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Jo's American Bistro
24 Memorial Blvd West
Newport, RI 02840
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Jo's American Bistro Details
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: 5:00pm - 9:00pm Sunday - Thursday, 5:00pm - 10pm Friday & Saturday
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Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
A word from Jo's American Bistro
A fresh take on American cuisine using the finest ingredients served in an upscale setting with a casual and friendly atmosphere. Our chef uses locally sourced seafood and produce whenever possible and serves meats which are free of hormones and antibiotics.
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I found this restaurant on Open
Table and asked at the Chanler, our hotel, what they thought. They said it was new and didn't know anything about it so they could not recommend. We went anyway and were glad we did. Their price fixe menu included the night's specials and a glass of wine! The martinis were large and ice cold. Our party of four all enjoyed our soups, salads and main course. We tried two desserts, both wonderful! Our waitstaff was friendly, attentive and professional. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a great meal."
Dined on 2/17/2014
Unfortunately, the food was
subpar, but the service was great."
Dined on 2/21/2014
We arrived early so we got good,
attentive service from the friendly staff. The place was completely redecorated and was very inviting. The menu looked promising, and since we were the first ones there (on a Saturday night) we figured we had a good chance of getting their best. However, the squash ravioli with duck was almost tasteless, the fish and chips had bland fish and limp chips (which weren't even hot). The steak was a big plus as were the oysters, but the clams had no flavor at all. Either the chef was taking the night off, or s/he needs to go back to school."
Dined on 2/22/2014
This is our 4th visit to this
restaurant and as always the filet mignon was mouth watering. They have the BEST filet in Newport. Our server Will was fantastic! The only negative thing to say was that the place was LOUD where we were sitting. We will go back again when we are in the mood for a lively evening."
Dined on 2/14/2014
Good calamari starter although a
bit greasy. Arugula salad was good. My butternut squash ravioli barely tasted of squash and was somewhat dry and looked like a brown mess but ok flavor of duck and prosciutto. Wife asked for lobster sand w/o mayo and just butter but it was cold so I figure there was little to no butter."
Dined on 2/14/2014
This was our first time in other
than for a private event. We enjoyed it at that time and were looking forward to a great dinner. We ordered the Halibut special with anticipation. Unfortunately, what we received was a piece of pan seared Halibut (plain) and three mushroom ravioli's also plain...nothing on the plate but white fish and boiled ravioli. No sauce, no vegetable, no color, no flavor. The food wasn't bad it was just plain boring. I could easily have prepared a meal like this at home with no experience. The "Special" was not special, Very disappointing. $30 for this dish...not a reasonable price."
Dined on 2/14/2014
Delicious food, great ambiance and
service. Prix fix menu was affordable and delicious."
Dined on 2/11/2014
Restaurant had a fantastic first
impression. Clean and very inviting. Staff was great. Spring roll was devoid of taste and the lamb shank was so plain and tasteless. The duck was super tasty so i will end on a good note."
Dined on 1/25/2014
The restaurant was perfect. The
service and food was excellent, I could not have asked for more."
Dined on 1/9/2014
Dining at Jo's was a first. We
were there on a snowy night and everything was terrific. Hospitable and friendly. We had a nice seat and all was well.. I ordered a dish and it was okay ... certainly tasty. I ate as much as I felt like. While I wouldn't order it again there was nothing wrong with it. Prepared well, flavorful, fresh, just not my absolute cup of tea. When the server came to clear up she asked if there was anything wrong and I said no. The manager came over and asked if the dish was okay and I said yes. nothing wrong with it, I just didn't care for it but knew it was still a good meal. Then, without asking or complaining at all the dish was removed from the bill."
Dined on 1/2/2014
This was my second visit. Both
times the food was really scrumptious although one must question the ingredients of a dish. They tend to adulterate some dishes with hot spices when you would not expect it."
Dined on 12/27/2013
We were very impressed with our
first experience. The ambiance is cozy, well thought trough and elegant. The food is outstanding in taste, unbelievably huge in portion size, and well presented visually. The service was nice and efficient, the prices are very low for the quality and quantity of what you get. $19.99 Prix fix on Sunday was unbeatable deal. Hurry if you still didn't try this gem, you will thank me later."
