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Salem Cross Inn Restaurant and Tavern

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American, Bar
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Lunch, Dinner
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  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Daily temperature and symptom checks for staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
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Updated 12/03/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 12/03/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Reviewed September 22, 2022 via mobile

We booked the Salem Cross Inn for my daughter’s wedding for June 2020. Due to Covid-19 we rescheduled to September 17, 2022. After years of planning and hours of my daughter’s time preparing and creating all the tapestries for her special day the most bizarre...disaster occurred and threatened our well laid plans. A motorist experiencing a medical emergency ran his car through the barn where we were to hold the reception, rendering it unusable. This happened the morning of the day before the wedding. My daughter and wife were in tears after hearing the news. We were unaware however that the general manager (Nancy) was a superhero and that the disaster was turned into a minor inconvenience. She closed the restaurant to the public and seamlessly transposed our seating arrangement to the main dining room for dinner and the large lounge below the barn was available for music and dancing. The DJ who has played many times there commented that it was even better than the barn above. The care and thoughtfulness of the management and staff is something that you seldom see. If my story sounds incredible I’d like to hear about the wedding that took place on the same day as the accident. Thank you Salem Cross Inn for a memorable day!!!!More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed August 10, 2022

I have been to a number of showers before but never threw one until now. I had been to this restaurant many times so I felt confident that this was the right choice for the event but what I got exceeded my high expectations! The...room was magnificently decorated with plenty of tables for extra activities and the seating was very comfortable. The food was AMAZING! When it was first served, by fantastic servers, I was concerned that I should check on my guests but my daughter pointed out that I should relax because the room was so silent with everyone enjoying their meals! The bridal shower lasted 4 hours! Everyone had such a good time mostly impart to the staff and owner of Salem Cross Inn! I will have any future event there!More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed June 7, 2022 via mobile

HS Graduation Party for eldest grandchild, 16 guests. Outstanding server, Jess was attentive, efficient, meals were all served hot, mixed drinks were yummy! Favorite meal was Surf & Turf, not a scrap of food left on plates! Appetizer favorite was French Onion Soup, muffins are...always a hit. We have enjoyed Salem Cross Inn for many years, but now live in Florida. Nancy made making reservations for our party of 16 so easy for this out of state Nana! Our room was delightful, and all the teens enjoyed the lovely gardens outside after dinner!More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed April 24, 2022

Expected better food from a lovely place. Way too much dressing on the Caesar salad made romaine limp. Good squash muffin and water glasses kept filled The haddock had a bland taste but was a good size. The squash was yummy with a good level...of spice. Prime rib was cooked right and tasty. Apple pie could have been from a grocery store but chocolate ganache pie was good. The dealbreaker was the nondairy creamer instead of real half and half or cream for the not so good coffee.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed April 10, 2022 via mobile

We normally have come here for the Fireplace feast but they were sold out so we decided to come for dinner instead . We are three couples that haven’t seen each other since before covid so we were excited to get together and catch up.... We were laughing and just having fun and the manager /hostess comes over to us to quiet down because we were disrupting other patrons . We are in our mid 50’s and she spoke to us like children . We didn’t appreciate that at all!! We weren’t being disrespectful or inappropriate just laughing . The dinner was good and the waitress was great but if that’s the way the manager is going to speak to us we will take our business somewhere else !! There are other restaurants that have good food and will treat you with respect .More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed January 23, 2022 via mobile

My wife had the chicken pot pie. It was very tasty; however, she didn’t expect to find bones in it! That shouldn’t have happened as the chicken was shredded and all bones should have been removed. My haddock special was especially flavorful - overall a...good experience!More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed October 16, 2021 via mobile

This is a farm house that is more than 200 years old. The family converted it into a restaurant about 70 years ago. They roast the prime rib in a fireplace in the inn, using a unique family recipe. It was the BEST prime rib...ever! Dinner starts with charcuterie and a salad. Along with the prime rib, one gets mashed potatoes and mixed vegetables that are grown on the 600 acre farm. Desert featured the best homemade apple pie and homemade whip cream. A great family experience.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed October 10, 2021 via mobile

Husbands birthday. The hostess was amazing! I'm sorry the previous couple gave you a hard time! We had a great late lunch, the short ribs were delicious! I had the warm brussel sprout salad (good flavor but some rather tough parts). Service was great, dining...room was very loud. Over all, nice meal! And the hostess, she was fabulous! Thank you ladies for the birthday apple pie!More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed July 18, 2021

The restaurant gave our family a nice private room with a round table. Perfect for a family birthday gathering. The food and service were all excellent. They even provided a birthday cake. Everyone enjoyed the outing.

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed June 20, 2021 via mobile

We had our whole family for Father’s Day lunch. Service by Amy was fantastic (we had a group of 13 and she had lots of other tables). She did a great job. We had several apps. I especially liked the seafood chowder. The potato skin...special was also a hit. Probably half the group had the swordfish and it was deemed great. The surf and turf was also well received. I had the sirloin but it wasn’t anything special. The desserts were good and the coffee is good. A special place.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed May 9, 2021

SO DISAPPOINTED!! I have been here in Year's past & was excited for another delicious experience...however...the waitress was rushed, there were 5 small stuffed mushrooms which tasted frozen, mushrooms were rubbery & filling, awful. There were 4 small soggy bacon wrapped scallops, need I say...more? The selection for entrees wasn't exciting. I ordered the prime rib which was overdone, tough & tasted like pot roast! YUCK!! No flavor....mashed potatoes were boring & the Quinoa stuffed pepper I make better at home!! Being Mother's Day, I wasn't going to make a skeptical, but for the price & the ride to get there we would've been better off getting a hot dog & icecream cone from the place down the street. I don't mind paying good money for a good meal, but honestly? They should've paid me to eat it and served free champagne so that I wouldn't remember the experience. Unfortunately I won't be back. All 3 meals were terrible! Not the same place I remember pre-covid. Then an already 20% gratuity added!!! WOW! Save your money for an upscale diner! 😞More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed October 4, 2020

There are so many great reviews so I’m assuming our experience was just on an off day. When I made the reservation we were told a party of 7 could now be seated at one table. When we arrived we followed the instructions to check...in at the podium outdoors. The hostess disappeared to seat the couple ahead of us and then after about 10 minutes of waiting she finally returned. Not sure if she was angry or upset but we definitely felt her frustration. Not greeted warmly at all. Anyway... our table was split so our group could not sit together. We saw other tables that could have accommodated us so we thought we could put our tables together but we were quickly stopped. Our waitress was amazing. Very attentive and apologetic. One of the meals ordered was not correct so that person had to wait for her meal to be re made. Our waitress was wonderful and could see we were a little annoyed. I went indoors to use the ladies room and again met with very rude staff. I understand and expect things to be a little different with the new regulations but there is no reason for rudeness. Our waitress gave us a coupon to be used when we return. I will chalk today’s experience up to perhaps being understaffed on a busy day and give it another try. Food was good and ambiance spectacular. Hope the next time we go everyone will be in a better mood.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed September 15, 2020

We had a beautiful 60th wedding anniversary party at Salem Cross Inn. The staff at Salem Cross was excellent. Nancy was very organized and thought of all the details to make it a perfect day. The meal was fantastic and the waitstaff wonderful. It was...a special day and Salem Cross made it even better.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed August 2, 2020

It is challenging to treat yourself during these difficult times with the pandemic. A few days ago, my husband and I had ridden on his motorcycle by the Salem Cross Inn and had noticed tables in the midst of the gardens. Then I made a...dinner reservation on Thursday July 30th. An inviting view from the road then turned into a delightful evening with delicious food, fabulous cocktails, and impressive garden strolls. My lobster roll with French Fries plate was adorned with freshly picked lavender sprigs. Our crab cake appetizer was great. My husband liked his baked haddock with mashed potatoes and green beans. Tables were spread far apart on the lawn and everyone wore a mask when walking around. I felt safe and relaxed. The outside air was refreshing. The setting sun and cloud formations were gorgeous. My waitress, named Karen, asked with a concerned look if I was enjoying my herbal cocktail. The ingredients included lovage infused gin, grapefruit juice, fresh cucumber juice, and St. Germain elderflower. I replied that I loved it and understood that lovage is a tricky culinary herb. I have wrecked dishes and drinks by adding too much of this strong and bitter herb. Karen replied that another diner had disliked the taste. Karen and I talked about gardening throughout the evening. I promised her that I would return soon to have a mojito with the mint flourishing in the garden.More

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed July 17, 2020 via mobile

Feeling warm and welcomed traditional comfort zone in the restaurant. All staffs were paid in full attention with us. Inside of the restaurant is fascinating to explore farm county decorations and antiques. Outside of the restaurant is a real natural atmospheric county. Worth being there...for us. Definitely go there again soon.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Response from Moxierocks | Property representative |
We have room for reservations in our dining room where we will be offering our full menu in addition to some specials created by our chef. Dining room guests are welcomed to join in on thour fun in our Tap Room after dinner... More
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Response from Moxierocks | Property representative |
Yes, we do still have our $22.00 complete dinner special on Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday. This time of year, reservations are always helpful. Hope to see you soon for a great dinner!
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Salem Cross Inn Restaurant and Tavern is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5