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. Our culinary philosophy is farm to table . We offer all natural meats with no hormones or antibiotics. Let our family serve your family dinner.


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.

Executive Chef:

Matthew Preble is a native of North Kingstown, RI where he grew up on his family’s farm. This is the origin of his passion for the highest quality of fresh, local food. He has a Culinary Arts Degree from Johnson & Wales University and vast knowledge of different types of cuisine. His positions have included Sous Chef at The Chanler and Salvation Café, Executive Sous Chef at The Mooring Seafood Kitchen & Bar and 22 Bowens Wine Bar & Grille, and opened the kitchen at Keenwah. His creativity and use of the finest ingredients are the perfect recipe for a meal you won’t soon forget.