About Turner's Seafood - Salem
Turner's Seafood at Lyceum Hall Salem is an authentic New England fish house in a beautifully restored historical location with a turn of the century oyster bar, classic full bar, fireplaces and more! From the docks to your plate, experience the most trusted name in New England seafood.
Turner's operates on a requested seating list, so your name is on our list for tables estimated to open about the time of your request. Please check in with the host upon arrival and we do our best to seat you within 15 min.
Hours of Operation:
7 days a week
Lunch: Sunday - Saturday 11:00 - 4:00
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday 4:00 - 9:00
Dinner: Friday & Saturday: 4:00 - 10:00
Fresh Fish Market Open Daily 10:00 am to close
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Parking in the public lot is free after 6 pm every day and on Sundays and Holidays
Salem Depot Commuter Rail Train Station is located one block North of 43 Church Street
Private Party Facilities:
Decorated in a timeless New England style, our Private Event Hall fills with natural light from large windows overlooking the beauty and grandeur of historic Salem. The venue features exposed brick, rustic wood floors and vaulted wood-beam ceilings. This historic landmark is a unique, private space – perfect for functions as varied as anniversary celebrations and rehearsal dinners to medical meetings and corporate events; achieve a successful dinner or social function complemented by authentic New England hospitality. Our Loft Room can accommodate up to 40 guests while The Ballroom can seat up to 80 guests for any special occasion.
Private Party Contact:
Andrew Hirschfeld: 978-745-7665x
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
Turner's Seafood - Salem Ratings and Reviews
Excellent food and service.
Excellent food and service.
The crab cake sandwich was absolutely am ...
The crab cake sandwich was absolutely amazing!!!
Good food but very noisy. Couldn't have ...
Good food but very noisy. Couldn't have a quiet conversation.
Very disappointed this time. We have be ...
Very disappointed this time. We have been on two previous occasions which were very good all around. This night they moved us from table to table before settling on one. It was in the bar area and extremely noisy. The food was not well prepared and even a dish we had had previously was not at all as good this time. Our wait person was inattentive and not at all available. Also very abrupt when serving and taking orders. There were 6 of us and all very unhappy this evening.
Been here many times. We not come again ...
Been here many times. We not come again on a Saturday night. Too noisy. Service not good. Food good. Week day lunch or early dinner is very nice. A bit disappointed.
Beware Saturday dinner
After having a nice lunch here last year, we decided to bring friends for dinner on Saturday evening. We arrived on-time for our reservation at 5:45 which we thought would be early enough to get ahead of the crowds. Wrong! The hostess was brusque, said there was no table available, gave me a bar ticket, and suggested we have a drink while we wait for an unspecified delay. I thought perhaps she was comping us for the lack of a table. Wrong! Half an hour later we were seated. The waiter seemed harried and suggested we immediately listen to his recitation of the specials now while he had a moment as otherwise he might not have the time later. Subsequently, a different waiter arrived with a second round of drinks without our ever having ordered same. After we did finally order, our waiter reappeared at our table telling us that he much preferred his restaurant job in Boston's North End over this place and then announcing that he was now burdened with a party of 15 and therefore could not pay any attention to us. Later, various helpers appeared at the table with dishes in hand asking who was having what (that always annoys me). No one ever returned to ask if we wanted anything else to drink. Naive me, I thought perhaps someone would apologize for the woeful service we received from when we opened the door to when I paid the check. Wrong! The seafood we ordered was good. The service was near the worst we have experienced. We will never return!
Good first experience. Nice space to din ...
Good first experience. Nice space to dine in. Great lobster bisque and crab cakes.
Made a reservation a week in advance for ...
Made a reservation a week in advance for a special occasion. While we were late for our reservation (event ran late), we called 30 minutes before to notify Turners. We were seated quickly but after at least 15 minutes, I had to ask someone flying by if we even had a server to which we were told they forgot to assign the table to someone. The hostess or manager (?) took our drink order but we had to wait another 20 minutes and again get someone's attention to put in appetizers. Still no actual server has greeted us. Waited another 25 minutes (with no sign of the apps) and had to again ask to put in our food order. It seemed as though the appetizer server reluctantly took our table. There were not enough small plates on the table and the food runner took half of our silverware away. The meal is brought out by 3 different people with yet another person retrieving condiments for us. Had to ask for additional silverware. By the end of the meal, while the food was delicious and fresh, I had such a sour taste in my mouth for what was supposed to be a joyous graduation lunch with my family.
