Jo's American Bistro
Jo's American Bistro

Jo's American Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://josamericanbistro.com/
  • Phone: 4018475506x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: 5:00pm - 10:00pm Sunday - Thursday, 5:00pm - 10:30pm Friday & Saturday
    Lunch: Saturday & Sunday noon-3:30
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Matthew Preble
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bellevue Avenue
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Validated two hour parking in the Bellevue Gardens parking lot.
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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Jo's American Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
106 reviews since June 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (66)fit for foodies (55)great for outdoor dining (45)romantic (35)special occasion (31)good for groups (21)kid-friendly (10)notable wine list (9)great for lunch (8)late-night find (6)hot spot (6)scenic view (4)vibrant bar scene (4)great for brunch (2)Show More
  • Great
    Mortemer
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Wonderful dinner for two--soft music and candlelight to accompany the flavorful dishes.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food Great Service
    cherieee
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We usually go for the special, a beverage, soup or salad and entrée. The portions are just the right side and the food very good. All of the wait staff are great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • KidsdocVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Outstanding food and service. The tuna I had was divine, and the flour less chocolate torte topped off a wonderful meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food
    Lindylou
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Jo's American Bistro was a wonderful experience, food delicious, great atmosphere and spot on service. Would recommend to all my friends and family. Linda Anderson and Rick Cerreto
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Everything was great. This is now our favorite restaurant in Newport
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Newport's Best!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Jo’s American Bistro is the place to go in Newport! It is my second time in a month and I intend to go back and savor the dishes that I have not gotten the chance to try. Our main course consisted of scallops and tuna (I read previous reviews and was intrigued). My tuna came rare (as ordered) and was seared and peppered on the outside to perfection! My friend’s scallops were very tasty too. Our friendly waitress Kaylin paired skillfully our meal with a very refreshing bottle of Pascal Jolivet sauvignon blanc, which was very reasonably prices (the same bottle would cost easily 10-15 bucks more at a similar establishment in Newport).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A must try
    FLFoodiesVIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    A relatively new restaurant - 15 months old. Excellent service, great food and a very reasonable price. We went on a Monday night, the pre-fix was only $20 that included a glass of house wine. We were skeptical at first. But after the hot bread and the soup of the day, we knew we were at the right place :) for the locals, if you have not been here - make a reservation now.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful
    Mike
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Overall wonderful experience from start to finish. Wonderful staff and excellent entree. Highly recommend. Make reservations!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Dined at Jo's on Saturday evening fro the first time. The veal chop was amongst the best I've ever had. Also I asked to substitute their hand cut fries for potatoes offered on menu. At first our server didn't know if it could be done but after a quick check with the kitchen she advised that it was OK. Right answer. These fries are great. Our server was fun and very personable. We usually don't order desert but couldn't resist the bread pudding. Unbelievable!.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • All around outstanding restaurant!
    ar123bb
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I live locally and was not familiar with this restaurant. I took a chance and made reservations for my anniversary. My boyfriend and I were extremely impressed. Not only was the ambiance and atmosphere lovely, our waitress was very accommodating, and the food was fantastic. We will definitely be going there again and will recommend this restaurant to others.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    My wife and I had our first visit to Jo's American Bistro this week, and it was a pleasant surprise. We went to Jo's on a recommendation of friends who had recently dined there. Our waitress arranged a "not exactly on the menu"option for my wife, a chicken and pasta dish, and I had perfectly cooked and tasty salmon served with couscous. The wine list was not extensive, but the selections were good value and adequate. Service was superb. Would highly recommend a trip to Jo's.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrific food, service and decor
    cherieee
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We miss Puerini's but this restaurant is a nice addition to Newport. The food, service and décor are well above average. Prices are about what you would expect in a restaurant of this quality and there are dinner specials part of the week making it very affordable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Good Experience
    marshside01
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We dined at Jo's on a Friday nite. Weather was ideal. Second floor outdoor area above the street level was perfect. Food was very good, wine as well. Somewhat limited menu but also offered dinner specials. Service was knowledgeable, prompt and pleasant. Overall a very good experience and would recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic
    ToneDogg
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Service was terrific, outside dining was quaint, food was great!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful dinner
    cherieee
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Everything was delicious, beautiful interior with some outside seating. The quality of the food is higher than most restaurants for the price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Away from the Madding Crowd
    ReinsureregVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Up the hill from the usual tourist haunts, Jo's upscale casual menu and waitstaff are a refreshing change from the overpriced marginality one finds down the hill along the piers in Newport.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place for dinner
    AnneVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We picked this place off OpenTable while touristing in Newport based on very little information but we were very happy about the choice. Everyone had clean plates and full bellies. 3 of us did the pix fix dinners which were delicious and great values. Service was great - though that might have had something to do with the fact that they were less than 50% full while we were there.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't wait to go back!!!!!!
    luv2goout
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The ambience of Jo's American Bistro is very impressive. The decor is one of the nicest we have seen. The warm colors and soft lighting instantly set the tone for a lovely dinner. Our waitress was friendly and helpful, suggesting popular appetizers and wine that complemented our meals. Dinner was outstanding, fresh and delicious! Jo's is definitely top on our list!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Close but no cigar
    RIJohnny
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Went with my family Sat pm. Sat outside- was nice setting. No wait staff stopped over for over 10 mins. Went to the hostess....finally a waiter came. Ordered wine and dinner. After 25 mins still no dinner. Never mentioned that a big party was upstairs. Food was cool when finally arrived. Very disappointed. Could have been a great place. Off the list!
