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Jo's American Bistro, Newport, RI

Jo's American Bistro

4.7
4.7
1942 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 44 times today

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, Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 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, Rhode Island

  • Cross street

    Bellevue Avenue

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Entertainment

    Friday 7 pm-10 pmSunday 5:30 -8:30

  • Additional

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

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What 1,942 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Rhode Island

    Contemporary American

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  1. LW

    LindaW

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We met another couple and sat on the outside deck. Food and service were great! Highly recommend the Lobster carbonara and Salmon. Another person had the Vegan bowl with shrimp which was good. Fantastic food!
  2. CD

    CathyD

    New England

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great experience. Friendly. We are remembered as regular customers and are always treated warmly. Food was delicious. Excellent cocktails and wine choices.
  3. JS

    JennS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed the ambiance, the service, and the food was outstanding! They had quite a few GF options as well as even more that could be converted to a GF meal. The entire staff was impeccable in their kindness and service! Don’t miss this amazing restaurant!
  4. SS

    SharonS

    New England

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    This is a great suggestion for a meal in Newport. Many fine choices. Friendly family business. There really is a Jo (Ann). Go!
  5. BS

    BeccaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The rolls were nothing specific, but the rest of the food was fantastic. We had the southern fried chicken appetizer, lobster carbonara, and fillet minon. For dessert we had the cappuccino cheesecake and creme brulee. It was delicious.
  6. G

    Gary

    New York Area

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We are regulars at Jo's because you can get a dependable, reliable dinner every time. It is our most frequented place!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friendly staff and great food
  8. GS

    GeorgeS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is amazing. We had a lovely dinner to celebrate our 28th wedding anniversary and the staff could not have been more welcoming or enthusiastic. The food was delicious and while the restaurant is consistently described as “casual,” it felt a bit more elegant than the image that phrase typically conveys. A great place for a special night. Order the filet mignon; you’re worth it!
  9. e

    erich

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I had dinner at Jo's on our first night in Newport. The steamed littlenecks were especially noteworthy (especially as a broth for bread dipping afterwards), but we also recommend the lobster salad roll and the shrimp and risotto entree. Simple yet profound is how we like to describe it. Whole-heartedly recommend.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    Cat was a very thoughtful and attentive server. Food was very good; vegan farro bowl was a standout... loads of flavor. We were there early-ish on a summer Sunday night so the noise was minimal. Would return when in Newport.
  11. JF

    JosephF

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great dinner! The service was excellent; very attentive! Food was great!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely family lunch! Friendly and attentive service. Food was delicious-everyone had a great meal. Music was great too!
  13. MM

    MarkM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Our waiter Tom was fantastic. He was attentive to my wife’s gluten allergy. We often find dismissive wait staff but her’s is siliac and she gets violently I’ll so this was very much appreciated. The food was very good close to excellent. The value was certainly there as everything was reasonably priced. The drinks were done well with one exception. We capped it off we it’s an Aperol Spritzer which had too much Aperool. All in all worth it and I would go back.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Quality and thought in everything we ordered. Great staff, great restaurant!
  15. V

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My Fiancé and I went here after our engagement photos and everyone was SO nice to come over and tell us congratulations, they even sent over some Champagne! The food overall was delicious. We will for sure be returning the next time we are in Newport!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious dinner, great service, quiet atmosphere for a great price!
  17. g

    glh3

    New York Area

    53 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Good food, reasonanle prices, friendly staff. What more could one ask for?
  18. DD

    DennieDo

    New England

    85 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    85 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    We love Jo’s! Alway good to dine there, even in the summer when Newport is so busy & crowded.
  19. CW

    ConsuelaW

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience4
    My steak was terrible.l have had in the past and it was very good.My friends food was good and the place was very clean. Our waiter Ryan was excellent you are very lucky to have him work for you at the restaurant. I will come back however l will not order the steak.
  20. MF

    MatthewF

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience3
    I was looking forward to going to Jo’s based on ratings and reviews and expecting a better dining experience overall. It was a Monday evening reservation, so that may have been a factor. We showed up 15 minutes early hoping they could seat the two of us. There were numerous empty tables, but the host said they seat parties exactly at their reservation time come back in 15 minutes. I can accept If that is their policy, but she was very curt and made us feel like it was an unreasonable request. We took a walk and returned. Our server was upbeat and friendly. We got drinks and ordered our food. There was a bit of a pause before we got bread but not too long. The rolls were good, but before we even took a second bite, a server rushed out from the back and abruptly placed our entrees on the table. Our wait staff even commented on how quickly the food came out. We had arrived in Newport that afternoon and I was hoping to have a relaxing meal to help settle into our vacation. The burger, which was ordered medium to assure it would be at least medium rare, came out a rare dark red in the center. The lobster roll was very good with lots of claw meat. But the overall experience, from being dismissed by the host to the seemingly uncoordinated service in addition to an undercooked burger, left me unsettled rather than relaxed and content. Yes it’s Monday night but you can do better to make your patrons feel welcomed and not rushed.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Zacatecas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Jo’s was great . Food and service was excellent.

