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Safari Room Restaurant, Newport, RI

Safari Room Restaurant

4.4
4.4
1282 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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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, American
  • Hours of operation
    Bar Thu, Fri 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Sat 11:00 am–9:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–8:00 pm Lunch Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Thu, Fri 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Sat 5:30 pm–9:00 pm Sun 5:30 pm–8:00 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
  • 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

What 1,282 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on all time ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

1,282 Reviews
  1. ChrisH

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Beautiful location. Restaurant was not busy at all, however, the service was extremely slow. Maybe because of wedding at the venue?? Ordered chowder (came out cold) and 2 drinks in an hour and a half while waiting for entrees. Ended up cancelling food and leaving. Will not return

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  2. LoriAA

    Alabama

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Andrew the waiter was fantastic and our meals were great!

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  3. Morgan

    Phoenix

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Waited 35 minutes after our reservation time to get seated. Table was available the entire time but was told we were waiting on it (I’m guessing it was a staffing issue and they didn’t want to say that, but it’s better than just a random inaccurate excuse). The hostess was less than helpful but our waitress was lovely. Food was good but not great. Everyone recommended this spot coming to Newport but we were most definitely underwhelmed/disappointed. Would not recommend.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waiter was so outgoing and kind. The food was excellent worth every penny!
    Safari Room RestaurantResponded on September 3, 2023
    We're grateful you took the time to share your feedback with us, thank you. It's a pleasure to serv customers like yourself. Have a great day and we hope to serv you again soon! Colby Soares Restaurant Manager

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Second year in a row we came for my husbands birthday..last year it was incredible so we decided to book again being that the view is just unforgettable. The bottle of wine we ordered had just sold their last bottle which was disappointing. The pretzel appetizer was good but our meals were underwhelming. I had the salmon and while it was supposed to be crusted, it was pure sauce on top and the fish was way undercooked. My husband had the lemon clam pasta and while it look good he said it was just ok. Service was ok..we had our apps before we even got our wine and my daughter waited so long for the Parmesan cheese that her pasta was cold. Everyone enjoyed the s’mores brownie! We won’t be back next year.

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  6. Maria

    New York City

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Staff was courteous and very helpful. My dish was served five minutes before my wife's dish came out. Wife's sandwich was soggy from the salad that was served on same plate. These two avoidable mistakes took away from our oveall enjoyment. The restaurant was not busy. The mud pie ice cream desert saved the day.

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  7. Great

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Serving staff were wonderful, very nice and polite young men.
    Safari Room RestaurantResponded on September 3, 2023
    Thank you so much for your positive feedback! We're so thrilled to hear you had a great experience at Safari Room Our entire Team works very hard to keep our customers happy and we can only do it thanks to great customers like you . Thanks again ,and we hope to serv you again soon! sincerely , Colby Soares Restaurant Manager

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  8. DavidS

    Fort Lauderdale

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was excellent we totally had a wonderful experience sitting on the grass the view is crazy!
    Safari Room RestaurantResponded on September 3, 2023
    Thank you for the 5-star review! We value your feedback and can’t wait to serve you again.

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  9. KathyS

    Greater Boston

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and our server Nathan was fantastic. Beautiful setting

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  10. JenniferF

    Philadelphia

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful view to have dinner and watch the sunset.. recommend!!

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  11. PERRY

    New York City

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    VERY GOOD PLACE,GOOD FOOD AND VIEW OF THE WATER.HOST WAS VERY GOOD TOO

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  12. KathleenL

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Waited over an hour for food. Told there was no chef in the kitchen and they were many other issues re kitchen. Food when served was not good. Gold and very salty.n asked for hot tea and coffee. Coffee machine was not working and had no black tea available. Very disappointing experience.

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  13. ChristineB

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Was seated at 230pm. Received our appetizers (with errors) after much delay. Received our entrees at 3:45. One hour and fifteen minutes after beefing seated. The restaurant was not well populated or crowded to earn such delays. Yes, we were two tables but what restaurant can’t handle two tables of (1) four and (2) six at the same time. Disappointed at this price point

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  14. drpkot

    Greater Boston

    42 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    View was fabulous. Reservation was for 12;15 and there was no hostess or host, had to ask the bartender if they were open. After that everything was fine food was good great view and finally attentive service. Disappointed that there was no brunch menu

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fresh food, well cooked, done right, serviced professionally.