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  • Great, but could've been better!
    luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Enjoyed a wonderful evening at the Bistro with my wife choosing a pasta entree while I went with the surf and turf special. Although very tasty, the chef overcooked the steak leaving me to struggle with a well done filet minion vice one cooked to medium rare as ordered.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great addition to Newport
    AlexVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We've been disappointed in our dining choices in the past few years places long standing were probably so because of guest turnover. This restaurAnt is a great addition in that it provides a wonderful menu for adults and children's options that go beyond chicken fingers and Mac and cheese. My sin had a smaller version of the excellent fish and chips that I had and loved it. They were also sensitive to allergy concerns. Well definitely recommend abs return.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous
    Sabrina
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Dining here is truly a fantastic experience. It was one of the best meals I have ever and at a restaurant, and the prices are very fair for Newport. I can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lvmc
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Nice atmosphere and location when visiting Newport. The service at the bar was a bit slow and there was only 6 of us sitting there. Food is good and has a variety of prices.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Friendly, inviting, comfortable
    Tyler
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    First time at Jo's and definitely won't be my last. Was recommended by other industry professionals in Newport and was not disappointed. Jimmy greeted my family and I warmly at the door and set us up with a great table on the outdoor patio right on Memorial Blvd. Server was attentive but not intrusive. Special Caprese salad was a perfect dish for a warm summer night and pre-fixe menu was a nicely valued option that both my guests enjoyed. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Newporter
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Easy walk from the harbor for a quiet dinner away from the crowd. Second floor deck was a nice break from the air conditioned competition. Everyone's meal was great, just the right amount of food and the prix fixed was good deal.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Local
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Off the main strip so not overly crowded. Food was excellent. Had a steak and lobster roll. Best lobster roll ever on homemade bread. Steak was great too! The locals eat here so you know it is good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A wonderful first experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Tried this restaurant on a very busy Saturday night in August. Lovely decor. Nice wine list. Nice selection of appetizers. We had the littlenecks and sausage in a butter wine broth. Delish ! Not the usual entrees.We had the scallops on a nice bed of seasonal roasted veggies with a tomato jam. Perfectly cooked. Nice to try someplace different. Great food, great service ! We will definitely make it a regular place to dine in Newport. I have already recommended it to friends!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Attentive service; food is sophisticated but still familiar
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Nice
    neve1073
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We dined out doors (they only have a few outdoor tables. The food was fantastic and we had a great time over a nice long dinner. The wait staff was very attentive without being overbearing-- showing up just when needed.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delightful!
    Trixie
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    An excellent experience with wonderful food and service. Biggest martinit I have ever seen!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great dinner
    insidepitch
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Food was excellent...wait staff very attentive...the owner "Jo" stopped by each table and greeted everyone and asks how everything was.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We all loved it!
    robing2748
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    In town for our 11th year of great Jazz. We and our friends had never been there before. Food, service, all great!! The ambience was energetic but not so loud that you couldn't have a great conversation. We'll be back next year!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Jo's American Bistro
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Food was outstanding. Wait service was good. My only comment is that it was noisy and not recommended for quiet conversation. However, I would go back again but request a quieter area of the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Back again
    milo
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Wife took me here for my birthday, enjoyed it so much we came back a few weeks later for her. Food, service, ambiance are all excellent. We have mentioned this to a number of our friends and we will be back again in a few weeks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice addition to Newport
    RIresident
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Jo's is a nice addition to Newport's dining scene. We went during the week and it's was not too busy and best of all, a great place to eat and have a conversation away from the summer crowd. The outdoor space is nothing special but the interior is very nice indeed. I imagine we will be heading back as the days draw shorter.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good
    DiwD
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Everything worked out without a hitch. Good food. I'll give this five stars, but I'm not a foodie so take my review for what it is.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Did not disappoint!
    Indyfan
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We had high expectations given the reviews online and we very pleased. Our waitress was personable, knowledgeable and friendly. The menu was great and the pace of the meal was perfect. An easy walk from the waterfront area, it was a bit away from what we consider the main tourist area (a good thing). Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Find
    lisa
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We decided to try this restaurant even though it was not in the main area of town. We couldn't have been more pleased. The food, service, and ambiance were outstanding. The staff was friendly and knowledgable. Will definitely return in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First time, planning to return.
    milo
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    This was our first time at Jo's, my wife took me for my birthday and thoroughly enjoyed it all. Food, ambiance, service, which was outstanding and an all around very pleasant experience. My wife's birthday is coming up in a few weeks and we plan to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always good
    CLNYVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    as usual, food and service were great. I really enjoyed the Veal T-Bone, one of the best i have ever had
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic