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Jo's American Bistro, Newport, RI

Jo's American Bistro

4.8
4.8
2661 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

7:00 PM


Booked 26 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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–8:00 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
  • 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

What 2,661 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Rhode Island

    Contemporary American

  • Newport County

    Best Food

  • Newport County

    Best Value

  • Newport County

    Good for business meals

  • Newport County

    Neighborhood gem

  • Newport County

    Most Booked

2,661 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great Food at a great price! will definitely go back!

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  2. carolt

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent, the service was friendly, knowledgable and helpful. The ambience was pleasant and private. We enjoyed the dining experience very much.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service! Our server, Ariel, was amazing. The menu had a nice variety of choices, food was superb! Wonderful atmosphere in a quiet neighborhood setting. Casual, yet elegant. Highly recommend!

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  4. JuliaJ

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Looking for a delicious meal in Newport with a local vibe and upbeat atmosphere? Go to Jo’s!

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  5. AvidTraveler

    New York City

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Made my birthday a wonderful experience!! Thank you so much for the attentive service and the crème brûlée! All amazing! Highly recommend ❤️

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  6. Eric

    Greater Boston

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My wife and I stopped in early for our reservation and decided to have a drink at the bar. The new bartender Andy was very charming with very creative cocktails like a fig infused old fashioned and real strawberry infused martinis. We had our dinner at the bar and had a great time. I had chicken picata and she had the Salmon. The food and service was fantastic.

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  7. PeterC

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a good meal at Jo’s. We always stop here when visiting Newport

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  8. Josephine

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have been to Newport several times, but first time we went to Jo's. The service and the food was excellent. We were celebrating our Anniversary and they gave us a complimentary dessert. Would recommend this place to anyone.

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  9. DonJ

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife and I really love everything about Jo’s. The staff is friendly and considerate. The food is outstanding and consistent. And the prices are reasonable. We have regularly recommended Jo’s to any of our friends or family who have been traveling to the area.

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  10. patw

    Greater Boston

    19 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Tried to push off cocktail mishap but then waited awhile for another cocktail, then appetizer choice unavailable. Okay let’s give them a push on that. Ordered bottle of wine with entrees and food came right away but no wine. Okay let’s forget about a bottle and just have a glass. Taken separately seems like no issue but come on this is ridiculous as one dinner in Newport. Also think other diners got hot rolls with dinner?

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  11. TimD

    Las Vegas

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food at a reasonable price with a nice kid's menu. Exactly what we were looking for!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lobster carbonara was AMAZING! Definitely one of my favorite pasta dishes I’ve ever eaten. Dined with two gluten free diners that had so many choices they didn’t know what to order! They even had gluten free rolls and a flourless chocolate cake for dessert! All in all a great meal!

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  13. karenm

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love Jo's...always great food and a good experience. Our server Tara was wonderful. And the prix fix menu is fantastic for great choices and good value.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were put in the bar room The chairs were very uncomfortable and the tables could have been.Larger and there hardly any room between table and aisle It was very very tight. We are not big people. Suggestion If the tables were arranged in horizontally along the wall with one less table and instead of being vertically with the chair against the wall it would have been enjoyable There were no prices listed for cocktails on the menus

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  15. LiveToEat

    Jacksonville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    With so many great restaurants nearby, it’s hard to decide which one to try; but, if you’re visiting Newport, pick Jo’s… you will not be disappointed. Our friendly and prompt server, Tara was really great. Upon request, she gave us wonderful recommendations which we tried and loved. My husband enjoyed the Seared Salmon and the Bacon Onion Jam Burger might be the best burger I’ve ever had!

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  16. Davy

    Greater Boston

    132 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    132 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time dining here food, service and atmosphere was great. Had the pan seared cod was both delicious and filling. Wife had the skirt stake with the were salad was equally delicious. Would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a great meal.

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  17. TaraP

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is always exceptional. One of our favorite places to visit in Newport.

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  18. KenQ

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Meal and service were outstanding. Very convenient.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    We were seated in the very back room next to a window leaking g water on a rainy windy evening. We were the only ones in the room while other tables were available in the dining room. Our server was some what short with us moving us along to order and we were her only table! For a 35$ entry I would like to take my time. Ambiance left a lot to be desired and service was mediocre.

