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Nathaniel's

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Contemporary
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Hawthorne Hotel, 18 Washington Sq. W., Salem, MA 01970-4056
Walking distance from the Salem MBTA commuter rail station.
978-825-4311
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance
Doing business
Special occasions

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Visitor rating
  • 134
    Excellent
  • 46
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
A Relaxing and Sophisticated Place to Dine

Spent a very leisurely and pleasant evening at Nathaniel's with old friends. As the piano player serenaded us with background music that was relaxing and not overbearing, we enjoyed a variety of seafood and the luxury of spending several hours just sitting back and enjoying a great meal with great... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 31, 2015
Pjdaly7
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Reading, Massachusetts
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
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Reading, Massachusetts
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Spent a very leisurely and pleasant evening at Nathaniel's with old friends. As the piano player serenaded us with background music that was relaxing and not overbearing, we enjoyed a variety of seafood and the luxury of spending several hours just sitting back and enjoying a great meal with great friends. Judy was our server and she allowed us to... More 

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HawthorneHotelGM, General Manager at Nathaniel's, responded to this review

Dear Pjdaly7, Thank you for your review of Nathaniel’s. Judy and her supervisors will be so pleased to hear how well she took care of you and your guests while dining with us. Our talented piano players will also be pleased to know that they helped make your experience more relaxing and enjoyable. New Englanders hold a high appreciation for... More 

Raymond, New Hampshire
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

We went on a Sunday morning. The blueberry pancakes with orange-honey butter called out name, so we split the pancakes. My husband decided there was no need to add the real maple syrup, but I did on a few bites. They were so good either way! For my real order, I got the Eggs Benedict. They were great, with REAL... More 

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HawthorneHotelGM, General Manager at Nathaniel's, responded to this review

Dear Kirsten C: What a lovely review. Thank you so very much for taking the time to write such a detailed and informational accounting of your breakfast in Nathaniel’s. I know that it will be useful to other TripAdvisor diners. My personal favorite on our breakfast menu might be something for you to consider on your next visit – our... More 

Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

Nathaniel's had a wonderful atmosphere, great staff, and the food was excellent. We really enjoyed the restaurant and we ate here several times throughout the weekend.

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HawthorneHotelGM, General Manager at Nathaniel's, responded to this review

Dear Amanda A, Thank you for your review of Nathaniel’s. I am pleased to hear that you have found the atmosphere of the restaurant and the quality of service and food to be to your liking. I will be sure our Chefs, restaurant staff and their managers know how much you had enjoyed each dining experience with us. We hope... More 

Portland, Maine
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

We liked the demiportion option for the plates, great desserts, food was not highly imaginative (standard New England menus) but well done. We went during the dead of winter, but still, on a Saturday night, it was understaffed. We had long waits to order and to receive our food.

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HawthorneHotelGM, Director of Food and Beverage and Assistant General Manager at Nathaniel's, responded to this review

Dear TRichards19, Thank you for your review of Nathaniel’s. I am pleased to hear that you have enjoyed our demi-portion option as well as our delicious desserts, and that your assessment of our food is that it was done well. I am surprised to hear of your experience with the service while dining with us. I would appreciate the opportunity... More 

Corea, Maine
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

The service was impeccable, the servings were generous and beautifully prepared. The atmosphere and warm and inviting.

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HawthorneHotelGM, General Manager at Nathaniel's, responded to this review

Dear Elaine R, Thank you for your review of Nathaniel’s! It is wonderful to hear how many of our guests and diners enjoy their time with us. Our Chefs and restaurant staff will be pleased to hear of your compliments. I have also noticed that you have taken the time to write a review of the Tavern on the Green... More 

Bloomfield, New Jersey
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Had breakfast and dinner during our stay. Dinner was beautiful with a live piano player who went around and asked what we wanted to hear, the food was perfectly prepared and not too big of a portion, but not too small.

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HawthorneHotelGM, General Manager at Nathaniel's, responded to this review

Dear Lyndsayyyy13, Thank you for your review of Nathaniel’s. It is wonderful to hear that you had enjoyed both dining experiences during your time with us. I am delighted to learn that you found the portion sizes to be just right, as this will surely be helpful for future diners! I will be certain that the pianist knows of your... More 

Newburyport, Massachusetts
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

My husband and I celebrated Valentine's Day a week early at Nathaniel's. It was our first time dining here and from the moment we arrived I knew it would be a lovely evening. Our server Judy was welcoming and attentive and the food was amazing! From the seafood chowder to the main courses of baked stuffed shrimp and NY sirloin... More 

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HawthorneHotelGM, General Manager at Nathaniel's, responded to this review

Dear pattyparis2015, Thank you for your review of Nathaniel’s. I am so happy that you were able to celebrate this special occasion with us. Judy and her managers will be happy to know how enjoyable your dining experience was. It is such a pleasure to hear what our guests enjoyed the most about their meal and you have certainly highlighted... More 

Harwich Port, Massachusetts
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

We stayed for breakfast. The bacon is the best on the a la carte menu. The service was attentive & excellent.

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HawthorneHotelGM, General Manager at Nathaniel's, responded to this review

Dear Lynn R, Thank you for your review of Nathaniel’s. I’m glad that you have enjoyed your meal with us. Thank you for letting potential diners know of your opinion on specific menu items. I am very pleased that the service was attentive and excellent. I will be sure to pass these compliments along to the Chefs and Dining Services... More 

Revere, Massachusetts
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

I've been to the Pub at The Hawthorne Hotel many times and have had both great food and great service. We were trying to think of a special place to celebrate a 50th birthday dinner so we came to Nathaniel's restaurant. We had a great dinner with wonderful service. Our server Cheryl was very pleasant and helpful. We were not... More 

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HawthorneHotelGM, General Manager at Nathaniel's, responded to this review

Dear rrw1759, Thank you for your lovely review of Nathaniel’s! With its quiet atmosphere, delicious menu, and the pianist, we know that Nathaniel’s is the perfect place for any special celebration. We are delighted that you enjoyed dining with us and will be certain to pass along your compliments to Cheryl, our Chef, and of course the rest of our... More 

Rockport, Massachusetts
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Whether you are a local or here on business or vacation, please try Nathaniel's in Salem inside The Hawthorne Hotel. Breakfast is amazing. We have dined there a few times over the past few months and I must share one of the BEST breakfasts around. Food is clean and absolutely delicious. Their egg white frittata is one of the best,... More 

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HawthorneHotelGM, General Manager at Nathaniel's, responded to this review

Dear Gayle P, Wow! Your review certainly made our morning. Whether a guest is here for a night, a meal, or a special event such as a wedding, our team enjoys the opportunity to welcome them to the Hawthorne. We are pleased that you have enjoyed so many wonderful experiences in Nathaniel’s and to know that the wedding you attended... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Hawthorne Hotel, 18 Washington Sq. W., Salem, MA 01970-4056
  • Public Transportation: Walking distance from the Salem MBTA commuter rail station.
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Salem
  • Phone Number: 978-825-4311

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 40
  • Cuisine: Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions

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