About Safari Room Restaurant

65 Ridge Road
Newport, RI 02840
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The Safari Room is located on the famed Ocean Drive, set against the cliffs of Narragansett Bay.

The Safari Patio is open seasonally from May through October, providing you with an open-air dining experience with exceptional service. Enjoy fresh local seafood and a variety of hand crafted entrees while dining among sunsets, starlight and the un-paralleled views of the bay.

Our culinary team utilizes only the finest ingredients to make each dish distinct, creating a unique sense of culture and place in every bite. Relax with a sunset cocktail, and redefine romance while telling us of your travels.

The Indoor Safari Dining Room is open for weekend dining October through May, and open year round for special events.

Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, American

Hours of Operation:
Hours are dependent upon the season and in house functions. Please call ahead to check our current times.

Monday - [ CLOSED ] - [ Available for Private Functions ]

Tuesday - [ CLOSED ] - [ Available for Private Functions ]

Wednesday - [ CLOSED ] - [ Available for Private Functions ]

Thursday - [Lunch / Dinner ~ 11:30am - 8:00pm]

Friday - [Lunch / Dinner ~ 11:30am - 9:00pm]

Saturday - [Lunch / Dinner ~ 11:30am - 9:00pm]

Sunday - [Lunch / Dinner ~ 11:30am - 8:00pm]

Cross Street:
Harrison Avenue

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(401) 849-4873

Website:
http://www.newportexperience.com/SafariRestaurant.php

Parking Details:
We offer complementary on-site parking.

Public Transit:
Seasonal

Executive Chef:
Bradley McCoil

Private Party Facilities:
We specialize in private events: Our interior dining room, featuring British Colonial decor, accommodates up to 60 guests with a private bar, available year round. Our seasonal open air patio overlooking Narragansett Bay can be transformed for your private celebration for events 12 -100 people.

Private Party Contact:
Samantha Renyolds: (401) 849-4873x

Additional:
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Details
Join us for Mother's Day Brunch from 11am-4pm. We will be serving a $65 Pre- Fixe Brunch Menu that includes buffet of appetizers, choice of entree and choice of dessert!

Safari Room Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.5

noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

scenic view (31)
special occasion (21)
great for outdoor dining (15)
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romantic (15)
great for lunch (15)
good for groups (11)
fit for foodies (11)
neighborhood gem (8)
great for brunch (4)
notable wine list (3)
kid-friendly (3)
vibrant bar scene (2)
hot spot (1)
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food5
ambience5
service5

Amazing food! Great service with an unbe ...

Dined on April 24, 2016

Amazing food! Great service with an unbelievable view of the bay and bridge. Go during sunset!

food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Excellent Dinner

Dined on April 10, 2016

The Safari Room was spectacular. The view is always great, but the food was fantastic. Cooked to perfection. Thanks for a wonderful experience!!

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Wonderful lunch

Dined on April 10, 2016

The view and decor were wonderful and service was attentive

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
food4
ambience3
service3
value3

Ocean Cliff has a very talented chef and ...

Dined on April 9, 2016

Ocean Cliff has a very talented chef and his Newport Restaurant week specials were wonderful.

Tags: great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
food5
ambience4
service4
value4

Amazing property, amazing food!

Dined on April 8, 2016

The food is seriously Gourmet here! Inspired Restaurant week menu each course delicious, unusual ingredients ie: morel mushrooms! We cleaned our plates! 3rd year coming to The Safari Room during Restaurant week-and so satisfied!

