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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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21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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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70 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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Thank LeisureTimeTravelers
Jacksonville, North Carolina
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

We had an excellent meal June 8th. We traveled New England for 2 weeks and this was my favorite dinner. I had a salmon dish and my husband short ribs. Shared a dessert. We entered through the bar which was filled with many locals who directed us into the restaurant side. We went during the week before the tourist rush... More 

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Thank ByronElaine
Conn
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54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

Cafe Zelda is a great place to stop for lunch in Newport. My husband and i enjoyed the Escargot, Zelda Burger and the best homemade chocolate mousse in Newport!! Our server Kate and Kirby were excellent!

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Thank ConnIngrid
GROSSE POINTE
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

Hung in the bar with the local crowd, had fabulous dark and stormy !! No matter when you go to Zelda's, we ALWAYS feel at home, welcome, and enjoy the atmosphere and crowd. Heard they changed hands but there is no evidence except they are working on replacing pictures!! Zelda's we love you and will see you again next year,... More 

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Thank Margebbss
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5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

To our great relief Cafe Zelda re-opened under new ownership, with the same delicious menu, and with many of the friendly faces of the previous serving staff. We enjoyed one of our favourite appetizers: Nori wrapped tuna, which was lightly cooked to perfection. Burghers and cod were our main course choices that evening, and both were excellent, just as before... More 

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Thank Bridgetba
Attleboro, Massachusetts, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2016

This has been one of my wife's and mine favorite restaurants. It was sold at the end of last year and we were nervous. Went back last night for the first time since the sale. Nothing to worry about. The menu was similar (although it lacked a couple of our favorites) and some of the old staff were still there.... More 

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Thank Van H
London, United Kingdom
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115 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2016

Lacks a bit of atmosphere and they don't particularly enjoy the company of British people! Otherwise its a nice, friendly place to grab a beer in the evening.

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Thank Andy P
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151 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2016

I visited here during the summer months and enjoyed a Malibu/Pineapple juice drink. The bar was completely crowded and seemed to be run by locals and overtaken by regulars. No idea how this place gets new people in without the food. "Have to visit" for Newport- next time will be better with food :)

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Thank Samantha N
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

This place is a breath of fresh air after all the hustle and bustle bars on the waterfront. The food is faultless - beautiful crisp duck, tender steaks, crab cakes among the best, a creme brûlée to die for - large but someone had to finish it! Difficult to find lo fat, low everything food - but hey don't do... 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, Soups
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar scene, Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine
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?