The Newport Room is unequaled in its sumptuous but subtle decor and succulent French cuisine. Set within the main core of the Fairmont Southampton, it's on the short list of the best restaurants in Bermuda. The only nearby establishment that can compete with it is the Waterlot Inn, which lies in a seafront annex that's part of the same resort. The Newport, however, is much more grand and much more formal. The dining room, entirely paneled in teak and rosewood with nautical brass touches, suggests the interior of a yacht. When it was built, it broke all records for expense lavished upon the interior of a restaurant in Bermuda. A maitre d' stationed beside a ship's compass greets diners at the entrance, and the service is attentive. In the center of the room are exact miniature replicas of two of the former winning sailboats from the Newport-Bermuda Race.
Settle into a leather armchair and prepare yourself for what just might be your most memorable meal in Bermuda. The regularly changing menu reads like a textbook of modern gourmet cuisine; it might include lamb cassoulet or crab-crusted grouper. The kitchen uses the freshest and best ingredients in its carefully prepared, artfully presented dishes. The wine list includes a wide array of international selections, all served in Irish crystal.
- © Frommer's 2013
- Very Highly Recommended 2010