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The Old Spot

121 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970-3706
978-745-5656
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Ranked #10 of 215 restaurants in Salem
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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English first
Saint Louis, Missouri
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49 reviews 49 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Superb service, delicious food and drinks, and located directly across from the Hawthorne Hotel made this our favorite Salem eatery. Try the pretzels and pub cheese.

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Merchantville, New Jersey
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101 reviews 101 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Server Chris P. was great! He could even tell which city we were from! The place was very busy with locals and rightfully so, the food was excellent! I had some delicious onion soup with five cheeses ($6.50) and my husband had the pork sammie ($10). I took several bites. Awesome. People around us were enjoying wings, beer, etc. This... More

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New York, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

This place never disappoints! Staff is always friendly and never neglectful. I always get the warm mushroom salad with steak tips! It is incredible and one of the best things I've ever eaten ( and coming from a New Yorker who's had some of the best food in the world). The salad itself is amazing and add the steak tips... More

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Chicago,IL
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Stopped here for dinner. Hearty servings of food. Good atmosphere for couples or families. HBLT was a delicious sandwich.

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Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

We just happened upon this small pub in Salem, MA when we were there this past weekend, and are we ever glad we stopped in! Seemed a bit sketchy from the outside, but the food and the beer was excellent... Very reasonably priced, and Rich at the bar was very personable. We really, really enjoyed our meal here - perfect... More

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Gloucester, Massachusetts
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370 reviews 370 reviews
301 restaurant reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

My friend and I decided to stop in at the Old Spot as neither of us had been in quite awhile. It was a busy Friday night but no wait time and we had a table in the (very dark) corner. They have a great menu when it comes to cocktails and beers on tap. I started with a Nancy... More

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Salem, Massachusetts
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

Sadly, The Old Spot has become just that--the old spot my friends and I used to go. I'm not sure if the place has new management, a new owner, or a new chef, but in the past six months or so there's been a definite change in the menu, food, and service. The atmosphere is still great, but the last... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

Went for lunch and was underwhelmed to say that least about the food.Chicken tenders and fries were fair at best and for a whopping $12.00? Don't mind paying that for good quality and good service at a higher end restaurant but couldn't make sense of that price here. Caesar salad tasted odd- not a caesar dressing and the portobello mushroom... More

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

The Old Spot has a great beer selection and the menu has delightful snacks and dinners. My personal favorite is the mushroom salad with steak tips. A cozy spot to hang out for a few stinks or dinner.

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178 reviews 178 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

We had a wonderful lunch, one that left us with no room for dinner later. Prices were good, service was good, food was excellent, proportions large. Would absolutely recommend for when you are in the mood for a more casual meal.

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