The Vanderbilt Grill

4.7
470 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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.

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

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New England
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had our Valentine's Day dinner there. We selected the special Valentine's Day Prix Fixe menu. The entire visit at Vanderbilt Grill was top notch from our first arrival to the Petit four at the finish of the meal. Both my wife and I had completely different dishes and each and everyone was outstanding. Vanderbilt Grill will remain on our list of fine dining for special occassions.

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SJ
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The food was good, the service was very nice, and the atmosphere was excellent. The hotel is restored in a way that brings eclectic elegance to the dining experience.

Appetizers of oysters and octopus were fresh and tasty with traditional accompaniments. The main dishes were good but could have used some inspirations with flavors to really bring them to life more vibrantly.

The drink selections and wine are by far incredibly strong with a nice mix of non traditional pairings that may be one of the best things about the restaurant.

Overall, our experience was very nice and the staff was friendly and accommodating. We will return again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience!

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PM
New England
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Beautiful old home - ate in sun room - limited menu, but good. A quiet place to enjoy with friends.

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DJ
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

I don't enjoy writing unpleasant reviews. This place is so disorganized. Was seated in a blinding sun room for brunch while the nice dining room remained closed. Servers tried their best. Food was just ok. Great location, inside a hotel I had never heard about. Look further for your brunch.

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New England
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Special Christmas dinner with live piano music, English snappers, and delicious food!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Amanda was great! Cheerful and pleasant and made my mom feel at ease in when she was nervous and thought we were at a “much fancier place than I was expecting!”
Oysters delicious and the cocktail with the thyme syrup was on spot! Thank you for a wonderful lunch!

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RS
Jacksonville
16 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A favorite spot for lunch is the conservatory room, bright even on cloudy days due to the glass windows with a nice view of Trinity Church. It's rarely crowded at the time I dine and tucked aways from the bustling shops on Thames. Service is always excellent. Our server today was Amanda and she was friendly, knowledgeable, always nearby and ready to assist but never overbearing. I always choose this spot when dining with a friend I haven't seen in a long time and we have a lot of catching up to do because they do not rush you through your meal and are respectful if you are having a conversation. The menus rotate with the season and the salads are always fresh and delicious. The bison chili was good with the perfect amount of spice. I have enjoyed romantic dinners in the dining room here with hubby, brought company here for sunset on the rooftop and enjoyed lunch out on the veranda. Always a favorite for us.

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BN
New England
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service, ambiance, and food. Would go over and over and over again!

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New England
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

The restaurant itself was beautiful and cozy. I loved the fact that there was a real fireplace in the dinning room it just made the experience even better. The host and our waiter were excellent! The food was delicious. My boyfriends meal looked and tasted amazing and my meal was so good as well. I do wish the portion was bigger for what I paid for my meal. It seemed more like an appetizer than an entree. When I go to a restaurant for a meal I don’t expect to leave hungry and I’ll be honest when we left I was still very hungry. The meal was delicious but I probably wouldn’t recommend it to friends for the sole purpose that the entrees felt more like appetizers than entrees and you shouldn’t still be hungry when you leave the meal. Other than that the place was beautiful

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EM
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great place even when off season, Thanksgiving dinner was delish.

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RJ
New England
54 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Soooo Cold. A nice Thanksgiving meal was marred by the collapse of the heating system on the coldest Thanksgiving day in 100 years.
Aside from the traditional turkey meal, the restaurant has a limited menu, but all are nicely prepared and presented. Good selection of wine-by-the-glass and there is a full bar. Both rooms are delightfully quiet.
I'll be back if the heating system is fixed.

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a
New England
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had it all: ambiance, superb food from prix fix menu, attentive but not intrusive service. Get a table while you can.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Thanksgiving dinner at the Vanderbilt Grill was highway robbery! We had seen the regular menu and knew it was not going to be a cheap meal. However we arrived to find that our only choice was a prix fixed menu at $82! We had no available option at that point so we stayed. For that price we got a small bowl of soup, a modest serving of turkey, and a dessert “buffet” of simple cookies and plain cheese cake. Only when we hit our bill did we find that coffee was extra! On top of that the service was poor. It was a full hour after we were seated when our main course arrived. Outrageous!

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We so enjoyed our experience at their Thanksgiving day prix fixe event. The food was delicious and the staff were stellar. Will definitely come back for another special occasion in the future!

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S
New England
11 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Great potential for fine dining, but not quite there. Ambiance (formal dining room with high ceilings, fireplace, live piano, art-deco artwork, well separated tables, etc.) is over-the-top. Service is adequate but not up to formal dining standards (staff training needed for the minor issued we noted). Food is mixed. Veal Tortellini (5 pieces for $32) was tasty, slightly undercooked and overpriced. My Pork Chop was well portioned but initially tough (hard surface exterior- but nicely pink inside) and very tasty. Caesar salads and butternut soup starters were excellent. Wine list was ambitious with few choices (if any) under $50. My major issue was that the dining room guests were dressed for a roadhouse meal (denim, flannel shirts, down jackets, hats at table, etc.) rather than the fine dining expectations we had based on other reviews.

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M
New England
44 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding! Vanderbilt is perfect for quiet, intentional dinners. Great drinks, great appetizers and great entrees.

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening enjoying Newport Restaurant Week.

