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Thames Waterside Bar & Grill, Bristol, RI

Thames Waterside Bar & Grill

4.2
4.2
813 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 22 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 11:30 am–1:00 am

  • Phone number

    (401) 253-4523

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Ben Wachter

  • Neighborhood

    Bristol, Rhode Island

  • Cross street

    State St

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 813 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. DP

    DavidP

    New England

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food1service3ambience2
    New England clam chowder, way to much ham in it, Clam cakes were over cooked and rubbery. Seems like more like bar food then a destination stop.
  2. SR

    SteveR

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Service was not good. Waited long time for anything. Order was wrong server didn’t even recognize it. Food was poor no taste especially for the price wasn’t worth it
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Brought guests in from out of town. To experience RI fun and food. Called and asked in advance to be on water to dine. 5:00 reservations- we arrived told no we could not sit on the water - very disappointing- 3 tables Sat unoccupied on the water as we dined. I was very unhappy. I will not bring my guests here again. Drinks were very expensive and not great. I know food is expensive now- but way overpriced!
  4. KS

    KenS

    New England

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food great service great view
  5. MT

    MarkT

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thames Waterside is a great little spot on the bay. Clean, quick service and great food!
  6. C

    Carol

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was perfect! The food was amazing, service and ambiance.
  7. JB

    JeanineB

    New England

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience4
    Sadly, the $40 lobster roll had no taste and the burger that was ordered medium came out well done. On a positive note, the service was amazing!
  8. G

    marissaG

    New England

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    The scenery was nice and waitress was amazing. The food was okay the drinks very weak. But overall had a good time.
  9. SR

    SteveR

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Location and view were awesome. Lunch service was perfect timing. Never felt rushed food came out on time. Sarah our waitress was knowledgeable on all aspects of the restaurant and the offerings. She even knew about the area sites. She made us feel special even though she had many tables to take care of.
  10. SU

    SUSANC

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and services were great. The view was outstanding.
  11. DC

    DebC

    New England

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    I ordered the GRILLED chicken on ceasar salad The chicken was awful and was not grilled it was shredded chicken I didn't eat it .... We asked for salt and pepper never received that either... This is my 2nd attempt in 3 weeks to give it a 2nd chance I will not be back it is very hard to screw up chicken ceasar salad
  12. OF

    OliviaF

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The nachos are amazing here. From the view, service, and food, I always try to make it here a few times a summer.
  13. RO

    RichardOp

    New England

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Beer was flat
  14. m

    meh94

    New England

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful spot. Didn’t expect to wind up right on the deck overlooking the water but it was beyond perfect.
  15. JM

    JohnM

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Will come back again and again. You can't beat the view. The service and food was amazing. I was a little nervous bringing my 5 year old daughter. But they were super family friendly.
  16. L

    Lisa

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent server and the music and food were great!!
  17. JD

    JosephD

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was excellent food waitress and the view and weather was perfect
  18. BP

    BPfoodie

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    Location and vibe were excellent- we watched the sun set as we dined. Our server was lovely. Unfortunately our food left much to be desired - Cold calamari, bbq ribs that were dry and lacking sauce coating, Ribeye steak ordered med-rare came out BLACK and well-done tasting like char, green beans undercooked. The seafood casserole was very good though! We wanted to love it, but it was a multiple-strike food let down for us.
  19. P

    Pickle

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    The fries came out cold and the shrimp taco was cold also
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall2food5service1ambience5
    We had a friend in from out of state and wanted to have a nice meal by the water to visit. The person who “greeted” us at the hostess stand seemed to have a bit of an attitude from the start, she also ended up being our server. Her demeanor did not seem to get better during our interaction while ordering. The food and the ambiance at Thames is so fantastic, however; this server ruined our experience. Not sure as to when we will return as this has not left us with wanting to return anytime soon sad to say.
  21. M