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
food1
ambience4
service1
value3

Waste of an awesome location

Dined on April 3, 2016

It was restaurant week and while I understand that the restaurant has to watch costs, that doesn't excuse poorly executed dishes. We were there for lunch, wouldn't return: 1) Kale/Quinoa salad (app) - ok, but generally flavorless with big chunks of kale, instead of the expected smaller bites. 2) Asparagus soup (app) - bland other than topping of aged cheddar/pancetta 3) Chicken Waldorf salad (entrée) - driest chicken breast that I've ever been served in a restaurant, barely-there dressing, a serious disappointment. Ate about 25% of it. 4) Porketta Ciabatta - great flavor, great roll, but if you're going to expect me to eat it like a sandwich, cut off the 1/8" layer of fat that surrounds the pork. The flavor of the tomatoes on the sandwich was good, but the texture rendered them extremely chewy and difficult to eat on the sandwich 5) Dessert -decent, but nothing memorable Service - lunch took close to 90 mins even though restaurant was about 50% full. Waiter couldn't be found after he delivered meals - no refills on water or drinks. Showed up when we were done with meal and said "how was everything?" When I told him the salad really wasn't very good, he said "too dry, huh?" and when I told him it was, he said "yeah, I've been hearing that all day". Nice.

Tags: scenic view
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

One of my Favorite Spots in Newport RI

Dined on April 2, 2016

I have been to the Safari room many times. It is our "go to spot in Newport" The service and competitive pricing on food is always good. One of the best views in Newport RI.

Tags: great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience5
service5
value3

A memorable time

Dined on March 27, 2016

The food was outstanding but a bit expensive. Gorgeous views of the West Passage of the bay. Service was excellent. Bar was well stocked with premium liquors. My only complaint was we had our 11 month old child with us that did not use the buffet or order anything from the appetizer, entre, or dessert menu and I was still charged the $65 buffet fee per person for my 11 month old child. Why?

Tags: great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
food1
ambience1
service1
value1

One of the most disappointing experiences ever.

Dined on March 18, 2016

There was Hardly any lobster in the lobster macaroni & cheese, the bread took 1/2 hour to come out of the kitchen. It was not served we had to request it. The Main course was brought out before the appetizers were finished & before the bread ever arrived and was left sitting on the tray. When it was served, the filet mignon was Luke warm & over cooked. The bartender who doubled as a waiter was watching a game on the television in the bar & we had to yell to him to bring a glass of wine. He didn't acknowledge that he heard us because he couldn't take his eyes off the tv. We were looking forward to the lemon meringue pie but when he brought the dessert menu he informed us that there wasn't any. We were the first & ONLY ones in the dining room. We ordered the cheesecake with ganache which was served ice cold instead of room temperature. It had no taste because it was so cold. Two groups came to look at the venue & the sales pitch took place within ear shot of our table as did conversations among the employees. It seemed as though diners were an inconvenience. I wouldn't recommend this "restaurant" to my worst enemy.

Tags: scenic view
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Fantastic!!!

Dined on February 14, 2016

My husband and I came for Valentine's Day. They had a fixed price menu that was outstanding. The service was outstanding! The food was delicious and there was plenty! I wish we could have ordered off the regular menu as my husband doesn't eat seafood but he was very happy nonetheless.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service4

The clam chowder and the salmon were rea ...

vip
Dined on November 27, 2015

The clam chowder and the salmon were really good. The service as well. I just did not love the decoration, which does not seem to go with the hotel. Overall a very nice experience and I would definitely go back.

food5
ambience5
service5

Safari Room

Dined on November 15, 2015

The entire experince was excellent. From parking to service to table placement to food.. I have eaten outside in the warmer months but I had not eaten in the inside dining room before. Very nice cozy setting. Thank you.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view
food5
ambience2
service3

Great food and view; service substandard.

