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189 Washington St., Salem, MA 01970
978-740-2337
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Good for:
Bar scene
Large groups

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Visitor rating
  • 28
    Excellent
  • 48
    Very good
  • 22
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Food decent for the price

All in all food in Salem was less than desirable, but this place was better than most. Good burgers and beer.

3 of 5 starsReviewed November 17, 2014
Kay F
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Bowling Green, Kentucky
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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117 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

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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33 reviews 33 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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Bowling Green, Kentucky
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

All in all food in Salem was less than desirable, but this place was better than most. Good burgers and beer.

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Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Food is plenty and the waiters and waitresses are so helpful! The place is nice and very comfortable, though it was noisy when I was there.

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San Francisco, California
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204 reviews 204 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

My boyfriend and I came here on our very first evening in Salem. It was a great place to watch the World Series. We did not sit in the bar area since we didn't want to be around loud people but at the same time, we had a great time watching the game in the dining area with so many... More 

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Yardley, Pennsylvania
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

My wife and I ate here two times and both have been great!! We have gotten the burgers and were very happy with both the food and service.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

So needless to say I'm really angry right now. Especially since I'm still sitting in here. To start its over priced. It's like they wanted to make fancy bar food, but should have just started with trying to make good bar food. I had chicken tenders in a "Mongolian" sauce. It's fried tenders dunked in soy sauce that maybe has... More 

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Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 via mobile

Beer selection is great. Service was great. Food was great. Atmosphere was great. Tv's everywhere. This is the place to watch a game. Huge bar area with great set up. Would go here everytime I was in Salem. Draft beer selection had something for everyone and bottle selection had nice surprises on it. Great overall.

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Denver, Colorado
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139 reviews 139 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

We ate here on a busy Friday afternoon mainly because it was one of few places in the neighborhood which didn't have a wait...we should have known. The service was competent but a little distracted, even though they weren't that busy. The food was OK, not inspired. The place has a slightly seedy bar feel, it might be better if... More 

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Scarborough, ME, United States
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136 reviews 136 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

This is a typical city restaurant with a cool bar area that boasts fun halloween decorations but has fabulous food. I had the best BLT in my life. I know. How can you make a BLT better? Well, they do. The waitress was inattentive. We had to ask for our check and she gave us someone else's. Twice. ug. Nice... More 

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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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Large groups

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