Bristol is a town in the historic county seat of Bristol County, Rhode Island, United States. The population was 22,954 at the 2010 census. Bristol is a deepwater seaport named after Bristol, England.
Things to do in Bristol
4.5 based on 277 reviews
A special treat in Portsmouth Rhode Island along the Sakonnet River. Busy, but not crowded, 15 Point offers casual upscale dining with an enchanting moonlit river view. A traditional menu, strongly influenced by the local bounty (especially from the sea), pleases most everyone and house specialties are an ever-changing eclectic delight of innovative and contemporary dishes. Once inside you will be entranced by the view of the Sakonnet River which leads out to the ocean beyond through the panorama of windows. While enjoying Al Fresco dining on our deck, across the river you will occasionally notice the local fishing boats as they make their way to the Tiverton fish market. If you're lucky enough, you might even catch one of the local lobstermen heading out to tend his lobster traps in Mount Hope Bay!
We enjoyed our experience at Fifteen Point. We started with the white clam chowder. The clams were tender but there was too much tarragon in the soup. The chowder did not need that much. I had a dish called Mount Hope Seafood which had 2 large shrimp, 2 sea scallops and a healthy portion of lobster meat over a flaky pastry with a white cream sauce. It was really nicely prepared as the seafood was tender. It came with roasted fingerling potatoes and a delicious spaghetti squash/tomato veggie. You have a nice view of a river but they have to do something about the dumpsters right in front of your line of sight by a closed bridge. Service was outstanding and all aimed to please.
Tip: Make reservations as the dining area is not that large.
4.5 based on 33 reviews
A lot of local businesses get their bagels from BBW. The bagels are soft and unique. They have fun flavors besides the staples - like cranberry walnut. The bagel bites are fun for kids. They have different flavors of cream cheese and offer lunch options. It gets pretty busy on the weekend because everyone knows these are the best bagels...and they are worth the wait.
4.5 based on 593 reviews
Waterfront table, sunny day, good drink and food choices all set you up for a great lunch. Too bad the food doesn't match up. No real complaints but more disappointment that with just more attention to improving food flavor this would be excellent.
Good drink menu; the martinis were very good. Food ranks average. Lobster rolls not nearly as flavorful as they are in many local places....frozen?
Fish tacos were bland, fish was good, toppings not so much. Chips, home made or not, don't go well with $15 to $20+ sandwiches. One opted for fries, lukewarm and pedestrian.
Overall I get the impression relying on the views is what mgmt. wishes to emphasize; these food quality shortcomings would be easy to address and improve.
4.5 based on 40 reviews
Way off it’s game under the new ownership. Used to be a highlight of every Bristol visit and I was always taking it up to locals and visitors alike. But coffee sourcing changed and preparation attentiveness has degraded significantly and several recent visits show zero recovery, so my regular spot is now Empire Coffee.
4.5 based on 24 reviews
The ice cream favors are rich, intense and hard to stop eating. The range of offerings in flavors and sizes is great - a small serving of the chocolate expresso, maybe mixed with a second scoop of the vanilla, is fantastic. I could be drooling as I write this.
Unfortunately, they only operate over the summer to the beginning of fall. So you've got to get there while the weather is warm. Otherwise, it's going to be a long, long winter.
4.5 based on 155 reviews
This little gem of a place is becoming our go to place when we are too lazy to cook for ourselves. Great small cozy place with great food. Go early as you won’t be able to find a table at dinner time. It’s been discovered! Need I say more.
4.5 based on 231 reviews
This was our first visit to this yummy, funky, caring restaurant! My husband and I enjoyed a sandwich and a burger, and we were impressed with the fresh and mostly locally sourced ingredients. The food was generous and ingredients were all of high quality. Even though the restaurant is relatively small, the staff has a good sense of pacing and flow of patrons, so they assured us there would be a table available by the time our food was ready (which was true). We loved the atmosphere - wood everywhere and fun wall decor. Only drawback would be for people who cannot use stairs - a must for this place with much of the restaurant seating upstairs, along with the bathroom. We will happily return!!
4 based on 246 reviews
...Guinness, of course. We didn't read the menu or ask about specials as we knew why we were there! Service was efficient, as usual The only downside was that all their credit card printers failed which delayed our departure. The server, who handled it beautifully, seemed surprised I had to get to a conference call.
4.5 based on 98 reviews
Bristol Oyster Bar is East Bay's Only Farm to Table Oyster Bar. Bristol Oyster Bar was established by Pete Sebring, a local oyster farmer and oyster cultivation expert. Bristol Oyster Bar's Executive Chef, Dave Snow, prepares the freshest local seafood and produce. The raw bar offers the freshest locally sourced RI oysters and shellfish to ensure freshness and quality. Located in Historical Downtown Bristol.
As a local we have visited the BOB a number of times in the past. Called today to make a res..."don't take them" . Arrived at 5:10 to get the 4-6 $1.00 oyster special and stay for dinner. We're told by the hostess that there would be a 40 min wait ,left our name and tel #....there were at least 2 tables for two empty. Came back in 40 min and same hostess said it would be at least 15 min more...missed the oyster special...we left annoyed.
This place has the very best local oysters and raw seafood ,and pretty good apps and entres, but this seating/res policy is ridiculous. They save places for people (obviously) and ask others to wait an hour and miss the special. Maybe the hostess fault, but we probably will not return in the winter when they need business...too bad !
4.5 based on 279 reviews
Leo's Ristorante serves fresh homemade Italian American cuisine. With a local reputation as one of the best restaurants in the East Bay, Leo's aims to please your pallet and satisfy your customer service expectations. Reservations are accepted and encouraged for parties of 5 or more. Leo's also provides Catering for all occasions and can accommodate up to groups of 75. We look forward to serving you.
I treated my friend to an early 50th birthday dinner at Leo's last week. We each ordered a split of fabulous sparkling Moscato. I ordered the Eggplant Parmesean with Linguini (cooked to PERFECTION), and Mary Lou ordered baked fish. We had a beautiful window seat and enjoyed a lovely meal together. Paul, the owner, even stopped to chat with us and then sent over a complimentary hot fudge brownie with ice cream for Mary Lou. All in all, a fabulous evening!
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