    Mimi

    New England

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food and waitress were very good. The reason I only gave 4 stars is because the front hostess was not friendly at all. We arrived at 2pm and were told that we needed a reservation. That they did not accept walk ins before 4pm. There were plenty of open tables and waitstaff available. I told her I had just checked online and there were plenty of available tables. She replied you need a reservation in a rude tone. I went on my phone and went right to Open Table, made a reservation for 2:15, showed her my phone and I wish you could have seen the look on her face. She was not happy. I don't understand why they would turn people away if they had open tables and enough waitstaff. We were seated immediately! Ridiculous! I saw her turn other people away also; it was so hard not to run over to them and tell them just go on your phone and make a reservation.
  22. PA

    PatriciaA

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, the service was excellent. You can't get a nicer view for a dinner and sunset.
  23. m

    moendiane

    New England

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience2
    Got there early but they were still able to seat us. First table was so so but we asked our server if we could move and she very accommodating. Food was very good. We both had the sweet Chile salmon lo mein. A little pricey but it’s summer in Rhode Island so it’s to be expected.
  24. MC

    MichelleC

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    great environment, enjoyable, relaxing, and good food.
  25. DB

    DeborahB

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We planned a celebration for our running group. Restaurant was very accommodating. Went upstairs after dinner to watch the sunset . Good music and a great view! Love this restaurant!
  26. C

    Christi

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Service was great. Food came fast after ordering. Was there to see a band. Very crowded on the rooftop deck.
  27. VK

    VictoriaK

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Seated on the covered patio during a heatwave, we enjoyed the breeze off the water as well as the view. The meal itself was a "rush job" as our entrees arrived within minutes of the appetizer. We started with stuffed Quahogs - lots of breading and chorizo and very little Quahog. My shrimp tacos were definitely NOT Cajun spiced - in fact the shrimp were not seasoned at all; while drowning in chipotle aioli. The mango salsa was on point and the taco could have used more of it. My husband's fish sandwich had the haddock cooked perfectly however; the batter was undercooked and fell off. While the portion was huge, it was a bit too greasy. We were surprised by how "untidy" the place was. Granted, we were there on a late Saturday afternoon, but somebody should have been in charge of cleaning the food off the floor. On the bright side - the cocktail menu is a MUST - with 75 and Sunny not seen on anyone else's menu! They delivered on the sweet potato fries - super crunchy which provided a real depth of flavor.
  28. E

    Eileen

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Should have listened to the reviews. Our food was awful.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great location. The upstair bar has a great view and vibe
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Casual experience with a beautiful atmosphere!!
  31. DC

    DebC

    New England

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Very noisy The burgers we ordered medium were well done only at 1/4 of it... Never asked if we wanted anything else just gave the bill Not sure why but had 3 different servers which is ridiculous! Asked for extra napkins never came, asked for ice never came but one server was very good just too many people and very confusing and noisy
  32. KS

    KenS

    New England

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great staff water was the best
  33. JM

    JoeM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall3food1service5ambience3
    Fries were awful, soggy and limp. The Blackened Chicken Caesar Wrap wasn’t blackened and had no Caesar dressing on it. $5 for an Iced tea and $5 for a soda. Not going back there…
  34. DD

    DorothyD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    My husband and I had dinner here and we both really enjoyed it! Great service, beautiful view and breeze. The bacon wrapped scallops and the clam cakes were a little over cooked. Everything else was great.
  35. A

    Angela

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food3service2ambience5
    Beautiful resteraunt with a beautiful view. Waitress could have been better, didn't have much of a personality not very informative also had empty drinks w/dirty plates on the table for a while before she came over. My fiancée steak was very fatty.
  36. D

    Diningoutalot

    New England

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Beautiful view! Great service. Nice place to go on a date.
  37. L

    Lucy2king

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere and weather was awesome! Food was great
  38. RD

    RayD

    Bristol

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very nice setting, food and service................
  39. PD

    PamD

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    Service was very slow. Food and drinks had no tastes.
  40. JM

    JosephM

    New England

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Food was over priced for soggy Mediterranean wrap with chicken that was even grilled as on the menu. Chicken tasted like the Perdue shirt cut chicken for salads.

FAQs

Thames Waterside Bar & Grill is rated 4.2 stars by 813 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 22 times today
Google Map for Thames Waterside Bar & Grill

251 Thames St, Bristol, RI 02809

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    State St

  • Neighborhood

    Bristol, Rhode Island

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 11:30 am–1:00 am

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Ben Wachter

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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