Restaurants in Swampscott

$15 for $30 Worth of Japanese Cuisine at Maki Sushi Bar

Maki Sushi Bar

Peabody Town Center

$30 $15

Rolls of tempura lobster, mango, and asparagus drizzled with white sauce and kabayaki glaze top tables along with seafood martinis

Italian Dinner at La Vita Mia (45% Off). Two Options Available.

La Vita Mia

Downtown Saugus

$30 $17.50

(38)

Flat-bread pizza with spicy shrimp, prosciutto, and capes, create-your-own pastas, and sirloin steak in a balsamic sauce

Brazilian Barbecue Dinner for Two or Four Adults at Midwest Grill (50% Off). Two Locations Available.

Midwest Grill

Multiple Locations

$30 $15

(299)

Waiters rotate around tables with unlimited servings of beef sirloin, brazilian sausage, and lamb at the churrascaria

Thai Food at Maekha Thai (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Maekha Thai

West Revere

$20 $11

(15)

Eatery dishes out authentic Thai cuisine such as tom yum soup, ginger chicken, basil fried rice, pad thai, and panang curry with scallops

Italian-American Dinner of Salads and Entrees for Two or Four at Sebastian's on Broadway (Up to 46% Off)

Sebastian's on Broadway

Revere

$60 $35

(78)

Pastas, seafood, and steak made with local ingredients and set to live cabaret performers every Thursday night

Italian Food for Two or Four at Volare Revere (50% Off). Four Options Available.

Volare Revere

Downtown Revere

$30 $15

Fig and pancetta pizza and seafood pasta prepared by a native Sicilian chef at a restaurant with complimentary valet parking on weekends

Fresh, House-Made Diner Food for Two or Four During Breakfast or Lunch at Revere Center Café (50% Off)

Revere Center Café

Bell Circle Plaza at Revere

$20 $10

Diner serves made-to-order comfort food, such as grilled cheese with bacon and Irish eggs benedict with corn beef hash

$21.99 for $40 Worth of Organic Food and Drinks at Organic Garden Cafe

Organic Garden Cafe

Beverly

$40 $21.99

(104)

Harvest bowls, hot soups, rice, quinoa, and black bean dishes, and other gourmet raw and organic fare including smoothies and juices

Italian Dinner Cuisine at Trattoria Bella Mia (Up to 58% Off). Two Options Available.

Trattoria Bella Mia

Beverly

$30 $16

(19)

Authentic Italian fare and live music at bistro on historic Cabot Street

$25 for $50 Worth of Mediterranean Food at Ithaki Mediterranean Cuisine

Ithaki Mediterranean Cuisine

Ipswich

$50 $25

Baked-to-order moussaka, small-plate falafel, and steamed mussels share menu space with lamb burgers and a raw bar

Peruvian and Latin American Food at Nazca Cafe (Up to Half Off). Two Options Available.

Nazca Cafe

Boadway

$38 $19

(3)

Vibrant preparations and hearty portions of cebiche, seafood medleys, roasted pork, and grilled steak

Pizza for Takeout or Delivery, Valid Sunday–Thursday or Friday–Saturday from John's Pizza (40% Off)

John's Pizza

Across from the ELC

$20 $12

(18)

Hand-tossed pies topped with freshly shredded cheese, a family-recipe sauce, and toppings such as buffalo chicken, shrimp, or eggplant

$12 for Drinks and Treats at Maplewood Coffee Shop & Ice Cream ($20 Value)

Maplewood Coffee Shop & Ice Cream

Maplewood

$5 $3

Ice cream parlor and bakery serves up a variety of pasties, muffins, freshly brewed cofffee, and sandwiches

Mexican Food for Dinner at The Fat Cactus (Half Off). Three Options Available.

The Fat Cactus

Lynnfield

$40 $20

(137)

Self-described Mexicali cantina dishes up classics including fajitas and tacos, as well as nontraditional Mexican cuisine such as steak tips

Italian and Portuguese Cuisine at Porto Bello Restaurant (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Porto Bello Restaurant

Wakefield

$50 $25

Sea scallops and shrimp with housemade pesto, hand-breaded veal parmesan, and Portuguese seafood stew with clams, calamari, and mussels

American Pub Food for Two or Four at Lakeside Bar and Grill (Up to 50% Off). Four Options Available.

