Statesman Tavern

4.7
173 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 173 people are saying
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4.7
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4.6
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AshleyP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect as always

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vipCraigC
New York Area
20 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
37 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
13 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

CC
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
8 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

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vipJoeVelleca
New England
2 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
13 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
18 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

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

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

OT
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.

ME
vipMelanieE
New England
11 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food and great service! They've just added heaters outside.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Good food, great staff, but took way to long to get dinner served.

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Matthew
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat. Cozy dinning area, friendly waitress, great drinks and good food.

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BKM21
New England
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing, our drinks were delicious, and our server was friendly and perfect for even our pickiest eater. Always a favorite place to go!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing experience! I called ahead to ask to be seated inside and Amy gladly said she would seat us at the bar. We were seated at the end on the corner and Laura was bar tending. She is amazing! I wanted to try one of their specialty cocktails and she suggested the Orono margarita that was perfect with a cinnamon rim. My fiancé had the clam cakes as an app and I had the smoked beet humus. Both good, the humus was amazing! For our entrees, he chose the pan seared pork chop and I had the seared scallops. We loved both-no leftovers! We split the key lime pie for dessert. When I say that the whole experience was amazing, I mean the whole experience. The atmosphere inside, the decor - simple, clean, the friendliness of the waitstaff, the timing of when our food was brought out - no rush, a slow, easy pace allowing us to really relax and enjoy. We weren’t even going to have dessert, but Laura said the key lime pie was Grandma’s recipe, so we had to try. It did not disappoint! We loved our date night and will definitely be back!

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Walt33
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service. Food came out quickly, hot and delicious. Love this place and will be back again!

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MariettaK
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great night! The food and wine were delicious! We felt safe and well protected and cared for!

MF
vipMaryFran
New England
48 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time back since March! Food delicious, service wonderful!! Glad to be back.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the drinks to the food to the friendly staff this is a class act all the way!

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KarenW
New England
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious steak dinner. The bartender was also very good with mixology. Enjoyed my drink and watching her make cocktails for others.

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Shedman
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Thanks again!

CB
CarlyB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and cocktails.

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vipJohn
New England
26 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very tasty. Our first visit. We will be back.

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VictoriaA
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Staff was incredibly friendly and accomodating, food was fresh and delicious! The cocktails are incredible! Had a great time, will definitely come back.

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Walt33
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was amazing. The team of 3 were buzzing all around keeping everyone happy. Will definitely be back again.

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Shedman
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome as always!

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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 4.7 stars by 173 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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