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Scales & Shells

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527 Thames St, Newport, RI 02840-6710
+1 401-846-3474
17:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 17:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

We were there for lunch. Too noisy but the food was good overall. Good value meal. I liked that we were accommodated fast and the waitress was very efficient.

Thank IrinaVB
New York City, New York
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124 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

I liked this place. Very straight to the point and casual. The menu is written on a chalk board. Lots to choose from. I got the whole lobster wood oven grill. It was perfectly cooked and a good size. I would come here again next time I'm in Newport.

Thank Island_Paradis
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

Visited Newport for the first time for a long weekend. We were looking for somewhere to have a nice seafood dinner, and Scales and Shells was right down the street from where we were staying. There was about a 15 minute wait on a Saturday night which wasn't bad at all. The menu had a lot of great choices. We... More 

Thank Angela M
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8 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

Excellent dinner, great atmosphere and enjoyed the open kitchen. Everything was very fresh and well done.

Thank daniel s
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

Lots of our family and friends have always bragged about this restaurant and finally we got to try it this summer. We ordered the Lobster fra Diavolo for 2. Our other family members orders pasta dishes and we were all surprised how they served them in their frying pan which they cooked them in. We all enjoyed our meals. The... More 

Thank bilasi
Norwalk, Connecticut
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

Amazing dinner of fresh seafood essentialy prepared to your liking. We dined on a Sunday evening which was ideal because the crowd level was no where as busy as other posters described. From the moment we sat down the service was outstanding. The menu is drawn daily on a large blackboard with a vast selection of both items and preparation... More 

Thank gjcranston
Annapolis, Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Could not decide what to order the first night, or second. So had to return and was not disappointed. On night one, lobster fra diavolo; another wood grilled lobster. Both nights, fried oysters. Outstanding dinner in relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.

Thank ewlibby
Park Ridge, New Jersey
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

The Lobster Fra Diavolo for 2 is one of the most unique dishes to order. They bring the whole pot to your table!!! Its a great experience and one that I always look forward to when I visit Newport.

Thank jimmyg401
Darien, Connecticut
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

Had dinner at this seafood pub on an end of summer Friday evening ---- jammed. It has a few tables available on the sidewalk outside, a few in the bar room and a main dining area (also with a bar) where the chefs cook pan after pan of seafood in an open setting. My husband chatted with the lead chef... More 

Thank m0uthful
Saint James City, Florida
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016

Went with friends on a Friday night. The noise was incredible! You had to holler to be heard by your partner. OK..noise is bad but wait. Ordered the monkfish and grilled vegetables. Monkfish was good but could have been seasoned better, but the grilled vegetables were inedible. They came skewered with large chunks that were charred on the edges and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 25
Seafood, American
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 527 Thames St, Newport, RI 02840-6710
  • Location: United States  >  Rhode Island (RI)  >  Newport
  • Phone Number: +1 401-846-3474

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