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 downtown Bristol that has a lot of heart and soul. Celebrating 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. Since 1929, The Lobster Pot in Bristol, RI has served up delectable seafood entrees, complete with New England lobster and signature cocktails. Located on the Narragansett Bay, they offer a 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. We value the prospect of bringing people together with something we all have in common: the need for nourishment and the desire to enjoy it in good company.

thai food

Tong Phoon Restaurant

Delicious, family friendly Thai food. This is a favorite with the local community. Fantastic food, Great Staff, and I hear that the coconut cake desert is a must try!

Thames Waterside Bar & Grill

Thames Waterside is located downtown in the quintessential town of Bristol, RI. Offering fresh local seafood as well as classic comfort food, delicious cocktails, and outdoor seating the best sunsets around. Open all year round, this pub like restaurant offers the best of both beautiful summer days and quiet cozy New England winters.

Live music featuring local artists on the weekend - playing the rooftop deck durring spring and summer.

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

Bristol Bagel Works, makes fresh bagels daily and that has been their passion for almost 30 years. They use only the finest and freshest ingredients to create bagels and pastries that will fill your belly and warm your heart. Go check them out  - your taste buds will thank you!

S.S. Dion

Family owned and operated since 1983, S. S. Dion overlooks Bristol Harbor with one of the best sunset views in town. Our focus is locally sourced seafood and produce.

Empire Coffee

Located right on the water in Bristol, this small location is perfect to grab a drink before walking along the harbor.

The Beehive Cafe

The Beehive Pantry celebrates scratch-made bread and baked goods, carefully crafted coffee, and wholesome, chef-prepared food.

Pomodoro Pizzeria

Pomodoro Pizzeria is a Micheletti family run and operated business going back three generations. Creating only the finest Italian comfort food. Pomodoro has been voted the East Bays "Best Restaurant" " Best Italian Restaurant ", as well as "Best Pizza" by Rhode Island Monthly Magazine. Located in downtown Bristol in a quaint neighborhood you will find Pomodoro shinning bright as your local BYOB establishment, so don't forget the wine!!


Leo's Ristorante

Leo’s was first opened in 1948 by italian immigrants Pantaleone (Leo) Mancieri and his wife Virginia (Gina). Established mainly as a pizzeria in the State Street section of Bristol, RI, the restaurant quickly gained a local following and became a popular eatery. In the years after World War II, Leo’s served as a popular destination for workers and families alike. Leo and Gina, along with sons Mario and Reno, worked tirelessly to produce great fresh Italian favorites and create a friendly environment for their customers.

Aidan's Pub

There's a good reason Aidan's is voted "Best Irish Pub" in Rhode Island again and again. Aidan's Pub has been a staple on the Bristol, RI waterfront since 1992.

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.

Our menu features traditional Irish fare and much more, including our famous corned beef and cabbage dinner, fish and chips, mouthwatering burgers, creative salad entrees, a kids menu, and incredible daily specials.

We welcome you to our award-winning Irish pub to gather for food, drinks, friends, and family. Slainte!

Quito's Restaurant

Founded in 1954, Quito’s started as a local fish market. Later, a few tables were added and family recipes were relied on for the basic fare. As it’s popularity grew so did the dining room. Today, there is a cozy indoor dining area with a fireplace and during the warm months, the patio opens up to beautiful sunsets in Bristol harbor. Enjoy fine dining from March through November.

French Cuisine

Le Central

Le Central is a neighborhood bistro that offers modern versions of French classics using local produce and fresh ingredients. Our menu and wine list focus on affordable, eclectic and unique offerings. Le Central is the third restaurant that chef/proprietor, Jesse James, has built and operated, the other two being, Aperto and Boca Rotis in San Francisco.

Judge Roy Bean Saloon

Neighborhood haunt in a historic building with live music & TVs showing sports serving comfort food.

DeWolf Tavern

The DeWolf Tavern is located in the historic building once known as DeWolf Rum Distillery on the Thames Street Landing waterfront, in the heart of downtown Bristol, RI. We offer wedding and private parties as well. Our guests can enjoy the bay breeze with cooling cocktails on our casual patio, dip inside for a glass of wine and a light meal in our downstairs tavern, 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 and great pizza, all in the same place! Vegetarian, not so vegetarian, and all in between. Try some of the yummy weekly made soups.