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 1027 People Are Saying
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c
New England
116 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, flat bread pizza, burgers, chicken sandwich and salad. Also, good service and entertainment.

JA
New England
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Well worth the price, pleasant atmosphere

l
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The lobster carbonara was devine

DT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such friendly people and delicious food. Great dirty martini too!

F
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience2

Nothing exciting

FA
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Positives: Nice little neighborhood bistro. Pretty good food. Friendly wait staff. Good prices. Nice bar. Nice music.

Needs improvement: when you walk in and give your name, the 2 older adults (owners?) at the front did not smile. Brand new young bartender knew nothing about how to make a drink and how to charge a credit card. He needed to be trained first before working with customers.

KH
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

The restaurant was empty yet they placed us in close proximity to the only other tables with quests. The service was slow and uninspired, the food was over salted to the point of inedible. The bill was off the hook - just a bad evening out.

S
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall2food3service5ambience1

The food was overpriced and they sat us in an upstairs room with cinder block walls.

WV
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, excellent service, I would go back tomorrow. The Lobster Carbonara was amazing!

j
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Ordered fish and chips which was good . 2nd time I had it and ordered it with mashed potatoes. Potatoes were not hot when they came to table both times.

Other guest had a salad that had a hair in it. Waiter and manager were very responsive. Offered us something else and took it off the bill.

BS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience4

Food was fine, as were the restaurant ambiance and staff but nothing really stood out as good/great. Definitely seemed like an older crowd scene.

C
New England
54 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The $20 special is an amazing value. Great food and large portions.

C
New England
8 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was very welcoming and not in your face. The martini's were perfect. Love the martini glasses. We ended up sharing 2 salads between 4 of us- House and wedge. The dinners were delicious-burger, chicken and shrimp . We were able to have an enjoyable conversation without competing with the background. Highly recommend !!!

T
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great gluten free menu!

Jo's American Bistro
Responded on November 15, 2019

Thank you for the great review! We hope to serve you again soon.

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DF
New England
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jo's never fails to disappoint! Everyone is the best, especially, Jo herself, Jimmy, Tracey. And when we go to relax, get delicious food, it is always a plus to listen to great live music!!

Jo's American Bistro
Responded on November 15, 2019

Thank you for your kind words, Debra! We strive to meet customer expectations and we're so happy to hear we've hit the mark for you during every visit. We look forward to serving you again soon.

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JD
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience5

I judge restaurants and other service institutions by wether or not I would go back to that place if business. I would not go back. Food was mediocre at best. For example, the caprese salad consisted of mozzarella pearls and cherry tomatoes with some arugula (I think). I could go to Stop screwed up a Nutty Irishman). On the positive side, the bread was excellent. One other point: it was the last day of Restaurant Week in Newport (which is why we decided to try this place) but the restaurant had a notation that they do not honor the Prix Fix pricing on holiday weekends (it is Veterans Day on Monday) - kind of a bogus excuse for not offering their Sunday to Thursday pricing, if you ask me

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Everything was delicious! Portions were perfect!

Jo's American Bistro
Responded on November 15, 2019

Thank you for the great review! We hope to serve you again soon.

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G
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go to Jo's for dinner almost every time that we're in Newport. The staff is always knowledgeable and friendly, and the service is top notch without that pretentious atmosphere present in many of Newport's high-end restaurants. The food is excellent, and almost everything on the menu can be made gluten free for those with celiac and gluten sensitivity issues. Jo herself is often found at the door or walking the floor checking on her customers, and obviously loves her job. We recommend Jo's American Bistro to all our friends.

Jo's American Bistro
Responded on November 15, 2019

Thank you for the great review and continued support. We strive to provide exceptional food, service, and value to our customers and are happy to hear you received just that during each of your visits. We look forward to serving you the next time you're in town!

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BS
New England
128 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very good menu with many options.

Jo's American Bistro
Responded on November 15, 2019

Thank you for the great review! We hope to serve you again soon.

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RS
New England
9 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a terrific place to eat. Food is delicious and the staff and management are always cheerful.

Jo's American Bistro
Responded on November 15, 2019

Thank you for the great review, Richard! We hope to serve you again soon.

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AL
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful delicious Anniversary dinner with friends. Ambience, food, service were wonderful! Highly recommend

Jo's American Bistro
Responded on November 15, 2019

Thank you for the great review! We are happy to hear you enjoyed your meal with us and we hope to serve you again soon.

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KR
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

It was Restaurant week in Newport, so very busy. The food was delicious and for the most part the service was good, although the waiter didn't come back and ask how are food was and we needed to flag him down for more water.

C
New England
54 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A warm welcoming restaurant, the food and derive wa as excellent.

Jo's American Bistro
Responded on November 15, 2019

Thank you for the great review! We are happy to hear you enjoyed your meal with us. We hope to serve you again soon.

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MM
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food and service were excellent. The duo in the lounge was overwhelmingly loud, which also made it somewhat uncomfortable in the area we were in in the adjoining room.

