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About Permanently Closed - The Conservatory At Vanderbilt Grace

This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - PERFECT FOR INFORMAL DINING is the Conservatory restaurant at the Vanderbilt Grace in Newport, Rhode Island - a transformation of the former Vanderbilt Hall by Grace Hotels. The bright and airy Conservatory offers lighter meals in lovely informal surroundings and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Conservatory"s picture windows offer lovely views of Newport town historic Trinity Church, built in 1725 based on designs by Sir Christopher Wren. The Conservatory also serves cocktails and food in the Vanderbilt Grace's garden terrace. This oasis of calm is just minutes from the town center yet transports you into another world.

41 Mary Street
Newport, RI 02840
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: 7:00am - 11:00am; Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm ; Dinner: Sunday- Thursday 6:00pm - 9:00pm - Friday-Saturday: 6:00pm-9:30pm

Cross Street:
Clarke Street & Thame Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(401) 846-6200

Website:
http://www.gracehotels.com/vanderbilt

Parking Details:
Complimentary Valet Parking

Executive Chef:
Darrel Lazier

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

The Conservatory At Vanderbilt Grace - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews

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87% would recommend it to a friend

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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 30, 2015

Worst Crab cake I've ever had... However, everything else, including the live jazz musicians, was fabulous.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 27, 2015

My husband, our friend and I enjoyed a delightful brunch in the Conservatory last Sunday before viewing the three open Newport mansions decorated in their holiday finery. The food was fresh, well prepared, and beautifully presented. The service was friendly and professional. And the ambiance was extremely pleasant. We're looking forward to returning in warmer weather so we can eat in the outdoor courtyard.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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 (New England)·Dined on December 25, 2015

Oops. Learned that Chef Jonathan Cartwright has left the Vanderbilt Grace in Newport. We reserved for Christmas night which was a Price Fix dinner at $75pp. Having been there a few years back with Chef Cartwright we were happy to spend Christmas there. However, it was not the same food experience at all. A very mediocre Lobster entry and a Christmas Duck which was on the heavy greasy side. Average appetizer and very average desserts. We found the $$ amount charged way above what it was worth. Service was very good. The Conservatory was a very nice surprise from dining in the Muse. But there was perhaps an air of uncertainty with the other chef and servers. Having dined at the other French Restaurant in Newport Christmas Eve, they knocked our socks off in taste, value and service. No comparison here, nor to our last visits to Vanderbilt. So Sad!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 12, 2015

A nice place to enjoy a meal.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 14, 2015

The Conservatory was a lovely place to have a meal except for the group of women sitting two tables over. They were so loud that my ears hurt. I'm glad that they had a good time but they lingered way too long and made it difficult to have a conversation with my husband.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on November 13, 2015

I've lived in Newport a little more than four years and have only frequented the Vanderbilt Grace's rooftop deck during summer months, but was very happy with a recent dining experience with several friends. Warm atmosphere, very good food and fantastic wine selection. It's downtown location further adds to positive experience given its close proximity to home and other entertainment venues.
The only consistent comment my entourage expressed was the food portion sizes compared to the price paid, but overall experience was good and we plan to return soon.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2015

Had lunch during Newport Restaurant week with my spouse and two teens. We enjoyed the 3 course meal very much. The atmosphere was casual but elegant at the same time. The service was impeccable!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Romantic
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 12, 2015

The food quality was not there, the service was slow and we were asked too many personal questions by a well meaning, but untrained server. Items were forgotten on several occasions, and the plates did not feel clean. For the price, I would never return.

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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 10, 2015

Great wagyu burger!!!

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 (New England)·Dined on September 7, 2015

Roof deck great, drinks average...downstairs bar much better....dinner in the conservatory good, not spectacular...had higher expectations having dined in the muse prior. Brought ,y parents for dinner kinda a let down.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 6, 2015

We had lunch outdoors and truly enjoyed the food as well as the view. Very relaxing and great service!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 31, 2015

Very pretty setting. Food is good not amazing but well worth to sit in the garden with a glass of wine and relax! Would definitely go back.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 23, 2015

Arielle the manager was a delight. Made us feel "special" even opened the rooftop bar so we could enjoy the view before our brunch. Staff was lovely, the location was beautiful, food was yummy!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on August 11, 2015

Lovely ambience! Delicious food! Friendly service! Quiet atmosphere for enjoyable conversations. Highly recommend!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on August 1, 2015

Food is wonderful, prepared by the same chef as the Muse. Was somewhat surprised at the menu: apps, sandwiches, salads. More a lunch menu than dinner, but fabulous, and we had enough to eat.

