Newport >Food & Dining > Clarke Cooke House
1 Bannisters Wharf, Newport, RI | Directions 0284041.486297 -71.315232
Candy Store and Grille summer daily 11:30am-10:30pm, winter Fri-Sun 11:30am-10:30pm; dining rooms summer daily 6-10pm, winter Wed-Sun 6-10pm
A fish restaurant where we had to order chicken – We stayed at the Chanler and they recommended this restaurant to us. While it might have been one of the few restaurants open during our Christmas Day dinner, I still believe I would have preferred to order Dominos. Do not follow the first two reviews as they are actually written by the restaurant itself, as a few of the reviews are on CitySearch. As for the restaurant, it is very overpriced, the portions are small, the seafood/fish is the worst. It is not fresh and arrived very overcooked and poorly prepared. As for the service, he forgot our silverware THREE TIMES during the meal and only brought our bread basket after asking twice. We finally got it after dinner was served. When we first entered the restaurant, the hostess assured us we had a wonderful table by the fireplace, and it turned out to be a tiny table crammed in a small space between the staircase and a large party which was extremely loud. The restaurant was pretty empty being Christmas Day. Be prepared to fight for a good table, even when they are so obviously available. Even the complimentary chocolate at the end of the meal was of horrible quality.
Stuffy with dishonest service – Arrived at 8:30 for an 8:30 reservation, was told to wait by the bar for our table. After abot 30 minutes I asked if our table was ready and finally they decided to seat us (1/2 hour past our reservation!). Wine clerk recommended a 2002 merlot to go with our meal, so I ordered it. The wine clerk shows up at the table with the same bottle, only the vintage was 2003. Mistake? Probably not. Only positive was that my fiance is a vegan, and they admitted that the vegetarian dish on the menu contained dairy instead of just serving it to her and making her sick. Overall, pretty bad experience. Restaurant appears to be a hotspot in Newport, but I would really only recommend it if you are (1) Very old and very rich, or (2) Very young, very pretty, and looking for a sugar daddy.
Do not go here!!! Overpriced and not impressed. – Do not go here. Me and my boyfriend went here in the beginning of May, we looked around and a lot of places were not open. We tried next door at the black horse or whatever it was called but I was starving and it was a 30 minute wait there. So we went to the Candy Store. There was no wait and it was very pretty and had a view of the waterfront. Well no wonder there was no wait, this place is horrible. I look at the menu and could not really find anything I wanted but I did see the lobster rolls. So I ordered that and the waitress said the price went up to $35.00 due to seafood inflation. Next door you can get it for $16.00 what a rip off, so I order the duck shepard's pie and my boyfriend got the pasta. We had to wait a while before our meal was done and the atmosphere was annoying with the locals laughing so hard I just wanted to walk out. So finally our food comes and it was disgusting. You think for that price it would be decent. It wasn't. I could cook better than that. So lesson learned if there is no wait there is a reason for this. Too overpriced and the food is gross. Go next door more of a selection.
A hot nightlife scene and upscale Mediterranean food combine to yield one of Newport's hottest scenes. – In Short
Those looking to enjoy a formal meal of upscale Mediterranean fare head upstairs or onto the open-air seating area. Entrees include roasted rack of lamb with caramelized onions and minted tarragon glaze; wood-grilled filet mignon with goat cheese and chive mash, morels and port-wine reduction; and rack of venison with black trumpet mushrooms and acorn-squash risotto. On hot summer nights, the downstairs "Boom-Boom" room draws a strong nightlife scene, complete with DJs.
Rude People & Bad Food – I live in Nepwort and do not recommend this place to anyone. The door staff is extramly rude during the summer months and will not let locals in but have no problem letting us in when the summer crowd leaves. Also, everone I know thinks the food is awful..
Quintessential Newport – The Clarke Cooke House is the essence of Newport - romantic, festive, preppy casual, with a great location right on the wharf. I live in Rhode Island and this is my favorite place to hang out, either for dinner or cocktails. In winter, settle into a sofa in front of the fireplace with a glass of wine and good company. In the summer, the Sky Bar is one of the best spots in the city for people-watching. Don't leave without trying the "Snowball in Hell" for dessert.
Classic greatness – The Clarke Cooke House offers classic food done well in a classic setting.
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