We waited for several weeks
We waited for several weeks for Jo's to open and we weren't disappointed. Although only open a few days, the service was good and food even better we can't wait for our next visit.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Jo's is a winner!
Jo's replaced a restaurant which had been in the community for many years, so we were anxious that a nice restaurant replace it. We were not disappointed -- the food is great, the service wonderful, and the venue is absolutely terrific. They've taken a nice Italian family place and transformed it into a locale that adds modern touches but takes full advantage of the historical area. The menu offered a lot of diversity with just the right number of choices. The calamari were crispy and tender. The oysters were briny and fresh, the grilled shrimp were juicy and large, served on a wonderful, creamy risotto; the pan-roasted sole was a bit dry on the outside, but still very tender and flaky. All this and great service to boot. Bravo!
6/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Arrived a little early, but
Arrived a little early, but was seated immediately. This establishment is new to the area, and was pleased to see three employees that I have known for many years from different restaurants in the area, so was really like "old home week". Plenty of wait staff and could not have been more attentive. Very pleasant dining experience.
6/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great new spot 4 dining in Newport
We didn't know what to expect from Jo's American Bistro which had been open for only a week when we tried it. A restaurant that new can be risky. We were very happy with our experience. Jo has completely redecorated and updated the space so that it is both classic and new. The prior restaurant had very good food but it was really noisy and tended to be too hot in the summer. Jo's was comfortable and not too loud until a party of 10 showed up. Nothing you can do about those. Luckily we were just leaving.
The food was very good with interesting combinations of ingredients cooked just right. The wine list is varied and fairly reasonable. Portions are not over-sized like so many places so we had room to share a dessert. We'll go back.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful Food Experience
Jo's American Bistro has all it needs to be a great success. They recently opened and have a few very minor kinks to work out, but my overall experience was overwhelmingly positive.
Great menu, nice ambiance, quality food and attentive service.
I have already been there twice in the last week and expect this to be my 'go to' spot, either for dinner or drinks/apps at the bar.
So glad that Newport has this new gem!
7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
New Gem In Newport!
We have have been fortunate to have dined at most of the best restaurants in Newport and this on is near the top of our list.
The new owners have done a terrific job in upgrading the interior and exterior. Jo's American Bistro has a nice clean design with both indoor and outdoor seating. Jennifer, our server was very attentive and knowledgable and made some great recommendations, We started our meal with a cooked oyster appetizer and stemed mussels. Both were delicious! For entrees we went with the lamb loin and pan roasted sole. The lamb was cooked perfectly and very flavorful, although not over-seasoned. It was presented upon a nice bed of root vegetables with a little bit of curry spice. Very nice! The sole was also nicely prepared.
7/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
A New Find
My first visit to this newly opened restaurant......was a regular at Perini's, the former restaurant on this site. .A very pleasant experience........newly renovated, attractive ambiance, excellent food and great, pleasant and attentive service.......a little pricey but it is season in Newport....hope they plan on off-season specials.
will definitely return...many times.
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
First, but not last, visit
Delicious fresh seafood. Can't wait to go back for some of the appetizers and see the outdoor seating upstairs. A little on the pricey side, but since this is Newport in the summer, I would put it on par with many other restraunts in the area price-wise. Great food, great waitress. Easy parking behind Jo's in the CVS/Creamery parking lot.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Kindest staff ever!
We walked in on a Sunday afternoon about 15 minutes before the kitchen was closing and the entire staff was so accommodating. They made the experience! Our food was delightful and everyone went out of their way from our waitress to the chef to make sure we had a wonderful relaxing meal.
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good potential, but newness shows
The place looks beautiful, and some of the food is great, some not so much. Our waitress was nice but a little too "friendly" ather tha professional or attentive. My date said her sole was fantastic... My fruite de mare had a generous complement of seafood, but was a bit flawed. The "heirloom tomato" sauce, instead of a marinara sauce, was more a creamy vodka sauce: sweeter, and richer than we had expected and called out to be cut by a squirt of lemon... The fettuccine was undercooked and tasted a bit pasty. The fellow at the next table shared our opinions, but sent his back because it was cold.
The place seems to have a good potential, but needs a bit of polish to be a top-class restauant. We will probably try it again in a year or so.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fabulous New Restaurant in Newport
I can't say enough about Jo's American Bistro. It opened a couple of weeks ago at the former location of Puerini's on Memorial Blvd. West. Joann Carlson - former owner of Percy's on Thames St. which was our favorite, go-to eatery of the time - definitely knows how to run and staff a restaurant. The renovations are beautiful, comfortable, and so inviting. The food is superbly prepared, the drinks are generously made, and the wine list offers well-chosen vintages. The wait staff is amazing - professional, efficient, and attentive. My husband and I will be back at Jo's the very next chance we get.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
New gem in Newpirt eateries
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.
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband and I decided to try Jo's out since I had worked at Puerini's for 4 years I was curious to see the changes. I was absolutely surprised at the amazing renovations! Great atmosphere, excellent service from the beginning. Our waitress, Lisa, was absolutely wonderful! It was nice to have a local wait on us and she did an excellent job. The food was fabulous as well as the wine!! Thank you so much and we will be back! Hope Lisa can be our server on our next trip!!!
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
great dinner before jazz festival!
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.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
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!
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
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
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
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.
8/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fabulous find in Newport!
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!
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was great, service was great, date night success!
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was a last minute decision
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.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
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.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great new restaurant!
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!
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent addition to the
Excellent addition to the Newport dining scene. Great food, service and atmosphere. Love the Statler chicken. We highly recommend the restaurant.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
So glad to add this restaurant
So glad to add this restaurant to our dining choices - both visits have been terrific - food and service wise.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great new Newport restaurant
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.
9/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
As one of the newest restaurants
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!
9/7/2013 5:00:00 PM
This was our first time there
This was our first time there and we look forward to going back!
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
We enjoyed lovely service
We enjoyed lovely service and well prepared delicious food in a much improved setting from Puerini's.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful upscale bistro setting.
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.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, great deal!
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.
9/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
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.
10/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great new restaurant
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.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
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.
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent Dining Experience
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.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Birthday dinner in Newport
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.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful New Find in Newport
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.
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM