Malden >Food & Dining > Salem Wood Cafe
385 Salem St, Malden, MA | Directions 0214842.431044 -71.054605
SUN, TUES, WEDS - 11AM to 8PM
THURS, FRI, SATURDAY 12PM to 9PM
Awesome! Especially the bartender!!!!! – Went on a nice evening, was a bit crowded but we sat at the bar where a "Hottie" bartender named Debbie served us quickly and with a pretty smile....the bartender was the capper on a great dinner. We wanted to ask her if she'd be our waitress too, but I guess that would be a little much to ask. Honestly the most beautiful "40-something" we've ever had the pleasure to meet. Food is plentiful and good, excellent Chicken Parm, seafood fantastic....and the price is right. Definitely worth the trip, especially when Debbie is on duty!!!!!
extremely poor, rude, sarcastice, uncaring service – Service was horrendous!!!! She could not have been much ruder or snapped with any more sarcasm. Waitress would not take our order until she had taken another order 1st (all food cooked to order is great) 1/2 hour wait to put in your order when there are only 5 tables in the place is ridiculous since 1/2 the tables were already eating!!!!!! Everything was a project. food was ok for the price....there was alot, but the quality was very average! Too many other much better restaurants with waitstaff that at least acts like they give a !$@#)
Great Food, Service has improved! – My wife and I have visited Salem Wood several times since my last reveiw and I am very happy to report that they have gotten their act together and the service is markedly improved. The food is still fantastic and well worth the trip. We live in Woburn and manage to get there at least every other month. Try it you will not be sorry. Don't forget to print the coupon that is on this listing. I always forget, but it is still a value and good dining experience without the discount coupon.
Thank you for your feedback and continued patronage. Our promise to you is that we value your business and will strive to meet your expectation. We do try our best to provide the BEST food, fresh and cooked to order. I am sorry to hear that the service you experienced was anything less than exceptional. Please call me (Sheryl) directly at 781 324 4488 to discuss your paticular circumstances so that we can get better. We would like the chance to serve you and your friends again at our cost.
Entrees are delicious and dessert is home-made – I found this place on City Search one weekday night when my guy and I were looking for some good food at a low-key place for reasonable prices. I am SO glad i found it! The appetizers were typical american bar food (wings, mozzarella sticks, etc.) but the entrees are so yummy! This is a family-owned place and everything is cooked to order - which i love! My guy had the surf & turf - perfectly marinated grilled tips were delicious (and reheated well the next day). And I had the lobster ravioli - no skimping on lobster, cream sauce was phenomenal, and plenty of medium sized shrimp on top! Portions are good sized - enough to take home for lunch the next day. Drinks were good and strong too. The waitstaff is very friendly and efficient. We can't wait to go back! This is a great little local place... My only regret is that our printer wasn't working so I couldn't print the 25% off coupon! They do need that to give you the discount - but it's not like the bill was outrageous anyway....
I love This Place!!!!! – Oh My Goodness.........The steak tips are the best! They always cook them so perfect. I have had lots of other meals too everything I've tried is awesome. The wait staff is so friendly, very attentive too. I am a regular so I go there alot by myself and feel so comfortable. I would totally recommend Salem Wodd Cafe.
Top Family Owned Restaurant in Malden with friendly service and generous portions at affordable prices! – My wife and I moved to Malden in Sept 2006, and we dine at the Salem Wood Cafe once a month. We will dine there more once I get into another professional position. Wow, the Salem Wood Cafe has a very down-to-earth and friendly waitstaff. I went there for my birthday in December and had an outstanding time. I could have gone anywhere including Legal Seafoods in Burlington, but I am happy I went to the Salem Wood Cafe. I love their surf 'n turf. Plenty of steak tips and I had the haddock with it. Plus, a huge side order of linguini came with it. The salad was good too. We were able to take the linguini home with us. We are so full that we never get to order dessert. My wife and I don't drink so we only wait in the bar section until a table is ready. We try to go there during mid-week. We have invited different friends on different occasions to join us. One of them was a vegetarian, and he was able to find something he loved on the menu and it wasn't a "veggie burger" either. The 25% off coupon is outstanding, and we don't bring it all the time. The restaurant isn't a "tuxedo and gown" dining place. Instead, the place is superb for great selections of food with big quantities at a very affordable price. Can't beat that and that's why it is easily my favorite restaurant in the area. I really have had a great time at the Salem Wood Cafe each time I was there. I have taken my sister to join us, and she loved it too. If you are in Malden, MA, I'd recommend the place over the other restaurants. I have eaten there on Saturday nights and there was about a twenty minute wait, but it went fast. The dress is casual, but some people dress up too. I have always found a space in the parking lot even on Saturday early evenings. There are many good food choices on the menu, and I wish I could try a different one each time. However, I love the surf 'n turf the best. This family owned restaurant is the best, and I have eaten at many places in the Boston area. Jay. Malden, MA.
Best secret in town – I have lived in Malden my whole life so I was shocked to discover that this place had changed ownership and is as good as it is! We stopped in on Saturday night not sure of what the wait would be, we waited approximately 20-30 mins. While waiting we had a drink and took in the local hubbub. We started out with a nice salad and delicious salad dressing. I had the baked stuffed haddock which was out of this world and my boyfriend had the chicken parmigiana. His "platter" came out and we gasped at the size! He loved it! We were too full to take in one of the desserts. This is our new favorite place, and they WANT you to use the coupon!
A superior VALUE restaurant – We went there because of a newspaper coupon offering a 25% discount (that they honored.)
Being Saturday night the wait was about 20 minutes as estimed. In talking with other waiting patrons (all regulars), and a few seated at the bar, we experienced their universal acclaim for the restaurant.
We started with a crabcake appetizer that was too heavy on the bread and too light on the crabmeat but it still tasted good. Next they brought us warm, crisp rolls and salads -- both enjoyable. Our entrees included the surf and turf for me (broiled haddock and steak tips) while my wife had the broiled seafood trio. These meals had excellent flavor and the tips were cooked perfectly medium-rare per my request. For my side dish I had ziti with their house tomato 'gravy'. Note: If you get it out of a jar it's called 'sauce'. But if you make it from scratch homesyle it's earns the distinction of being 'gravy'. Their gravy was as good as we have at home, an excellent compliment to the cooks. Another worthwhile feature of this place is they offer 1/2 carafes of wine.
For dessert we had tiramisu and rice custard that were delicious. They are quick to refill your coffee cups as needed.
The tables are carefully cleaned between diners and the restrooms are in perfect order.
What more can you ask for? Excellent food in large portions, economical pricing, and cleanliness.
Good quality food - but nothing special – My boyfriend and I stopped in here on a Saturday afternoon for a late lunch. The place was deserted, although a couple people did come in after we had been there for awhile. The waitress was nice, definitely "old school," but relatively friendly. I had the "Triple-X Ceasar Salad," and I have no idea what the triple-X stands for. It was fine, not particularly huge, and literally covered in croutons. My BF had the steak tips; these were excellent - cooked perfectly, tender and tasty, with yummy fries. All this and a coke for $20 including a generous tip. Great value I think.
awesome food – The food here is unbelieveable...my wife and I loved the ambience, as well as the amazing service. Overall...amazing
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