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Mar 27, 2010 12:36 PM

Weekend in Newport. Looking for rec's

Spending next weekend in Newport, Fri, Sat and Sun night and looking for some restaurant rec's. I hear nice things about Scales but have never been? Also alot about 22 Bowens? Thoughts?
I have read the websites of numerous restaurants, but looking for likes and dislikes. Thanks!

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    1. I was not impressed with Scales last summer. Overpriced for the quality, IMO.

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      1. re: dennisl

        We've been eating at Scales and Shells for more than 20 years and have never had a bad meal. Yes, it's somewhat overpriced compared to comparable restaurants in places other than Newport, but in my opinion, there are other places in Newport that are more overpriced and not as good. Yes, you have to put up with the no reservations policy and a place that is noisy and crowded, but if you order well, you'll get wonderful, very fresh seafood along with an intelligent and competitively priced wine list.

        We highly recommend Mamma Luisa's, a bit farther down Thames St. Wonderful Italian food in an elegant converted old house.

        1. re: lsnhc

          Hmm, maybe we hit it on a bad day, but I remember that we all ( a party of 7) had full meals and left hungry.

          It was full, so clearly some people liked it.

          1. re: dennisl

            I agree with dennis. We ate there last Summer and I probably wouldn't go back. My mother had a shrimp scampi that was very watered down/no flavor. It tasted like they added shrimp that was still frozen to the dish. My husband's dinner was ok and I don't even remember what I had. The only dinner that was very good was a seared tuna entree my Father ordered. Over all I also felt they were overpriced.
            In all fairness I should note I was pregnant at the time and probably didn't order as I typically would so I might give them another shot this Summer, but I know my Mother would never return. If you so go they are cash only.
            Some of my favorites are 22 Bowen's, The Commodore Room at the Black Pearl, Inn at Castle Hill and White Horse tavern for brunch.
            I also like the place across the street from the Mooring on Thames, with the windows that open onto the street, I can't remember the name right now. I'll see if I can find it!

      2. Try Tucker's Bistro on Broadway - it is excellent!

        Tucker's Bistro
        150 Broadway, Newport, RI 02840

        1. It's been a while since I've gone to Scales. The menu just never excited me, but if you want a huge assortment of fish, then that's the place to go. I also like the seafood at Mooring and its waterfront so the view is a bonus. I second Mamma' Italian in town in quaint setting. 22 Bowens seems a bit generic to can get steak anywhere and it is way too pricey. What type of food are you looking for? What atmosphere? Any limitations on what part of town or will you have a car?
          other favorites of ours are Zelda's, especially if you stop in the bar before for a drink. If you want something casual, try Pat's pub. Fancy but very Newport...Clark Cooke House.

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          1. re: CheesyWiner

            the "sicilian clam appetiser"@ scales is pretty awesome,maybe a quick appy and drinks there,then go accross the street to zeldas for dinner.Zeldas is a great place to get a drink,and see the local sailing crowd off the boat and have something to eat too.