Thames Waterside Bar & Grill

4.4
486 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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TrisaVP
New England
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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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KerrieB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting and amazing food!!!
Our table was ready right at the time of our reservation.

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Frank
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience3

What a waste of a location! Beautiful water front location with magnificent views, but terrible food & service. Both draught beers that we ordered they did not have, (they were printed in the menu). Brought the wrong drinks, TWICE, insisting that we ordered a Mojito, which we didn't. Clam cakes resembled dense golf balls & were uncooked in the center. When we mentioned this to the waitress she said, "show me where it isn't cooked in the middle". Fish sandwich was fair but greasy. Littlenecks dinner w/ linguisa was good but instead of "grilled bread" we had two slices of white toast. We had to ask another waiter to find our waitress after missing for a long while.
Truly a beautiful area and a second floor deck totally unused. Whomever owns this , you have a gold mine location, but a step below Applebee's restaurant.

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vipRayco
New England
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love everything about Thames.Can’t wait to get back there again. View, food and staff are fantastic!

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Cindy
New England
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There is no better fish and chips in Rhode Island! The food is so fresh and delicious. The view is fantastic. The servers are extremely nice and helpful to you when making menu choices. The atmosphere is really upbeat and fun. You won’t find a better spot in Bristol to eat.

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BRIANH
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a beautiful day, doors were opened and the food was delicious

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vipbostonbuy
Miami
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time when ever we are there and the food is great as well

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COURTNEYD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The view, service and food was great can't wait to go again.

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DENISEM
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great waitress. Make reservation.

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MaryB
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was great as always and can’t beat the location. Can’t wait for the roof deck to open!

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jeniclaire
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

the lobster mac n cheese was dry. the ceasar salad was poorly done. bottled dressing? too thick. should have nice bright flavor with fresh lemon etc. not difficult. lettuce was old.

staff water very nice and working hard to serve. great staff. bisque okay. I don't think seafood the best here. cool location. up the food quality and got a winner.

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viproey
New England
99 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had a party of 5 on the outside deck on Mother's day. There was a nice crowd and service was great! Good cocktails. Our meals of lobster mac and cheese, braised rib of beef, Shepard's pie, fish and chips, rib-eye steak and children's mac and cheese were all delicious. You can't beat the view. We recommend this restaurant and will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
7 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother’s Day - impeccable service and location

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MarkD
New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Overall good service and food

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vipScottW
New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great spot,great views..good food..fun

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JayA
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fish and chips is truly delicious and easily enough for 2+
Beautiful view and great service.
Menu is wonderful. Fish tacos great.

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AnneM
New England
13 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went on Sunday, it was a beautiful afternoon in the 70's and everything was great. We had great service from our server and food was delicious. They also serve big portions of food, so bring your appetite. There is no cocktail menu, only on their roof deck during the peak summer months, but they do have a full bar.

The only downside was that their outdoor seating, that we made our reservation for, wasn't really outdoor. We were on their back patio which was completely covered and their sides, that my guess roll up in the summer, were all down so you were technically still sitting inside. They have a limited number of actual outdoor tables which were located to the right of the back patio. I would guess when it gets warmer, or after Memorial Day, the roof deck and the outdoor seating actually opens up.

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RichardOp
New England
7 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Located right on the water. Great summer spot for casual dining.

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SherieS
New England
8 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again, Thames Waterside Bar and Grill did not disappoint. The waitress we had was so amazingly awesome! Food is yummy, salad fresh.

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DonnaA
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and service, nice water views. Had fun!

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vipKyleH
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice day, nice place on the water in Bristol, RI.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

The heavy female bartender was rude & condescending
I’m sure if we had a diff server the experience would have been better

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it!!!

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MeredithC
New England
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great time under the tent listening to live music. Food was yummy and service was fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great food! Excellent service & beautiful waterfront establishment.

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Lynn
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience4

The food was terrible and overpriced! I had eggplant rolatini. It was described as “ Golden fried eggplant…“. The coating on the egg plant was thick and soggy, as if it had been reheated in a microwave, etc. The charges were on par with wonderful restaurants like the boathouse in Tiverton... Such a shame to have a wonderfully located restaurant not have a quality chef. My Hello diners had similar experiences With their menu choices...aweful!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We sat outdoors
A bit chilly but fine in the corner where we sat
Staff was accommodating
Food was great
We told therm that it was a very special anniversary (50)
And they surprised us with a wonderful
scrumptious desserts!
Really wonderful!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place never disappoints all the food in the menus are all awesome! We have tried the steak tips (my son’s ultimate favorite) both the pesto and , jambalaya penne, the pulled pork, the bourbon burger, chicken wings, the little necks, clam chowder and nachos, calamari they are all delicious. Staffs and restaurant manager are always attentive and on spot with your requests! I definitely highly recommend this place. My 13yrs old son and I always come here like literally 3x a week this says a lot for this restaurant getting our business.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, location and service.

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KevinW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Visited Roger Williams University for a college tour. Heard about Thames and booked a reservation. We were seated promptly at our reservation time. Offered us a choice of seating options as it was pretty windy and cold outdoors. Opted for the inside seating.
Service was great. Our server was personable and professional.
Our party ordered the seared salmon (x2), fish and chips and lobster Mac and cheese. All of our selections came out hot and delicious. Salmon was cooked perfectly, the battered haddock was delicious, and the lobster Mac and cheese was super rich and creamy.
(On a side note.......Need to get the egg roll appetizer back on the menu😉)
Our experience was great. I recommend you try Thames when in the area!!!

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KatelynL
New England
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, service was great, and ambiance was perfect!

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LLYNN
New England
5 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful day, so happy we were seated outside. Our waitress was a delight and helpful. Food could have been served bit warmer but still yummy.

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Michele
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Friendly staff, good food, beautiful view from the outside deck

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RZWB
New England
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food was very good. Calamari is delicious. Also, the beef short rib on crostini. Sweet potatoe fries are the best.

We asked for outside seating, we were in the closed in outside , water view but not really outside. It was still early spring so I understand the plastic was still on windows.

Beautiful view and easy parking.

We will go back .

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic view and food!

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MaureenG
New England
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Second time I have eaten at Thames. Service is great and quality of food is always fresh. Would highly recommend if you are in the Bristol area.

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AnthonyP
New England
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall4food2service2ambience3

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vipKateM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jamie and crew are amazing and the venue is beautiful. Thanks for a great afternoon as always!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were on our first long weekend since covid.

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BernardZ
New England
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Best view of the harbor

FAQs

Thames Waterside Bar & Grill is rated 4.4 stars by 486 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.