Frequently Asked Questions

What are your hours of operation?

  • For Aurelia at Castle Hill, click HERE for our hours and reservations.
  • For The Lawn Terrace and Mansion Bar, click HERE for hours and reservations
  • Our spa is available by appointment only, click HERE for more information

Can we make a reservation for breakfast?

  • Our breakfast service is available only for overnight guests, however reservations are not required

How often does your menu change?

  • Our Lawn Terrace menu changes seasonally – once you find your favorites for the summer they will mostly be available all season. We’ll also feature a Sunday brunch menu and will daily specials and additions throughout the year.
  • The Aurelia at Castle Hill menu changes continually, with 3-4 items changing every 2-3 weeks

Is your restaurant children friendly?

  • We do offer a kids menu at the Lawn Terrace. Children are welcome in Aurelia, provided they are enjoying the tasting menu. Aurelia does not offer a children’s menu.

Do you have a gluten free menu?

  • While we do not have a gluten free menu, we do keep plenty of gluten alternatives on hand and can adjust almost any dish to fit your dietary restrictions. Please mention this when making your reservation, or to your server upon ordering – so that our Chefs can work to create a great meal for you.

Do you have a vegetarian menu?

  • The Lawn Terrace menu features many vegetarian options, and the Aurelia at Castle Hill menu does as well! For vegan meals at the Lawn Terrace, we’ll have our chef create the best dishes possible with what we have fresh in-house. Simply let us know when making your reservation or upon arrival, and we’ll be happy to do so. Aurelia does not offer a vegan menu.

Are reservations required?

  • Reservations are required for Aurelia at Castle Hill as well as the tables at The Lawn Terrace restaurant. The Terrace Bar and Mansion Bar themselves do not require reservations, but offer the full Lawn Terrace Restaurant menu. The Adirondack chairs also do not require or accept reservations, for drink service only.

Can we reserve an outside table for dinner?

  • Yes, when reserving for The Lawn Terrace restaurant online, you are reserving an outdoor terrace table. You’ll notice that designation when booking your reservation through Open Table. In the case of inclement weather, these reservations would be cancelled – we’ll give you a call if we need to do so!

Do you have live music?

  • We have a jazz band each Sunday afternoon, year-round. In warmer months they play out on the terrace, and in the winter right inside our cozy lobby.

What is the dress code?

  • We invite you to dress for dinner at Aurelia as you feel comfortable for the occasion. Please refrain from wearing sport caps, flip flops, T-shirts, and shorts.
  • At The Lawn Terrace restaurant, Terrace Bar, and Mansion Bar, we prohibit sleeveless shirts, swimwear, and athletic gear.

Can I reserve a specific table? Such as one on a terrace wall or by the window?

  • We can absolutely take your request for a desired seating area; however we cannot guarantee that in advance. The best way to get your desired table is by choosing a reservation time as early as possible in our meal period – however large parties can only fit in certain spaces as well.

Can we bring our own bottle of wine?

  • We do allow guests to bring their own wine, so long as it is not something on our wine list. The corkage fee is $35.00 per bottle, with a limit of two bottles per table.

May I make reservations for afternoon tea?

  • Our afternoon tea is complimentary for our overnight guests only, however reservations are not required.

Can you accommodate a large party?

  • Aurelia can only accommodate parties up to 6 guests.The Lawn Terrace can accommodate parties of up to twelve guests, however the number of those large parties we can accept on any given date is limited
  • For parties of 8-35, please contact our Private Dining team at 401-619-3830
  • For special events of 36-250 guests, please contact our Sales team at 401-619-3830

What is the difference between the indoor and outdoor restaurants?

  • The Aurelia at Castle Hill is our fine dining restaurant. It features a six-course chef’s tasting menu for $165 per person. The menu offers choices on some courses, and Aurelia is closed on Tuesday & Wednesday evenings.
  • The Lawn Terrace Restaurant is our outdoor restaurant, serving a casual a la carte menu on our terraces for both lunch and dinner as weather allows. In winter months, we move the Lawn Terrace cuisine indoors with the same view!

Is the lawn pet friendly?

  • Unfortunately, due to the fact that it is a foodservice area, only service animals are permitted

Can I go fishing at the lighthouse?

  • Persons wishing to fish along the shoreline must have a valid RI state fishing license. Because the grounds of Castle Hill Inn are private, fishers must park off-property and walk the shoreline below the high water mark to access. Beginning in June 2019, Castle Hill Inn guests will have the opportunity to learn the art of surf and shore-casting, with demonstrations led by members of the Newport County Saltwater Fishing Club.

Can we take wedding/prom pictures at the lighthouse?

  • The area surrounding the Castle Hill Lighthouse is private property. The taking of wedding, engagement, and special occasion photos is reserved for Castle Hill Inn patrons only.

Can we smoke cigars on the patio?

  • Castle Hill is a non-smoking property, as terraces and lawn are all foodservice areas as well

Is your restaurant handicap accessible?

  • Yes, both our indoor and outdoor spaces are handicap accessible – but being an old building the path to get from point A to point B may not be as obvious. Please allow our valet or host staff assist you in getting to the perfect place to enjoy your time here!

I forgot to give my server my Fare Rewards during my visit. Can I still get credit?

  • Yes, you can! Simply download our Fare Rewards mobile app from the App Store and login to your account (Note: If you are new to the app, you will need to click on the forgot password link to set up a password for your account) select the ADD CHECK from the sidebar. (You will need your dining check to add your visit.) Don’t have your check handy? Simply email our Customer Loyalty Concierge for assistance or call us at 401.619.7181

Can I purchase a Newport Restaurant Group gift card at the restaurant?

  • Yes