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PG
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Top notch service. Food also top notch except salmon could use more flavoring.

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d
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a great time. Very soothing atmosphere, and very good service. Menu a bit limited but what we had was delicious.

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OT
New England
8 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for restaurant week. Turned out being a great value. The weather outside was cold and windy, so the real wood fires in the various fireplaces inside were pleasant. The waitstaff throughout the hotel and restaurant were attentive, professional, and polite. The bar has a wide variety of quality options. The restaurant week menus offered variety as well. I will definitely return to explore the other dining options in the hotel. And I will recommend this to others.

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BB
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice lunch setting. Exterior looked inviting and definitely worth coming in warmer months to enjoy. A great surprise to find this lovely place.

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LF
New England
11 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The restaurant itself was pleasant and comfortable, and service was fine. I ordered from the brunch menu and decided on lobster benedict. Sadly, the lobster was very disappointing. Portions were small and definitely was not fresh lobster. The poached eggs were a bit undercooked, and the breakfast potatoes were very salty. When the waitress came by and asked how our meal was, I was honest with her. She asked if there was anything else I wanted, but really I just wanted to give them feedback back in the kitchen. This is our second disappointing meal here, so we will not be returning,

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NT
New England
10 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding Restaurant Week menus, with both regular ($35) and premium ($50) options. Service was quiet, discreet and efficient, while still welcoming and cheerful. Entire staff, from maitre d' to table server to sommelier were knowledgeable and helpful. Swordfish was grilled to perfection. Salmon was succulent. Somm's wine recommendation (Pouilly Fuisse) was spot on, and (mirabile dictu!) quite reasonably priced. Understated decor in a beautiful setting.

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TN
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The entire experience was amazing. We were warmly greeted at the front entrance upon arrival. The host seated us right away, giving us a choice of tables so we opted for a table in front of the fireplace. Everything was impeccable, the music calming, and the service never rushed or delayed.

We decided on the wine pairing which was perfect with our host always willing to modify any of the pre-chosen selections to accomodate our tastes.

All three courses were excellent, from the first course pork belly, second course swordfish to desert, flour less chocolate torte. Everything was perfectly prepared, brought out on time and always with a smile.

We loved it and would highly recommend.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Newport Restaurant Week - Excellent Value ! Live Piano !

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G
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Elegant dining in a historic city, this keeps the vibe going

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SS
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Celebrated my daughter’s 21st birthday here - had Sunday brunch with friends while visiting near Boston. Newport is a beautiful seaport destination that lends itself to a leasure meal and browsing the shops. The Vanderbuilt Grill was the perfect location for a delicious brunch, with a beautiful sunroom dining area, very attentive staff, accommodating chef, and free 2 hour parking!

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VP
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was wonderful and the ambiance is very classy and romantic! The service is exceptional!

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for lunch on our honeymoon. We were brought into the back room over looking the patio and it was such a beautiful view. The food was excellent as well as the hot Apple cider we ordered. To top it off was the creme brule of the day, and I would recommend anyone to get that dessert.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

simply delicious food in a lovely old hotel. burger was beyond awesome, hubs puts it in his top five. the eggplant rolatini app is enough for a meal, light as feather cheese filling and so scrumptious. one of the best lunches we have had. will go back again.

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RB
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Based on the reviews, we had expected an upscale brunch experience but we were seated on a sun porch that needed updating badly and it was a cold day in October. The food was only OK and the menu was nothing special. Lobster Benedict was dry and my husband's smoked salmon was not the freshest. IN addition the hostess was a hoverer. She would not leave us alone, checking every 5-10 minutes if we wanted anything. We were very disappointed.

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V
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an amazing find in Newport. On the last evening of vacation we decided to go to the Vanderbilt Grill and I am so glad we did. From the decor, the service from Lorraine - a gem! To the food - a truly enjoyable evening. We tried the squid ink linguine with claims, scallops and calamari and also the truffle cheese ravioli - both were tender buttery pasta and the sauces smooth. Dessert was also a highlight - the beignets were filled, warm, sugary dusting and melted when a bite was taken.....highly recommend this place and will go back

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FM
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Very, very disappointing, by far the worst afternoon tea I have ever attended. The menu on the website and what we were served were in no way the same. The food was stale and appeared to have been purchase premade from the bulk section of the supermarket.

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SS
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Overpriced soup...$16 for 2-3oz of lobster bisque? Really? Hamburger was ok.
So, 2 beers, 2 soups and 1 burger for $91 w/tip?
One more thing...they shoved us in the “back room” b/c the main dining room was reserved for a private party. This back room also served as a direct pathway to to the outdoor fire pit during our dinner. The continuous opening of the doors permitting the bone chilling air to smother us was numbing and probably the thing that kept my cool from loosing my mind. Glad that I wasn’t staying there overnight. I followed the points on this one and got zinged.
I don’t recommend going here.

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l
New England
11 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent and creative menu. Wonderful staff. Cocktail list is incredible!

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great music and service

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L
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 4

Ordered a plain unseasoned piece of salmon. Chef could not get a simple request correct. I finally declined new dinner so my husbands dinner didn't get cold waiting for my dinner to return.

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SN
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was exactly what we were looking for our anniversary dinner. Quiet not crowded for a Saturday night. Would definitely go again

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D
New York Area
40 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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