Turner's Seafood - Salem

4.6
1790 reviews
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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.

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Father's Day Special Menus & Reservations

Whether getting seafood to grill or having the best and freshest New England seafood at in either our Melrose or Salem location, Dad will love his special day with Turner's Seafood!

Sunday, June 16, 2019

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New England
21 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Turner's seafood is very good. The freshness is unquestioned. I had the swordfish and my wife tuna. Both recipe's were tasty highlighting the freshness of the fish. The soups were excellent. I definitely recommend Turner's. Their waitstaff is friendly, polite and attentive. They also some how found out it was my birthday so the chocolate cake was both a surprise and delicious. We will be back.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was fantastic. The food was excellent.

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JK
New England
26 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Date with grandma. Service was friendly and attentive. Some oddities like leaving slips from the kitchen on the plate but overall very pleasant. A gentleman was walking around from table to table asking if everything was good. Food was very good. Good portions. Steamers were delicious. We both enjoyed our entrees. Have been there for a drink but my first time eating dinner. I would go back.

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S
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Food very good.

Went to celebrate a daughters graduation diner and looked forward to a relaxing night to celebrate.
Waiter proved good service but we definitely felt pressured to order quickly. Management was indicated a particular concern about number of drinks ordered and wanted to go into details on something about their drink rules which was totally embarrassing but did succeed in having us put in our order right away if that was the intent. Food was excellent - just know to set your timer when you arrive.

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HI
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a Mother’s Day dinner.. I would definitely go again

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PB
New England
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We go every year for Mother's Day. Never disappoints. Pricey but the food and service backs it up.

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JM
New England
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

excellent experience. Will be going back. food was excellent

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mothers day

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic!!

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PO
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

There are other seafood restaurants in Salem that I would recommend over Turners. I have been going to their Melrose location for decades and have been to Salem a few times. I think that I have been wishing that this location would be better as it is close but the food is mediocre by comparison to other area restaurants.

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KL
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a perfect experience! My favorite place! The place I always bring out of town guests first.

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BG
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I already have recommended Turner's to friends. Our lunch there this week was such a pleasure. The setting is warm and hospitable, the servers are attentive and friendly, and the fish dishes are superb (e.g., shrimp and sausage over pasta). Lunch was a birthday celebration for my sister and it hit all the right notes. Thank you!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated an early Mother’s Day dinner. It was lovely and everyone was friendly! Will definitely go back and recommend to others.

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KE
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Figure on about $70 per person with tip included. Our party of 5 had a variety of items and all were well presented and tasty. Wine is reasonably priced.

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CG
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time to Turner's and we will definately be back!! They were very accommodating for my party of 10 that turned into 12!! Lisa our server was incredible!!

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TW
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent. Had to wait about 20 minutes despite having a reservation. Our waiter was outstanding!

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New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here. Great food and service. I look forward to dining here again.

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BD
New England
9 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our visit to Turner's Seafood was great! Awesome food, terrific service and a warm, friendly vibe. I definitely recommend it to all seafood lovers.

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AP
New England
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food (fresh and delicious) from the appetizers to the entree, the atmosphere was great & service was very good. That evening was very busy and our waiter (John) was very attentive, courteous and did his very best to constantly check up on us Great personality and most definitely a people person. *
Would definitely recommend this restaurant to others. Thank you.

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New England
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Disappointing experience for party of 5. Server was very inattentive and food was mediocre. Oysters were good as were cocktails. But surf and turf steak was just ok. The special of the day scallops in succotash was bizarre. Scallops themselves were good but the asparagus was soggy and stringy and the succotash itself was not tasty. I have been here before and it was good but this was bad. Not sure I will be back anytime soon.

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CC
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After a wonderful visit to the PEM, what better place to lunch.. convenient, excellent food and a wonderful waitress named Dwe Dee.
Would recommend this to everyone

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NA
New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jason was our waiter and he was amazing. The food is ALWAYS exceptional; we’ve been going there since they opened this location and have never had a bad experience.

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SW
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Oysters were delicious. Chowder one of the best I ever had. My dining partner enjoyed her lemon and chive cod. My hot lobster roll was awesome but a little pricey. Great service. Our waiter was polite and attentive.

