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Jo's American Bistro

4.5
592 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Seafood
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Hours of operation
5:00pm - 9:30pm Sunday - Thursday
5:00pm - 10:00pm Friday and Saturday
Lunch Saturday and Sunday 12:00-3:30

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Phone number
(401) 847-5506
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Brian Ruffner
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Cross street
Bellevue Avenue
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Entertainment
Friday 7 pm-10 pm
Sunday 5:30 -8:30
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 592 People Are Saying
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4.6
service
4.5
ambience
4.4
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

A terrific find! Outstanding in every respect! Wonderful seared scallops and wedge salad!

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2.0Dined on May 14, 2018

we have been to Jo's a number of times, and is usually one of our favorites. But this evening was really not up to what we have seen before. The restaurant was terribly warm...the wait staff did not get straight that we wanted appetizer first to share for table...salads next...then dinner after salads done. Appetizer too a while, then they delivered the salads at same time as dinner and before we finished appetizer. Just was a really off night and not up to standards we expect from Jo's. However, one thing that concerns us is that the last 3 times we have dined there the temperature in the restaurant is not correct. It seems to go from extremes of too warm to chilly. all that said, we will continue to dine there, but do hope they will address these issues soon

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Service was outstanding. Food was very good. Cocktails were excellent as well. Staff was friendly and accommodating.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

I am a frequent diner at Jo’s and have never had a bad meal! I have tried every dish and I keep going back. The quality of the food, the ambience and the staff are always consistently good!

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4.0Dined on April 30, 2018

I really appreciate the selection of entrees and starters for the special Monday to Wednesday pre-fixed dinners which also includes a glass of wine. Service is good and friendly.
Thank you.

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1.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Food was bad and Managemt did not handle the situation properly.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Great atmosphere, not too loud, which was perfect because my friend and I could catch up.

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3.0Dined on April 27, 2018

LaForge on a par, with better prices. Not up with Cooke House, 22 Bowens, etc.

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

The food is great. Love the decor and the live music

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4.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Reasonably priced generous portions. Quality ingredients. Creative diverse menu to satisfy different palates.

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Great menu and friendly staff make Jo's the Cheers of Newport!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Jo's was EXCELLENT! We arrived for our reservation and the table was already waiting for us. Our server Josh provided wonderful service and explained all of our menu options. We ordered the duck breast and the pork chop and both were incredible!! Easily one of the best restaurants in Newport for their service, quality of food and portion size. 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Great food and service! Second time visiting and was never disappointed! Highly recommended.

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4.0Dined on April 3, 2018

We went midweek and decided to try the price fixe. The salad was delicious and the wine choices were adequate. The entrees were very small. I ordered the pasta and shrimp. The pasta portion was small and it was served with 3 shrimp. My husband ordered the pork loin. His entree consisted of 2 boneless pork slices and shredded Brussels sprouts . If this is the normal entree then the portions are definitely overpriced. If this was a smaller portion to accommodate the price fixe menu then it is really not a bargain. Having been forewarned I would suggest this restaurant as the food was delicious and the staff was friendly and the atmosphere is pleasant.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

We were on vacation and had been recommended to come to this restaurant as it was referred to as “great for dinner!” The food and the wait staff was impeccable. The entire staff couldn’t have been more friendly or helpful to us while we were there.

Food was DELICIOUS and atmosphere was AMAZING! All in all a truly great night at Jo’s!

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4.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Nice restaurant, service good, so were the rolls, salad and the steak frites, would return.

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

We tried Jo's while visiting Newport. The restaurant is appropriately lit, clean, cheerful and for an off season Sunday evening I was surprised that they had a good turn out. The dining room opens into the bar and there was live music appropriate for dinner background ambiance. My husband chose the prix fixe option and enjoyed a nicely seasoned creamy clam chowder and seared salmon on farro and greens with a glass of wine included. The portion was generous. I had a delicious tossed salad with grilled shrimp. All the salad items were very fresh and the salad dressing was delicious and perfectly proportioned. Our waiter was very attentive and personable. I had noted a birthday on our reservation but did not say whose birthday. Somehow our waiter determined correctly it was my husband's birthday and brought him creme brulee on the house to end a lovely evening. We will definitely come again when we are in Newport.

