Safari Room Restaurant

★★☆☆☆
  • 65 Ridge Rd

    Newport, RI 02840

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  • 401-849-4873

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Thu: 12pm-8pm, Sun: 12pm-8pm, Fri-Sat: 11:30pm-9pm
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While on birthday weekend in Newport with my wife, Safari Room was first meal in Newport and had hi expectations. Got a little nervous when we saw that other than wedding party in neighboring tent, restaurant was empty at prime time on a Friday nite in August. While service was adequate and space was lovely with a nice view, food was substandard. Firstly, we are wine nuts and the wine list had less than a dozen bottles to choose from in total! Crab cakes were bland and dense and the mixed greens goat cheese salad, forgettable. Our main courses, salmon and yellowfin tuna, were simply ok. While salmon flavor was ok, it was a bit over done with a gooey sticky crust encasement. The tuna presentation was like cooked sushi, meaning, there was a tuna slab, sliced ginger and a plastic cup of soy sauce. Everything is a la cart. So we had to order a side. We got the spicy green beans which were undercooked and over-salted. We like our beans crispy but these were practically raw. All this for a relative huge sum of $$$$. One other issue - there was a party going on in an adjacent room, live band and rowdy crowd. The door to that room was left open and we were blasted by the party noise while trying to enjoy what was expected to be an elegent quiet meal overlooking the bay. No a do-over for us.

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★★☆☆☆

While on birthday weekend in Newport with my wife, Safari Room was first meal in Newport and had hi expectations. Got a little nervous when we saw that other than wedding party in neighboring tent, restaurant was empty at prime time on a Friday nite in August. While service was adequate and space was lovely with a nice view, food was substandard. Firstly, we are wine nuts and the wine list had less than a dozen bottles to choose from in total! Crab cakes were bland and dense and the mixed greens goat cheese salad, forgettable. Our main courses, salmon and yellowfin tuna, were simply ok. While salmon flavor was ok, it was a bit over done with a gooey sticky crust encasement. The tuna presentation was like cooked sushi, meaning, there was a tuna slab, sliced ginger and a plastic cup of soy sauce. Everything is a la cart. So we had to order a side. We got the spicy green beans which were undercooked and over-salted. We like our beans crispy but these were practically raw. All this for a relative huge sum of $$$$. One other issue - there was a party going on in an adjacent room, live band and rowdy crowd. The door to that room was left open and we were blasted by the party noise while trying to enjoy what was expected to be an elegent quiet meal overlooking the bay. No a do-over for us.

Pros: View

Cons: Food, noise, wine list

 

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