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The Great Escape - CLOSED

50 St. Peter St., Salem, MA 01970
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Price range: $20 - $25
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Doing business, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Bridge Street
Transit: Commuter rail is across the street.

145 reviews from our community

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English first
New York City, New York
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

This restaurant in the old infamous Salem Jail House is now closed down. It has been replaced by a burger and beer joint. Upstairs in the building are condos. The preserved cell on the first floor is open to the public and worth visiting.

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boston, ma
Top Contributor
117 reviews 117 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

Have lunch in a former jail? Why not. A fun location but I don't feel the food overall is that great. Burgers are fine. Menu is a little offbeat.

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Boston, MA
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2013

Remove from Tripadvisor!! When it was open, it wasn't very good anyways. can't wait to try the new burger place though.

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Lynn, Massachusetts, USA
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

The establishment was clean and nicely decorated with reminders of it's days as a jailhouse. The service and food was just as good. Been there a couple times...and we will return.

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Bedford, MA
12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

We were there on October 14, 2013. The restaurant was closed. Note in window said A&B Burgers opening in November.

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Halifax, Canada
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80 reviews 80 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

Great food, great value. Service was excellent. The lunch menu was a bit sparse (not much to choose from) but other than that it was great.

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Tinton Falls, New Jersey
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41 reviews 41 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

We ate at The Great Escape after a recommendation from Jeff (of Bewitched in Salem) who educated us on the history of the jail. I ordered the pumpkin soup, scallops over risotto, and crème brulee. My friend ordered stuffed salmon and we were very pleased. We had great service and the atmosphere was fun!

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Top Contributor
126 reviews 126 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
204 helpful votes 204 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

This was our first time at this restaurant and found the service, food & decor wonderful! Food was reasonably priced. Our server was a fountain of knowledge when it came to the history of this restaurant. It used to be the Salem jail up until the Sixties. Now it's a restaurant. We got a chance to wander around the place,... More 

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Methuen, Massachusetts
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

The food and service were excellent! The decor of the old jail was intriguing. Ask about the history - no running water even into 1990. Very good value for the price. Best cesar salad and bruschietta I ever ate. Save room for desert!

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Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

This restaurant is in an refurbished county jail. Most of the original flooring and walls remain and some jail cell bars making it a little dark. We went on a fall afternoon and there was only one other party eating The service was good. Parking out front was limited to 3 spaces and no handicapped parking. I'm not sure where... More 

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Additional Information about The Great Escape

Address: 50 St. Peter St., Salem, MA 01970
Phone Number: 978-745-5022
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Salem
Average Prices: USD 20 - 25
Cuisine: Italian

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