Leo's Ristorante

4.5
264 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Leo’s was first opened in 1948 by Italian immigrants Pantaleone (Leo) Mancieri and his wife Virginia (Nonni). Established mainly as a pizzeria in the State Street section of Bristol, the restaurant quickly gained a local following and served as a popular lunch destination for workers and families alike. Leo and Virginia, along with sons Mario and Reno, worked tirelessly to produce great fresh Italian favorites and create a friendly environment for their customers.
The original Leo’s remained open until 1976 when the family decided to close after Leo passes away, and in the year 2000 Leo’s grandson, Paul Mancieri, relocated to 365 Hope Street in the heart of historic downtown Bristol. Paul and his wife Adriana pride themselves on bringing back the spirit and the recipes of the pizzeria ran by Leo and Nonni. Welcome to Leo’s Ristorante! Enjoy our family recipes, preserved for three generations and plated with care and love by Paul, Adriana and their staff.

Safety precautions

Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff is vaccinated
What 264 people are saying
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vipMarkC
New England
12 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Dinner was terrific and Samantha was a delight. Will definitely come back.

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JohnP
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice ambiance, good portions of delicious food, waitress was very pleasant and professional. I highly recommend this restaurant not only for its charm but for the quality of food and service. It's to bad I can only give it five stars.

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LauraT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We loved Leo's. Really good food at a reasonable price. The atmosphere is adorable and the service was terrific. We will definitely be going back!

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NellieOD
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

We have been several times food is consistently good. Staff seems to change alot. I think if owner did some upgrades and added a great bar with actual bartender that is would enhance the ambience. Sitting hear the large windows is wonderful but can get very cold. Specials would be a nice added touch too.

Over all consistently good food

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SMLNFL
New England
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Leo’s inside and outside dining weather permitting, good food, great service !

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BobbyD
New England
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Our meals were hot, and exactly as we expected, based on the menu description.
Maddi (our server) was polite, attentive, and checked on us often.
Meal items were fairly priced. Interior was retro or vintage, charming and friendly.
Great coffee too!

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TomL
New England
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food very good, service very good - our waiter was very nice- said he was Irish. Prices were great. Had left overs for next day. Definitely will do dinner there again. 😊

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
27 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great! Food was delicious!!

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vipHannah
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience2

They are clearly down servers / chefs as are most restaurants - and yet the place was at max capacity. It took over 15 minutes for anyone to come to the table to get our drink orders. Food also took over an hour to come out. Our waitress was wonderful and the food was delicious. I simply wish they recognized their capabilities and sat fewer customers.

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Mags
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall great food and service. We ordered a pizza and a veal parm dinner and they charged us $5 for "separate" plating of the parm. We would have just done this ourselves had we known there was a charge. We also bought a $32 bottle of wine so it's not like we were splitting a meal. We just wanted to share both out entrees. So weird and annoying especially when we already had extra plates at our table. Staff was very friendly. Food was very flavorful and served hot.

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vipKimJ
San Luis Potosi
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great !!! Love the service love the food !!!

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vipBrianC
Las Vegas
14 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Food, Service and Atmosphere were perfect, as usual. AAA+++ and highly recommended!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
28 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and excellent service!

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vipKenm
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Very friendly staff. The food is average Italian. Nothing is bad but nothing is great either. Had the stuffies which smelled "fishy" but just needed a little something to spice it up a little. The Braciole was a bit tough and too salty from the other meats they put inside. Veal Parm was tender and their sauce is very good.

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StephenA
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First visit since pandemic. Quality has not changed. Food and service are among the best in the area

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JeffC
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Service and food was excellent .shrimp scampi could use a little more garlic but it was excellent

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very enjoyable. Samantha was a delight. Very friendly and helpful. Food was excellent. Ambience was good. We will be back soon.

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LisaK
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dinner last night at Leo's - polenta/sausage/rabe, Mediterrean salad and Shrimp Scampi pizza..delicious!! The service was excellent too! Excellent menu choices and ambiance...

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Calamari
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Despite a 'glitch' whereby our confirmed reservation was inexplicably deleted from the list the on-duty manager deftly resolved the error and we dined al fresco. He did double duty as our waiter and was extremely cordial and sincere which more than made up for the reservation snafu. This was our first time at Leo's but won't be our last, assuming they don't lose our confirmed reservation again! The calamari was tasty as were all entrees, my braciole was perfection on a plate. FYI: Be forewarned that having just one restroom necessitates patience and a strong bladder!

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RickG
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food, great staff! Staff was a little overwhelmed due to an unexpected staff shortage and a large party, but handled it like pros!!

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vipJoyceB
New England
7 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience1

Subpar food and very limited wine list

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lisaF
New England
6 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
6 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
5 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
28 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
49 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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OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Terrible food. Disappointing.

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vipLove2eat
New England
54 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
9 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.

FAQs

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

Leo's Ristorante is rated 4.5 stars by 264 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.