What a find!
I hadn't been to Salem since I was kid but we were blown away by the food, service and music at Grapevine for a recent Birthday brunch. Everyone in our party walked away raving about the amazingly delicious creations, the super friendly service and spectacular music - it was truly an amazing experience! My family can't wait to go back!
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Will definitely go back
There is really nothing bad to say about the Grapevine. We had an early dinner, so noise was not a factor. The service was top- notch. The food was very,very good and they offer half portions on some menu items, which is nice for light eaters .
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of the best on the North Shore
Grapevine has consistently been a standout restaurant that offers Boston-level cuisine at suburb-level prices. The staff was very attentive and friendly, and the owner even came out to greet us and ask about our experience. The food was excellent and included numerous seafood options and innovative American cuisine. One of our favorite date-night restaurants!
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Finally tried this place -LOVED it!
We have thought about trying this place for awhile and finally did last week. I'm so glad that we did and will definitely be back. Our waiter (Shane B.) was knowledgeable and very genuine. He did not rush us at all, timed the meal perfectly and even gave us a tour of the back patio before we left. (We will definitely be back to eat outside some evening.) The food was impeccably presented and absolutely delicious. We also has a couple lovely cocktails and glasses of wine. All of this at a totally reasonable price. The owner (Harry) also came over and talked with us for awhile, which was great. Check this place out!
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Music Brought Me Back
I hadn't dined at Grapevine in years. Went to brunch to hear the trio which was wonderful. Food was good but uneven as was service. The service was uneven, waiter had the knack of disappearing when needed, appearing too often when not. Another waitperson picked up the slack and fixed our order. Gave the impression that the staff cares. Overall it was a nice experience, would return. Will have to try Saturday Brunch or dinner.
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was our third time at the Grapevine. The food was great, the service was superb, It was everything we have come to expect.
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
While The Grapevine has always been one of my favorite Salem restaurants, it has gotten even better in the past eight or so months. The interior renovations and enhanced menu were welcomed surprises but the new large outdoor patio takes the cake. Two thumbs up to the new management for these changes breathing new life to a staple of the Salem waterfront.
8/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
New outdoor patio seating
Grapevine has a large beautiful outdoor patio overlooking the Salem Harbor walk with live music. It was great way to spend a summer evening with a good friend and delicious food and wine.
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, the entertainment that night was really horrible!
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Impressive attention to detail
I was impressed by our server's (and then the cook's) careful attention to detail when informed of an allergy.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
The fresh food and excellent preparation were matched only by the pleasant outdoor patio (okay, the weather was perfect) and the wonderful servers. Where did they find these young, knowledgable, friendly, and professional servers?! They did everything just right.
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dining at sunset...
We sat outside on a wonderful summer dusk, and enjoyed good food and drink, and a quietness that would not have been possible on a street, but was on the waterway
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
We hadn't been to The Grapevine in a while, we went this time because of a coupon. We were concerned upon arriving, the restaurant was fairly empty for a Saturday night, and further concerned when we were seated in a completely empty dining room. We asked to be moved and the hostess was happy and accommodating (she shouldn't have seated us there in the first place). The service was very good, the food was excellent, and we will definitely return without a coupon!
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Off the harbor but doesn't matter
Tried this restaurant for the first time- had friends rave about it. I was not disappointed. The dining room was lovely and the service excellent. The waiter was very attentive and responsive to our needs. I appreciated his recomendations of one dish versus another. My companion enjoyed the salmon and fennel with Romescu sauce (she only wished she had more sauce) and I enjoyed the Flatiron steak with a caper, tomato and shallot accompaniment. It was just the right protion and packed with a great balance of flavors. Oh, our appetizer was great- lamb and Kassieri in a phyllo triangle with an olive/lemon side. I would definitely recommend this restaurant and look forward to returning.
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food, Fabulous Patio
Hadn't been to Grapevine in years. What a wonderful surprise. Offered a chance to sit outside, we grabbed it. Three level, spacious, stone patio overlooks the Riverwalk. Immediately your impressed by the big sky view. The tables are well spread out . the food was delicious. We had a seafood (shirmp & scallops) on fresh fetticinni (sp) and grilled cod. Done to perfection. The wine selection offered one of the best and reasonably priced cianti, I've every had. I have raved about the experience to at least 10 people. I plan to go again soon!
8/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
First visit in about 15 years
We hadn't been to the Grapevine in many years. We were very pleased with the atmosphere, food, and service. Excellent! We will deinitely return.
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
"Summer in a Glass"
That was the name of the drink that I ordered which was just as it sounds! I think it also perfectly describes this restaurant's patio dining. I'll definitely return!
