About The Spiced Pear
Welcome to The Spiced Pear Restaurant offering premier Newport fine dining. We use only the freshest seasonal ingredients from New England and abroad. Enjoy fine dining in an elegant oceanfront setting. The Spiced Pear Restaurant located in The Chanler at Cliff Walk is a Newport treasure waiting to be discovered. The best of Newport awaits you with sweeping cliff-side views of the Atlantic Ocean, a romantic atmosphere and the highest quality of service. The Spiced Pear dinner menu is served in our main dining room only.
Newport, RI 02840
Continental, Contemporary American, Contemporary French / American
Hours of Operation:
The Spiced Pear opens daily for dinner from 5:00pm - 9:00pm.
Dinner reservations are recommended. The Spiced Pear is closed Monday evenings during the winter.
Lunch is served in our Veranda sun-room daily from 12pm to 4pm.
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Complimentary valet parking for hotel and restaurant guests
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Spiced Pear Tasting Series, Romance Dinner Packages, Chef's Table, Private Dinners
The Spiced Pear Ratings and Reviews
My husband and I ate here as our one special dinner during our vacation. We were seated at a table with a beautiful view of the Chandler grounds and water. I cannot say enough about George our waiter. He was very attentive but not overly so. The food was excellent. We both enjoyed the gulf shrimp and diver scallops. There was a very nice wine list to choose from. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.
We live in Newport and thought we should check out the Spiced Pear. We chose a Thursday night to avoid the crowds. That was not a problem as the restaurant was pretty empty. We were given a choice of tables and seated right away. Then we sat for quite a while before our waiter showed up with menus. He came back and asked for our orders without ever asking about drinks. Tuna carpaccio was good. My wife had the duck and had to send it back because it was so rare she could not cut it. I had the scallops and shrimp - good but nothing special.
Service was inattentive. No offer of drinks. When the duck came back my wife had no utensils to eat it.
View was nice but we drive by first beach and walk the cliff walk all the time, so for us not special.
Prices were a little high but not crazy.
Don't think we'll be going back, too many other choices in Newport.
Impeccable service in a romantic setting. High quality, high end ingredients prepared and presented flawlessly. From the unique and delicious handcrafted cocktails, to the house-made truffles for dessert, the entire meal was both satisfying and memorable without being pretentious or fussy. The epitome of fine dining in Newport. Do not miss an opportunity to dine here.
Excellent location with breathtaking views right along Cliff Walk. Unusual items (rabbit and bison our table had ordered) on the menu that you wouldn't necessarily find at an everyday restaurant. The restaurant has an open kitchen (made it exciting to watch). Wait staff was very friendly and on point. There is parking but we had taken an Uber so we could enjoy the wine list! We will definitely be back as it's worth the money and one of the nicest restaurants in Newport.
My issue may be explained by disappointed high expectations.
The physical location at Chandlers is very nice indeed.
The service was good.
The problem is that our dishes (the duck and the shrimp/scallops) were, at best, just so, so.
Dessert, a much anticipated orange soufflé , was a disappointment.
Not so pretty good.
I am usually not critical. However I must say my date and I were disappointed. We live in Newport but travel extensively and have dined in some very nice restaurants. You have a similar price range as some of our favorites so we had hoped for a similar experience from The Spiced Pear. Some of our favorites restaurants include: Acquello in San Fran, White Barn Inn, Kinnebunkport. Please take this as helpful, constructive criticism. To start, we had a pear martini. It was very sweet, seemed to have very little vodka. I asked waiter to please add a little more vodka. He returned with a drink that tasted like sour lemon. So I asked if he added lemon juice instead of vodka. His reply, "I may have added lemon juice to break the sweet taste." It did not seem to have any more vodka. So I dropped it andcthe esiter did not offer to readjust. We ordered a shrimp & scallop dish and the lobster dish as our entree. The scallops were perfect! The lobster was good. The lobster was described as having an interesting artichoke side. It ended up being a dime-sized piece of artichoke. We also found the pecan, cranberry bread to be cold & hard. We had a beet salad and potato leek soup as appetizers. The beet "salad" was delicious but did not have any greens other than small garnish. We were surprised by that. The soup was very good. Finally...our table was at the very end of the dining room, closest to windows. We thought it was odd that seats we arranged so that one of us looked out to the beach, while the other faced other diners in restaurant. We rearranged our seats ourselves and so we both had a spectacular view of the sunset. As a life-long Newporter I wish you much success. A few minor changes could make all the difference. Please consider this review from that perspective.
Went to the Spiced Pear for my wife's birthday. We were so excited to try the chefs tasting menu but unfortunately it was restaurant week and it was unavailable. I opted for the veal and my wife had the lobster. The veal was underwhelming and certainly not worth the 49 dollars paid. My wife had the lobster and it was delicious. Overall, I had a forgettable meal in an unforgettable setting.
Dined here during restaurant week. Nice bar and beautiful old dining room with the twist of an open kitchen. Super professional service without any stuffiness . Valet parking on a rainy night was especially welcome. Would love to return on a warm sunny day and enjoy the outdoor dining area.
The Spiced Pear is hit or miss. The location cannot be beat, the service is good and there's a nice wine selection.
The variable is the cuisine. When it's a hit, the food is great, even amazing. When it's a miss, it's average. Nicely cooked and beautifully presented, but you don't go home saying "Wow". Sadly this most recent meal was average.
We do like eating here but we now always tell our guests that it's hit or miss.
We always come for Restaurant Week because we love coming here - the food, the service, the atmosphere and the view are second to none. This time, I had the vegetable salad and the scallops, which I enjoyed very much. The scallops were cooked perfectly, and I liked them paired with the polenta. For dessert I had the verrine, which is a layered dessert served in a glass. It was very good, not too sweet. My dining companion had the oysters, which were kind of smallish but tasty. He had the statler chicken as a main course, which I tried, and it was delicious! Chicken was very moist, and the skin was nice and crispy. As always, our favorite waiter, Cole, was very attentive and charming. We keep coming back because it is very romantic and always a treat.
Ambiance and Service is impeccable. Your wait staff from top to bottom was as good as I have ever experienced. That being said the food is another story. While I understand the quest to be extraordinary and over the top at such a fabulous location, if your going to charge the prices you do you have to be basically flawless and this certainly was not the case. The amount of food could've been a little more and not as quite overstated. My veal was totally undercooked and had to be returned to the kitchen upsetting the time of eating and leaving my date to dine alone. After the meal was returned it was still not cooked right an certainly did not taste the same. It kind of took the edge off of what was to be a magical evening. Our head waiter, Paul, who was as good as they come, was very apologetic and insisted on removing the cost of the meal from the bill. That being said and not being a Five Star chef myself I might suggest that while you have one of the most beautiful settings for a restaurant in all of Newport you try
being not so over the top on your presentations and a little more on substance.
Granted we went there in the midst of Newport's long winter offseason, but a great restaurant earns its mettle all year long and if you're spending $400 on a meal with wine for two, it ought to be great. The ambiance was quiet, formal and nice enough -- the service a little over-attentive. The dishes were nicely presented and the food was good, not great -- yet with a sticker price of great. I'd give it a 6 or 7, on a scale of 1 to 10. It's not fine dining. It's solid bistro fare at a fine-dining price.
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