Bit Bar Salem

3.8
63 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Adventurous new-comfort food, a full bar, and classic arcade & pinball games in a historic and fun setting! Accompanied minors welcome before 8pm. 21+ after 8pm.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 63 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The waitress was a little cold at first but definitely warmed up. One of our party members is HIGHLY sensitive to spice and when the dish she ordered proofed to be too spicy, our waitress removed the entree from the bill and expedited a new dish for her. She was very understanding and accommodating.

We ordered the Mac bytes, nachos, and poutine as appetizers, which were all delicious, but our entrees, especially the French fries, were lukewarm. There were also a lot of upcharges which seemed excessive.

We fined on a Friday night at 6:30, and the noise level was too high for our (older) preference, but was probably reasonable for the environment.

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StaceyL
New England
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We have been to Bit Bar many times and always enjoy the food and drinks. Our waitress this time was very inattentive despite it not being very busy, and it feels like there are less games now that they are in the new spot. The wait for Skee Ball and Air Hockey in particular was tough for our nephews, and the classic game selection seemed smaller than before.

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Sarah
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thrilled to have Bit Bar open in their new space. So many games, lots of food options that are great for sharing/larger groups, and grateful for a roomier experience post-covid. Drinks were all wonderful and hilariously named. Can't wait to come back!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Service was great. It was very crowded in there. The food was disappointing

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We decided to take a chance despite the reviews about the food and lack of items available. Unfortunately it was all true. We shared a few items: nachos, burger and Buffalo Mac & cheese. We wanted to try the pizza and make your own fries but neither were available (too busy? Not enough product? We were not told why). The nachos were good, the burger was basic, and the mac & cheese had mushy pasta and way too large of a portion to enjoy. If we come back, we’d come for just a drink - good cocktails and beer menu - and a couple games.

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Bianca
New England
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience2

The waitress was very slow. I had to order my drink three times in order to get it. She never checked on us. The ran out of chips, pizza and lots of things on the menu. I would not recommend.

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JeannineH
New England
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good variety of games. Decent food. Nice atmosphere. Because it was right after the Halloween season, they have to stock up a bit on their beers, but overall, good dining experience.

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Kate
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

When I saw this place, I knew my boyfriend and I needed to check it out as video game fans. We enjoyed the atmosphere although it was a bit too loud to be able to converse. The food was good and the service was decent. I would definitely go back again knowing what to expect.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience2

They wouldn’t let us expand our reservation from 4 to 6 people since they were “full”. But the entire time we were there, there were open tables that could have accommodated our extra two. I’m one of the least picky eaters ever, but it’s couldn’t eat more than 3 bites of the chicken BLT. It tasted only of grease and salt. It was actually disgusting. The steak tip mac and cheese was fine. But it was pretty bland. The server was nice but inattentive.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They canceled our anniversary reservation without any notification. The staff was rude and unappreciative. The noise level was so bad that you couldn’t even hear yourself speak. Upon entering the building we could tell that the bar is all the business is concerned with. We will never return and if you are looking for a eatery, we recommend that you look elsewhere.

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Tiff
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I had a reservation for Halloween night more than a month in advance.. a few moments before I walked up to check in my group I got a text that said all reservations for the night were cancelled.. with no option to use the same reservation to get in for drinks and games.
It was wildly inconvenient for my group, especially on the biggest night of the year.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Hello, this is Max from Bit Bar.
Due to equipment issues in the kitchen, we are unable to continue to serve food for the remainder of the day, and thus we cannot honor your reservation. You are of course still welcome to come in, have a drink and play games. We apologize for the inconvenience.

The message I received cancelling my reservation on Halloween.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience5

Fun place, food was not so good though.

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TMarie
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience3

Maggots. My fiancé ordered the Korean chicken which came with a side of broccoli and the broccoli had cooked maggots in it. When we told the woman who brought the food she grabbed it from his hands and just said “I’ll be right back”. No apology or anything. Our server Chris was genuinely upset and apologized on the restaurants behalf. Definitely a big disappointment. It was our first time visiting the town and we were looking forward to this “fun” restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a great time! Can’t wait to come back! Katie was the best!

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Nessq
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

My husband and I love it here and plan to return many more times.

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AstriA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great drinks! So good and will definitely go back!


Good food!