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  20. LindseyT

    Greater Boston

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dinner at Jo's was fantastic! The sauces were excellent and my steak was cooked as ordered!

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  21. makemedinner

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Jo's is a favorite for us, good food, friendly staff and nice digs. We will be back for more.

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  22. Barrys

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Plenty of room when sitting. Staff was very attentive

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  23. Nikki

    New York City

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is our go to spot when in RI. We live this restaurant - have been coming since they opened. Celebrated my daughter’s 21st birthday there ( student at Salve). Food was delicious and portions huge! Bonus point for being safe for peanut and tree nut allergies- even some desserts! Highly recommend the olive oil cake with fruits. We will be back again and again!

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  24. TracyC

    Greater Boston

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was great and food delicious. 3 of us had the Beef and Reef, very tasty burger with lobster.

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  25. AmyB

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Staff were polite and efficient. Prix Fix menu a great deal. Food was delicious

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Never had a bad meal here! I got the seared scallops. So good!

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  27. ElaineC

    New York City

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The room we sat in was freezing and drafty until the heat came on and then you baked and then the heat went off and you froze and then the heat came back on, and you baked. Sunday through Thursday a price fix menu was offered but since it was Presidents’ Day, a Monday, you couldn’t have the price fixed menu. That literally makes no sense to me. If I was in the area in the spring or summer, I might consider it but with so many other restaurants in Newport Rhode Island I’d try something new.

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  28. ThomasG

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    We sat upstairs with the heat blowing so hot then if would go off and you freeze. Our server was very nice. The food definitely below par. The duck and lobster quesadillas were awful. The duck was fatty and grizzly. Sausage orchetti was undercooked and crunchy. We asked for hot and crispy fries and they were burnt. And to top it off we asked for 2 desserts to go and they were not available. Not overly impressed

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  29. Impressed

    New York City

    235 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    235 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The calamari was crispy and the dipping sauce was tasty. We enjoyed the cod and the salmon. Service was excellent

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  30. Jrrr7

    Greater Boston

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious dinner and drinks at bar. Shrimp appetizer was delicious. Pork chop entree was one of the best ever—a gourmet quality dish that can compete with finest restaurants across the country. They all were exceptional dealing with gluten allergy. We will be back!

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  31. ChrisM

    Greater Boston

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very nice meal, our server (Ryan?) was very attentive.

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  32. Seth

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Quiet Thursday night, early dinner. Service was good, food was very fast. Bacon onion jam burger and filet mignon split between my wife and I. Both were absolutely delicious. Cocktails were tasty. Good size bourbon pour. Will go back.

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  33. Jonathan

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding experience at Jo’s as always! We had the lobster carbonara and grilled shrimp on a bed of blt risotto, both to die for!! The food, service, atmosphere, and attention to detail are simply the BEST!

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  34. PaulL

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food, great service and a good value for Newport.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and great service. We will definitely be back.

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  36. JayC

    New York City

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a really enjoyable meal with friends. Everyone said the food was superb. We sat at the bar and were well taken care of. Always a great experience at this local gem.

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  37. Cabotom

    Washington DC

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had an excellent wedge salad with blue and gorgonzola cheeses that they split for us. I had the best Cod fish and chips I've ever had, and the calamari appetizers was also very good. Jennifer had a delicious butternut squash agnolotti dish as well. I would definitely recommend Jo's for casual and comfortable dining.

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  38. robinb

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent service and great gluten free choices that are always delicious. Restaurant very clean.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was excellent. Grilled shrimp on BLT risotto was amazing!

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  40. OFNCtRI

    New York City

    76 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    76 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    As Newport locals, Jo's continues to be a favorite - on of our "go to" places for consistently quality food and service.

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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 4.8 stars by 2661 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 26 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Jo's American Bistro

24 Memorial Blvd West, Newport, RI 02840

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Bellevue Avenue
  • Neighborhood
    Newport
  • 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–8:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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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