Dined on 12/22/2013
Not that we are tired of all the
other fine eateries in Newport but a new hot spot is exciting and fun to visit. That's the way we feel about Jo's Bistro with it's beautiful new interior, friendly service and yummy food. They offer special events which are fun to try...the last wine tasting featuring Rutherford wines was extraordinary....the wine.....and all FIVE courses...superlative evening. We love it and encourage everyone to try it out."
Dined on 12/7/2013
The food was outstanding, the
service was good, ambience was good, adding up to a fine dining experience. The noise level in the bar area, where our table was, was fairly high, but otherwise the experience was great."
Dined on 11/16/2013
Tried Jo's for the first time. The
restaurant is stylish and had recently been expanded. The wait staff was very attentive and knowledgeable. We shared appetizers (lightly breaded fried calamari with a delicious red pepper Aoli. Their clam chowder was well balanced with a perfect amount of fresh clams, potatoes and cream. Entree selections were diverse and left us wishing we could try more than one. Each that we ordered were perfectly executed and portions were large enough while allowing enough room for dessert. The apple galette and flourless chocolate torte were wonderful leave us with smiles on our faces. A birthday meal/experience that will be remember for a long time."
Dined on 11/16/2013
BUILT, OWNED AND MANAGED BY A TRUE
RESTAURANT PROFESSIONAL, JO'S AMERICAN BISTRO IS A MUST VISIT WHETHER YOURE A LOCAL OR VISITOR TO NEWPORT. WITH SO MANY FINE NEWPORT DINING OPTIONS AVAILABLE, JOS IS UNIQUE IN ITS MENU CHOICES, FOOD PREP, SERVICE AND AMBIENCE. THE FILET STEAK WAS "MELT IN YOUR MOUTH". CANNOT RECOMMEND JO's AMERICAN BISTRO ANY MORE HIGHLY. PS----GREAT BAR TOO."
Dined on 11/14/2013
The short rib appetizer was a
disappointment. They were neither tender nor tasty and were over salted. The big eye tuna was a disappointment. It was absolutely flavorless and only edible when slathered in the red sauce on the pasta."
Dined on 11/8/2013
Just thought I'd say I had the
same Sancerre the following evening at a restaurant on the water, and paid 30% more there. It tasted FAR better at Jo's!"
Dined on 9/14/2013
I used to live in Newport, RI and
was back visiting. My friends told me that a new restaurant had opened up and we decided to go try it out. I was impressed with the renovation that was done, very classy, nice flow and multiple seating areas. Everything we ordered was amazing. Wonderful flavors and very creative. I would go back in a heartbeat next time I am in town."
Dined on 10/6/2013
A very attractive makeover !
Expanding into the former patio makes room for a lovely bar area, as well as allowing for a less compact dining space. Our party ordered from the prix fixe menu & were impressed with the choices, quality, & prompt service - an excellent value. I'm pleased that an old favorite is getting a fresh start. I'll be returning."
Dined on 10/2/2013
Food was very good, not amazing,
but quite good. Servings were moderate size. Service was excellent, and the decor is very very tasteful, a very nice ambiance. As long as you are not expecting foodie level food, you will be happy. Kid friendly too."
Dined on 10/1/2013
We went on a Monday night, when
they have their 3-course for $19.95 special. We were very surprised to get such a great meal for that price. You get a soup or salad (several of each to choose from), an entree (there were six of us - four got the sole, stuffed with a lobster and shrimp stuffing with a light blood orange sauce and the other two got the hanger steak, cooked to perfection). And it includes either a nice glass of wine or a choice of beers. No skimping on the portions and the wine and beer were of premium quality. Would absolutely go again and would highly recommend it to others."
Dined on 10/1/2013
Wonderful upscale bistro setting.
Our server was excellent , knowledgeable and attentive. I had a fabulous sole dish. Thin filets were artfully stacked on a vegetable medley with fingerling potatoes, all perfectly cooked. My husband had the duck special and loved it. We will definitely be back."
Dined on 9/29/2013
This was our first time there and
we look forward to going back!"
Dined on 9/15/2013
We enjoyed lovely service and well
prepared delicious food in a much improved setting from Puerini's."