Lakeside Bar and Grill

Wakefield

$10 $5

Omelets and pancakes start the day before chefs craft barbecue chicken sandwiches and fish and chips for dinner

$20 for $40 Worth of Upscale Italian Dinner Fare for Two or More at Ristorante Pavarotti in Reading

Ristorante Pavarotti

Reading

$40 $20

Veal and seafood simmered in delicate wine sauces served in Italian eatery with large wine list

Authentic Swiss Style Baked Goods at swissbäkers (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

swissbäkers

Multiple Locations

$20 $12

(40)

Swiss-style baked goods include Berliners, the original pretzel rolls, authentic croissants, Choco Weggli and more.

Italian Cuisine at Pastalina's Restaurant (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Pastalina's Restaurant

Medford

$50 $25

(56)

Flavorful dishes from southern Italy's Avellino region include pasta, chicken cacciatore, and veal saltimbocca

$15 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $15 Worth of Pub Cuisine at SideBar Food and Spirits ($30 Total Value)

SideBar Food and Spirits

Downtown

$15 $7.50

(158)

Downtown pub with TVs, arcade games, and a jukebox dishes out food such as burgers, wings, sandwiches, and brick-oven pizza

Ballpark Concessions for Up to Two or Four from Boston Event Specialists Outside of Fenway Park (50% Off)

Boston Event Specialists Outside of Fenway Park

Intersection of Yawkey Way and Van Ness

$20 $10

Find these food-cart concessions at every home Red Sox game

Upscale American Dinner for Two on a Weekday or Weekend at Ecco Restaurant and Martini Bar (Up to 40% Off)

Ecco Restaurant and Martini Bar

East Boston

$81.50 $49

(147)

Plates of goat cheese and beet salad or grilled-eggplant caprese paired with pan-seared salmon or braised short rib

Southern Cuisine at Savvor Restaurant & Lounge (40% Off). Two Options Available.

Savvor Restaurant & Lounge

Downtown - Leather District

$25 $15

Eatery dishes out southern and Caribbean small plates such as shrimp & grits, fried catfish, cornish hen & waffles, and macaroni and cheese

Turkish Cuisine at Saray Restaurant (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Saray Restaurant

Coolidge Corner

$30 $15

(92)

Lamb, seafood, and vegetarian entrees come together in Turkish menu of kebabs, salads, and soups; full menu is valid for lunch option

Pizza and Italian Food for Dine-in, Carryout, or Delivery at Rock City Pizza (Up to 50% Off)

Rock City Pizza

Allston/Brighton

$30 $15

(15)

Innovative thin-crust pizzas topped with steak, pesto, or chicken and buffalo sauce; entree options include subs, burgers, and pasta

Pub Food at The Red Hat (40% Off). Two Options Available.

The Red Hat

West End

$50 $30

(145)

Wings, fish 'n' chips, and burgers in a century-old establishment with a colorful history

Ethiopian Dinner for Two or Four at Addis Red Sea (Up to 47% Off). Four Options Available.

Addis Red Sea

South End

$31.90 $17

Ethiopian eatery populates colorful wicker tables with spicy lamb, fish, chicken, and vegan dishes

Indian Meal for Two or Four at Bukhara Indian Bistro (Up to 53% Off)

Bukhara Indian Bistro

Jamaica Hills - Pond

$57 $28

(251)

Menu of northern and southern Indian cuisine with tandoori chicken, lamb-stuffed dosas, and curries

Indian Meal with Appetizers and Naan for Two or Four at Mela (Up to 56% Off)

Mela

South End

$71 $32

(349)

Enlisting a traditional tandoor oven, housemade cheese, and Indian spices, chefs whip up classic Indian staples with varying spice levels

Tapas for Two or Four at Mojitos (Up to 51% Off)

Mojitos

Downtown

$40 $20

(82)

Dine on small plates of chorizo-stufffed potatoes, baked avocados, and slow-roasted pork sliders

$15 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Pizza, Paninis, and Roll-Ups at Angora Café ($30 Value)

Angora Café

Coolidge Corner

$10 $5

(151)

Cooks at European-style café focus on Mediterranean and Italian flavors in dishes such as hummus-filled roll-ups and meatball-topped pizzas

Indian Food for Dinner at Ghazal Indian Cuisine (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Ghazal Indian Cuisine

Jamaica Hills - Pond

$25 $14

(123)

Authentic Indian dishes with a contemporary twist

Italian Cuisine at Filippo Ristorante (Up to Half Off). Two Options Available.

