We haven't been back to the Chanler for almost two years, after having some seriously unsatisfactory experiences with pretentious chefs (Richard Hamilton and Kyle Ketchum) who didn't quite live up to their own inflated sense of "greatness".
So, after hearing that the latest star chef had departed and the dining was better, we gave it a try with another couple. It was a mixed bag.
The pretentiousness has gone, but the prices remain too high for the value received. It's a good/average restaurant in Newport that is trying to promote itself as one of the best. It's not. They are an adequate hotel restaurant, but with a long way to go to be a memorable experience.
We had two bottles of wine we had to return, spoiled. We had luke warm soup, salad greens that had seen better days, entrees that were variable between excellent and just ok, and desserts that were fine, but not memorable. All this for a price that is among the highest in local restaurants.
The service was barely adequate, the server tried hard, but was simply inexperienced and not ready for a fine dining venue. The setting is wonderful, great views (we were there before daylight saving ended), though the furnishings are beginning to show some need for replacement.
Altogether, it is a big step forward from the former "circus" they had here, but they need to get their prices aligned with their level of food and service. We may try again next summer, for the outdoor dining at lunch, if they continue to improve their value.