Jo's American Bistro

4.6
843 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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. Prix fixe menu Sunday through Wednesday and half-price bar menu Friday and Sunday evenings.
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JN
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent, very nice selection of wines, staff was very friendly. We will definitely be back

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MM
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Jo’s. Been going there since they opened. Always good.

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g
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Get the bacon Jam burger medium rare. So good. Went for mother’s day. Recommend for sure

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was good, staff was a bit frenzied, sometimes a little unsettling

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DS
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic! Great food, service. Easy entry, exit which is not always easy for Newport. Consistently excellent food and variety. Would highly recommend to anyone!

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RA
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Joe and her staff are fantastic. Good variety of food offerings. Great value.

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SS
New England
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good food. Excellent value. good service. We were there to hear some friends play music. Hadn't known about it before. We'll be back.

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S
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited based on a fellow passerby’s recommendation ! As we were looking at menu he commented “ best place to eat. You can’t go wrong!” And he was right! Food and drinks were delicious! Service beyond compare. It was evident that the staff enjoyed being there and liked one another. And best thing... the price! What a find. We may return tomorrow!

Jo's American Bistro
Responded on May 11, 2019

Thank you so much for stopping in! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your meal with us and we hope to serve you again soon.

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WH
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Another great night at Jo's, including live entertainment!

Jo's American Bistro
Responded on May 11, 2019

Thank you for the great review, WarnerH! We hope to serve you again soon.

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SP
New England
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and spectacular service as always. Thank you!

Jo's American Bistro
Responded on May 11, 2019

Thank you for your kind words! We hope to serve you again soon.

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JM
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent! Will return and will recommend!

Thanks!

Jo's American Bistro
Responded on May 11, 2019

Hi JohnM, thank you for the great review! We hope to serve you again soon.

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G
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for my birthday. Host at front and server were nice and welcoming. Food was excellent and came out in a timely manner. I was given a free dessert because it was my birthday. I would definitely go here again if visiting the area.

Jo's American Bistro
Responded on May 11, 2019

Thank you for the great review! We're happy to hear you enjoyed your birthday celebration meal with us. We look forward to serving you again the next time you're in town.

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A
Baltimore
36 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

While visiting Newport, we made a spur of the moment reservation at Jo's and glad we did. Three of us enjoyed the bacon jam burgers and the other a GF pasta dish. Cocktails, dinner and service were spot on. Next time in Newport, we will visit again. A winner!

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FM
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

GREAT RESTAURANT WITH WONDERFUL STAFF AND TERRIFIC FOOD!

Jo's American Bistro
Responded on May 11, 2019

Thank you for the great review FrancisM! We hope to serve you again soon.

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LC
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal at Joe’s was our favorite of all our meals while vacationing in Newport. Excellent all-around! Thank you to everyone at Joe’s!

Jo's American Bistro
Responded on May 11, 2019

Hi LeeC, thank you so much for your kind words! We're so happy to hear you enjoyed your meal with us and we hope you'll stop in the next time you're in town.

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L
Detroit
21 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every Spring we love to visit Newport, RI. We enjoy trying different restaurants. This restaurant is a hidden gem and we will definitely put it on our list of
“Regulars”. The staff is very personable and friendly.
We sat at the bar for a Before dinner drink and the hostess saved a lovely window table for us. The martinis were perfect. The dinner was delicious and unbelievably priced for the quality of the food.

Jo's American Bistro
Responded on May 11, 2019

Hi Lexus, thank you so much for the kind review! We're so happy to hear you enjoyed your meal with us and we look forward to serving you again soon.

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DC
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Visiting from NY and met friends from MA. Everything was great until a couple showed up with a crying newborn. I know it’s not the restaurant’s fault. But really a newborn on a Saturday night at a nice upscale restaurant! None of us, wanted to hear the crying and it went on for awhile and it was very disturbing.

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GF
New England
5 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

I have celiac decease, and gluten free food, safe from cross-contamination, is the most important factor for me when I eat out. Jo’s was outstanding in that regard. The staff is very knowledgeable and well trained on these issues. They use differently-colored plates fro gluten free food, bring that food to the table separately from other food, and have a dedicated fryer. However, the food, while safe, was otherwise unremarkable. I had a steak and my husband had a pork chop. The steak was a little bit over cooked, the pork chop was somewhat dry. Both dishes were ok, but not outstanding. The service, however, was excellent. I highly recommend Jo’s to fellow celiacs, but not as highly to other people.

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M
New England
10 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One the best restaurants we’ve been to in a long time!!

Jo's American Bistro
Responded on April 16, 2019

Hi Malden, thank you so much for the great review! We hope to serve you again soon.

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CM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We have been here multiple times and always satisfied with our experience
The only reason for 4 vs 5 stars was my husbands constructed caprese salad which he felt lacked the amount of mozzarella and tomatoes he was hoping for
Great atmosphere. The place was hopping when we arrived at 730 and turned calm by the time we left

Jo's American Bistro
Responded on April 16, 2019

Hi Corinne, thank you for the great review! We're happy to hear you had an overall fantastic meal during each of your visits with us. We appreciate your continued support and look forward to serving you again.

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R
Atlanta
20 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went during Restaurant Week and had terrific meals. Delightful experience.

Jo's American Bistro
Responded on April 16, 2019

Thank you for your kind words! We're happy to hear you enjoyed our Restaurant Week menu and enjoyed your visit with us! We hope to serve you again soon.

