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Jo's American Bistro, Newport, RI

Jo's American Bistro

4.8
4.8
2238 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.

All reservations will only be held for 15 minutes. Please call if a later arrival is needed and we will tell you our next available reservation.

We are unable to honor more guests than made on the original reservation due to limited seating. Please call the restaurant directly to see if changes to your guest number can be accommodated. We apologize, but guest number increases will not be able to be accommodated upon arrival to the restaurant. We also are not able to honor additional numbers left in the notes.

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2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 15 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Seafood, Steakhouse

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 4:30 pm–8:30 pm Fri 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Sat 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (401) 847-5506

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Brian Ruffner

  • Private party facilities

    Two floors of dining, each with its own bar and restrooms. The first floor can accommodate a seated party of up to 60 guests while the upstairs seats approximately 40.

  • Private party contact

    Joann Carlson: (401) 847-5506

  • Neighborhood

    Newport, Rhode Island

  • Cross street

    Bellevue Avenue

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • 2023 Valentine's Day Special Menu

    Feb 14, 2023 only
    On February 14th, 2023, we will be exclusively offering a special Valentine's Day menu prepared by our executive chef Brian Ruffner. One starter, one entrée and a dessert for $59.95 plus tax & gratuity. Please visit our website for more details.

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What 2,238 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Rhode Island

    Contemporary American

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  1. MJ

    MJC7

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great get together at Jo’s! Ryan is a delight as the best waiter! We look forward to our next visit!
  2. CW

    ConsuelaW

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    I thought l had extra points, however the waitress did not say anything about it.The next time that l will dine there l will inquire about it.
  3. S

    Shani

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious, our server was great, and the ambiance was also really pretty.

    Jo's American BistroResponded on January 26, 2023Hi Shani, thank you for the great review! We're so glad to hear you enjoyed the food and the service and hope to see you at Jo's again soon!

  4. IM

    IanM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    These folks are always customer focused. Lots of gluten-free choices and options. Everything is always great. I had the Lobster Carbonara this time (GF so I could share it with my wife) - it was outstanding.

    Jo's American BistroResponded on January 26, 2023Hi Ian, thank you for the review! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed the Lobster Carbonara and the service. We appreciate your kind words and hope to serve you again soon!

  5. DT

    DougTop

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed our meal very much. Grilled shrimp over BLT risotto was amazing. Grilled cod very tasty too. Waiter Tom very friendly, attentive and helpful.

    Jo's American BistroResponded on January 26, 2023Doug, thank you for such a great review. We’re so happy you enjoyed the meal and can’t wait to have you back at Jo’s American Bistro!

  6. J

    Jenni

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was awesome

    Jo's American BistroResponded on January 26, 2023Jenni, thank you for the wonderful review! We appreciate your kind words and hope to serve you again soon!

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From arrival to departure the people could not have been nicer and more accommodating. The experience was excellent, from the cocktail to the chowder and entrees. Dessert was exceptional. Our first visit and we will be back. BettyAnn
  8. H

    Harper

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Delicious! And the price fixe menu is a great deal. One suggestion, though: don’t serve hot soup in a bowl that sits on a freezing cold plate. Also the spoon was super cold. It was like the plate and spoon had been refrigerated. As a result the soup was tepid and it was a very cold night. Everything else was great though.

    Jo's American BistroResponded on January 26, 2023Hi Harper, thank you for the kind words about our Prix Fixe menu! We’re normally known for our exceptional food, and we're sorry to hear that the soup was cold. We hope you give us another chance to impress you in the future!

  9. CD

    CathyD

    New England

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great drinks. Great atmosphere. Great food. Cat, our server, is THE BEST!

    Jo's American BistroResponded on January 26, 2023Hi Cathy, thank you so much for sharing your experience with us. We appreciate you taking the time to leave such kind words and hope to see you at Jo's again soon!

  10. ED

    EileenD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful, friendly service from our waiter Tom. Two of us had celiac and they were knowledgeable and accommodating. The food itself was absolutely delicious. I would highly recommend this restaurant!!

    Jo's American BistroResponded on January 26, 2023Hi Eileen, thank you for the great review! We're so happy you enjoyed the service and our gluten-friendly options. We hope to see you again soon!

  11. DE

    DEANNAC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently a pleasure!

    Jo's American BistroResponded on January 26, 2023Hi Deannac, thanks for a great review! Come back to Jo’s soon.

  12. JL

    JohannaL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I came here on New Years Day and we both had fantastic meals. I got the sausage orecchiette pasta and he got the pork chops. Our waitress was incredibly nice and attentive. We would 100% recommend going to Jo's if you're ever in the Newport area!

    Jo's American BistroResponded on January 26, 2023Hi Johanna, we are so happy to hear that you enjoyed celebrating with us on New Year's this year. We appreciate your kind words and hope to serve you again soon!