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Although under new management, we were treated very well right from the start. The food was excellently prepared and the service was timely but not smothering. Drinks on the patio afterwards was a perfect ending.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
becoming a favorite
Cant say enough about the food I have never had a bad meal. This time we ate inside because its was raining. The noise level was high and its a tight squeeze. They have a room in the back that I heard people requesting because it was quieter. If you have the chance to go while its nice out definitely eat outside.
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another fine dinner at Grape Vine
We've eaten here often, and love the new decor and new menu (there are relatively new owners). The outdoor patio is lovely, though we didn't get to enjoy it this time, due to the chance of rain. But inside, we were treated well, and had excellent dinners. Portions are moderate (which we prefer), and the wine list is excellent. We plan to go again, often.
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
What an excellent find in Salem! The service was excellent, the food wonderfully fresh and well prepared, and the general atmosphere pleasant! Our mixed greens salads were a treat with oranges and almonds, our seafood dinners (a fettucine and bouilabaisse) fresh with seafood cooked to perfection, and dessert of bread pudding worth the entire visit! Wine selection was difficult flying solo but AJ, the sommalier, made it much easier.
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was very good. THe one issue would be the limited selection on the menu.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food, and the outdooor
Excellent food, and the outdooor dining was superb
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is one of our favorite restaurants. The food is always excellent, the service is phenomenal, and it is a very nice touch when the owner, Harry, personally checks up on your dining experience.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great group of 8
Wonderful experience. It was a reunion after the death of a very close loved one. We had a wonderful time.
Shane was our waiter and is the best...
Thanks Grapevilne for another wonderful dinner and time with an important group of people ...
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
We loved it. Will definitely
We loved it. Will definitely return--hopefully to eat on the lovely patio. The service was gracious and the food was wonderful. Especially the ravioli and (split) Caesar salad. Can hardly wait to try other things!
9/13/2013 5:00:00 PM
Grapevine Restaurant has been around for a while, but my husband and I hadn't been for years, but went recently and had a wonderful meal. The service was outstanding, food great, what more could you ask for!
9/13/2013 5:00:00 PM
The Place to Dine in Salem
Six of us enjoyed a great meal at The Grapevine recently. One member of the party is a chef and she raved about everything she tasted and was thrilled with the wine list which includes some very exclusive small vineyard wines. We tried the beef, the chicken, and the scallops and all were excellent. The scallops were a bit salty, but they were balanced by the more neutral tasting lentils. For dessert, we tried the chocolate mousse and the strawberry shortcake - both of which were outstanding. The shortcake tasted like homemade with a delicious warm biscuit. There is not a huge selection of wine by the glass, but enough to satisfy most tastes. Many fine bottles to choose from, though. Excellent, attentive service.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Still a favorite on the Northshore
This restaurant is under new ownership as if last December but it has not lost any of its appeal, if anything its gotten better. The food is excellent and it features a meditereanian base menu, not extensive. All of our meals were well prepared and nicely presented. Interesting wine list with lots of options. The service is very attentive and professionals. One of our favoratis when we visit the Norhshore.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great service and food
We had an excellent server, Shawn if I recall correctly. The food was good and the service was attentive and warm. I would highly recommend it. The manger was engaging. It was a great place to celebrate a birthday.
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, music and service
Hadn't been to the Grapevine since it changed ownership. I heard good things about so I took a chance and invited my son's fiance's family for brunch. The food was excellent. I had the steak and eggs - this was a perfectly grilled flat iron steak under two poached eggs. We were all very happy with our food orders. The service was excellent as well. Our waiter was very attentive and polite without being overbearing. The music was a lovely sophisticated jazz trio playing at just the right volume. We'll be back.
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
It was a great meal. Was my girlfriends and I's anniversary. Everything was good. Just a little dim but that goes with the ambience. Just a little hard to read the menu other than that it was a great night.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful find North of Boston.
A really fine north Italian place for those who appreciate great food at reasonable prices. Best pork chop I ever tasted. They really care about quality. Be sure to leave room for the bread pudding. Take half home for the next day's breakfast.
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice Night Out
We went to this restaurant as our "nice" night out during our long weekend in Salem. My husband's dinner was notable, a fall pasta dish using pumkin puree (sounds weird, but trust me, it was good), as was the appetizer, the lamb duo. Our server was also very good. I would definitely go back.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dinner for two
This was a very pleasant evening. I changed my reservation several times late in the day and they were flexible without issue, there was ample parking reserved for patrons in their lot, and although the restaurant was completely full the noise level was controlled so that we could have a quiet conversation. Meticulous service, and moderate sized portions. The red wine I ordered was too warm, but it was quickly decanted and at my direction set on a bit of ice at the bottom of a bucket. I would recommend to others, and I would go back. If you want something different, or changed, let them know; they were very responsive and happy to serve me.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
4 of us went to celebrate this anniversary. We had never been to the Grapevine before, but thought we would try it. It was a great choice. The ambiance and service were marvelous, and the food was exquisite. My wife chose 2 appetizers: lamb 2 ways and the grilled countneck clams. Both were excellent. 2 of us chose the goat cheese gnocchi with foie gras butter. It was marvelous. Our 4th chose the shrimp, which was equally fine. I would certainly return and I recommend this restaurant to all.
