Jo's American Bistro

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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
A fresh take on American cuisine using the finest ingredients, served in a classy yet casual setting with a family-friendly atmosphere. We prepare delectable seafood, numerous gluten-free options, and natural meats raised without hormones or antibiotics wherever possible. Prix fixe menu Sunday through Wednesday and half-price bar menu Friday and Sunday evenings.

Specials

$20.95 Prix Fixe Menu

Join us Sunday - Wednesday after 5 pm for a delicious prix fixe menu that includes a drink, starter, and entree for $20.95. Entrees include chicken piccata, pan-roasted salmon, and shrimp pasta. See our website for the full menu. Not offered on holidays or holiday weekends and not available for parties larger than 14.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: October 7, 2019

Ends: October 8, 2118

Availability: Sun-Wed 5:00PM-9:00PM

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Description: Join us to ring in the new year with a special prix fixe menu alongside our regular dinner menu. Do not list price as it changes year to year.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 978 People Are Saying
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J
New England
13 reviews
Dined 10 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow what can I say? Joanne is a fabulous hostess and her entire staff went above and beyond to assure we had an amazing Anniversary dinner. Great atmosphere, great menu fit for any foodie and service is impeccable!

DS
New England
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Found Jo’s on TripAdvisor and it was worth it. Food was excellent and service very good. It is small and upstairs was very noisy. Downstairs had live music so probably noisy as well. The service was almost too quick. We shared appetizer, salad and entree and were served and done in 48 minutes. I guess we could have lingered over another drink, and might if we were downstairs with the music. Parking is a problem as it is in all of Newport, but in the evening there is limited free parking in front of restaurant, but we paid around the corner off Bellevue.

J
New England
12 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was all awesome, well be back,very nice experience

l
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food. Lovely atmosphere, homey Felt very comfortable. Good service

B
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A few standouts: the spicy shrimp appetizer was flavored spice, not just hot for hot sake. The accompanying crispy kale was salted and delicious, and we were surprised to find that it was deep fried (not battered) which gave it texture and flavor. The fried chicken appetizers were very good, but the sauce was meh. Piping hot rolls with butter. Our server, Pearson, was good-humored and helpful, answering, it seems, to every name which we made up for him. Entrees were generous, reasonably priced and high quality, including the pan seared cod, fish and chips and duck breast. The kitchen kept their batters, and perhaps their fry-o-laters separate and distinct for each food. The batter for the tender white fish was thin enough not to smother the fish; the batter for the chicken thick enough to add texture. The restaurant is a nice break from the over-priced and under-valued spots along Thames, and a pleasant walk up the hill from the bar scene in Newport. Would repeat.

WC
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I ordered the onion bacon jam burger. It was one of the best burgers I've ever had.

NN
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Best lobster bisque my wife ever had, fish and chips were good. Impeccable service and ambiance. Only drawback is hard to find parking, they have an arrangement worked out with the shopping center around the corner where CVS is, make sure to ask about it.

Bottom line is I would definitely go back to Jo’s next time I’m in Newport.

RJ
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Our reservation for 7:30 got us a table in a busy traffic way between the front door and the bar. While the food was good, the noise level was so bad that my wife and I were literally screaming to hear one another. Service was just so so; wait person had too many tables. We’ve always liked Jo’s but question a return trip.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was for my moms birthday and to let her know that my sister is having a baby girl.

LC
New England
15 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

First, my reservation was canceled, so I had to rebook and call the restaurant to make sure the reservation was ok. When we walked in, we were ushered to the worst table upstairs. Waitress was lovely. We ordered salads and apps as opposed to the entrees we usually order and they were marginal. Nothing special, bland. Disappointed since Jo’s is one of those places in our monthly rotation especially during the winter.

g
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great specials on the menu and high quality food. Joanne, the owner, is very nice and responsive.

BF
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had an enjoyable dinner at Jo's during our recent visit to Newport. The food was delicious, we tried the grilled shrimp and the chicken piccata which was one of the prix fixe specials. The prix fixe was a good value as it also included soup or salad and a glass of wine or beer. The service was very attentive and we did not feel rushed. We will return next time we are in Newport.

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly staff, great food, music and cocktails

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Lobster carbonara is our favorite!

K
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant has a casual and comfortable atmosphere. The service was excellent and our waitress was attentive and helpful in answering questions about the menu. There is a nice variety of food on the menu and one can be satisfied with soup and salad or a complete meal. The steamers I had at Jo's were prepared with an outstanding, flavorful wine broth with sausage. They were literally the best I had ever had. For a casual dinner or a special time out Jo's is a delightful place to be.

G
San Diego
49 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meals,
Great service.
Owner JoAnn is exceptional in running a 5 Star restaurant!!

RM
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best in Newport. Scallops best ever! Can do gluten-free lobster roll!

J
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful evening!! It was our anniversary and our first time in Newport, so we were hoping for a great dinner...and we were not disappointed! The ambiance was perfect, the dinner was delicious and the service was excellent. The owner greeted us and even surprised us with an “on the house” dessert for our anniversary. She obviously cares about her restaurant and its customers. I highly recommend Jo’s and hope to be back!

JJ
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and staff
Jo’s a great hostess and makes this place our “Cheers”

GG
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was amazing! The server was very friendly and knowledgable. Pretty busy for a Wednesday night after Labor Day, but we were seated right away and the waiter was very attentive. Looking forward to going back.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous. Just moved into Newport and picked Jos because it was walking distance and the menu looked good. Food was fantastic and service/ambiance just as good.