CB
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Dined during restaurant week. Both menus offered wonderful dishes. Everyone enjoyed their meals. Tracy, our waitress, was fantastic! Will definitely return!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

At Jo’s Enjoying restaurant week with my family. Waiter was awesome & food was amazing . Looking forward to dining there again soon!.

Jo's American Bistro
Responded on November 15, 2019

Thank you for the great review! We are happy to hear you enjoyed our restaurant week menu and look forward to serving you again soon.

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b
New England
42 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at Jo's was excellent. Both the Korean beef appetizer and the surf and turf entree were outstanding. Our waitress was delightful and made our evening very enjoyable. I have already told many friends how great everything was and can't wait to go back.

Jo's American Bistro
Responded on November 15, 2019

Thank you for the great review! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your meal with us and look forward to serving you again soon!

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p
New England
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Our waiter was GRUMPY! Food was just ok. Room was cold, they had a space heater running on and off, that helped... on and off. Over all it was edible food but not real appetizing, only good thing about that is it kept me from eating too much! Eventually I ended up filling my own water glass as our waiter dropped off the face.

DD
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fifty words I'll be repeating myself Excellent beyond excellent we've been there before and will continue to return shsin again again.

Fifty words I'll be repeating myself Excellent beyond excellent we've been there before and will continue to return shsin again again.

Fifty words I'll be repeating myself Excellent beyond excellent we've been there before and will continue to return shsin again again.

Fifty words I'll be repeating myself Excellent beyond excellent we've been there before and will continue to return shsin again again.

Jo's American Bistro
Responded on November 15, 2019

Thank you for the great review and continued support, Don! We strive to meet customer expectations during each visit and are so happy to hear we've hit the mark for you each time. We look forward to serving you again soon.

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JP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jo's American Bistro was such an unexpected surprise. The food was outstanding. We went during Newport's restaurant week and ordered off the special menu. My husband and I both agreed it was one of the best restaurant dinners we have ever had. If you are in Newport you must add Jo's to your dining list.

Jo's American Bistro
Responded on November 15, 2019

Thank you for your kind words, Jennifer. We strive to meet customer expectations and are so happy to hear we hit the mark for you and your husband during your visit with us. We hope to serve you again soon.

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S
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant week went with the Prix frixe excellent,great service and drinks

Jo's American Bistro
Responded on November 15, 2019

Thank you for the great review! We hope to serve you again soon.

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K
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meals were excellent and they took great care to deal with food allergies in our party

Jo's American Bistro
Responded on November 15, 2019

Thank you for the great review, Katherine. We take allergies very seriously and train our staff to be knowledgable to make dining easy for everyone. We are so happy your party received the top-notch service we're known for and enjoyed your meal with us. We hope to serve you again soon!

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AM
Raleigh
24 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited during Newport's Restaurant Week in November. It was such a treat. It is a cosy neighborhood bistro in the busy section of Newport. We will be back.

Jo's American Bistro
Responded on November 15, 2019

Thank you for the great review! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed our Restaurant Week menu and look forward to serving you again soon!

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BA
New England
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent local restaurant! Friendly and courteous staff, great ambiance and delicious food make this a local favorite of ours!

Jo's American Bistro
Responded on November 15, 2019

Thank you for the great review, Billy! We are so happy to have your continued support. We look forward to serving you again soon.

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JD
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were in Newport for a few days as part of a tour of NE USA nd were so pleased to have chanced upon Jo's Bistro. The name maybe doesn't sell it brilliantly - sound a bit like Joe's Diner - but it is every inch a top quality bistro.

The first night we had the 2-course fixed-price option, which was outstanding quality - great chowder and salmon - and unbelievable value. In fact now that I am back in Scotland and there's little prospect of me going back any time soon, they could/should add $10 to the fixed price and it would still be outstanding value.

We returned for dinner the next night, knowing that the fixed-price option was not available, but were happy to pay full price for another excellent dinner (lobster carbonara) and nice wines. Our waitress Tracey was fantastic, and she added even more to another great evening.

I cannot recommend Jo's American Bistro highly enough. It was the culinary highlight of our trip.

Jo's American Bistro
Responded on November 15, 2019

Thank you for your kind words, John! We thank you for choosing to dine with us during your visit to Newport and are so happy to hear you enjoyed your meal with us. We hope if you ever do find yourself in the Newport area again you will stop in for a meal!

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JJ
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It’s my Cheers... everyone knows your name!

RS
New England
9 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, great service. Always excellent.

Jo's American Bistro
Responded on November 15, 2019

Thank you for the great review! We look forward to serving you again soon.

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SL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

An American bistro says it all. Good food.
Good service. Good overall value. Would not
hestitate to try again.

NL
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great value with 3-course prix fixe menu, including wine, soup/salad, and entree. Excellent service, good music, nice ambiance.

Jo's American Bistro
Responded on November 15, 2019

Thank you for the great review! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed our Prix Fixe menu and hope to serve you again soon.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Crazy Saturday night. Very loud tables all around us. Service was good and so was the food. Parking is very difficult. Walk if you can’t