Where to Dine
Sea Level Oyster Bar
We love spending an afternoon at the raw bar of Sea Level with oysters and clams on the half shell and a glass of white wine. Its waterfront location means there's a great view of the harbor, and it's the perfect place to stop in to refresh yourself after exploring the town. The menu tends towards the more casual with fried clams, steamed mussels, and calamari.
East meets West at Opus, a quirky yet refined spot. Dine on creative sushi combinations and cocktails or a three course meal in the main room and then retire to the dimly lit Morroccan-style Opus Underground lounge for nightly live entertainment.
Notch Brewery + Tap Room
Whether you’re looking to sip on a cold brew or have a small bite, you can enjoy both in either the tap room or biergarten – which can be a great place to enjoy some fresh spring, summer or fall weather.
The City of Boston
After a relaxing and peaceful night at The Merchant, head to Boston for a day in the city! If you’d like to experience the bustle of the big city without having to actually stay in the midst of it, Boston is easily accessible by train or ferry. Pop in for an afternoon or full day, and make it back in time to dine at one of Salem’s many top notch restaurants.
Located in historic Lyceum Hall, this seafood market and grille is one of Salem's most scenic seafood restaurants. With a seafood market and wholesale fish business spanning generations, Turner's offers some of the freshest, locally caught seafood on the North Shore. Experience some New England seafood classics with Newfoundland Finnan Haddie or a traditional steamed lobster dinner.
Indulge in a mischievous take on the classic American diner, located right next to The Merchant. Order up some eggs, bacon, and biscuits, or take your taste buds for a walk on the wild side with a Mexiluxe (fried egg, hash, poblano & cotija cheese) and a Screaming Nancy (a spicy twist on hot chocolate).
You've heard of farm to table, but how about dock to dinner? Located in Salem's storied Lyceum Hall, this authentic "shuck and serve" oyster bar is also home to the city's only true seafood market.
Craving comfort food with a creative twist? Cozy up to Naumkeag Ordinary. We come for the burgers and excellent selection of craft beers, but we hear the rest of the menu - made with fresh, locally available ingredients - is pretty tasty, too.
Milk and Honey
Tucked away in a picturesque brick building, this green grocer is your one stop shop for picnic provisions. Shelves and displays are stocked with fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, sweets, and prepared foods. Want to know the farm where your produce was grown? Just ask. Wine, a staple in our picnic basket, is also available.
We like our seafood with an ocean view on the side, please. Finz, surrounded on three sides by windows overlooking sparkling Salem Harbor, offers just that with both inside and outside dining options. The menu features a raw bar and an innovative menu that includes options for landlubbers as well.
While stellar seafood is the star in Salem, Adriatic does it with a geographic twist. The menu is full of market-fresh dishes inspired by the Meditterranean location of its namesake sea, topped off with a thoughtful wine list of imported varietals and blends.
Firenze Trattoria Salem
Enjoy the flavors of gourmet Italian cuisine without leaving the North Shore. This little gem (which does not accept reservations) blends authentic Tuscan-style cooking with Salem’s neighborhood vibe.
Flying Saucer Pizza CompanyBuzz-Worthy
This stand-out pizza parlor turns the traditional pie on its head and gives it a healthy gourmet spin. With an eclectic menu built on seasonal ingredients, Flying Saucer has something for carnivores, omnivores, vegetarians, and vegans alike.
Flavorful, organic, vegetarian food fast is what you’ll find at Life Alive. Based on the belief that good food nurtures the soul and spirit, their menu is chock full of vegetable and grain-based dishes and a plethora of sides that allow you to craft your own perfect meal.
Front Street Cafe
A homegrown, neighborhood cafe with a heart. And sandwiches, lots of sandwiches. We dare you to dream up a combination that the Front Street Cafe staff didn't conceive of first. Loads of soups, salads, and fresh juices, too.
A&J King Bakery
Pastries, bread, sandwiches, and coffee, oh my! Using traditional baking techniques, A&J King spends hours creating artisanal breads and pastries for you to enjoy (almost) as slowly. The array of fresh offerings changes seasonally and based on local availability of ingredients.