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Scales & Shells

527 Thames St, Newport, RI 02840-6710
+1 401-846-3474
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good26%
  • Average20%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible7%
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“fresh seafood” (34 reviews)
“calamari” (39 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
527 Thames St, Newport, RI 02840-6710
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I really didn't have a problem with the food. The 6 Oz piece of fish had no seasoning, no sauce, coleslaw with no seasoning, a piece of lemon and fries $27. I guess the kitchen doesn't have to make much of an effort. The crew...More

Thank PapaGuru
Reviewed 6 November 2017

This place has a great atmosphere and service. Appetizers were delicious but the scampi and piccata were very bland. I would still give this place another shot. Also, didn't see any protein options for people with shell fish allergies besides fish.

Thank PECCruiser
Reviewed 2 November 2017

In town for business, and a local co-worker suggested I have dinner here. She just raved about it. She was totally correct. Wonderful atmosphere and setting - nice, without being pretentious. There is no menu, per se, but rather a large chalkboard with that days...More

Thank Kent B
Reviewed 22 October 2017

Scales & Shells is a great place to have a meal or just appetizers and a few drinks. The place is so cute, it can be a bit loud but not terrible. They have dinning at the bar and they have full seating. Either you...More

Thank Elizabeth L
Reviewed 18 October 2017 via mobile

First time in Newport. We went into this place and had dinner and didn't regret it at any time. Oyster for a starter calamari and pasta as main. Chocolate with ice cream for desert and an expresso at the end. Yes and a cold nappa...More

Thank Falholt
Reviewed 17 October 2017

My husband and I have been dining at Scales & Shells for over 20 years. We've recommended the restaurant to many friends and no summer season is complete without at least one visit. My favorite dish is scallops piccatta and I order it EVERY time....More

Thank debp1959
Reviewed 16 October 2017 via mobile

The food was delicious, from the house mustard vinaigrette dressing, to the entree, through dessert. I had the swordfish special, which was cooked perfectly. I enjoyed the grilled vegetable kabob as well. My husband enjoyed scallops scampi. We splurged on 2 desserts, tartufo and chocolate...More

Thank Janet H
Reviewed 14 October 2017

Fish was fresh but bland, fries tasted frozen not fresh, vongole was marginal. Service was good. There are better choices of restaurants if you want seafood.

Thank Balch
Reviewed 14 October 2017 via mobile

we had very good grilled shrimp, oysters, bluefish and cod. very pleasant staff amd service. recommended.

Thank NjTravel_hound
Reviewed 4 October 2017

We sat at the bar and had the BEST time with the bartender who was amazing! I sadly admit that I do not remember her name. She was funny, attentive and anticipated our needs before we did. The raw bar was incredible and the oysters...More

Thank Jolene M
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Questions & Answers
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
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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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