Jo's American Bistro

4.7
1670 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.

Experiences

  • Prix Fixe Menu

    $23.95 per person

    Multiple dates available

    Enjoy a beverage, starter, and entree from our prix fixe menu for $23.95 Sunday through Thursday all day. Available for curbside pickup for $20.95 without a beverage. Not offered on holidays or holiday weekends.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1670 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Loved it. The wedge salad is a must-try

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks for making my birthday dinner special. Our server (cannot remember her name) did an awesome job helping us selection a wine and making a dinner selection. She made the evening and the food was great.

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KariH
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the best dinner at Jo’s American Bistro. They had the best music playing - not too loud but just perfect. The food was so delicious and everyone working there was so friendly. Highly recommend this cool restaurant!!

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BenedettaL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

In these days of staff shortages, Jo's American Bistro won't sacrifice customer satisfaction to squeeze in a few extra diners. That sounds terrible but, Jo would rather turn away someone if she knows she cannot give them a good dining experience.

My husband & I ate there recently and had a wonderful experience. I had the New England Clam Chowder and the Glazed Salmon. Both were excellently prepared. My husband had the Fish & Chips, which were also excellent.

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Edward
Pittsburgh
21 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience4

My steak was luke-warm to cold when served, with bland “greens” as a vegetable.

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DIane
New England
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Martini was awesome but unsure why charged extra dollar as did not specify vodka. The bbq sauce on shrimp & grits a bit intense (just take it down a bit) otherwise good. Did enjoy house white balsamic salad dressing. Desserts were awesome. This was my 3rd time there using my jo’s American bistro card. Would have appreciated more feedback on my rewards points given my 3rd visit there (was only told they aren’t doing that anymore and I could look online). Last time I was there was February 14 2021 and that meal was $$ so am pretty sure I am close to using my rewards points

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SheilaR
New England
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this local restaurant with exceptional quality menu items. We both had the pork chop and left only the bone on the plate. Service, wine list, atmosphere, all wonderful. Downtown quality without the downtown prices and parking hassles.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Treasure Coast
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service1ambience2

What a been a truly enjoyable experience if the server and or manager have even acted like they cared if we were there. Couldn’t get a refill to save our life, Silver missed opportunity after opportunity to sell other items including wine and dessert. And overall just was completely inapt.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fine meal. They said they were short-handed with waitstaff, but we didn’t have any problems. The kitchen was fast! Delicious seared scallops for just right. Good fish and chips, although my husband thought the coating was a bit bland. Excellent chips, though. Wish we’d had room for dessert: peach bread pudding! Cappuccino cheesecake!

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Patrick
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, great service, got us a special desert forecourt anniversary, took my partners wheat allergy very seriously, didn't get her sick

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christopherp
New England
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Would have been 5 stars except for one minor thing..

When I made the reservation I noted it was my wife's birthday. After dinner, I requested a desert menu, and the waiter brought over a Creme Brulee with a candle in it. I thought it was a pretty nice gesture. We then ordered the 2 desserts we wanted (Hers to go, since the brulee was already delivered). When I got the bill, I noticed I had been charged for all 3 desserts. Not a major deal, and I didnt mention it when I saw the bill because I didnt want to take away from my wifes good time.. but it just struck me as kind of funny.

I appreciated the candle/birthday gesture, but feel like If we were going to get charged for the dessert, at least let her pick the one she wants.

Either way.. This will not stop us from coming back, as we usually do. We love the place, and the food.

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DeeR
New England
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had the Cod and Bistro Burger. Didn’t expect such a common fish to be so outstanding, served in a tomato-fennel Pernot sauce. Bistro burger was excellent, done medium rare to perfection, very tasty with sautéed mushrooms and caramelized onions. Fries unfortunately not as crispy as expected but tasty. Overall great value, quality for the money.
In fact we decided to get lobster rolls for take out the following night. Best lobster rolls all summer with large identically chunks of lobster in a split top roll. Green pieces of bib lettuce were a nice touch of color and taste. Unfortunately same issue with fries.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as always!

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TroniP
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was so good. I could stop eating it. I was so full.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great service and food from Tim at the bar-highly recommend

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vipRichardS
New England
34 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always consistently good in all respects. A go to favorite for us locals. Great food, great people and a great menu to choose from.

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valthepal
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jo's food is amazing and the service exceptional. Lobster roll is a must! The lobster carbonara is highly recommended as well. Nice little gem tucked away in Newport.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely spot and the staff was so welcoming and friendly
The fish and chips were perfect!

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TaiW
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding! The calamari was tender and tasty. The roasted cod was done just right, with a sauce that delivered the sweetness of tomatoes without being too salty.

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vipEllen
Philadelphia
148 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and drink in a pleasant environment.

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PatriciaK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I really enjoyed my dinner at Jo's American Bistro. The atmosphere upstairs was very quiet and attractive. Our server was really attentive. The chicken piccata was delicious. It was part of a pre-fixe deal Sunday through Thursday that includes soup or salad, a glass of wine and dinner for 23.95. I recommend it highly.

