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Nathaniel's At The Hawthorne Hotel

113 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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  • Romantic (131)
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Treat yourself to an exotic dining experience at Nathaniel’s Restaurant. Located within Hawthorne’s Hotel, this fine-dining restaurant serves classic New England meals, fresh pastries and seasonal cuisine in elegant Victorian-style surroundings. Chef Steve Nelson oversees an extensive menu that features breakfast items, appetizers, soups, salads, meat and seafood dishes. Start your day with some vegetarian breakfast or seafood eggs Benedict, served with asparagus, crab cakes and a topping of dilled Hollandaise.

Located within walking distance of the Salem MBTA commuter rail station, this restaurant is a good pick for commuters looking to grab a bite going to or from work. Nathaniel’s Restaurant is also an ideal choice for a romantic date. The restaurant hosts a live pianist session every Friday to Sunday and a special jazz act during the Sunday brunch window. Nathaniel’s is open for breakfast and dinner all week.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Contemporary American, American
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Mon-Fri 6:30am-11am, Sat & Sun 7am-10:30am
Dinner: Sun-Thurs 5pm-9pm, Fri & Sat 5pm-9:30pm
Sunday Jazz Brunch: 11:30am-2pm
*Please note that holiday hours may differ from those listed above. If you are unable to make a reservation, please be sure to call our restaurant directly.
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Phone number
(978) 825-4311
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Steve Nelson
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If you are interested in a catered event or large party, please contact our catering office at 978-825-4358.
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Parking details
Our parking lot is offered to hotel guests and diners on a first-come first-serve basis. If our parking lot is at capacity, there are two covered municipal garages each within one block of the hotel.
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Public transit
Walking distance from the Salem MBTA commuter rail station.
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Live pianist each Friday, Saturday and Sunday night starting at 6:30pm.

Jazz entertainment each Sunday from 11:30am-2pm.
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Special events & promotions
Nathaniel's offers a variety of holiday events throughout the year. Please contact us directly via telephone if you are interested in joining us for special events and/or holidays.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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vipJtheGourmet (New England)
2.0  Dined on December 28, 2014

There are better places for food, better places for service, better places for ambiance, and better places for music, but the combination here makes for a nice Sunday out that is hard to duplicate on the North Shore.

vipPucks (New England)
4.0  Dined on November 23, 2014

After visiting the PEM, we enjoyed the Jazz Brunch at Nathaniel's. The experience was lovely, service, food and ambience were great and we will enjoy it again in the future.

vipWkenders (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on October 31, 2014

We booked reservation since it was height of Halloween tourist season but shouldn't have bothered. No difference if we just showed up. We still had to wait. Selected buffet and went to make our selection only to comeback and table was cleared. Had to wait for silverware, then no spoon, no water, coffee refill never came.

Pattywine (New England)
1.0  Dined on October 25, 2014

We showed up for our reservation and the girl wrote our name on a piece of paper and told us to sit in the waiting room for a table. After about 20 minutes, we told her we had to leave in order to make another activity we had planned for two hours later. We knew if we waited any longer for a table and then again for food, we wouldn't mAke it. It was extremely aggervating to wait for a table we had reserved, just to have to leave. Sorry to say, we never even got to try the food which smelled good, but the dining area looked cramped and it was very humid in that area. Not the place to go if you have any other activities planned for awhile.

vipLasVegasDiner (Las Vegas)
4.0  Dined on October 18, 2014

Beautiful dinner choice. The hotel and lobby have an amazing ambiance. Good food and great service.

Aja1970 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on October 12, 2014

We enjoyed the Jazz Brunch at Nathaniels. The food was delicious and the service was impeccable! We were not rushed yet also no one hovered either. The Jazz duo played throughout our lunch and it was very relaxing and mellow…a great way to end our stay in Salem.

StaceyJ (New England)
2.0  Dined on September 28, 2014

We came here for brunch. The food was very average with prices sky high for the quality. The dessert was actually bad. I am not usually someone who is particular about food or will write a poor review. The service was pretty good and the Jazz music was beautiful.

