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Local cuisine, American, Bar, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly
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Welcome to the Bristol Oyster Bar! We are happily nestled in the heart of downtown Bristol, Rhode Island in an historic building that has served as a Customs House, Post Office, and the YMCA. The 1857 brick building provides us with massive windows, tall ceilings, and classic New England charm. Our cozy inside dining room features an open kitchen and when the weather permits, we’ve got a lovely patio to dine al fresco. In 2015, Peter Sebring opened the restaurant, from a background primarily in fishing and oyster farming. He always emphasized the importance of quality, seeking the freshest ingredients, and supporting local farmers and fisherman. Jordan Sawyer, a longtime employee of the business,
PRICE RANGE
$8 - $35
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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Dinner, Drinks
CUISINES
American, Bar, Seafood
FEATURES
Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Gift Cards Available, Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free off-street parking, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Free Wifi
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Oysters were fresh and delicious served with 3 mignonettes to choose. I prefer the classic red wine vinegar but chef had a peach and cocktail sauce version that wasn’t overpowering. We enjoyed the Lobster Corn Fritters and the Cast Iron Seared Scallops we’re the best...we’ve had. If your in Bristol this is worth the stop.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had such a great first night in Bristol at this restaurant. Only had starters and desserts as had eaten well all day. The lobster and corn fritters were good, but the calamari was outstanding. The bourbon pie was to die for. The service was friendly...and professional. Had a great table outside, without a reservation. Brilliant all round!More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 28 November 2021 via mobile

Amazing food, attentive and friendly staff. Fresh seafood, creative dishes, all so good! Offering indoor and outside seating. From the raw bar to pasta to crab cakes- everything was delicious!

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 23 August 2021

I didn't have time for a meal but was able to get a selection of oysters at $1.00 each since I was there between 4 and 6 on a weekday.

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 20 August 2021

Jack was our server and he was awesome! The food here was so clean, so fresh, and had amazing depth of character. This is a foodies eatery. I had the summer salad with all sorts of amazing goodies on it and a grilled pork chop...that was juicy and layered in flavors over bacon infused kale and grilled potatoes, all topped with a drizzle of summer fruit compote. WOW!! We also had the peach cobbler which was perfect blend of crispy and moist biscuit and very peachy but not sugary peaches. So good! Great sangria and other cocktails as well to accompany any dish.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 28 June 2021

We ate at the bristol oyster bar our first night in bristol. We had made other dinner reservations for the other days we would be there. Our meal was superb, and the servers were professional, friendly and helpful. We had lunch at another restaurant with...good reviews as well as others, and we cancelled all our dinner reservations and at again at bristol oyster bar as the other restaurants were mediocre in comparison.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed 24 June 2021

We have traveled across the world in search of the best oysters but we keep coming home to our Rhode Island, and in particular this Bristol Oyster Bar, to enjoy the very best. Last night we enjoyed their Wednesday buck-a-shuck, as we try to do...weekly, then comparing 4 different types (they often have up to 7!) for their brine, sweetness, size, and texture. Tough to rank, for all were delicious. To top it off, their staff is attentive, thoughtful, and shuck like pros. Katie is herself the most wonderful of welcomers and servers. Shows good management to place her so prominently.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed 26 May 2021 via mobile

Great spot in Bristol for food especially oysters. Nice outdoor patio as well. The service is exceptional and draft beer selection is great.

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 9 October 2020 via mobile

We were looking for outside dining at a place that had heaters The BOB met the criteria and it ok but still chilly at 61 degrees and windy. Note they have buck a shuck 4:00 to 6:00 Monday through Thursday

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed 7 September 2020

We ate at BOB on Sunday night, Labor Day weekend. Beautiful drive from Newport, especially enjoyed the view over the bridge into town. Our server Kat was fantastic, super friendly and attentive. We started with two each of the six available locally farmed oyster offerings....Scarfed those down, felt two of the varieties were particularly good, so we ordered four more of each. Simply stunning tastes of the sea. The calamari and chowder were excellent apps. I had two apps for my entree - the pork belly was fantastic and the crab cake was good. My kids raved about their short rib sandwich and the NY strip steak. My wife had a beautiful salad and the fish tacos. One each of the three desserts - the macerated peaches on sweet biscuit with cream were excellent. Great wine list and cocktail selection. It's nice to eat at a restaurant running on all cylinders - well done.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Bristol Oyster Bar is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5