The Vanderbilt Grill

4.1
431 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Top tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Romance
  • Good for Anniversaries
In the heart of coastal Newport, The Vanderbilt Grill delivers classic and contemporary dishes that are beautifully presented and grilled to perfection. All of our ingredients are seasonal and regionally sourced to deliver classic New England to all of the senses. Enjoy the comfort of grilled favorites and the taste of upscale familiar dishes. In the summer months, al fresco dining in the Garden Terrace is available, with our indoor dining areas primarily reserved for inclement weather. The dining rooms may occasionally be closed for private events.

Guests wishing to book for Afternoon Tea may do so from 12pm - 3pm. Please kindly note in the reservation that Afternoon Tea is being requested.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Contemporary American, Breakfast
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Hours of Operation
Summer Hours
Breakfast daily from 7:30am-11am
Lunch daily Monday - Friday from 12pm-3pm
Saturday and Sunday Brunch from 12pm-3pm
Dinner Sunday - Thursday from 6pm-9pm,
Friday and Saturday until 9:30pm
Bar Open Daily from 4pm
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Phone number
(401) 846-6200
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Payment Options:
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Resort Casual
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Executive Chef
Anthony Theocaropoulos
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Cross street
Clarke Street & Thames Street
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Parking Details
2 Hour validated parking while dining. $5 per every half hour after with a daily maximum of $30.
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Entertainment
Kristine Wilbur on piano Friday and Saturday.

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Special Events & Promotions
We offer a wide range of special events throughout the year. Visit our website at www.gracehotels.com/vanderbilt/dining-and-bars/restaurant-events for more information.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Offers

1,000-Point Tables

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Sun 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Wed - Thu 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Fri - Sat 6:00PM - 7:00PM 8:30PM - 9:00PM

What 431 People Are Saying
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33 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Way overpriced. Small portions and really expensive drinks. $18 cosmopolitan come on and it was in a tiny glass. Definitely left disappointed

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OT
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Wonderful ambiance, great food, service was finding its footing, but ultimately came around and was great.

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c
55 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

Limited menu; food well prepared. Expensive wines.
The server may have been more English challenged than the kitchen (?) but it was impossible to get any menu variations (like a a vegetable instead of fries).
>>>Valet Parking, but he LEFT MY CAR RUNNING & UNLOCKED the entire meal. I found out only because I had to retrieve the car myself. Really.

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OT
6 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

We have had a number of meals (brunch, lunch, dinner) at the Grill. Our favorite is to sit on the back patio for brunch or lunch. Great atmosphere, good is consistent and very good. Service good be a bit more attentive, but most certainly always friendly and very good.

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 1Ambience 4

Very very slow service. The bar took 20 minutes to bring our drinks: there were only 2 other tables in the restaurant. The food was bland and subpar. The location and ambiance are lovely. Creative cocktail list. Overpriced for what it is and the abysmal service speeds. Basically just a place to see and be seen.

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OT
18 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Pricey, but lovely — romantic garden setting (for good weather only, of course), good wine list, innovative cuisine.

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CL
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 5

The chef forgot to put dressings on our seafood salad, so it was bland. When we told the waitress she did us a dressing, but it was still bland and we wanted to taste the dish as intended. My friend got sick 30 minutes after leaving the restaurant.

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1 review
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

If you enjoy chef creations and excellent service this is the place to be! Halibut definitely is the best white fish I’ve ever had. Decent wine list and handcrafted cocktails topped with tasty deserts. On top of that orders from 2 dishes on the menu are going to charity. Great place for a date night or special occasion. Enjoy!

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M
124 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Gorgeous setting, beautiful small-midsize dining room, coffered ceiling. Piano/vocalist in the corner. I would dress for the dining room, more so than the bar seating. Food fantastic! Split creme brûlée for dessert (flavor of the month: orange). I had grilled salmon which was wonderful.

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M
49 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Are in the garden on a lovely summer night. Food was delicious and creative. Wonderful service.

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s
14 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Vanderbilt Grace has great food. The dining room is hushed. The conservatory and outside dining are fun. The roof terrace is special. All of the food is fantastic, as are the beverages. It is always a great place to go in the middle of Newport. And as a bonus--free parking.

