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

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  • 41
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  • 60
    Very good
  • 32
    Average
  • 11
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  • 11
    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
One hitch, but REALLY GOOD!

We stopped in for lunch during a day trip to Salem.....it was a Monday, so not very busy, which was nice. The food was REALLY good! I don't eat red meat very often by choice, so a good hamburger is such a treat! I had the Diablo, so it was very spicy, just the way I like it! My sweetie... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 29, 2015
hollybelle210
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Bedford, New Hampshire
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Bedford, New Hampshire
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178 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

We stopped in for lunch during a day trip to Salem.....it was a Monday, so not very busy, which was nice. The food was REALLY good! I don't eat red meat very often by choice, so a good hamburger is such a treat! I had the Diablo, so it was very spicy, just the way I like it! My sweetie... More 

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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015 via mobile

While visiting back home, my friend and I met for drinks and food. It's much larger than it looks. The food was yummy. There was lived music that evening and they were also very good. Pool tables in the back... I think.

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Thank Sharon G
Baltimore, Maryland
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24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

Food was amazing! The place was clean but the food was AMAZING. After a long day of being tourists, we were starving and by the time we left the Tavern, we were convinced we needed to be rolled out the door. Our server was very well educated on the beers on draft and was great at helping me narrow down... More 

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1 Thank Jess S
Syracuse, New York
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181 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015 via mobile

Recommendation from locals so after a hokey tour of Salem vampires & ghosts left for here. Patriots game on & our booth had it's own tv! If you haven't watched a Pats game in NE ( we are Bills fans) this is the place. Great beer list food order unfortunately not right cold fries & wrong burger rectified but unfortunately... More 

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Niagara Falls, Canada
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49 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015 via mobile

We went on Halloween and sat on the patio. Its a nice large patio that overlooks the town so it was great for people watching. It was super busy but the food was still good and came out fairly quickly. I had the chicken sandwich with avocado and sweet potato fries. The sandwich was delicious and a nice size portion.... More 

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Hamilton, Ohio
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23 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015 via mobile

We stopped in for dinner on a Monday. We didn't have to wait for a seat and didn't wait long for our food. My husband and I both got fish and it was pretty nasty. The fries were also bland. The wait staff was not very friendly. Maybe more bar type food would have been a better choice.

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Thank emmy_louu
Redington Beach, FL
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015 via mobile

Right in the heart of the commons square. The food was great, prices were fair and good variety. Good drink, beer menu also. A fun place to eat and drink in the middle of it the square.

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Thank ggswell
Sayre, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

This place was packed on an October weekend. 1 hr+ wait to be seated. I suspect that it takes awhile to turn over tables because many were empty for quite a while before people were seated there. The whole place was decked out for Halloween. Food was good overall. Spinach and Artichoke Dip was excellent. My spicy chicken pasta dish... More 

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Thank Andrea B
Ellenville, New York
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26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

The food was amazing, but be warned that this is a very loud, bar focused place. We had two members of our party that wanted to try the BBQ but they were out. They were out of a lot of things, but it was a Sunday night, it was October and the place was very busy.

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Thank Danielle W
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015 via mobile

I loved it! It was all decorated for Halloween, they had tons of beer choices, and omg the wings were fantastic! They servers were super friendly and the bathrooms were clean! Highly recommend

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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: Bar scene, Families with children, Large groups

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