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Gulu-Gulu Cafe

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247 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970-3401
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8:00 am - 1:00 am
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 1:00 am
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Free Wifi, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Popular Coffehouse

pretty cool place to stop. lots of art on the walls, good food, coffee and drinks. great place to hang out with friends. not expensive.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Pleasantville, New York
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
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Pleasantville, New York
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10 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

pretty cool place to stop. lots of art on the walls, good food, coffee and drinks. great place to hang out with friends. not expensive.

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New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are looking for delicious food at reasonable prices at a place that offers warm, professional service in a relaxing atmosphere, then Gulu Gulu is the place for you. We have dined here countless times for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert and it has never let us down. The food is inventive, comforting, tasty, and nicely presented. Service is... More 

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Alton, United Kingdom
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129 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place was quite a find! We walked around most of Salem looking for a good cafe and this took us a while to get to but it was worth the wait. Good and healthy breakfasts and juices and coffee. The venue itself is great and creative artwork is all around.

Thank John F
Virginia Beach, Virginia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My boyfriend and I visited Salem for the first time last week and I found this cafe through a google search of surrounding restaurants... we stopped in for a few beers after driving for 10+ hours and then discovered they served breakfast at 9PM (yes, PM); immediately loved this place! It has a relaxing atmosphere, featuring live acoustic music and... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I loved the atmosphere and the fact that they welcome pets. We got paninis and they were ok. The bread was really hard and they had an awful dressing on their salad, but other than that we loved our experience! The HOT CHOCOLATE WAS BOMB! Hostess got us in when she said we would, we were very grateful for that... More 

Thank UnicornTraveler
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57 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very friendly and easy-going staff – the food is tasty and the cafe well located. Definitely a great choice in Salem.

Thank Fraeulein_Cornelia
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24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Staff was very cool and friendly. They had a decent selection of gluten free options which my wife appreciated, and a good selection of beer which I appreciated. (No hard liquor FYI) I had the turkey pesto sandwich and it was good, but shy of awesome. I was sad that they were out of warm cookies.

Thank Jason S
Hartford, Connecticut
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3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We always eat here when in Salem. A bunch of us ate there again. Everything we ate and drank was good!!!

Thank M M
Somers, Connecticut
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6 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were visiting Salem, MA on 10/31/2015 and they were unable to accommodate our party of 5 due to the festivities. Over and over again we observed Gulu-Gulu Cafe turning away customers. If you had a party of 3 or less the wait was 1hr plus another 45 minutes to an 1hr for your food according to the hostess. We... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped at Gulu-Gulu on Halloween for lunch. Super crowded, but that's typical Salem on Halloween. Cool atmosphere--inspired us to think about opening a place of our own. Service was very friendly, food came out pretty quick. Roast beef and Boursin wrap was pretty tasty, and the Meatloaf was pretty good too. Would have liked to see appetizers/pub snacks on... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 247 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970-3401
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Salem
  • Phone Number: 978-740-8882

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15
  • Cuisine: American, Cafe, European, Vegetarian, Czech

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Dining on a budget, Families with children


Open Hours
8:00 am - 1:00 am
8:00 am - 1:00 am
8:00 am - 1:00 am
8:00 am - 1:00 am
8:00 am - 1:00 am
8:00 am - 1:00 am
8:00 am - 1:00 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?