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527 Thames St, Newport, RI 02840-6710
401-846-3474
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5:00 pm - 9:00 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
Good for:
Local cuisine

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Visitor rating
  • 101
    Excellent
  • 77
    Very good
  • 52
    Average
  • 16
    Poor
  • 23
    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
Most recent review
Overpriced

We wanted to try Scales again after 20 years or so from our last visit. We had gone to several other restaurants in Newport earlier that week. The restaurant does not list prices on the web site and when we went past during the day when they are closed there was no outside menu with prices... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 16, 2015
Steve H
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New York City, New York
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Dinner
  • Late Night
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English first
New York City, New York
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

We wanted to try Scales again after 20 years or so from our last visit. We had gone to several other restaurants in Newport earlier that week. The restaurant does not list prices on the web site and when we went past during the day when they are closed there was no outside menu with prices displayed as most restaurants... More 

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Palm Coast, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

Small place, no menus, food selections up on a chalkboard not very convenient with old eyes. Tables small, chairs uncomfortable, but food great. May be people would stick around and spend more money if it was more comfortable.

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Central Massachusetts
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Love the casual atmosphere with open kitchen , menu on a big black board and wonderful martinis. We devoured the Lobster fra diavlo for two. Did not have an app and no need . This huge dish is served in the pan it is cooked in and great till the last bite. Not fancy or too expensive. We will be... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

I have been a customer of scales & shells for over ten years. Needless to say its one of my favorite restaurants. If you enjoy consistent,unique,fresh,creative seafood then this is the restaurant for you. Why it is not ranked as Newport's top restaurant is a mystery to me.

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New York City, New York
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119 reviews 119 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We had a very good, albeit basic, seafood meal here. (I am NOT using basic as a perjorative--this place takes fresh seafood, throws a little aglio e olio on it, and serves it up--the best way). It was packed on Saturday night and we had to wait 40 minutes, which wasn't fun, but it was worth the wait. No fuss... More 

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Hammonton, New Jersey, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I went in on vacation because we were in the mood for seafood. This place didnt disapoint. Their muscle corn chowder is worth trying! Yum!

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Fall River, Massachusetts, United States
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19 reviews 19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We went on Sunday night for dinner. Atmosphere is busy but pleasant. We got order of calamari. It was good but not great. Large side dish of sauce but no peppers. I had mahi-mahi. It was fresh. Grilled okay. My partner had salmon. That also was okay, but I can't say that it was anything special. We each had glass... More 

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Sacramento
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Flavorless skate swimming in a flavorless lemon caper sauce! Avoid this overpriced place! Dark chocolate gelato had no chocolate flavor either! WTH?!

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Connecticut
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14 reviews 14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Lucked out with wait time for a party of 3 on a Saturday night in the summer. Food was delish - seafood was very fresh. The calamari appetizer just melts in your mouth! Service was good. Ambiance was a little noisy as to be expected at peak hours, but we had a good time.

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Boynton Beach, Florida, United States
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

We arrived on a Friday night and was going to stay for dinner before we realized that it was an all seafood restaurant. There is nothing wrong with that concept but we were in the mood for turf not surf. We decided to stay and have a drink and they were ok. The menu was a giant chalkboard which again... 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 0 - 25
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood

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?