The Vanderbilt Grill

4.1
412 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Top tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Authentic
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
Complementary Valet parking.
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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

See availability for 1,000 point tables

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

What 412 People Are Saying
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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
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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OT
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outside terrace is wonderful for brunch.

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S
22 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
20 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
65 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
2 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
27 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
23 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
96 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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OT
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Romantic setting - some of the best service in Newport

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OT
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome service with utmost etiquette.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Perfect atmosphere for our anniversary, waitstaff was remarkable and food was on point. The piano player added to our romantic evening.

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t
16 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was our first visit here and it will not be the last. The service was top notch and the food was excellent. We went off season and had a nice experience.

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MC
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Elsa, the server, was awesome. Very attentive and kind. Excellent service!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Food could have been better seasoned. Cocktails are on point!!

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S
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

My husband and I went to the restaurant to celebrate his birthday. We definitely chose the right place! The service was impeccable, the food was outstanding. We happened to be there for Restaurant Week and each had a dinner from the prix fix menu: hanger steak for him, blackened cod for me. Delicious! We definitely recommend this restaurant.

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B
11 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Dinner was very good, although I didn't think the fish dish I had was all that special -- the potatoes were lacking flavor. My husband's steak was amazing. It was a windy night and the fireplace was kicking some smoke into the dining room, so it got to be a bit smoky by the time were were leaving. Our waitress was excellent, and the wine pairings were really nice. Great cocktail too.

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

Incredible service, ambiance, food!

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RK
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

the restaurant week menu was amazing value, and we had a wonderful evening. Great staff, live piano music and cocktails.

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DD
17 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything from start to finish was excellent.
We both felt it was one of our best meals ever. We were both so pleased with everything, including our wine choice. Delicioso!
Loved the live music also.

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C
5 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service and food were excellent. Ambiance very good and piano music a real nice touch. We sat with our backs to the bar, which was very busy and a bit noises. A very fine spot and we will be back!

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My wife and I were celebrating Valentine’s day. Food, service and and piano were outstanding!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent ambiance, food and service from our waitress Elsa

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OT
7 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food, service and ambiance. We enjoyed a lovely birthday dinner. Everything was delicious.

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b
64 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We came in from the cold for lunch to find an empty dinning room. We had very good clam chowder, but at $18 for a moderate size bowl, way overpriced! You can get the same thing for half the price all over Newport. Good food, but I really wouldn't recommend to a friend.

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DH
20 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2017
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

BEAUTIFUL restaurant! Lovely setting for a romantic meal, special occasion or just for a wonderful dining experience .
My only ask is that they reconsider charging $18 for a CUP of New England Clam Chowder- ouch, that hurt!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2017
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Had an excellent Christmas dinner at the Vanderbilt Grill. Everything about it was top-notch: the food, the service (especially the service), the ambiance, the live music, the cocktails. All made for a truly memorable evening. We'll definitely return.

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DS
5 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great food and nice service on Xmas

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