About Jo's American Bistro

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.

24 Memorial Blvd West
Newport, RI 02840
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
5:00pm - 9:30pm Monday - Thursday
5:00pm - 10:00pm Friday - Sunday
Lunch Saturday and Sunday 12:00-3:30

Cross Street:
Bellevue Avenue

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(401) 847-5506

Website:
http://josamericanbistro.com/

Entertainment:
Friday 7 pm-10 pm
Sunday 5:30 -8:30

Executive Chef:
Brian Ruffner

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Jo's American Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.2

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (40)
Casual (37)
Good for a Date (32)
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Cozy (23)
Good for Birthdays (21)
Good for Anniversaries (20)
Fit for Foodies (19)
Good for Groups (19)
Bar Seating (17)
Local Ingredients (17)
Special Occasion (16)
Creative Cuisine (16)
Business Meals (15)
Romantic (14)
Fun (13)
Live Music (13)
Great for Outdoor Dining (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Great for Lunch (10)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Kid-friendly (9)
Comfort Food (9)
Great Beer (9)
Notable Wine List (9)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
People Watching (8)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Authentic (7)
Happy Hour (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Healthy (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Organic (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Seasonal (2)
Spicy (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Live Sports (1)
Scenic View (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (New England)·Dined on July 29, 2017

We had a pleasant evening good service and tasty food.

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on July 26, 2017

We made a reservation on Open Table and requested outside seating for our Anniversary. The hostess never mentioned it so apparently there was not available seating. They did give us a nice table upstairs by the window. We ordered clamcakes for an appetizer and they were excellent. The wine pour was decent and because we were there on a Wednesday we took advantage of the pre fixe menu which included the wine, soup or salad and an entree. I got the Salmon and it was delicious and substantial. Our waiter was attentive and he even brought us a complimentary creme brulee for our anniversary. The restaurant seemed to be filled with couples and business people. Very nice experience.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Healthy
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 (New England)·Dined on July 22, 2017

We were seated promptly on time. Service was fast, efficient and friendly. Our server heather was great . Food was excellent

Tags: Tasting Menu, Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Visiting Newport over the weekend and found Jo's on Yelp. We were not disappointed. Everything from the ambience, the service, and the food was stellar! We even considered coming back a day later! Loved it!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options
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·Dined on July 22, 2017

Great food, service and atmosphere. An all around good time.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Authentic, Fun, Romantic, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Fantastic food, great quality. All the food was very fresh and tasted excellent! Reasonable pricing and friendly staff!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Late-night Find
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Four of us ate an excellent early evening dinner at an outdoor table. Steak was over cooked (medium vs medium rare) but replaced with apology once the manager checked it out and cooked perfectly second time. Rest of the meals were right on. Definitely visit again.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Booked Jo's based on TravelAdvisor ranking. Definitely a gem find. Ordered from the Pric Fixe portion of the menu, although regular entree prices were very reasonable. I got wine, clam chowder, and grilled pork chops over spaetzel. My wife ordered grilled salmon on a bed of bulgar grain. Both plates were delicious and cleaned. The staff were attentive, including Jo herself. My wife is already planning our return. Tomorrow.

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 (Limerick)·Dined on July 18, 2017

We went for the prix fixe menu and while the starter clam chowder excellent the shrimp pasta was mediocre. We nonetheless had a lovely meal, excellent service lovely wine.

Tags: Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on July 16, 2017

Returned to celebrate another birthday thanks to my wife. Again, had a very enjoyable meal and experience. Service was excellent from a very friendly staff and will be back again, without having to wait for another birthday.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on July 15, 2017

We have been a couple of times. Food this time and last was steady decline. The cod was flavorless. The steak ordered medium rare was way over done. Shrimp also overdone rubbery. It's too bad because we liked the facilities and the service.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 14, 2017

I would recommend going on a night where there are not so many patrons. Unfortunately the restaurant is extremely noisy and it is very difficult to carry on a conversation. The food is good and the service was good.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Great local restaurant.
We loved the Caesar salad.
The rotisserie chicken was excellent.
For some reason, it is a very loud restaurant but we were a party of 8 people that included children so this was fine.
It was easy to get parking on Memorial Drive West, so we would go again.
You need to make a reservation because it seems to be very popular.
Service was excellent!

Tags: Quick Bite, Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 11, 2017

Great service. Attentive. Delicious food.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on July 11, 2017

The entire staff was very friendly and the food was great.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 9, 2017

Jo's is consistently delicious, and we very much appreciate the gluten free call outs on their menu. We have eaten here several times in the last few years and always have a very good meal. The flourless chocolate Grand Marnier cake is a favorite.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Gluten Free Options
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 (New England)·Dined on July 9, 2017

Friendly service, food was awesome! Everything we ordered tasted delicious, very accommodating to my 2-year old (they gave her coloring paper, crayons, kids menu). Waiter overheard that it was our anniversary and gave us a free creme broulet for dessert! I would def come here again!!!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 9, 2017

Calamari and clam cakes were tasty appetizers. Seafood diablo,fried oysters, steak frites and bistro burger were thoroughly enjoyed by all. Music in the bar was a nice addition. Definitely will go again.

