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Red's Sandwich Shop

15 Central St, Salem, MA 01970-3702
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Ranked #3 of 215 Restaurants in Salem
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $8
Cuisines: American, Delicatessen
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Takeout, Dessert
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.
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boston, ma
Top Contributor
74 reviews 74 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 NEW

Food is excellent, menu diverse, quality is superior, service is fine- who else brings refills on ICED COFFEE on a hot summer day? Consistency and reliability reign supreme here. Hard to find a complaint- oh yeah, one tiny little thing- pepper shakers filled so high that when you shake them, nothing can come out. Had to un screw the top,... More

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Branford, Connecticut
16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014 via mobile

This was not a great breakfast. The good was subpar and the service was not great either. My boyfriend and I left to head down to the Friendship for a tour and stopped at two places on the way for beers and agreed that we should have waited longer to eat at a better spot. There are many other places... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

The first time we went to Red's, it was super busy at breakfast time. The food was okay, not great, not horrible. I accepted that the so-so service was just because it was so busy. The second time we went was a late lunch, and our waitress was just rude and just not good. I had to ask for a... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

When my friends and I visit Salem, every two or three years, from the south, there is one place we absolutely have to visit, more than once!!! Reds Sandwich Shoppe is the home of the best homecooked food. The Maine blueberry pancakes draw me in every morning we are there. The portions are generous, all meals are delicious, the owners... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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79 reviews 79 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

We overlooked this place tons of times on our trip. It's kind of hidden. It looks small from the outside, but once you get inside it is rather large. The ladies are very nice and my spouse and I both ordered the home style turkey dinner sandwich. It had stuffing and cranberry sauce, gravy on a soft buttered bread. It... More

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Salem, Massachusetts
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Hands down THE place to go for breakfast if you're visiting Salem, or even if you live in Salem. Can be very, very busy on holidays and weekends during tourist season, but definitely worth the wait in line. And the service is top notch even at the busiest times. Love this restaurant!

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Penfield, NY
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Not just a "sandwich" shop. The name is misleading. Think, instead, of an awesome diner with home style food and this is Red's. It's bigger on the inside then it looks from the outside, so don't be discouraged that there won't be room for you!

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Narragansett, Rhode Island
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

We went to Reds for lunch in Salem anticipating a fabulous meal, we only ordered sandwiches and it was totally acceptable but nothing to rave about. The ice cream machine was out of order for a milk shake or malted and the ice tea we requested was already sweetened. It was fine, I ordered a delicious mimosa and the rest... More

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North Andover, Massachusetts
15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Stopped in for a late breakfast recently. Red's was on my list of local spots to try -- it has a very good reputation in town. Walked right in, which I guess isn't typical. More room inside than it appears from the outside. In a quaint old building downtown. Great location! Staff was friendly and attentive. Ordered the lobster/veggie omelet... More

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014 via mobile

I can personally attest to the calamari, chowder, and the haddock sandwich: all were excellent. Service was outstanding, even when we stayed past their 3PM closing, thank you to the staff.

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Additional Information about Red's Sandwich Shop

Address: 15 Central St, Salem, MA 01970-3702
Phone Number: 978-745-3527
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Salem
Average Prices: USD 0 - 8
Cuisine: American, Delicatessen

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