We have been to the Black Pearl off and on for thirty years. We have lived in Newport and visited often during our summer sailing trips and winter tours. This restaurant has always had a special place in our hearts, and the Commodore room has been one of our go to places for that special Newport dining experience.
I took my family to dinner while visiting before the Christmas Holiday and we were disappointed. While the service and ambience were what we always expect – superb. The staff consist mostly long timers and they are all professional. We have had the pleasure of being served by the same individuals going back over our thirty years of visiting. However, on this occasion the meal and its presentation were just lackluster. The ingredients used appeared to be fresh and first rate. But the preparation was tired and dated. Don’t get me wrong, I love classic menus and formal dining, but this time it just seemed that there was no heart or effort put into the meal. Our dishes arrived quickly and together, but the food was only warm, bland and plated with little effort.
We left concerned with the future of this classic place. While we realize taste have changed, places like the Commodore Room are becoming rare and hard to find. Its classicism is what has made this place unique and special. We hope that we were at the place on just a slow holiday night and our experience isn’t indicative of an overall trend. We are anticipating being back next year and are looking forward to an excellent experience like we had in the past