This restaurant has an outstanding view of the ocean and its surrounding setting, perfect for a wedding party, as was occurring while we were there for a sunset dinner. Enjoyed the lobster bisque, but quite pricey at $28 for the amt. of soup, even if did include a lobster tail in the center!
Wine list was quite ample and our specials of Mahi Mahi fish with sticky rice were nicely cooked, although I found the snap peas to be soft in the middle and stringy on the ends, so not digestible. After dinner chocolate layer cake and grand marnière drink was fine and the service was attentive.
What was most disappointing, however, was they asked if it was a special dinner when I reserved via Open Table; I noted it as our 34th anniversary, and yet absolutely no mention was ever made and when I inquired after paying the bill, the manager said we should have received a special dessert or glasses of champagne. Lovely idea, but not so if never happens, and please don't ask if special occasion is later ignored, or remedied when pointed out.
Would return otherwise.
Great lunch with a spectacular view of the water. Can't ask for more than that!
One of the most beautiful spots in Newport - and the food is incredible!
While the food was very good, I would recommend this restaurant because of the view. If you get here early, you can get a drink at the bar and take your drink on the lawn overlooking the water. Great sunsets.
A wonderful dining experience - we highly recommend this venue.
Celebrated the brides birthday during her bachelorette weekend, safari room was the perfect setting for incredible photos of the Bridal party that we'll have forever! Extremely intimate setting even though you're on an open patio overlooking the water. And facing the sunset! Couldn't have asked for a better location. Impeccable food with gracious serving sizes. Our only "complaint" was the desert options but that's just us, so we passed. Highly suggest for any and all special occasion celebrations in Newport.
Wonderful breathtaking view. Delicious food. Great service. Definitely will be going back soon
The brisket with the Cabernet wine reduction sauce was tender melts like butter
I have dined here over 6 yrs never had a bad meal
However perhaps it was an over sight The Creme brûlée needed a little more time in the oven
Beautiful location with a terrific view and beautiful architecture.
Lovely for lunch and dinner.
Ambiance was great. Swordfish was very good. Seafood Scampi was very bland. Service was fair.
Anna our waitress was a comfort and knowing.
Everyone we encountered was pleasant.
We will be back
I never come to the safari room specifically for the food. It is just so beautiful I love to go there and always take visitors for a true Newport dining experience. That being said, I thought my pasta seafood dinner was very good. A little oily, but it had a lot of seafood in it, even the lobster. The salmon and tuna my friends ordered was pretty average, according to them.
nonetheless, I would go there again for the ambience. a must go when in in Newport.
Watching the sun set over Narragansett Bay from this spot simply cannot be beat! Despite several small children around making noise and my particular order not being so good (soppy, wet mayo-drenched coleslaw on the lobster poor boy was downright disgusting- and I like mayo) it was def worth the drive out of Newport to avoid the crowds/congestion that is the busy season.
It was our 40th wedding anniversary, seated at table, tables extremely close. Waited at least 25 minutes for waiter to ask what we would like to drink, very inexperienced, didn't write anything down and had to ask my wife twice which wine, which was Malbec. Waited and waited and waited for our drinks, another 20 minutes or so, my wifes wine was undrinkable, very poor quality. We sat again for at least 20 minutes to order food, at this point we decided just to pay for the drinks and leave. Extremely poor service, loud, etc.
Bottomline is what is written on trip advisor and other sites is true, a lot of not so great write ups. We went to another restaurant and service was great as well as the food
Great view, good food, slow service but your going for the view.
Excellent service, food and ambience!
Chosen for its ambience, enjoyed a great meal, with spectacular views and great service. Celebration was a success.
Great restaurant with an amazing view---food & service were great!!!
Wonderful sunset views of Narragansett Bay. The service was friendly and relaxed with no pressure. We had a very nice dining experience.
Terrible! Steak no flavor sent it back got seafood dish 3 out of 5 clams closed took over 3 hours -- too bad beautiful location they just need an owner who cared about the restaurant as the weddings
Food was great. Service was terrible. Drinks were good but second round was wrong drink. Drank it anyhow. Ordered another never came. Ordered bread, never came. Table was not cleared of dirty plates from appetizer when entree came. Silverware was not replaced from apps to dinner.
The view was beautiful and the food was good. However, we were disappointed with the wait staff. The wait staff was more interested to talking to others then in checking if we needed refills on drinks or even bringing us silverware. The hostess asked if we would like to sit outside with the view which we promptly took her up on it but then neglected to tell us there would be a wedding going on a few feet away within 20 minutes of our arrival. The entire wedding party and ALL of the guests blocked our beautiful view and proceeded to stare at us while we ate our meal. I would NOT recommend this place which is unfortunate because perhaps if you go on a night there is no wedding and the wait staff learns how to do their jobs it would have been a different experience. There are too many other choices in Newport to bother with this one.
Great atmosphere and beautiful view! Had great Fathers Day lunch here! Not cheap though! Nice for special occassion
View was nice. Restaurant needs some major updating though. Staff was extremely friendly and professional. A dull lifeless vibe is the feeling I left with. Unless you're over 70, I would not go.
The food is amazing. This was our 5 year anniversary and we haven't been back since we had our wedding reception at Ocean Cliff. The views are beautiful and it brought back so many memories on our wedding night. If you are looking for great food, great views, and a great dining experience, this is a must try. We will definitely try to make it back more often.
I have been trying to make it here for 2 years now and things finally worked out to where I could make it. Everything was amazing from the food to the water front view. The way the outdoor seating is set up you can see the water from almost everywhere. Everything we ordered was cooked perfectly and the special was amazing. It was definitely worth the wait.
Nice views of the ocean. Not very accommodating, slow service, and not sure why they didn't show all menu options even after we asked. But then brought other options after half our party left? Will not be back.
Food was dreadful! Only come here for drinks at sunset. The menu was extremely limited and not inventive at all. Fish was WAY overcooked and tasted terrible. Never again. Skip it, folks!
Wanted to try it -- took my mother in law - it was fabulous!! Kirk was our waiter and he was AWESOME!
It was so good on May 19th that we brought our party of 10 back on Sunday, May 22nd after our daughters graduation
Extremely disappointed. Restaurant was near empty, but food was poorly prepared and presented. I had high expectations due to the brochure and the prices, but there were several ways they missed the mark as far as fine dining goes. I would never go back.
The food and ambiance was wonderful. It was was very warm and a great dining pleasure.
Great place and our server was amazing! Food was delicious and pricepoint was spot-on!
Loved the decor of the restaurant and the staff were extremely friendly. The food was delicious and the drinks were amazing.
The food and service were excellent. Our waitress was knowledgeable and helpful and very attentive. The view is marvelous.
The Safari Room has a cool safari décor adding to a great ambiance along with beautiful grounds and breathtaking waterfront view. The food is very good and staff warm and welcoming resulting in truly special dining experience.
Portion is small, our scallops were hard, creme brulee is soupy and limited choices in menu, kids menu (pasta and butter very bland and noodles is half cooked)
Have been for birthdays, anniversaries, everyday dining and just a drink. Always the staff is welcoming and the food delicious. Warm and cozy in the winter and spectacular in the summer. Its charm is you never feel like just another tourist. Being a local Newport it's difficult to find somewhere to go where you feel just a little special. Never been a problem at the Safari Room. After all of the above, the food has always been inventive and fresh.
We had a great bartender named Zack, also our waiter was exceptional who was also named Zack, well come to think of it, Zack ran the entire place.