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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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5:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 6:00 am - 1:00 pm
Mon - Sat 5:00 am - 3:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Takeout, Dessert
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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Good for:
Families with children
Local cuisine
Dining on a budget

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  • 410
    Excellent
  • 128
    Very good
  • 49
    Average
  • 18
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
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
Most recent review
This is my favorite place to eat. Anywhere.

There is no better restaurant for the absolute best and MOST food for your buck - their prices are incredibly good for huge portions of delicious food, and their menu is HUGE! We've come to Salem from Boston a number of times solely for Reds. The waitstaff is friendly and warm, the service is quick... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
Erika H
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Takeout
  • Dessert
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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

There is no better restaurant for the absolute best and MOST food for your buck - their prices are incredibly good for huge portions of delicious food, and their menu is HUGE! We've come to Salem from Boston a number of times solely for Reds. The waitstaff is friendly and warm, the service is quick - it's really where the... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Stand in line to get great eats(waffles delish-pancakes bigger than plates!) or--as we do--go sit at counter-great waitresses-ultra fast service--free coffee refills--lunch selections home made-affordable--A salem Treasure`!

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Salem, Massachusetts
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 via mobile

Have breakfast here occasionally. We have not been disappointed. There is normally a wait but it moves along. Large portions and good home style breakfast.

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Salem, Massachusetts
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

In this old tavern, they serve up the best breakfast and lunch in town...high cal eggs, omelettes, hash browns, all the goodies. Cash only, sometimes a wait, but the best!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Great great food and good service. It gets busy pretty early so plan accordingly. Great breakfast huge portions.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015 via mobile

If you decide to come here, you better come with a big appetite! Food portions are huge and tasty. The waitresses are very welcoming and makes you feel at home. They only accept cash. However they have an ATM on site. Parking was a bit of a hassle with all the snow.

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Salem, Massachusetts
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25 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

We eat lunch out often downtown and this is by far our favorite! The prices are incredibly reasonable for what you get and it's a combination of real homemade comfort food and sometimes a twist of something very different! The menu is extensive and there's always a long list of specials! Generous portions (always come out with a doggie bag).... More 

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Williamsport, Pennsylvania
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

We stopped here for breakfast and we were not disappointed. After reading so many great reviews, we had to check it out. I had and omelet and it was packed full of deliciousness, it was also huge! This is one of those places that you have to stop in, whenever I get back to Salem I know I will!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

We found Red's on our last trip to Salem for Halloween in 2009. I knew they would be crowded and my memory did not let me down. The first day we hit them, it was only about a ten minute wait. Service is quick and the waitresses are friendly and always ready to talk to you. The Sunday after Halloween,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

After 7years I have never had a bad breakfast! Michelle and Susan are amazing waitresses - worth the wait! Their knowledge and friendliness make the meal worth double! Seriously the BEST place in town, glad I am only a 2 min walk!

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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 0 - 8
  • Cuisine: American, Delicatessen

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?