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  16. DavidG

    New York City

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome place. Great service, food, drinks and company

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful place to celebrate a family vacation with excellent food and breathtaking views. We will be back.

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  18. AnneB

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From the time you enter the beautifully landscaped Cliff Walk it is amazing! Food, service and gorgeous views were all top shelf. We will definitely be back! I can’t wait to bring more family and friends here!!!!!!

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  19. Phoodophile

    New York City

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful view and food was very good. Sometimes places with s good view have mediocre food. Not here. Tuna ceviche and swordfish club were excellent.

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  20. SouthCountydiner

    Greater Boston

    37 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Menu was just ok. More casual dining than expected. Men in swim shorts and no shoes. Disappointed as it was a Saturday night and expected better ambiance and dress attire. Had the tuna tacos and they were very good. Restaurant seemed short staffed.

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  21. Healthnut

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    I’m very sorry to say our last experience at Safari Room was not good. I usually go with out of town guests because they have a beautiful view and decent, if not great, food. We last went on Saturday August 5, with 6:30 reservations. The first issue was when our party of 6 asked to move 1 table over for a better view of the water. We were told they couldn’t give us that table because VIP guests had reserved it for 8:30 pm. So the table remained empty for the 2 hours we sat there and then 3 teens and an adult were seated at the table for 7. We found out the VIPs were the owners kids, and that was “their” table when they came. Hmmm. Way to make paying customers feel unappreciated. After that, we waited an hour for drinks. Beer was served warm, wine was poured very stingily for one of our party, while another had a regular pour. 2 of 6 didn’t get water for almost an hour. Another table that sat after us was eating long before we got our food. Some entrees were cold that should have been hot when they finally arrived at 8:00 ( we were seated at 6:30). After asking for it to be heated, the entree disappeared never to return. The waiter pretty much ignored us for the first hour until we complained, and then came over to apologize. We thought we were being punked. Unfortunate, but will probably not return after that fiasco of a dinner.

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  22. BIockIslandFans

    Greater Boston

    34 reviews

    3.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    The host stand was empty when we arrived and we wandered around looking for someone to help us. Despite the restaurant being half-empty, we had to wait at the bar for our reserved table. The hostess never came back to seat us; the helpful bartender went and got her and finally we were seated. The waiter took our order but didn't bring drinks for 20 minutes; we had already finished one course. My companion went to the bar for the drinks (thanks helpful bartender again!). The waiter was bussing empty tables on several occasions when we needed something (silverware, drink refills) and we had to get up and ask. It's clear that the staff is very young and untrained like summer resort staff. They are energetic and want to be helpful, but just don't have experience. The prices do not reflect this however. If you're charging premium prices then get some experienced waitstaff. The food was alright but not worth the poor service.

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  23. MariaS

    New York City

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    After being seated, it took about 20 minutes for a waiter to take our drink and appetizer order. While our drinks came in a timely manner, our cold appetizer was a bit delayed. I ordered the arugula salad with strawberries and a salmon add-on. The order came with tuna. Instead of salmon. I sent it back. They quickly brought the salad back with salmon. However, when I cut into the salmon, it was raw. One of the other waiters came over and saw it right away and acknowledge that it was indeed raw. He took the plate and said he would bring me an entire new plate. When my new plate arrived, it contained my original salad, now wilted, as well as the salmon that I cut up earlier, which was cooked through. It looked awful, and was barely edible. Our waiter then came over and we let him know and he said he would make an adjustment on the bill. When he brought the bill over, he mentioned that he took 20% off. This did not cover the cost of the salad with the salmon. I ate a few bites of both. The headwaiter came to check on us and we told them that we felt the cost of my dinner should be comped. He took care of it and brought us back to bill minus my dinner with the additional 20% off. And if that were not enough, my fiancé ordered the burger and fries, and was sick the whole night. Come for the view, but not the food.

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  24. Christine

    New York City

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our experience was outside. Great views of the bay and a nice summer breeze. The service was excellent- not rushed. Our server, Dave, was very attentive. The food was just delicious! We cannot forget to mention the drinks - they hit the spot. Definitely plan to go back soon!

