Turner's Seafood - Salem

4.6
1480 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
Turner's operates on a requested seating list (NOT a traditional reservation). Your name is on our list for tables estimated to open about the time of your request. Please check in with the host upon arrival and we do our best to seat you within 15 min and your party is complete.

Turner's Seafood at Lyceum Hall Salem is an authentic New England fish house in a beautifully restored historical location with a turn of the century oyster bar, classic full bar, fireplaces and more! From the docks to your plate, experience the most trusted name in New England seafood.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, American
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Hours of operation
7 days a week

Lunch: Sunday - Saturday 11:00 - 3:30

Dinner: Sunday - Thursday 3:30 - 9:00
Dinner: Friday & Saturday: 3:30 - 10:00

Fresh Fish Market Open Daily 10:00 am to close

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Phone number
(978) 745-7665
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Yale Woodson
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Cross street
Washington
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Parking details
Parking in the public lot is free after 6 pm every day and on Sundays and Holidays
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Public transit
Salem Depot Commuter Rail Train Station is located one block North of 43 Church Street
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Special events & promotions
Two beautifully restored private function spaces with fireplaces.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access
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MC
New England
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Started with a raw bar sampler and some scallops wrapped in bacon that were absolutely delicious. Our entrees did not disappoint either. I had to taste my drawn butter alone to see if the sweetness was coming from it, it was not. Amazing steamed lobster and my husbands seafood and pasta dish was perfect, also. Friendly, prompt service. Would definitely recommend.

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MT
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restruant. I enjoyed getting to snoop around for the ghost of bridiget and getting a few picitures of orbs.

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SK
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service, and hospitality were very good! Would definitely recommend this restaurant as a must!!

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MG
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our first experience. Very good food at reasonable prices. Excellent selection. Excellent attentive service. Nicely done

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FM
New England
25 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We originally were going to Finz but it was closed so chose Turner's Seafood. I am so happy we did. The food, the atmosphere, everything was perfect! I am a very picky food snob so this is a compliment. I will be back. Thank you Turner Seafood!

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C
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Good food. Service needs upgrading. Way too noisy. The acoustics are poor to begin with, but then we were seated near a table of men who were predictably very loud and boisterous, despite request for a quiet table for conversation.

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F
New England
61 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently delicious.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was my third visit to Turner's, and it did not disappoint. My husband and I have vacationed in the general area a few times over the last 5 years, and we always make a point to have dinner at Turner's. Everything we've had is delicious and cooked perfectly. We look forward to future visits!

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DW
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We selected this restaurant since the advertisement indicated the restaurant was haunted and the food was good. I made a reservation online and we arrived a few mins early. Even though the restaurant was packed we got right in time for our reservation. Our Waitress was so busy but was always there for us when we needed something. Everyone's dinner was outstanding and we all enjoyed ourselves immensely. I would highly recommend this restaurant for both ambiance, service and food!

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KM
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

They didnt know how to handle a busy night well at all. So many plates dropped/broken, our food took a LONG time, kept having to ask for more water, no one named the oysters we ordered, etc etc. also, my husband said that his baked stuffed shrimp was several levels below how good it normally is. He and I were so embarrassed for bringing in town guests there. We talked it up so much only to be very disappointed.

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L
New England
17 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there for my birthday. The food was nicely prepared and beautifully presented. Really fresh fish and vegetables, plus the staff was wonderful. Worth the hour-plus drive to go again!

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JM
New England
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice atmosphere although a little noisy. Excellent food and drinks. Outstanding service by Michael. A little pricier than other comparable restaurants but worth the extra expense. Of course I did indulge myself by ordering the lobster pie at market price of $46.00 so that added substantially to the bill. We will definitely go again.

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LB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and amazing service!!! We couldn’t have asked for a better experience.

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AT
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Amazing lobster roll, great service, delicious sides.

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CV
New England
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food! A bit noisy, and a bit pricy. However, the food and service were fantastic. I will be back!

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CK
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food, friendly and attentive staff. Busy place!

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s
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious seafood is the name of the game!! The excellent quality of the seafood, generous servings in a lovely wood paneled room with a helpful, friendly staff make it a great place. Turner’s came highly recommended to us, first time visitors to Salem MA. We’d gladly return!

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g
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I stress how quiet it was, but that was probably because we came in late and it was pretty empty. I imagine earlier in the evening it was probably noisier.

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LO
Tahoe
4 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was fantastic and the service was wonderful. The staff made sure that we had anything we needed. The food was fresh and everything was prepared for optimum flavor.

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KT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

We went there for light food. However, our food this time around were not as tasty as our previous dinners there. Lobster bisque was too thick and salty, steamers were sandy and salty, but my daughter loved her oysters. We may have gone there in between their sifts and we will go back for dinners.

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c
New England
7 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was very good, but we had to yell at each other to talk. Sometimes I could not hear what the person across the table was saying. Our server was very attentive and very knowledgeable about items on the menu.

