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Safari Room Restaurant, Newport, RI

Safari Room Restaurant

4.3
4.3
1163 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 13 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • 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, 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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What 1,163 people are saying

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4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Rhode Island

    Scenic View

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  1. LP

    LindaP

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed our dinner and our server Jacqueline was excellent.
  2. RO

    RogerOver

    New England

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    Eaten here over 50 times in the past and was a big fan and promoter to friends. Service was extremely poor under new ownership. Many old menu favorites like lobster salad (best in Newport) were gone from the new menu. Beverage and food errors to the point that the food order was eventually cancelled. All food items were not bought to the table at the same time and items got cold during long wait resulting in food order cancellation. Exterior seating was poor; missed the old seating. May try this place in a year since the outdoor view is the best in Newport
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Not that busy early Friday. Food and options excellent. Our waitress was wonderful this Friday.
  4. T

    Tara

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was amazing! Thank you for a great date night!
  5. RB

    RayB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Safari Room has the best sunset view to enjoy while you enjoy a delicious dinner with the one you love. Our waitress Zoe was so friendly and helpful. The seafood was so fresh. My husband said his hot lobster roll was the best he had ever had. I had the scallops and they just melted in my mouth.
  6. LC

    LauraC

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I would highly recommend The Safari Room. The view was spectacular, the service was exceptional and the food was exquisite. Definitely a must-see for anyone who visits Newport
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Two of the burgers were overcooked and the roll burnt. Since one of our guests had had the burger for lunch and raved about it, we were very disappointed.
  8. AB

    AnitaB

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service. Our server Bobby was very attentive! Beautiful view of the water and an amazing sunset
  9. PF

    PattyF

    New England

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience4
    We told them in advance we were celebrating our 40th and 46th wedding anniversaries. The hostess said they had a special dessert snd our server was aware, Nothing ever was presented. It would bot be an issue, except they suggested if!!! Made fir an awkward situation. We simply paid the bill and left.,
  10. DL

    DeborahL

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nathan does a phenomenal job,best service. Excellent food, most gorgeous views & sunset.. We had a lovely evening celebrating our wedding anniversary of 26 years with my best friend & her husband celebrating 32 years. We love the Safari Room restaurant & staff..We’ll be back!
  11. BS

    BethS

    New England

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Beautiful location. Food was good, service was on the slow side. We booked it for my birthday and no one mentioned anything, and they ran out of all their desserts. A little disappointing to say the least.
  12. PB

    PaulB

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Beautiful evening at The Safari Room food and service was very good!
  13. AS

    AnitaS

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The restaurant location is fantastic, view cannot be beat. 4 of us sat at a table outside with a perfect view of the water and the sunset. The servers were absolutely wonderful, friendly, efficient and answered all our questions and requests. They were great. And the food! We all had the scallops and we all agreed they were the best tasting scallops we ever had . They were cooked perfectly. So the Safari restaurant is definitely on my list as my favorite restaurant in Newport.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Generous portions and such a great view! We had Catrina as our waitress and she was so attentive and nice. Amazing service!
  15. SC

    SusanC

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great ambiance and location. Had a fantastic sunset. Service was great. Portion size maybe a little small but overall very satisfied.
  16. j

    joel

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is the best place in all of Newport , the views, the food, the service is all 5 stars I will always make sure when I am in Newport that I will be there for all of the reasons above...it just is a very special place for me and my family!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    What a beautiful restaurant and killer sunset view. Very friendly staff and yummy food. So glad to have found this gem.
  18. PF

    PattyF

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a fun restaurant with the scenic views, multiple seating options and delicious food. Whether you want drinks on the lawn or at the bar, or prefer to sit at a table- you get a great view. The staff is very accommodating. We watched several parties request table changes to get a better view of the sunset and the staff was very patient and did their best to fulfill requests in a very pleasant manner.
  19. LK

    LisaK

    New York Area

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was totally delicious and our waitress was great. We did feel a little rushed at the end of the evening, but it did not take away from the enjoyable experience. Also- why no coffee??
  20. TD

    TonyD

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The location and view unparalled. Our server Julie was attentive and lovely. Rating would be 5 star throughout except for poor choice of 60's rock background music. Would have appreciated music more in keeping with the setting like smooth jazz, etc.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience5
    Food quality continues to decline as I have been coming for the last 4 years. No longer any raw bar offerings, however best place for a sunset in Newport! Staff friendly but too much focus on the space as a wedding destination so the hotel and restaurant continue to be ignored with lacking investment.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful restaurant with a gorgeous view. We had to book quite a ways in advance to get a large party of 8. Our reservation was later in the evening and the view was obstructed by fog but it didn’t take away from the experience. The waitstaff were super attentive. We had two people with food allergies and all menu items came out perfect. Food was delicious. Even though the menu is small there was something for our variety of tastes. Would highly recommend.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Savannah

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Good was delicious and views were amazing! After dinner we had one more drink down on the Adirondack chairs and watched the sunset
  24. PH