ILikeSpice (New England)
4.0  Dined on September 19, 2014

Nathaniel's is a classic dark paneled room inside a historic hotel. It was nice enough, but the food was nothing to write home about. Rich sauces on well prepared meats. If you like that sort of thing, you'll enjoy this place.

The pianist was nicely laid back and came around asking for requests which he played with skill and style.

vippartyof4 (Greensboro)
5.0  Dined on September 17, 2014

Nathaniel's is a lovely restaurant that looks like your parent's country club dining room - you rather wealthy parents. Dim lights, comfortable chairs and great service pairs with some very forward thinking food. The signature cocktail of vodka, basil and cucumber was memorable for it's garden freshness.We had a duo watermelon salad that was fresh and complex, pork tenderloin, roasted haddock. Every bite was sublime.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on September 7, 2014

65th birthday with girlfriends....had a wonderful time. Accomodations were made for us to sit in the The Tavern for brunch.
Excellent choice.

vipSGM79 (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on August 9, 2014

This is a lovely place to celebrate an anniversary. Judy was a great waitress, and added a lot to the experience. We had the Chowdah (very mild, chocked full of seafood), the wedge and the Caesar (both good size salads, the Caesar has unbelievable anchovies), the shrimp and scallops with bearnaise and herbed risotto and the pot roast, the shrimp was very good and the Demi portion is plenty if you get a salad or soup. The pot roast had an incredible flavor and was suggested by Judy. It was not an expensive dish, so we were impressed with Judy's honesty. We finished with mocha creme brûlée which was fairly light and satisfying.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on August 5, 2014

Despite the restaurant being nearly empty, the food was fantastic and beautifully presented.

vipJohn (New England)
5.0  Dined on August 4, 2014

Met friends from out of state and this was the perfect place to sit, eat, be served, and talk. The food was delicious, the service was attentive but not bothersome and they let us sit and talk for 3+ hours. Our server had a great sense of humor and she clearly understood what we wanted from the evening. This is a classy place

Renee (New England)
5.0  Dined on July 20, 2014

I brought a friend who was visiting from california and it was a perfect Jazz brunch! The menu was just great and the fresh coffee cake was amazing! And, not to be forgotten...the bloody mary was the best I have ever had!

vipMojo (New England)
3.0  Dined on June 29, 2014

Nathaniel's has a local reputation for being a frumpy restaurant in an older hotel. In that regard the food exceeded out expectations. The service was less than expected however. We dined on a quiet Sunday night in June. We waited for over 5 minutes at the hostess stand before we were seated. There were two other tables with diners in a restaurant with about a dozen tables. There was no visible waitstaff or hostess in the dining room for that period of time. Our waiter was very nice, however whenever we asked a question about an individual menu item he had to go back to the kitchen to answer our question about it. Very inexperienced and amateur service.

EatingOut (New England)
4.0  Dined on June 28, 2014

Nathaniel's is an older-world European classic restaurant with ornate decor. There are good-sized tables dressed with tablecloths, old-time pictures from a by-gone era on the walls and a piano player performing on weekend nights. The food is excellent and its a relaxing, enjoyable place for an evening meal. The food has always been excellent. There is a tavern across the hotel lobby that is a place for a "younger" after-dinner drink and conversation.

vipRalph (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on June 22, 2014

Very nice jazz brunch last Sunday. The jazz was quite good--unobtrusive yet well played and very enjoyable. Food was better than I expected after reading some reviews. Three course prix fixe. Salad was wonderful, one of the best Ceasars I've eaten, and my companions liked theirs too. Main courses were delicious. The dessert course was a little disappointing. It was billed as fresh fruit so I expected fresh local strawberries and got pineapple. All in all we'll look forward to returning.

beenthere (New England)
4.0  Dined on June 1, 2014

My family and I went for Brunch, the place was a lot smaller than expected. Our table was too close to the brunch set up. A bit noisy with a lot of kids running around. Brunch itself was very affordable, but not enough choices. We ended up ordering from the menu. Prices were good, omelets even better. Loved the roasted potatoes. Would not hurry back, but definitely would go back for the food.

