A romantic Newport treasure

The Chanler at Cliff Walk, a boutique hotel situated on Newport’s famous Cliff Walk, is home to Cara, one of the area’s newest upscale restaurants. From proper place settings of elegant silver and classic white linen tablecloths to colorful dishes that play with texture, Cara blends Old World romance with hints of modern luxury.

Helmed by executive chef Jacob Jasinski, the restaurant is intimately nestled in the back corner of the hotel overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The muted color palette of the main dining room serves as a neutral backdrop to attention-stealing dishes.

All of these components are brought together with a stellar service team. At a time when personalization is paramount to stand out from all the noise, Cara certainly delivers.

Our Inspector's Highlights

  • This venue exudes a palpable air of romance. Dim lighting, soft jazz background music and glimpses of ocean waves rolling ashore create an enticing environment for a special occasion.
  • Cara offers two tasting menus Wednesday to Sunday: a five-course blind tasting at 5 p.m. or an eight-course blind tasting at 8 p.m.
  • With an extensive vino list, Cara is a great choice for wine aficionados. And don’t worry: if you get stumped, the knowledgeable staff can help with pairings.
  • Relax in a sophisticated candlelit space beneath a lustrous gold-leaf ceiling. Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Cara is the only restaurant in Newport offering fine dining in an exquisite waterfront setting.

Things to Know

  • On first visit, the venue’s entrance can be easy to miss, so look for the black wrought-iron gates. Coming from downtown Newport, it’s the last right before approaching Easton’s Beach.
  • There are just four tables set in the intimate waterfront dining room. There are also private rooms available for larger parties —reservations are required for both.
  • While it brings in a more mature crowd, the place is far from stuffy. Still, the dress code at Cara is business casual.
  • For any food allergies or other dietary restrictions, call the fine-dining restaurant ahead of time to let it know. Or, if you make a reservation ahead of time, a staff member will call you the morning of your visit to check for last-minute details.

The Food

  • For a memorable culinary adventure, try the eight-course blind tasting menu. Optional wine pairings also available.
  • During the summer, the menu may include foie gras, caviar, wagyu beef, bluefin tuna, dry-aged duck, lamb and uni.
  • In the winter, expect foods such as venison, squab and exotic shellfish.
  • The menu is new nightly to take advantage of the best available products and the chef's daily inspiration.

Business casual
Private dining
Getting There
117 Memorial Boulevard, Newport, Rhode Island 02840
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