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189 Washington St., Salem, MA 01970
978-740-2337
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Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 30
    Excellent
  • 49
    Very good
  • 25
    Average
  • 11
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  • 10
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Not worth the price

Not really sure why this restraunt is up there in the ratings. I could tell it's a college hangout and maybe that's why. The food was just alright. Not worth the price by any means. The service was great however so that compensated a bit. The burger was very charred & the "smores" dessert... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed June 12, 2015
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Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Bar scene
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Greer, SC
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25 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

We actually went here twice, and I sure hope this is the proper one. Sits in the courtyard across from the museum. we decided on steaks and I am here to tell you this was a most wonderful find. Wait staff was Johnny on the Spot and everyone was super friendly. Went back for cocktails on the patio and once... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

Huge bar, great place to watch any game anytime, plenty of TVs, always have multiple games playing.As a regular for the last couple of years the menu is constantly being updated,staff is always on top of their game,I have never had a bad experience here. Sunday brunch is one of the best in Salem

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54 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

Not really sure why this restraunt is up there in the ratings. I could tell it's a college hangout and maybe that's why. The food was just alright. Not worth the price by any means. The service was great however so that compensated a bit. The burger was very charred & the "smores" dessert was just sad. The waffles on... More 

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Salem, Massachusetts
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121 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

The food is decent and the prices are average. But the place is loud and too many instances of police breaking up college student fights. Not for little kids.

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SALEM, MA
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149 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

I agree with almost everthing previous poster Bob K from danvers wrote. We have been coming here every few months since it opened. The food was never fantastic and always slightly overpriced but the ambience made up for it. The new menu just is not good. I had the chorizo burger and it did not have much taste and the... More 

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Traverse City, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

We've been coming to Salem for years and on our first visit discovered they have a Sunday brunch which is excellent! We always try to plan our trip to include a Sunday just so we can stop. Great stuff!

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Danvers, Massachusetts
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 via mobile

My wife and I went to the tavern in the Square in Salem last Sat night and would like to share our experience with you. We have been there many times before but the first thing we noticed was a new menu. It was half the size as previous meny wife and I went to the tavern in the Square... More 

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Nahant, Massachusetts
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136 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Nice location, varied menu, very pleasant interior and satisfactory, but not great food. We probably will return again and give the food another chance.

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38 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

I order the turkey tips every time. It comes with choice of 2 sides. I order the very fresh broccoli and and quinoa. You have a choice of 3 sauces for the tips. I am addicted to the soy ginger! You can lock your bike up right outside. The entire restaurant is surrounded with glass doors top to bottom. They... More 

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Salem, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

We loved the food. Some typical pub type menu items but served with a flair, great portions for the price (took leftovers home). Would go again.

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Additional Information about Tavern in the Square

Address: 189 Washington St., Salem, MA 01970
Phone Number: 978-740-2337
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Salem
Cuisine: American, Pub

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 189 Washington St., Salem, MA 01970
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Salem
  • Phone Number: 978-740-2337

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Bar scene

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