    PatrickH

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    All 4 entrees we had were sub par. Swordfish was overwhelmingly spicy. Couldn't taste anything other flavors or fish. Filet had too much sauce that ruined the flavor of the expensive meat. Lobster roll not enough mayo - ie too dry. Mexican flatbread had too many flavors, and in the end nothing stuff out and it didn't taste good. Didn't want to finish it. Smore dessert had what looked like fluff not marshmallow. Lemon sorbet had icy texture (not creamy) and tasted more like vanilla than lemon. Cerviche starter was amazing though. Maybe because I new chef arrived this week? Even passion cocktail was small, and didn't taste like there was any alcohol in it, for $15. After finishing that, I asked for a local beer and server didn't know the kinds they were serving, nor bring back the drink menu for me to look. She just brought one of them to me. First few sips tasted soapy, like glasses were just washed. OpenTable reservation - I set up for 4 people but restaurant recorded 6 instead, so I had to call back to correct. Asked 4 times (messaging, calling, etc- in advance plus when we got there) if there was anything special they could do for our 20th anniversary (on the same day). They acknowledged that it was our anniversary, but nothing was done. No complimentary glad of Champaign, or dessert, or even a script writing in chocolate - nothing. And it wasn't very busy. Surprising that even a small thing couldn't be done, as we ended up paying over $350 for 4 people. Service was really good. But whoever set the table put the drink menu vertical and it fell into water glass, making a mess of the table. Next time lay it flat. We just loved the setting, but likely won't be back again for food. Maybe drinks.
  25. CM

    ClaireM

    New England

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Lovely open air setting with views of bay , Jamestown and Newport Bridge. Casual atmosphere. My scallops were. tasty but only 4 of them for 38.00. And they were not that big. Service was prompt. Enjoyed sunset from Adirondack chairs on lawn.
  26. JS

    JacquelineS

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    We had the worst meal and service. Do not go here! Go anywhere else. I don't want to list every thing that was awful, because it was a lot. Do not waste your money. I will never go here again. Awful beyond repair.
  27. CS

    CarolS

    New England

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The location looking over the bay is beautiful! Our server Julia was wonderful and shout out to all the hardworking staff! Menu is smaller than usual restaurants but enough choices for everyone.
  28. B

    Bagman

    New England

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Go for drinks and enjoy the view. Food was okay but nothing special. Service was great!
  29. J

    Jaybird

    Las Vegas

    22 reviews

    3.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    This was a special occasion dinner with three generations of family. I chose the Safari Room due to its location and reputation. When we arrived there was a wedding taking place on the lawn. Our waitress promptly told us we should quickly order as the chefs were short staffed and the wedding party would be priority. Honestly, this place is better suited as a venue destination rather than for individual dining.
  30. SC

    StephanieC

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    this place is so special to me. I love this spot and will continue to come here for years to come.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience4
    1 Nobody at valet. Waited a few minutes. Turns out the one guy working was parking another car. That is not a one man job. Not his fault by any means. 2 We got drinks at the bar before our reservations. The bar didn't have ginger beer for the cocktails we wanted. Waited 15 minutes for them to make something else. 3 The ceviche was super watery, and kind of light on tuna heavy on tomatoes 4 My wife ordered an aperol spritz, there was maybe a drop of aperol and had to ask more to add to her drink. 5 My wife ordered the filet mignon was the craziest shap filet I've ever seen she ordered medium and came our very rare. To the point where if I ordered a mid rare steak I’d still send it back. To be fair the wait staff allowed her to get another meal, lobster roll. 6 If one, maybe two of these things happened I wouldn’t mind so much. But it was just the culmination of one mistake after another which leads me to write this.
  32. LB

    LaurieB

    West Palm Beach

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience5
    Service was extremely slow, no olives anywhere for the martinis that we ordered. Second choice for martinis were onions, waitress came back...no onions either, no Absolute Vodka!! My husband and I both ordered swordfish, it was over cooked and very, very thin, not the typical piece of swordfish. Also, it was a warm night, we asked if it was possible to unzip one of the plastic drops for air circulation, we were told it wasn't possible, that a maintenance man would have to take care of it, he never did! The highlight of the night were the valet parking attendants, who greeted us warmly and were very professional. There was a wedding that night. I'm sure it was not the first at this venue. Perhaps you should close the restaurant when there is a wedding because it was obvious that you could not handle both. We've been here many times before, however, this was by far the worse experience yet.
  33. K

    Ksush

    New York Area

    68 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    Worst worst dinner we had in Newport. reservations were for 7. Didn’t get seated till almost 7:30. My chicken was completely inedible. My friends burger was so so that he took 2 bites and passes. My other friends lobster mac and cheese was a pathetic excuse for soupy mac & cheese with some lobster . No wonder place is empty - service and food was awful. Great view.
  34. MB

    MarthaB

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The view was incredible and the service was friendly and efficient. It was an unforgettable experience
  35. DS

    DoriS

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    The view is what sells this place- beautiful ocean harbor view. Food was good, not fabulous. I have had better lobster rolls. Lobster Mac and cheese was good but not a large portion for $40. No side salads available even to buy; only the large meal size salads. The wine was costly with the cheapest being $12 a glass and many unheard of brands. The service was poor, very, very slow and it was not crowded at that time. But the view still made it worth the visit.
  36. LS

    LisaS

    Naples

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our must go to restaurant whenever we’re in Newport! The food is delicious and the view awesome!!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience5
    Gorgeous views! The food was just ok and very overpriced. The service was also average. I would recommend coming here for just for drinks to watch the sunset.
  38. S

    Scott

    New England

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We always enjoy dining at the Safari Room. Its a special treat for us
  39. LS

    LaurenS

    Miami

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience5
    Our waitresses and food runners were not great. It was like they were trying to get us out faster, like immediately when we sat down. And they seemed flustered but the restaurant was nearly empty.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The setting is worth the visit. The food was very good but I really really hate it when they come with your entrees when you are still clearly eating your appetizer.

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 1163 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 13 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

    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

  • 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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