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Safari Room Restaurant

4.5
459 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Perfect For:
  • Romantic
  • Waterfront
  • Good for a Date
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, American
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Hours of operation
Fri, Sat 11:30 am–9:00 pm
Sun 11:30 am–5:00 pm Easter 1st April 11am-5pm
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Phone number
(401) 849-4873
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Peter Hand
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Private party facilities
We specialize in private events: Our interior dining room, featuring British Colonial decor, accommodates up to 50 guests with a private bar, available year round. Our seasonal open air patio overlooking Narragansett Bay can be transformed for your private celebration for events up to 70 guests.
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Private party contact
Krystal Hastings: (401) 849-4873
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Cross street
Harrison Avenue
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Parking details
We offer complimentary on-site parking.
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Public transit
Hourly Shuttle Service
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Special events & promotions
Whether you're hosting an anniversary, a rehearsal dinner, or an elegant wine tasting, the expertise of our private dining directors will provide the personal touches to ensure that every detail is perfect for your event. From the food and drinks to the centerpiece, everything will be done exactly to your expectations.

With three menu styles to choose from: Private Dining, Safari Room, and Banquet Menus, we will carefully design an exclusive menu to accommodate your guest's needs.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 459 People Are Saying
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4.5
food
4.6
service
4.4
ambience
4.2
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on July 30, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on July 30, 2017

Great views

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2017

Great lunch with a spectacular view of the water. Can't ask for more than that!

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2017

One of the most beautiful spots in Newport - and the food is incredible!

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on July 19, 2017

A wonderful dining experience - we highly recommend this venue.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2017

Wonderful breathtaking view. Delicious food. Great service. Definitely will be going back soon

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2017

On 11-11-17
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

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4.0Dined on July 14, 2017

Beautiful location with a terrific view and beautiful architecture.
Lovely for lunch and dinner.

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3.0Dined on July 9, 2017

Ambiance was great. Swordfish was very good. Seafood Scampi was very bland. Service was fair.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2017

Anna our waitress was a comfort and knowing.
Everyone we encountered was pleasant.
We will be back
Ed

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4.0Dined on July 6, 2017

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.

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4.0Dined on July 5, 2017

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.

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1.0Dined on July 2, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on July 2, 2017

Great view, good food, slow service but your going for the view.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2017

Excellent service, food and ambience!

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2017

Chosen for its ambience, enjoyed a great meal, with spectacular views and great service. Celebration was a success.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2017

Great restaurant with an amazing view---food & service were great!!!

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2017

Wonderful sunset views of Narragansett Bay. The service was friendly and relaxed with no pressure. We had a very nice dining experience.

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1.0Dined on June 24, 2017

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

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3.0Dined on June 24, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2017

Father's Day

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2.0Dined on June 17, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2017

Great atmosphere and beautiful view! Had great Fathers Day lunch here! Not cheap though! Nice for special occassion

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2.0Dined on June 11, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on May 29, 2017

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.

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2.0Dined on May 27, 2017

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.

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2.0Dined on May 20, 2017

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!

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2017

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

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1.0Dined on May 18, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2017

The food and ambiance was wonderful. It was was very warm and a great dining pleasure.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2017

Great place and our server was amazing! Food was delicious and pricepoint was spot-on!

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2017

Loved the decor of the restaurant and the staff were extremely friendly. The food was delicious and the drinks were amazing.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2017

The food and service were excellent. Our waitress was knowledgeable and helpful and very attentive. The view is marvelous.

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4.0Dined on April 2, 2017

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.

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2.0Dined on March 31, 2017

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)

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2017

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.

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