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The Beach House

4.5
742 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Welcome to The Beach House, a casual family friendly restaurant, serving contemporary American cuisine as well as typical New England favorites. Perfectly located along the East Bay bike path overlooking Bristol harbor. Please select outdoor table to book our new igloos!
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
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4.5
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4.7
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4.3
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipPKDIII
New England
25 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent - menu selections, food quality, wait staff, overall value. First experience - will be back for sure!

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MarkD
New England
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The Beach House is a great place for food and drinks on Bristol Harbor. The views, food and service all add up to a good time for all.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Unfortunately our reservation was for 7:15, and when we arrived the very pleasant hostess stated they are running an hr late. We contemplated staying but forms a couple seats at the bar. The place was very busy, their was only one bartender serving the bar and entire restaurant. She initially didn’t see us sit, but was very pleasant and apologetic. She did state they don’t have a busser or food runner, which may help to flip tables. Unfortunately we won’t be returning despite the food being ok

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

We had a reservation for 7pm and arrived on time. Originally were told that there was a slight delay and we could sit in the bar until the table was ready. It ended up being a 50 minute delay before we were seated and there was very little apology from staff. We ordered food & drink and there was at least a 20 minute wait for drinks being delivered to the table. The food was decent, however they mixed up the rarity on two steaks. Likely will not visit again on my next trip to Rhode Island unfortunately.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Had to wait until 8 to be seated when we had a reservation for 7

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Waited 35 min to be seated despite having a reservation and being told it would be 10-15z. No apology. Noted on reservation it was a birthday celebration. When finally seated, asked to sit in one of the outdoor “bubble pods” as one was available and it had gotten quite a bit colder outside while waiting (reservation was for outdoors due to Covid and made for early evening to accommodate for it getting chilly by the water in the evening). Was told no, pods had to be reserved specially. Asked how, as you can only reserve indoor or outdoor seating. Told by unfriendly hostess that it was based on who booked the time first (I booked a week in advance when there were ample times available, but OK). Sat for 10 minutes, freezing, during which no one came to wait on us, no one was seated at the table we requested, and presumably lots of other people waited past their reservation time while a premium table remained empty. Left angry, without eating, and found somewhere else to celebrate my mother’s birthday. Will not be returning, as they clearly do not care about accommodating guests or customer service. Please note that I almost never leave reviews, but this was the worst experience I can remember having at a restaurant in years.

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vipStacieH
New England
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

So disappointed. I have never made a reservation only to show up and then be told we had to wait 40 minutes because there were other people ahead of us. When I double checked to make sure they understood I had a reservation they acted like I had three heads and did not understand that a reservation was only contingent upon what bad decision they had made about seating earlier parties. We left. Didn’t eat there and never will go back. Poor front house management.

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LaizK
New England
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

They couldn’t keep the reservation that we had for 3 people at 1:45 last Saturday , the hostess were very confused and overwhelmed!

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Pennyantac
New England
5 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Service was very slow - waited quite awhile to get check and checkout

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OpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Great views. Good food. Horrible service. Took more than 2.5 for lunch. Waitstaff was not attentive nor apologetic for the delay.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience4

If I could rate the service I would give it less than 1 star. We ended up at the Beach Club on Saturday afternoon because we wanted to enjoy the beautiful weather. We arrived at 12:30, had a drank at the bar and then sat down at 1pm for our reservation. We weren’t greeted by a waitress until we had to track one down asking if she was our waitress. We ordered another round of drinks through the first waitress who wasn’t ours, and the drinks came out incorrectly. I ordered an aperol spritz and they brought me sangria. We then put in apps, which came out 40 minutes later. After realizing how long it took just to get more drinks and apps, we put in our entrees. A salad and a wrap. Our waitress came over and asked if we wanted to see a dessert menu BEFORE we even had our entrees. Our entrees didn’t arrive until 3:10pm. My salad came without dressing and I asked the waitress TWICE and she never ended up bringing it. We will not be going back anytime soon and we definitely wouldn’t recommend our experience to other people in the area which is sad because the beach house has potential but the wait staff is horrific.

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JulieS
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful!!!!! Can’t wait for warmer weather. Beautiful location!

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TracyU
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We made a reservation for two for 7:30, weren’t seated until 7:50 at a four top, then asked to move to a two-top. Saw seats at the bar so sat there. Had to wait long for drinks and even longer for food. The food tasted good but it was luke warm. Bartender made great drinks and was personable. She did a great job in an impossible situation of making drinks for the whole place while serving meals to those sitting at the bar. My date forgot his credit card there so I called the day after to see if it was there and you can’t get anyone to answer the phone. It goes to voice mail, which directs you to their website, so there’s no way to get a hold of anyone live. I think our experience wasn’t so great due to poor management. We’ve been here several times in the summer and it’s never been like this. Will give it a try again maybe in the summer when hopefully the kinks are worked out but not coking back any time soon.

