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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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South Windsor, Ct
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108 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Had dinner here tonight and here are the Pros/Cons. Pros - location & friendly staff. Little necks $ Linguini & Clams Cons - menu is handwritten on a wall, Calamari Scampi had no taste, chewy and pasta had no taste. In my opinion better choice and not as expensive

Thank Pilatti1
Wilmette, Illinois
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25 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 April 2017

We like lobster, clam, mussel, and shrimp. We ordered all with different cooking styles. Steam lobster, clams and mussels in white wine broth, and grilled shrimp. Amazing place.

Thank HorseHorseTigerTiger
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85 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

A good, varied menu that's etched onto a white board at the back of the room and efficient service are the two best features of this restaurant. The cocktails are good (if a little expensive) too. The food it's self was really nice but I found my flounder to be a little too soaked in oil for my taste. My... More 

Thank Phil E
Newport, Rhode Island
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30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2017

Great atmosphere and excellent service. The specialty drinks were tasty but overpriced. We shared the Fra Diavlo and after consideration and reflection we came to the idea that it was spaghetti with a spicy tomato sauce with a LOT of mussels, a few clams and a whole lobster...MEH.

Thank Reggiephx
Westfield, Massachusetts
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 22 March 2017

We did not even know there were specials till we saw the blackboard near the bar -- after we ordered. The food was way overpriced. The food was in consistent. I had delicious scallops; my husband had a small dry piece of salmon plus a typical small salad @ $33. Any other food was a la carte.

Thank mslinski
New York City, New York
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42 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017

My husband and I had dinner here just before valentines day on the first weekend they reopened for the season. My husband had monkfish with their caper sauce and it is now our new favorite that we attempt to make ourselves at home.

Thank EJ0830
Newport, RI
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126 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017

This restaurant serves ONLY seafood so don't go looking for a steak. The seafood is fresh and the quality is top shelf

Thank satking
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19 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
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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132 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
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
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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 25
American, Seafood
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?