To start my family shared the mussels cooked provencal style, Turner's clam chowder, and scallops wrapped in bacon. For lunch, between all of us, we ordered the shrimp and grits, fish and chips, shrimp fra diavolo, linguine with white claim sauce, shrimp scampi, and steak sandwich. Everything was delicious and came out at the same time except for the shrimp scampi. That dish came out about 10 mins after everyone else. Although you can tell that they were on top of the delay. Very happy with the food and experience. Will definitely go back next time we're in the area.
We missed our reservation for 9, they called to arrange a table for later that was ready when we arrived. Service was perfect, server was funny, food was wonderful.
We are spending our second honeymoon her ...
We are spending our second honeymoon here in town. We saw this restaurant and decided to give it a try. The moment we walked in we were seated. Later that evening, there was a bit of a wait. The waiter asked if there were any allergies and when I said yes, he sent the manager right away to come and talk with me. I told her I would like the Baked Seafood platter as my first choice had peppers in it. My entree was delicious. The bread was tasty. Our drinks were prepared and brought promptly. Our waiter checked on us a few times but since he asked about a special occasion and we told him it was our second honeymoon, he kept an eye on us from a distance so we could have time to talk. We could not eat dessert because most of them were on my restricted list. Our waiter suggested a nearby bakery but he did not know if it was open. It was a kind thought but it was not open. I bet the desserts would have been delicious though. I wanted the raspberry cheesecake, but it had a chocolate crust--and no chocolate for me! It was a great evening--romance and all.
Outstanding menu choices and food was e ...
Outstanding menu choices and food was exceptional! Out waiter was wonderful the entire meal! Service was top notch! Fabulous experience!
Saturday Night at Turner's
Had a reservation for 6:00 PM and was seated by 6:15 PM. Very attentive wait staff. Ordered special Halibut dish that was excellent. My wife enjoyed her baked stuffed shrimp dinner. Excellent martinis and dessert. A truly enjoyable evening in historic Salem. Have already recommended Turner's to friends and relatives for exceptional seafood dining.
Turner's Seafood disappointing
When I looked online, most of the reviews were very good for Turner's Seafood. We were meeting friends in Salem and having dinner after going to the museum. We were all exited about the seafood. I'd say that 90% of our food wasn't good, bland and boring. We were all disappointed and one sent her food back. I don't know if this was an off-night but I wouldn't try it again.
The service was terrible. Good took fore ...
The service was terrible. Good took forever to come as tables who came after got served.mbefote we did. They brought the wrong dishes twice with no apology. Food was ok, portions were large, but frankly food is better at Legals.
Best Seafood in Salem
In an area teeming with delicious seafood options, Turner's stands head and shoulders above the rest. Great drink selection and a diverse menu while keeping seafood classics (raw bar, fried seafood, & lobster rolls) in the mix. Will come back regularly as long as they are open.
Very busy but timely service. Do make reservations
We arrived ahead of our reservation so we're offered a seat at the bar where we ordered our appys. Clams Casino - excellent! Both our meals were very good, but the Lobster Pie stole our hearts <3 Over the moon delicious!
Very, very underwhelmed. Slow service, ...
Very, very underwhelmed. Slow service, weak drinks, average food. Very disappointed in the evening as we were looking forward. Loved the Lyceum that used to be there- will not return.
Great fish, not such great service
Visiting Salem, Turners was suggested as a great fish and seafood restaurant. The fish couldn't have tasted fresher or more delicious. The side sauces and vegetables were amazing. Too bad our waiter, Rob, was such a crotchety guy. He reduced what would have been an all 5 star dinner and experience to what I wrote. I would certainly go back and highly suggest it (if you are able to request another server).
We visited Turner's on vacation and ever ...
We visited Turner's on vacation and everything we ordered was AMAZING!!! I HIGHLY recommend eating here if visiting Salem! Some of the BEST food I've ever had in my life!!!
Definitely a restaurant to try
My husband loves Finn and Haddie and he was so disappointed it wasn't on the lunch menu and I mentioned it to our waitress and she said she would be happy to check in the kitchen to see if they could make it. She came back and said "no problem". She was not only helpful but she was so sweet and had a great personality. I had the baked salmon and it was delicious, cooked to perfection. My husband loved the Finn and Haddie and also thought the waitress was great. We will definitely be back with friends and family. Judy
Best seafood we have had in awhile. Exce ...
Best seafood we have had in awhile. Excellent and attentive service from all staff. Great way to spend Mothers Day!
Great Mother's Day
We brought my mom here for the special day. We had reservations which I would recommend especially for dinner. It was crowded but organized. The food was great. Local seafood and new England favorites. The chowda is delicious as well as the cod cakes. The baked scrod was the best we've had in a very long time. My dad had the baked shrimp and he scraped his plate. All in all very enjoyable experience.