Threelovelies (New England)
4.0  Dined on April 27, 2014

Loved the Jazz Brunch at Nathaniel's at Hawthorne...not loud, good service, nice ceasar salad and good waffle. Old -fashioned ambience ...not trying to be sleek, antiseptic and trendy...wonderful friendly atmosphere. Nice experience all around.

vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on April 27, 2014

Everything about this brunch was perfect... the food, the ambience, the jazz. My dish, the seafood eggs Benedict, was great. My companion was equally pleased with her Mediterranean frittata. And our server, Alicia, couldn't have been sweeter or more attentive. This place is definitely worth a return trip.

LifeLongNewYorker (New England)
5.0  Dined on April 26, 2014

Nathaniel's at The Hawthorne Hotel is a delightful change from the fast pace "chain" restaurants...The servers are experienced and eager to please....The food is outstanding and presented beautifully...the ambiance is subdued and quiet, allowing you to have conversation at a normal voice level without feeling as though you need to scream over the noise....this is VERY quiet and was a delightful change that we both thoroughly enjoyed. We are looking forward to going there again soon!

stasco (New England)
5.0  Dined on March 27, 2014

My husband and I came here the Putney night and once again lived the food we got and the service!the Hawthorne never disappoints in either spot!the menu seems pricy but for the ambiance you really get to enjoy what you are paying for and the most expensive thing is only like 30so it's not to bad any always a plus to check them out at restaurant week as well!

OpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
2.0  Dined on March 16, 2014

All our meals took over an hour to get and we're cold. My English muffin under my pached eggs Benedict was so HARD I couldn't cut it! (Like it had been put in the microwave) drinks were in skinny champagne glasses and expensive! Coffee was cold and served an old-fashioned little teacups. They kept refreshing coffee but it was cold wasn't hot! And we had reservations but yet we couldn't even get in the restaurant they weren't ready to open! Really??

vipljlblue (New England)
3.0  Dined on February 28, 2014

This was our second time here. The food is good, they have apiano man after 6, it's great for the ambience but loud and Hard to hear your table mates. The service is also good.

Anna (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 19, 2014

Wonderful all around. Service was excellent- food was beyond delicious and the portions were grand! We had both dinner and breakfast there and would highly recommend it!

Vincenzo (New England)
4.0  Dined on February 2, 2014

After a lovely day at the Peabody Essex Museum we had a delightful dinner at the Hawthorne Hotel. The ambience was very soothing and relaxing with wonderful piano accompaniment to a great meal of perfectly cooked haddock in a wonderful broth with broccoli-rabe garnish.

NoJo (New England)
4.0  Dined on February 2, 2014

Our group of six enjoyed a delicious brunch at Nathaniel's after visiting the Peabody Essex Museum. The service was excellent and we were not rushed at all. The atmosphere makes it very easy to relax, have a conversation, enjoy brunch.

slgrimes (New England)
4.0  Dined on December 28, 2013

Nice little place, quiet with great atmosphere - live piano music (and he even comes around to take requests!), excellent service and tasty food. A little pricey, but not incredibly so (dinner for 2 under 60 with drinks). Romantic, comfortable and tasty - i recommend.

vipMaroland (Seattle)
4.0  Dined on November 12, 2013

My husband and I had a romantic dinner at Nathaniel's a few years ago during a stay in Salem. We decided to return on this trip and we were not disappointed. We started off the evening with a cocktail in The Tavern and then moved to the dining room. We even got the same table we had on the last trip! The ambiance in both places is charming and reminiscent of the way restaurants used to be back in the day. Lots of dark, warm woodwork and indirect lighting. The food was excellent and we both appreciated the option of having a smaller entree portion. The staff was charming and attentive without being obtrusive. We look forward to our next trip to Salem and dinner at Nathaniel's.

PatS (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on November 7, 2013

We stayed at the Hawthorne Hotel and ate at Nathaniel's for breakfast and dinner. Outstanding dinner and best breakfast I have had in a long time. Would recommend it.