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Howling Wolf Taqueria

76 Lafayette St, Salem, MA 01970-7502
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Ranked #28 of 216 Restaurants in Salem
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Large groups, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Delivery, Late Night
Description: New Mexican cuisine
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80% Recommend
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English first
Boston, MA
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64 reviews 64 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Very nice taqueria with an unusual selection of margaritas and veggie options (the fried plantains were a nice surprise)! In contrast to several other reviews, we had very friendly and attentive service even though it was already fairly crowded at 5:30 pm. We'll definitely visit again!

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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We went on a Tuesday, which is $2 taco night. Understandably, it was packed, even though it was only 5:30. We got a table pretty quickly. Our 8 year old was happy with the kids menu because it had quesadillas in addition to the usual kiddie fare. We shared bacon wrapped shrimp and fried cheese cubes as appetizers. The shrimp... More

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Dennis, Massachusetts
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I love this place great atmosphere and the food is great but you have get there early to get a seat. But the good thing about it is you can get the food to go which is a nice touch when you can't sit down but you want some great Mexican food.

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Savannah, Georgia
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91 reviews 91 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Not cheap if you order a $30 pitcher of white sangria , appetizers and entrees for three adults (about $90). You could settle in with a beer and taco for much less. Friendly, quick service. Bit noisy but great atmosphere for 20-something pub people. Food is good and way beyond refried beans and rice ( which they also serve). Check... More

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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We have tried them all. Atmosphere is not much but the food is the best. The howling wolf burrito is is fully spiced without being harshly flavored. This is deepened with crisp bacon inside. Lovely

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Salem, Massachusetts
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210 reviews 210 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

As a local, I can tell you this, Howling Wolf serves good fresh Mexican food at great prices. Sometimes there's live music, and frequently, it's busy and loud. Service can vary enormously depending on how busy the place is, but you won't be disappointed in the food. On our latest visit—six of us—we had a veg burrito, a pollo con... More

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Saint Peter, Minnesota
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

My wife and I didn't know where we wanted to eat one night while in Salem. After talking to multiple locals from different establishments we tried Howling Wolf as 9 out of 10 recommended this place...I can't wait to come back!!! Wait was long, but worth it...so good! Our waiter made the experience even greater, he could recommend dishes based... More

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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

It had been several years since my last visit to Howling Wolf, when I was SO very dissappointed with the food that I thought wild horses couldn't drag me back in. So, recenly I thought, no the food could not have been as dreary as I recalled and since I was jonesing for Mexican I thought I'd give it another... More

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Hopkinton, Ma
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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Stopped here while visiting Salem and we were so glad we did. Restaurant decor was fun and bathrooms were clean. Staff greeted us upon entering and our waiter was awesome. So polite. He knew everything about the menu. Another server brought over a sample of the taco meat for our 10 yo to try. Overheard our concern about spiciness and... More

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19 reviews 19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Howling Wolf is the perfect place to go for margaritas and and delicious Mexican food. The nachos are the best I've ever had - so much cheese all over and queso inside of the nachos to ensure that you don't get cheese-less chips. The menu also has a wide assortment of appetizers, burritos, tacos, etc. The fish tacos are excellent,... More

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