  13. GE

    GoodEats

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorites.

    Jo's American BistroResponded on January 26, 2023Hi GoodEats, thank you for the wonderful review! Come back to Jo’s sometime soon.

  14. D

    Delicious

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The restaurant was perfect. The food was delicious and our waiter was friendly and attentive. What a great New Year's Eve dinner! Thank you.

    Jo's American BistroResponded on January 26, 2023Hi there, we are so glad to hear that you joined us for NYE this year! We appreciate your kind words about our food and staff and hope to see you at Jo's again soon!

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful NYE dining experience from staff, food, and ambiance! Can’t wait to go back on our next trip to Newport!

    Jo's American BistroResponded on January 26, 2023We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed celebrating with us on NYE this year! We appreciate your kind words and hope to serve you during your next Newport visit!

  16. LM

    LorraineM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the New Year's Eve special (Surf and Turf) and it was amazing! The whole meal was perfect. Our server upstairs (not sure, but it might have been Tom) was superb - so friendly and helpful. Considering that he was stuck working New Year's Eve, we really appreciated his cheerful demeanor! I would definitely return to this restaurant!

    Jo's American BistroResponded on January 26, 2023Hi Lorraine, we are so happy to hear that you enjoyed celebrating with us on NYE this year! We appreciate your kind words and hope to see you at Jo's again soon!

  17. SD

    SueD

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have eaten at jos several times never disappointed. We were there for New Year’s Eve. Our server was Tom highly recommend him. Will be back.

    Jo's American BistroResponded on January 26, 2023Hi Sue, we are so happy to hear that you enjoyed celebrating NYE with us! We appreciate your kind words about our service and hope to see you again soon!

  18. PR

    PeterR

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food a great service. Will definitely be back!

    Jo's American BistroResponded on January 26, 2023Hi Peter, thank you for your kind words and wonderful review! We hope to see you again soon.

  19. n

    nomdecena

    New York Area

    158 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    158 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Wound up asking to have lunch at the bar. Great call, as the bartender, Tim, was great. Had little necks and hummus. Tim did a great job with Tequila-based drinks. Nice time.

    Jo's American BistroResponded on January 26, 2023Thank you for your kind words and wonderful review! We hope to see you again soon.

  20. E

    Erin

    New England

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always consistently good, we come every year this week and love sitting at the bar: Tim is great!

    Jo's American BistroResponded on January 26, 2023Erin, thank you for such a great review. We’re so happy you loved the service and can’t wait to have you back at Jo’s American Bistro!

  21. DE

    DEwayne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, reasonably priced, excellent server, good atmosphere. Highly recommend and would go back!

    Jo's American BistroResponded on January 26, 2023Thank you so much Dewayne for sharing your experience with us. We appreciate you taking the time to leave such kind words and hope to see you again soon!

  22. ST

    SamuelT

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall1food2service3ambience1
    We always visit Newport at Christmas and always eat at your establishment and always had a good time. We had a reservation and were seated upstairs on the room with all the windows. The room was cold and when asked they said the heater would keep the room warm. If I did not have my grandson with me and my wife, I would have complained. The room was very cold and made the eating experience unsatisfactory. We repeatedly asked for better heat and no response other than there is a heater. You really need to do something to improve the temperature in the room. It was not a good experience !!!

    Jo's American BistroResponded 4 days agoHi Samuel, we’re very sorry to hear about your experience. We’re normally known for our exceptional service and food, and we regret that we missed the mark. We apologize for the lack of heat in the upstairs section and we hope you’ll consider coming back to our restaurant to give us another chance to impress you in the future. Please call our restaurant (401) 847-5506 and ask for Jo, the owner, so that we can learn more about your experience and resolve this issue.

  23. JK

    JerryK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always our go-to place for a fine meal in Newport
  24. D

    Doreen

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So we were so excited finding this gem of a restaurant! Great atmosphere, really nice staff and the food was delish. Wish they were in my hometown! I'd know their names for sure! The prix fix deal was awesome and for $25 we had the best choices. The clam chowder was excellent and the pork chops with sweet potato mash and brussel sprout shaved salad was tasty, cooked perfect with some pink and rivaled any "fancy pants" restaurant! The shrimp risotto was another very pleasant surprise...cooked perfect!

    Jo's American BistroResponded on January 26, 2023Hi Doreen, we are so happy to hear that you enjoyed the Prix Fixe menu. We appreciate your kind words and hope to serve you again soon!

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    First time here, and it was fantastic. Will definitely add this to our go-to spots in Newport!

    Jo's American BistroResponded on January 26, 2023Hi there, thank you for your kind words and wonderful review! We hope to see you again soon!

