About Jo’s

Welcome to Jo’s American Bistro, a restaurant located in the heart of Newport, Rhode Island. Our American cuisine offers a casual yet upscale setting and has a menu full of Jo’s Original entrees, appetizers, greens and drinks. We offer a selection from local Rhode Island producers and whenever possible, use natural meats with no hormones or antibiotics.

Let our family serve your family dinner.

Owner, Joann Carlson

Joann Carlson has spent her whole life in the restaurant business. Her passion for food can be traced back through her family’s roots. Her grandparents owned a fish packing company on the wharfs of downtown Newport and her family owned Dry Dock Seafood, one of Newport’s legendary Thames Street restaurants. When they closed the restaurant after 23 years, Joann co-owned and operated Percy’s Bistro. Prior to opening Jo’s American Bistro, Joann worked for Newport Harbor Corporation as a restaurant manager at 22 Bowen’s Wine Bar & Grille. Joann is as comfortable in the dining room as she is in the kitchen. Growing up with the restaurant as a family endeavor, she knows no other way to treat her staff and guests but as family. Visiting Jo’s American Bistro will seem as if you are sitting down to dinner in her home. And there is something to be said for having an Italian mother and grandmother to teach you how to cook and entertain with love and passion.

IN THE PRESS

NEWPORT, R.I. — The beauty of the Newport dining scene is there are as many atmospheres as there are restaurants. Diners seeking virtually any style of food and service are well-served by the lively hospitality business.

On Memorial Drive, there’s another new restaurant owner sharing her passion for all-American bistro food, plus a few Italian specialties, in a most stylish way.

Joann Carlson is the Jo in Jo’s American Bistro. She took over the space that housed Puerini’s for years and turned it into two floors of dining space with different moods depending on where you sit. The first floor features a long community table and long bar that lend themselves to large parties and event dining. Upstairs are romantic dining tables, a bar with a stunning onyx feature wall, and a porch for outdoor seating.

Just before she took on the building of a new place, Carlson worked for Newport Harbor Corporation as a restaurant manager at 22 Bowen’s Wine Bar & Grille, starting in 2006. She grew up in the business as her grandparents owned a fish packing company in Newport and her family owned Dry Dock Seafood on Thames. When they closed the restaurant after 23 years, Carlson, who grew up in Bristol, also co-owned Percy’s Bistro on Thames.

The menu has bistro favorites including excellent Steak Frites with hormone-free beef, and Statler chicken. Seafood dishes include tender scallops, peppercorn-crusted tuna and lighter fare such as fish tacos and lobster rolls. Gluten free items are noted on the menu and chef Matthew Preble can adjust dishes as needed. Italian dishes include a Frutti di Mare seafood bowl, asparagus and ravioli and specials that might include a chicken piccata.

A fixed-price dinner special is offered for $19.95 Sunday to Wednesday.

It’s generally easier to park along Memorial Boulevard than in downtown Newport but Jo’s also has two-hour validated parking in the Bellevue Gardens parking lot.

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