Statesman Tavern

4.3
189 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Statesman pays homage to the classic American taverns that resided in towns such as Bristol over the past 250 years. Government officials, politicians, as well as businessmen and women often used these taverns to make decisions that helped shape the history of America. We aim to keep that tradition alive and well by creating a tavern that provides warm hospitality, paired with wholesome food and drink and some modern influence.

Helmed by Chef/Owner Chris Kleyla, the kitchen celebrates the bounty of some of the most talented growers, farmers, and fishermen in New England and beyond. Our ingredient-driven cuisine of heirloom vegetables and grains paired with responsibly raised meat, poultry and fresh caught fish highlight the ever changing cuisine we serve.

Our style of hospitality is simple, if we can make you feel happier than when you came in, we have done our job. It's that simple, and it's that hard.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
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 189 people are saying
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vipCraigC
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Open Table…

Please be advised that this restaurant is Closed. Went for yesterday’s reservation and it seems to be permanently closed at this time.

Had dined there in the past and enjoyed it. Please update the restaurant’s profile.

Thanks.

Craig Clausen

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vipMarkG
New England
8 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Despite booking an 8:00 PM reservation we found the the place was closed when we arrived. Confirmed with the vendor next door that it was not open all day. Is there no communication with the restaurant and Open Table? Left us out cold with no dinner.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They took a reservation on Saturday night and when we got there they were closed for vacation. We had nowhere else to eat since we were vacationing and everywhere was booked. So upsetting and ruined our evening. Rude and bas customer service.

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vipBrianna
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

GREAT food, fantastic drinks - truly had an amazing experience here!

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Mark
New England
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great drinks and food! Very friendly staff.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time here and everything was incredible.The staff was friendly and the drinks and food was amazing .We will be back !

JV
vipJoeVelleca
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Food and drinks are amazing

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vipSteveN
New England
24 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fine food - great wait staff - amazing location and well worth detouring out of the way for!

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vipnancyp
New England
14 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

excellent food and drinks - love the menu of fun new drinks and the pulled pork sandwich was amazing!

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vipPamelaC
New England
12 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We had a large party that arrived before the restaurant got crowded. The food was okay but there was nothing that was a stand out dish. The service was overwhelmed and we asked for water 3 separate times after sitting for an hour. If you go, I suggest a small party of two rather than a group. There are a lot of fried options but most were not properly cooked (schnitzel and fried chicken). We liked the calamari but on the whole I think we won’t be returning.

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vipKathyT
New England
14 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

They had a vegetarian dish on the menu but they changed it and it was not good butternut squash with spinach but there was not much else to choose from how can you take mushrooms with pasta off the menu

It is not like mushrooms are a seasonal veggie

Very limited menu

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vipSandyL
New England
44 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience4

We arrived at our reserved time and ordered our meal at 6:00 PM. Within ten minutes we got our stuffies. On the other hand, we had to wait 45 minutes plus for our entrees. That was unacceptable. I had ordered shrimp scampi and my partner ordered a hamburger and the restaurant wasn't really busy yet. I told the bartender that we had a reservation at another restaurant for drinks and had to walk there since Bristol was mobbed and there were few parking places. By now it was 6:45 and our reservation was for 7:15.The bartender said she didn't know we were in a hurry! Usually restaurants want you in and out as they make money from quick turnover. She offered to cancel the order which we accepted, so kudos for that! I hated to cancel like that, but we've ever had to wait so long for a meal! The food was good but the wait was too much!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
8 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Loved my cocktail!

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LeeS
New England
18 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had a great night at a special place. The flavors were fresh and interesting. The service was exceptional! It was a perfect evening to be outside in Bristol. They welcomed our husky and were so kind. We will be back, for sure.

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vipKcallahan08
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Date night with the husband. Food was fantastic! The staff was friendly and attentive. The owner made us feel very welcome.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous experience! Great food and service was spot on!

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AshleyP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect as always

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vipCraigC
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As a first time visitor to Bristol RI, my choice to dine at the Statesman Tavern was the right one.

The ambiance, attentive service, food and excellent beverage offerings were all fabulous.

Told my wife about the place and she and I will surely dine there again in the future when we both visit Bristol together.

Craig Clausen

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EJ0926
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and great service!

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Dkvh
New England
11 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was impeccable and bartender was amazing

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vipnewbie
New England
38 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Ate outside under the tent. Warm enough that we didn’t need the available heaters. Food was outstanding. Blackened cod and steak frites both tasty and cooked perfectly. Carrot soup and key lime pie both superb. The Statesman never fails to impress.

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vipMarkV2000
New England
10 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was very good, except the price was unexpectedly high.

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pamelaf
New England
5 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding as were the cocktails and service. We had the calamari, shrimp scampi w past and the blackened cod. Can’t wait to go back!

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MEAP
New England
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We really wanted to enjoy this place for dinner. They were understaffed and our food was a disappointment. If you go just for drinks and sit at the bar you will probably enjoy your time there.

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vipJohn
New England
26 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, great drinks and fabulous service. We will be back. Highly recommended.

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vipnancyp
New England
15 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food and drinks I did think we were a little close to the next table but I did enjoy the atmosphere

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vipCCole
New England
17 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great personalized service, a very good banana old fashioned to drink and very well prepared steak frites.

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vipDavidB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food could have been better at that price point

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal!

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vipkarenr
New England
10 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Drinks were great, service attentive. Food took a while to arrive and wasn’t really hot so that was a bit disappointing.

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vipTheGreat
New England
10 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Comfortable friendly setting

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vipBerge5
New England
8 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a perfect night. Craft cocktails. Great service. Foodie perfect

JV
vipJoeVelleca
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

By far the best restaurant in Bristol, R.I. Great food and the best old-fashioned drink!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had dinner here with my boyfriend, we both enjoyed the wines and other drinks we ordered. I ordered the veggie pasta, it was homemade pasta with squash and spinach. Absolutely delicious!

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vipnancyp
New England
15 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food and the fun attitude towards making new and interesting drink combinations. Excellent night out I loved it

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

After my bowl of chowder and two drinks. I immediately felt sick. Causing me to box my meal and continue only with Water and wasting my third drink. Later that night i was sick all night. One of the others at the table was also sick all night. Something was wrong with the drinks, water or food. Because we were both sick and poisoned that night ... otherwise was great. So disappointed and unfortunately will never come back. And threw away my $26 steak frites plate and wasted a drink ...

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vipCarolM
New England
19 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

excellent food and service- look forward to returning when at full capacity with more of a jovial atmosphere

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vipMaryFran
New England
48 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always delicious! We had a wonderful Christmas ladies get together!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappointed here, the staff atmosphere and food are at the highest quality.

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vipvinoman1
New England
31 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service with a welcoming atmosphere.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Statesman Tavern using the Order Online button. Statesman Tavern also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (401) 396-5115.

Statesman Tavern is rated 4.3 stars by 189 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.

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