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vipTimO
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

After reading all of the reviews about this place, and having experienced it for myself, I recall a poem by Longfellow:

" There was a little girl, who had a little curl, right in the middle of her forehead. When she was good, she was very good indeed. But when she was bad she was horrid. "

It's a crap shoot here. I'm not willing to gamble another $200 that my next experience will be better than horrid.

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vipKarenS
New England
7 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The Beach house staff were welcoming, positive and provided excellent service. They have done a great job of responding to the need to keep social distance and keep diners safe while enjoying their beautiful bayside location.

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vipSusanM
New England
37 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful anniversary dinner, thanks to our server Stephanie and the delicious food. We had blue crab fritters, then the seafood risotto and New York strip for entrees, followed by the chocolate lava cake. Sangria was perfect, too. Highly recommend.

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ACAT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ALWAYS fantastic!

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ChiaraD
New England
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience4

They lost our reservation for an igloo and then didn’t seat us in a heated section, they were out of 90% of the menu and didn’t tell us until we had waited over an hour. Was very expensive.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Service was terrible. Food underwhelming. Will not be returning to this restaurant.

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robertb
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Sat outside and all tables waited over 40 minutes for food. Ordered clam cakes and chowder and a child’s grilled cheese waited over 40 minutes to get fed. Poor kid was starving and they keep pushing alcohol while your waiting. Food was okay except cheese wasn’t even melted in sandwich.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The music felt like being in a club but everything else was perfect

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BristolResident
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

I was disappointed in my meal. Appetizer of crab balls were so over cooked I could barely cut them. I had a chicken Caesar salad. Chicken was over cooked and salad was dry.

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vipKellyH
New England
14 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Service great. Had two appetizers. Chili wings and short rib nacho . Wings were super messy and just o.k. Nacho was very greasy. Maybe we made the wrong choices but didn't feel well after from all the grease. Cute atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Our server was very nice but had too many tables. Service was slow. They actually ran out of all vegetables, so we couldn’t get vegetables with our meals. Then they ran out of the special filet meal (this was a Saturday night). Only one of the 4 people who ordered it in our party were able to get it. Other than those things, the rest of the food and desserts were great.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there and we loved it. Can’t wait to go back in the summer

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Lisajinky
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved the Beach House..food was phenomenal. I would go again.

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DeniseC
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress, Courtney , was exceptional on all levels, thank you for a wonderful experience .

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Mike
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very spirited restaurant, great outdoor seating/experience with ocean views, and wonderful service. Food is good.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great bartender. Wonderful personality and she made fantastic suggestions!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

the bartender Courtney was great and the overall service was good but they were out of many menu options and was a bit over priced. while I wanted the wild mushroom ravioli they were all out instead had to have a Caesar salad with shrimp which cost me over $20

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CourtneyK
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time eating at The Beach House and I will definitely be back. The food and drinks were so delicious and the whole staff was friendly. Would strongly recommend eating here

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MarisaA
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for Valentine’s Day and the food was spectacular! The lobster bisque was creamy with lots of lobster meat, super delicious! The steak and gnocchi was also to die for! Will definitely go again hopefully to enjoy the deck in the summer.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice!!!! Great Valentines Dinner! Lobster Ravioli was fabulous & Wild Mushroom Ravioli was so flavorful!!!
We will be back!!

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AllanV
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall2food5service2ambience1

The room was very HOT, made for a very uncomfortable meal.

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DanielleS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always good, menu is not too big/not too small - lots of cocktails, wines and beers to choose from. What I think makes it memorable is the manager visits every table (regardless how busy it is) to ensure customer satisfaction.

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CharlotteSalzillo12
Bristol
6 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a reservation and unfortunately had to sit at the bar (first come first serve) because we waited 20mins and still had no table!
We were NOT upset as it was Valentines weekend and it was nice to see it busy. As it has been a trying year!
Will definitely come back 🤗

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you - great Valentine’s day dinner - our family had a blast

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very comfortable seating in the igloos and food was very good

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always outstanding!! The service, the food, the view! The best

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vipBarbaraC
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great meal in the igloo and saw a lovely sunset!

FAQs

The Beach House offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (401) 253-1566.

The Beach House is rated 4.5 stars by 742 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.