with an interior dining room accommodating up to 65 guests including a private bar (available year round). Our seasonal open air patio overlooking the Narragansett Bay can be transformed for your private celebration for events up to 70 guests.

  • Private party contact

    Krystal Hastings: (401) 849-4873

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