Thames Waterside Bar & Grill

4.4
526 Reviews
$30 and under
American

Thames Waterside Bar & Grill specializes in seafood dishes. Along with lobster rolls, crab cakes and grilled salmon, you can also choose from an array of American classics such as burgers, pizza and nachos. Its full-service bar provides beer, wine and cocktail options that include sangrias, margaritas and a signature rum punch.

Offering a relaxing ambience, Thames Waterside Bar & Grill provides picturesque views of Narragansett Bay and Bristol Harbor. Dine indoors or outdoors on its spacious deck or rooftop. At times, live music and entertainment are also featured in the bar area. Thames Waterside Bar & Grill is open for lunch, dinner and latenight meals.

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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DebraS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You will thank yourself for chosing Thames Waterside Bar & Grill.
It checks all the boxes (good food and drink, service etc.) and then there's the Bay!!!

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MarthaK
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful view, wonderful server, Matt and overall terrific service!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Thames is always a fun place to visit. Beautiful ocean view, great food, and superb service! One of our favorite places!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food5service3ambience5

Started out perfect until asked if they were able to close the lining of the outdoor patio since it was very windy and cold. The girl closing it let it go which caused all the drinks to spill all over my lap all glasses were broken. I wasn’t making a big deal of it knowing it will dry but nothing was discounted or offered. Ended up getting food to go after a couple bites.

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Tyler
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Had reservations still had to wait 30 minutes food took forever couldn't get ahold of the waitress , got the wrong order .. worse anniversary dinner

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BuzzH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Loved being by the water and the wait staff was great but sadly the food was mediocre. Of the three things I tasted, the calamari was tender but not crisp, the clam cakes were large but doughy, and the swordfish was dry.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience5

The service was terrible. Waitress never came between rounds to see if we needed drinks. Had to go to the bar and order our own. The wrong pizza was brought to our table but no one ever came back for 15 minutes so we just ate the one that was brought.

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RyanK
New England
6 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the best lobster roll ever here. It tops any lobster shack in Maine.
There was an event on the top deck with a live band, which added the ambiance, but it was noisier than usual.

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MarkM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location right on water; good food, friendly service - what's no to like?

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vipRuthR
New England
17 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service and ambience as usual:)

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vipEricaM
New England
12 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

We love stopping at Thames on the Water in the summer. Great food and vibe. Parking can be a challenge! It too is 20 mins to find a spot

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SUSANM
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was good and the waitress Megan was excellent.

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SherieS
New England
8 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Our waitress once again was incredible!!! Soooo nice. We were a bit bummed they didn't have the smachburger which was outstanding. The person (not our wonderful waitress) messed up the burgers gave me the medium rare and my friend the well done and I didn't notice it until a couple of bites in other than that it was all good and we will go back.

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NicholeC
New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I ate here with my mother and two still unvaccinated sons (they are not old enough to receive a COVID vaccine). I had made a reservation for an outdoor table. It was cold and drizzly so the waitresses convinced us to sit indoors. I really wish we ate outside instead. None of the restaurant staff was wearing masks and at first we were the only customers but it filled up and got crowded very quickly. I asked if they could open the windows to allow the air to circulate a bit but was told no because they did not have the heaters on. I realize that vaccinated people are ok to not wear masks but I would be shocked if every single person eating and serving there was actually vaccinated. From the restaurant pictures it looked like there was covered outdoor seating but the tent appeared to be empty and probably used for big events. I did not feel my boys were safe eating here and felt the restaurant staff was not at all accommodating. They seated people right next to us and it was definitely warm enough to be able to open the window slightly to allow for some air circulation around us.

As for the food - my Greek salad with salmon was delicious. My son said his burger that he ordered medium well was undercooked. My other son devoured his though and they had the same thing. My mom ordered the same burger and thought it was ok. The lobster bisque was a very generous portion and again the table was split as to liking it vs. not enjoying (my son felt the lobster was chewy). The tuna tartare appetizer with seaweed was delicious.

The view was very pretty, and our server was friendly and pretty good although at times she seemed to forget about us.

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YummyMummy
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our server Courtney absolutely made our evening. She was fun, efficient and made us feel at home and not in a rush, even though it was busy! Food was great too! Views incredible. Will definitely return. Pulled pork sliders were amazing!!

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BCPC
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Lovely location on the waterfront, too bad it turned into a cold day. Our server, Angelica was great, the food was ok, not great, but the desserts were awesome. Price was hefty to say the least. Ok for big wallets but really $$$ for average person.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Beautiful setting on the water. We watched the sunset on the upper level bar while we waited for our table. We waited about 30 minutes past our reservation, but the staff was friendly and it worked out so we could see a great view of the sunset. We also could order drinks while we waited, which helped too. Food also was fresh and good.

