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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.
Newport, RI 02840
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
Clarke Street & Thame Street
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Complimentary Valet Parking
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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!
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...!)
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.
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.
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
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,
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!
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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