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KarenR
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food and cocktails were excellent! I had the lobster roll and it was delicious; my husband had the lobster bisque and it was also very good. Restaurant was noticeably short-staffed (out of their control due to covid) but our waitress was very pleasant. Our dining room was very dimly lit (much too dark really) but our waitress brought us a second candle without being asked which was very kind. On the whole a very good dinner at a lovely restaurant and I would definitely recommend it.

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joeNT
New England
25 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had a table but decided to move to the bar.
Our bartender was excellent and was very helpful
We started with the spicy shrimp appetizer which at $15 seemed a little pricy for two shrimp but they were excellent
I had the Bacon Jam Burger which was perfect! I understand why Jo’s win the best burger in Newport contest.
My friend had a wedge salad with a shrimp protein it was quite a large salad.
Great experience I will be back again soon

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KellyW
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing fish and chips and green salad. The fish and chips was the best I ever had and the honey balsamic dressing for the greens salad was insane. It’s hard being in Newport with a shellfish allergy searching for fish and chips that isn’t fried in shellfish oil but this place is safe. We will be coming back every time we visit Newport.

Jo's American Bistro
Responded on October 1, 2021

Thank you for the great review, Kelly! We look forward to welcoming you back next time you're in town.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the most delicious shrimp dishes I’ve ever had. Friendly staff. Highly recommend.

Jo's American Bistro
Responded on October 1, 2021

Thank you for a great review! We appreciate your kind words and hope to serve you again soon.

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vipLJW03
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating our 35th anniversary, our waitress
Briana couldn't have been nicer. Jo sent us over a delicious cremebrulle .
Will be back!!!!

Jo's American Bistro
Responded on October 1, 2021

Thank you for such a great review. We’re so happy you celebrated with us and can’t wait to have you back at Jo’s American Bistro!


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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We return again and again! Consistent, delicious, and Jo and her staff are pleasant, professional, and efficient. A Newport treasure!

Jo's American Bistro
Responded on October 1, 2021

Thank you for a great review! We appreciate your kind words and hope to serve you again soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything is always delicious. Nice atmosphere, friendly staff and a really great menu. One of my favs in Newport.

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mamcq6
New England
10 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. A very good value. Would certainly go back.

Jo's American Bistro
Responded on October 1, 2021

Thank you for a great review! We appreciate your kind words and hope to serve you again soon.

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JamesR
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service. A hidden gem in Newport. We will definitely be back next time we’re in town.

Jo's American Bistro
Responded on October 1, 2021

Thank you for the great review, James! We hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The spot is lovely. The people are friendly and attentive- and flexible: they were able to move our reservation up 45 minutes just 2 hours before!

The food was excellent! I highly recommend the seared Cod and my wife greatly enjoyed the roasted chicken!

Our server was friendly and kind and very attentive. They even treated us to crème brûlée with fresh berries in honor of our anniversary (they noticed it on my Open Table profile). And, the owner/manager came to our table to ask about our meal, etc.

An excellent choice!

Jo's American Bistro
Responded on October 1, 2021

Thank you for the great review! We're so happy you joined us and hope to see you again soon!

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LoriM
New England
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

A reservation at another restaurant was cancelled at the last minute on our first wedding anniversary. Jo’s had availability and took very good care of us. The staff was friendly, didn’t rush us and they treated us to a complementary dessert. It was our second time there in a week and both the service and the food were fantastic. We highly recommend Jo’s and we’ll be back the next time we’re in Newport!

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LauraP
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I are on a romantic getaway in Newport and went to this restaurant on recommendations from Trip Advisor. We bot shared the kale and asparagus salad, and we both ordered the same entree, seared salmon with shaved Brussels sprouts and ferro. The food was delicious and our waiter was very attentive. The restaurant is very clean. I would definitely recommend this restaurant!

Jo's American Bistro
Responded on October 1, 2021

Thank you for the great review, Laura! We look forward to welcoming you back next time you're in town.

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Happyfoodie
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great restaurant off the beaten path. Excellent service and food. Highly recommend.

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Foodie
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waitress Tara was fantastic. She made some great suggestions that we followed.

My dinner consisted of 5 or 6 scallops creatively presented and they were little pillows cooked to perfection. The fish and chips was exactly what my wife wanted to eat. We split a Caesar salad and the olive oil cake. It sounds weird but the cake was terrific. A nice bottle of Chardonnay, reasonably priced, helped make the night more memorable. Jo’s American Bistro highly recommended. 2 thumbs up!

Jo's American Bistro
Responded on October 1, 2021

We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your meal. We appreciate your kind words and hope to serve you again soon!


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KimF
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We did the prix fix items - hanger steak was just ok.

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Momma
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Best scallops I’ve had in any restaurant and they were a generous portion of six! Beef carpaccio appetizer was also excellent.

Jo's American Bistro
Responded on October 1, 2021

We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your scallops and beef carpaccio. We appreciate your kind words and hope to serve you again soon!


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PSUJACK
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent service staff. Meal was very good in all respects. Decent vibe. Would definitely dine there again.

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Judy
New England
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good food, nice staff and good location/atmosphere.

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DebbieO
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and waitress was very attentive. Enjoyed it immensely.

Jo's American Bistro
Responded on October 1, 2021

Thank you for a great review, Debbie! We appreciate your kind words and hope to serve you again soon.

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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 4.7 stars by 1670 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.