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Thames Waterside Bar & Grill

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251 Thames St, Bristol, RI 02809-1853
(401) 253-4523
11:30 am - 1:00 am
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 1:00 am
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Boston, Massachusetts
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65 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Stopped for lunch here while exploring Bristol. We had selected this restaurant simply because of the view and had anticipated dining over the water. Unfortunately when we arrived the patio was closed and the somewhat cramped interior was literally packed. We ended up sitting at the bar ... looking in the complete opposite direction from the beautiful water vista. The... More 

Thank Sue_near_Boston
Boston, Massachusetts
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I'm a bit conflicted about this restaurant. We went there a few weeks ago for lunch during the week. Alot of other restaurants are only open for dinner during the week since it is now the off season but perhaps they are all open for lunch on the weekends. We ate under the tent which overlooks the water. During the... More 

Thank MusicLuver B
Bristol, Rhode Island
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35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Unbeatable view of Narragansett Bay and Bristol Harbor. The deck top is so nice to have a drink on. New furniture is very comfortable for relaxing

Thank OwensAdventures12
Sao Paulo, SP
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200 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The food and drink are both very good, specially the seafood. But the most amazing thing about this place is the view. Fantastic!

Thank Carlos_Maciel_16641
Newtown, Connecticut
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74 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

Not only was the waterside seating just perfect for the afternoon but the food was very good. I had a well put together salad with greens, dried cranberries, fresh mozzarella (which they diced), cashews and then added grilled chicken (an abundance I might add) I did request a change of dressing as it came with a honey mustard balsamic and... More 

Thank Allison A
Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey
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62 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2016

We were at this restaurant by being part of a wedding over the labor day weekend. The service is great, they went out of their way for the entire wedding party. However the food is high priced. Regular diner for two with a drink or two will run you well over $80.00. This however is average for a restaurant that... More 

Thank gvsnj
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25 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2016

Worst thing is to have a beautiful view spoiled by absurd burning coffee beans for insect controls - being downwind with THE Most AWFUL Bloody Mary ever made me retch and leave

Thank Bobsbmw
East Providence, Rhode Island
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2016

My husband and I love Thames Waterside Bar & Grill! We are there almost every weekend and when we have family/friends from out of town, we always bring them there. You can't beat the view. It's so nice to have this special place right in our almost backyard. We've never had an entree we haven't liked. The service is always... More 

Thank Suzy725
Marlow, Bucks, UK
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263 reviews
190 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2016

The terrace is amazing - the views across the bay are stunning, and there's a great beer selection, and a menu consisting of solid American classics. The service is great, and while it's not cheap, it's a lovely place to while away an afternoon, watching the yachts sail past.

Thank Andrew K
Sydney, Australia
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117 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2016

Had a great view on the waterfront excellent bar terrace to watch the sunset -but be prepared very slow service only 1 person at the bar and their was no seating space -we then went to dinner (our second time ) it could be better but no second time around was not impressed staff are fantastic I think the chef... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Bar, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Television
Good for
Scenic view, Bar scene, Families with children, Large groups
Open Hours
11:30 am - 1:00 am
11:30 am - 1:00 am
11:30 am - 1:00 am
11:30 am - 1:00 am
11:30 am - 1:00 am
11:30 am - 1:00 am
11:30 am - 1:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 251 Thames St, Bristol, RI 02809-1853
  • Location: United States  >  Rhode Island (RI)  >  Bristol
  • Phone Number: (401) 253-4523

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?