To answer couple of common questions; 

Do you take reservations?

No, we do not take reservations.

We are such a small place we are unable to do so - however, we will do our best to seat you as soon as possible when you arrive. During peak times, such as weekends and holidays you many have to wait.  We promise it will be worth it.

Can I bring 15 friends for a birthday party on a Sunday afternoon?

Large parties are a real challenge for us, any more than 12 people and you'll need to be very patient and flexible with us.  Our dining room only seats 30 people total.

What are your hours?


Our hours change with the seasons - please check our home page, or better yet - You can find the freshest Shantastic news on our facebook page.

What is your policy on pets?

Dogs are now welcome again on our patio!

Here is a link to the new rules; these are part of the variance that we received from the City of Salem that will allow your furry friends to dine with you again. Please read them carefully.

Here and here are two articles on the topic from the Salem Patch.

Here is an article from the Boston Globe.

Here is an article on the topic from the Salem Evening News.

After all the hullabaloo - we're just glad that things are back to 'normal'.

 Woof, Woof!

What else can we do when we are in Salem? 

Check out our friends at Creative Salem for all the local insider info, events listings and information on arts and culture in Salem.


Random (BUT IMPORTANT) Facts

The Lobster Shanty was featured on an episode of Diners, Drive-ins & Dives hosted by Guy Fieri on the Food Network. Our show was titled Wings, Dogs & Claws. The menu items featured were the Pulled Pork, Guinness Marinated Steak Tips & the Lobstertini.

The Shanty was also selected as a Hidden Jewel by the Phantom Gourmet.

We are a seasonal restaurant because we have a seasonal liquor license. We close on January 15th and re-open on April 1st. Were closed for 10 short weeks a year. Yes, we are open after Halloween.

Did you love your visit?  Please show us some love on Yelp or TripAdvisor.   

Didn't like your visit?  Please tell us A.S.A.P. and we'll do our best to fix the problem.  A bad Yelp review because you had to wait in a long line in Salem in October is a bit short-sighted and cruel - just sayin'.  

Our patio chairs are brittle; some are quite old. Don't tip in them, you may get hurt.

As a courtesy to our adult patrons, no one under 21 is allowed to sit at the bar. Also, once our kitchen is closed, the Lobster Shanty is strictly 21+.

Billy Costa’s TV Diner on NECN featured our Wicked Spicy Crab Cake in a recent episode.

We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone at any time. We follow McSorley's golden rule "Be Good or Be Gone".

 Although we are just a tiny shanty, we do our best to buy locally, recycle everything we can and compost all of our organic waste

We have a small selection of T-shirts, long sleeved shirts, and hoodies available for sale. If you have enough time, we can even do special orders for you.