Dined on November 15, 2015

We dined for lunch as part of restaurant week. It is located in an old mansion so our expectations were high. Upon entering the restaurant, we were taken aback by the kitsch decorations and overly casual servers, who were reminiscent of an after work happy hour establishment. The food was excellent and prepared perfectly. Another drawback was the noise generated from the other guests who seemed to treat the place like some neighborhood watering hole rather than a fine-dining eatery.

food3
ambience2
service2

Expected Much More

Dined on November 14, 2015

On restaurant week we choose a couple of places we haven't been to. We have found a few gems that we now frequent. After reading the Safari Room's online reviews my wife and I expected an exceptional meal with outstanding service. This is not what we got. We arrived right at our reservation time and we were seated immediately our server arrived at our table about ten minutes later and asked for our drink order. We ordered cocktails and having already looked at the menu online we ordered our fist and second course at that time. We also asked for a wine recommendation, the best the waiter could do was recommend white wine with fish and red with venison. We didn't belabor the issue and made our own wine choice. Our waiter left our table and went to his next table and spent at least fifteen minutes having a nice conversation with what seemed like old friends. He finally left them and put in our order. After what seemed like a long time our drinks finally came followed almost immediately by our first course, the two did not go well together. By the time our wine came my wife had finisher her appetizer and because I waited for the wine what was left of mine was cold. The appetizers were very good. After another long wait our entree's come out. My wife had halibut, the presentation was beautiful but the fish was a little overdone and the artichoke topping had fibrous bit in it. My rack of venison was very well done and dry (I hadn't been asked how I wanted it done). The deserts were nothing special. As we were waiting for the waiter to run our credit card our water glasses were refilled for the first time that evening. If the restaurant was filled and there were only a few wait staff some of the service issues would be understandable, however this wasn't the case. I'm glad we visited during Restaurant week. I don't think we will be going back.

Tags: scenic view
food5
ambience4
service4

WOW ! menu , superb meal and service!

Dined on November 13, 2015

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our meal at The Safari Room during Restaurant week. The menu was exciting, the ingredients high quality and the dishes were cooked and prepared by very skilled chefs. Every bite was delicious! The staff were all so friendly and professional. Than you!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
food5
ambience4
service4

Food was amazing

Dined on November 13, 2015

This was my first time at the Safari Room, I attended due to the restaurant week menu options. My date and I ordered the calamari for the appetizer, I ordered the Haddock for my entree, my date ordered the venison rack. Everything was fantastic. We were also given a mini sample of the crab cakes which was delicious. Dessert was also fantastic. Only negatives was the hostess was a little snooty and a bit rude on the phone when I made the reservation. We also had to ask for more water. Other then that the waiter was great and so was food. The outside was closed and boarded up due to the time of the year, so we did not get the view we were hoping for either. Overall this was a pleasant experience and I will be going back restaurant week or non restaurant week.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Wonderful Dinner

Dined on November 12, 2015

Went for Newport Restaurant Week. I had the Venison Rack. Done to perfection. The food and service were great.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
food5
ambience4
service5

What a chef!

Dined on November 10, 2015

We happened in on a rainy night during Restaurant Week, and felt very fortunate to have only the chef's Prix Fixe menu options. Excellent all! The bartender made a really good old fashioned, and wine list was great. A recommended Pinot Gris was just right with the brulee scallops. Its location outside the busy downtown Newport perhaps keeps it quieter than where the foot traffic is heavy. There is a lovely bay view from the restaurant. The tables are nicely spaced for conversation. Service was just right. Highly recommend.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view
food5
ambience5
service5

Calamari was excellent. FOIE GRA was ok ...

Dined on November 8, 2015

Calamari was excellent. FOIE GRA was okay. Venison and filet mignon were outrageously good. The apple tartlet was delicious. Your own mini pie with pumpkin gelato

food3
ambience2
service3

Must be good in summer

Dined on November 7, 2015

We went during restaurant week in November. Overall good experience but at this time of year The restaurant cannot be as good as it must be in summer when you can be outside. Nevertheless we had a good time and look forward to coming back when we can sit outside and enjoy the view.

Tags: great for outdoor dining, scenic view
food4
ambience5
service5

We were there, with another couple, on a ...