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B
New England
29 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Best restaurant week menu in town! The steak and scallops were delicious and cooked perfectly.
The small mason jar peach cobbler was wonderful. Thank you.

Jo's American Bistro
Responded on April 16, 2019

Thank you so much for your kind words! We're so happy to hear you enjoyed our restaurant week menu. We hope to serve you again soon.

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A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We dined at Jo’s for Newport’s restaurant week. Jo’s is a restaurant we frequently chose for a night out and we always appreciate the service, atmosphere, and menu options. I thought the restaurant week menu was a great deal. It provided delicious tastes of of their menu and the portion sizes were generous. Our server was a delight and we look forward to dining at Jo’s again soon!

Jo's American Bistro
Responded on April 16, 2019

Thank you for your kind words! We truly appreciate your continued support and strive to always treat guests like family with great service. We're also happy to hear you enjoyed our restaurant week menu! We look forward to serving you again soon.

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n
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a lovely meal at Jo's and the price was unbeatable! Sunday - Wed (i think) they have a $21.00 special with glass of wine, soup or salad and entree. We went early to beat the crowd and it was quiet. They had a guitar player downstairs, we opted to be upstairs. Pretty place, great location on Memorial Ave, would definitely go back.

Jo's American Bistro
Responded on April 16, 2019

Hi nancyn, we are so happy to hear you enjoyed our prix fixe menu and overall visit with us! We appreciate your kind words and hope to serve you again son!

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AM
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A friend and I went to Jo's for the Restaurant Week menu on a Saturday night. Atmosphere was very warm and inviting. We ended up sitting at the bar as it was pretty quiet and we had arrived earlier than our reservation time. Bartender was friendly and attentive. Food was excellent - surf and turf was perfect. Will definitely return!

Jo's American Bistro
Responded on April 16, 2019

Thank you for the great review! We strive to meet expectations like yours and are so happy to hear we hit the mark for you with our restaurant week menu and bar service! We look forward to serving you again soon.

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OS
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful date night at Jo's for restaurant week, one of my favorite places on any day of the week!!

Jo's American Bistro
Responded on April 16, 2019

Thank you so much for your kind words! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed our restaurant week menu and appreciate your continued support. We look forward to serving you again soon!

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TB
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in Newport for a marriage retreat and were out on a date night. My husband and I had planned to go somewhere else but the wait was extremely long.
We searched open table and at 7:23pm found a 7:30 reservation.
We had up front parking, friendly and prompt service and an outstanding meal.
It has been a long time since we had been on a date and Jo’s was the perfect place.

Jo's American Bistro
Responded on April 16, 2019

Hi TimB, thank you for such a great review! We are so happy that we were able to provide the perfect date night for you and your husband. We hope you had a fantastic time during the rest of your stay in Newport and hope you'll visit us again the next time you're in town!

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JD
New England
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice place, excellent food and wonderful waitress.

Jo's American Bistro
Responded on April 16, 2019

Thank you so much for the great review, Jennifer! We hope to serve you again soon.

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SR
New England
5 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious food, fantastic service, wonderful atmosphere. Never disappoints.

Jo's American Bistro
Responded on April 16, 2019

Thank you for your kind words, Sheila! We work hard to meet expectations like yours and are so happy to hear we hit the mark for you during every visit! We hope to serve you again soon.

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JP
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meal excellently prepared - duck

Jo's American Bistro
Responded on April 16, 2019

Thank you for the great review, John! We hope to serve you again soon.

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W
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely little place
Good food and great music on Friday night
Enjoyed it all

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LL
New England
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jo's has a great bar menu, staff is always pleasant

Jo's American Bistro
Responded on April 16, 2019

Thank you for the great review, Leeanne! We hope to serve you again soon.

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HJ
New England
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food. For appetizers, best calamari ever! Main courses, we split a cod with romanesco sauce and grilled shrimp with bacon risotto. Only so-so dish was the Caesar salad. Friendly service, warm atmosphere.

Jo's American Bistro
Responded on April 16, 2019

Thank you for the great review! We're so happy to hear you enjoyed your meal with us including the service and atmosphere. We hope to serve you again soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, glad we chose to go here for dinner. I would definitely go back, simple menu but plenty of great options. The only thing I didn’t enjoy was my Tito’s martini but that might have been a personal mistake in ordering. Salmon was delicious. Great menu for anyone gluten free as my girlfriend had lots to choose from which she typically doesn’t. Dedicated fryer allowing her to eat French fries, she just wished the fries had a bit more spice/seasoning to them

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F
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service

Jo's American Bistro
Responded on April 16, 2019

Thank you for the great review! We hope to serve you again soon.

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LD
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The evening live music was excellent and so was the food. We sat at the bar and were well taken care of. Excellent service!

Jo's American Bistro
Responded on April 16, 2019

Thank you for the great review, Laura! We're so happy to hear you enjoyed the live music and your meal. We hope to serve you again soon!

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KC
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is amazing and our server kaylin was lovely. We enjoy coming here every time.

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great find! We’ve been going to Newport for years but have never tried Jo’s. We’ll be back!

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L
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We each got a different burger all of them were delicious. They had live music which was cool too.

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TP
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. My wife loved your salmon dish and as always I enjoyed the fish and chips. Living in Newport we always enjoy going to your restaurant. Great job to all.
Tom and Nancy Petrin

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