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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: Dessert, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Takeout
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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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Best breakfast ever!

The service was fantastic and the food might have been better. The pancakes are ridiculous and the home made corned beef hash is definitely the best I've ever had.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
Ron S
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  • Dining on a budget
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

The service was fantastic and the food might have been better. The pancakes are ridiculous and the home made corned beef hash is definitely the best I've ever had.

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Swampscott, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW via mobile

Cute breakfast spot. Easy to go to solo or with friends. There is a counter to sit at or cozy booths. I got waffles with chocolate chips. So yummy!

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Multiple awards and local recommendation so gave it a shot. Prices were great and good delicious! Fast too. We got Breakfast sandwiches and eggs. Home fries were big seasoned potatoes and bacon was thick and not fatty at all.

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Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

We took the advice from other reviews and decided to eat at Red's. This is in the center of Salem and is central to everywhere that you want to see. This is a local spot. Take cash as they don't accept cards. The portions are huge and the prices are cheap. Bring your appetite. We had their breakfast food (omelettes... More 

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Salem, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Red's is the most fabulous breakfast deal on the Northshore. Oh wait? you mean they have other food? Wouldn't know I have been eating breakfast there for years.

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Water Valley, Mississippi
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

We were in Salem on a rainy Tuesday morning, and the place was packed, although we did not have to wait for a table. I had not read any advance reviews, but noticed the building when we walked by because it dated back to the 18th century. We had not eaten breakfast and decided to try it and were so... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

HUGE pancakes, fun and yummy place to eat, it's where the locals go to eat....right in the center of town so great location.

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Roy, WA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

We stayed in Salem for 3 nights and ate breakfast every morning at Red's and had lunch there once. They really dish up the food...lots of it and delicious! GREAT wait staff too!! I highly recommend eating here

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

This Salem institution may show its age, but one would be hard-pressed to find a better breakfast anywhere, or such a good value for lunch. The blueberry pancakes are the best anywhere I have been. (The only downside being the syrup.) They also have great omelets and the waitresses are friendly, efficient and attentive. However, the kitchen needs to improve... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

I read the other reviews about this place prior to us going and they didn't disappoint! The waitresses were friendly and the food was great. Big portions, and very reasonably priced.

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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
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
Average Prices: USD $8
Cuisine: American, Sandwiches, Delicatessen

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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, Sandwiches, Delicatessen

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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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