Dined on October 25, 2015

We were there, with another couple, on a weeknight and there was only one other couple in the dining room other than the four of us. So, the noise level wasn't an issue for us. However, there was a wedding reception going on in one of the other dining rooms that we could overhear. But is wasn't overwhelming at all. The southwestern view is...or could be...outstanding. We were there just at sunset on a fall evening. But the sheet plastic retractable windows for the outside bar were still down. They distorted everything. I'd suggest removing them as soon as the outdoor bar season is complete so that diners can experience they awesome view.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, scenic view
food3
ambience5
service4

Pineapple room closed for season

Dined on October 8, 2015

The Pineapple room was closed but we did sit outside on the deck so we could sit looking at the beautiful view. The service was excellent but the lunch menu was very limited and pricey

Tags: great for outdoor dining, scenic view
food5
ambience3
service5

Maybe because it was the off season but ...

Dined on October 7, 2015

Maybe because it was the off season but we were only one of three tables. The view was spectacular and the food was amazing some of the very best. Everyone should try the safari room while in Newport.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
food3
ambience5
service1

limited menu and very average food

Dined on September 20, 2015

Absolutely a beautiful place to dine. I only wish the food and service was consistently good. The salads were drenched in dressing. The taste of the food was average. The menu selection was small and only one special that we had to remind the waiter to tell us. The coffees were cold. Upside-the Bloody Mary bar is great and the view to die for.

Tags: great for outdoor dining, scenic view
food3
ambience5
service5

Always a good experience

Dined on September 20, 2015

The safari room has a wonderful setting and spectacular view. The service and attentiveness is excellent and very consistent. The bartenders are also very friendly and provide good service. Our food was also very good. The lobster flat bread was excellent and my husband's steak was excellent too. Our guests really enjoyed the chicken dish and a fish dish. The Safari Room never disappoints and I recommend it for those who haven't visited Newport and would like a wonderful view and excellent food.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
food5
ambience4
service5

Romantic birthday

Dined on September 17, 2015

Food and service are excellent. View is out of a painting. Only down side is that they walk to people for some of the other events through the dining area. Not a huge deal, but it takes away from what is a gem of a place.

Tags: kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

A Newport Gem for Sunday Brunch

Dined on September 13, 2015

Sunday's are great for a lot of things. Family time, soccer games, hiking and unwinding among other things, come to mind. However, Sunday's are an even better day to try new things, create memories and above all, enjoy good food with great company. On this particular Sunday we headed to Newport to try The Safari Room at the Ocean Cliff Hotel, as it came recommended by family and was right on the water. Shore side dining is most definitely the way to go. Seated promptly upon arrival, we chose an umbrella-fitted table outside over looking the water. Our server, Shane, was attentive, friendly, knowledgable and patient. Patience is important when the menu boasts well-thought out starters and brunch entrees. It took some time to select the winning spread but we were happy with what we ordered. A cheese board fitted with fresh table grapes, strawberries, port figs, candied walnuts and decadent cheeses of Brie, Truffle and Merlot, was a great way to start this brunch. This appetizer also came with fresh honeycomb! What an amazingly sweet treat. Oh and I almost forgot the beverages... Meg started with a Bloody Mary which was a great option as it involved heading up to the self-service Bloody Mary bar. You could basically make this drink to any desire imaginable. (Within the limits of what was available to use of course) One could call me old-fashioned as I chose a Dark n' Stormy as my cocktail! And yes, it was delicious! Also ordered was the Lobster Bisque served with fresh lobster, a Belgian waffle dish with poached eggs, maple ricotta and homemade bacon and finally, a Lobster Pot Pie. Italian Prosecco also found its way to the table and really helped us celebrate Sunday. Anything bubbly with brunch goes hand-in-hand! With an attentive staff and an inviting atmosphere, you might just stay for 3 hours like we did. And let's be honest, who doesn't enjoy Sunday brunch? And like Ina Garten says, "fun is most important". This day was absolutely fun! Ryan & Meg

Tags: great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food1
ambience5
service1

Disappointing

Dined on September 6, 2015

The view here is amazing, but our overall experience was extremely disappointing. I had a filet that was not seasoned and gray. My wife had a haddock special that was cooked poorly with a bland sauce. My drink order was wrong. The butter and oil brought for our bread sat on our table til the bitter end. Our server was doing his best, but was in charge of 6 other tables that were all on the same schedule we were on, making it impossible to keep up. Service was slow, food was sub-par. Go here for a drink, but The Lawn at neighboring Castle Hill Inn is a much better bet for a satisfying dining experience with an equally spectacular view.

