Where to Eat in Salem: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Alida England

Best known for the witch trials that took place in 1692, Salem is sure to bewitch you with its seaside charm, its maritime history and spellbinding beauty. Follow the Red Line along the sidewalks to navigate your journey through historic sites, including the Witch Trial Memorial, the Old Burying Point Cemetery and more. Discover serenity by the sea on the beaches of Salem Willows. The Bewitched statue, the Witch Museum and the Witch Dungeon conjure up diverse takes on witchery through history.
Things to do in Salem

1. Firenze Trattoria Salem

2 Lynde St, Salem, MA 01970-3404 Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner +1 978-219-1188
Excellent
86%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 230 reviews

Firenze Trattoria Salem

Reviewed By Nancy L - Sherborn, Massachusetts

My husband and I had dinner at Firenze Trattoria last evening after visiting the nearby Peabody Essex Museum. The intimate setting was lovely. The service outstanding. And the food was superb. We shared a crostini appetizer (with four delicious toppings), for entrees my husband had the whole-fish branzino and I had the sumptuous linguini with cod, and we shared a bread pudding dessert. If you love Italian food, don't miss eating at Firenze Trattoria in Salem. Also, a great value! Our bill was less than $100!

2. Turners Seafood

43 Church St, Salem, MA 01970-3738 Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi American, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +1 978-745-7665
Excellent
73%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 973 reviews

Turners Seafood

Reviewed By uuperiwinkle - Boston, Massachusetts

This is the best place for seafood on the North Shore of Boston. The menu is diverse, and the value is there. I have never had a bad meal. The halibut special today was delicious.

3. Red's Sandwich Shop

15 Central St, Salem, MA 01970-3702 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Diner, Soups, Delicatessen, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch SGD 10 +1 978-745-3527
Excellent
68%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Red's Sandwich Shop

Located in the Old London Coffee House, which dates back to the 1700s, Red’s Sandwich Shop has been visited by many Celebrities, Congressman, Senators and even First Lady Barbara Bush. A relaxed, friendlly atmosphere in a historic building is the perfect place to join Salem locals for the BEST breafkast and lunch menu in town. The food is delicious, all home-style cooking at pricing so reasonable you almost feel guilty. Having visited numerous restaurants in Salem that charge outrageous pricing for mediocre food, Red's Sandwich Shop is the crown jewel of the city in terms of excellent food, great prices, and a lovely environment with a friendly staff. They offer an extensive breakfast and lunch menu, Dinner Specials, and a daily $6.95 Special.. And when they say roasted Turkey, they mean roasted Turkey -- whole turkeys are roasted on the premises and carved for your order. In a tribute to Thanksgiving, their Home Style Turkey Sandwich (roasted Turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce and gravy) is out of this world! Wonderful specialty items from Chicken Marsala and Chicken Piccata to Chicken Pot Pie are made to order. Soups and chowders made fresh daily. For a variety of sandwiches from open-faced, to club, to roll-ups -- they cannot be beat. Red's is an award-winning restaurant that received the "BEST BREAKFAST ON THE NORTH SHORE" award for 24 years in a row! I cannot rave enough about this restaurant. If you have only one restaruant to visit in Salem, make it Red's.

Reviewed By Karen D - St. Augustine, Florida

We attempted to have a late lunch at "Reds" on a Monday afternoon based upon all the great reviews we read. We arrived 40 minutes before the kitchen was closing. The.Staff appeared irritated by our presence and we were glared at for several minutes prior to being offered seating. Perhaps we interrupted their rush to get their shift over and done with or perhaps they were irritated by the continuous running and screaming of the high energy 4 year old who seemed to either belong to, or somehow be the ultimate responsibility of, their less than pleasant hostess. However, my guess is that the staff just wanted out for the day. The hostess made a point to notify each customer who walked through the door after us as to how many minutes remained until closing. On the plus side, My Husband enjoyed one.of their specialty sandwiches, which I also tried and it was very good, however we both agreed that the meatloaf that I ordered was disgusting and Neither of us could eat it. Between the crunch of the egg shells and fibrous meat substance it was a ""no no to the meatloaf". On the bright side, the Waitress did apologize when I told her my meal was disgusting and neither one of us could eat the "mystery meat". Besides the "buy one meal ,throw the other in the trash deal", we also enjoyed being scolded by the hostess for attempting to pay with our debit card after not seeing the tiny sign buried amongst all the clutter that clearly read "cash only". If the opportunity presented itself, we might try this place again based upon the other consistently favorable reviews we have read, but if we did we would definitely be sure to bring our business to them earlier in the day so as not to inconvenience the staff who work there.

4. Nathaniel's

18 Washington Sq, Salem, MA 01970-4056 Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards American, European, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 13 - SGD 39 +1 978-825-4311
Excellent
68%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 303 reviews

Nathaniel's

Enjoy a romantic dinner, or unwind after a busy day in Salem and try out our local cheeses, seafood and meats, while sipping on your favorite wines. Wine enthusiasts will enjoy our wine by the glass flights to compliment or contrast your palate, while a selection of specialty Ales is paired with our menu for those looking for a more robust beer experience.

Reviewed By 629billc - Tampa, Florida

We were staying in the Hawthorne Hotel on a Sunday evening a few weeks before Halloween so it was a bit crowded, even for a Sunday night. We went to the bar for a drink and some appetizers and it was nicely appointed and had no trouble getting a table to sit. Unfortunately the bar tender and server seemed either greatly understaffed or over matched in their duties as it took 2 minutes to get a drink even though there were less than 20 people in the bar. When we did get our appetizers a half hour later, I will say they were quite good. I do question the $20 price tag for 2 craft beers when we returned for a nightcap a few hours later, although I was able tog et them in less than 5 minutes!

