Safari Room Restaurant

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1029 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.

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
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
What 1029 people are saying
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MarkW
New England
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite places in Newport!!

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CurtisP
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had never dined here before but had a great meal. Service was very attentive and food was delicious.

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vipJeff
New England
13 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Beautiful location with terrific view of the sunset over the water. Menu choices were limited but food was very good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was wonderful!!

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Debra
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall1food1service1ambience4

We hoped to have a nice New Years lunch…the service was slow at best ( and I understand they are understaffed) but after waiting 20 min for a glass of wine and a soda water and cran we ordered the beef appetizer that came out cold, not cooked ( the middle was cold, purple and very salty) the quiet food runner did not bring plates, turned so quickly we couldn’t ask. We then waited another 7min or so for our server to see we were not eating, and my husband still had to get up and ask for plates (tea saucers were given) During this time there was 2 managers (one in a suit and one in a bow tie) neither noticed me waving them down or chose not to look. When the server finally came back we asked for the Check. Food not eaten, didn’t ask why…I then had to bring the check to the bar to pay since we sat again waiting with no one noticing we were trying to pay and leave. $29.+ for a soda, glass of wine and a cold not cooked appetizer. You would think at a supposedly nicer resort in Newport you would at least get management that would ask why I was coming to the bar to pay? The experience felt as if the management and servers were indifferent.
We then went to the The Castle hill Inn, without reservations and they were more than accommodating found us a spot to dine and had a delightful experience.
So too bad beautiful location but clearly they are not in the business of hospitality as this was such a poor experience we will not return.

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MichaelS
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server, Lucine, was very attentive anticipating our needs before even having to ask her. The food was delicious and the aesthetics and decor enchanting .

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vipOpenTable Diner
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience2

We have always enjoyed the safari room. It was incredibly terrible last night. Honestly the worst dinner I have ever had. But I will say the pretzel bread was delicious.

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RogerOver
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

The old menu which included lobster salad was far superior. Wait staff could not identify vegetable items to be served with a meal at time of order. Having eaten at Safari Room over 40 times in the past 5 years, its clear that quality has degraded over the last year.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just lovely. Per usual. Thank you.

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vipKateH
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Just reopened yet service was good

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OpenTable Diner
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Been here multiple times. I did not look at the menu on line before going and was a bit disappointed at how minimal the options were. I understand the need due to staffing issues, and I should have reviewed it prior to going. They are not seating in the main dining room, only on the deck area with large plastic flaps to protect from the wind. This area was nice and overlooks the ocean, which is honestly what you pay for here. The food was good but not “fabulous”, especially for the price. The service was excellent. I will choose to not go back until they are back at a full menu.

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darlal
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience4

Beautiful view but food very average.

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DianneW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The view was, as expected, beautiful. Our entrees however, was underwhelming, average at best. The cheese platter was quiet good. Our server was pleasant and knowledgeable. We didn't feel it was a good value for the money.

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ConniF
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Noisy venue because of wedding party next door but beautiful view and delicious entrees. Service was excellent.

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SteveG
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to see the sunset but it was overcast but still we could see the beauty of the water. The menu was limited but very good. Highly recommend the pasta primavera! Overall we enjoyed it very much!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience5

We were getting together with dear friends.

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WendyR
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Drinks on the lawn, and a table overlooking the Bay on a perfect afternoon.. Best lobster Roll and fries, served by Lauren our charming waitress...
Perfect day, thank you....
Wendy Barry Roberts

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We loved the spot it’s has stunning views!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting. Food and cocktails very good.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in Newport on vacation and wanted dinner with a view. Boy did we get what we asked for. Amazing view of the sunset accompanies by yummy food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Birthday and get- together with friends.

Drinks were all mixer!. Salmon was not good on salad. Felt like I was eating the wedding party’s leftover food. Shocking an embarrassed as it has been good in the past. Not a good way to introduce Newport to friends.

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LeeS
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience4

Hey guys. I'm Lee Sylvestre (203-915-7167), writing on behalf of my girlfriend Anna.

I've been coming to Ocean Cliff for years and last night was there to celebrate my birthday. You guys have always been so great, but I do want to leave some (hopefully constructive) feedback in the hopes that it will help you stay on top of your game.

