About Jo's American Bistro

24 Memorial Blvd West
Newport, RI 02840
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A fresh take on American cuisine using the finest ingredients, served in an upscale setting with a casual and friendly atmosphere. We prepare delectable seafood, numerous gluten-free options, and natural meats raised without hormones or antibiotics wherever possible. Prix fixe menu Sunday through Wednesday and half-price bar menu Friday and Sunday evenings.

Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
5:00pm - 9:30pm Sunday - Thursday
5:00pm - 10:00pm Friday
5:00pm - 10:00pm Saturday
Lunch Saturday and Sunday 12:00-3:30

Cross Street:
Bellevue Avenue

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(401) 847-5506

Website:
http://josamericanbistro.com/

Entertainment:
Friday 7 pm-10 pm
Sunday 5:30 -8:30

Executive Chef:
Brian Ruffner

Additional:
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Jo's American Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

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food4
ambience4
service5

Nice menu selection & the service was ex ...

Dined 2 days ago

Nice menu selection & the service was excellent. I had the Predator Old Vine Zinfandel & it was awesome!

food2
ambience4
service3
value2

What's hapen to Joe

Dined 3 days ago

We have been to this restaurant several times and enjoyed our meals every time until this visit. Food was bland. My fish was under cooked. Desert (flourless chocolate cake) was generous & delicious. My wife's peach infused prosecco was strange.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Food was good, music was horrible

Dined on April 24, 2016

Our food was good, hot and tasty. The apple dessert was very good, but the pastry part was not flaky, far from it. Our server was nice, but their uniforms need to be clean and pressed-first impression. They had a musician and he was in my opinion, awful and way too loud. Jo, the gm, was their, working away, being very friendly, Jimmy, her assistant was very helpful. We'll be back as clearly they have improved a lot.

Tags: fit for foodies
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Small by Suprise

Dined on April 17, 2016

This restaurant was amazing. They had lovely staff and the food was great. The staff was friendly, and offered great menu suggestions. I ordered a burger and my mother ordered a fish filet sandwich. Both meals were delightful.

Tags: kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service4
value4

Must try!

Dined on April 16, 2016

We ordered the lobster roll, steak and salmon— all were delicious! Bread with olives is a great way to start the meal. Did feel a tiny bit rushed as the server cleared so much off the table as we were finishing up. She was very nice about it though. Other than that, it was a great experience!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Intimate setting

Dined on April 14, 2016

Great location in the downtown area with intimate seating arrangements. Service was excellent and the food was top notch all around. Prices were fair for the area and our party of 7 had high 5's all around for the total experience. Thanks ..!!

Tags: great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

Great Food

Dined on April 9, 2016

We had an excellent experience at Jo's. Great food, great service, great value! It was Restaurant Week so we got in on a three course meal for $35 per person.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Awesome Dinner!

Dined on April 9, 2016

We have not been disappointed at Jo's yet. When friends come to town, we take them here because the food is delicious, the wine, drinks are great and we always have great service. It is a nice place, but also pretty casual. The fried oysters are our "go to" appetizer. I think they know when we walk in to just put 2 orders in before we even order drinks! Highly recommend Jo's America Bistro.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Outstanding dishes all the way around.

Dined on April 2, 2016

Took advantage of Restaurant weeks 3 course dinners. The lobster pasta dish was incredible...must have had half a lobster in it and very tasty, for $35 the diner was a steal. The ambiance nice, service very attentive and engaging/fun. This moves way up the list of places to go in Newport.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food3
ambience5
service5
value4

Great staff, food mediocre

Dined on April 2, 2016

The food wasn't the best, wasn't bad either. Staff was very attentive and the ambiance was good.

Tags: special occasion, great for lunch
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

Jo's is one of our go to restaurants in Newport

Dined on March 26, 2016

Never had a bad meal there and they always treat you well. They are also willing to customize some dishes. An all around fine restaurant. Also love the bar and decor

Tags: good for groups, romantic, special occasion
food4
ambience5
service5
value5

So good we went back

Dined on March 21, 2016

Went to Jo's for my birthday in August. My husband has a severe issue with soy and often has trouble finding food at restaurants. Because Jo's chefs make all the sauces and marinades and even desserts my husband was able to eat much on the menu. It was so easy in August that we just went back for a quick weekend away in Newport just to go eat again at Jo's. Again they had great selections for him to eat - including the salad dressing and the chocolate flourless cake. Cannot remember the last time he was able to eat a delicious chocolate dessert at a restaurant. He had the swordfish the first time and the pork chop this time. I had steak the first time and the duck this time and all were superb. We'll be back.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
food4
ambience5
service5
value4

Great food

Dined on March 20, 2016

Food was awesome . Dessert looked awesome but all of them had alcohol so for folks in recovery limited choices ice cream only. Diet Coke was watery but fixable.

