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Scales & Shells

527 Thames St, Newport, RI 02840-6710
+1 401-846-3474
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good27%
  • Average20%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible7%
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“pasta” (52 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 via mobile

We ended up walking down here after a sail. It's at the quiet end of Thames. It was well worth the walk. We ended up getting there early for Saturday crowd and that worked just fine. My wife and I shared the Lobster Fra Diavalo....More

Thank Alan4B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

They are crowded and do not take reservations, so go early . The mussels appetizer was great, especially the sauce they are cooked in. The fish was cooked OK, not great ! prices are reasonable for Newport area.

Thank JLWK2015
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We've sat at the bar the last 3 times we've eaten here and enjoyed the atmosphere while having drinks and apps. We don't feel the same about the dinners or the dining room although the linguine with clam sauce served in the pan is good.

Thank hickster2014
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good solid seafood. Very fresh. Knowledgeable staff. Busy place, but not rushed. Extensive menu, pricey, but worth it.

Thank hilltopper65
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 18 August 2017

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 18 August 2017 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 17 August 2017

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 16 August 2017 via mobile

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

Thank rsiegel
Reviewed 13 August 2017

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
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24 June 2017|
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Response from satking | Reviewed this property |
There is pay parking 1 block past the restaurant
30 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, Local cuisine, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
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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