Filippo Ristorante

North End

$35 $20

(101)

Owners who spend part of the year in Sulmona, Italy, treat taste buds to the region's cuisine, including pasta, seafood, and veal dishes

$16 for Four Groupons, Each Good for $7.50 Worth of Mediterranean Food at Cafe Hemshin ($30 Value)

Cafe Hemshin

Downtown

$7.50 $4

(5)

Sample Turkish and Mediterranean favorites such as lamb kebabs, hummus, tabouleh, and Greek salads

American Cuisine for Two or Four at East End Grille (47% Off)

East End Grille

Somerville

$30 $16

(62)

This joint offers locally sourced ingredients to create food like sweet chili shrimp flatbread, barbecue pulled pork, and steak tips

Indian Meal for Two or Four at Diva Indian Bistro (Up to 63% Off)

Diva Indian Bistro

Davis Square

$67 $27

Samosas packed with minced lamb and spices precede lamb curry, chicken dosas, dishes baked in clay tandoor oven, and vegetarian entrees

American Pub Cuisine at Sports, Steaks & Spirits (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Sports, Steaks & Spirits

North Reading

$40 $21

(15)

Refined sports bar with 60 plasma televisions, including small screens at every booth

Italian Food for Brunch, Lunch, or Dinner at Cafe Piazza Dolce (44% Off)

Cafe Piazza Dolce

Winchester Town Center

$40 $25

(33)

Chef presses fresh pastas, hand tosses wood-fired pizza & grills salmon for dinner & serves brunch dishes such as gourmet paninis

Casual Cuisine for Two or More at 15 Walnut (50% Off)

15 Walnut

Hamilton

$30 $15

Menu full of items made using seasonal ingredients includes wood-fired items, burgers, sushi, and more; suitable for family dinners & dates

Dinner with Appetizers, Soup, and Sushi at Takemura Japanese Restaurant (Up to 51% Off). Three Options Available.

Takemura Japanese Restaurant

Harvard Square

$42.85 $21

(144)

Sushi chefs craft everything fresh; original rolls include the deep-fried pumpkin roll and the grilled-salmon roll

Tacos, Enchiladas, and Margaritas at José's Mexican Restaurant (Up to 51% Off)

José's Mexican Restaurant

Cambridge

$35 $17

(327)

Classic Mexican dishes include a kaleidoscope of tacos, tamales made by the chef's mother, and specialty margaritas

$15 for $25 Worth of Japanese Food at Shabu & Mein

Shabu & Mein

Cambridge

$25 $15

Tabletop stoves let diners cook their own shabu shabu hot pot meals and ramen or let cooks do the cooking for shumai, gyoza, and ramen

Indian Meal for Two or Four at Passage to India (Up to 52% Off)

Passage To India

Porter Square

$51.86 $25

(110)

For 25 years, this Indian restaurant has embraced millennia-old techniques to craft classic northern and southern Indian cuisine

$22 for Four Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Mexican Soul Food at Beantown Taqueria ($40 Value)

Beantown Taqueria

Cambridge

$10 $5.50

Chile relleno with egg-battered poblano pepper, tacos with hand-made tortillas and cilantro, and deep-fried chimichangas

Sushi and Asian Fusion Dinner for Two or Four at O Sushi Restaurant & Bar (Up to 35% Off)

O Sushi Restaurant & Bar

Cambridge

$40 $29

Appetizers such as sake-steamed mussels precede dragon and california rolls in a "Boston Globe"–lauded restaurant in Harvard Square

$12 for $20 Worth of Mexican Food at Ixtapa Mexican Grill & Cantina

Ixtapa Mexican Grill & Cantina

Multiple Locations

$20 $12

(184)

Sauce-smothered burritos and enchiladas add to a menu of authentic Mexican cuisine whose recipes hail from Guadalajara

Italian Dinner or Takeout at Arcenia Cucina Rustica (Up to 42% Off)

Arcenia Cucina Rustica

Downtown Woburn

$50 $29

The menu includes chicken marsala, veal parmigiana, and homemade fettuccine pasta tossed with bolognese sauce, as well as wood-fired pizzas

All-You-Can-Eat Dinner for Two or Four at Brazilian Steak House (37% Off)

Brazilian Steak House

North Woburn

$61.97 $39

(80)

All-you-can-eat steakhouse features tender cuts of Brazilian sausage, lamb, beef sirloin, and an extensive salad bar

$15 for $30 Worth of Chinese and Japanese Food at Fusion Taste

Fusion Taste

Arlington Center

$30 $15

Menu blends Chinese and Japanese specialties, from black-pepper beef to sushi

Tea Tasting for Two or Four at The Cozy Tea Cart (50% Off)

The Cozy Tea Cart

Brookline

$40 $20

Tea-tasting session allows two or four people to sample a variety of teas

Hookah, Snacks, and Drinks at Sheesha Lounge (Up to 56% Off). Four Options Available.