Dined on 9/21/2013
So glad to add this restaurant to
our dining choices - both visits have been terrific - food and service wise."
Dined on 9/1/2013
As one of the newest restaurants
to open in Newport, Jo's American Bistro should be one of your restaurant stops. Newly renovated and simply chic decorated, this restaurant offers a great selection of delicious and well prepared food. The ambiance is good for small groups or larger ones. Definitely a must!"
Dined on 9/8/2013
My husband and I loved Jo's. We
stumbled upon it while walking around Newport - it was near our B&B and looked very appealing. It had only been open 9 weeks, but we found the service great and the food exactly right. They have just begun a $19.95 prix fixe menu Monday-Friday, and we both took advantage of this. I had a delicious seafood stew, and my husband, the beef guy, had a perfectly cooked (medium rare) steak. The salad was fresh, with a tasty dressing; and the meal included a choice of wine or beer (I had a pinot noir, and my husband had the Sam Adams beer). Our waitress, Jennifer, was attentive and a delight to talk to. We will definitely be back the next time we're in Newport."
Dined on 9/3/2013
We were there just about an hour
before our first course showed. Too long a wait. The food was good, not great, but the slow kitchen output spoiled it all for us."
Dined on 8/31/2013
Excellent addition to the Newport
dining scene. Great food, service and atmosphere. Love the Statler chicken. We highly recommend the restaurant."
Dined on 8/25/2013
Food was great, service was great,
date night success!"
Dined on 8/14/2013
Delicious food, great service and
location. Out of the crowds of the wharf area but close to attractions. Jo's has their act together for a new restaurant. Give it a try, you won't be disappointed!"
Dined on 8/19/2013
This was a last minute decision to
try for dinner. On our vacation out east we wanted something in Newport after a day in Martha's Vineyard. There wasn't a menu online which was a gamble which paid off. The numerous choices, service and quality of food was wonderful I would recommend this place to any one in the Newport or traveling through Rhode Island. This restaurant was not in the tourist area several blocks to the north which also added to the experience."
Dined on 8/17/2013
We enjoyed this new
restaurent. Hope the great service and attention to Detail will continue when Jo's gets more Popular as word gets around. Our fish and chicken was delicious. Ashley our waitress was very attentive and cheerful. The bread pudding dessert was fantastic."
Dined on 8/17/2013
On a recent August weekend in
Newport, which can be nutty with tourists and crowds, we discovered Jo's and boy were we happy! Went for Brunch, no trouble getting a seat outside. Other than the traffic heading to the beach, it was quiet and peaceful. My lobster roll was perfectly prepared and the presentation was lovely. mimosas were fresh squeezed and great. Attention to detail was evident. The restaurant itself was tastefully decorated and nothing missed the decorator's eye. We heard Jo's was recently opened. We hope everyone tries it. Can't wait to go back for dinner!"
Dined on 8/11/2013
The food and service were
outstanding. We both had the striped bass special and loved it. Calimari, salads, and coconut lemon tart were dellicious. Server was great. We are from Portland Oregon and were in Newport for our anniversary. The meal made it special."
Dined on 8/6/2013
I found Jo's on Opentable. Most
other well known restaurants were full as it was Jazzfest. Food was great, service was great (we were sharing and they split the food up onto separate plates at no extra cost). Really nice outdoor seating upstairs. Sole was great as was seafood pasta. Very pleasantly surprised!"
Dined on 8/4/2013
Everything was excellent. From the
greeting at the hostess stand all the way through the meal. The service was warm and efficient. The calamari was deliciously; lightly battered and the stuffed clams were awesome. Everyone at the table loved their entree. Nice wine list and interesting beers. Definitely going back"
Dined on 8/4/2013
We thoroughly enjoyed our first
dinner at this new restaurant. Servers were attentive though they had to scurry a bit as we were on the second floor deck. Both dinners were delicious and well prepared. It was a busy evening but we were not rushed. The setting was lovely - renovation was well thought out! We will surely return in the very near future."
Dined on 8/3/2013
Jo's opened only a month ago, yet
they are up and running in flawless fashion. Staff is on the miney and food is innovative without being fussy. Great cocktails too. Newly refurbished decor is elegant yet warm and inviting."
Dined on 7/29/2013
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