  26. ST

    SamT

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner at Jo’s was incredible!! We came for my birthday dinner while on vacation. The food, drinks and service were all amazing. The pork chop was one of the best I’ve ever had. The staff was beyond friendly and welcoming. I will recommend Jo’s to anyone visiting the Newport area.

    Jo's American BistroResponded on January 26, 2023Hi Sam, we are so happy to hear that you enjoyed celebrating your birthday with us. We appreciate your kind words and hope to serve you again the next time you visit Newport!

  27. CC

    ChristineC

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great food and service ! Grateful we can go often!

    Jo's American BistroResponded on January 26, 2023Christine, thank you for the kind words wonderful review! We can't wait to see you at Jo's again soon!

  28. TD

    TraceyD

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service excellent as always.

    Jo's American BistroResponded on January 26, 2023Tracey, thank you for such a great review. We’re so happy you loved the food and service and can’t wait to have you back at Jo’s American Bistro!

  29. CS

    CarolS

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Jo's Bistro is usually very good. Most of the time food is well prepared, tasty, and delicious.
  30. RW

    RichardW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Enjoyed an excellent meal at Jo's, it was our first time visiting and will definitely be back.

    Jo's American BistroResponded on January 26, 2023Hi Richard, thank you for your kind words and wonderful review! We hope to see you again soon.

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Tasted 4 different entrees and multiple appetizers. All were excellent and just enough unique. Will go back without a doubt. Excellent service also.

    Jo's American BistroResponded on January 26, 2023Hi there, we are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your meal. We appreciate your kind words and hope to serve you again soon!

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice atmosphere, and wonderful staff. Called at the last minute to change reservations that I had made on Open Table, and they were very accommodating. This was our first time dining there, and we loved everything about it. Food was delicious. We will definitely be coming back.

    Jo's American BistroResponded on January 26, 2023Hi there! Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us. We appreciate you taking the time to leave such kind words.

  33. CH

    ChrisH

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful place to celebrate our anniversary. Great food, great atmosphere. Our new favorite restaurant!

    Jo's American BistroResponded on January 26, 2023Chris, we are so happy to hear that you enjoyed celebrating with us! We appreciate your kind words and hope to serve you again soon!

  34. TH

    THARRISA

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service, food and ambiance were perfect

    Jo's American BistroResponded on January 26, 2023Hi Tharrrisa, thanks for a great review! We hope you come back to Jo’s again soon!

  35. P

    Pete

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    No issues with Open Table and reservation process. Waitress (Julie) was attentive and courteous. Scallops and Gnocci plate was outstanding in every way. Hangar steak from Prix Fixe menu could have been a little larger offering (about five slices), but was cooked as requested. Would highly recommend

    Jo's American BistroResponded on January 26, 2023Pete, thank you for such a great review. We’re so happy you loved your meal and can’t wait to have you back at Jo’s American Bistro!

  36. HL

    HelenmaryL

    New England

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and wonderful service. One of my go to Newport restaurants.

    Jo's American BistroResponded on January 26, 2023Hi Helenmary, thank you for your kind words and wonderful review! We hope to see you again soon.

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good food and service.

    Jo's American BistroResponded on January 26, 2023Hi there, thank you for your kind words and wonderful review! We hope to see you at Jo's again soon.

  38. BM

    BrianM

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was fresh and very good. The ambience and staff bends over backwards to make sure that you have a good experience. Highly recommend.

    Jo's American BistroResponded on January 26, 2023Thank you for this fantastic review, Brian! We work hard to meet expectations like yours, and we’re happy to hear we hit the mark for you. We hope to serve you again soon.

  39. RW

    RobertW

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you like Chicken Picata then you need to get it here! Best I've ever had, flavorful and juicy. Everything on their menu is superb. Seared scallops to die for. Try their soups - all home made. Only downside is finding parking but that is not their fault, it's just Newport. We have been enjoying Jo's for several years now and have never been disappointed. Thanks

    Jo's American BistroResponded on January 26, 2023Hi Robert, we are so happy to hear that you enjoyed the food and the service! We appreciate your kind words and hope to see you again soon!

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My daughter’s birthday

    Jo's American BistroResponded on January 26, 2023We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed celebrating with us. We hope to serve you again soon!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Jo's American Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (401) 847-5506.

Jo's American Bistro is rated 4.8 stars by 2238 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 15 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Jo's American Bistro

24 Memorial Blvd West, Newport, RI 02840

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Bellevue Avenue

  • Neighborhood

    Newport, Rhode Island

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 4:30 pm–8:30 pm Fri 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Sat 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Seafood, Steakhouse

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Brian Ruffner

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (401) 847-5506

  • Private party facilities

    Two floors of dining, each with its own bar and restrooms. The first floor can accommodate a seated party of up to 60 guests while the upstairs seats approximately 40.

  • Private party contact

    Joann Carlson: (401) 847-5506

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