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Lobster Shanty

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$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Seafood, Pub, Soups
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25 Front St, At Artist's Row, Salem, MA 01970-3707
+1 978-745-5449
5:00 pm - 1:30 am
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Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 1:30 am
Fri - Sun 12:00 pm - 1:30 am
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Me and my partner visited the Lobster Shanty in August 2016 after reading several reviews and seeing it on Diners, Drive Ins and Dives. As we were visiting from England, we were really hoping for an authentic experience and we were really pleased! As we hail from Yorkshire, we're lucky enough to have tried really fresh, amazing seafood so we... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great place to have lunch, on the weekends there is typically a live bank on the brick walkway. The food was excellent and service to match. Ice cold beer and just a fun place to be.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2017 via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed the food and drink. The server was very inviting and friendly. We had a blast. We came in for a drink and stayed long enough to have dinner. The lobster mac and cheese will knock your socks off

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2017

Have eaten here many times outside, perfect spot near farmers market. The food has always been good. The inside is a cozy spot to have a cocktail and a snack. Staff pretty nice. I would def. check it out if u are in Salem.

Thank 204paulaa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2017 via mobile

You get what you see, and it helps if weather is good as not as many options for space otherwise. Tasty food, good value for money.

Thank JerseyCowBrum
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2016

Stopped here on our vacation. Found it on food network. It was worth the effort. A cool small place with outdoor seating. My daughter got the pulled pork sandwich with fries which was delicious. It was my first lobster roll of the trip and it was overflowing with delicious lobster and served with tater tots. I tell everyone heading this... More 

Thank magee709
Wilmington, Delaware
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2016

I ate here with my family during the busy Halloween time. We had to wait about 30 to 40 minutes to get in because it was cold and everyone wanted to eat inside. The place is small and it was very busy during our visit. The atmosphere has a sense of humor to it. The service was fantastic. Other than... More 

Thank Don S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2016

Clam chowder was amazing, I really recommend trying it. Came to try the east- coast lobster and was not let down! SO good. Our server was so helpful and patient. Really enjoyed it. Small place, only go with a small party.

Thank Jacklyn A
River Edge, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2016

Lobster martini...!!! That would be enough. There is however a menu that will keep you satisfied. Attentive service and great menu...and it's not even scary in October. Do yourself a favor and stop in for a great lunch and adult beverage.

Thank paul f
Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2016 via mobile

Quaint inside with a busy bar and live Blues guitar player. Service was awesome. We tried the favorites: large lobstah claw meat in the roll, clam chowda was really yummy tasting but would be better with less potato and more clam, baked haddock was good but would prefer cooked in less butter and the sweet potato fries were deliciously cooked... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$3 - $50
American, Bar, Seafood, Pub, Soups
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Families with children, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 1:30 am
5:00 pm - 1:30 am
5:00 pm - 1:30 am
5:00 pm - 1:30 am
5:00 pm - 1:30 am
12:00 pm - 1:30 am
12:00 pm - 1:30 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 25 Front St, At Artist's Row, Salem, MA 01970-3707
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Salem
  • Phone Number: +1 978-745-5449
We are a local dive bar that secretly has class. Great food, great service all served in a very casual atmosphere with absolutely no pretense.We're a little place with a big heart. The Shanty has been serving the Good People of Salem for 30 years and is a local institution.We welcome anyone who wants to come and relax with us. This is one place where you can let your freak flag fly. Our patio allows well-behaved dogs, we even have a doggie menu. Don't worry about bringing water bowls, we've got some.

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