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Scales & Shells

527 Thames St, Newport, RI 02840-6710
+1 401-846-3474
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good27%
  • Average19%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible7%
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“pasta” (51 reviews)
“clams” (38 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
527 Thames St, Newport, RI 02840-6710
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Reviewed yesterday

We had an image in our heads of having a great meal here, based on experiences years ago. But after this most recent visit, we talked about it, and realized that we've never actually had a great meal here, but the good memories are of...More

Thank Travellamb
Reviewed 5 days ago

My wife and I decided to give Scales and Shells another chance after not going there for many years due to past experiences. Well, I guess time does not heal all! Apparently many people love this place, but from the start it was another bad...More

Thank Keith W
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We went specifically so my friend could have his favorite - white clam pizza, which they tout as a signature dish on their website. Unfortunately they didn't have any pizza crust the night we went :( Very disappointing. Two of us had their specialty -...More

Thank Cdpattscca
Reviewed 6 days ago

A friend recommended this restaurant. We expected a long wait, based on other reviews (they don't take reservations), but we were seated immediately. We ordered the shrimp piccata and John Dorrey meunière. Both were prepared just right and were delicious. The service was slower than...More

Thank Sylvia S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fresh delicious seafood good drinks. Very friendly attentive service. Well managed and comfortable even when very busy.

Thank rsiegel
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had not been here for more than 20 years, and were happy to see the seafood quality is still first rate. We ate on a Friday night in August so it was not as crowded as some nights. The ambiance is nothing special and...More

Thank Roger M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed fresh seafood, expertly cooked over mesquite grill, at this local favorite, eating at one of the tables on the sidewalk. Service was good, and the choice of fresh seafood was admirable. We hit the timing right, arriving at 6:30, with no wait.

Thank Jeff C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After a long day at Mystic Sea Aquarium we drove 1 hour to Newport (the next stop on our vacation) and went to Scales and Shells for dinner. We arrived there at 6pm to avoid a long wait. Although they have limited table tops to...More

1  Thank 4happykids
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I know it's a bold statement, but Scales, without a doubt, has the best fish in Newport. It's always fresh. It's prepared simply, but in a way that highlights each fish. And it's not overly expensive for what you get. And now they added the...More

Thank bruce c
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were excited to try this restaurant given the good reviews on yelp and trip adviser and the nice decor when we arrived. However we were sadly disappointed. There are no menus at Scales and Shells, no doubt due to the changing daily catch. However,...More

Thank marie1000
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23 June 2017|
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Response from satking | Reviewed this property |
There is pay parking 1 block past the restaurant
29 March 2016|
Response from Tom W | Reviewed this property |
It is a bit expensive, but, well worth it. It was several months ago when I went, and If I remember correctly it's probably about mid to upper 20s on average per meal. Our meals were Fantastic though!!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 527 Thames St, Newport, RI 02840-6710
  • Location: United States  >  Rhode Island (RI)  >  Newport
  • Phone Number: +1 401-846-3474
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