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Scales & Shells

527 Thames St, Newport, RI 02840-6710
+1 401-846-3474
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good27%
  • Average19%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible7%
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“pasta” (51 reviews)
“clams” (36 reviews)
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527 Thames St, Newport, RI 02840-6710
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1 - 10 of 391 reviews

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Loved the cherry stones! Absolutely top notch. Enjoyed all the food options here however, this place is buzzing from every corner, floor, ceiling and wall. Difficult to carry a conversation at the table and slightly stressful given all the noise however our food and service...More

Thank Freja3
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You can't beat Scales and Shells. Fresh delicious seafood. Lobster fra diavlo over linguini is amazing. Clams Siciliana fantastic. Fish cooked on wood plank, and a raw bar. The place is located on quaint Thames street. The setting is casual, the service great and most...More

Thank lastresortname
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I first ate here over 5 years ago, and am impressed by how the quality has only improved over time. They have since then expanded slightly, knocking out a wall and creating a few more tables, to go along with another raw bar/liquor station. The...More

Thank Danny S
Reviewed 17 June 2017

For what it is, the restaurant is pricey. The preparation was undistinguished. The vegetable skewer that is one of the side dishes is bland, unflavored barely grilled one piece each of onion, green pepper, potato, mushroom and a pitiful 2 inch piece of corn. The...More

1  Thank DavidS60745
Reviewed 16 June 2017 via mobile

Excellent food. We walked in at 5:30 and we did not need a reservation. What I found interesting for a white table cloth restaurant was that The menu was on a chalk board. People were standing around deciding what they wanted to eat. I understand...More

Thank Ralph I
Reviewed 11 June 2017 via mobile

We had a amazing meal here! Fantastic, family-run neighborhood spot! If you're in town give it a chance!

Thank Zack M
Reviewed 9 June 2017 via mobile

The atmosphere were lovely and the waitress was very attentive. We ordered the lobster Fra divolo. The dish is mark for 2 people, but the amount is like for three. The seafoods are fresh.

1  Thank Jian L
Reviewed 5 June 2017 via mobile

The menu is on a big board so don't be looking for a menu. You do get a cocktail menu which is a plus. We had the calamari as an appetizer and it was very good. For our main meals I have shrimp piccata and...More

Thank Lisa W
Reviewed 24 May 2017 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...More

1  Thank Pilatti1
Reviewed 18 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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24 June 2017|
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Response from satking | Reviewed this property |
There is pay parking 1 block past the restaurant
29 March 2016|
Response from Tom W | Reviewed this property |
It is a bit expensive, but, well worth it. It was several months ago when I went, and If I remember correctly it's probably about mid to upper 20s on average per meal. Our meals were Fantastic though!!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 25
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, 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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