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CC
2 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2018
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 4

This was a special occasion for my boyfriend and I and I felt that it was not taken seriously whatsoever. First off when we walked in the staff did not ask for my name or reservation then just seated us outside where there was dead silence. We then sat there for 15 minutes in 90 degree heat without so much as a glass of water. My boyfriend had to go inside and ask for them to pour us some waters. I mean that’s alittle rediculous. The food was good but nothing i would run back there for. Then the waitress left us the check without even asking if we were finished. All in all it was not the experience i had hoped for and i feel it could have been better due to terrible service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 1Ambience 4

Was a disappointing birthday

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B
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Utterly civilized, roof top bar a don't miss! Dinner with piano a nice touch and the craft cocktails were fantastic.

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11 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We enjoyed a wonderful dinner at The Vanderbilt Grill on Friday night after we arrived in Newport for a weekend wedding. What an amazing find! The ambience is beautiful and elegant, and the food is delicious. I had the grilled salmon and my husband had the halibut, and both were fabulous. Our lovely server, Elsa, was very knowledgeable and attentive. Don’t miss this charming gem!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful food and atmosphere

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HM
3 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

We ordered bottomless Rose. I noticed that our table was receiving a different bottle of rose than other tables that ordered the same.

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AF
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 5

I hate to say it, but the service left much to be desired, which detracted considerably from our lunch experience. (I mentioned this to family and friends yesterday as well when they asked how we liked it and if it compared to the Spiced Pear.) Nevertheless, the food was delicious, the venue beautiful and we had a lovely time.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 1Ambience 5

I wanted to like this beautiful and elegant restaurant, but the setting was ruined by poor service (ants on the table, a spilled drink, long waits in an empty restaurant). The piano music was wonderful, the food was good but over -priced and the menu is limited; the craft cocktails were excellent. I was surprised to be able to get a Saturday night reservation in Newport for 6 on short notice at the height of the summer, but now I understand why.

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LP
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner on the terrace, with great service provided by out servers, Randy and Elsa. The cocktail and wine list our quite good and would recommend the roof top bar for a drink before or after dinner. Will certainly be returning!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outside terrace is wonderful for brunch.

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S
23 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 1

This was my first visit to the Vanderbilt Inn. I made reservations for the Vanderbilt Grill (the main dining room). When we arrived we were offered outside or “Conservatory” seating. We opted for inside which was the Conservatory. I thought the room lacked any ambience at all—far different than what I viewed online. We later found out they were not serving dinner in the Vanderbilt Grill that evening. No one notified us, before or after we arrived, that the dining room was not being used.

I ordered the heirloom tomato and burrata salad with a piece of medium-well salmon. I believe the burrata was not fresh as the inside was “gummy” rather than “ creamy” as it should be. The salmon was well done and charred on the bottom.

The costs of the food was removed from our check, but, none the less, our special evening was spoiled.

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HJ
23 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 5

Gorgeous atmosphere, this restaurant is in dire need of a new chef. The food was just ok. The salmon was bland, the Brussell Sprouts, not great. The Ceasar mediocre as well as the burrata. I understand the squid ink seafood pasta was quite good.

There was a lovely singer on the piano which made the experience enjoyable and a step back in time. (we understand the hotel is haunted by Corneilius Vanderbuilt which sparked our intrigue, but unfortunately no ghostly sightings:-)

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DD
20 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

This was our second time at the Grace Vanderbilt.
Our first visit was during Restaurant Week this year, and this visit.
The food was good, the service very good, and love the live entertainment

We will return again.

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p
65 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2018
Overall 1Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

After researching the best restaurants in Newport and booking dinner at the Vanderbilt Grille weeks before our visit, we were told, after we had arrived, that the dining room was closed because it was too hot (and we were actually staying at the Grace Vanderbilt hotel, yet no one had the courtesy to contact/text us before we arrived). We were forced to have dinner in the Garden Terrace, which is where breakfast and lunch was served. While the food was OK, the entire experience left a bad taste (no pun intended). Not very good from a customer service standpoint.

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J
69 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2018
Overall 1Food 4Service 1Ambience 4

we were so disappointed. service was horrible. too bad as the apps we had were excellent, other than there being hard plastic in our meatball dish. we left after this. they had no knowledge of the wines on their list, and their bartender who was their expert, was absolutely clueless. when we did get our wine, they tried serving our white, warm. not even slightly chilled. not worth going here when there are so many other options.

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OT
4 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Good food, but limited menu. A little bit expensive.

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OT
8 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful dining room and dinner . Service is great and desserts Are outstanding

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

New favorite spot! The food was delicious, the service from Meredith was amazing, and the rooftop had the most beautiful views of Newport. Our new hidden gem!

