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528 Thames St, Newport, RI 02840-6711
401-849-4002
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Mon - Wed 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thu 4:00 pm - 1:00 am
Fri - Sun 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Good for:
Romance
Bar scene
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 66
    Excellent
  • 58
    Very good
  • 18
    Average
  • 10
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Overall very good dinner and atmosphere

We had dinner just before they closed for their winter break, and the place was pretty busy (the bar packed! but the noise doesn't travel to the restaurant unless you are right beside the door). Mussels appetizer were fantastic. Salmon great, and meat meals. Waitress was good. We enjoy this... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 14, 2015
Jacki D
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Milton, Massachusetts
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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156 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Milton, Massachusetts
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

We had dinner just before they closed for their winter break, and the place was pretty busy (the bar packed! but the noise doesn't travel to the restaurant unless you are right beside the door). Mussels appetizer were fantastic. Salmon great, and meat meals. Waitress was good. We enjoy this restaurant - good food and atmosphere.

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Newport, United States
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

What a fabulous surprise: the fried calamari! This is a must have at this restaurant! The rest of the meal was perfect and delicious but the calamari was the best I've ever eaten!

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Aylesford, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

This restaurant was recommended by our hotel and it really is a wonderful find. The food was delicious and the lady serving us was very friendly and helpful especially with the choice of wine. Highly recommended.

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Skipton, England, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

The service was very prompt in fact rather too prompt as our main course arrived whilst we were still eating our oysters! My husband's ribs were very enjoyable but my pork chops were very ordinary. Altogether we enjoyed the experience but would probably choose a different restaurant should we visit Newport again

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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

The clam chowder was the best I have ever eaten. If you go on a Monday night they always have half price entrees. The service was very good, and the food was even better. Although it is a small establishment, we had no trouble getting a window seat as we went early. The wine is pricey though.

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Birdsboro, Pennsylvania
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65 reviews 65 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Our party of 6 were very impressed with Zeldas. Great drinks and food. I personally like white clam chowder to have a thinner broth like consistency and Zeldas was the best...yum!! One friend had the scallops and she really enjoyed them. Two other friends had the tuna and they thought is a delicious. It's a very small place so be... More 

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Dunedin
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Went to Cafe Zelda because of the good reviews. Food was very mediocre. Mixed green mesclun salad was an odd combination of favors. Tuna entree was ok. Friends had clam chowder, caprese salad, and the burger. Everyone was underwhelmed. Slow service.

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Jacksonville, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Zelda's had a great atmosphere and fantastic service --I highly recommend the clam chowder and steak.

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Brentwood, California
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We loved the quiet atmosphere, and the food was great. The grilled Caesar salad was superb, and the cod was delicious. We didn't give a top rating because the scallops, while tasty, were slightly gritty.

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Lincoln, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
97 reviews 97 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Every year we sail to Newport and visit Zeldas. We love their food, enjoy the atmosphere (especially the window tables), and appreciate the attentive servers. This visit my husband enjoyed the mussels appetizer and the delicious duck with duck confit, sausage and pate. I was happy with the salad and the tuna. The staff was very helpful in making a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 528 Thames St, Newport, RI 02840-6711
  • Location: United States  >  Rhode Island (RI)  >  Newport
  • Phone Number: 401-849-4002

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 0 - 30
  • Cuisine: French, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
4:00 pm - 1:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 1:00 am

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