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

I very nearly avoided this place because the name sounded so similar to a ubiquitous chain, but I'm glad I didn't. The ambiance is nice, with dark wood, soft lighting, and plenty of space so you don't feel crammed in. We ate at one of their two bars. Lobster bisque was served with a few ounces of real chunk lobster at the center, as well as fresh baked rolls. We shared a great salad, and also a spicy shrimp appetizer. It was within walking distance of the inn we stayed at near the Cliff Walk, so that was a bonus. I would recommend, and I would return.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Hospitable, good food, fair prices, great ambiance... what more can you want?
Some Jazz... on Sunday nights, I think!

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

What a find! Great food, service, drinks, and music! I am only saddened that, I as a local, will not have regular access to this wonderful spot after tourists come and parking is limited.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Great food, friendly/efficient service and beautiful live music! Fun evening with friends. We’ll be back soon :)

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

The food was great the service amazing .. Finn was fabulous .. Great g f menu very accommodating .. The food was very well prepared this will be an every visit go too .. very reasonably priced. Also special in sunday monday menu for the value person. 👍👍

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Wonderful butternut ravioli best I’ve ever had
Great small cozy atmosphere & delightful waitress
Looking forward to next visit

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4.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Environment was nice and the seating was comfortable. There is plenty of space between you and the next party. The food was fine but wouldn’t rush to come back here. Service was OK - maybe just because it was restaurant week they weren’t as attentive to the customer. Felt like I was rushed out at the end of my new.

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

Loved the food, ambience & service. Fair price for the quality & a steal during restaurent week!

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

This is a nice place to go for a comfortable dinner. The food is basic but good. Excellent wine list and very good set. The decor is upscale.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Enjoyed our meal, we had the roasted chicken and the salmon. We would have both again, the service was wonderful and really enjoyed the music that night. Looking forward to returning.

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4.0Dined on February 20, 2018

the food was good, the staff was attentive and pleasant, wwe would dine the again.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Fantastic find! Service was great from the moment we arrived. Our dinner was terrific, from the piping hot rolls, superb salad not swimming in dressing, to our perfectly cooked entrees. Delicious! While I wouldn't say it's a quiet atmosphere, we had no problem having an intimate conversation. There are many excellent restaurants in Newport's waterfront, but make sure you head up the hill to eat at Jo's!!

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

My first time at this recommended restaurant and absolutely loved it. We shared the hummus, olives and eggplant app, which was outstanding. I got the shrimp, my daughter got the filet and my husband got the pork chop. We loved our dinners. My Washington Pinot noir was delicious. Can’t remember the name of the wine. Great menu, drinks, service, and atmosphere. I cannot wait to go back.

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Waitress was great, very accommodating. Food was delicious

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

We had an amazing meal with friends while visiting from Boston. The food and service as well as ambiance were outstanding! I highly recommend this wonderful restaurant and we will dine there again on our next trip!

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

A special occasion bringing several family generations together ... fantastic food, exceptional service and terrific company ... what more could we want! We will return over and over again!

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4.0Dined on February 8, 2018

Great food and desserts but temperature control issues where you either freeze or broil!!

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5.0Dined on February 5, 2018

One of the best restaurants in newport RI! Don’t forget to get their member card !

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2018

This was my fourth time at Jo's for dinner, and it was excellent as always: very tasty food, fantastic service, and comforting ambiance. My only complaint about Jo's is the noise level. Because of the 'intimate' table arrangement and acoustics, it can be challenging to carry on a conversation at times, especially in the bar areas. But other than that, a very enjoyable dining experience. Recommend making reservations on the weekends, as it's (yet another) very popular venue in Newport.

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4.0Dined on January 22, 2018

My husband and I enjoyed the Prix Fixe menu before heading to the Pickens for a movie. The food was served quickly and was delicious. Our server and the staff were pleasant and attentive to our needs.

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3.0Dined on January 21, 2018

Fairly loud, tasty food, but generic menu. Not much atmosphere or creativity overall. Had hoped for something more distinctive and conversation-friendly.

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

Always consistently great

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4.0Dined on January 6, 2018

Great gluten free options. Attentive staff

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