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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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.2

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (31)
Good for a Date (31)
Neighborhood Gem (31)
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Cozy (21)
Good for Birthdays (18)
Fit for Foodies (17)
Good for Anniversaries (17)
Bar Seating (15)
Good for Groups (14)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Live Music (13)
Local Ingredients (13)
Special Occasion (13)
Business Meals (12)
Fun (12)
Comfort Food (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Romantic (11)
Great for Lunch (9)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Great Beer (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
People Watching (7)
Authentic (6)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Quick Bite (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Happy Hour (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Kid-friendly (4)
Healthy (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Seasonal (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Organic (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Live Sports (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Scenic View (1)
Spicy (1)
Vegan (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Excellent service and yummy food all with live music playing in the background!

Tags: Quick Bite, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Casual, Live Music, Seasonal
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 (New England)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Wonderful food, service, and atmosphere.
Love the restaurant and can't wait to go back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Cozy, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Naples)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We go here often. Food is always good service is good. A little noisy.

Tags: Live Music, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Excellent food, great live music in a comfortable atmosphere. Wonderful gluten free and gluten friendly choices with a very knowledgeable waitstaff!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Live Music, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Always have a great experience dining at Jo’s. A neighborhood favorite

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

The food was delicious and the staff was very attentive.
It was a very pleasant restaurant.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Very nice ambiance and friendly staff-would definitely recommend.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

I chose this restaurant because it was within walking distance of our BnB and online reviews were good. Even though we showed up early we were seated right away at a nice table. We both had steak, mine from the prix fixe menu. Food was excellent, and even though the half bottle wine selection was limited our choice was very good. Service was excellent. We will definitely go back again.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We went to Jo's for the first time during restaurant week. The lunch selections were wonderful. I would definitely recommend the lobster fritters and pork schnitzel. Service was excellent and we plan on returning for dinner soon.

Tags: Bar Seating, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Nashville)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great service and phenomenal food! Will definitely go back. Highly recommend it!

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 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

One of our "go to" spots in Newport. Always great food and service!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Visited during restaurant week and had a wonderful meal .Service was great and enjoyed the live music of John and Joanne.
Will definitely dine at Jo's again.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Delicious food and cozy atmosphere. We will definitely be returning!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Lobster carbonara
Restaurant week
Outstanding
Should be on the menu everyday

Tags: Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Fined as part of Newport Restaurant week. Very good food. Enjoyed the beef carpaccio. Would like to try again during the winter as part of their weekly special menu.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on November 8, 2017

This wasn't my first, nor will it be my last time going here. This place is always on point. One of the best cooked scallops I've ever had, and that's saying a lot with how many I've had at the seafood restaurants in Newport. Cocktail (Salted caramel apple) was deliciously dangerous. LOVE this place.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Had a great time at Jo's Bistro. the food was great and had service to match. It was Restaurant Week and there were many great choices to select. Plus we ran into old friends and it made the
experience even better!

Tags: Bar Seating, Great Beer, Quick Bite, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Live Sports, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Afternoon Coffee
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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great meal, more importantly it had a good gluten free choices. Also good gluten free bread

Tags: Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

Jo's exceeded our expectations. Excellent meal with soft, live music playing in the background. Upstairs available for those who prefer a quieter ambiance. The staff is cordial and attentive. We will definitely return.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Casual, Local Ingredients, Live Music, Good for a Date, Cozy, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Love the food and ambience! Fridays with John and Joanne make a perfect night.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Live Music, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Had a great dinner! Service was very good and the live music was a perfect touch!

Tags: Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

It was the last night of our stay in Newport and we wanted to eat where the locals ate. We booked through Open Table at the last minute and we were glad that we did as it was full, mainly of locals (as it turned out). There was a singer and guitarist playing to add to the atmosphere (although we could have chosen to eat upstairs, away from the general hubbub we chose a table close to the music). Good choice of wines and beers and the food choice was excellent. Would definitely recommend!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Everything about our experience was ok....not great. First, I ordered a red wine and the waitress brought white. She quickly corrected it, but then BOTH ended up on the bill, and had to be corrected again. My grilled shrimp was a bit overcooked and not very warm. My friends salmon was not what I would call a 'restaurant quality' portion. My friend asked for the sauce on the side, but it came mixed in. All this said, the food tasted good. Service was attentive, and pretty much responsive to all our issues. The final annoyance was that they did not log our dining with Open Table, instead listing us as a no-show, requiring me to correct yet another error on their part. So, I would say good, not great.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

