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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%
Travellers talk about
“pancakes” (218 reviews)
“home fries” (58 reviews)
“french toast” (40 reviews)
Open Now
05:00 - 15:00All hours
American, Diner, Soups, Delicatessen, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
15 Central St, Salem, MA 01970-3702
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Interesting local place in a historic house. Friendly service. Food may be overrated as the fish and chips was nearly tasteless. Soup of the day was OK.

Thank ilkkats
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A few drawbacks. Cash only with a large fee from the handy ATM. Too crowded and just not excellent food. I forget now what I even had.

Thank Rebecca H
Reviewed 11 December 2017

Red's is full of character and good food. Upon entering you know this place is legit. The staff is great, working to make sure everything flows quickly so guests can get seated as soon as possible. The food arrives at the table hot and fresh...More

Thank airhorn20
Reviewed 9 December 2017 via mobile

This place is a good place to go to grab breakfast. Prices are good and portions are a good size. It has a local feel which is nice.

Thank Hilary L
Reviewed 3 December 2017 via mobile

If you come to this restaurant you had better come hungry. They have a large menu and lots of specials. The size of the plates are large and very tasty. The service was top notch and very friendly. Great for lunch.

Thank Jonmorse
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Reviewed 2 December 2017 via mobile

Really friendly service. Fish and chips were yummy. Cute little restaurant. Reasonable prices. Went around 1:30 on Saturday after walking around the town, didn’t have to wait.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 30 November 2017

Clearly where the locals eat and after eating, it is easy to see why! Huge portions of really tasty food. Omelet was packed with ham and cheese and the french toast was perfect. Great service, worth the wait!

Thank John S
Reviewed 22 November 2017

We were excited to go to this historic "tea house" but found basically a diner. We opted to sit at the counter as there was a wait for table. No problem for us except it smelled like an old bussing tub (for those who know,...More

Thank Sue F
Reviewed 21 November 2017

Breakfast ....most of the day...and seafood until they run out. This iconic diner is around the corner for the Peabody Essex Museum, off the walking street and near the old cemetery and Salem Witch Trial Memorial. The servers are pleasant , the food is good...More

Thank PHSexpress
Reviewed 20 November 2017

"The locals know." Ok. Great place for old men to sit around and swap stories about 'the past"....but in reality, it is JUST A DINER. It gets all its "glamour" from the location. Period. The food is worse than pedestrian and it's kinda sad looking...More

Thank asongbird
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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
30 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
  • Value
Average prices
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
06:00 - 13:00
05:00 - 15:00
05:00 - 15:00
05:00 - 15:00
05:00 - 15:00
05:00 - 15:00
05:00 - 15:00
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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