411 Thames Street, Bristol
(401) 253-4500

If you need encouragement to complete the entire fourteen-mile length of the East Bay Bike Path from East Providence to Bristol, keep reminding yourself that Quito's awaits you at the end of the ride. Just make sure you arrive before 5pm if you're looking for window service!

Located on Bristol's waterfront, Quito's has a great view of the harbor, which you can enjoy from one of two outside patios. A small indoor area is also available. Their clam cakes are among the best we've had, and their chowders (New England, Rhode Island, and Manhattan—all "homemade" with Rhode Island quahogs), are delicious with tender bits of clam and melt-in-your mouth potatoes. Their stuffed quahogs are tasty, as well, with a little peppery kick.

Quito's also serves the rest of the usual seafood suspects, from fried calamari to steamed lobster dinner, and their crab cakes have been singled out more than once as something extra special. Wash it all down with Quito's own homemade root beer or an Empire ginger ale.

Quito's was opened in 1954 as a fish market and clam shack by Joanne and Peter Quito (pronounced "kwee-toe," an Americanization of "Guido"). In the 1990s their son, Al, leveraged and expanded upon the market's prepared food offerings to open a restaurant. Quito's is now co-owned by Al and chef Frank Formisano.

Quito's is open in the Spring and Fall, Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday, 11:30am-8pm; Friday and Saturday, 11:30am-9pm. Summer hours are Monday through Saturday, 11:30am to 9pm; and Sunday, 11:30am to 8pm.


Rhode Island Monthly: One of the Ten Best Clam Shacks in Rhode Island (1997).
Rhode Island Monthly's Best of Rhode Island: Best Thing to Happen to a Crab Cake (1998).
Rhode Island Monthly's Readers' Poll: Best Clam Shack in the East Bay (2001-2004, 2006-2007, 2010), Best Fish and Chips in the East Bay (2005-2006), Best Chowder in the East Bay (2009), Best Clam Cakes in the East Bay (2009), Best Lobster Roll in the East Bay (2009), Best Fried Clams in the East Bay (2009).

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