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch
food4
ambience3
service4
value4

An all-around positive experience.

vip
Dined on March 14, 2016

It was a rainy Monday night in March, definitely an off time in the off season, but we were greeted warmly and treated well. The mid-week winter special is a real steal, $20.95 for an appetizer, entree and glass of wine. A tasty, substantial salad was followed by perfectly-prepared salmon on lentils, and the warm olive rolls were a welcome addition. All four of us were tempted by dessert and my chocolate stout with vanilla ice-cream was odd, but a fun way to end the meal. I'll definitely return.

food5
ambience5
service5

Fried Oyster appetizer was amazing!

Dined on March 13, 2016

Fried Oyster appetizer was amazing!

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great food

Dined on March 6, 2016

Had some of the best food here. It was delicious, and I know food. I like a place that takes typical food and adds flavors that are unusual. This is what they do. Fried polenta. Red cabbage that has added flavors. A pork chop that is juicy. Crispy cooked kale. A wonderful dinner. The ambience is perfect, a bit rustic, though with white table clothes. Very friendly staff and attentive, friendly service. All and all a great dining experience.

Tags: fit for foodies
food4
ambience5
service4
value4

A relaxing atmosphere & great food

Dined on March 5, 2016

We usually visit Newport in the summer and understand why Jo's always has a crowd. The food is excellent. Our server (Neil) was attentive without being intrusive. We will definitely return and recommend Jo's to our friends.

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value3

great experience

Dined on February 20, 2016

Excellent service! Staff were warm and attentive. Food was delicious.

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Wonderful food and service, excellent value!

Dined on February 16, 2016

My husband and I enjoyed wonderful meals from the Prix Fixe menu. Service was terrific and the food extremely well-priced for the quality. The wine list was unusual and very fairly priced. Our server couldn't have been better. Thanks!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service5
value3

Very nice on a cold weekend.

Dined on February 14, 2016

Strip steak was a little tough. Bar was nice. Service was very good.

Tags: neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

New favorite

Dined on February 13, 2016

First visit was a success! Owner could not have been more accommodating and friendly. Server was personable and extremely competent. Food was delicious, above expectations to be honest. Prices were fair. Wonderful night and loved the atmosphere and friendly neighborhood yet romantic feel. Well done!

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service3
value4

A Charming Spot

vip
Dined on February 13, 2016

We've been to Jo's American Bistro a few times and it's always been quite a fun night. This past visit was no exception. Wonderful food and warm, efficient service. The calamari is great, with fried lemon slices and a tart, delicious sauce (served in a plastic ramekin though which is somewhat off-brand). The pork chop was excellent as was the steak frites. A slight hiccup in service was gracefully taken care of by the manager. I was somewhat apprehensive to see that there was live music. After a long week, I want to talk to my husband and relax. The good thing about JAB is that the music really did enhance the evening and was not disruptive; just a nice backdrop (though many were actively enjoying it in the bar).

Tags: neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Fantastic restaurant with great food.

Dined on February 12, 2016

Our server Alex. was great ,she was able to guide us through the menu explaining what the entree tasted like and a visual of it and service.

Tags: great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

A new favorite

Dined on February 12, 2016

As a local who mostly avoids going into Newport in the summer we had not yet tried Jo's, a relatively new restaurant in town. We finally tried it and were pleasantly surprised to discover a terrific place that is now at the top of our fave list for a special dinner. Decor is pleasing - elegant yet cozy. Service was friendly and expert and our party of six ordered a variety of selections that all received rave reviews regarding presentation and taste. Entrees included duck, seafood fra diavolo, pork chop, salmon, and shrimp - all delicious. Prices were fair for the high quality of the menu offerings and service. We were headed to a play and did not have time to order desserts so will look forward to that on our next visit. Which will be soon!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great place.

Dined on February 1, 2016

Just the kind of food we were looking for. Friendly, helpful staff. Good food. Not a huge menu. Winter deals. Very pleasant evening. Hope they are still there when we visit again.

