Food + Drink

Top Picks for Outdoor Dining in Salem

With plenty of real estate along the historic harbor, Salem is home to many restaurants that have great waterfront views. And although summer may be winding down, there's still plenty of time to enjoy outdoor dining in Salem. So where to head when you're looking to enjoy a drink or a meal in the sun? From casual brewery to seafood on the waterfront, we've got recommendations for the best outdoor dining in Salem for your next visit to this charming, seaside city.

Sea Level Oyster Bar | 94 Wharf St, Salem | (978) 741-0555

This seafood restaurant has the most popular outdoor dining in Salem. With tables that overlook the harbor and the Salem Maritime National Historic Site, you'll have a prime view of Salem's waterfront. We love to enjoy a drink and some oysters on the half shell here, as dinner can be a pricey affair and usually requires a reservation. But after a day spent exploring the museums and witch history of Salem, this waterfront seafood restaurant offers some of the best views in town.

Notch Brewery & Tap Room | 283R Derby St, Salem | (978) 238-9060

Notch Brewery has been around since 2010, but only recently opened its tap room and Biergarten. The highlight of its new space is the expansive patio that offers some of the best outdoor dining in Salem. With picnic tables perfect for groups of friends or couples, you can enjoy full pours from Salem's only craft brewery in the sun (or under an umbrella if the sun is too strong). Light snacks like soft pretzels and a meat and cheese plate will allow you to stay for a few rounds—the makings of a perfect afternoon in Salem.

The Roof at The Hotel Salem | 209 Essex Street, Salem | (978) 451-4818

Our newest Lark Hotels venture has some of the best outdoor dining in Salem—The Roof at The Hotel Salem. As the only rooftop deck in Salem, this seasonal dining space offers great views of downtown Salem. With creative cocktails (available as pitchers for sharing with a group!) and oysters, tacos, and ceviche, we love spending an evening at The Roof, overlooking the city at one of the best outdoor dining spots in Salem.

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