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Scales & Shells

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527 Thames St, Newport, RI 02840-6710
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Atlanta, Georgia
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98 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We were a group of 5 and when we arrived on a Thursday evening they had a table available for us quickly which was awesome as the place was definitely crowded :) forget going up to the chalkboard en masse... I went to the board, took a pic, and passed it around the table! I'll take fresh fish on a... More 

Thank LisaAS6427PG
New York City, New York
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31 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food was good and well priced. The menu is somewhat confusing though purely due to the choices on it - there are so many the choices are on a wall board. Overall though the service was attentive and whilst the atmosphere is a little noisy as it's open plan - but fun - it was an enjoyable evening.

Thank jobob10
Phoenix, Arizona
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19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We've been looking forward to this return trip for some time. Okay, we can check that off the list! Service was great--friendly and attentive. Ambience was very loud, but what can you expect from Newport in the summer. But we went for the food, and I can only assume they believe they have a captive audience in the summer. One... More 

Thank Jay F
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21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I called ahead to check if there was an availability for a table for 5 and we got lucky as it was a Sunday night. The place has a casual and a friendly feel though it looks very formal/upscale from outside. The staff is very friendly and was very patient with 1000 questions I had about the menu ;) I... More 

Thank Haresh J
Norwalk, Connecticut
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55 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a little wait for our table but we were gladly entertained and fed by Justin at the bar. We enjoyed delicious shrimp, calamari, and other delicacies. Our cocktails were on spot. Everyone was friendly and this is a spot we will visit again when we go to Newport

Thank sisi123
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Service was fast and friendly food was served in the pans they were cooked in The portions were large and very delicious cannot wait to go back.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Boston, Massachusetts
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50 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited this restaurant on a busy Friday night with 8 people. Our server was very friendly and helpful. We ordered o couple of appetizers (oysters, shrimp, and calamari) which were very good. The entrees were a good value considering some of the higher prices but very worth it. There is no printed menus because the menu is printed on... More 

Thank chef02129
St. Pete Beach, Florida
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19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There are two reasons I'm not giving this a 4-star rating. #1 - too noisy. Acoustic tiles or something similar could fix this. We had to shout to hear each other, only adding to the noise. #2 - My pasta on my shrimp piccata came out severely undercooked - so much so that it was a hard rigid square. While... More 

Thank AnnieMJ1961
Ramsey, New Jersey
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8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went to Scales years ago and enjoyed the dinner. Only drawback was they only took cash. They now take credit cards, but the food was very disappointing. First, they don't serve chowder or any soup. Everything is sloppily written on a board which they keep erasing and adding as they run out of or catch other fish. The monkfish... More 

Thank Carol G
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I hoped to enjoy a nice dinner at seemingly one of the nicest places in Newport. We left very disappointed. The quality of food was very mediocre, fish tasted watery, as if it was previously frozen and there was not enough time to reduce water content. The biggest disappointment was in desert, the creme brulee was served... More 

Thank Boris S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
Seafood, American
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children, 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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 527 Thames St, Newport, RI 02840-6710
  • Location: United States  >  Rhode Island (RI)  >  Newport
  • Phone Number: 401-846-3474

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