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Gulu-Gulu Cafe

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247 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970-3401
8:00 am - 1:00 am
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 1:00 am
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Quebec City, Canada
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41 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

we were just arriving in town to visit this beautiful city, but since breakfast at our hotel was the worst we had in years of traveling, this little cafe got our attention cause it was serving a different clientele! Dog BUT they also mentionned having the best coffee in town... well this was quite a pleasant news for us, and... More 

Thank Marc G
Swampscott, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Casual dining with outdoor seating right in the heart of Salem. I had the prosciutto crepe which was the perfect savory crepe! Also try their London Fog Latte for just the right about of sweet! Service was wonderful and attentive. A fun place to grab a bite to eat while exploring Salem.

Thank Meaghan Y
Cholpon Ata, Kyrgyzstan
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29 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Visited Gulu frequently while living in Salem, it quickly became a great place to have a great cup of coffee while enjoying the interesting local atmosphere, especially during local open mic nights. Food was always flavorful and consistent.

Thank publicroberts
Rochester, NY
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155 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 253 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped here twice during our weekend in Salem. Specialty coffees are very, very good and take out if fast. Looks like a cool place to hang out as well as they have bands and a lunch/dinner menu later in the day.

Thank sazoram
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited this quirky cafe on Halloween. We were worried we would not be able to get a table however, we managed to get a table with an hour wait. This quickly turned to an hour and a half and then two hours and a half. It was very annoying as the staff were less than helpful and we could... More 

Thank Sarah B
Little Rock, Arkansas
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45 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This Cafe is nothing special. I got a veggie burger there and it was nothing mind blowing; Burger King has better burgers. They seemed to be out of pretty much anything else we wanted, while we were there, too.

Thank Broadwaybeauty_88
goldens Bridge, New York, USA
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31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited here a few years back on our last trip and had been looking forward to stopping in again on our recent trip. It was just as great. The menu offers some unique dishes and the food is delicious!

Thank lori8146
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our party of seven stopped for lunch since the neighboring restaurants were crowded. Too early for a beer, we chose an omelet, several bagels and some Czech Goulash. It was well prepared, but not extraordinary. The service was OK, but not stellar. It is a coffee shop, with tattooed and pierced employees abound, so we didn't expect white glove treatment.... More 

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Endicott, New York
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My friend and I walked in on a Thursday night to try and grab a bite to eat. Walked into a cafe where the music was obnoxiously loud, the lighting was horrid and the waitstaff acted like you were bothering them. When we finally tracked down a server she brought over the menus, threw them onto a dirty table into... More 

Thank Wendy B
GuluGuluCafe, General Manager at Gulu-Gulu Cafe, responded to this review

Dear Wendy B, I am so incredibly disappointed to hear about your experience. We are so much better than this. It sounds like you came in on Thursday, June 30 during our vinyl night. I'm sorry it was too loud -- we continue to work to try the balance of having a lively, fun atmosphere while keeping the volume low... More 

Portland, Oregon
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I don't know about the afternoons and evenings but I know I had to leave the restaurant today (Wednesday, June 29th) because of the music. We couldn't hear each other speaking. I love music, even hard rock, but not early in the morning. They need to turn it down or change the music. The music is for the customers, not... More 

Thank patburns48
GuluGuluCafe, General Manager at Gulu-Gulu Cafe, responded to this review

Dear patburns48, I'm so sorry to hear about this, but I appreciate you calling our attention to this matter. You are absolutely right: the music is for our guests, not the staff, although I'm confident the two can overlap. Your review has given me a 3rd party account of the issue, which is often more effective than management nagging our... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
American, Cafe, Vegetarian, Bar, European, Pub, Czech, Gluten Free
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children, Romantic
Open Hours
8:00 am - 1:00 am
8:00 am - 1:00 am
8:00 am - 1:00 am
8:00 am - 1:00 am
8:00 am - 1:00 am
8:00 am - 1:00 am
8:00 am - 1:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 247 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970-3401
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Salem
  • Phone Number: 978-740-8882

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?