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DK
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I’ve never had a bad meal at Turners. Great service and they don’t skimp on the portions. Food always tasty and delicious 😋

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AM
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We got a parking spot right out front and we were seated immediately. The restaurant wasn't busy when we arrived (12:15 pm) but was full by the time we left. The waitress was friendly but didn't hover. The restaurant is nice and sufficiently air conditioned. The food was sensational; the fish was lightly battered and not overpowering, the onion rings were hand breaded, light and crispy. The fruit compote we split for desert was wonderful. This was our first time eating here and we came based on the reviews I had read. It lived up to the reviews and we were not disappointed. I will most definitely be back.

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AW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great find - enjoyed our meal after a day at the Museum... Seafood was fresh and prepared well.. Would definitely recommend ...

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s
New England
12 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

It's hard for me to focus on food when we both ordered non-fish items at a fish restaurant. The food was fine. But the reason we like it there is the ambience and the service. It's like a high end Boston restaurant. The manager always asks us how we liked our meal, and the wait staff is well trained. This time, the waiter went above and beyond to make us feel special. It was a special occasion for one in the party and the waiter would not let us leave without providing dessert. I can't tell you how wonderful that made us feel! I wish he'd been a waiter at the previous restaurant I'd just dined at!!

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MG
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

3 of us thoroughly enjoyed your restaurant tonight. All our meals were exceptional. We’ll definitely be back!!

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We were in a room with a table too close to ours. And the people next to us were unreasonably too loud. While the food was delicious, the ambiance was mediocre at best as a result of the seating arrangement.

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DL
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was one of the best dining experiences on our vacation. My haddock piccata was the best that I have had anywhere. My husband's lobster roll was fresh. This was absolutely worth the money for the food and the history of the place (Lyceum Hall).

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CB
Las Vegas
13 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Very good dinner. Good service, just could use more of everything like butter, sour creme, cocktail sauce. Very small amounts of each given at first for some reason. Otherwise excellent.

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L
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love seafood and Turner's was mentioned on city tour as being one of best. Food was great. I was there at 5 so not hard to get a seat but it did get busy.

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TA
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited Turner's for the first time this past Wed. We drove up to Salem from PA to enjoy a nice couple of days in town...along with a seafood dinner. We chose Turner's based upon the wonderful online reviews. We reserved a time of 7 pm through OpenTable.
We actually arrived in town an hour earlier than expected and stopped in to the restaurant to see if they could seat us earlier. The gentleman at the front, John (Mgr), was welcoming and said "no problem", to our earlier seating request. He had the hostess seat us almost immediately at a table located in the bar area. The waitress, Diane (or Dee Dee as she was called), was awesome from the beginning until the end. We highly recommend her. She was friendly, knowledgeable re the menu items and made sure that my son's celebration was a special one. She made sure to check the notes that I had left in OpenTable and sang Happy Birthday to my son. The restaurant also gave him a complimentary dessert, a piece of the chocolate torte, which was the ultimate. The lobster, lobster bisque, strawberry vinaigrette salad with goat cheese, crab cakes and seafood medley are also great items to try if you decide to come here. If you have a special date to celebrate, and like being treated to excellent seafood in an enjoyable atmosphere...then this is the place for you! We will definitely be back!!

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RJ
New England
7 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed the meal. We went light with an appetizer and salad. The meal was great. Can be a little loud depending on where you are sitting. Service was good -- there when you wanted them to be but not hovering.

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CP
New England
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent. Food was delicious, server was attentive, and I always think the prices are reasonable. We had a great Sunday dinner out. Thank you!

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LB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We visited on a very busy Saturday night. The hostesses were not all that friendly, but in the end, they were very accommodating. Our meal was fantastic. We had the homemade crab Rangoon, fried seafood combo, surf & turf (filet mignon and baked scallops), and the key lime pie for dessert. We had noted on our reservation that we were celebrating our anniversary, yet they still sat us in the very noisy bar area which did not feel very romantic or cozy. They actually put us next to a table with three active kids. Despite that, they gave us a complimentary dessert because it was our anniversary, not because we complained about the seating. Our waitress was decent...quick but not very personable. Overall, the food was great, and we’ll be back, but there were some aspects of the experience that were not ideal.

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F
New England
62 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently excellent food. The fish is FRESH! The crunch salad is delicious and splittable. The waitstaff is knowledgeable and fun!
But I wouldn’t attempt to go without reserving on Opentable first. When we came in, we heard people being told 2 hour wait! Not unusual I think, the place is always packed!

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L
Dallas
28 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were a party of seven on a busy Saturday evening, but the staff did a great job seating us in a not-so-loud area, and bringing menus, drinks, and dinner fairly promptly to our group. The seafood and other choices were fresh and delicious, and the manager/owner was great about coming around to check on everything.

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EM
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I sell seafood internationally for a living and Turner's had the freshest and best prepared seafood I've had in a very long time. Everyone who was with me raved about their meal. The crab cakes at Turners are more crab than breading and were fantastic. I will bring my Boston seafood buddies up to Salem to enjoy Turner's cuisine.

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J
New England
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place for lunch/dinner. Service was excellent. My sisters-in-law and myself were treated by my husband for our August birthdays! Turner's Seafood treated us to dessert!

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S
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A perfectly delightful evening with exceptional service, (Thank you Jason)
exquisite dining and a fun atmosphere.
If you are visiting Salem, Turner's Seafood is the place you must visit!

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R
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent fresh fish perfectly prepared. Atmosphere is comfortable and laid back but well put together and pleasant.

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