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Scales & Shells

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

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars

Enjoyed the food, atmosphere and service. The wood grilled trout was trout-a-luscious. A memorable meal. Would recommend highly.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Ash M
New York City, New York
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  • Local cuisine
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Budva, Montenegro
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have not eaten lobster like the way they make at Scales & Shells. It is a unique place and all other dishes are also delicious. I was there with my friend. It was his first time there and he still talks about it.

Thank Yunus-July2015
North Kingstown, Rhode Island
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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife Barbara and I invited our friends Jerry and Gail to join us for a visit to Scales and Shells to take advantage of their Newport Restaurant Week menu. On a wet and windy night we were able to park right across the street from the restaurant and were very pleased to be seated in a table right in... More 

Thank thomas_joseph_quinn
Hartford, Connecticut
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21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This restaurant was recommended by our hosts at the Cliffside Inn - we asked for great seafood and this is where we were sent. We walked the mile from the inn to the restaurant and was happy to have the walk back after a delectable and filling meal. The atmosphere was very casual and the menu is written on a... More 

Thank KW920
New York City, New York
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Enjoyed the food, atmosphere and service. The wood grilled trout was trout-a-luscious. A memorable meal. Would recommend highly.

Thank Ash M
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31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Locals frequent this place, which is always a good sign for a restaurant. All they serve is great fish, cooked however you want it, in the open kitchen. The tuna cooked on the grill was wonderful and the vegetable skewer on the side was excellent. No menus; everything written on a big chalkboard for all to see. Delightfully informal, no... More 

Thank Caryl K
Johnstown, Ohio
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

Our innkeeper, Richard Karlovich at Historic Hill Inn, told us about this restaurant and their seafood. The location is on one of the side streets in Newport, which makes parking a bit difficult. BUT please don’t allow that to cancel the restaurant, because it is spectacular. The decor is plain and simple and ultra clean. It is all known by... More 

Thank Don L
Wethersfield, Connecticut
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68 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

We loved this restaurant. The kitchen is out in the open and you can watch the chef cook your meal. Reminded us of some New Orleans restaurants we've eaten in. There are no menus...everything is written on a huge chalk board next to the kitchen. Grab a glass of wine and walk over to view the board. The menu is... More 

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long island,ny
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

Deliciously prepared seafood , served in an open, and airy room. The grilled calamari, and grilled tuna were excellent

Thank teddygrams
Essex, Vermont
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205 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

Just by the name, you know this is all about seafood. I enjoyed a wood-grilled salmon with grilled veggies. Loved it, and would go back and have it again. Cooked to perfection. My wife had the pasta primavera (OK, it's not seafood). Hers was not to her liking. Too much oil, and had a predominantly bitter taste. One of her... More 

Thank FJDriver
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

Had cozy little corner table by the window...one of the best meals I've had. Couldn't choose amongst the myriad choices on the chalkboard...oysters were fresh and delicious

Thank Maureen F

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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
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?