Sheesha Lounge

Allston

$40 $25

(60)

35 flavors of tobacco, plus sweet snacks such as cheesecake and baklava

Breakfast or Dinner Crepes with Drinks for Two or Four at Paris Creperie

Paris Creperie

Coolidge Corner

$33.50 $24.79

(423)

Sweet and savory crepes prepared in the Parisian tradition pair with smoothies, Nutella chocolate drinks, and leaf teas

$16 for $30 Worth of Asian Fusion Food for Two or More at Gari Japanese Fusion Restaurant

Gari Japanese Fusion Restaurant

Coolidge Corner

$30 $16

(183)

At a fusion restaurant under new management as of June 2013, chefs whip up signature sushi rolls and pour Thai sauce over angel hair pasta

$15 for $25 Worth of Tex-Mex Cuisine at Patron's and Sunset Grill and Tap

Patron's and Sunset Grill and Tap

Multiple Locations

$25 $15

Adjacent restaurants have something for everyone, from juicy burgers to spicy tacos

$15 for 3 Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Hamburgers & More at Stack-a Burger ($30 Value)

Stack-a Burger

Burlington Mall

$10 $5

Chefs grill fresh burgers and all-beef hot dogs and ladle on toppings such as baked beans and sauerkraut

$17 for $30 Worth of Sushi, Noodle Dishes, and Hibachi Food at Edamame Japanese Restaurant

Edamame Japanese Restaurant

Watertown

$30 $17

(28)

Chefs build unique sushi and sashimi dishes as hibache chefs put on dazzling culinary side-shows

$30 for $50 Worth of Italian American Dinner for Two or More at The Talk. Two Options Available.

The Talk Restaurant

Downtown Watertown

$50 $30

(110)

Chef Billy Holt prepares housemade pasta, steak, and seafood served in elegant dining area with black-and-white photos

New American Dinner for Two or Four at Masona Grill (Up to 43% Off)

Masona Grill

West Roxbury Center

$78 $49

New American cuisine with an international flair, such as semolina-crusted calamari with pickled hot peppers, arugula, and plum tomato sauce

Brazilian Steakhouse Dinner Fare at Spettu's Steakhouse in Quincy (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Spettu's Steakhouse

Quincy

$30 $15

Servers carve slices of spit-roasted lamb, chicken, and beef from skewers tableside

Stone-Baked Pizza Meal for Two or Four at Maggy's Lounge (Up to 50% Off)

Maggy's Lounge

Quincy

$28 $14

Enjoy stone-baked pizzas with thin, crispy crust in a casual, lively space that has frequent live music performances

$15 for $25 Worth of Chinese Cuisine at Bistro Chi

Bistro Chi

Quincy Center

$25 $15

Classic Chinese dishes such as steamed pork dumplings and kung pao chicken

Dinner Show for One or Two from The Murder Mystery Company (52% Off)

The Murder Mystery Company

Quincy Center

$60 $29

Professional improv actors invite diners to participate in an interactive whodunit as they enjoy a three-course meal

$12 for $25 Worth of Chinese Food at Quincy Dynasty

Quincy Dynasty

North Quincy

$25 $12

Chinese food made with fresh, natural ingredients, such as scallions, star anise, black beans, and cilantro

Hibachi and/Or Sushi Dinner for Two at Ruyi Restaurant (40% Off). Two Options Available.

Ruyi Restaurant

ruyi restaurant

$50 $30

(55)

Hand-rolled sushi, Japanese teriyaki, and marinated chicken, steak, or lamb seared at tableside grills

Locally Sourced Dinner for Two or Four, Including Appetizers and Entrees, at Dog Bar Grill (Up to 35% Off)

Dog Bar Grill

Gloucester

$63 $41

(22)

Locally sourced meat, seafood, and produce are highlighted in a menu that features wings, fish 'n' chips, and vegetarian and vegan dishes

$11 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Taiwanese Fusion Food at Happy Dumplings ($20 Value)

Happy Dumplings

Gloucester

$10 $5.50

(17)

Taiwanese street food and specialties include handmade dumplings, pork buns, noodle dishes, and a spectrum of dipping sauces

$15 for $30 Worth of Italian Cuisine at Peppercornz on Main

Peppercornz on Main

South Weymouth

$30 $15

Seafood, housemade gnocchi, and other Italian dishes silence rumbling bellies

Brazilian Steak-House Cuisine at Rio's Steak House (Up to 45% Off). Two Options Available.

