Jo's American Bistro

4.6
783 reviews
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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.
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JR
Key West
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious, if you have any kind of food allergy, whether it be to onions or gluten they accommodate with no questions. Great service and a great kitchen.

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner while in Newport! Food and service was very good.

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LS
New England
16 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a very nice dining experience. Food is very good and the service is exceptional. Would recommend this for either special occasions or just a night out.

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New England
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was Super Bowl night so it was very quiet and we were attended to well! There were some musicians there and they were excellent but since it is a smallish place it was a little hard to converse while they played. There were 3 of us in our party and we all ordered different things and all were excellent!

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LC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was really good. I got the duck and my friend got the steak fritte. Both big portions and done really well. The cocktails were very good. The sapphire martinis awesome. Jo's has a 'neighborhood' feel to it, staff is really friendly and make you feel welcome. I do like it in the summer too, when the upstairs porch is open! I always look forward to coming to Jo's !

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JL
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

It was very warm in the dining room.
Waitress was very nice and attentive, but food was just OK. The best part was dessert and espresso martinis.
Prices were a little too high for this type of menu.............$16.00 for a burger!!!
Appetizers were also too expensive.

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JS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was amazing and the was so delicious! We will be back for sure!

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SM
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Heating system the only negative. Temperature went from too hot to be comfortable to too cool to be comfortable

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M
New England
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We usually go for my husband's birthday in January. Nice and cozy and food is always good. Great service and always feel welcome. Thanks so much!!

Marilyn Kelley
Providence, RI

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Excellent service. Nice live music.

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C
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was good. Fish and chips were delicious. The chicken dish was ok. The service was top notch and we weren’t rushed to order nor leave. It’s a real gem!

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c
New England
96 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Went there for the January special, burger and beer. Started with a good green salad but the burger arrived partially burnt maybe since we ordered medium well, but ruined the flavor. The fries were good

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NE
New England
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

nice setting, good food, good service, excellent value

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T
New England
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food and good service. We visited jo's to have the dinner at end of the year and the special menu was a good choice

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NT
New England
9 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Year’s Eve dinner was fabulous and very reasonably priced for the value and the quality. Experienced, long-term waitstaff is professional and discreetly attentive even despite a very busy night. Chef Brian outdid himself. Sauces for beef were outstanding — best bearnaise ever! Beef entrees were perfectly cooked. Appetizers were imaginative (duck spring roll with mole sauce) and impeccable (perfectly sliced carpaccio). Wine list extensive and VERY reasonable and accessible. Grand slam on this one!

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m
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is consistently excellent!! Drinks are tasty and strong. Food is always done well!

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SM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best lobster roll ever !!!

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E
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great vibe, super friendly staff.

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New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and drinks at a great value and exquisite service

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AL
New England
6 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We really enjoyed our dinner at Joe’s. They provided excellent service and ambiance from the moment we walked in the door. We had a memorable dinner!

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MA
New England
12 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super. We love taking friends here for dinner!

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our daughter has many allergies and she was able to “eat out” like everyone else without the stress of possibly getting sick. We all enjoyed the delicious food and the staff was wonderful- especially our waitress Olivia.

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OT
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can’t say enough goods things about this place! Excellent food and great service.

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LB
New England
8 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Christmas dinner with family

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m
New England
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our family of four decided to dine at Jo’s after researching gluten-free friendly restaurants in Newport. We have dined at several other restaurants in Newport and been pleased but wanted to try somewhere new. We were attending an evening event at the mansions and the location offered a perfect spot to Uber/Lyft to and then walk to the nearby mansion. From the second we walked into the restaurant the service was impeccable. The host and hostess kindly took our coats and chatted with us while they prepped our table as we arrived a few minutes early. The waitress provided great table service and the food/beverages were fantastic. For gluten-free options, they offer almost everything on their menu as an option with only a few items that cannot be made gluten-free. The portions were extremely generous and the flavors were spot-on. Everything was cooked exactly as ordered. In the past, we have always chosen to dine closer to Thames Street and the Wharfs but we will definitely be returning to Jo’s for a future meal. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a great place to eat in Newport.

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DD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This restaurant made for a very enjoyable night out. The combination of service, which was terrific, excellent food, reasonable prices, ambiance, welcoming atmosphere all added to our overall enjoyment. This night out was a celebration of my wife's birthday and I don't think we could have picked a better spot. They work hard to make this an enjoyable experience and it shows.

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EC
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Jo's gets consistently strong reviews so we were confident that dinner would be excellent. Food was good, so were wine and drinks. Service was fabulous; we had a courteous, attentive, and engaging server. However, there was a large party next to us - 6 adults and numerous children - who were loud and completely unaware of their impact on the rest of the room. Definitely was a negative. Not sure what Jo's could've done except give them the room and seat us quiet tables elsewhere (downstairs?) .

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C
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent meal here and will most certainly be back next time we are in town. The appetizers and entrees were fabulous, as were the desserts and drinks. Our waitress was friendly and helpful - the best we have had in a while. We went there for a birthday date night during our vacation and they did not disappoint.

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OT
New England
11 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Only thing that deterred me from giving Jo's 5 stars was the noise level on the 2nd floor. The food was outstanding and the service matched. If you want a quieter space, I'd select the 1st floor since it didn't seem to have long tables with large parties.

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DG
New England
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Overall enjoyable experience. Perfect table. GREAT service by Olivia!

Very unusually, not their best effort on two items - Caesar salad was prepared with poor quality/not fresh greens (cost removed from bill). Steak was of lower quality than usual; and was medium to well vice medium rare as ordered.

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ER
New England
12 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was exceptional, food delicious and abundant portions. Very happy we chose it for my son’s birthday.

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P
New England
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Food was good along with prompt and courteous service. Very noisy and very, very low lighting, even the young eyes had difficulty seeing their plates.

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L
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was excellent. Waiter was very attentive and friendly. Atmosphere very nice.

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MP
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've never been disappointed at Joe's. A great atmosphere, varied quality menu and super service.

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MM
New England
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic!! It was our first time there and we were blown away by the service and the food. Incredible job by the entire staff and the food was fantastic. Super impressed and we are hard to impress. Can’t wait to go back.

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G
New England
10 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we go to Jo's as often as we are in Newport. We have never been disappointed. brought some friends
with us and they loved it. ate in the bar. live music was great. meal and service was excellent.

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NY
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jo's American Bistro is one of our go to places whenever we visit Newport. The food and the service are always really good. We also like the casual atmosphere.

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d
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jo's is one of our go to restaurants. Food is always good and the ambiance is fine. Always a pleasant evening out

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m
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and atmosphere. Tracey the waitress was a real gem..She made great drink and menu suggestions. Looking forward to our next visit.

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Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We had a delicious dinner and great service.

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