Sea Level Oyster Bar- Salem

4.6
528 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
Sea Level Salem will be hibernating thru mid-March until then we invite you to dine at our other locations at Finz Seafood & Grill or Sea Level Newburyport. All gift cards that were purchased are good at any one of our locations and will continue to be valid once we can reopen in mid-March. Thank you

Sea Level Oyster Bar
2 floors boasting spectacular views of the Salem
Harbor, offering waterfront dining on our seasonal
patio. Featuring fresh seafood, raw bar, pizzas and sandwiches, 20 craft beers and cocktails.

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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 528 people are saying
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4.5
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipMayme
New England
50 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone wad very friendly, the food was outstanding (lobster rolls, house chips and cod sandwich) and the view was awesome

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Ogguls
New England
8 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seafood was fresh and delicious! Our server was very attentive and friendly!

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AngieT
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is amazing!!!! The food was delicious, the service was amazing and it's right on the water!!! I loved it!

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Kelsey
Western NC
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner, I can't wait to go back! The lobster roll was amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing oysters. The service was good! I love the view… Will be back!

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zoe1
New England
8 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

This place was quite noisy and was more expensive than I expected with the serving sizes. It's not really overlooking the water at all. In fact, I was looking at picnic tables and many buildings.

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Brownotter
New England
19 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall4food2service3ambience3

Sea Level Oyster Bar has a nice view of the harbor. The service is friendly and quite efficient. The food is OK, but nothing great. I would go back if the location were convenient to whatever I was doing in Salem, but I would not go out of my way to go again.

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ChristineS
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is one of our true favorites. It’s a pleasure to go back, the staff is wonderful, and the vibe is great.

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DanielleR
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The foods were amazing, our server was super kind. We will definitely go back next time again!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Lovely view of the harbor. Had wonderful service by Maddie. Attentive in just the right way. The Habanero Margarita has quite the kick! Delicious! The food was ok. I kept it simple with the haddock. The seafood casserole my boyfriend ordered seemed to lack something and the sauce could have been thicker. Both dishes tasted ok, but would not choose them again. It does tend toward loud, but it is a bar, too. We had the table by the kitchen/bathroom, so less than ideal, but I quess someone has to sit there. Guess it was our turn.

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RosemaryJ
New England
7 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch started off with delicious cocktails made by a master bartender, Jonathan. The Beehive was one of the most yummy drinks I’ve ever had. We lunched on fish tacos overlooking picketing Wharf. Every aspect of our experience topped our expectations.

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TedB
New England
20 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Inattentive service, over seasoned lobster roll. (How is that even possible?). Very noisy.

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SalemKs1000
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Great menu with lots of good choices for any eater. Food was fresh tasting and interesting. Our service was poor, but I think there was an issue with table assignments as we have been here before and haven’t run into this. Manager did comp a drink, which was appreciated.

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MeghannP
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Delicious seafood and stunning views! Plenty of healthy, delicious options and great drink selection!

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SusanB
New England
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is delicious, hot, and came out pretty fast. Drinks were slow to arrive to table, appetizer arrived and was eaten before the first beverage arrived, but server explained they were busy and apologized, so this doesn't not affect the rating. Server was awesome, food was good, view of ocean so nice.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Not what you’d expect for a beautiful 80 degree day. The inside is dismal and uninviting. The service was non existent unless we reminded them. Go to finz.

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DAF11
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

If you’re looking for a good waterfront restaurant, this is the one to go to! The view is amazing, the food is delicious, it’s overall a great place to go!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We stopped for a quick bite before getting in the road. Fried clams were nice and tender, good. Clam chowder was disappointing. Very thin and not a lot of flavor or clams in my bowl. Server was not very interested in us and we had to ask for refill and check.
The table we had was inside and very little air circulation and warm.
Would not go back just a regular seafood place.

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PatriciaB
New England
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I gave this a 4 star rating because I know that restaurants are struggling to get good help and recover from the past year of Covid. As an Oyster Bar they someone with a little more experience shucking the Oysters.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Was a great evening. Just wished the food didn’t take as long. But I understand on a busy Friday night

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious! Great customer service.

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vipkathys
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the chowder and fried clams. Great stop to enjoy the harbor.

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vipSandiO
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been to Sea Level for oysters many times, but we LOVE going for the Mother's Day specials. The oysters are so fresh at sea level but they also make a tasty lobster roll. You must try the truffle fries to. And if they have it, order the strawberry bread pudding. It is listed as an entrée but is easily desert. We all shared one and were fighting over the last bite. The atmosphere is casual but not too loud and the view is lovely. Service was top notch. We didn't have to wait too long for out of the ordinary requests. Bonus drink menu. They have some very different cocktails AND mocktails with fresh mint, and basil. YUM!

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SusanW
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

The views are wonderful and the lobster dinner was delicious. It's a bit noisy, depending on who is seated near you.

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CarlTom
New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food & service in an outdoor setting on the water

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KPes
New England
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great view from top deck of Salem harbor! We were seated right away and the service was amazing! We will be back soon!!

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JacquiD
New England
9 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our 4th time at Sea Level. My husband wanted to go there for his birthday. It was wonderful as always!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Gorgeous views and the food overall was quite tasty!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great views of the harbor with great seafood and drink options

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Terrible, two wait staff came to our table in a pair. Didn’t even bring us utensils or napkins. Food made me sick because the pasta was covered in overly spiced red sauce and over cooked seafood. My date also had an upset stomach. Do not recommend.

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Hopeforbetter
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience3

Service great. Chowder watery, very little substance. Oysters VERY poorly shucked, 'mangled'.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience3

The fish tacos were not good. The taco shells were corn and not flour so tasted raw. Greek salad not well dressed.

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AnneMarieB
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was great and our server was good but a bit chilly by the door this time of year.

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JoanneH
New England
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about Sea Level was above expectations, Loved the food the atmosphere the wait staff were outstanding.

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Azyea
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was AMAZING! The oysters were fresh and delicious and the scenery appealed to the senses even though it was foggy out. We ate on the balcony, which was covered nicely enough that we were cold. Would definitely go back if in the area.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Excellent spot for a date night. I can always count on the lively, friendly team in-house for a positive experience!

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Sammy
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience5

Fisherman’s platter initially missing listed items, scallops were burnt - manager came over apologized and had the missing items added and replaced the scallops. We were there to celebrate Easter and that along with a few other mishaps, didn’t have a great experience. I’m a baked stuffed lobster girl, wouldn’t order again if we ever make our way back to this restaurant.

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Katiev
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

David was a great server, food was delicious, view beautiful.

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Jeff
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice dinner
Food was good
Fried pickles awesome
Nice cocktails
Friendly staff
Would return for dinner when in area

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food, service, and cocktails were great. We had a dozen oysters (duh!) and the shishito peppers to start (delicious). Baked seafood pie and scallops were also perfectly done and very cozu on the cold night we came. We look forward to coming when the deck is open to enjoy the views of the harbor!

FAQs

Sea Level Oyster Bar- Salem offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (978) 741-0555.

Sea Level Oyster Bar- Salem is rated 4.6 stars by 528 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.

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