Rio's Steak House

North Plymouth

$30 $17

(69)

Diners choose sides from a buffet table before sitting down to heap plates with unlimited grilled meat shaved directly off of skewers

Irish Cuisine for Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner at Mollie Maguires Pub (Up to 40% Off)

Mollie Maguires Pub

South Weymouth

$40 $25

Irish pub dishes out fish and chips, burgers, and drunken french toast with bread drizzled in Captain Morgan, as well as New England cuisine

American Cuisine for Dinner at RooBar (Up to 50% Off). Four Options Available.

RooBar

North Plymouth

$50 $29

American cuisine with creative takes on steaks, chops, seafood, and pasta for laidback but upscale dining in a vintage building

Nor'Easters, Sandwiches and Frappes, or Sandwiches at Michele's Ice Cream & Sandwich Shoppe (Up to 47% Off)

Michelle's Ice Cream and Sandwich Shoppe

North Weymouth

$16.50 $9

Blended ice creams and frappes made with 20 ice cream and 30+ soft-serve flavors; sandwiches include roast turkey and barbecue chicken

Asian Cuisine at Asia Palace (Half Off)

Asia Palace

Asia Palace

$30 $15

(15)

Nearly 20 categories of Asian cuisine divide a menu that includes shareable entrees and healthy options

Sushi and Pan-Asian Dinner Food at Sushi Box (Half Off). Two Options Available.

Sushi Box

Waltham

$30 $15

(104)

Eatery praised by the Boston Phoenix cooks up Korean-style beef ribs, pad thai, and specialty sushi rolls

Dining for Two or Four at Social Restaurant & Bar (Up to 37% Off)

Social Restaurant & Bar

Newton Corner

$62 $39

(49)

Grab a drink and relax with friend over a round of appetizers like Brie fondue or lobster roll sliders then enjoy steak, pasta or seafood

Shabu-Shabu Cuisine for Two or Four, or Japanese Cuisine for Four or More at Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse (50% Off)

Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse

Newton

$40 $22

(16)

Shabu-shabu consists of thinly sliced meat and vegetables boiled and served with dipping sauces; also try the sushi and hibachi dinners

Unlimited Brazilian Steakhouse Dinners with Drinks at Rodizio Grill (Up to 43% Off) Four Options Available.

Rodizio Grill

South Shore, Braintree

$114.96 $65

(90)

Servers clad in Brazilian cowboy garb carve beef, pork, and chicken from skewer to plate during unlimited Brazilian steakhouse meals

Authentic Mexican Cuisine for Two or Four at Oscar’s Pinatas (Up to 53% Off)

Oscar's Pinatas

Tewksbury

$35 $17

Chefs sizzle ranchero-style ribs or seafood chimichanga with shrimp and scallops

Pizzas, Sodas, and Mini Golf for Four or Six at Jimmy's Famous Pizza and Golfland USA (Up to 51% Off)

Jimmy's Famous Pizza

Golfland USA

$46.73 $23

(9)

Same windmill, barn, and loop-the-loop from 1969 challenge today's putters on mini golf course; cheese pizzas and soda fuel players

$15 for $30 Worth of Hibachi Food at Thyme Japanese Cuisine

Thyme Japanese Cuisine

North Andover

$30 $15

(63)

Authentic Japanese dishes such as hibachi-grilled steak and seafood, vegetable tempura, udon soup with chicken, and fresh octopus sushi

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Veteran executive chef, Joe Guarino of Red Rock Bistro, devised lunch, brunch, and dinner menus brimming with haute cuisine and fresh-caught seafood. Gazes wander to the restaurant's massive bay window and the expansive beachfront and picturesque skyline vistas beyond before settling on flatbread pizzas bubbling with gourmet cheeses or house-made ricotta gnocchi. Delicate sauces simmered from lemon and thyme, maple bourbon, sweet onion, and other flavors season fillets of seafood and hearty chops of steak and filet mignon. Thursday through Sunday, Red Rock celebrates life with live music, which ricochets from glasses, breaks up Super Soaker fights on the patio, and bounces out across open waters as musicians cook up the sound of blues, rock, and jazz.

