Just north of Boston, historic Salem Massachusetts is nestled on the picturesque New England shoreline. Salem was first made famous by the 1692 Witch Trials but now is known as a cultural and historic destination that is easy to navigate and fun to explore. Whether you are single or have a family, Salem is the perfect location for people looking for an authentic New England experience, as well as access to transportation, art, historic landmarks, water views, world-class restaurants, and quirky shops around every corner.
Looking for somewhere new, fun, and different to dine? Here are just a few of the plentiful dining options in Salem, many with outdoor seating and views in season.
Ledger Restaurant and Bar at 125 Washington Street, Salem, Massachusetts, offers downtown dining in the former Salem Savings Bank building (circa 1818). This historically unique location will house a new restaurant concept from Matt O’Neil, chef/owner. The menus include traditional American dining and vegetarian fare.
Opus at 87 Washington Street, Salem, Massachusetts, offers a wide range of dining experiences from quiet private dining in their expanded hall, to fun time after work on a Friday night. Opus has received numerous awards and accolades for their sushi, but don’t miss out on their full menu that will wow your taste buds including: American fare, Sushi, Fusion, Vegan options, Gluten-Free options, and Vegetarian options.
Kokeshi at 41 Lafayette Street, Salem, Massachusetts, offers amazing Asian Street Food, Noodles, Soup, and Sake. Each dish is pure comfort food with a flair for the exotic.
Sea Level Oyster Bar, located at 94 Wharf Street, Salem, Massachusetts. If you love seafood and dining on the water, you can’t go wrong at Sea Level. Northshore Magazine 2017 named Sea Level “Editors’ Choice” for both Al Fresco Dining and Dessert!
Finz Seafood and Grill at 76 Wharf Street, Pickering Wharf, Salem, Massachusetts, offers a raw bar that includes: the freshest local oysters, clams, chilled lobster, colossal crab, and jumbo shrimp. For land lovers they offer an incredible filet mignon, Statler chicken, and daily specials. Their new location will be open in September at the former Victoria Station on the water.
The Hotel Salem at 209 Essex Street, Salem, Massachusetts, offers two dining experiences: the Counter and the Roof. The Counter is in the historic Newmark building in the heart of downtown Salem, that offers a twist on the traditional lunch counter meal. The Roof offers Salem’s only rooftop bar for a unique place to unwind with a strong drink and simple food.
Turner’s Seafood at Lyceum Hall, 43 Church Street, Salem, Massachusetts, claims the title that, “Anything fresher, still swims”. Turner's Seafood is New England-style seafood, and an oyster bar set in a venue with historic charm.
Adriatic Restaurant and Bar at 155 Washington Street, Salem, Massachusetts, offers a warm interior and excellent Mediterranean cuisine. In addition to the favorite market-fresh seafood dishes, the Adriatic has amazing brick oven pizza and an extensive wine list that will keep you coming back for more.
A&J King Artisan Bakers now has two locations: Boston Street and Central Street in Salem, Massachusetts. Your mouth will water with the wide selection of breads, pastries, coffee, and unique cookies and desserts.
Coffee Time Bake Shop at 96 Bridge Street, Salem, Massachusetts, has a wide assortment of delicious muffins, pastries, donuts, and scones to pair with the perfect latte, coffee, or smoothie. Don’t forget to grab a homemade cannoli or whoopie pie for later!
Cheese Shop of Salem at 45 Lafayette Street, Salem, Massachusetts, can help satisfy your cravings for cheese, wines, cured meats, hand-crafted beers, gourmet goodies, exotic spices, sauces, ciders, and more!
Peabody Essex Museum - East India Square, 161 Essex Street, Salem, Massachusetts. There are so many reasons to explore the P.E.M. including: art, exhibitions, the reading room, weekend festivals, and family art-making programs. In addition to rotating and new exhibits, P.E.M. offers tours of National Historic Landmark homes in our area.
Annual Salem Arts and Film Festivals - The annual Salem Film Festival is wildly popular, often selling out. “Come see Salem and See the World” was last year’s theme. Come see what next year brings.
Artists Row - Every spring, across from Salem’s Old Town Hall and Derby Square, a pedestrian way comes alive with artists and artisans making and selling handcrafted products. This is a beautiful part of the city where artists hone their craft and share their wares with the community.
Salem Maritime National Historical Site - Along the waterfront of Salem sits many historic buildings, visitor spots, museums, and maritime history. The site includes the Custom House, Public Stores, Scale House, Hawkes House, Derby House, West India Goods Store, Pedricks Store House, a lighthouse and three historic wharves. The park also maintains and operates a replica tall ship, the Friendship of Salem.
Salem Willows Park - Packed with games, food, and fun, Salem Willows is a great place to spend an afternoon. This beautifully situated waterfront park sits on 35+ acres of oceanfront vistas and picnic grounds. Bring your beach towels and relax by the shore, explore the coastline, or fish from the pier.
The House of Seven Gables - When you live in Salem, a trip to the House of Seven Gables is a must. This 1668 home, made famous by the American author Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel The House of the Seven Gables, is one of the oldest surviving timber-framed mansion houses in continental North America, with 17 rooms and over 8,000 sq. ft. including its large cellars.
Salem State University - Salem is a college town that values education, innovation, and creativity. Whether you want to take a course or two, or add a certificate to further your resume, SSU is easily accessible and has a huge assortments of course offerings.
Downtown Salem MBTA Commuter Rail connects commuters to Boston’s North Station via both the Newburyport and Rockport lines. Walk from Salem Depot to downtown shopping, dining, attractions, or the waterfront. Bus #450 from Wonderland; Bus #459 from Logan Airport.
Need to get to Boston in a hurry? The 27 minute express train can take you there from Salem Depot directly to North Station.
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