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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” (36 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
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527 Thames St, Newport, RI 02840-6710
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Reviewed 1 week ago

For what it is, the restaurant is pricey. The preparation was undistinguished. The vegetable skewer that is one of the side dishes is bland, unflavored barely grilled one piece each of onion, green pepper, potato, mushroom and a pitiful 2 inch piece of corn. The...More

1  Thank DavidS60745
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent food. We walked in at 5:30 and we did not need a reservation. What I found interesting for a white table cloth restaurant was that The menu was on a chalk board. People were standing around deciding what they wanted to eat. I understand...More

Thank Ralph I
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a amazing meal here! Fantastic, family-run neighborhood spot! If you're in town give it a chance!

Thank Zack M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The atmosphere were lovely and the waitress was very attentive. We ordered the lobster Fra divolo. The dish is mark for 2 people, but the amount is like for three. The seafoods are fresh.

1  Thank Jian L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The menu is on a big board so don't be looking for a menu. You do get a cocktail menu which is a plus. We had the calamari as an appetizer and it was very good. For our main meals I have shrimp piccata and...More

Thank Lisa W
Reviewed 24 May 2017 via mobile

Had dinner here tonight and here are the Pros/Cons. Pros - location & friendly staff. Little necks $ Linguini & Clams Cons - menu is handwritten on a wall, Calamari Scampi had no taste, chewy and pasta had no taste. In my opinion better choice...More

1  Thank Pilatti1
Reviewed 18 April 2017

We like lobster, clam, mussel, and shrimp. We ordered all with different cooking styles. Steam lobster, clams and mussels in white wine broth, and grilled shrimp. Amazing place.

Thank HorseHorseTigerTiger
Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

A good, varied menu that's etched onto a white board at the back of the room and efficient service are the two best features of this restaurant. The cocktails are good (if a little expensive) too. The food it's self was really nice but I...More

Thank Phil E
Reviewed 22 March 2017

Great atmosphere and excellent service. The specialty drinks were tasty but overpriced. We shared the Fra Diavlo and after consideration and reflection we came to the idea that it was spaghetti with a spicy tomato sauce with a LOT of mussels, a few clams and...More

Thank Reggiephx
Reviewed 21 March 2017

We did not even know there were specials till we saw the blackboard near the bar -- after we ordered. The food was way overpriced. The food was in consistent. I had delicious scallops; my husband had a small dry piece of salmon plus a...More

Thank mslinski
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Nearby parking?
23 June 2017|
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Response from satking | Reviewed this property |
There is pay parking 1 block past the restaurant
Prices aren't listed on menu
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, Kids, Local cuisine, 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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