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Red's Sandwich Shop

15 Central St, Salem, MA 01970-3702
+1 978-745-3527
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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good22%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“pancakes” (222 reviews)
“home fries” (59 reviews)
“french toast” (40 reviews)
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American, Diner, Soups, Deli, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
15 Central St, Salem, MA 01970-3702
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Reviewed yesterday

We went to Red's for Father's Day breakfast and were promptly seated, although coming out we saw a waiting line. The staff are friendly, fast and efficient. The coffee is hot and good, sour dough French toast was delicious. My wife had an enormous 3...More

Thank Paul S
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

No matter how busy everyone makes you feel welcome. Really good food and fair price but CASH only. Glad I found it in the Heritage trail.

Thank Sue B
Reviewed 5 days ago

CASH ONLY!!! They close at 3pm. If you visit Salem and you don't go to Red's, just stay home. This place is kinda tucked away but it's central to everything. The portions are massive, the prices are low, the service is fast, and the waitstaff...More

Thank amycf820
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

BESF BREAKFAST IVE EVER HAD! Don’t even THINK you’ll finish the servings. They are HUGE and cooked to order. I really think a family of 4 could split one order of whatever!! I’ve eaten there 6 of the 8 days I’ve been there. Felt like...More

Thank dianebreaux0408
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I just came home from eating here. Right after I was seated, 90 middle schoolers came in to eat. They were very well-behaved for 7th graders, but they were still 7th graders. The wait staff was incredibly good with them. They were friendly and patient....More

Thank 2vaca
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a fun authentic diner ( for an Aussie visitor) . Food was plentiful and passable. The Cuban sandwiches were the highlight. For the money it did the job . Lots of locals dining which I think is always a good sign. The funniest part...More

Thank thefunfive
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had an enjoyable lunch here, seafood was great. Staff were attentive and friendly. Plenty of seating inside. Worth the stop.

Thank Bishman97
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We ordered a chicken sandwich and pancakes. The chicken sandwich had lovely chicken but then just cheap lettuce and tomato and the cheapest of white rolls. The chocolate chip pancakes were pretty good.

Thank Lou1974Edinburgh
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Great food...the pancakes are plate sized! Recommended by our tour guide...all the locals love this place. It was packed, but the line moves very quickly!

Thank Carrie M
Reviewed May 11, 2018 via mobile

Good place for breakfast as recommended by a local but the service was not good. Our server was friendly enough but she got our order wrong and we had to wait forever to get a top up of coffee (which is supposed to be bottomless...More

Thank Katie R
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Questions & Answers
June 21, 2016|
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Response from penny c | Reviewed this property |
next time I go there i will find out if they serve gluten free food , and post a review about it
Constance C
May 30, 2016|
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Response from IslandNative725 | Reviewed this property |
just realized you were there in 16..thought it was a recent question.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
6:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
5:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
5:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
5:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
5:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
5:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
5:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 15 Central St, Salem, MA 01970-3702
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Salem
  • Phone Number: +1 978-745-3527
Located in the Old London Coffee House, which dates back to the 1700s, Red’s Sandwich Shop has been visited by many Celebrities, Congressman, Senators and even First Lady Barbara Bush. A relaxed, friendlly atmosphere in a historic building is the perfect place to join Salem locals for the BEST breafkast and lunch menu in town. The food is delicious, all home-style cooking at pricing so reasonable you almost feel guilty. Having visited numerous restaurants in Salem that charge outrageous pricing for mediocre food, Red's Sandwich Shop is the crown jewel of the city in terms of excellent food, great prices, and a lovely environment with a friendly staff. They offer an extensive breakfast and lunch menu, Dinner Specials, and a daily $6.95 Special.. And when they say roasted turkey, they mean roasted turkey -- whole turkeys are roasted on the premises and carved for your order. In a tribute to Thanksgiving, their Home Style Turkey Sandwich (roasted turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce and gravy) is out of this world! Wonderful specialty items from Chicken Marsala and Chicken Piccata to Chicken Pot Pie are made to order. Soups and chowders made fresh daily. For a variety of sandwiches from open-faced, to club, to roll-ups -- they cannot be beat. Red's is an award-winning restaurant that received the "BEST BREAKFAST ON THE NORTH SHORE" award for 24 years in a row! I cannot rave enough about this restaurant. If you have only one restaruant to visit in Salem, make it Red's.
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