Where to Dine
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.
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.
It's all about the pizza at this cozy Salem spot. Using simple and authentic ingredients - imported Italian flour, crushed tomatoes, and fresh mozzarella - and a handmade wood-burning oven from Italy, Bambolina turns out some of the best Neopolitan pizza we've tasted on this side of the Atlantic. Pair your pizza or creative Italian entrée with a local craft beer or a glass of wine from their modern selection.
Brew Box on Essex
With an expansive selection of coffee and coffee drinks, this little shop is the perfect place to grab an iced coffee to accompany you on your wanders around Salem during the spring and summer season or for a warm latte to wait out the storm during the winter months. We recommend pairing your drink choice with one of their tasty breakfast or lunch items.
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.
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.
We suggest starting off with a large organic salad to share, topped with bell peppers, Kalamata olives, roasted corn and your choice of cheese or meat and then digging into the main course. Choose one of the house favorites or build our own "no boundaries" flatbread.
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.
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.
Just a block from The Merchant, located in the alley at Higginson Sq. Salem MA, this late night pop-up cookie shop offers a variety of unique small batch, homemade cookies, served warm at the end of a great night out.
Howling Wolf Taqueria
A great place to grab a margarita, a hearty plate of nachos, or some quesadillas. Everything is made daily from fresh ingredients.
An extensive beer and wine list, creative cocktails, unique dishes and a warm, inviting atmosphere come together at Ledger to create an authentic, memorable experience. We suggest getting a little bit of everything starting with the Raw Bar, a starter or two (Popovers with apple butter anyone?), and digging into your main course of choice whether that be their Braised Colorado Lamb Shank, Lobster Spaghetti or Filet Frites --truly, you can't go wrong.
Flavorful an 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sea Level Oyster Bar
Fresh seafood and edgy martinis with herbs and ginger. Sit back and enjoy the view up the entire harbor into Marblehead.
The Cheese Shop of Salem
Incredible European and local cheeses, wines, and gourmet snacks -- the perfect place to stock up for an afternoon picnic. We should also mention that the Cheese Shop hosts an Epic Grilled Cheese pop-up every Saturday.
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.
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.
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).