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

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  • 31
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  • 51
    Very good
  • 26
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  • 11
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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
Beautiful Decor, Excellent Service, Delicious Food

June 3, 2015 - While visiting Salem, MA to see the witch museum, visit the Essex Peabody Museum, and learn about Salem's maritime history, we had an early dinner at TheTavern. It is located in the Hawthorne Hotel on Washington Square. The Hawthorne is a delightful, historic hotel and The Tavern... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 22, 2015
JerryH9905
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Baltimore, Maryland
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
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Brooklyn, New York
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Its a fancy diner. If you like diner food, this place is great. And they were the only place we found that was open late. I heard they do a great Sunday brunch.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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138 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

June 3, 2015 - While visiting Salem, MA to see the witch museum, visit the Essex Peabody Museum, and learn about Salem's maritime history, we had an early dinner at TheTavern. It is located in the Hawthorne Hotel on Washington Square. The Hawthorne is a delightful, historic hotel and The Tavern is just off the lobby. The portions are large... More 

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Myersville, Maryland
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53 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Tavern in the Square is a moderate priced restaurant in the heart of Salem. It is located near the heart of Salem and is very easy to walk to if you are staying at one of the local hotels or Inns. Salem has several options when is comes to restaurants. Can be a little pricey, but they serve good sized... More 

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North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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27 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

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

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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Swampscott, Massachusetts
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

I do not understand the good reviews this places gets. I've been there plenty of times to watch games or grab a beer, and I've tried at least 10 items on the menu. The service from wait staff and bartenders is usually fine, but the food is often disappointing. Everything I've eaten ranges from OK to not very good --... More 

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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 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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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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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: Bar scene, Large groups

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