Expensive, Hip but loud atmosphere, Friendly and helpful staff, good food -- We went to Newport for the weekend and stayed at a local hotel next door to the Forty 1 North. It happened to be Restaurant Week so we decided to eat out most of the time. On our final evening we chose to go to The Grill at Forty 1 North. We called at 10 am for reservations and had a choice of 5 or 930pm. After deciding we called back to book the 930 and were told 9pm had opened up. Score! We reserved the time and were then told that if we got there a little earlier we may luck out and get seated earlier. Sounded good to us! So we got to the restaurant at 835ish and entered the dimly lit and very loud restaurant. It was stylish and modern and very busy. The hostess(?) greeted us and we told her we had reservations. She brought us to the maitre de(?) station and said shed find someone to seat us. She was very nice but didnt do much more than lead us to wait. So we waited about 5min and finally the maitre de said we could sit at the bar and wait if we liked. So we sat and had the bar tender walk past us 5 or 6 times before acknowledging us. (I really think it was because they were so busy, I dont think he was being rude but...not even an "ill be right with you") Finally he said hello and we ordered our drinks. He recommended a very good Rose I enjoyed very much. By the time our drinks were poured our table was ready and the maitre de carried my wine for me and pulled my chair out and pushed it in for me. The room was nice if not extremely dark and again VERY LOUD (people talking). We had to use the flashlight on my phone to read the menu. Our waiter Jonathan was very nice and perfectly helpful. He answered all of our questions and made great recommendations. He was also obligingly social but did his job well. The food was good but not outstanding (besides the enormous shrimp cocktail that could be an entree itself and is well worth the $23 price tag). I could have had the same food elsewhere for much less but the modern and hip atmosphere was also comfortable and enjoyable. We are in the 30 - 50 age range with no kids and would certainly return to this restaurant in the future but probably only on special occasions as our dinner that night (cocktails, apps and entrees for two plus tip) was over $200.00. A good experience overall.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Forty 1° North brings a modern elegance to historic Newport. Marrying a cool and casual luxury with the excitement of our downtown waterfront setting, we offer the best of Newport to all our guests including a sense of eco-consciousness beginning with our LEED-certified hotel, the first of its kind in Rhode Island. Spacious Guestrooms, Suites, Cottages, and Lofts are all outfitted with state-of-the-art technology and environmentally-friendly amenities, adhering to our philosophy of responsible consumption and design. Floor-to-ceiling windows and over-sized balconies in our Suites welcome the outside indoors with natural sunlight, fresh seaside breezes, and sunsets that our guests are not likely to ever forget. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- 40 1 North
- Forty 1 North Hotel Newport