We were greeting warmly by the bartender and host, even as the host politely wrestled with an older couple who was desperate for an oceanfront table. We sat among several families, which seemed normal for 6:30pm on a weekday. It took a long time, but eventually someone stopped by and took our drink order. I got the sense that it had already been a tough night for the staff, and maybe at the end of a tough season too. Our waitress came by some time later to ask if we wanted any food...her delivery was so odd that I quipped how busy they seemed for a weeknight, which seemed to break the ice. I was happy to smile and listen about an issue with the credit card machines (and I mean that seriously...you guys always have the sweetest staff and I was happy to make a connection). Anna and I ordered the shrimp scampi, and I got to joke about the $38 price tag...no issues there, you guys get to charge whatever you like for that view :)

Our waitress missed her chance at a big bill by not asking if we wanted a second round of drinks or dessert. We eventually caught her on a flyby and asked if there was any cappuccino. We wanted to ask about another drink and mousse for dessert as well but she kept on flying and returned a few minutes later with what tasted like a vanilla steamer in a cappuccino cup. We smiled, figured it was a sign from the universe and took our check after that.

No bitterness here, we understand the service industry's challenges and we'll be back regardless...but as a manger myself I thought sharing our experiences might give the team there a chance to make a few tweaks and keep other patrons happy.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Felt badly because staff seemed extremely busy. There was also a wedding in the room next to patio. I think staff was working both. We were seated at 6:15 and dinner arrived at 7:55pm- lest one meal, that arrived 10 min later without a knife to cut meat. Sodas tasted like water , cocktails were made incorrectly. It wasn’t worth time or effort to send back a second time…the view is beautiful though, I think that’s how they get away with the terrible service??

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RichardH
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Great! Only suggestion is that they expand their menu!

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vipAnnL
Fort Lauderdale
14 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

View is amazing. Place needs some updating. Food was mediocre. Service dropped the ball. We ordered dessert and waited 20 minutes for it to be delivered. Finally waitress appeared and we asked about it. She checked and said they were out of what we ordered.
Got check and left disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience5

Food was overpriced and there was not a good selection. Server did not know the menu items. They cared more about wedding.that was taking place.
Nice view but that’s it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food drinks outdoor seating and views, great date place will be back highly recomnend

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!

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vipSreyS
New England
14 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience5

VERY DISAPPOINTED this time. I understand they are short on staffs, but the menu??? or lack there’s of, was very disappointing. They went from 4 stars dining experience to no stars in very very short of time. We’re just glad that our special guest that was supposed to join us for dinner couldn’t make it, it’s would’ve been such a let down to him and an embarrassment to us after how we’ve raves of how great it was in the past.
As a regular return customers, we’re not sure if we wants to even consider come back never mind recommending Safari room to anymore of our friends like we normally did in the past.
Having a million dollar view with a pricey cheap ghetto pub appetizer as a dinner menu is not gonna cut it. Needless to say, there’s nothing worth ordering. So we left and went to have dinner somewhere else instead. We end out with better foods at the Brick Alleys and a few hundred dollars less then we’d have normally spent at the Safari room.

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vipChristopherH
New England
7 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and good food. Menu was a little sparse. The chef might want to think about adding a few items.

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Jimmy
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Amazing location! Great views! Excellent food!

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vipClaraC
New England
50 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Most romantic, best views, most delicious food, kindest and most accommodating staff, etc etc. we cannot get enough of the Jungle Room or the property it sits on. Do not skip the cheese board.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
8 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience3

This was anniversary. We did not receive a call as to the menu changes. The food was flavorless and stale like. We are foodies and have been in the food/ industry for years. The bill was around $300 Had I known this I would have disputed this before we lest (my husband paid the bill). We , unfortunately will not return. At the very least we should have received the phone call that your staff said should have been made , so we could have made a decision from there. The waitress was lovely and unfortunately had to try to smooth things over with patrons for poor management. Unfortunately we will not return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
19 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely beautiful place, the food was amazing and the service was great. I will definitely come back to the Safari Room.

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Zingmama
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Beautiful setting--sunset, water, boats, bridge. Very limited menu and not very well prepared food. Good too sure on the Adirondack chairs on there lawn and eat elsewhere

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service! Kevin is our favorite host!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Very limited menu selection. Beautiful view.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience5

Safari room has lost a step or two. The menu is virtually non existent. Only 5 main items to choose from. The restaurant chose to completely shut down during the fall of 2020 to spring 2021. I'm sure they lost all of their cooking staff, waiters and waitresses in the process. Short term probably saved them money but long term it's going to come back to bite them. Food quality is an abomination from its former self. Ordered the lobster roll and the chicken milanese. Lobster roll didn't have any real flavor and the fries were this battered type and you can get a hint that the oil was a little past its prime. The chicken was just okay. Everyone comes here for the view and thankfully that's not something that can be messed up.

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

Safari Room Restaurant is rated 4 stars by 1029 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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