About The Dining Room at Castle Hill Inn
Newport, RI 02840
The Dining Room at Castle Hill Inn has been the backdrop of memorable occasions for over a century, residing inside a historic mansion built in 1875. The Forbes Four Star restaurant presents a prix fixe menu showcasing the talents of Chef Lou Rossi and his culinary team. We are blessed with a location that is second to none in New England - not only for the view, but for the bounty provided by our surrounding lands being brough to your table. These range from local seafood surrounding Aquidneck Island, seasonal produce, and artisanal cheeses crafted throughout the region. We hope to serve you a meal that will speak both to the nostalgia and tradition of New England cooking, while inviting you to experience something new along the way. The wine list features over 800 selections, and has been awarded the “Best of Award of Excellence” from Wine Spectator for ten years running. We look forward to making great memories and traditions with you soon.
Contemporary American, Seafood
Hours of Operation:
Sunday through Thursday 5:45pm – 8:00pm
Friday & Saturday 5:45pm – 9:00pm
Castle Hill Avenue
$50 and over
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Private Party Facilities:
Private Dining services are available for our indoor spaces and our Chalet, featuring a range of capacities and menu styles based on applicable hours and seasonality. Please contact our sales department to coordinate private events at (401) 619-3830.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
The Dining Room at Castle Hill Inn Ratings and Reviews
We had an elegant dinner for our Anniversary at Castle Hill. The food was superb. We chose the wine pairings suggested by the chef and each was delightful. The staff was attentive and informative without being overbearing or intrusive. We are looking forward to a return visit.
Superb dining and service. Exceptional in every way, from the moment you are greeted by the manager, to the impeccable wait staff (Alex, Nick, Brian, etc.) The food is absolutely delicious and uniquely prepared with every attention to detail. A fabulous experience not to be missed!
Why is it that some very fine restaurants take advantage of holidays like New Year’s Eve and serve abysmal food at exorbitant prices? Why is it that the Dining Room at Castle Hill Inn did that at a “Capodanno” dinner I and three dinner guests attended on December 31, 2016?
We knew it would be a limited and expensive tasting menu; but we were still excited about the Italian theme. After all, it was Castle Hill.
Unfortunately, I spent over $800 for that meal and I felt robbed. The “Bagna Cauda” opener, typically a hot dipping sauce made with garlic, oil, and anchovies that’s served with assorted fresh vegetables, was nothing more than a pile of wilted greens with a dressing that tasted like it came from a bottle. It could have been an extraordinary opportunity for an otherwise fine kitchen to do something uniquely spectacular with this rustic, yet elegant dish; instead we got a graceless, amateurish, and no doubt cost-conscious heap of greens and some kind of fluid that likely, at some point, had a Kraft label on it.
Our long-awaited holiday dinner at Castle Hill went downhill from there.
Another course, sausage with lentils, had a spicy after-taste that was reminiscent of a Sabrett hot dog. The pork braciola, with a pre-cooked texture that could have doubled as shoe leather, had a bread-like stuffing that tasted like something out of a days’ old turkey. A fish course was served. At least we think it was fish.
My wife and another guest ordered a risotto and added white truffles (at a $38 surcharge per serving). The rice was terribly under-cooked, about as creamy as sand, and the truffles were tasteless. The desert was so unimaginative it’s not worth mentioning. The Inn’s renowned wine list offered the only satisfaction during the meal.
It was a terribly disappointing, valueless, and costly experience. One we’ll not repeat for a very long time.
I have to say that I was somewhat concerned to be visiting the Castle Hill Inn during the evening, in the middle of the winter, as I knew the scenic vista it offers wouldn't be visible. I wasn't sure if the ambiance would be effected. Nonetheless, literally everything about the meal and experience was perfect. It now ranks as one of the finest meals of my life, having traveled & eaten well from Manhattan to the French Concession - absolutely outstanding! Thank you for a lovely time.
My husband and I went to Castle Hill and had a great meal! We did the 3 course dinner with the wine paring and it was amazing! The food was outstanding, and the wines that the chef pick to go with our meal was perfect! If you get a chance to go to Castle Hill, especially around Christmas, it is so beautifully decorated!
