Skybar Dining at the Clarke Cooke House

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Contemporary American

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The SkyBar is the formal addition to the more casual dining areas below, offering seasonal American cuisine with an emphasis on fresh seafood. The unique style and sophisticated setting defines the Newport dining experience.

ATTIRE: NO JEANS, NO ATHLETIC WEAR. COLLARED SHIRTS, DRESS SHOES, AND DRESS SLACKS FOR GENTLEMEN. JACKETS PREFERRED.
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4.3based on all time ratings
4.3
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4.4
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4.4
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3.8
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vipDonD
New England
34 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2017
Overall3food2service4ambience5

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.

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vipPamdothall
Richmond
31 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipterrik
Los Angeles
92 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful from start to finish.

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skid21
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2017
Overall1food3service1ambience1

wait staff are terrible, seems to not have been properly trained. Food is terribly mediocre.
a big disappointment.

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Tc17
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2017
Overall3food3service5ambience1

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

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Cindy
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific waiter who was from another country...getting ready to return home soon...loved him

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chrisC
New England
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The top floor of the Clarke a house is romantic and elegant. Very pricey but worth it for special occasion. The food was amazing

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vipPeter
Charleston
18 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2017
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Very disappointed as two in our party had halibut and it was over cooked and very dry.
Very good service.

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vipYonkersNative
New York Area
94 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipAbel
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2017
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Overpriced and overcooked

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2017
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Impeccable service. Pleasant atmosphere. Slightly better than average food quality. If you're a foodie, there are much better choices on the wharf and in the Newport area.

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vipDianeDP
New England
40 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a special evening! Food , service and setting are superb!

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vipAnnie
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2017
Overall2food2service2ambience2

What a thoroughly disappointing dinner from start to finish. Every dish, without exception, was drastically underseasoned. The quality of the ingredients was pretty good, but everything was much more palatable once we added a bit of salt, We were told by the maitre'd that the chef likes to serve dishes with minimal seasoning and let the diner choose how to add flavor, yet diners have to ask for salt to be brought to the table. When the restaurant called to confirmed the reservation that afternoon, they were quite stern about the dress code, however, there were numerous diners in golf shirts, jeans and sneakers. The amuse bouche was dropped on the table without an explanation, and we had to flag down a server to tell us what it was. We ordered two rounds of appetizers so we could try a wider variety of dishes, and we were not yet finished with our second round when the entrees were brought to the table, and the appetizer dishes were cleared without our being able to finish them. Perhaps most disturbing was the disgustingly filthy white jackets worn by some of the servers, as well as the unprofessional bus staff, one of whom actually sat down at a table to set it. There is literally no reason in this day and age for service staff to be wearing tuxedos with white dinner jackets, especially at an open-air restaurant on a busy wharf, but if that's how you roll, at least wear clean uniforms. Needless to say, we won't be going back.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
22 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2017
Overall2food2service1ambience4

The restaurant was not full, and we waited an hour+ for our entrees, no appetizers.
Like another formerly top tier Newport restaurant, they have slipped.

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vipElkman
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely Outstanding!!!! What a true 5 star restaurant should be!! Service was impeccable and the food was simply fantastic!!!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Super fancy

AE
vipAEMLikesfood
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and perfect service.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In spite of the heavy influx of seasonal guests, the restaurant maintains a level of service and quality that is on par with the best fine dining locations and is heads above the other similar establishments in Newport. The view and location adds to the energy and excitement of the place.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
12 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2016
Overall2food3service5ambience5

food was very expensive and not as goods expected. Wait staff was very attentive and personable and the views of the harbor from the restaurant are gorgeous

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Beautiful view overlooking Newport. Jonathan, our waiter, was excellent.

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KimberlyE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2016
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We were never informed that my sons needed a collared shirt and shoes. We were acknowledged by host and led upstairs where we were told we were not acceptably dressed. If that was the case why did the host let us through? We were humiliated at the Sky Bar. I would not recommend this restaurant . And

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KimV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2016
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Have been 3 times prior to this visit. The service has always been stupendous however the service was terrible this visit. Not attentive at all. We were very disappointed especially since we were so looking forward to an excellent dining experience. The food was delicious as usual

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Gunner
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This restaurant was what we were told it would be. Good location, pleasant service and exceptional food. We shared the chicken liver appetizer and loved it. Price was reasonable for the experience.

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DebB
New England
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall an excellent dining experience looking forward to my next visit

JM
JackM
New England
7 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Skybar restaurant (formerly the Porch) at Clark Cooke House inNewport, RI is an excellent spot for fine dining. Itfeatures somespectacular views.

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vipLiveToEat
Tampa
20 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2016
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Great location as it is in an older bed and breakfast and the location has some charm and gives you the feeling of dining in a historic inn. The food and service were fine but nothing outstanding.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2016
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Pretense without quality. Halibut was incredibly dry and covered with a creamy sauce to make up for it. The crab stuffed zucchini blossoms were also dry and the crab tasted slightly off but not enough to send it back. The scallops were mediocre at best, and the lobster ravioli appetizer was ok but lacked complexity for this price range. Overall, not what one would expect from an elegant seafood restaurant.

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gkeefe
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ended up eating downstairs at the Candy Shop, and it was awesome!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Restaurant. Best service ... They even fedexed the purse that my daughter had left behind.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

An old wharf hostelry with a choice of two dining areas ,quiet or vibrant ,right on the quay side .in the center of the commercialised wharfs
Staff were friendly and efficient ,food was very good ,lobster roll was excellent . In warm weather the sides are open

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vipAAJ728
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2016
Overall4food5service3ambience2

We went at the time they opened and were seated at the Candy Store area at a table the size of a tray ....for dinner.
They need to update restaurant. Prices were a bit high.
But the food was great; which is very important.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2016
Overall3food3service3ambience2

I was disappointed by the food quality, atmosphere, prices, and service.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
8 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants. Have to book far in advance

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2016
Overall2food2service2ambience4

The Clarke Cooke House came recommended to us and we were looking forward to a nice evening. We ate in the bistro, near the fireplace. Great sailing / sailor ambiance in this historic building on Bannister's Wharf. We'd eaten a late lunch so weren't super hungry but ordered two appetizers each and were looking forward to good food. The oysters were excellent but that was the only item that was delicious. And when I asked what the special house mignonette was, I got a rather flip and uninspired answer. Fluke crudo special was okay; Caesar salad was mediocre at best - bland, no flavor and obviously didn't use anchovies. Hugely disappointing and not worth eating. Left most of it on the plate but no one questioned why it wasn't eaten. It's hard to describe the service; it wasn't terrible, it was just ordinary. The waitress was polite but didn't have that je ne sais quoi that a server has to make you feel as if you are a special client even when they've never seen you before and you aren't ordering a $500 bottle of wine to go with your multiple courses. It wasn't a busy night and there were plenty of empty tables by the time we left so it wasn't as if they needed to rush us out. We won't bother returning...

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vipWilliamL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2016
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Food was served barely warm. Side portions were ridiculously small. Price is expensive for what you receive.

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Foodie
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2016
Overall4food5service4ambience4

In the summer in can be difficult to get a table. In the winter this place is fantastic, still busy but more enjoyable. They mix up the menu so you can keep going back.

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SarahP
Tampa
15 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant overlooking the harbor in Newport. Service was wonderful

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2015
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Wonderful dining & pleasant atmosphere. Service was excellent. 2nd time at The Clarke Cookhouse.

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RichardA
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2015
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Very good food as was expected.

The staff:

Unorganized. We were called 3 times to confirm our reservation.
We had 3 different waiters so there was no continuity with service.
The sommelier was at our table as soon as I picked up the wine list despite having been served a cocktail a minute prior.

To top it off, they informed Open Table that we never showed up for our reservation!!!

Summer in Newport is never easy. We'll chalk it up to that.

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Skybar Dining at the Clarke Cooke House is rated 4.3 stars by 71 OpenTable diners.