Jo's American Bistro

4.7
808 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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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!

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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
7 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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DM
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time dining at Jo's American Bistro and we will be back. Our food was amazing but even better was the impeccable service.

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JB
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had such a great experience at Jo’s, we went back a second night. My daughter has Celiac and staff were knowledgeable and very careful. They even have a dedicated frier! The burger, steak frites and grilled shrimp were all delicious.
This is the best restaurant, in Newport, for gluten free dining!

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l
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best salad I have had in a long time! Sweet potato with arugula and maple dijon dressing toped with salmon!
My husband had the bistro burger and loved it! Everything tasted great and the presentation was excellent. I would recommend this place-

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FF
New England
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was very nice. Great wine list very fairly priced. We’ll be back.

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RH
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding. We had relatives from out of town and wanted to take them to our favorite restaurant. They were very pleased and we were again very impressed with the entire staff at Jo’s.

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MC
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have had dinner at Jo’s each time we’ve gone to Newport for the last 5 years! The food and service are the best and the music is wonderful. We highly recommend Jo’s for dinner!

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AB
New England
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the third time that I've eaten at Jo's American Bistro. I enjoy the atmosphere as well as the quality of both the food and the service. I'd highly recommend it.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Awful service. Food was decent. Waiter never refilled our water once and never checked on us after someone else brought our entrees. Once he realized we weren’t ordering alcohol, he seemed to not care about our table.

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KL
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I tried the Dry Dock Fish and Chips -- better than your average. The batter was tasty and not overwhelming like some. I had a nice serving of fish instead of a nice serving of batter.
Lovely atmosphere, friendly service.

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VB
New England
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great atmosphere! Wonderful signature cocktails and a good wine list at very modest price points. My wife got the Filet and remarked it may have been one of the top three steaks she’s ever had. Will certainly be back.

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AR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was good, service was a bit slow. Ordered a merlot and a Malbec and did not care for either. Tables a bit close and a little bit too much noise.

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a nice dinner. My wife had the Valentine's dinner, the Pan seared Tuna. I had the Butternut Squash Agnolotti. Both were excellent. We shared the Strawberry Napoleons. It was all wonderful.

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LP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our first time visiting Jo's. The food was great, the staff and service people were very friendly and attentive. We will definitely go back again.

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JD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there. Great dinner...clam chowder was good, fried chicken bites were pretty good - some pieces were better cuts than others, lobster roll was tasty and generous and the burger was excellent - perfect medium and tasty bun. Server was attentive, food was served at the right pace. Mostly couples and groups of adults. Vibe is casual, not a formal quiet, and not loud. Would definitely go back.

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GL
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My wife and I Made our reservations online in advance. We requested a quiet table this led to our only bad experience at Jo’s. when we arrived we said that we had requested a Private table. A woman who appeared to be the owner or manager said in a rude manner “there are no private tables here” and put us at a table in the main dining room. next a gentleman who appeared to be the owner or manager him self guided us to a table where there was nobody around it was very private he was very accommodating after that the food was very good reasonably priced the ambience was great we even stayed later to listen to a husband and wife singing duo.

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BJ
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First visit. Great meal and service!

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JC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Was there on Valentine's Day and enjoyed it very much!! The food was delicious!! Would definitely recommend it!!

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JB
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service, wonderful food.

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CL
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Totally awesome like it always is every time we go there

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JR
Key West
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious, if you have any kind of food allergy, whether it be to onions or gluten they accommodate with no questions. Great service and a great kitchen.

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J
New England
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and, I enjoyed the wait staff Olivia very nice and, the food was wonderful but, the lady that seated us was very miserable and, abrupt. I myself work in customer service and, am 59 years old and, have never had a greater/host be so unpleasant. Everything else was nice and, the man and, lady whom I say where managers went to each table and, ensured all was well.


v/r Jeff Steeves

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner while in Newport! Food and service was very good.

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LS
New England
20 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a very nice dining experience. Food is very good and the service is exceptional. Would recommend this for either special occasions or just a night out.

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New England
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was Super Bowl night so it was very quiet and we were attended to well! There were some musicians there and they were excellent but since it is a smallish place it was a little hard to converse while they played. There were 3 of us in our party and we all ordered different things and all were excellent!

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LC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was really good. I got the duck and my friend got the steak fritte. Both big portions and done really well. The cocktails were very good. The sapphire martinis awesome. Jo's has a 'neighborhood' feel to it, staff is really friendly and make you feel welcome. I do like it in the summer too, when the upstairs porch is open! I always look forward to coming to Jo's !

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JL
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

It was very warm in the dining room.
Waitress was very nice and attentive, but food was just OK. The best part was dessert and espresso martinis.
Prices were a little too high for this type of menu.............$16.00 for a burger!!!
Appetizers were also too expensive.

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JS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was amazing and the was so delicious! We will be back for sure!

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SM
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Heating system the only negative. Temperature went from too hot to be comfortable to too cool to be comfortable

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M
New England
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We usually go for my husband's birthday in January. Nice and cozy and food is always good. Great service and always feel welcome. Thanks so much!!

Marilyn Kelley
Providence, RI

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Excellent service. Nice live music.

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C
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was good. Fish and chips were delicious. The chicken dish was ok. The service was top notch and we weren’t rushed to order nor leave. It’s a real gem!

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c
New England
102 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Went there for the January special, burger and beer. Started with a good green salad but the burger arrived partially burnt maybe since we ordered medium well, but ruined the flavor. The fries were good

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NE
New England
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

nice setting, good food, good service, excellent value

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T
New England
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food and good service. We visited jo's to have the dinner at end of the year and the special menu was a good choice

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NT
New England
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Year’s Eve dinner was fabulous and very reasonably priced for the value and the quality. Experienced, long-term waitstaff is professional and discreetly attentive even despite a very busy night. Chef Brian outdid himself. Sauces for beef were outstanding — best bearnaise ever! Beef entrees were perfectly cooked. Appetizers were imaginative (duck spring roll with mole sauce) and impeccable (perfectly sliced carpaccio). Wine list extensive and VERY reasonable and accessible. Grand slam on this one!

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