Thames Waterside Bar & Grill

4.4
423 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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4.4
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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StephenC
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Bathrooms were dirty, no soap in men’s room, service was poor, waited a long time for a bottle of wine, clam cakes were dry, stuffed quahogs were burnt. The atmosphere in the patio/tent area was loud. Wouldn’t recommend it to anyone unless they made significant changes!

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Kimba
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Good food, portions, view and service...our go to when visiting the area.

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musicfreak
New England
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friday night fun. Music by Colby James and Jay Pacheco, made the night a blast. Good drinks, good service, good food. We will be back!

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CJay
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly, fun waiter, good menu and tasty food, awesome vibe and love music- all within covid protocols. Two thumbs up.

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JayceneC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and great service! We recommend this restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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OpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Had a great date night! Our server was attentive, the food and drinks came out in a timely manner. There was live music which was an added bonus that we were not expecting, definitely recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

The live entertainment and location were great. The food was sub par and the service okay at best.

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vipJohannaHussey
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice lunch spot. I appreciated having a lobster roll mid-winter with a water view! Great outside/covered patio seating for pandemic safety, but disappointed to see dead palms as ambiance. Either replace dead plants with live plants or remove completely.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter was top-notch — friendly, knew entire drinks/food menus and offered suggestions w/enthusiasm. Checked-in with us at least a half-dozen times over the course of an hour evening dinner. He smiled, shared, just seemed to love his job!

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vipRayco
New England
7 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food , view and staff! A great restaurant for enjoying food and atmosphere ! Been there many times and have never been disappointed! Can’t wait to go back again!!!👍

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vipMary
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went there for a casual dinner on New Year’s Eve and it was very good! The waitstaff is top notch and always on their game. Great place to stop in anytime!

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WendyM
New England
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything was delicious!

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vipJayP
New England
20 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

What a beautiful waterfront restaurant. We loved watching the sunset. The service and food was top-notch!

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vipJimB
New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service is by far the best on the East Bay!!

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vipRuthR
New England
12 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a normal Saturday date with mom:) love the winter specials and the ambience and service you can’t beat !

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LiliD
New England
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent view, food and service. New favorite! Lovely people.

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vipJimB
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service is the best in Rhode Island. The staff goes out of their way to make it a good experience. The food is some of the best anywhere. I find the food to better than the what you would get on Federal Hill and at a much better price.

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Mike
New England
10 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We have been dining at Thames Waterside for years. This year the chef and food have been excellent. And of course we always receive great service from Megan and Christina. The views are the best in Bristol.

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BettyB
New England
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We both ordered meals. The vegetable on both was brussell sprouts, not a fan!!! Maybe you should offer a variety of veggies!!

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RoyB
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a reservation, but had to wait due to a backlog of diners. Our seating was perfect...right on the water. Our young waiter was gracious and helpful. Food was very good. Location is perfect!

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SusanC
New England
9 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Beautiful Day on the deck at Thames Waterside, food was excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Requested inside ended up outside (too cold for outside). Seems they overbooked because long wait even with reservations.
Had a special, waiter told us one price but the check showed $8 more. We both heard the same price for the special
We did tip 20% regardless because of the industry

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LizMcG
New England
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have never had a bad experience here. The location is perfect, service is friendly and fast, and the food is awesome.

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vipRobinC
New England
9 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So sorry to say good/be to Sarah for the season. She made our summer!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
27 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Nice spot on the water. Food was good but nothing special. Service took a while but it seemed like the waitress had a lot of tables which isn’t her fault. She was very nice. On the open table app it said “view Bill” when I clicked on it it was completely the wrong Bill. We got a full meal with one beer...the Bill showed three cocktails and no food, was a little confused by that. Overall I’d say go there for the location not the food.

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NicolaeD
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great view from the patio, the server was very nice and fast, and the entire stuff was great! Will go again!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
15 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were here on Thursday with friends and we had Megan as our server she was awesome- so awesome that we came back again on Saturday and asked for Megan again. Sadly she was off but we were once again blessed with Great service when we had Sara as our waitress! She was also equally as awesome and friendly as Megan! Great food Great service and we got super lucky that it was 75 degrees on this beautiful November afternoon on the water in Bristol. We sat outside and enjoyed every minute! Never felt rushed and even the busboy was extra courteous!
The new fall Menu was superb- i wish they had superfood salad all year long but that was ok and got us to change it up. We ordered appetizers- Shortrib Arancini, Short Rib Crostini the Calamari and wings- all excellent! Onion soup , Clam Chowder both very good !!! Chicken cesar wrap was a good size and sow was the Grilled Chicken Cesar Salad!
Get the Sangria its super good!

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vipSamiraZ
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous location on the water, great food and excellent service. Plus it’s adjacent to a very nice pedestrian path so you can walk off your meal.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We left. Their outside seating was on a plastic enclosed deck with no open window/door ventilation or fans. We did not feel safe during a pandemic.

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NickiS
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We felt safe, the food was tasty, the portions were generous, our server was helpful. We would definitely go again.

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DSJE
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food was and drinks were great. A little pricey. We felt social distancing could have been a little better. Tables seemed to close. Wait staff great!

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vipDebS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The haddock was excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome, great sunset and wonderful food

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ChefMikey
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This never fails to impress..
Simply the best clam chowder and fish and chips around including Boston.

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TedM
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location looking over the water. Food and drinks were excellent. Great service.

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vipKenS
New England
18 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food service was beyond belief Meagan V was one of the best waitresses we have had equal to Kristen. Heat sitting on the patio watching the boats. Service not rushed a great experience

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
11 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice place on the water. Great service.

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Mike
New England
10 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Even on a day of drizzle, the atmosphere and view of the water is still beautiful. The service is always excellent and the food is consistently delicious.

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vipTaniaC
Jackson Hole
12 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall very good! Clam chowder was the best we had all week. Tuna steak was very good. Everything else was good as well. The interior decor leaves a little to be desired but I’m guessing if it was warm and the wall/tarps on the porch were up we’d never have noticed!! We’d go back.

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Thames Waterside Bar & Grill is rated 4.4 stars by 423 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.