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Cafe Zelda

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528 Thames St, Newport, RI 02840-6711
401-849-4002
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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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
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New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Have eaten here several times over the years. The food is always delicious, service is friendly, warm, casual but attentive...in a good way. Newport has many tourist restaurants, this is not one of them...again, in a good way. High quality food and wine, a bit more pricey, but worth it. Atmosphere is comfortable and if you like, there is a... More 

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Thank Lynn L
Newport, Rhode Island
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

They need to expand the menu into a good selection not much for specials but there are so good staples on menue

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Thank RMM49
Boston, Massachusetts
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102 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

we were regulars in the '90s but stopped going due to too many changes in ownership and chef etc....tried it again after a recent recommendation- it was great.....suggest these appetizers as we had a group of 6 and could taste around: calamari, baked mussels, oyster oregenata, grilled tuna and all were done to perfection....for an .entre suggest fried soft shell... More 

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Thank art3344
Ipswich, Massachusetts
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90 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We made it to Zelda's after 8 on a Friday; the restaurant was busy and cozy. I ordered the eggplant which was one of the night's special and a salad. My friends had the roasted chicken served with cheese macaroni, another had the bass. The service was good and the food average. You can walk into the attached bar through... More 

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Thank pajpaj
New York City, New York
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26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I realize that I probably hit restaurant on the right day and time will tell how good it truly is, but overall experience was good and I plan on returning this Summer.

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Thank Steve D
Newport, Rhode Island
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57 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Used to love this place, still good but something is missing... first off the great sailing photos which used to adorn the walls, all gone. Some of the simple satisfying dishes on the menu, replaced "Hanger Steak" if the quality is USDA Ch or higher is great, Top Butt/sirloin not so. Steak Tartar is still good, burger nice and cooked... More 

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Attleboro, Massachusetts, United States
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15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I went back to Zelda's for dinner. This is since my last review where I complimented them on not making big changes to their menu. Well, I guess that was premature. When we returned there were major changes to the menu. The seared tuna, both as an appetizer and as a dinner, was gone. A couple of... More 

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Thank Van H
Boston, Massachusetts
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23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stopped in here for a small bite and drink. The bartender was great and friendly, the food was delicious and the wine was perfect. The bar area is small but if you score a seat at the bar, it's perfect. Worth stopping in!

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Thank maeveannebyrne
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25 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016 via mobile

We reached here at 2.40 and they close at 3 but the waitress was very accommodative. Food came about 20 minutes after we placed the orders and you could tell that everything was made fresh. We had Fried lobster, Braised Romaine stuffed with salmon, Chicken wrap and their special burger. We loved the food. Especially my burger was perfectly charred... More 

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Thank Haresh J
Sayreville
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71 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016

Zelda's is only a 10 minute walk from the main wharfs and going there takes you away from the tourist zones to a more residential area of Newport, with many small shops along the way. The restaurant is small and has a cozy feel, and the wait staff is wonderful. Everyone is very friendly, and concerned about their guests. We... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$30
Cuisine
American, French, Seafood
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Bar scene, Special occasions
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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 528 Thames St, Newport, RI 02840-6711
  • Location: United States  >  Rhode Island (RI)  >  Newport
  • Phone Number: 401-849-4002

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