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OT
7 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

We enjoyed cocktails on the rooftop deck before dinner which has a lovely panoramic view, but was overpriced at $34 for two fair drinks. Everything we enjoyed from the menu was absolutely delicious. The heirloom tomato and burrata salad and the meatball appetizers were wonderful, and the short rib gnocchi and truffle ravioli were outstanding. The beignets were recommended for dessert and were perfect. Our server, Gianpaolo, was so sincerely sweet and went out of his way to engage us throughout our meal. We truly enjoyed our experience.

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JG
11 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2018
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 4

I was extremely disappointed with the Vanderbilt. I request a quiet romantic table for my wife and myself and ended up with a very noisy room. They have a dress code that they do not follow. After a few minutes of our arrival I noticed people being seated on the tables around us wearing shorts and T-shirts. Also a larger group that included children younger than 7 years old being seated in the same room we were located. Early on before the arrival of the other guest the piano player was very good and easy to hear. After-woods I felt like I was in a Applebee’s type atmosphere. Very dissapointed.
The vaunted service they were rated to have was the worse service we had in Newport. The waiter never asked if we wanted more wine or even refilled our water glasses. I spoke to the manager to voice my complaints and at least he did not charge us for the wine. But I wanted this to be a special evening for my wife’s 65th Birthday and it turned out terrible.
I called twice about dress code and was told it was business casual. It is definitely not. As we were leaving others were walking in with shorts and t shirts. This is not a restaurant that warrants the high prices on the menu.
I will never attend this restaurant again

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s
13 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always great! Always special. Food is excellent. Everyone is so nice.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 3Ambience 1

This place was dead on Memorial Day weekend 2018. Nothing wrong with the food, perfectly edible but nothing I couldn’t cook at home. They forgot one of the main ingredients to my dish but later brought it out when I asked where it was. There is a jazz pianist in the corner playing boring classic standards. The room is pretty and the waitstaff were really nice, but I would not recommend or ever go back.

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CT
7 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 4

I so wanted to like my experience here. The restaurant did not live up to the rest of the hotel. Better to go for afternoon tea than brunch. Brunch was disappointing.

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AT
6 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2018
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

Not fit for foodies...

Both the service and food were problems. The service was obtrusive and poorly executed. For example, after giving us the cocktail menu, our server asked us what we would like (without giving us time to look at the menu). He interrupted us many times to ask how things were, to note that everything looked great, to refill water glasses, and to clear plates (even when two of us were still eating). With each encounter, we had to stop conversing to listen to his jokes and tell him that “yes, everything is indeed great”. Each time we finished a course he would say “well, looks like you hated that.” (This was awkward since we disliked the food and hadn’t finished many items). Throughout, he spontaneously "educated" us about things that were wrong, such as: You need to drink more water when it is humid out than when it is dry and wines from South Africa for the next few years will be especially dry because of the current drought.

We started with Hendricks and tonics, which were garnished with lemon (rather than cucumber [customary for Hendricks] or lime). The flavor of the tonic was off, tasting more like club soda than tonic. We were told that the wines on the list were all excellent examples of their varietals. While I personally think a nice, inexpensive sauvignon blanc can be a great buy, I would not imply it is a prime example of what a sauvignon blanc can be. The wines also had a four-fold markup over retail pricing.

The bread (reportedly made there) wasn't very good and was stale. The fish dishes were bland, fatty, under-seasoned, and unbalanced (while my mother-in-law enjoyed her Guinea hen, the salmon made me a bit queasy). Dessert was the most disappointing. The chocolate lava cake was a solid piece of cake (no “lava”). It almost totally lacked sweetness and was very "eggy" (like a chocolate omelet). It came with vanilla “ice cream” that was basically icy, frozen milk. The beignets were OK, but were also served with an icy “ice cream”.

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GC
31 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food and service were outstanding. This is what fine dinning is all about.

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ML
32 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Quality of food was very good but for $75.pp There should have been more choices

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KE
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Food was okay. Ambience was nice. Piano was excellent.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great service, top notch! Great food. Would have payed more for the braised short rib pasta than the filet, but no complaints for either.

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CG
103 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

My husband and I were in Newport for a trip and found The Vanderbilt Grill on Open Table with great reviews. Lovely restaurant with a nice menu. We both had the linguine with clams which was quite good. Then the begnets which were terrific. They have a nice wine and cocktail list too. We would definitely come back again next time we are in town.

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