Tags: great for outdoor dining, scenic view
food3
ambience4
service4

Enjoyable but not fantastic

Dined on August 28, 2015

The Safari Room is a great location and the view is fantastic. The service staff did a good job. We thought the food was okay but not anything special. Not a great variety to choose from and not creative. It's not in Newport's top 10 list.

Tags: great for outdoor dining, scenic view
food5
ambience5
service5

Beautiful and delicious

vip
Dined on August 22, 2015

The menu isn't going to surprise you with anything new, but the food was excellent. My filet with mashed potatoes and roasted veggies (see what I mean?) was done perfectly. The view was gorgeous even on a cloudy night. This will definitely be a new go-to for special occasions (though probably only in warm weather).

Tags: good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
food3
ambience5
service4

The view is gorgeous. We sat outside for ...

vip
Dined on August 19, 2015

The view is gorgeous. We sat outside for lunch and watched the boats sail between the cliffs below. Not our favorite lobster rolls, but will happily return and try something else.

food5
ambience5
service5

great anniversary dinner

Dined on August 17, 2015

the wait staff was pleasant and knowledgeable, the scenery was beautiful and the food was top shelf, we had a wonderful experience!

Tags: great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
food4
ambience5
service4

Fabulous Sunsets and Very Good Food

vip
Dined on August 14, 2015

The views from the outdoor patio are excellent. The shrimp cocktail was delicious. The fish and chips very tasty with a crispy/salty crust on the cod. The lobster bisque lived up to its reputation. Our server, Zack was attentive without being obtrusive. Pay no attention to those reviews complaining of poor service. Our servers could not have been more friendly and cooperative.

Tags: great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
food3
ambience5
service5

Fabulous views

Dined on August 14, 2015

The views are spectacular, service is always good, worth a visit!

Tags: great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
food3
ambience5
service3

This is a gorgeous setting for dinner. ...

Dined on August 6, 2015

This is a gorgeous setting for dinner. We enjoyed a view of sunset over the ocean but the food is merely ok. Would certainly return for a sunset drink and plan to dine elsewhere.

food4
ambience5
service4

Fantastic restaurant with an unbeatable ...

vip
Dined on August 3, 2015

Fantastic restaurant with an unbeatable view. Go at sunset if you can.

food3
ambience5
service4

Fabulous views day or evening.

Dined on August 1, 2015

Reasonably priced menu, basic selection. They did not price gauge considering the ambiance and fabulous view. Perfect place to take abatement of the essanice of newport, a mansion on the water , outdoor seating low proceed menu.

Tags: great for lunch, scenic view
food4
ambience5
service4

Wonderful environment. Beautiful views, ...

Dined on July 25, 2015

Wonderful environment. Beautiful views, great decor and food at its best. Been there multiple times, and will return independent of season. Great time

food3
ambience5
service4

If you want a gorgeous view...

Dined on July 20, 2015

If you want a gorgeous view and decent food, then this is the place to go. Gorgeous sunsets, albeit weak cocktails, and okay food, at least the service is good... The thin crust pizza we had was burnt on the edges, but swordfish cooked and seasoned perfectly. The wine was reasonably priced and service was great, so that helped make up for the flaws in some of the food items.

Tags: good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
food4
ambience4
service5

Excellent food and service.

Dined on July 15, 2015

We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at the Safari Room. Although it rained very hard during our dinner there the staff handled the inconvenience of rainwater pouring into the serving area. They quickly and courteously moved affected diners and minimized the inconvenience. With all this distraction they served an excellent dinner at a reasonable price. We will return here again when we visit in the future.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list

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