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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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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.