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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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  • 110
    Excellent
  • 78
    Very good
  • 57
    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
very pricy live across the bay so not a tourist food is ok

down the street from most of the main restaurants this was a great place for seafood. However the seafood has not been anywhere as good as it once was. Meal was just ok anything you did get with past was a huge amount of pasta and lobster was tough as it was cooked a bit longer than it should... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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RHODE ISLAND
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  • Local cuisine
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RHODE ISLAND
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716 reviews
486 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

down the street from most of the main restaurants this was a great place for seafood. However the seafood has not been anywhere as good as it once was. Meal was just ok anything you did get with past was a huge amount of pasta and lobster was tough as it was cooked a bit longer than it should have.... More 

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MA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

This is about our 6th time to the restaurant. As I was walking in my wife and I were joking about the last time we were there. There was a table with about 6 people and there was one person at the table who was so obviously loud, like he was THAT important that everyone must listen to what he... More 

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Newport, Rhode Island
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Been there several times over the years. A seafood place catering to tourists, but some locals go as well. Never had a particularly good meal there. And the prices are high by Newport standards. The service is fine.

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New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Opted only for the Lobster Fra Diavlo for two. It was abundant with lobster, mussels, clams and calamari on a bed (read: mountain) of linguini. For Thames street, this restaurant really cooked up a wonderful meal and not the generic menu that we found at the rest.

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Graz, Austria
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

Dinner at Scales and Shells was amazing. The restaurant is typical an nice. The waiters are absolutely friendly and helpful. Nice gadget, the menu is written on a central blackboard. Starting with two fresh oysters from the raw paar and three marvelous sauces the highlight of our dinner was the "Lobster fra Diavolo (for two)" - lobster & a lot... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

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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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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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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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Additional Information about Scales & Shells

Address: 527 Thames St, Newport, RI 02840-6710
Phone Number: 401-846-3474
Location: United States  >  Rhode Island (RI)  >  Newport
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
Average Prices: USD 25
Cuisine: American, Seafood, Pub

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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
  • Price Range: $ $ $
  • 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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