Took my mother and girlfriend here on Mother's Day. Everyone has positive reviews about Turner's, so I'm guessing it was just a bad day. Ordered a cup of clam chowder and barely anything was in it. It tasted good, but just had bits of clams and potatoes. Followed that with a clam plate. It was like eating batter, just skinny little clams. Didn't have one belly on the entire plate. My mother's cheaper clam roll had at least 5 full belly clams but my entire clam plate didn't even have one. To be fair, I'm not one to complain, so I didn't say anything. I'm sure they would have taken care of it, but overall it was a disappointing experience.
I received a gift card almost 2 years ago and have been back to Turners in Salem probably 15+ times. It's a favorite spot for me and my husband and we have brought many friends and family too.
Celebrating a friend's birthday.
The restaurant was louder than I expected, but the food was good. Service was great.
Girls night out
We were a group of 6 and we all enjoyed our night. Our server was so nice and everyone enjoyed their meal.
Reliably good seafood
I've been to Turners with work mates and with family. Each time the seafood was very good. The portions are good. The beer and wine selections were quite good. The service is quite good. I order the smoked haddock, a traditional dish that is hard to find these days. It was very good, as as the seafood medley I got last time. All in all I think everyone I have gone with has been very happy with their dinners. The only minor drawback is the waits for table tend to be longish. I suppose they are victims of their success.
Great menu--lots of variety, both standa ...
Great menu--lots of variety, both standard DNC mire unusual items. Our portions were generous , the quality outstanding. We ordered Portuguese soup, Cesar salad, stuffed shrimp and bouillabaisse, all great. Wine list is adequate, reasonably priced. Can't wait to return.
Great service and seafood
Our server (Dan) was helpful and fast. The dining room was cozy and pretty quiet for a Friday night. Our apps, steak, and seafood main course dishes were delicious. The only disappointment was a watery and bland apple crisp - hoping this was just an off-dessert and an aberration (the chocolate lava cake was awesome).
Great food, Great fun!
We went for a birthday dinner with 6 friends. We all ordered different dishes, and all were excellent! Our server, Daniel, was friendly, attentive and made some great suggestions. We would definitely go back.
So very good
Really liked Turner's and would go back in a flash if we were in the area again. LOVED the lobster bisque and the clam chowder was good too. My linguine and white calm sauce entree was awesome. My husband had pasta with a spicy sauce that he liked too and said was quite spicy. We also enjoyed a calamari appetizer the waiter recommended. Really liked our waiter and felt that price was very reasonable for what we got.
Turner's is a wonderful restaurant! Try it!!
I would highly recommend this restaurant. The food is terrific. The atmosphere is very inviting. The staff does its best to make it a wonderful experience. I would make a reservation as this place can get very busy very quickly. Hope you have a chance to go there.
Great atmosphere, OK food
Atmosphere was great. The staff was very well trained and accommodating. The food was just OK. For example, I had the bouillabaisse. There was not much in the way of flavor in the broth, and the fish, scallop, clams, etc. were quite overcooked. The oysters Rockefeller were quite tasty, however.
Our Favorite for Seafood
In a city with many outstanding seafood restaurants, Turner Seafood is our favorite, especially for lobster pie! Our family recently went on a Friday night to celebrate a birthday and enjoyed perfectly cooked scallops, swordfish and the best lobster pie on the North Shore. Our server was very attentive and helpful and quickly brought an item we requested. Our son enjoyed watching the bartender shaking his cocktails and we enjoyed drinking them!
I had raw oysters and clams as appetizers for lunch, and more oysters for dinner. I enjoyed scrumptuous bouillabaisse for dinner. The oysters were fresh and flavorful. The lunch presentation of oysters on the half shell was superior to the dinner- better shucking at lunch, no cuts or broken shell, and the adductor muscle was cleanly cut. Not so on the evening meal, which was a bit disappointing. I am an oyster guy, so finicky about the quality of product and presentation. I would definitely go back and loved the overall quality of food, atmosphere and friendly waitstaff.
Tuna Burger with crunch salad(up charge) ...
Tuna Burger with crunch salad(up charge). My daughter loves the pemaquid oysters at the raw bar.
Great atmosphere. Quality and selection ...
Great atmosphere. Quality and selection of seafood was excellent!
We booked reservations for our anniversary and everything was perfect from the time we walked in to when we left. It was a wonderful anniversary experience. Thank you Turners
Great lively atmosphere, server was grea ...
Great lively atmosphere, server was great, but it seemed he was waitng too many tables--he did a great job, and fod was very good.
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