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Scooter
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Expect delays with the upcoming summer peak season. Even with a reservation, you may have to wait 20-30 minutes before getting seated. They get a lot of "walk-in" customers with their location right on the water. There's lots of confusion between the main dining area and their upstairs, outside, open-air deck area. Currently, the upstairs portion is for drinks only and you don't need a reservation. They used to have dining up there, but not anymore. So when making a reservation for dining "outside", that means you will be in the lower/main ground floor level on a deck that is covered with a plastics/canvas tarp. They have very limited truly outside tables, maybe 6-8 tables total. If dining, I would suggest making a reservation, arriving 10-15 minutes early, check-in at the front desk to see if they can seat you right away and/or get an estimated time, and if having to wait, go upstairs and have a few drinks until you can get seated.

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LittleRhodyGirl1
New England
11 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

My first time here. Great location! Went on a day that was very sunny, but windy. Made reservations for 4 for outdoor dining, but when menus kept blowing away, moved to patio with roll-up sides. Good cocktails, I had pork sliders, on which I expected barbecue sauce, but came with melted cheese instead. Would come back & order something else.

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Rose
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An ideal place for a family gathering. Great food with large portion sizes. On the water, with amazing views.

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Mimim
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

A friend & I had a reservation for lunch on a Monday afternoon. We arrived early & were seated immediately.
We ordered the chili nachos to share & a bottle of wine. We asked if they had a house pinot grigio? We were told they had no house wine🙄 So, we ended up ordering a bottle, cheapest one we could find, for $40!! Seriously?
Until they get a house wine, or cheaper bottle, we will not return. The value is a rip-off!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food is always great!

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DebraM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is a great all-around restaurant with a full bar. The wait staff is professional and attentive and the food is very good. I wholeheartedly recommend this restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

They seem to be a little bit understaffed and the waitress was extremely friendly and the food was good as always

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Disappointed

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ScottC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We love this place! The food was great! The service was friendly, but we did wait a while (25 minutes) before being greeted and ultimately have our orders taken! We were 10 minutes late for our reservation and they did not give us a hard time at all so I guess that makes up for the time we had to wait.

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DanW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, food perfect, drinks perfect, and view perfect!

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QWaz
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Views were great. The food was good. The service needs improvement. Even with reservations, you still need to wait about 20-25 minutes for a table. The waitress took a while to get to the table and did not follow up very frequently to check on meal or drinks. We even had to ask another waitress to get our check.

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CaryC
New England
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful staff/experts offering excellent food & drink. Always aware so they’re well-timed and never overwhelming. They let the sunsets speak for themselves.

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TomS
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Our waitress Angelica did a great job. Our table was right on the water as we requested. Thanks for a great afternoon. We'll be back!

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Melody
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great food, but it was super loud and no live music on Friday night! I made a reservation for 7:30 and when I arrived we still had to wait 30 minutes to be seated, and our clam cakes were burnt.

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JoshR
New England
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and drinks! Loved the shrimp tacos and the new cucumber drink.

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Patrick
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great waterside experience on the Bristol bay. Accommodating and kind staff.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome fish and chips

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Starburst
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Great service, lovely setting. Excellent Caesar salad- crisp and fresh. The shrimp in the blackened shrimp tacos wasn't actually blackened, which was a bit disappointing.

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DeniseR
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was great, the view was spectacular on a beautiful sunny one day… The waitress was nice however, she did mess up my order but was able to fix the problem.
Also, suggestion: you need plastic straws for frozen drinks… The paper straws do not work at all.

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JaniceA
New England
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We had a great experience, the food was great and the service was wonderful.

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JDDSMD
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Servers were friendly but inexperienced. We waited a long time for small things, like sugar for a cup of tea, extra spoons, refills for drinks. And they never offered to refill water glasses. We had to go looking for our waitstaff and found her at the bar seated -- maybe on a break? - in the middle of our dinner. The food was good for the price and everyone enjoyed the situation on the waterfront in Bristol. Another downside - we visited on a Sunday evening and they were out of 3 appetizers and 2 main courses and the soup of the day.

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Kathpeen
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, incredible views, fabulous service!!!!

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TrisaVP
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Harry ,our waiter, was attentive, courteous , and professional.
Maybe it was too late in the evening but the clam cakes were overdone maybe reheated and difficult to chew. Clam chowder was good Thank you

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Thames Waterside Bar & Grill is rated 4.4 stars by 526 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.