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Red's Sandwich Shop

15 Central St, Salem, MA 01970-3702
+1 978-745-3527
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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good22%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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American, Diner, Soups, Deli, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
15 Central St, Salem, MA 01970-3702
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We ordered a chicken sandwich and pancakes. The chicken sandwich had lovely chicken but then just cheap lettuce and tomato and the cheapest of white rolls. The chocolate chip pancakes were pretty good.

Thank Lou1974Edinburgh
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great food...the pancakes are plate sized! Recommended by our tour guide...all the locals love this place. It was packed, but the line moves very quickly!

Thank Carrie M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good place for breakfast as recommended by a local but the service was not good. Our server was friendly enough but she got our order wrong and we had to wait forever to get a top up of coffee (which is supposed to be bottomless...More

Thank Katie R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a great place. Quick service. Pancakes as big as your head. The open faced turkey sandwich is drool worthy. The shrimp is perfectly crisp. Down side. Cash only. Atm is inside building though. Worth getting full and happy. Get there quick they close at...More

1  Thank SmallTownGypsy
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We like to eat at restaurants we can’t find at home... this is a great local spot with quick home style food. As you can see my son was overjoyed at the portion of macaroni and cheese he ordered. I had the fish and chips...More

1  Thank leilanireiko
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I stopped in as a planned lunch break during our New England trip. We both had the luncheon specials, my wife had the roast beef and I had the seafood jambalaya. The restaurant was very busy, but both meals arrived promptly and...More

Thank Douglas D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I ate breakfast at Red's both mornings that we were in Salem. We were very pleased with our meals both days. We enjoyed the casual setting and particularly appreciated how several of the other diners appeared to be local residents who ate...More

1  Thank rmk75
Reviewed 10 April 2018 via mobile

I went with a couple of other people and the service was great and food order was quick. However, the sign that states “cash only” while located in two spots (front door and cash register) is rather small and as a customer didn’t see it...More

Thank Heidi B
Reviewed 9 April 2018 via mobile

They only take CASH and their ATM charges almost $3 for fees so beware! There is no sign on the door coming in that states cash only either. I ordered an omelette and while it was obviously made fresh, I did not appreciate the egg...More

Thank bleum00n812
Reviewed 9 April 2018

I have come here so many times since I was a child. Visiting from Boston as a kid we would make a point to stop here. I can see the attraction for my parents: good food, big portions, large menu with something for everyone, good...More

1  Thank thatkirbymagic13
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22 June 2016|
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Response from penny c | Reviewed this property |
next time I go there i will find out if they serve gluten free food , and post a review about it
Constance C
31 May 2016|
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Response from IslandNative725 | Reviewed this property |
just realized you were there in 16..thought it was a recent question.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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Average prices
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
6:00 AM - 1:00 PM
5:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 15 Central St, Salem, MA 01970-3702
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Salem
  • Phone Number: +1 978-745-3527
Located in the Old London Coffee House, which dates back to the 1700s, Red’s Sandwich Shop has been visited by many Celebrities, Congressman, Senators and even First Lady Barbara Bush. A relaxed, friendlly atmosphere in a historic building is the perfect place to join Salem locals for the BEST breafkast and lunch menu in town. The food is delicious, all home-style cooking at pricing so reasonable you almost feel guilty. Having visited numerous restaurants in Salem that charge outrageous pricing for mediocre food, Red's Sandwich Shop is the crown jewel of the city in terms of excellent food, great prices, and a lovely environment with a friendly staff. They offer an extensive breakfast and lunch menu, Dinner Specials, and a daily $6.95 Special.. And when they say roasted turkey, they mean roasted turkey -- whole turkeys are roasted on the premises and carved for your order. In a tribute to Thanksgiving, their Home Style Turkey Sandwich (roasted turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce and gravy) is out of this world! Wonderful specialty items from Chicken Marsala and Chicken Piccata to Chicken Pot Pie are made to order. Soups and chowders made fresh daily. For a variety of sandwiches from open-faced, to club, to roll-ups -- they cannot be beat. Red's is an award-winning restaurant that received the "BEST BREAKFAST ON THE NORTH SHORE" award for 24 years in a row! I cannot rave enough about this restaurant. If you have only one restaruant to visit in Salem, make it Red's.
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