Bristol Restaurants & Nightlife

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Bristol Restaurants & Nightlife

Bristol is one of the towns in the East Bay (outside of Newport) that has a strong nightlife scene. The waterfront area along Thames Street has several popular bars and restaurants. Roger Williams University plays a big part in the thriving bar scene due to the population of students in town. As far as dining, you have a great selection of seafood restaurants and local favorites spread throughout the downtown area, including diners, cafe’s, lunch spots, and more.

Food spots to check out:

Roberto's Restaurant

Roberto’s Italian Restaurant is a quaint restaurant in with a lot of heart and soul. With more than 20 years of serving fine Italian and Mediterranean cuisine in a casual setting, Roberto’s is a hometown favorite.

The Lobster Pot

New England is known for some of the best seafood in the world, and The Lobster Pot is where it's at! Serving up delectable entrees since 1929, complete with New England lobster and signature cocktails. Located on Narragansett Bay, don't miss this beautiful waterfront dining experience.

Bristol Sunset Cafe

A family-owned business that believes food is not only a necessity, but one of life’s most cherished pleasures. The team at Bristol Sunset Cafe values bringing people together in a comfy, neighborhood atmosphere, offering classic breakfast and lunch fare.

thai food

Tong Phoon Restaurant

Delicious, family-friendly Thai food. This is a favorite with the local community. Fantastic food in a simple, relaxed setting.

Thames Waterside Bar & Grill

Located downtown, offering fresh local seafood as well as classic comfort food, delicious cocktails, and outdoor seating with some of the best sunsets around. Stop in for live local music on the weekends.

Bristol House Of Pizza

Bristol House of Pizza is a great spot for lunch or dinner and a cold beer or glass of wine.

Bagel Sammy

Bristol Bagel Works

Making fresh bagels daily has been a passion for nearly 30 years. Bristol Bagel Works uses only the finest and freshest ingredients to create bagels and pastries that will fill your belly and warm your heart.

S.S. Dion

Family owned and operated since 1983, S. S. Dion overlooks Bristol Harbor with one of the best sunset views in town. A contemporary eatery focused on locally sourced seafood and produce.

Empire Tea & Coffee

This small cafe is the perfect spot to grab a drink before walking along the harbor.

The Beehive Bakery & Cafe

The Beehive celebrates scratch-made bread and baked goods, carefully crafted coffee, and wholesome, chef-prepared food. A true local favorite!

Pomodoro Italian Kitchen

Nestled in a quaint downtown neighborhood, Pomodoro shines as a local "Bring Your Own Bottle" (BYOB) establishment. Guests experience the warm ambiance and enticing aroma of authentic Italian dishes. Whether you're craving a classic pasta dish, pizza, or a comforting lasagna, their menu is designed to delight your taste buds.


Leo's Ristorante

Opened in 1948 by Italian immigrants, Pantaleone (Leo) Mancieri and his wife Virginia (Gina), this restaurant quickly gained a local following and has remained a popular eatery. Known for fresh Italian favorites and a friendly environment for customers.

Aidan's Pub

Nestled in the heart of historic Bristol with a fantastic view of the bustling waterfront, Aidan's Pub offers delicious food, over 80 beers from around the world, and a cozy, welcoming atmosphere. Menu features traditional Irish fare and much more, including their famous corned beef and cabbage dinner, fish and chips, mouthwatering burgers, creative salad entrees, a kids menu, and incredible daily specials.

Quito's Restaurant

Quitos exudes warmth and welcomes guests with open arms. With its cozy atmosphere, friendly staff, and a menu bursting with mouthwatering dishes, it's the perfect place to unwind and savor a delightful meal. Whether you're looking for a leisurely dinner with loved ones, a quick lunch catch-up with friends, or a solo meal at the bar, Quitos offers a relaxed setting where laughter flows as freely as the conversation. Come as you are, and leave with a satisfied heart, a full stomach, and a smile.

French Cuisine

Le Central

Le Central is a neighborhood bistro offering modern versions of French classics using local produce and fresh ingredients. The menu and wine list focus on affordable, eclectic and unique offerings.

Judge Roy Bean Saloon

Neighborhood haunt in a historic building, serving classic drinks and comfort food, often with a side of live music.

DeWolf Tavern

Located in the historic DeWolf Rum Distillery on the Thames Street Landing waterfront, in the heart of downtown Bristol. Guests can enjoy the bay breeze with cooling cocktails on the casual patio, dip inside for a glass of wine and a light meal in the downstairs tavern, or head upstairs to enjoy the view and fireplace with a bottle of fine wine and a special meal prepared by award winning Chef Sai.

Papa Joe’s Wrap Shack

Great wraps, pizza, and homemade soups - all in the same place! Vegetarian, not so vegetarian, and all in between.