Bristol Oyster Bar

4.8
312 reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
BAR SEATING IS FIRST COME FIRST SERVE.
We will do our best to accommodate seating preferences but seating requests are not guaranteed.

We are back to summer seating on our covered patio. On cool evenings, please dress accordingly.

In the event of inclement weather, outdoor reservations may be cancelled and as a result.

We look forward to seeing you at the BOB!





Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 312 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.8
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4.5
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4.3
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Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Brilliant local oysters. Moderate portions, but very well presented.

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Lmiller
New England
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great atmosphere and fun location in Downton Bristol! Will be going back again soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

This is my third time dining in the restaurant, and each time the food and service have been excellent. If I could wave a wand and change the seats which I find very uncomfortable, it would bring the overall experience to excellent. This is no small task, but it would make such a big difference in the dining experience to be seated at a comfortable table.Thank you for your consideration and excellent work.

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LizC
New England
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Wait staff was awesome.
Will be back.

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Sailor
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent service. The mussels were very good and so was the fish tacos. They were somewhat spicy, but delicious. The portions are not gigantic, which is good. We were seated outdoors as we had requested. The noise came from the parade of motorcycles passing by. Something the restaurant has no control over, and it probably does not happen that often

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

My wife’s retirement day.

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SamB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, great ambiance, cheerful staff. Will be going here again!

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Familyniteout
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Good very fresh

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dwrubel
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Good service, ok food. Oysters and clams from the raw bar were nothing special and the cocktail sauce was fairly bland. Tuna special described as featuring a Wasabi based glaze:marinade seemed as if they forgot the glaze. Pork belly would have been better without strangely seasoned polenta. Finally, my kids arranged to pay for dinner as a surprise (it was our anniversary) but they forgot to tell our server, as we discovered later.

The coffee, however, was excellent.

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BarbaraS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The food is consistent at the Oyster Bar and Kate is outstanding. Great service and personality.

A suggestion is for someone to check the cleanliness of the bathroom periodically, it was a mess.

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vipSS1inRI
New England
17 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First-time at this restaurant. Reviews were spot on. Very friendly staff and great food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great! Food was amazing! We enjoyed every bite.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic food and oysters were delicious.

DC
DonC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable experience that specializes in quality food, exceptional service and locally-sourced scallops.

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Local
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoor seating is fabulous, the food is fresh, and the servers are pleasant. What more could you ask for?!

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vipPondDweller
New England
8 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and friendly service. It was also wonderful to be able to sit at the bar again where we could watch the oyster shucker! One of my favorite restaurants.

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PhilC
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Nice option for fresh fish. Staff was very accommodating and service was great.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is always excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the Bristol Oyster Bar but haven’t been there since pre-pandemic. Food was outstanding!!! Just delicious! And service was excellent! Cannot wait to return!

KM
vipKateM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simi the GM was outstanding

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sooooo good!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loveeee everything about the Oyster Bar. Great food, great drinks, great staff, & it never disappoints.

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ChristinaO
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The oysters and scallops were so fresh they didn't know they were dead yet.

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HollyD
New England
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We had a wonderful time at the Bristol Oyster Bar catching up with friends. The food was incredible, out waitress was a true professional also! We ate outside under the tent while it poured outside and were very comfortable the entire time! Thanks for a great night!

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Denise
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service, & ambience. Will definitely be back!

C
vipChabot
New England
16 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The oysters are so fresh and their Buck a Shuck times are a great value. The parmesan crusted egg appetizer was outstanding! 5 stars for creativity and flavor.

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Gypsygirl
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food is outstanding. If you like oysters, this is the place for you. The oyster Rockefeller is my favorite. The pan fried fluke is four thumbs up! Perfect wine selection. Had the Pinot noir and paired nicely. Highly recommend making reservations.

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CindyC
New England
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent as we expected! Always a pleasure to be there

PA
PAnn
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was amazing and the atmosphere was very comfortable on the outside terrace. I hope to be back soon!

DJ
vipDeanneJ
New England
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the buck a shuck in the bar area. First time here and the entire experience was enjoyable. Our waitress Kat was super. She made sure we received an assortment of oysters, and was friendly and attentive the entire visit. Cant wait to come back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simeona the general manager was amazing!!!

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Julia
New England
7 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Kat was very good and efficient
Will return again.

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vipMariceann
New England
107 reviews
Dined on 20 May 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Chairs are uncomfortable. Menu choices limited. Service is always excellent and friendly. Locally sourced oysters and food ingredients.

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vipBaysider
New England
8 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The oysters were delicious. The rest of the items we ordered (scallops, mussels, fluke) were very tasty but the portions were extremely small. It was a very poor value.

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Brick
New England
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Overall we had a very good experience. The service was great, oysters and shrimp from the raw bar were excellent, and my husband's steak entree was excellent. The one disappointment was my entree which was the special-yellowfin tuna served over fried rice with vegetables. Maybe I din't understand the description but it was pretty underwhelming. The fish was cooked perfectly but the "fried rice" was about one ice cream scoop worth of really salty (or overly soy sauced) rice with unidentifiable vegetables thrown in. It definitely had the feel of the chef using up what was leftover in the kitchen.

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vipMariaK
New England
21 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Oysters & little necks were amazing! Entrees we’re very good. They’ve done a good job given Covid restrictions. Service was great—Kat was attentive & fun! Will definitely go back

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Came here for oysters and littlenecks. The place was not at all busy. We waited 20 mins before a server came and greeted us, she dropped off the water and then disappeared. She came back 10 mins later we order oysters and that took another 15 mins. So 45mins into this just for water and 12 oysters at a restaurant that was not even busy we left.

Bristol Oyster Bar
Responded on 13 June 2021

Thank you for visiting the Bristol Oyster Bar. I'm sorry to hear that you had a disappointing experience in waiting for your oysters. Here at the Bristol Oyster Bar we strive to provide an enjoyable experience for our guests and not rush them through their meal. Had we known you were in a rush we would have been happy to speed things up for you. We understand everyone's time is precious so we appreciate you taking the time out of your busy schedule to write a review a month after your visit.

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vipHBS9
New England
26 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, awesome staff. FoH snafu led to another party stealing our table, but we were seated within 5 minutes regardless. Cheers to Bristol Oyster House.

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RIBroker
New England
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the oysters were fresh, cold and delicious. Our twice monthly reservations are something we always look forward to.

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vipJudy
New England
21 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent. Service great. Nick our server was wonderful!!

FAQs

Bristol Oyster Bar offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (401) 396-5820.

Bristol Oyster Bar is rated 4.8 stars by 312 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.