    Jo's American BistroResponded on June 22, 2022Thank you so much for your kind words, we hope to see you back at Jo's!

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Poconos

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The place is beautiful the food was amazing and our service was excellent

    Jo's American BistroResponded on June 22, 2022Thank you for your kind words! We hope to serve you again soon.

  23. BO

    BOSLady

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are Boston and this is our second visit. Consistent with our 1st visit, each course came out heated and yummy. Four different dishes and all 5 stars. We made some special requests. Our server replied, “of course, we are here for you.” Ahhhmazing service. Oh! The cocktails were crazy good!

    Jo's American BistroResponded on June 22, 2022Thank you for the great review! We hope to see you again next time you're in town.

  24. LC

    LauraC

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bartender was amazing

    Jo's American BistroResponded on June 22, 2022Thank you for a great review, Laura!

  25. DB

    DebB

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    We've been to Jo's a number of times - everything was good. The restaurant is very cute, great location. Wasn't great, but we may not have made the best selections! One annoyance - there were no prices on the cocktail menu. We'll be back
  26. WO

    WendyO

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience1
    The waitress was lovely, the hostess was very rude and odd, requiring us to move our table 6 inches over while we were eating in case of fire, there was one other party in the whole restaurant and we were sitting outside. Then she was loudly instructing people to stand to one side of a wall in case a waitress needed to carry food by, at that point maybe 3 parties in the restaurant. The food was bland overall. Odd dining experience
  27. KL

    KennethL

    New York Area

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great Fixed-price menu during the week. Reasonable prices and good quality.

    Jo's American BistroResponded on June 22, 2022Thank you for a phenomenal review, Kenneth!

  28. GK

    GailK

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Food was delicious and a great value. The waiter was not knowledgeable and forgot to serve the soup until entrees were served and we told him about it. Although he said it was Rhode Island chowder, it turned out to be New England Chowder. He didn’t know that the red chowder was Manhattan chowder either.
  29. BJ

    BJMK

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The delicious healthy comfort food, the service, ambiance, owner on sight - everything about our experience was wonderful! Recommend the pan roasted cod - a family recipe.
  30. PB

    PapaBear

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a great spot if you want excellent food, great service, and a wonderful meal experience. Granted, we went on a weekday, so it wasn’t super busy, but the food was fantastic. The drinks were great, and the food was really, really good. Hard to beat. I had an ever so small delay in getting my glass of wine with the meal, but I did not mention it with the order, that is probably on me… ;-)

    Jo's American BistroResponded on June 22, 2022Thank you for the great review! We're so happy you joined us and hope to see you again soon.

  31. MP

    MarcoP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great service. Really very good. Food was excellent too. Would happily go back. In fact, I might do that this week.

    Jo's American BistroResponded on June 22, 2022Marco, thank you so much for this great review! We can't wait to see you back at Jo's.

  32. J

    Janalee

    Des Moines

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was the best gluten free restaurant we have ever been to!!! Tracy, our waitress was fabulous!!!

    Jo's American BistroResponded on June 22, 2022Thank you for the great review! We're so happy you joined us for our gluten-friendly options, and hope to see you again soon!

  33. S

    Sandy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. Nice atmosphere and friendly service.

    Jo's American BistroResponded on June 22, 2022Thank you for a great review, Sandy!

  34. L

    Lori8

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Joe's was above our expectations. Our waitress was wonderful. We asked her several questions about the area, places to see, and the best stores to shop for things we were looking for. She graciously provided answers to all our inquiries. Then the food came and it was cooked perfectly and was delicious. There was great music playing at just the right level.

    Jo's American BistroResponded on June 22, 2022Thank you so much Lori for sharing your experience with us. We appreciate you taking the time to leave such kind words.

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, service, and atmosphere was great! Highly recommend

    Jo's American BistroResponded on June 22, 2022Thank you for a phenomenal review!

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service and food were great. It was our anniversary and the owner and our server made us feel very special. Would definitely return again when visiting Newport. Thanks!!!

    Jo's American BistroResponded on June 22, 2022Thank you for the great review! We hope to see you again next time you're in town.

  37. ER

    EdRedSox

    New England

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Jo's Bistro offers great food and service with a smile!

    Jo's American BistroResponded on June 22, 2022Thank you for the kind words, we hope to serve you again soon!

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Best filet ever! As was the rest of the meal, right down to the Cappuccino Cheesecake! Definitely one of the best places to go for a great meal!

    Jo's American BistroResponded on June 22, 2022Thank you for such kind words! We hope to see you back at Jo's soon.

  39. DF

    DouglasF

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    A regular stop for us as the food is always good with friendly attentive staff
  40. j

    jackc

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time here, great food and experience. Will recommend.

    Jo's American BistroResponded on June 22, 2022Thank you for stopping by, Jack! We hope to see 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 4.7 stars by 1942 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 44 times today
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, Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 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

  • Entertainment

    Friday 7 pm-10 pmSunday 5:30 -8:30

  • 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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