I've been there several times and always had a great meal. There was music on the night we went and the music was great just a bit too loud to have easy table conversation.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Convenient location. Service is excellent. Prices okay. My wife's fish and chips were excellent. However, my chicken sandwich was overcooked and dried out.. We have been there before and the first time we were there we thought it was excellent.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Awesome menu with great Gluten Free options. Ambience is wonderful. Heard some great music while we dined

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

We spent a nice evening at Jo's. my husband has the pork chop and I had the salmon on the prix fixe menu. The food was good, and it was a terrific value, with salad, glass of wine and dessert. Plus we enjoyed the music on a fall Sunday night. (We had a rather noisy group of 8 nearby, but made the best of it.)

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Thanks to Trip Advisor for their reviews. We arrived mid day Sunday and enjoyed the lobster and duck quesadillas. Our server Josh was excellent and was well versed on the local attractions.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Great table service and a creative menu well-prepared. No parking on site, but you can park at the shopping center lot across from the Tennis Hall of Fame. Nice wine selection and creative drinks. A good cost value as compared to the Newport waterfront establishments a half mile down over the hill! Surprisingly easy to get a reservation, considering its value and quality. Will definitely be back again :)

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Delicious food and a great ambiance! I highly suggest the pork chop which was extremely juicy and the mash sweet potatoes and bacon asparagus were to die for as well!

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Live Music, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Quiet end of season meal in quiet setting and pleasant atmosphere

Tags: Casual, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Wonderful food and great service. Gave Jo's a good rating because the noise level - caused by the live music - made conversation difficult making the experience "less than" for the two people seated next to the wide opening between the room we were in and the bar area with the performers.

Calimari was delightful, with light, barely there fried coating. My mother and I chose the pork chops with sweet potato, brussel sprouts and bacon hit the spot - too much for us to eat; leftovers made a great day after dinner. My daughter enjoyed the lobster salad roll, while my husband chose a dinner two appetizers for his dinner: the sauteed scallops with polenta and corn cream and the spicy shrimp in a Chinese bun.

The hostess first wanted to seat us nearer to the music - we asked for a table that was not near the music so she sat us at a table in an adjacent space. At the time, we did not know there was another dining room upstairs. If we were to go again, we would ask to be seated upstairs.

Here's a suggestion for Open Table - Your question about noise level did not give me an opportunity to respond 'too loud' or 'difficult to have a conversation over the music.' Many times when I'm dining at a restaurant with family or friends or a new acquaintance, the conversation is an important part of the experience. Because of this, I look for restaurants without live music in the dining rooms.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 6, 2017

I had the half roasted chicken, which was juicy and nicely cooked--a good size portion. For dessert I shared a peach bread pudding, which was good, not great--a bit dry. My friend and I sat on the second floor. We had to ask that they turn down the piped vocal music. It was too loud and not a good choice for a restaurant where people want to talk to their dinner companions. The service was pleasant. There is not much of a view. The restaurant looks out onto a fairly busy main street, and the view is of other buildings on the street. Newport is not known for its fine restaurants. This one seemed less touristy than those along the waterfront and docks, but I still would not go back.

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·Dined on October 4, 2017

We've dined at Jo's several times, and it's always excellent! The regular and prix fixe menus offer something for everyone, and the service is outstanding. I can only say good things about Jo's!

Tags: Fun, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Jo's is always reliable with good food and great service. The weekday pix fixe menu is a good value, although limited. We always enjoy our meals there.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on October 3, 2017

One of our favorite places. However, service was a little spotty that evening. Might be because it was a Monday and fewer staff available. But seemed much longer than normal for drinks, service, responding, etc.

Tags: Good for Groups, Business Meals, Cozy
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·Dined on October 2, 2017

Have dined at Jo's American Bistro many times and am never disappointed.

Tags: People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Tracey was awesome!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Excellent food. Attentive staff

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 24, 2017

The service was wonderful, the food was excellent. We ended up having two appetizers the scallops and jo's pizza and both were awesome. The chorizo polento was so yummy and corn potato puree I could eat all day. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

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