Outstanding service at a very steep price... It is suggested that patrons tip the wine steward separately, but our small party felt that with a tab of over $400, a single 20% tip was more than adequate and that the staff could divide the tip as they saw fit. The ambiance and view are second to none. Our chief complaints are that for the price, the tables should not be packed in so closely. Chairs could not be pulled back without inconveniencing patrons at the adjacent tables. There was also a kitchen exhaust vent from the adjacent restaurant that sent smoke wafting to our area and that greasy smell was nauseating. Would I go back? Perhaps, but I recommend a quieter, more Isolated table away from the outside railing. You will have more room, just as nice a view and the foul smells from the adjacent kitchen exhaust vent won't put a damper on your experience.
Food was okay, not great. Cold crab salad was a nice start but the main course was mediocre. I got the steak and it was over seasoned with pepper and then drenched in a dark sauce that was essentially light BBQ. I would use this same technique for cooking cheap steak I bought on sale. It was also cut in fourths and drained of moisture. Overall the food did not satisfy me, and we essentially paid for the view.
The restaurant setting is like none other. Beautiful views in a romantic setting. Food was well prepared and service was attentive. I highly recommend it and will look forward to visiting again.
Wonderful from start to finish.
wait staff are terrible, seems to not have been properly trained. Food is terribly mediocre.
a big disappointment.
For all the hype online about the fine dining and appropriate dress code this place was a 1980's throwback with old laura ashley curtains and throw pillows. The room decor is TIRED. I felt bad for the very professional wait staff who had to go along with the charade that this was an upscale environment. The food was good at best and not worth the price. Total tourist trap
Terrific waiter who was from another country...getting ready to return home soon...loved him
The top floor of the Clarke a house is romantic and elegant. Very pricey but worth it for special occasion. The food was amazing
Very disappointed as two in our party had halibut and it was over cooked and very dry.
Very good service.
My wife and I were in a festive mood after celebrating our son's wedding in RI and decided to treat a family member attendee to a meal along Newport's Thames Street rows of shops and restaurants. Eaters beware: during the summer weekends Newport's restaurants almost always require reservations as they fill up quickly. We were lucky to get seats for the Skybar at Clarke Cooke House on relatively short notice; however, upon arrival we were told that this particular section of the restaurant required collared shirts (and even jackets) for men. Luckily, the House also had other dining areas and there were tables available that were offered and taken. A view of the Newport bay from our seats in the "Candy Store" with a setting sun made for a nice start to the evening, followed by a friendly server who was busy but attentive. Our guest and I started with littleneck clams followed by a seafood linguine that was awesome! Even the side spinach had a taste that was savory. An excellent dining experience sure to be followed up on our next visit to Newport!