141 Humphrey St
Swampscott,
MA
US

In the modern, earth-toned dining room of Nguyen's Vietnamese Cuisine & Sushi Bar, patrons breath in the fragrant scents of pho simmering, and tender slices of Kobe beef grilling. Dishes run the gamut from traditional to inventive. A clay pot, for instance, serves as the setting for simmered salmon and braised tofu, and the beef broth pho comes with all the classic bean sprouts and herbs. Many dishes include surprising ingredients, or a flair for cultural fusion: Wagyu beef is rubbed with Vietnamese spices for the Nguyen's Burger, and all the sushi is made with brown rice. Folks can pair their entrees with a glass of wine and cap off the meal a banana wonton dessert.

286 Humphrey Street
Swampscott,
MA
US

Mildred's Corner Cafe welcomes regulars and new customers alike into a world of quaint Americana, piping-hot pots of coffee, and hearty feasts of homestyle breakfast food. The café’s decor charms first-time visitors with its chrome-lined barstools, chessboard floor, and walls covered in photographs of Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, and other 1940s glamour girls. A cozy seating arrangement invites guests to settle in at a table or share laughs with old buddies and newfound friends at the diner counter. After ordering from the menu of classic dishes and innovative specials, diners dig their forks into pumpkin-infused pancakes, huevos rancheros, or southwest eggs benedict, which seats poached eggs and grilled chorizo atop a bed of crispy home fries sauteed with cactus. The beverage menu boasts 25 different flavors of loose-leaf tea and 16-ounce mugs of fresh coffee.

After their meal, patrons can stroll next door to the Old Soul Gift Shop, which memorializes visits with gifts such as vintage knickknacks and kitchenware. And true to its old-fashioned ambiance, Mildred's only accepts payment in the form of cash or barbershop-quartet routines.

45 Lewis St
Lynn,
MA
US

At Pho Minh Ky, pho is clearly the centerpiece. The Vietnamese eatery features 18 styles of the traditional noodle soup, whose massive bowls come with garnishes of bean sprouts, fresh basil, lime, and a tiny life raft in case the spoon falls in. Of course, soup isn’t the only authentic feature here. Vermicelli, stir fried meats, and cool spring rolls round out the menu, pairing up with such unique drinks as Vietnamese espresso, egg soda, or iced and salted plum soda.

238 Union St
Lynn,
MA
US

Firing up the griddles as early as 6 a.m., Le Petit Cafe’s chefs grill up smoked and cured bacon, flip chocolate flapjacks, and lightly brown three-egg omelets. They serve breakfast all day long till closing time at 2 p.m., but in between, lunchers can gnaw into specialty sandwiches such as roast beef with swiss cheese and russian dressing or warm up with a cup of chowder and a coffee.

23 Munroe St
Lynn,
MA
US

Today, Victoria Station in Salem is unique—but it wasn't always. In 1970, inspired by the landmark Victoria Station in London, three Cornell Hotel School graduates created a restaurant with English touches, such as a bright-red phone booth and authentic train cars they'd turned into dining cars. They opened up in San Francisco, and the business grew. By the 1980s, there were about 100 Victoria Station locations in the United States and around the world. Johnny Cash did a stint as their spokesman.

But the company filed for bankruptcy in 1986. Its rise and fall is documented in Tom Blake's book Prime Rib and Boxcars: Whatever Happened to Victoria Station? The waterfront Salem location was the very last to open, and it's the only one left.

Today, the restaurant has gone in its own direction, drawing inspiration from both the restaurant's past and its current surroundings. Classic New England cuisine and old steak-house favorites mingle comfortably on the menu. The chefs coat haddock in a seasoned cracker crust to bake and serve with chardonnay and fresh lemon juice, and the slow-roasted prime rib that made the original restaurant famous still has a place on the menu. Diners can also order up house favorites, such as lobster mac 'n' cheese with five-cheese béchamel sauce and cornbread shallot crumbs, or they can opt for an Angus burger.

Vic's Boathouse, a bar and lounge, opened in 2010. There, diners can request a local or craft brew, order a martini, or pick from the pub menu. The bar hosts nightly live entertainment, including open-mic sessions, live musicians, and karaoke, which makes for lively evenings without the expense of hiring a DJ for family dinner.

86 Wharf St
Salem,
MA
US

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