We came on a prix fix special day (Sunday- Wednesday) and was pleasantly surprised with the choice of entrees - chicken piccata was delicious and we will be back again.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great every time !

Jo's American Bistro
Responded on September 19, 2019

Thank you for the great review! Hope to see you again soon!

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EA
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jo's is an awesome restaurant. It is beautiful, the food is great, the staff is attentive, but not overbearing. I love it there!

Jo's American Bistro
Responded on September 19, 2019

We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your time here at our bistro. We appreciate your kind words and hope to serve you again soon!

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JN
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Really good food, but one of our two plates was a bit small on the portion side. Servers were very kind and there when you needed them, but had some long gaps in checking in. Overall very happy though!

OT
Greensboro
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Very disappointing. Did not enjoy food or service! Will not return.

Jo's American Bistro
Responded on September 19, 2019

We're sorry to hear about your experience during your visit. We are normally known for our excellent customer service and we regret that we missed the mark for you. We hope that you will consider giving us another chance to impress you in the future.

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W
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our table on the upstairs porch was ready when we arrived and perfect for a warm summer evening. The menu was wide-ranging with everything from wonderful specialty cocktails (the "Jo's garden" with a cucumber base was outstanding) to good bread to thoughtful salads and everything from burgers to classic main course preparations. The food was well-prepared, arrived hot, including a special of the day swordfish served with a marvelous risotto. The pork chop also gained a top review. Tracy, our server, was funny, knowledgeable and professionally excellent. We'd go back in a minute.

Jo's American Bistro
Responded on September 19, 2019

Webster, thank you for your fantastic review! We are so delighted to learn of your excellent experience and strive to keep customers like you pleased. Hope to see you again soon!

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PK
New England
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Nice service. Dessert provided on the house for iur anniversary. Food was average.

S
New England
82 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very friendly staff and the waitress very attentive. Appetizers and meals were excellent . Hot fresh baked bread was great . The vegan meal that was for the Sunday meal was gladly prepared for me on Saturday which was very tasty , different and amazing . We arrived earlier than our reservation and they were very accommodating . We lived the atmosphere and were happy to be away from the crowded touristy area . Would definitely comeback here next time we are back from boston

Jo's American Bistro
Responded on September 19, 2019

Thank you for your review, Shirin! We are happy to hear about your experience and hope to see you again soon!

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JW
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a delicious meal on Saturday night. Two in our party had the lobster carbonara and I had the chicken pasta. Both were excellent. The service was fantastic and are waiter Pearson, was very friendly and attentive . Would defend mutely go again!

Jo's American Bistro
Responded on September 19, 2019

Thank you for your review, Jim! We are so pleased you had an excellent experience and hope to see you back again soon!

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j
New England
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Table of 7, accommodated very well

GL
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall excellent. The food was great waitress was wonderful.

Jo's American Bistro
Responded on September 19, 2019

Thank you for your review, Guy! We love to hear about our customers experience and hope you visit again soon!

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JT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very enjoyable experience. They allowed us to easily modify our reservation because we were stuck in unexpected traffic. Food was wonderful as well as the drinks. We will definitely be back again.

Jo's American Bistro
Responded on September 19, 2019

Thank you for your review, John! We can't wait to serve you again soon!

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great gluten free, the waitress brought gluten free rolls without having been asked, accommodated every need, great experience

Jo's American Bistro
Responded on September 19, 2019

Thank you for your great review! We work hard to accommodate allergies and make an exceptional dining experience for all!

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate at Jo's for the first time for a late dinner. The temperature outside was beautiful so we opted to sit outside. It was quiet and comfortable. I made sure to ask our waitress for her recommendations on the menu items I was interested in and she didn't steer me wrong! The food was amazing, drinks were a strong. I would definitely recommend!

Jo's American Bistro
Responded on September 19, 2019

We are delighted to hear about your experience! We work very hard to provide excellent service and food, and are happy to have met your expectations for both during your visit! Hope to serve you again soon!

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a
New England
8 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Server poured relatively expensive red wine in wrong glasses. Caprese salad was mozzarella balls and cherry tomatoes. Not what I expected. Swordfish was tasty but presented on top of a lot of soft polenta. Sounded better than it was. We did not have dessert. Very noisy upstairs at the bar. We went there because we couldn't get into any of the better restaurants in Newport. It was a busy end of summer Saturday night.

JG
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service , food and atmosphere are top notch. I , my family and friends go often.

Jo's American Bistro
Responded on September 19, 2019

Thank you for your review, Joseph! Hope to see you soon!

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Anniversary

c
New England
9 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Couldn’t have been better

Jo's American Bistro
Responded on September 19, 2019

Thank you for your review, Cove!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lobster carbonara and filet mignon were on point. There were generous portions of lobster for the carbonara. We also enjoyed the calamari and lobster bisque. But the lobster carbonara is the most popular item here and I’d highly recommend it to everyone reading this!

The service was great too and even the owner stopped by to check on us. This place is underrated for sure.

Jo's American Bistro
Responded on September 19, 2019

Thank you for your fantastic review! We work very hard and are always delighted to hear about our customers experiences! Hope to see you again soon!

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l
New England
156 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

A great place to stop after touring the nearby mansions. My spouse had the clam chowder and we split the fish and chips. I liked the fish more than he did. It was a simple batter (flour, salt & pepper) and prepared well. The fries were great!

Jo's American Bistro
Responded on September 19, 2019

Thank you for your great review! Glad to hear you had a delightful experience!

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