Food prices are not bad, but of course the drinks are not cheap.

Also, go check out the roof bar for a great view (just ignore the Mary St lot below).

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on July 29, 2015

We booked a table for late afternoon. We took a yacht ride in the harbor and had apps and drinks afterwards. Always lovely there. Very relaxing. Basically a food stop before moving on to our next adventure in town.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on July 18, 2015

Having been the Grace Vanderbilt previously we were excited to return for dinner with our extended family in from France. This dinner however the wait staff was rude during the ordering process, the before dinner drinks came at the same time dinner was served and the staff tried to remove our plates before most of us were done with our meals. To top it off the food was not to the standard of quality that we would expect at a fine dining establishment.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 4, 2015

The restaurant (or Open Table) needs to update their website. I booked for July 4th late lunch, thinking we would have an 'informal dining' experience. We booked for 3pm and when we got there the wait staff looked surprised to see us. She brought a menu and said they were serving BBQ for the 4th at $65 a person. the BBQ consisted of hamburgers and hot dogs, which had been sitting out for what looked to be several hours. We got up and left. Not surprisingly, there was no one else in the conservatory. I don't have an issue paying for a good meal, but I refuse to be taken with sterno burgers and dogs at that price. What a disappointment.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 3, 2015

Always cautious about restaurants with 1,000 Open Table points, but was pleasantly surprised. Aside from the tacky prints adorning the walls, well appointed with a nicely laid out conservatory and garden.

Food was sensitively prepared. Oysters very fresh! English spring pea soup seems to have swept the menu's of Newport's posher eateries, and kale salad the entire country. For the best kale salad can be found at Sylvain's in New Orleans and/or Allium in Great Barrington, Ma., but I digress.

Great rooftop bar!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New England)·Dined on June 13, 2015

Elegant but welcoming with very pleasant wait staff. Small portions....but reasonable prices....and the staff will bring out blankets if you're getting chilly after the sun goes down! Such a beautiful place to eat - would recommend to anyone who enjoys tasty food and beautiful atmosphere. We ate in the outdoor garden attached to the Conservatory - quiet and lovely! (And then there's the rooftop bar...!)

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on May 28, 2015

The food was delicious, but it was an odd night. I know it's early in the season and it was a Thursday night, but throughout our entire dinner (7-815), we were the only 2 people in the restaurant. The only other issue I would even consider mentioning is my wife got the lump crab salad, which was listed as an entree, but was smaller than comparative entrees. She loved it, but just wished there was a little more. Overall I would definitely eat there again, I just hope when we do, it's a little more crowded.

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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on May 28, 2015

Wonder. Great service. Great food and wonderful experience. Would highly recommend for lunch.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 19, 2015

Since we went during the weekend after all the activities we were the only people in the restaurant. It was a romantic candlelit dinner. Service was quick. Food was amazing.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 18, 2015

Had dinner here with a few friends on 5/18/2015. Two of us ordered the fried chicken and unfortunately it was WAY over-done. Quite inedible, sorry to say. We were virtually the only persons seated at that time so it couldn't be busy in the kitchen. Oh, the fresh oysters were wonderful, but boy were they VERY expensive! No other restaurant ever charged so much. (The restaurant service was good.)
Incidentally, we all stayed for a few days at the Vanderbilt Grace boutique hotel, where this restaurant is located, It was an exquisite place to stay in Newport, and we plan to go back.

--jm

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 16, 2015

We visit Newport and the Conservatory every year. This year Arielle made us comfortable even though our usual expectations for a romantic and quiet dining experience was modified by a birthday party.
Although the menu is limited Arielle allowed us to order from the Muse menu expanding our options.
My wife's smoked lobster appetizer and my muscles were very good and our bottle of wine was a good value. Desert topped off a nice meal. We will visit again next year

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on March 28, 2015

My girlfriend and I ordered the fra diavolo. There were sand and shells in the sauce. The appetizer and dessert were very good. The service was also very good. We were told they were using intern cooks during restaurant week which may be why.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 28, 2015

I visited for restaurant week on a weekend trip - it's a small restaurant of a historic boutique hotel - the wine and food pairing was excellent, service was prompt and friendly, the open air greenhouse feel was relaxing - I would put it on my lit next time I visit Newport,

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on March 22, 2015

Service was good, the quaint conservatory is very relaxing and serene. Salad very nice, but food was just okay nothing fancy or special, but good. Service was attentive.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Romantic, Scenic View
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 (New England)·Dined on March 20, 2015

Our server, Anna, was great!!! Well worth tipping her 20%. Food was ok. I had the vegetable soup and pork tenderloin. Honestly, Outback's is better. Dessert, strawberry shortcake, now THAT was delightful! And the wine paring!!! Wow! Delicious wine choices!!! Great relaxed place to eat. Recommend more as a lunch venue vice dinner venue. Absolutely love the Vanderbilt Grace Hotel! Just disappointed in the soup and the pork tenderloin. All else, thumbs up!

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 (New England)·Dined on March 13, 2015

We were fairly eclectic in our menu and drink selections. It was our first time there and we wanted to sample a variety of things. I recommend the English pea soup, Cuban sandwich and Carbonara. My wife enjoyed the seared Atlantic salmon and baby spinach salad. A real delight.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 16, 2014

My friends and I enjoyed a wonderful RW menu/meal. Having had experienced 7 Newport restaurants during this RW, I found Conservatory's to offer the best well-rounded menu of all. The pork ragout was out of this world (and I am a connoisseur if ragout). I also enjoyed the wine pairing!
Following a discussion about how poorly trained we have found most Newport servers, Ariel proved us wrong - shattering every stereotype we had articulated. Ariel was fun, energetic, aimed to please, in-tune with each of us... She made eye contact when speaking (moving around the table to do so) and intuitively knew when to interrupt and when not... Most servers -- when food is placed before you -- ask if 'everything is okay' before you have a chance to know if something is missing. Then, they disappear. Ariel not only came back, she returned multiple times. She anticipated our needs and proactively recommended options and solutions. We unanimously agreed we'd return. Not only because the food was excellent, but because Airel made our experience our best in Newport.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 15, 2014

Had a great lunch during Restaurant Week. Will come back again as we live in Portsmouth (RI). Thanks

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 14, 2014

What a treat for lunch. Quahog clam bake, crab cake and dessert with paired wines. Excellent food and service. We'll be back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 13, 2014

Went with 3 friends during restaurant week. One friend had recommend the restaurant. She had been there on 2 other occasions and stated the food was "Great". We were not dissappointed. The waitstaff could not have been more attentive. The food was well prepared with attention to detail w/ the presentation. We were all impressed! We are planning MORE get togethers there in the future. Truely a "Newport Gem".

Tags: Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 12, 2014

Food and presentation of the food was absolutely superb.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2014

The food was very good (went for lunch during restaurant week and was impressed for the price, not sure how much it would have normally cost) but you are essentially eating in a fairly small greenhouse at the back of the hotel. So, quite cozy and very quiet. Seemed to be a little stuffy, which is fine if it's the middle of summer and you're full of tourists paying a lot for their hotel rooms. For locals, during the week, it might be a little much and it isn't a place where you could have a working lunch due to the small size.

I'm torn on this one - food and service were good but atmosphere was a little heavy for off season lunching in Newport.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 9, 2014

Our first time there as we would only venture forth when most of the tourists are gone. Beautiful building and great experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on November 7, 2014

The food served was excellent and made up for the ambiance and service. The room was cold and lacked character. Great for summertime dinning, but could he some outdoor lighting, a rug, and soft music for fall and winter. The service was a bit slow and seemed like many servers were new. I would go back for the food, but there are many other resturants in Newport that have great food, great service, and a nice atmosphere so to sure it is worth a second trip. Maybe in the summer.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 13, 2014

Actually we were the tourists who grossly underestimated the time needed to complete the cliff walk and get back to the car. Anyway, we found ourselves starving and tired and this place was a life saver. They accommodated us for a very late lunch at 2:30 pm while making us feel welcome. Outstanding service and a very relaxed setting at a nice hotel. Plan to be hotel guests next time we decide on a weekend getaway in Newport. My 10 year old son really like the Wagyu burger. Crab cake salad was very good as was the pizza appetizer.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 27, 2014

A must-do while in Newport. First you must go for a drink on the rooftop of the Vanderbilt-Grace to view the sunset over the harbor. Then, have dinner in the garden of the Conservatory.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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