There are not many restaurants like this one. The drive to the restaurant is mysterious and beautiful in the evenings. The menu is beautifully put together and every detail is given careful consideration. There is a wonderful wine list and competent and helpful serving staff.
Our meal was probably one of the best we have evr enjoyed. This was Christmas Day lunch with a special menu. This was unanticipated but the choices would fit anyone's preferences.
The food was spectacular, the service even better.
We will now plan to stay at the Inn to enjoy their wonderful ambiance.
This is one of my favorite places in Newport. While it's not inexpensive, every morsel of food, every drop of wine, every interaction with the staff makes it worth every penny. Whether it's dinner and after dinner drinks around the fireplace in winter, or summer sunsets on the lawn, Castle Hill will always be the best.
This is the second time that my husband and I dined at Castle Hill, and we have been delighted both times. This is not your every day dining experience. Business casual attire is required (collars for men, but many were in full suits or sports jackets). There are options for pre-fixe 3 or 4 course meals (with and without wine pairings) for a set price, or a traditional chef selected 6 course pairing menu (with or without wine pairings). We've opted for the 3 and 4 course meals, and it is a lot of food. They are each a set price, and then you select from approximately 6-8 choices per course.
While we love to eat out and try new restaurants, we don't consider ourself 'foodies' perse...we like to know what we are eating, and be able to pronounce it. Often restaurants like this I find the food to be too pretentious, but not here. It uses local, in season, creative ingredients in a way that is still approachable and absolutely delicious.
The service here is the best I've ever had at a restaurant outside of a private club. They address you by your name the entire meal, and make you feel like you're really at home. Plan on at least 2.5 hours for a leisurely dining experience (for 4 course for 2 people, longer if you do the 6 course tasting menu).
You will not be disappointed. I highly recommend!!!!
Everything about our dining experience was perfect! The warm welcome by the staff, the excellent service and over-the-top food and drinks made for a great night out. Newport is beautiful, and our table offered a lovely view of the ocean with a near 3/4 moon - so enticing. We plan to visit again in the spring and Castle Hill will definitely be on our must-do list.
Perfect in every way. The food and presentation were amazing. Best seafood meal that we have ever had. Pace of meal was perfect too. This time of year it was dark, so no idea what the view would be like. We went during restaurant week, but selected the normal full price menu, very pleased that we did, worth every penny.
Overall, what I found most impressive was the service. All the wait staff were extremely personable and professional without being overly intrusive. They were also very attentive. The food was excellent; the poached quail's egg steeped in Earl Grey tea was amazingly flavorful (it was served as an amuse bouche). The portions were very generous (I had the Maine lobster). Regina, our main server, was very professional and friendly.
I surprised my wife with an anniversary trip to Newport and made a reservation at the Dining Room at Castle Hill. We walked in about 30 minutes before our reservation and headed to the bar for a glass of wine. The bartender was friendly and attentive, and we loved the recommended wines. We were seated in a room with a view of the water, and had a spectacular meal with excellent service.
Went for our 25th anniversary dinner. Service was excellent. The food was delicious; had the prex fixe with the wine pairing, and the portion sizes for both the food and wine were perfect. Fairly pricey, but worth it for special occasions. Would definitely come here again.
Simply the best meal we have had in years. I am 74 and have had the opportunity to eat in many fine restaurants all over the world. The food, service and ambiance at your place is as fine as I have ever experienced. We hope to return and perhaps spend a night or two.
Took my 93 yo mother here for her birthday dinner. Access for elderly was excellent (a ramp and assistance from the staff both helped). Our seating was prompt. Service was exceptionally proficient and polished, and menu explanations were clear and practiced. While pricey, the quality and preparation of the meal were both well executed, together with the wine pairings. We thought that the value/price relationship was reasonable, considering the quality of food, service, and ambience. The restaurant is very quiet.. conducive to low conversation, which we enjoyed. The view of the entrance to Narragansett Bay was outstanding.
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