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Lobster Shanty

25 Front St, At Artist's Row, Salem, MA 01970-3707
+1 978-745-5449
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good31%
  • Average12%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible6%
Travellers talk about
“lobster roll” (206 reviews)
“poutine” (17 reviews)
“chowder” (28 reviews)
Closes in 13 min
American, Bar, Seafood, Pub, Soups
$$ - $$$
25 Front St, At Artist's Row, Salem, MA 01970-3707
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A cheap and cheerful place to have a meal and or a drink. Very friendly and efficient staff. Wheelchair accessible with a good clean toilet.

Thank Gunner1886
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Got here based on suggestion of the local (see below) - It was a hot sunny day (2018/09/02) - When we got our table, it was outside under umbrella but half the table was in full sun. We asked for another available table in the...More

Thank ns2newmind
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We are here during our visit this past weekend. Amazing service and food ! You must order the Lobster roll but make sure it is "Connecticut Style" there is no mayo or celery. It is pure lobster and butter and bun. Trust me you will...More

1  Thank Kimberley C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were recommended by our inn to go here for lunch. We got there just after noon and before a wait formed. Our host was accommodating in providing us with a map of Salem and suggestions of things to do. We also saw him walk...More

Thank pc19642015
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stumbled across this delightful place while visiting Salem. Looking for a cold beer and quick eats - so glad we found this. The service was EXCELLENT. Even before getting seated, we were greeted at the entrance and made to feel more than welcome. Had a...More

Thank Cheri H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I walked into the Lobster Shanty on a sweltering July afternoon looking for some New England seafood, and I did not leave disappointed. For starters, I'll just say that the interior ventilation wasn't great, as I was sitting at the bar with a big fan...More

Thank rk200933
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited The Lobster Shanty as we had seen it on triple D some time ago & Guy Fieri raved about the lobstertini. So we were in Salem & thought we would give it a go. It's bang spank in the middle of Salem &...More

Thank Joe B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Lobster Shanty is smack in the middle of Salem center with all of the trappings of a tourist joint. The food rises above that initial impression, especially the lobster rolls which are jam packed with lobster meat.

Thank TJM747
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great little dive bar centrally located by the old town hall. It is small inside but it has big personality, between the fun menu, the delicious food and the lobsters and local decoration inside. As well as a nice outdoor portion. The food was delicious,...More

Thank Kelli D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Although they jokingly advertise themselves as having poor service and warm beer, we found just the opposite. Drinks were reasonably priced. My husband had the “Perfect Storm” a yummy fruity rum drink, the contents of which they don’t disclose ($8.50). I had a glass of...More

Thank Patti F
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Kelly M
8 January 2018|
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Response from Bmountz | Reviewed this property |
I did not try it, but I would guess it would be on the menu since it was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. The lobster roll (Connecticut style) was amazing!
29 October 2016|
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Response from usseffb | Reviewed this property |
28 July 2016|
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Response from Peter L | Reviewed this property |
His sign is painted on the corner of the bar above your head as you're sitting down. right hand corner.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 3 - USD 50
American, Bar, Seafood, Pub, Soups
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 1:30 am
5:00 pm - 1:30 am
5:00 pm - 1:30 am
5:00 pm - 1:30 am
5:00 pm - 1:30 am
12:00 pm - 1:30 am
12:00 pm - 1:30 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 25 Front St, At Artist's Row, Salem, MA 01970-3707
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Salem
  • Phone Number: +1 978-745-5449
We are a local dive bar that secretly has class. Great food, great service all served in a very casual atmosphere with absolutely no pretense.We're a little place with a big heart. The Shanty has been serving the Good People of Salem for 30 years and is a local institution.We welcome anyone who wants to come and relax with us. This is one place where you can let your freak flag fly. Our patio allows well-behaved dogs, we even have a doggie menu. Don't worry about bringing water bowls, we've got some.
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