10/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
A nice place to dine...
Everything about this restaurant is "nice". The menu is sufficiently diverse to satisfy most any upscale diner's appetite. The prices are very reasonable and in fact diner's are given the choice of ordering full or half plates. We found the half plates more than ample. The service is youthful, but attentive and efficient. The food itself is well prepared, and well plated...but there is nothing spectacular - no Wow! in either the plating or the flavors. The atmosphere is moderately northern mediterranean. The live acoustic guitar in the bar at a moderate level is much preferable to the piped in Pop music with which it alternated throughout our meal. In short a B+. Good place to go for moderately priced meal two or three times a year.
10/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
This a restaurant we have
This a restaurant we have always come back to and we were wondering how it was with the new owners. It is as great as it has always been in the past. This is the second time in a few weeks that we have been there for dinner and the food was wonderful.
One person had the pork chops that were outstanding as were the scollops. It was my birthday and the waitress put a candle in our shared desert and sang happy birthday. Its the little touches that count.
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
We loved it-I had not been there in years. Food & Wine & drinks were outstanding! The staff were stellar! The one odd thing was the radio station that was on - not mediteranean or classy - just rock or noise or something? Thanks, Terri
10/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great jazz brunch, just loud enough to be fun, but not so loud we couldn't speak. Our server was absolutely perfect! She did a wonderful job of anticipating our needs and suggesting great menu options. Thanks!!
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious ravioli! We went on Halloween and it wasn't busy at all. They even have us candy on the table. The staff were extremely courteous! Even the staff that weren't waiting on us engaged in conversation about our costumes. Extensive wine list and graat knowledge about it. Small menu, keeps it simple. Great variety considering. Wonderful experience!
10/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
I enjoyed my meal (the flat
I enjoyed my meal (the flat iron steak). In fact it was absolutely delicious. The music was superb and perfect for the restaurant. It was a duo - singer and guitarist.
Nice ambiance. Great waitress.
11/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our Favorite Restaurant in Salem
My husband and I go to dinner here any chance we get. The service is always exceptional and the food equally so. It's wonderful to have the waiters come over because they remember you from your visit before and ask how you're doing and welcome you back. We highly recommend this restaurant to anyone in Salem visiting or living here locally.
11/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
We took advantage of Salem's Restaurant Week and were not disappointed. The service, food, and atmosphere was perfect.
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
I went with a friend for Restaurant week in Salem. The meal, wine and ambiance were all fantastic. Probably one of the best ceasar salads I have ever had! Salmon was delicious and the dessert? Drunken raisin bread pudding ... YUMMM! My friend lost her bracelet and they even called us to let us know they found it. Very classy place. I would definitely go back.
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nice, relaxing dinner!
My son and I went while visiting Salem. Changing menu, reasonable portions, great service, nice atmosphere. New owners eager to make a good impression. I have liked the Grapevine for nearly 25 years. Great spot still!
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
We drove down from Tyngsboro,
We drove down from Tyngsboro, the ride took about an hour. it was well worth it. The food was great, The wait staff was incredibly good. The background music was perfect. Will definitely return !!
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
One of our favorite places
We've been going to the Grapevine a few times year for about 10 years. We always find something interesting and delicious, but wish the menu was just a tad bigger. The brined chicken is delicious, though salty by definition. Salmon was perfect. Flat-iron steak was great for a flat-iron steak, but would have preferred a rib-eye or sirloin. Would have liked to see a seasonal dish like duck (though a confit was part of an appetizer), venison, or stew. Very good wine list as well. The atmosphere is great - cozy but not stuffy. The owner came to the table to greet us and see how things were - much appreciated. Prices are very reasonable (about $100 for a nice dinner for 2 with wine and dessert). Wonderful desserts and great coffee.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Brunch w Blues
We were very excited to see local legend Barrence Whitfield return for brunch last week. Food was spot on--yummy Meditterean frittata and big girl mimosas were perfect for our gals day out!
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Calm & Pleasant
A most pleasant evening meal the day after Thanksgiving. Just a few patrons when we were there, which was perfect for us at that point. The food was top notch with the only issue being the pork chop one of us had tasted as if it had been in a brine a bit too long.
Excellent wine and great service. I would definitely return.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM