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Village Tavern, Salem, MA

Village Tavern

4.2
4.2
199 Reviews
$30 and under
American
For reservations above 15 please call us at the restaurant 978-744-2858!

The Village Tavern is located in the heart of Salem next to the Tourist Center and directly across from the Peabody Essex Museum; easy, inexpensive parking options are available in our upstairs parking garage with elevator access. You can look forward to delicious American Tavern food, Roast Prime Rib, Seafood, our 16 choice burgers (voted the best in Salem three years in a row) PLUS...The best Steak Tips in America. Period. Those that love indulging bar side, the Village Tavern sports (2) two huge full service bars serving tasty appetizers to delicious flatbread pizzas plus Salems largest selection of choice tap beers, bottled wines, and amazing custom cocktails. Wow!
Enjoy our Saturday afternoon Happy Hour 3-6 PM with great easy going fun live acoustic entertainment.

The Village also features our game room with pool tables, darts, air-hockey, & huge bar.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Prime Rib, Gastro Pub

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–1:00 am Sat, Sun 11:00 am–1:00 am

  • Phone number

    (978) 744-2858

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Dan Forrestall - Cambridge Culinary Art

  • Private party facilities

    Something for everyone in the evening. Private Parties, Live Entertainment, 78 Craft Beers, 8 Pool Tables, Private Air Hockey Room, Dart Alleys, 3 Bars, and 3 Private Function Rooms.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Event Coordinator: (888) 474-7061

  • Neighborhood

    Salem, Massachusetts

  • Cross street

    We are located directly across from the Peabody-Essex Museum

  • Parking details

    There is a huge public parking garage directly above the Village Tavern; set your GPS to 1 New Liberty St. Salem it will take you directly in front of the ramp leading up to the Parking Garage. Parking is quite reasonable at 1.25/hr. There is elevator access and also a staircase that leads directly down to the Village. You'll love it!

  • Public transit

    Take the Commuter Rail, getting here is half the fun; we are exactly a 5 Minute walk from the New Salem Station! From Boston to Rockport, jump on the train we welcome guests from Lynn, Swampscott, Revere, Chelsea, Beverly, Hamilton, Pride's Crossing, Manchester-by-the-Sea, and Gloucester. "Take the Train and leave the driving to them!"

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 199 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Boston Suburbs

    Hot Spot

  • Boston Suburbs

    Late Night Find

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  1. L

    Ldubb31

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The hostess was amazing. We had some people in a party get turned around and she ran out into the street and helped flag them down. Very sweet of her! And out waitress was very attentive. Good food and good drinks.
  2. A

    Alexev

    New England

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    The Village Tavern has an extensive menu. Big and small plates: salads, appetizers, meat and fish. We had a booth for the 4 of us which was large enough to not crowd the dishes. Beer and wine selection was very good.
  3. DJ

    DeniseJoyce

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    My sister and I enjoyed our dinner and drinks here, during our 1st time in Salem. We also played a round of pool in the game room after dinner! :)
  4. GS

    GaryS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Village Tavern was exceptional. We had a seven o'clock reservation, we arrived early and was impressed that were seated right away. Food and service was much to our liking.
  5. JM

    JosephineM

    Orlando

    19 reviews

    2.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Ordered burgers med, came out extra well done. Waitress looked tired so we didn't even bother to complain.
  6. RK

    RuthK

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing! Ate there the 2 nights we were in Salem
  7. NW

    NatalieW

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Our local server, Jessica was very open with guidance and knowledge about the area, very sweet girl!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    6 reviews

    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    Medium wells steals were dry but well seasoned . The shrimp and grits were horrible. They were cold and the grits were a lumpy soup substance. Not good at all. The waitress brought out two rounds of sodas that were carbonated water only. The third time was a charm although she seemed aggravated that the drinks and her service was not good. The spinach dip was the only good thing about this dinner.
  9. PG

    PattyG

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place was a great place to eat. The only problems we had was they had run out of seasonal vegetables and had no dessert. We were told there was no dessert because they were getting ready for the crowd for next week which is the first of October.
  10. DP

    DianneP

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great place to eat with vegetarian alternatives in downtown Salem.
  11. t

    tiffanyf

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We came to the village tavern during our visit to Salem and chose the Village Tavern for the very specific reason that they cater to food allergies so well. Our daughter who is allergic to peanuts eggs and dairy was able to have the most delicious burger and fries because of their dedication to Food allergies and their separate fryers to maintain the safety of their guests with celiac disease. The chef was so wonderful and so was our server, Jessica. She went out of her way to make sure our daughter was safe and her food came out perfect. She was wonderful to us and we can’t thank her enough from the bottom of our hearts for her care and concern while waiting on our table. The food was excellent, with some of the best burgers we have ever tasted we will definitely be back!!!
  12. KO

    KristineO

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Food was ok. What we got. My dinner order got lost and my food never came. Appetizers were average
  13. JS

    JudyS

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great food and quick service
  14. G

    Gina

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my first time at this restaurant with my sister in law and we really enjoyed ourselves! The live music was wonderful and relaxing, the drinks were delicious - the food was amazing TRY THEIR TRUFFLE FRIES AND GARLIC BURGER !! 🤤 I’ll definitely be going back! It was a little tricky to find , they were seating outdoors so the entrance was outside but it’s right in/beside the Witch City Mall ! Such a fun experience !
  15. HA

    HaleyA

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I loved the ambience! The bowl of chili was exactly what I needed on a chilly, rainy day. Would absolutely visit again!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Great service and food. The inside doesn’t do it justice.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great food and pub atmosphere inside but it’s in a mall.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Low crowd day, food was solid staff was friendly. Would go back.
  19. MS

    MattS

    New England

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    First - the service was very good. Our waitress was very attentive and got us what we wanted very quickly. We ordered drinks and they were at the table within 5 minutes. Very good. The atmosphere was nice. We sat outside and watched the activity on Essex St which was fun. It wasn't too loud at all so the atmosphere was great. The food however was a different story. My daughter ordered a hamburger done medium but it showed up with not a touch of pink to be seen. It was overdone. My GF ordered the steak tacos. The steak was also overdone and very dry. I ordered the prime rib done medium and it was the same. There was no pink in it and it was overdone. The portions were pretty good size but that doesn't make up for the low quality of the preparation. The value of our visit was also questionable. We had a plate of nachos as an appetizer with chicken - $21. This was not a huge portion of nachos for the money. Some tortilla chips, jalepenos, tomatoes, etc shouldn't cost $21. The final bill was over $200 with tip. This included 4 beers which were priced based on the ABV which personally bothers me. Just pick a price for lower octane beer and a price for higher octane beer. Anyway, it just seemed like a lot of money for what we got so I can't recommend the Village Tavern.
  20. D

    Dann

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    After a long day of walking tours, my 14 yo daughter and I made reservations for the Village tavern. We got the charcuterie board and entrees. Apparently, this was unusual because the waiter commented the we were "good eaters" then mentioned that we were "finally full" when we asked for the check. I'm not sure what he was thinking but instead of ordering dessert I took my crying 14yo back to our hotel. His thoughtless comments hurt the feelings of a little girl and honestly I was pretty annoyed too. Your job is to sell food not comment on how much people eat.
  21. SS

    SheeshS

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The food was delicious.. Lots to choose from. Service was great! We look forward to going again.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    From out of town. Was not what we were expecting at all from the pictures. Staff was okay. Food was horrible we got 3 flatbreads and a buffalo Mac and cheese. The Tonys flatbread was not even edible the cheese tasted fake and everyone else’s were not great at all. Would not recommend there are other places down the road a lot nicer and better quality food.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Ordered poutine fries. Was NOT authentic. Came with dark gravy & melted shredded mozzarella cheese on top. Did not have cheese curds. BIG disappointment & cost $12. Also, ordered mushroom swiss burger. Flavor was tasty, but had only bun, meat, cheese, & mushrooms on it. No condiments. Most likely would not return &/or recommend
  24. DB

    DeniseB

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The food and atmosphere was great. We had a little problem with the accuracy of our order but other than that, it was great. Will definitely come back.
  25. YB

    YvesB

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good prices and tasty food, in a good location with nice ambience!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    19 reviews

    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience1
    Food and service was great! We were seated outdoors and unfortunately there is an infestation of miniature mice which I think should be addressed by the Witch City Mall Management!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    The directions provided on Open Table were confusing. We eventually found the parking garage but then couldn’t find the Village Tavern entrance. Once we got there, we had a pleasant dinner. The service and food were fine. They could use a better wine list. The chardonnay I had was awful. I’d recommend you order beer or specialty cocktails instead.
  28. MH

    MrsH

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall2food3service5ambience3
    Meh…. Listen, are you hungry or thirsty? This’ll fix that. It’s a pub in the middle of a tourist trap town so don’t expect much. Everything is covered in a fine layer of sticky and the bathrooms need to be absolutely steam cleaned. Did it work for the moment? Yes. Would we go back? No.
  29. M

    Macs8259

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We dined outdoors on a lovely night. Our server was excellent and all of the servers worked well together as a team. Our food was great. My husband commented that he had one of the best burgers ever.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service, the atmosphere, the food, the drinks, just great!!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    I generally don’t complain about restaurant experiences and am super understanding that it’s a tough industry that’s had a tough few years, but our dinner definitely put a damper on our night. The Buffalo cauliflower was soggy and bland. Both of our dishes tasted like the seafood was far from fresh, and very under seasoned. The most disappointing part, though, was the rice that came as a major component of both of our dishes— cold, crunchy, felt like leftover takeout rice that had been taken out of the fridge and barely reheated. We each had a bite and then didn’t touch it again. Just a bummer to not enjoy a meal that ended up being $50/person. We spent the end of our meal researching other spots in Salem to grab a bite given that we each left 1/3 of our food uneaten.
  32. SD

    SaundraD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food! Nice location! Unbelievable burgers and flatbreads!
  33. AA

    AnnaA

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Food was good not large portions but tasty, the only item that I wasn't too crazy about was the cilantro lime rice it was just white rice with fresh cilantro on top couldn't taste the lime. The place was clean, noise level was acceptable. The service could have been better after receiving the food we all wanted refills on our drinks our server was no where to be found we managed to wave down another server who located ours. After the refills we were offered our check so I guess no dessert lol. For a quick good brunch/lunch I would definitely come back not sure if I would do dinner here.
  34. DR

    DeniseR

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Happened to get there for a family game night. Great food and service plus entertainment. Great place to stop in.
  35. HB

    HeidiB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food was delicious. Will definitely go back again when visiting Salem.
  36. KP

    KathrynP

    Richmond

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Good evening out with the kids in Salem. Nice drinks and fabulous waitstaff. Food was fine- the location and staff made it worth it.
  37. BH

    BrianH

    New England

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Nice place great burger and drinks Thanks Chad for great service
  38. k

    katt

    New England

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Prime rib was already sold out by 4:00 on Fathers Day, a bit disappointing
  39. CA

    CherylA

    New England

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Our server was understanding and patient. Food was average but still happy we tried it.
  40. m

    marcy

    New England

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was good. Service was good at the very beginning and then we had to wait a long time to get our bill. Didn’t see our waitress for a long time.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Village Tavern using the Order Online button. Village Tavern also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Village Tavern also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (978) 744-2858.

Village Tavern is rated 4.2 stars by 199 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Uber Eats
Google Map for Village Tavern

168 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970

Additional information

  • Cross street

    We are located directly across from the Peabody-Essex Museum

  • Neighborhood

    Salem, Massachusetts

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–1:00 am Sat, Sun 11:00 am–1:00 am

  • Cuisines

    American, Prime Rib, Gastro Pub

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    There is a huge public parking garage directly above the Village Tavern; set your GPS to 1 New Liberty St. Salem it will take you directly in front of the ramp leading up to the Parking Garage. Parking is quite reasonable at 1.25/hr. There is elevator access and also a staircase that leads directly down to the Village. You'll love it!

  • Public transit

    Take the Commuter Rail, getting here is half the fun; we are exactly a 5 Minute walk from the New Salem Station! From Boston to Rockport, jump on the train we welcome guests from Lynn, Swampscott, Revere, Chelsea, Beverly, Hamilton, Pride's Crossing, Manchester-by-the-Sea, and Gloucester. "Take the Train and leave the driving to them!"

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Dan Forrestall - Cambridge Culinary Art

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (978) 744-2858

  • Private party facilities

    Something for everyone in the evening. Private Parties, Live Entertainment, 78 Craft Beers, 8 Pool Tables, Private Air Hockey Room, Dart Alleys, 3 Bars, and 3 Private Function Rooms.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Event Coordinator: (888) 474-7061

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