5. Adriatic

155 Washington St, Salem, MA 01970-3540 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 978-594-1832
Excellent
58%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 171 reviews

Adriatic

Reviewed By Gamberioni - Boston, Massachusetts

We would return. They have a compact and generally well-executed menu, a good wine list, and even the dessert was good. We enjoyed the zucchini flowers, a pasta dish, a seafood stew (think ciopipno) and the recommended tiramisu. My only minor criticism would be that the salad accompanying the grilled octopus was very average, but most places don't give you anything with it, and we ate it without issue.

6. Life Alive

281 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970-3421 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast +1 978-594-4644
Excellent
68%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 184 reviews

Life Alive

Reviewed By Craig621 - Marblehead, Massachusetts

Tried this place the other day because of many rave reviews on how healthy the food is. I will say that the food has incredible flavor but decided to research the nutritional value of some of the dishes and was disappointed in how much salt was in many of the menu options. Fine for those who don't watch their daily salt intake I guess...but for those who do, it was very dissappointing.

7. Tavern on the Green

18 Washington Sq, Hawthorne Hotel, Salem, MA 01970-4056 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi American, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 9 - SGD 29 +1 978-744-4080
Excellent
60%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 356 reviews

Tavern on the Green

Wood-burning fireplace in a cozy wood-paneled room overlooking Salem Common, the Tavern on the Green serves a varied menu with daily specials from 11 am to 11 pm. Open 360 days a year, on the occasions of our Grand Buffet (Easter, Mother's Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas,) as well as on our huge Halloween party, we only offer those special events. Soups, salads, appetizers, sandwiches, burgers, pasta dishes and entrees, yummy desserts, draft beer, wines by the glass and bottle, custom cocktails, children's menu -- we offer something for everyone.

Reviewed By bsk_10 - Framingham, Massachusetts

After going to the PEM we decided to try this place. Burgers were very good, nice and big and juicy.The service was great and we got a table by the fireplace. Nice menu with lots to choose from. Will be back.

8. Flying Saucer Pizza Company

118 Washington St, Salem, MA 01970-3507 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Delivery, Television, Highchairs Available Pizza, Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 978-594-8189
Excellent
58%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 268 reviews

Flying Saucer Pizza Company

Flying Saucer Pizza Company landed in downtown Salem on the historic date of August 3, 2012 - directly next to its sister restaurant Gulu-Gulu Cafe. The mission: to abduct traditional pizza and give it a healthy gourmet spin. Our eclectic pizza menu showcases a variety of fresh and local ingredients. With our designer pizzas inspired by available seasonal ingredients, our menu evolves and changes throughout the year. In addition to our great selection of New York style pizza, we serves great salads, beers, wines, and dessert! Charlie the Space Pug, the Flying Saucer's fearless leader, offers peace (and warm bellies) to all who enter - omnivores, vegetarians, vegans, and gluten-intolerant earthlings alike.

Reviewed By Hgtravl - Marlton, New Jersey

While visiting Salem, we found Flying Saucer - they have regular items as well as vegan!

As soon as you walk in, you get this places vibes real fast! Funky, odd, space themed, movies! Really funky pizza shop in the heart of Salem- it works!

The vegan mac and cheeze pizza- oh my. Soooo good! We also loved the vegan garlic knots! This place has a nice selection of vegan items (they do it right!) as well as a regular menu- so a large group with different diets do great here!

Also- check out their bathrooms- part of the fun! The entire hallway is covered in funky art on the walls and each bathroom has its owns theme! Cool place! Good food and vibes!

9. Bella Verona

107 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970-5217 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Dinner, Late Night SGD 26 +1 978-825-9911
Excellent
66%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 416 reviews

Bella Verona

Reviewed By Cynthia E - Boston, Massachusetts

Bella Verona is a small restaurant expertly serving unforgettable dinners! It is very small so reservations are recommended. Service is excellent - prompt, efficient, helpful. We recently dined with a large group that occupied half of the restaurant; it was handled beautifully by the staff. Appetizers and salad were served family style followed by pasta and entrees and desserts. Everyone was served the hot entrees at the same time! Dessert - tiramisu - easily the best I have ever eaten. Looking forward to returning!

10. Olde Main Street Pub

121 Essex St, Intersection of Essex St and Hawthorne Blvd, Salem, MA 01970-3706 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Free Off-Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards American, Irish, Bar, Pub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Brunch SGD 8 - SGD 26 +1 978-594-8188
Excellent
63%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 133 reviews

Olde Main Street Pub

Our restaurant is tucked away by the Salem Common and a few doors down from the World renowned Peabody Essex Museum. We are also across the street from the Hawthorne Hotel. We are independently owned with one co-owner serving as our Executive Chef. Our food is reasonably priced featuring an array of dishes that are all carefully prepared to order with a kids menu available. We also cater to our allergy and gluten free dietary patrons so please ask server before ordering. Our beer and wine selections are picked for quality over quantity and we are also known for an excellent Whiskey & Scotch selection. Please check out our website or Facebook page for menu's and for more details on this hidden little gem.

Reviewed By ogondai - Boston, Massachusetts

This place is pretty much your idea of a cozy tavern. A warm fire, soft dim lighting, small tables, great drinks and wonderful food. The duck wings were good the surf-and-turf sliders (cod cake and pulled pork) worth coming back for. Great, friendly service with a menu that is accessible and surprising. Bring your palate and leave behind pretension, and you'll be happy.

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