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527 Thames St, Newport, RI 02840-6710
401-846-3474
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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night

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Visitor rating
  • 108
    Excellent
  • 78
    Very good
  • 54
    Average
  • 17
    Poor
  • 24
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Shame about the service

Was in Scales twice last week for two enjoyable meals that you couldn't fault. At 11:30pm we were last in the restaurant and they wouldn't serve us Irish coffees as they said they were tired and closing. Sad way to end having spent almost a thousand bucks in a week. Bowens 22 superb alternative.

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
eurodc
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Dublin, Ireland
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
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5 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Last time I came here I loved it, the fresh sea food and all. Today I found the tuna dry, the little necks dull and the wine really overpriced. Dissapointing...

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Dublin, Ireland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Was in Scales twice last week for two enjoyable meals that you couldn't fault. At 11:30pm we were last in the restaurant and they wouldn't serve us Irish coffees as they said they were tired and closing. Sad way to end having spent almost a thousand bucks in a week. Bowens 22 superb alternative.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

I'm here once again and as always great food. Is fresh tasty, nothing more is needed. I love this place.

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charlestown
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

It has been a couple of years since our last vista and we were looking forward to a great meal on a par with past visit. Everything was a step below mediocre. Service non existent and every bit of 4 different meals and appetizers tasted exactly as each had come out of the same pot of boiling water or pan.... More 

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Brick, New Jersey
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

This may be the best seafood I have ever had. It was recommended by my hotel and I'm thankful for them letting us know about it. I had scallops, which came in a large portion and cooked perfectly. They were very lightly breaded on top and cooked in a buttery wine sauce. Crazy delicious. My friend had mussels marinara on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

This is off the beaten path....well worth finding! Had the shrimp cocktail and linguini and clams! Both were amazing! A must go to! And very reasonably priced.

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91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Visited on a Thursday night (they do not take reservations) around 6:30 and was seated with no wait. Wine and beer list on table, menu on a large chalkboard. Decided on a couple of different glasses of wine, they have a nice selection of wines by the glass. Was disappointed in the calamari, none of the crunchy texture to the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

all seafood - fantastically fresh open kitchen - watch them prepare your meal! often served to table in the pan offer wood grilled items as well - pasta including GF

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Newtown, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

We do our best to get here every time we are in town. We love the raw bar and the food is always top notch. The wait staff is always friendly and helpful. For fresh food and good service this is the place for you.

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New York, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

We've been going to Scales and Shells for 15 years and it has never disappointed us. Great drinks at the bar, wonderful oysters and raw bar and the unforgettable entrees make this a can't miss. Our most recent trip was on a relatively quiet night and we loved being able to talk to the bartenders and take our time. In... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 527 Thames St, Newport, RI 02840-6710
  • Location: United States  >  Rhode Island (RI)  >  Newport
  • Phone Number: 401-846-3474

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?