Salem Beer Works

★★★★☆
  • 278 Derby St

    Salem, MA 01970

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  • 978-745-2337

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Since 2012 this place has slid so far downhill that I actively warn tourists to stay away. After the last 3 visits we said "Never again" after bad management in the food prep area. Long waits and they tacked on extra things we didn't order on the credit card bill. Food was horrible. So bad I dared the chef to come out and eat his own burnt failure he created. Try some of the beers if you must but stay away from the food.

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★☆☆☆☆

Since 2012 this place has slid so far downhill that I actively warn tourists to stay away. After the last 3 visits we said "Never again" after bad management in the food prep area. Long waits and they tacked on extra things we didn't order on the credit card bill. Food was horrible. So bad I dared the chef to come out and eat his own burnt failure he created. Try some of the beers if you must but stay away from the food.

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Somehow I've been the the Salem Beer Works a good number of times but never to the Boston Beer Works (and I'm always in Boston). I love this one though, even if I don't like to frequent Salem all too often, and if it's not too out of the way from where you live I would definitely suggest it. I don't really know since when, but Salem has become this little hipster scene where the square actually holds a lot of fun places to go on any given night (Thurs-Sat being most popular, obviously). The Tavern on the Square is about a block down from the Beer Works, and both are a good time. The Tavern just gets crowded really fast so I prefer the Beer Works, but most importantly for their microbrews. Pales and ambers are my favorite, so just ask the bartender/waiter for their recommendation if you're not sure what to get. Also, even though I really hate fruity beers, they apparently have a good selection of tasty blueberry and watermelon beers on season (if you're in to that stuff...). Also their appetizers are just fine, and given the fact that you'll want to come here in a decent to large sized group they're a good price (I like the nachos, pretty standard but they come in a large portion). All in all, if you love beer and love a good time, this place is just right.

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★★★★☆

Somehow I've been the the Salem Beer Works a good number of times but never to the Boston Beer Works (and I'm always in Boston). I love this one though, even if I don't like to frequent Salem all too often, and if it's not too out of the way from where you live I would definitely suggest it. I don't really know since when, but Salem has become this little hipster scene where the square actually holds a lot of fun places to go on any given night (Thurs-Sat being most popular, obviously). The Tavern on the Square is about a block down from the Beer Works, and both are a good time. The Tavern just gets crowded really fast so I prefer the Beer Works, but most importantly for their microbrews. Pales and ambers are my favorite, so just ask the bartender/waiter for their recommendation if you're not sure what to get. Also, even though I really hate fruity beers, they apparently have a good selection of tasty blueberry and watermelon beers on season (if you're in to that stuff...). Also their appetizers are just fine, and given the fact that you'll want to come here in a decent to large sized group they're a good price (I like the nachos, pretty standard but they come in a large portion). All in all, if you love beer and love a good time, this place is just right.

Pros: delicious microbrews!

Cons: parking can be a hassle

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I have been going here every week for three years, and have never had a problem! Great burgers!

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★★★★★

I have been going here every week for three years, and have never had a problem! Great burgers!

Pros: Burgers

Cons: Nothing

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The restaurant has a dining area, brewers den, and billiards area, so the physical space is certainly nice. I am not much of a beer drinker, but I tried their pumpkin beer given the time of year and because I was curious about its taste, and I didn't like it. Perhaps their other beers are better. The food tasted fine but did not blow me away. Some poor waiter dropped food for an entire table of people.

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★★★☆☆

The restaurant has a dining area, brewers den, and billiards area, so the physical space is certainly nice. I am not much of a beer drinker, but I tried their pumpkin beer given the time of year and because I was curious about its taste, and I didn't like it. Perhaps their other beers are better. The food tasted fine but did not blow me away. Some poor waiter dropped food for an entire table of people.

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North Shore Light. This beer is just right. I am not a very good beer drinker but this one is smooth and goes down nice. I like ordering a haddock sandwich and requesting that they change it out for salmon. Everytime they have been more than happy to do it. I add my coleslaw to the sandwich and it is yummy. The burgers are very generous in portion and good flavor. The mexicali chicken quesadilla was delicious too.

