Leo's Ristorante

4.4
243 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Leo’s was opened in 1948 by the Mancieri family. Established mainly as a pizzeria in the State Street section of Bristol, RI, the restaurant quickly gained a local following and became a popular eatery. In the years after World War II, Leo’s served as a popular lunch destination for workers and families alike. The Mancieri family, headed by Pantaleone and Virginia, along with sons Mario and Reno, worked tirelessly to produce great fresh Italian favorites and create a clean, friendly environment for their customers. Leo’s remained open until 1976 when Pantaleone passed away. The family decided to close the doors of the popular eatery but in the year 2000 Leo’s grandson, Paul Mancieri, relocated to 365 Hope Street in historic downtown Bristol, right on the parade route. Paul expanded not only the seating capacity but also its menu options, featuring authentic Italian and American cuisine, while focusing on high quality food and a friendly atmosphere.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 243 people are saying
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vipJoyceB
New England
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food1service2ambience1

Subpar food and very limited wine list

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lisaF
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Delicious dinner close to RWU where our daughter attends college. Reasonable prices and very nice server. Wish my martini was filled to the top of the glass but I’m being picky. Sat outside and really enjoyed our family dinner. Would return again.

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DanielleH
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience3

Food was good, but service was poor and Manager was awful. Who charges $3 for a drop of wine sample to decide which bottle you want to buy? If your going to charge, it should be a decent size sample. But $3 really? Plus the server should absolutely warn someone. Manager said COVID was hard on them and they were losing money from wime samples. Are you kidding me? You are struggling because of crappy customer treatment! We went to dinner to sample the food prior to placing a large catering order for a party. We liked the food and I had picked out our food, but after the crappy treatment by the Manager I do not trust them and I will never use them and will probably never eat there again. Too much great food with great service all over Bristol!! Leo's may need to reevaluate why they are losing money.

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GordonR
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Meal was average; nothing special. Same breaded veal cutlet was used for several dishes, adding different sauces to it.
Waitress charged me 1.50 for 1/4 cup of extra tomato sauce when the pasta did not have enough! No other restaurant ever did that, just gave sauce.
Wine sauce was lacking flavor. This restaurant was recommended to us. Obviously, the person did not know good Italian food.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing authentic Italian. Highly recommend the chicken Marsala! Mauricio was phenomenal!

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RALPHG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent time at Leo's Restaurant. Food was very good and so was the service. Our party of three left happy.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
25 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal as usual! Service was great as well.

Leo's Ristorante
Responded on September 2, 2021

Thank you very much for your nice review!

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vipSandyL
New England
45 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

I was impressed with the variety of menu selections, but disappointed with their preparation. Al dente means that the pasta is firm but still cooked. Undercooked linguini is not al dente!

Leo's Ristorante
Responded on September 2, 2021

Thank you very much for your review and your comments, Sandy.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was very attentive. The food was delish and reasonably priced. Will definitely return.

Leo's Ristorante
Responded on September 2, 2021

Thank you very much for your nice review!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitress was outstanding the food was unbelievable especially the pasta and beans great value very clean

Leo's Ristorante
Responded on September 2, 2021

Thank you very much for your nice review!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Terrible food. Disappointing.

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Love2eat
New England
51 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

To celebrate my sister and brother-in-law’s anniversary, we chose to celebrate at Leo’s knowing we would be served a delicious meal. From the calamari, chicken soup and the chicken and veal parmigiana, we definitely made the right choice. Great service, devious food at great prices, Leo’s is the restaurant to go to.

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vipTopDiners
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all around !!!

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vipShel327
New England
8 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience1

Rhode Island residents 80+ years we ordered seafood stuffies tasted like bad fish. We were told it was the clam trust us we know clams unfortunately we didn’t eat them and still charged. Food very salty. I ordered angel hair pasta and received penne no big deal.
Overall over seasoned food, salt, garlic. Not a fan. We have lived near by for 15 years always wanted to try and will not be back.

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Dave
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice location, service was good and the foot matched it. We would certainly go again.

CJ
CincinnatiJake
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience5

The food was disappointing overall. None of the entrees met expectations. The wine and cocktails were second rate. On the other hand, the outdoor seating was pleasant. Lots is traffic noise.

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JCJune
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent. We both had luncheon salads. We enjoyed the Spinoni for dessert-it was outstanding. Our server was very attentive.

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RonC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Leo’s continues to impress. Great food and great service. Samantha is a sweet server who always ensures your experience at Leo’s is top notch!

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CraigC
New England
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent, server Tina was very attentive. Love the atmosphere, older building, tin ceilings, big windows. Appears to be a local gem.

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Love2eat
New England
52 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food at very reasonable prices all served by a wonderful, personal, professional waiter.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary 34 years

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food & service was very good! We will be back!

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vipDonnafromBoca
Miami
29 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is s wonderful neighborhood old school great restaurant. It feels homey and their waitstaff well informed and helpful. The dishes were prepared when ordered and delivered hot from the kitchen. Great flavors in our dishes. My husband had the lobster & shrimp fra diablo along with linguini. Sauce was perfectly balanced snd seafood cooked perfectly. What a pleasure. I had the Leo’s beef bracioli done well. Larger portion than expected. We finished off our meal with the old school Spumoni.
We shall be back to try more items on their menu.

