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Gulu-Gulu Cafe

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American, Coffee Shop, Vegetarian, Czech
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247 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970-3401
978-740-8882
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8:00 am - 1:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 1:00 am
Dining options: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Dessert, Drinks, Breakfast, Late Night

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  • 123
    Excellent
  • 99
    Very good
  • 22
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Just what we were looking for

We stopped in earlier in the day for coffee and decide to come back for dinner. Loved the atmosphere and the service was good - it was very busy when we stopped in. We had the special which was meatloaf with mashed potatoes on top - very good. Glad we came back.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
Cin S
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Rudolph, Wisconsin
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romantic
  • Dining on a budget
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Rudolph, Wisconsin
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

We stopped in earlier in the day for coffee and decide to come back for dinner. Loved the atmosphere and the service was good - it was very busy when we stopped in. We had the special which was meatloaf with mashed potatoes on top - very good. Glad we came back.

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Launceston, UK
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150 reviews 150 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Great breakfast in his charming cafe/diner. Good selection on the menu and served with a smile. Good start to our visit to Salem MA.

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2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Excellent service! Chicken Cordon Bleu Crepe is delicious!!! Fun, funky vibe! Great variety on menu. Very clean and has free WiFi! Highly Recommend!

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2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 via mobile

As a near vegan (can eat eggs) I was happy to stumble across this cafe in a sugar low frenzy. Initially I just saw that they served humus, so it won my custom. However upon getting the menu and studying I discovered a large selection that I could eat. I chose a dairy free savoury crepe, it was delicious. I... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

I Love , LOVE, LOVEEE this joint! I like the food, i like the ambiance, I like how laid back are the employees yet their customer service is top notch! Will deff go back!

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Bellingham, Massachusetts
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87 reviews 87 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 via mobile

The service was so-so. It's a busy place so don't expect 1:1 attention. Beer list was great both draught and bottled, you can get a flight. Very casual atmosphere and live music at night.

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Hazlet, New Jersey
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

we loved this place. for my friends and i, this was our daily go to place. yes, service was a bit slow but if you're not in a hurry it's worth the visit. we loved the laid back atmosphere and to just hang, have a bite and chat. can't complain about the food. everything we ate was very tasty. going... More 

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Boston
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36 reviews 36 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

Great funky neighborhood place in downtown Salem. Have been here several times for breakfasts. Great service, never had a bad meal. The crepes are unbelievable as are all the breakfast sandwiches.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

So i hafta go up to salem and do an AM appointment and circling the center looking for that unlikely parking spot..ooh! .. find one..!..and being early and thinking of a coffee, i look up and i am directly in front of Gulu-Gulu Cafe..so, why not?.. going in find RELAXED comfy funky, good tunes, and warm welcome..nice!...Got breakfast?.. a giant... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

There are quite a few places to grab coffee in Salem, but we've tried Gulu-Gulu a number of times because it comes pretty highly recommended. I always feel cramped when visiting (it's extremely popular, and being crowded should't be a negative, it means other people like it!) but I think it's a bit TOO trendy and lacks warmth. Also our... 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, Coffee Shop, Vegetarian, Czech

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Romantic, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 1:00 am
Monday
8:00 am - 1:00 am
Tuesday
8:00 am - 1:00 am
Wednesday
8:00 am - 1:00 am
Thursday
8:00 am - 1:00 am
Friday
8:00 am - 1:00 am
Saturday
8:00 am - 1:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?