I've been to Salem Beer Works and Boston Beer Works on a number of occasions and really feel like they offer an excellent menu, generous portions, and a decent value.

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★★★★★

North Shore Light. This beer is just right. I am not a very good beer drinker but this one is smooth and goes down nice. I like ordering a haddock sandwich and requesting that they change it out for salmon. Everytime they have been more than happy to do it. I add my coleslaw to the sandwich and it is yummy. The burgers are very generous in portion and good flavor. The mexicali chicken quesadilla was delicious too.

I've been to Salem Beer Works and Boston Beer Works on a number of occasions and really feel like they offer an excellent menu, generous portions, and a decent value.

Pros: Generous portions, good food

Cons: No complaints here

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My daughter and I loved it here. Neither of us drank, but we loved the food. The service was pretty good, however, we were seated by the kitchen. I didn't like that, it was quite noisy. The servings were very good sized though. I feel it was worth the money, and would go and visit again.

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★★★★☆

My daughter and I loved it here. Neither of us drank, but we loved the food. The service was pretty good, however, we were seated by the kitchen. I didn't like that, it was quite noisy. The servings were very good sized though. I feel it was worth the money, and would go and visit again.

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Upon being seated the waitress informed my boyfriend and I that they were out of several kinds of beer as well as buffalo wings and scallops. My boyfriend found a piece of rubber in his clam chowder. My meal included a below average chicken sandwich ans fries that weren't worth eating. Definitely not a meal worth $40. On the upside the beer that they did have was good.

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★★☆☆☆

Upon being seated the waitress informed my boyfriend and I that they were out of several kinds of beer as well as buffalo wings and scallops. My boyfriend found a piece of rubber in his clam chowder. My meal included a below average chicken sandwich ans fries that weren't worth eating. Definitely not a meal worth $40. On the upside the beer that they did have was good.

Pros: Beer was good

Cons: Out of many things on the menu, food wasn't very good

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This is one of my go to places in Salem. It has a great bar and dining area. I suggest buffalo fingers, a green monster sandwich, and a watermelon ale or two.

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★★★★☆

This is one of my go to places in Salem. It has a great bar and dining area. I suggest buffalo fingers, a green monster sandwich, and a watermelon ale or two.

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Salem Beer Works, located in down town Salem is a popular pick among tourists and locals. Great variety of food and there are many flavors of beer to choose from. Watermelon is a good flavor for the summer, as Pumpkin is for the Fall! Many people will enjoy the fast service and tasty food.

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★★★★☆

Salem Beer Works, located in down town Salem is a popular pick among tourists and locals. Great variety of food and there are many flavors of beer to choose from. Watermelon is a good flavor for the summer, as Pumpkin is for the Fall! Many people will enjoy the fast service and tasty food.

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A great place to go with a group of friends!! So many beer choices I went for the sampler a couple times, the food is good and great service.
the atmosphere was friendly and inviting. good location.

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★★★★★

A great place to go with a group of friends!! So many beer choices I went for the sampler a couple times, the food is good and great service.
the atmosphere was friendly and inviting. good location.

Pros: Great Beer, Prices, Good food

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I am an ovo-lacto vegetarian and had the best veggie burger of my life at Salem Beer Works this past August.--piled high with ripe avocado and fresh veggies. My husband and I have been there several times since. I really enjoy the beer sampler since it gives me the opportunity to try four of their microbrews at a time! My only complaint is that, as a couple, we are often seated next to very large, noisy tables. In fact, the last time we ate at Salem Beer Works (a Tuesday night), the waitress pulled a four-person apart to make 2, 2-person tables...I was forced to sit 6-inches from another couple along the same bench! It was like riding the T while paying 40$ for dinner. We were not happy. We asked to be re-seated but were told the restaurant lacked enough waitstaff to spread us out from the other patrons.

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★★★★☆

I am an ovo-lacto vegetarian and had the best veggie burger of my life at Salem Beer Works this past August.--piled high with ripe avocado and fresh veggies. My husband and I have been there several times since. I really enjoy the beer sampler since it gives me the opportunity to try four of their microbrews at a time! My only complaint is that, as a couple, we are often seated next to very large, noisy tables. In fact, the last time we ate at Salem Beer Works (a Tuesday night), the waitress pulled a four-person apart to make 2, 2-person tables...I was forced to sit 6-inches from another couple along the same bench! It was like riding the T while paying 40$ for dinner. We were not happy. We asked to be re-seated but were told the restaurant lacked enough waitstaff to spread us out from the other patrons.

