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Red's Sandwich Shop

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15 Central St, Salem, MA 01970-3702
978-745-3527
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6:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 6:00 am - 1:00 pm
Mon - Sat 5:00 am - 3:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget, Local cuisine
Description: Located in the Old London Coffee House, which dates back to the 1700s,...
Located in the Old London Coffee House, which dates back to the 1700s, Red’s Sandwich Shop has been visited by many Celebrities, Congressman, Senators and even First Lady Barbara Bush. A relaxed, friendlly atmosphere in a historic building is the perfect place to join Salem locals for the BEST breafkast and lunch menu in town. The food is delicious, all home-style cooking at pricing so reasonable you almost feel guilty. Having visited numerous restaurants in Salem that charge outrageous pricing for mediocre food, Red's Sandwich Shop is the crown jewel of the city in terms of excellent food, great prices, and a lovely environment with a friendly staff. They offer an extensive breakfast and lunch menu, Dinner Specials, and a daily $6.95 Special.. And when they say roasted turkey, they mean roasted turkey -- whole turkeys are roasted on the premises and carved for your order. In a tribute to Thanksgiving, their Home Style Turkey Sandwich (roasted turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce and gravy) is out of this world! Wonderful specialty items from Chicken Marsala and Chicken Piccata to Chicken Pot Pie are made to order. Soups and chowders made fresh daily. For a variety of sandwiches from open-faced, to club, to roll-ups -- they cannot be beat. Red's is an award-winning restaurant that received the "BEST BREAKFAST ON THE NORTH SHORE" award for 24 years in a row! I cannot rave enough about this restaurant. If you have only one restaruant to visit in Salem, make it Red's.
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  • 580
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  • 188
    Very good
  • 67
    Average
  • 25
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  • 6
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good Breakfast

I love this place....I have visited Salem quite a few times over the years and even lived here for a while. Red's is a local favorite. Nothing fancy but nice variety and good food. Always a line on the weekends!

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Stonesgirl72
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Paramus, New Jersey
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Paramus, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I love this place....I have visited Salem quite a few times over the years and even lived here for a while. Red's is a local favorite. Nothing fancy but nice variety and good food. Always a line on the weekends!

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Georgetown, MA
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5 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The food here is unremarkable. The service is pleasant and efficient, but the food... Never understood the appeal. Been several times, hoping maybe I'd caught it on a bad day before.

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Thank Mom2kidz
Franklinville, New Jersey
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36 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Locals rave about this place. I didn't think it was all that great. We went for breakfast. It was Kind of greasy and over cooked.

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Thank Storms5
Salem, Massachusetts
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Irish Benedict is the best. Went with my grandson and he had French Toast and a side of bacon. The bacon was cooked nice and crispy.

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Thank Richard G
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A great place to bring the family. Something for everyone and very reasonable. Both locals and tourists enjoy Reds.

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Thank Mary jane K
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

I've always had a great meal at Red's! Friendly staff, great service and a wonderful meal to boot! You might have to wait a bit but the line is fast.

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Thank Carl B
Myrtle Beach, SC
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113 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Old school dining at it's best. Fast and friendly service, hot meal, and old school. This place is great. Pricing is spot-on. Was told this was a good place by a local, she was right! If I lived in Salem I would be there all the time. Huge menu, too much to choose from. Don't miss this place for lunch.... More 

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Thank wildcatgolf
Bellingham, Washington
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141 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Went for lunch and the special was Teriyaki Turkey Bits. They were cooked right- moist and not overdone. The place is really cute, in an old (1700s) coffee house from colonial times. Comfort food that's not too fancy, but tastes good.

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Thank uncle_albert5
Beverly, Massachusetts
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is it! Good old fashioned comfort food served by experienced nice people! Sometimes a line but well worth the wait. Food is always great. This is what Breakfast all about!

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Thank rebaspal
Boston, Massachusetts
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you're looking for the perfect breakfast, at a reasonable price, look no further! Absolutely delicious and the service is amazing! Definitely a must-do for a trip to Salem!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 15 Central St, Salem, MA 01970-3702
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Salem
  • Phone Number: 978-745-3527

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8
  • Cuisine: American, Delicatessen

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget, Local cuisine

Description

Located in the Old London Coffee House, which dates back to the 1700s, Red’s Sandwich Shop has been visited by many Celebrities, Congressman, Senators and even First Lady Barbara Bush. A relaxed, friendlly atmosphere in a historic building is the perfect place to join Salem locals for the BEST breafkast and lunch menu in town. The food is delicious, all home-style cooking at pricing so reasonable you almost feel guilty. Having visited numerous restaurants in Salem that charge outrageous pricing for mediocre food, Red's Sandwich Shop is the crown jewel of the city in terms of excellent food, great prices, and a lovely environment with a friendly staff. They offer an extensive breakfast and lunch menu, Dinner Specials, and a daily $6.95 Special.. And when they say roasted turkey, they mean roasted turkey -- whole turkeys are roasted on the premises and carved for your order. In a tribute to Thanksgiving, their Home Style Turkey Sandwich (roasted turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce and gravy) is out of this world! Wonderful specialty items from Chicken Marsala and Chicken Piccata to Chicken Pot Pie are made to order. Soups and chowders made fresh daily. For a variety of sandwiches from open-faced, to club, to roll-ups -- they cannot be beat. Red's is an award-winning restaurant that received the "BEST BREAKFAST ON THE NORTH SHORE" award for 24 years in a row! I cannot rave enough about this restaurant. If you have only one restaruant to visit in Salem, make it Red's.
Open Hours
Sunday
6:00 am - 1:00 pm
Monday
5:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 am - 3:00 pm
Friday
5:00 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 am - 3:00 pm

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