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JH
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always fresh food and large portions too! Most meals will have you with a take home box.

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B
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lobster chowder was to die for. Waiter couldn’t do enough. Service was great. Will go back again.

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RJ
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Hostess was very accommodating w/ our need for handicap access & seating. The hostess helped in every way to make our evening dinner most enjoyable.
Food was good & service was excellent.
A very nice restaurant in downtown Salem.

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WR
New England
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely outstanding service, and each course of food was incredible. Had the Lobster bisque, Dijonnaise Mussels, stuffed clams, swordfish au poivre with brandy mushroom cream sauce, and the New England Classic Crab Cakes. Amazing!

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PC
Savannah
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice place to eat in a lively neighborhood. Only complaint is our entrees were presented to us while we were still eating our appetizers. Hate that. Really don't understand why this happens. Service, otherwise, was outstanding.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

This is by far one of my favorite restaurants. Food is outstanding and the atmosphere is quaint and inviting.

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S
New England
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We've returned to Turner's to celebrate Administrative Professionals Day a few times. The food is always high quality and delicious. I'm especially partial to the Brussel Sprouts. Our waiter Zach was attentive without being intrusive. He was able to accommodate our special requests. The only downside was that I didn't care for the location of our table in the back corner. We've had one in the front near the windows that we enjoyed much more on past occasions.

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London
4 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Rushed, unprofessional service. We've been several times and it's never been this bad. Perhaps isolated incident because of Easter?

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AM
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Turner's was fabulous, flawless when it first came to Salem. My opinion is that it has gone downhill and fast. One person in our party got Salmon on a Polenta cake. The Salmon was delicious. The Polenta cake was a deep fried disaster. The price was crazy. Another in our party got a sliced tuna plate that he enjoyed but wasn't thrilled with. Just not enough flavor. I wasn't eating at that meal and so got a lobster roll to bring home for later. It proved to be inedible. The lobster was so overcooked it had no flavor at all and was tough as shoe leather. And it was a crazy price.

There's a lot of great seafood options on the north shore. I no longer consider Turner's to be a good one. You might get a great meal, and you might not. It's too expensive to be an iffy proposition.

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MS
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a lovely restaurant. We had a wonderful waitress who was warm, attentive, and yet unobtrusive. Our party of six had a great time sharing food around the table as everyone raved, "You gotta try this!" Considering that it was noon on Easter Sunday, there was a surprisingly relaxed atmosphere, and we were very pleased with our meal. The skinny little onion rings are very good and ALL of our seafood was excellent, including the crab rangoon and lobster bisque.

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TH
New England
7 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 1

Very disappointed. Took my daughter there with my family for her 18th birthday. The noise level was high which would have been fine if the other components of our meal were good. The service was fair at best. The food was not great at all. My 15 year old son and I got the "Award winning" clam chowder. He asked me what award it won since neither of our chowders had any clams in them. Enough said. Will not be returning. In over 8 years this is only the second negative review I have posted.

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j
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were both outstanding. I ordered the Gloucester Sole with crabmeat stuffing, and my friend ordered the Fish and Chips. We'll be back real soon!

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MD
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good. Not too greasy and quick service. Relaxing place for dinner.

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s
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

We were a little disappointed in the lobster. It was very tough. We had the lobster pie. My husband has the tuna and it was good but the sauce was not.

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PC
New England
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service from everyone there was remarkable. Our server Lisa was extremely pleasant and efficient. She was there when we needed something and not there when we did not. The seafood was phenomenal, the atmosphere very good. We had a party of seven and although the restaurant was busy we were given a corner table near sunny windows and felt like we had the whole place to ourselves. Overall an exceptional afternoon.

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RZ
New England
23 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I recommend combining the excellent Belgium mussels and Napa cabbage salad ! Needed a Chenin Blanc to go with this, but only available by the bottle. A sweet waitress tried her best tho!

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JC
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The pasta with clam sauce had little flavor. The finan haddie was too light on the haddock, but tasty. The lobster bisque was superb. The butterscotch pudding with ice cream came instead with whipped cream. Good service, but the wait for a 8:15 pm "reservation" was at least 30 minutes. I understand it was not a true reservation, but, still, that a long wait to get a table.

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