Pros: Great veggie food, Beer sampler, Decent prices

Cons: Seating Not Optimal, Can be very crowded

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Some of the best, most interesting beer around. The blueberry ale is awesome. The cherry bomb takes some getting used to but I would recommend it to the adventuresome drinker. The watermelon Ale and the seven gables golden are mild, great choices.

The food is basic but really great. Cheese fries, chicken wings and pesto pizza are some of my favorites. The restaurant is large so for the most part finding a seat is not a problem. Great for a late night quick beer or for a group of friends.

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★★★★★

Some of the best, most interesting beer around. The blueberry ale is awesome. The cherry bomb takes some getting used to but I would recommend it to the adventuresome drinker. The watermelon Ale and the seven gables golden are mild, great choices.

The food is basic but really great. Cheese fries, chicken wings and pesto pizza are some of my favorites. The restaurant is large so for the most part finding a seat is not a problem. Great for a late night quick beer or for a group of friends.

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Walking into Salem Beer Works I expected a large selection of beers to choose from. Perhaps this was my poor assumption. I was surprised by the short beer list. I did however enjoy the blueberry beer I ordered. My food was awful. I ordered an entree salad with chicken and would rate it the worst salad I've ever had in a restaraunt.
I enjoyed the set up of the restaraunt and surroundings but would not return due to the poor food and short drink list.

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★★☆☆☆

Walking into Salem Beer Works I expected a large selection of beers to choose from. Perhaps this was my poor assumption. I was surprised by the short beer list. I did however enjoy the blueberry beer I ordered. My food was awful. I ordered an entree salad with chicken and would rate it the worst salad I've ever had in a restaraunt.
I enjoyed the set up of the restaraunt and surroundings but would not return due to the poor food and short drink list.

Pros: ambience

Cons: food, slim selection

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Been going to the Salem Beer Works for years and have always left 100% satisfied.The beer is always fresh and seasonal and there is always something to suit every beer drinkers tastes. I recomend the North Shore Light.Summer beers that i recomend are the Watermelon Ale and Patriot Pilsner.And anything on the food menu is great.The service is always fast,friendly with a smile and attentive and the bartenders are very helpful and knowledgeable about the beers brewed on the premises.October is the only time of year where you will have a long wait time with getting a table or seat at the bar and definitely a problem for parking as the parking garage is usually full and street parking is limited but thats the only time of the year parking is a problem.there is pretty much something for every one so in my eyes this place is a 10!

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★★★★★

Been going to the Salem Beer Works for years and have always left 100% satisfied.The beer is always fresh and seasonal and there is always something to suit every beer drinkers tastes. I recomend the North Shore Light.Summer beers that i recomend are the Watermelon Ale and Patriot Pilsner.And anything on the food menu is great.The service is always fast,friendly with a smile and attentive and the bartenders are very helpful and knowledgeable about the beers brewed on the premises.October is the only time of year where you will have a long wait time with getting a table or seat at the bar and definitely a problem for parking as the parking garage is usually full and street parking is limited but thats the only time of the year parking is a problem.there is pretty much something for every one so in my eyes this place is a 10!

Pros: inexpensive, great atmosphere, always fresh beer

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Salem Beer Works as the best burgers and fries on the North Shore. Their selection of beer is fabulous, I highly recommend the Bluebeery Ale. The service is always top notch, and when it is not October, seating is immediate!

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★★★★★

Salem Beer Works as the best burgers and fries on the North Shore. Their selection of beer is fabulous, I highly recommend the Bluebeery Ale. The service is always top notch, and when it is not October, seating is immediate!

Pros: Inexpensive, Tasty Beer, Delicious food

Cons: Parking only okay, Crazy in October

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With the same menu and atmosphere as those of its two sister locations in Boston, the Salem Beer Works provides locals and tourists with a relaxed hangout. Beer fans enjoy award-winning microbrews, and those looking to…

 

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