Jo's American Bistro

4.6
628 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Casual
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 628 People Are Saying
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1 review
5.0Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great seafood and great service!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
4.0Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Great food but not great service. our waitress was not very attentive. The tables next to us ordered after us and got their for good first. Plus their waiter stopped by 3 times during the meal while ours was nowhere to be found.
The food was great so will definitely give it another chance

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Chicago
1 review
5.0Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Food excellent , service slow.

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M
1 review
5.0Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Found Jo’s on a google search. Took my lady on a getaway and wanted to get food somewhere we both would enjoy(I’m very picky) this place was awesome. Food was amazing and the portions were great for the cost. 10/10 will go there again.

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D
New England
5 reviews
5.0Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were excellent. Enjoyed every bite. Very friendly atmosphere.

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AK
New York Area
1 review
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and drinks were delicious. The service was top notch.

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l
San Francisco
38 reviews
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had dinner two nights in a row while visiting Newport. Food and service were outstanding. One of the nights we were on a tight schedule since we had concert tickets. Our server expedited our order, and we made the concert with time to spare.

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New York Area
1 review
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an amazing dining experience. Food is fantastic and the owner and staff are terrific! Our favorite place to dine in Newport!

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DT
1 review
5.0Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Great service! Especially enjoyed the fish and chips! Scallops were very good and the waiter brought extra bread which was hot and delicious.

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Charleston
2 reviews
5.0Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. One of the best meals we had while visiting Newport.

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s
Philadelphia
5 reviews
4.0Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Vacation, very helpful with food allergies

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TJ
New York Area
4 reviews
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My wife and I randomly went to Jo's American Bistro a few years ago because we couldn't get reservations anywhere else. Turned out to be one of the best things to happen to us as Jo's is a real gem in downtown Newport. Walking distance to everything, not overly crowded, and the food is excellent at a great price. Great bartenders as drinks are always great and its a very comfortable atmosphere where you can relax over a great meal and not have to yell at each other to have a conversation. Our favorite spot in Newport and we recommend it to everyone.

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Atlantic City
1 review
5.0Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent! My family and I were treated to such a wonderful tasty dinner and amazing service.

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1 review
5.0Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great table and really delicious food. The service was top notch too -attentive but we were never rushed.

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LL
New England
1 review
5.0Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve been here for lunch a couple times now and the food has been excellent both times. Servers were super friendly and helpful. The interior is very classy. The manager or owner has come over both times to ask how our meal was, which I believe is a great gesture. I would definitely recommend this place!

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RM
Philadelphia
10 reviews
5.0Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We booked last minute and this was one of the only places in Newport with an available reservation on a busy Saturday. I was a little leery as I wondered why...However, maybe we just got lucky or since it not not near the wharf I don’t know but don’t pass on this place. We a very good meal, I had the grilled shrimp which was outstanding. The service was great! Vincent, our server was just right. Super attentive not at all overly so and a great sense of humor and delivery. We would not hesitate to go back. Same for the owner/manager. He checked in with us we had a few laughs but was genuine and enjoyable, not at all overbearing or annoying like it can be when not done right. Highly recommended this place.

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HM
1 review
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went there to celebrate our anniversary. The food was great and every worker we meet from the hostesss, our waitresss and the manager were great and made our special night so wonderful.

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Washington DC
17 reviews
5.0Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Salads were fresh and delicious - our lobster and scallops were beautifully presented and tasted wonderful. Restaurant was spotless and service was excellent- Wiuld definitely go back.

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T
New England
18 reviews
2.0Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Rude waiter poor food

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OT
1 review
5.0Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and great value on fixtures price menu

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AH
Cleveland
2 reviews
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined at Jo’s on vacation and were pleasantly surprised how quaint it is. It has two stories and 2 levels of outdoor dining. There was live music in the downstairs bar. They had a pre fix menu for 20.00 that was excellent. I had the bourbon glazed salmon served with bulgar wheat. The atmosphere was quiet so it was easy to have a conversation. Excellent service, food and drinks. Highly recommended. Walkable quiet neighborhood away from the chaos of the wharf area.

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San Francisco
1 review
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable dining experience. Delicious food, especially the sides-Brussels sprouts with bacon and sweet mashed potatoes. Staff was attentive . Great value with the prixe fixe dinner.

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RW
New York Area
12 reviews
5.0Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

the evening started with a warm welcome at check in. our server was a top notch professional, just the right amount of professionalism, along with the right amount of personal attention.

he recommended both of our appetizers, as well as the main course. we couldn't have picked better meals ourselves. the food and service was top notch. can't wait to go back.

i highly recommend Jo's American Bistro, which is in the heart of Newport, but just off busy Thames.

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1 review
3.0Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

I decided to take my sister here for her birthday. Walking through the restaurant I had a good first impression. The ambiance and vibe was pleasant. But almost as soon as we were seated in the upstairs outdoor seating we both felt like we were on display. Our waiter was a little too attentive and we felt like he came over to us every five seconds. I don’t think there is anything wrong with that normally but sometimes you want more privacy and this was one of those times. Our waiter was nice but something was off. The food was very good but very pricey. I would go again but ask to be seated inside to avoid that feeling of being exposed again.

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j
1 review
5.0Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friend's birthday dinner, food was excellent. Atmosphere was lively! Just a great experience.

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New England
205 reviews
5.0Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First trip to Jo's American Bistro and I loved it. We all had something different: swordfish for me, steak for my husband and lobster carbonara for my friends. Spicy shrimp and steamed buns were delicious!

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KF
1 review
5.0Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Go for the steamed littleneck clams! Broth was so rich and so good with the warm sourdough bread served alongside. The waiter gave us all the bread we wanted to slop up the remaining goodness. We split the Lobster Roll and the Bacon Onion Jam Burger. Both were outstanding! We would definitely go back for more next time we're visiting Newport.

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Charleston
1 review
4.0Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Our anniversary dinner was calm and like very!
The scallops were some of the best we have ever had! So well done! We will definitely go again when in NewportRI

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New England
3 reviews
5.0Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Jo's. The food is always exceptional, and this time, the portions were huge! We were there for a special occasion with friends and it did not disappoint. Often we will go sit at the bar and get a few appetizers or a salad and burger to split. They are always very nice, service is great and the food is wonderful. One of our favorite spots. We tried the lobster and duck quesadilla, new item, and it was delicious and large. Could have eaten for my meal not just an appetizer.

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New York Area
1 review
5.0Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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J
New England
2 reviews
4.0Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Wish there was a bigger dance floor. The music was great!

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New England
2 reviews
5.0Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jo’s is one of our favorites in town. The steak frites, blue cheese wedge, cocktails are among the best anywhere. Amazing friendly service.

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JJ
New York Area
8 reviews
4.0Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Consistently good food and friendly service

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ME
Miami
107 reviews
4.0Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great bar music...jazz guitar. Great Sunday bar menu

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MH
Chicago
5 reviews
5.0Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fresh, the atmosphere charming, and away from the craziness of the wharf, but still walking distance from everywhere. I’d recommend anything seafood. The salads were vibrant with color and taste, and the lobster bisque had huge chunks of lobster. We will definitely go back.

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MC
New England
4 reviews
5.0Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Truly a superb restaurant. Great service & splendid food. A perfect convergence of the most important elements one desires in a perfect dining experience.

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MK
1 review
5.0Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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N
New England
49 reviews
2.0Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

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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New England
11 reviews
4.0Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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

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B
New England
4 reviews
5.0Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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