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service4

Great neighborhood hangout. People are v ...

vip
Dined on January 23, 2016

Great neighborhood hangout. People are very friendly and the food is always enjoyable.

food4
ambience5
service5
value5

The Ideal Dinner

Dined on January 2, 2016

We were a group of four with very different taste in food. The restaurant was ideal as the menu offered a nice selection of options. The quality, value and taste was excellent. There are many choices in Newport but we would definitely eat here again if we are return. The server was attentive and friendly.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience3
service4
value4

Nice Meal

Dined on January 1, 2016

We were offered a table right next to a table with two young children, which we declined.. and things got much better after that. Nice meal, friendly waitress.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great meal!

vip
Dined on January 1, 2016

We had another great dinner at Jo's and truly enjoyed all of the food and drinks! We asked to sign up for their frequent diner's club and since we had been there before, they gave us a credit on goodwill. Excellent service and excellent food. We will be back again. P.S. Order the truffle French fries!

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Underrated Gem

Dined on January 1, 2016

I absolutely adore this restaurant. The service is spectacular. Accommodating and welcoming without overbearing, and the owner is an absolute delight! I've ordered the Steak Frites and Four Cheese Pasta, both of which were spectacular! Flavorful and expertly prepared.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

New Year's Eve dinner

Dined on December 31, 2015

This was our first visit to the restaurant, chosen based on open table reviews. This was a dining experience a step above some of the "brass rail" type restaurants in Newport. I selected the prix fix menu and my boyfriend ordered from the regular menu. Both dinners were equally enjoyable. We had a table in the upstairs dining room which was intimate and nicely lighted. Service was attentive but not intrusive. We will definitely return to Jo's on our next trip to Newport.

Tags: romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Had a wonderful time. Great food, good s ...

Dined on December 31, 2015

Had a wonderful time. Great food, good service, attentive staff. Already planning our next trip back

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups
food4
ambience3
service4

Good place. Try it.

Dined on December 9, 2015

Had this restaurant recommended by our Innkeeper the first time. Had better service, food and much better price then many of the more pricey spots we tried. We made a point of returning on this trip. Again, good food, good and friendly service and good price in a cozy spot. Enough said!

Tags: neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service5

Excellent Moderately-priced Restaurant

vip
Dined on December 4, 2015

There are several expensive well-regarded restaurants in Newport that qualify as places for a special occasion, but Jo's is a worthwhile alternative if you are just looking for a good meal. We enjoyed the spicy calamari with the fried lemon in particular, but the salmon and duck breast were also tasty and memorable - the vanilla glaze on the duck complemented the fowl quite well. Our waitress was solicitous throughout the meal, and her suggestions provided a helpful guide.

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

The sticky duck was absolutely fabulous. ...

Dined on November 25, 2015

The sticky duck was absolutely fabulous. Our server was very attentive, polite and cheerful. Very enjoyable.

food5
ambience4
service5

Dinner @ Jo's American Bistro

Dined on November 21, 2015

My wife and I had dinner for our anniversary, we ordered the fried oysters and this was the start of a WOW dinner. The presentation was outstanding, 6 oysters each in their spoon with a delightful sauce and they just were a delight to the palate. Rolls were also served, which were fresh and warm. Then the lobster bisque, served at room temperature, another delight. We both ordered the cod, the presentation superb, vegetables on the side decorating the plate, a healthy serving of cod, and very fresh. Dessert was no disappointment, apple cobbler of some sort, soft pastry with apples, very nice. Each serving was brought by someone other than the waiter who was just delightful and charming. Can't wait to return in the future, we are not from the area.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience5
service5

Great food with great service

Dined on November 14, 2015

Loved the food and the service. Hot and delicious in a great atmosphere. Bar was hopping so make ressies. Worth every penny!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience4
service3

Highly recommend, especially if you're in a hurry.

vip
Dined on November 13, 2015

Lovely restaurant; fabulous meal! Too many table attendants--meal felt rushed.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
food4
ambience5
service5

Great addition to Newport

Dined on November 8, 2015

This was my first time at Jo's and I went for restaurant week. One problem with RW is most restaurants kind of skimp on what they serve where it's supposed to be an opportunity to show new diners why they should come back. This place did not skimp at all and definitely impressed. The duck drumettes were amazing. the lobster carbonara had PLENTY of lobster and was very delicious. I was impressed, actually. The weakest part was the creme brule. It lacked flavor and sweeteness. This is why the food gets 4 instead of 5 stars.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

As always a great meal! The clam chowder ...

Dined on November 8, 2015

As always a great meal! The clam chowder was amazing! Lobster carbonara had a generous portion of lobster. The short rib was fall off the bone tender and vegis were perfectly cooked.

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