Great Escape Restaurant

Downtown Salem

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Former Salem jail now houses restaurant with prison theme and generous portions of pasta, seafood, and steak for lunch or dinner

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$20 for $40 Worth of New American Cuisine

The dinner menu includes bruschetta ($11), lobster and shrimp pomodoro ($23), lemon chicken with roasted potatoes ($22), and the Fisherman risotto with scallops, shrimp, arugula, and parmesan ($24). For lunch, guests can enjoy a buffalo-chicken sandwich ($9) or pasta and salads.

Great Escape Restaurant

The Salem jail, built in 1813, was the home of countless criminals for more than a century; today, it's the home of The Great Escape Restaurant. "Gone are the days of just bread and water…now the meals here are big portions of pasta, seafood, and steak," according to a video by Phantom Gourmet. While previously alcohol was only available when it was smuggled in, today the Great Escape's bartenders mix up prison-themed cocktails like the Orange Jumpsuit and The Commuted Sentence. In addition, complimentary valet service seamlessly escorts guests to the dinner table.

Under high ceilings, black chandeliers illuminate a bar made from recycled cell doors, the jail's original thick granite floor, and cell bars that surround black leather booths. Exposed brick walls are decorated with pop art with cheeky sayings such as "If you can't do the time don't do the crime," though today's guests are more focused on fried calamari than rehabilitation.

Customer Reviews

1391 Ratings

fun restaurant
Dorothee M. · August 14, 2013
The veal in the handcuffs was a little tough/chewy. I still enjoyed it immensely though. We also enjoyed great service with Amanda. We will definitely be back!
Karen W. · August 8, 2013
Perfect double date night with friends. Easy to make a reservation with your very friendly staff, waiter was great, food was delicious. Worth the hour drive to get there and we will be back to try more dishes on the menu!
Julie G. · August 6, 2013
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    Downtown Salem

    50 Saint Peter St.

    Salem, MA 01970


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