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KimberlyS
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience3

Atmosphere was fun, service was good especially for the busy time of year but the food was very overpriced & tasted awful. Definitely need to step up the food game.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Food was not great for the price

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, food and service! One of our favorite meals of the trip!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience5

My boyfriend asked for a second beer (same as the first) and when the beer arrived it was clearly a different beer. We grabbed the waitress to try and get a new one because he clearly wasn’t drinking it. The waitress just denied that the beer was wrong. She insisted that my bf and his friend must have switched beers in the first place and that’s why the beer was wrong. We weren’t looking for free beer just the right one that was ordered and felt pretty denied that the waitress blamed the table for the reason the beer didn’t taste right.

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JaydaS
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Apps were delicious. Entrees we’re okay. Lots of different pin ball machines!

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JDbytheSea
New England
9 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lots of fun, classic video games and pinball machines. Definitely try the Mac Bytes fried Mac and cheese.

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GretaS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Love going to the bit bar when visiting in Salem. The new location is great! Good food and fun atmosphere!

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Mallory
New England
17 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Great beer, games and drinks. We love the patio and larger indoor space. Food was average. Service (even in October) was excellent. Thanks for implementing great technology for easy payment table-side!

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Gfoods
New England
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy food (Gluten free Friendly), Great drinks, amazing service and fun arcade games!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Out of almost the entire menu. Hair in the tots and a screw in the water pitcher

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vipPamQ
New England
21 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

They Had a full menu listed online but when they got there they only had four items. And the four items they had were awful. I got the pulled pork sandwich I asked no coleslaw on top of it and what did it come with coleslaw plus it was cold. My girlfriend ordered the Pulled pork platter and it was supposed to come With coleslaw and it came with raw vegetables. My other friend ordered the fried chicken and she said it was very chewy and didn’t taste like it was cooked. $82 later and we walked out of their hungry because we wouldn’t eat what we had. They brought the food and we still didn’t have any silverware plates and when I asked the kid for one he just looked at me like I had 10 heads.
I guess this is more of a kids joint because there was a lot of games but if you’re looking for a good meal that’s filling I would stay away from this place. The only good part about it was the waitress she was excellent.

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RachaelM
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Had a reservation for bit bar during a busy weekend in Salem…. Get there and they tell us they’re under staffed and are no longer selling food…. Just alcohol….. no thank you. They waited until we left (we were starving and needed to eat) to inform us via open table that the reservation was canceled. They knew they were understaffed but waited to tell everyone with reservations that. Never again will I be at Bit Bar.

KH
KimberlyH
New England
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Bit Bar's new location on Derby! It's such a great space, and it is much more central than their old location. The food was great, the drink selection was awesome, and the server was fabulous!

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vipCamilleL
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent service! Our waitress was great! Busy Friday not in October and she was pleasant and attentive.

HN
HannahN
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bit Bar Salem is so awesome! All of our food was excellent. We loved the new location. We ate outside and it was really nice. Looking forward to our next visit

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5kids3dogs1wife
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Family member received food 15 minutes after we were already done eating. Chicken quality in BLT subpar. Bread was soggy as if dipped in water. Caesar salad not good.
Margherita pizza pathetic. Might want to find new chef and recipes. Games and ambiance fun. Not impressed otherwise

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience3

Half the stuff on the menu they didn’t have and we got there when they opened, food was not very good but the service was outstanding

MD
MichelleD
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience1

It was incredibly loud to the point where I left with a headache and couldn’t hear the waitress

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JessicaV
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a great time! Awesome, nostalgic themed drinks, great food, and friendly service! My tator tots were even in the shape of tetris peices!

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Jackie
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Kitchen and bar were both backed up. Apps and entrees showed up at the same time minus one app. It was sent to another table, so our waitress comped us which was very nice. Food was nothing special. Macaroni Bites with sriracha ranch were tasty. Drinks were pretty good, but took forever to come to us.

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Alicat
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Food was gross service was bad party of 4 and we all recieved our food at different times and out of the 5 things we ordered the only thing we ate was the nachos all 4 meals went to waste. And who charges for salad dressing when u order a salad

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The service was great and Katie was amazing.

BD
BrianD
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Must see Bit Bar’s new venue! Generous tokens for lots of games while waiting for food and drinks. Lots of classic games.

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You can order delivery directly from Bit Bar Salem using the Order Online button. Bit Bar Salem also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (978) 594-4838.

Bit Bar Salem is rated 3.8 stars by 63 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.