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“Used to be good, now meh”

Tavern in the Square
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Ranked #32 of 237 Restaurants in Salem
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Large groups, Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed January 1, 2013

We used to go here for a quick bite all the time. They changed the menu last Spring and we've only gone about three times since then. They shortened the menu, as if they didn't care about the food any more, and replaced most items that we used to get with mediocre easy-to-make items that, frankly, aren't really anything to brag about. Also, the Sunday brunch is WAY over-priced. Honestly, $17 for, again, mediocre food? If it were $5 less, I'd still probably think it was pricey, but I'd be OK with it. So if you're looking for variety or something other than a burger skip it.

You should also know that the place is LOUD, with no attempt to control the bar side which always seems to be filled with either SSU students or just crappy locals who can't stop screaming at the 100 or so TVs along the walls. So it's not a place for a conversation most of the time either. The staff is really nice though...so it isn't their fault. But there are better places in Salem for the same price point, unless they bring the bigger menu back then go to those.

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Reviewed January 1, 2013

This restaurant is in a great location right in downtown Salem. It has an extensive bar food menu that offers something for everyone in your group. The weekend brunch is fantastic and worth the $20- per person.

Thank Kerry Q
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Reviewed December 28, 2012

Wonderful food. Great outdoor dining weather permitting. Acoustics are a bit daunting due to the young bar scene. If we can get an outside table, wonderful experience

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Reviewed December 13, 2012

Can't go wrong with Tavern in the Square at all, especially on a sunday for the games(which we did). Service was great, food was your standard pub food but good. Huge bar, so no matter where you sit you'll be able to see the games.

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Thank MDC-BIZ
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Reviewed December 3, 2012

Dinner on Saturday. Great nachos, reasonable prices...try the mac & cheese...it was great! Beautiful inside

Thank Upstatekl
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