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KathyD
New England
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lobster ravioli was delicious! Excellent espresso martinis! Great service and food came quickly.

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HarryJ
New England
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment we walked in to our last sip of wine it was exceptional! Our server Tina was just the best, personable, helpful, always smiling. Having just moved to Bristol early April, Leo’s is the first spot we felt completely comfortable and very very satisfied. The food is excellent. We will definitely make this a regular dining spot.

Leo's Ristorante
Responded on July 23, 2021

Thank you very much for your nice review, Harry. We really appreciate it and it makes us happy to know you had a great time at Leo's. We hope to see you soon!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was great, service was very slow.

Leo's Ristorante
Responded on July 11, 2021

Thank you very much for your review

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WayneS
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We really enjoyed our dinner last night. Food was delish and our server Samantha was excellent. We will return and try something else on the menu.

Leo's Ristorante
Responded on July 23, 2021

Thank you very much for your review, Wayne! We hope to see you again soon

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DavidM
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Tina our waitress was very attentive and pleasant. Saturday night and place was busy. Food was outstanding and portions we felt were generous. Have been there before and will return.

Leo's Ristorante
Responded on July 23, 2021

Thank you very much for your review, David!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
17 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Started off asking about a couple drinks on the menu, the waitress could not answer what was in the Sangrias. Also asked if the pasta was made in the restaurant and couldn’t answer that either. I would have been ok if she said she could ask the Chef but was not given that option. My meal was over garlicky with no appearance of fresh garlic so I’m assuming they use garlic powder or salt. My wife’s Marinara was tasteless, basically tomato sauce with some Italian seasoning thrown in.
Overall it was not what we would have expected based on the reviews. Probably won’t go back. There are much better options in Bristol for real Italian cuisine.

Leo's Ristorante
Responded on July 23, 2021

Thank you for your review and your comments. We will take your valuable comments to have a discussion with our staff and improve the customer experience.

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vipBrianC
Las Vegas
13 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and high quality food, as usual. Five stars and highly recommended!!!

Leo's Ristorante
Responded on July 23, 2021

Thank you very very much for your review, Brian!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
8 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Food was average.

Leo's Ristorante
Responded on July 11, 2021

Thank you for your review.

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CarolA
New England
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

They were having computer issues the night wee visited and it was obvious understaffed as most restaurants r today Overall it was a pleasant evening but probably wont be in a hurry to return.

Leo's Ristorante
Responded on July 11, 2021

Thank you very much for your review and your comments, Carol. We really appreciate you being understanding of our current situation with understaffing. We will definitely take your comments into account to improve our service.

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vipBusinessTraveler
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Service excellent, music too loud, food ok

Leo's Ristorante
Responded on July 11, 2021

Thank you very much for your review. We're sorry about the music being too loud and we'll monitor that in the future, thank you for pointing it out.

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vipCathyM
New England
17 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great go to if you're looking for authentic Italian food at reasonably priced.

Leo's Ristorante
Responded on July 11, 2021

Thank you very much for your review, Cathy!

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vipPapa
Atlanta
68 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience2

Pretty average American italian

Leo's Ristorante
Responded on July 11, 2021

Thank you for your review Papa.

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MikeV
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good food. Last night in town was well worth it.

Leo's Ristorante
Responded on July 11, 2021

Thank you very much for your review Mike!

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GeraldineT
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated immediately. Our waitress Samantha was great.
The chef made us very good lobster roll RI style.
Overall great experience!

Leo's Ristorante
Responded on July 11, 2021

Thank you very much for your review Geraldine! We really appreciate your nice comments and we're happy to know that you enjoyed dining with us.

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BernardS
New England
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always the food at Leo's was excellent Our waitress was friendly, efficient and helpful.

Leo's Ristorante
Responded on June 27, 2021

Thank you very much for your review, Bernard!

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vipBrianC
Las Vegas
14 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top notch meal and service…as usual. Highly recommend!!

Leo's Ristorante
Responded on June 23, 2021

Thank you very much for your rating Brian! It's always a pleasure to have you at Leo's.

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NatalieG
New England
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience1

My Family and I went there on a Sunday afternoon place was quite and we quickly found out why they were out of soda said their machine was broke the children were not able to get a beverage nor where they able to make any time of mix drink and they were out of juice well it is pretty poor not to send an employee to the store for soda and juice ! As I said it was the afternoon and they planned I staying open till nine. Also they were out of a few items on their menu which is not very big there is one beef choice that they were out of ! The serve try to do his best but customers should be told there is no soda and can make drinks as well before they sit ! Will not be returning no worth the drive lots of better restaurants in Bristol

Leo's Ristorante
Responded on June 23, 2021

Natalie, thank you very much for your review and your comments. We apologize for the issue with the soda machine which broke in the middle of the lunch shift and left us out of soda and juices. Unfortunately, due to staffing issues we were not able to send somebody to the store to get beverages and temporarily solve the situation. Our deepest apologies for the inconvenience.

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FAQs

Leo's Ristorante offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (401) 253-9300.

Leo's Ristorante is rated 4.4 stars by 243 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.