Help Us Find Salem's Best Restaurant

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From tried-and-true favorites to new additions like , and , the Witch City is a diner’s dream.

With an ever-evolving selection catering to all different tastes, Salem has you covered when your stomach is rumbling.

Love digging into homemade spaghetti at ? Are you the kind to grab a burger before the game at ? Maybe you love savoring some vegetarian hummus at the .

 Here at Salem Patch, we enjoy a tasty meal as much as the next guy. We want to know which restaurants hit the spot, and we need your help.

Post a comment here, letting us know which restaurants are your favorites and leave your mouth watering days after you’ve left. Simply leave the name of the restaurant if you choose, or, give us a little more, and share all the juicy details.

  • Since we have such a selection here in the City, and it's so tough to choose one favorite, you may submit up to three eligible posts.
  •  We’ll randomly select a winner on Feb. 1. The winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to his or her favorite restaurant.
  • Entries are due by midnight on Jan. 31.
  •  Be sure to follow all our contest giveaway rules, which can be found .

 There are dozens of great places to snag some grub downtown — start taste-testing now. 

Bon Appetit, Salem!

terri_d January 27, 2011 at 01:37 PM
Maybe it's just my quirkly eating habits, but Gulu, Coven and The Pig do it for me. Healthy & De-Lish! When it's time to go off the reservation, The Grapevine never lets me down.
Dorothy Malcolm January 27, 2011 at 01:53 PM
I agree, 62 on Wharf (Restaurant & Wine Bar---like the original name better, btw) is positively perfect on all counts. So here's my list of 3 (though there are a few more here in Salem that are wonderful too!) 1. 62 on Wharf 2. Bella Verona 3. Tavern on the Green - Hawthorne Hotel
Dorothy Malcolm January 27, 2011 at 01:57 PM
I agree about the atmosphere at Bella Verona as well as the Hawthorne's Tavern---exactly as you described, Mike. Runners-up for me would be Adriatic, Lyceum, Lobster Shanty. (And the Ploughman's Lunch at The Old Spot is excellent--very British.)
Catb January 27, 2011 at 02:06 PM
best family value: Bertini's, always a good meal best overall: too many to list. Salem just has too many great restaurants, 62, passage to India, Victoria's station, cafe polonia, bella verona, grapevine, lyceum, to name just a few are all excellent.
Mikeb7 January 27, 2011 at 07:58 PM
are comments closed for this contest? here are my 3 in no particular order: Grapevine Beerworks Victoria Station
Peggy S. January 28, 2011 at 02:37 PM
Green Land Cafe Delicious food, warm atmosphere, and great location!
Penny Petronzio January 28, 2011 at 03:08 PM
Green Land .... of course!
Aaron Rainey-Spence January 28, 2011 at 05:49 PM
1. Green Land Cafe 2. Finz 3. 62 on the Wharf
Sammi Blanchard January 28, 2011 at 11:20 PM
I stayed in Salem for a weekend last October and ate at Green Land Cafe twice. They were the best two meals I had in the city and I look forward to eating there several times when I bring my husband back with me this fall.
Amy January 29, 2011 at 03:14 PM
Gotta go with 62! We've had a number of fabulous and memorable meals there and consider it our go-to special-occasion place. Their service sets the bar to which all other restaurants should aspire.
Amy January 29, 2011 at 03:16 PM
Close second would be Green Land Cafe, fast becoming our destination of choice when we want to go out on a weekend for a nice but not too-fancy meal. Extra props for their eco-friendliness and commitment to organic and sustainable (and local!) sources, too.
Amy January 29, 2011 at 03:18 PM
Going with Bella Verona for my third choice. It's such a great casual, affordable, friendly, and yummy little place and holds its own (and then some) against the North End.
Henry Allen January 29, 2011 at 06:01 PM
By all means, Green Land Café! Local, organic, seasonal, elegant food without being pretentious. Great bar & atmosphere, too.
Pamela Dante January 29, 2011 at 10:56 PM
Green Land Cafe is the best. I have brought a dozen people there over the past year and everyone of them has gone back on their own. Love the tapas and fresh foods.
Cheryl Michaels January 30, 2011 at 03:32 PM
I agree, Adriatic is a great new restaurant. Consistently fabulous service from day one, good food, good wine. Have tried ALL of the new restaurants and find that I love being able to choose from many different types of cuisine, price points and atmospheres in Salem. We are lucky to have so many independent restaurants and so few chains. Do hope the city issues full-time liquor licenses to those who have seasonal ones. We need to help make these new restaurants a success, it is only a benefit to the town.
Cheryl Michaels January 30, 2011 at 04:04 PM
Diane, you are too modest. I must comment that the Lobster Shanty should be on your list as well. I am gluten-free and have found that if I ask Diane to cook something gluten-free I can 100% trust that I will get it that way! This is not true in many other restaurants in town.
Cheryl Michaels January 30, 2011 at 04:16 PM
For breakfast - Cafe Grazziani (best omelets in town) For lunch in winter - Red's Luncheon Specials For lunch in summer - Capt's patio, Finz' patio, The Shanty's patio and Victoria station's patio For takeout - Passage to India For a special dinner - Adriatic For a late night winter drink - The Tavern at the Hawthorne Most friendly bars - The Shanty, Vic's Boathouse Favorite places for coffee - Cafe Valverde, Gulu Gulu
William Legault January 30, 2011 at 05:39 PM
I like the way you think. Nice to add a little economic consideration into the equation.
Brian Donnelly January 31, 2011 at 02:32 PM
I love A Passage To India. Some of the best Indian food in New England. I'm so glad that it's located right around the corner.
Brian Donnelly January 31, 2011 at 02:34 PM
I also love Bella Verona, for an intimate Italian meal. No need to go to the North End. Their puttanesca sauce is wonderful.
Brian Donnelly January 31, 2011 at 02:37 PM
Finally, I love Dube's Seafood. The best fried clams and fish in the area. The ambiance is perfect. My Mom loves their ratatouille.
Tony Boisvert January 31, 2011 at 03:10 PM
My vote goes to the White Dove. If I am going to grab a bite just for me, that's where I will go. If they had a dining room instead of convenience store, they would rule the roost.
Jacquie Valatka January 31, 2011 at 04:20 PM
Major Magleashes. If you are looking for Burgers, Steaktips, Ribs and chowder and great drinks this is the place for you!
William Legault January 31, 2011 at 04:25 PM
At the Major's I always go for one of Manny's soups.
Roberta and Howard January 31, 2011 at 05:17 PM
Roberta and Howard
Roberta and Howard January 31, 2011 at 05:18 PM
Lyceum our favorite and Grapevine our runner up.
Jenn January 31, 2011 at 11:16 PM
Howling Wolf and Fran and Diane's
Laura Davis January 31, 2011 at 11:37 PM
Breakfast .... Deb's Diner Celebration Dinner....... Nathaniel's in the Hawthorne Take-out Subs etc......hand's down Lena's
Brett Mentuck January 31, 2011 at 11:39 PM
I dream about the Eggplant Parma at The Grapevine for days before we even get there. I love sitting at the bar for a grownup cocktail before heading into the twinkly dining room... where the service, the chewy bread and that mouthwatering parma never disappoint. And the warm bread pudding is simply incredible.
Anne C. Mahoney February 01, 2011 at 04:43 AM
The Lobster Shanty!


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