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Nathaniel's

Hawthorne Hotel, 18 Washington Sq. W., Salem, MA 01970-4056
978-825-4311
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Ranked #4 of 215 restaurants in Salem
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $40
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Transit: Walking distance from the Salem MBTA commuter rail station.
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English first
Point Pleasant, New Jersey
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

My son and I had THE BEST breakfast at Nathaniel's while staying at the Hawthorne Hotel. Initially, I was apprehensive about dining there as my son has special needs. However, "Nathaniel's" had special meaning to us because I named my son after Nathaniel Hawthorne. I didn't want him to miss the occasion that we had planned. The food was exceptional... More

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Douglaston, New York
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46 reviews 46 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Formal dinning room with wonderful piano player. Traditional american food with a modern twist just delicious. A wonderful place to go for a special occasion or if you just want to feel like it is a special occasion.

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

Dear artistmomma66, Thank you for your review of Nathaniel’s. We couldn’t agree with you more: the Hawthorne Hotel is a wonderful place to celebrate a special occasion! Whether in the Hotel itself or in one of our lovely restaurants, we love meeting our guests and helping them to celebrate special moments in life. I’m glad you enjoyed dining with us,... More

Revere, Massachusetts
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Had a fabulous dinner at Nathaniel's in the Hawthorne Hotel last week. I had a sirloin dinner that was to die for while a gentleman played piano for the guests. Wait staff was very attentive. And I went there not even realizing that my meal would be free - because it was my birthday! A definite gem!

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

Dear David L, Allow me to wish you a belated happy birthday! We are so pleased you chose to celebrate your birthday at Nathaniel’s. The atmosphere of our fine dining restaurant is only made more charming by the piano player we have on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings. I’m glad you enjoyed this accompaniment to your delicious meal, and will... More

Swampscott, Massachusetts
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We live next town to Salem and decide to go to Nathaniel’s based on reviews. Unfortunately it did not live up to our expectations. Food was ok, not great. Steak overcooked. Atmosphere is nice but food is general hotel fare.

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

Dear Yelena U, Thank you for your review of Nathaniel’s. I’m sorry that your experience with us did not live up to your, or our, expectations. As the Hawthorne’s fine dining restaurant, we expect our guests to enjoy excellent service and a delicious menu. Clearly this was not the case for you. If you have the time, I would appreciate... More

Boston, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

We took my parents with my brother and his wife to Nathaniel's as it had great reviews and the hotel was there since my mother was a little girl...it was a perfect setting in a traditional dining room. We got reservations for around 5:30 and when we showed up we were promptly seated. Accept for the piano player who was... More

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

Dear tastyeater, Thank you for your review of Nathaniel’s. I’m pleased that you enjoyed the atmosphere of our fine dining restaurant, and that the piano player added to the ambiance of the evening. I’m also glad that your wife seemed to enjoy her meal, particularly our Scallops Sophia, a dish which is a favorite among our guests. I’m sorry that... More

Groton, MA
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

After spending a rainy day at the Peabody Essex Museum, we and our out-of-state visitors consulted Tripadvisor for a restaurant nearby where we could enjoy a fine meal in a relaxing atmosphere, quiet enough to talk with each other. We chose Nathaniel's, located in the lovely old Hawthorne Hotel, a very short walk from the museum, and all of us... More

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

Dear pineseeker, Thank you for your review of Nathaniel’s. I’m pleased that you and your visitors enjoyed dining with us. We pride ourselves on offering exceptional service, a delicious menu, and a unique, comfortable atmosphere for our guests to enjoy it all in. I appreciate you letting us know that we hit the mark, and will be certain to pass... More

Harwich, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

No stingy servings here - orange juice was fresh tasting, good coffee, eggs cooked the way I requested. Pleasant setting and staff.

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

Dear traveldream, Thank you for your succinct review of Nathaniel’s. I’m pleased you enjoyed dining with us, and that you appreciated our friendly staff and delicious menu. We hope to welcome you back again soon. Best, Juli Lederhaus General Manager More

Boston, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Nathanial's restaurant is located in the historic Hotel Hawthorne in downtown Salem Massachusetts,also know as the "Witch City". The setting is elegant, low lighting but not too low, linen table cloths, table set properly. A wonderful atmosphere to dine rather than just east. My favorite meal is their signature shrimp and scallop Sophia. The seafood was cooked perfectly. Scallops can... More

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

Dear Wendy K, Congratulations on your anniversary! Thank you for your review of Nathaniel’s, the Hawthorne Hotel’s fine dining restaurant. I’m pleased that you and your husband enjoyed dining with us, and that your server contributed to the welcoming atmosphere we offer in our Hotel and in both our restaurants. I will be certain to pass along your compliments to... More

Chicago, Illinois, United States
Top Contributor
85 reviews 85 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

I decided to fly in from Chicago to surprise my parents for their 43rd wedding anniversary. They had their wedding reception at the Hotel Hawthorne 43 years ago. I wanted to take them out for a special dinner, and Nathaniel's restaurant at the Hotel Hawthorne definitely fit the bill. We had a wonderful meal, with excellent service. Judy our waitress... More

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

Dear Heather E, Thank you for your review of Nathaniel’s. It was such a pleasure taking part in such a special occasion, and we are glad to know that your parents enjoyed this wonderful surprise you arranged for them. As I’m certain that you and your parents know, at the Hawthorne we pride ourselves on offering our guests a welcoming... More

Columbus, Ohio
Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We had dinner and breakfast here and both meals were great. We had the same server for both meals and she was wonderful. If you come to Salem you should check this place out!

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

Dear Tonysk8s, Thank you for your review of Nathaniel’s. I’m pleased you enjoyed both dining experiences. We work hard to make sure we offer an excellent menu and wonderful, friendly service, both at breakfast and at dinner, and I’m glad to know that we hit the mark. I will be certain to pass along your kind words to our team.... More

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