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“Great service, great food, give yourself plenty of time to enjoy”
Review of Tallulah on Thames - CLOSED

Tallulah on Thames
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: This is a new restaurant. Farm to Table movement. Chef owned.
Reviewed June 4, 2013

Wowza - this place was nice. We had the 3 course prix-fixe dinner and it was delicious. They had a chicken and vegetarian option (what I always look for as I don't eat beef or fish) and everything was unique. The service was great and our main waiter very attentive. Be prepared to spend some time here though, the courses are spread out (it's great they don't rush you!). They only reasons I didn't give it 5 stars is because 1) I wish they had more white wine by the glass options and 2) they used the same ingredients in multiple course (ex. pistachios is the appetizer and main, peas in almost everything). I'm sure this is due to the fact that it's locally sourced and there's only so many things that grow in New England. The restaurant itself is small and romantic, but we were a group of 4 and they easily accommodated us. Definitely try this if you're up for a nice, interesting and tasty meal!

Thank JaimeLeighBarn
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Reviewed June 1, 2013

This is the place to go for a lovely, even romantic dinner in Newport. The space is a small storefront that has windows open to Thames. The staff is wonderfully friendly but professional. What makes this place special is the care they put into the preparation of the dishes.. The ingredients are local and wonderful. The accompanying vegetables or fruits are finely chopped and cooked to make each dish a perfect visual and taste delight. The chicken was the best I have ever eaten, bar none, the red and white wines by the glass were wonderful. Desserts were terrific. Try the pork belly appetizer.

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Thank Anthony P
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Reviewed May 31, 2013

Our friend decided that our last dining and restaurant week experience in Newport should be Tallulah and I am very grateful for that. Starting with the warm welcome at the entrance, followed by even warmer welcome by the owner who came to greet us and talk to us when we were seated. They have open kitchen and you can sneak what is going on and feel the heated atmosphere amongst the chefs.
The atmosphere is very pleasant, with very discreet music and tables with enough space between them providing enough privacy.
The food was very tasty (English Veloute, Bell and Evans Chicken and Cheese Plate) and beautifully decorated on plates with so much attention to details. Do not expect huge portions, but for me anything more would ruin the experience.

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2  Thank LejlaH
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Reviewed May 29, 2013

We were staying in Newport in May for 3 nights and went to Tallulah on Thames for our last evening's dinner. As the restaurant was very busy, we had a table upstairs - which was ok once you navigated the very steep stairs, or so we thought as we arrived. We sat at the bar for a pre-dinner drink, and to look at the menu.
When we booked, and looked on their website, we had no information that the restaurant did not have a full spirit license, so a glass of wine was our only choice for aperitif. This was the most expensive restaurant we went to in the whole 2 week holiday around Boston and New England in terms of a glass of wine - so not a brilliant start!
We found the menu choice very limited, but did find things to order for starter and main. We noticed that the menu offered a cheese selection as well as dessert, so were pleased with that until our waitress told us they were out of cheese - Saturday evening but out of cheese?!
We were invited to our table - then discovered our chairs were very uncomfortable, with very unsupportive, and indeed loose backs, so that didn't make for a very comfortable meal.
The food was very tasty, and very beautifully presented, but very small portions (and, as Brits, we do prefer smaller portions to the normal US size of offering, but even for us, it was small). We found it a bit fussy, even down to the pat of butter, adorned with micro herbs and cress.
Thankfully, because of the steep stairs, there was a loo upstairs, which I visited only to find there was no toilet paper in there - again, pretty unforgiveable on a busy Saturday night. On my return, I discreetly told the lady behind the bar, who said she would sort it out - clearly she got side-tracked as 10 - 15 minutes later another lady went to the loo, returning immediately to make the same complaint!
Our bill was the most expensive of our 2 week stay, for the benefit of this experience. We had dined at The Mooring the previous evening on some stunning seafood, yet paid just over half the bill here (when we had both chosen chicken - hardly the most expensive meat - as our main course).
Overall, it wasn't an enjoyable experience, and the atmosphere just wasn't conducive - it felt like we should feel priviliged to be in such hallowed surroundings - all the staff spoke in fervent whispers, but the overall package just didn't justify this. If they could address the comfort issue with the chairs, advertise the fact they only serve wine or beer, and stop believing their own publicity a little, it could be very good. However, we aren't holding our breath, and will certainly not rush back!

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4  Thank s13andra
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

On our recent trip to Newport, my fiance and I ate at Tallulah and were thoroughly impressed with the presentation of food, the incredibly helpful and professional staff, as well as the atmosphere in the restaurant. The portions aren't huge, but one shouldn't expect Olive Garden sized portions at a fine restaurant. The colors, flavors and attention detail was remarkable and we will definitely return on our next visit.

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Thank Jana J
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