Tags: Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Great dining with live jazz in bar. We live nearby and go several times a year and, once again, were not disappointed. Great menu choices and service. Good wine and drink list. Excellent shrimp entree.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 5, 2017

food was fine. the service was not good. many waiter but had to ask for bread, ice, soup spoon, etc. more than twice.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 3, 2017

This was our second time eating at this restaurant. We loved the menu. I ordered salmon, and it was cooked to perfection. Portions are good size. We had the same waitress (unfortunately, I cannot remember her name) who knew who products well and was not afraid to make recommendations!

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Everything was top notch. A fun night with friends. Worth the price, but more expensive than I thought it would be, but we did order drinks, an app to share, and dessert.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Excellent service and food

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 (New England)·Dined on June 26, 2017

The food and the service were excellent. The waiter was able to accommodate my Mother-inlaw's needs.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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 (Miami)·Dined on June 24, 2017

We had eaten here before and I wasn't super impressed. I was willing to give it another try. We were seated on time at a nice table at the window. The service was spot on. The food is uninspiring. I had the fish and chips. The fries were extremely crispy, the fish although not greasy had very little flavor. The coleslaw was simply shredded cabbage, no dressing. If a typical NE fish and chips entree is three elements, at least make an effort with the coleslaw!! On the plus side, the prices are reasonable and the fare though unoriginal is of good quality.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 19, 2017

The food was excellent and delicious! The service was great also. We were sorry to see the fried oyster appetizer served in individual spoons with a sauce was not on the menu. We live out of state and visit Newport twice a year and were really looking forward to those oysters. We will look forward to dining at Jo's the next time we are in town!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Cozy, Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine
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 (Orlando)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Lots of interesting items on the menu. My husband had the salmon with Spatzel, and it was delicious. I had the cod with fennel and potatoes and broth. His was very good. mine was fine, but I would try something else next time. The service was excellent. Delicious hot fresh rolls with butter, Live music was a nice touch. I would definitely go back again to try more items.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Live Music
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 (New England)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Lots of gluten free options. Food was very good!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 13, 2017

Very good experience. From start to finish we enjoyed the staff, the food, the ambiance.
We both opted for the prix fixe, which is an extremely good deal and much appreciated.
Pork cutlets for me and Salmon for the hubby. The matched side dishes were excellent.
We had a delightful young man, Josh, for our waiter. He was very attentive and pleasant.
The gentleman who delivered most of the dishes was very nice as well. I would absolutely return when we get back to Newport. Thank you for a very nice evening.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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 (Miami)·Dined on June 12, 2017

The food keeps getting better. Jo's is a quiet of the main drag place. I love it

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Very friendly service staff. The only issue was that the meal was rushed and not timed very well between courses. My wife had not finished her salad when her main course was brought out and had to be sent back to the kitchen to be kept warm.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Great food! I had the special with swordfish, risotto and sautéed spinach and kale. The fish was cooked perfectly and was perfectly complimented by the veg and risotto.

Yummy dessert! We shared the cinammon peach bread pudding, which was delicious.

Solid service! Very attentive, friendly and helpful.

The restaurant was a bit slow at first but then picked up as the night went on. Parking is a bit challenging but they do validate in the CVS parking lot!

Tags: Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on May 28, 2017

Terrific dinner, great bartender and waitstaff, food was fantastic!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Healthy, Cozy, Bar Seating, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Service was very good and so was the food. I had the scallops and my husband had the swordfish. Both delicious. We shared a Caesar salad. The restaurant got very noisy and it was difficult to speak to each other. Not much they could do about it

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on May 25, 2017

I'm from new York and I enjoyed it very much. Thank you guys

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Dallas)·Dined on May 22, 2017

Service and food quality not worth the money. Service was rude. Every interaction with the waitress included some kind of jab at us.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Food and service were great. Lose the music. Too loud in a small space. Annoying to try and converse over.

Tags: Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Each time I go to Jo's, I am extremely happy with the food and outstanding customer service!

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on May 13, 2017

The food here is really good. The chef combines flavors very well. I particularly love the fish dishes. It is a lovely setting and in the summer they open the restaurant to the outdoors. The staff are very professional. It is one of Newports gems in my opinion.

Tags: Authentic, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Was not impressed. They burnt my burger the waiter did not refill my soft drinks and seemed irritated that we ordered extra bread.

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