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  25. NatalieS

    New York City

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The location has so much potential but the food is just fine. Staff are a bit chaotic and seems like could do with some better management or direction

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  26. AntonioM

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    We were sat promptly. Our waiter never showed. The hostess came over after 30 minutes and asked if we had been served. She apologized and took our drink order. That never showed up waiter Joe finally came and asked if we wanted drinks we told we had already order with hostess. But again they never showed up. Finally flagged down whom might have been manage. He took I drink order and apologized again. Again they took a least another 10 minutes to get. Meantime people whom were sat after us already had appetizers. Waiter Joe finally shows up and took our order. We order a mussels appetizer. They were under cooked. Some were ok and the dish rated good of what we could eat. Crab pasta Entre felt like/ tasted like it sat for while and then reheated. Maybe it was me be annoyed by the lack of service by then. Ambience was great. Great location.

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  27. Rose

    New York City

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful location overlooking the bay. For the price, the food was mediocre. The pasta dish, lemon, garlic pasta with lump crabmeat was bland...definitely not gourmet. Generally disappointing.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good food and unbeatable view prces were also fsir

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Service slow and not 4/5 star. We tried to have reservation for 6 which was impossible to get. We had dinner for 4 instead and witnessed a table adjacent empty all night. They need to update their decor , service and food. The menu does not live up to their exclusive reputation as a good restaurant, hotel wedding venue. The bathroom is old and main dining room has a musty mold smell. I would not have an event there.

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  30. ALFONSO

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server Dave was incredible and the views were amazing. The food, however was not so good. Dave mentioned they just got a new chef a few days prior, so maybe that explains it. The burger was bleh, the lemon pasta was halfway decent but lacking in flavor. The French onion soup was good.

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  31. Kacz

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The view was outstanding - water - sky & the mainland. The food and drink were excellent as was our server. Our party of three is the best - so bring someone you love to share the day.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Place is really nice with beautiful views. The food and drinks were excellent. Highly recommend .

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  33. MatthewL

    Orlando

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Local Rhode Islander who really wants Safari Room to be a good experience, but it always falls short. The location is 10/10 (if you can handle navigating through the tourist hell that is Newport). Stunning views of the bay down the sloping lawn. Unfortunately, that is where the experience drops off. Last year, it took us nearly an hour to get our drinks on the lawn and the food was mediocre. We then paid with a Discover card, only to receive multiple calls during the next several hours until we could provide a Visa or Mastercard once we arrived at home (they don't take Discover and expected us to cut our day out short to provide another payment?). This year, service was incredibly slow (one waiter for the entire outdoor area?). Two meals were incorrect and two drinks were incorrect. We then received the bill with an extra $36 "miscellaneous" charge added on. This was removed and the cost of two drinks were comped. We would have preferred to have paid more to simply enjoy our time there. Next year we will remember to skip this disappointing establishment.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    The server Bobby was horrible he never checked to see if we needed anything. All he did was take our order and we had to wave him down to get our bill.

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  35. RenataP

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Waiter was very attentive. Provided recommendations which were delicious. Beautiful views.

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  36. MadiN

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As a former server at the Safari Room Restaurant, it was so nice to return and see all the positive changes that were implemented since I left in 2010. The dining atmosphere was much more casual, which I enjoyed, and the menu had a wide range of offerings. We were seated quickly with a clear view of the sunset over the water. Absolutely beautiful. Our server, Nathan, was very attentive and gave excellent recommendations. Although we thoroughly enjoyed everything, my favorite course was dessert. I had an espresso martini, which was delicious, and the s'mores brownie topped with cappuccino ice cream. YUM!

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience Thank you so much We will definitely come again

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  38. RonaldK

    New York City

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    We were disappointed that we were not told there was a wedding going on Had to listen to very bad music for 1 hour

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  39. MargaretM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 12, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ran out of mushrooms for dining options and ran out of ice cream for Mud Pie which was the birthday dessert everyone was looking forward to. Wait Staff shouldn’t have to break food outages to patrons. It places them in an awkward position. Management should speak with patrons and discuss options. Running out of food and poor demand/meal planning is a management issue.

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  40. Abby

    Greater Boston

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous! Haven’t been here in years but so worth the wait. My filet was amazing !!!

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FAQs

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

Safari Room Restaurant is rated 4.4 stars by 1282 OpenTable diners.

Not bookable

This restaurant is temporarily offline. Please contact the restaurant directly or check back shortly for availability.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Safari Room Restaurant

65 Ridge Road, Newport, RI 02840

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Harrison Avenue
  • Neighborhood
    Newport
  • Hours of operation
    Bar Thu, Fri 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Sat 11:00 am–9:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–8:00 pm Lunch Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Thu, Fri 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Sat 5:30 pm–9:00 pm Sun 5:30 pm–8:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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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