breakfast & lunch in salem, ma

Set in the historic Newmark building in the heart of downtown Salem, Counter is our modern take on a lunch counter with a dining experience rooted in fresh, simple, modern food.

Our Salem restaurant features an open-concept kitchen and dining for 50 on the first floor of The Hotel Salem and seasonal outdoor patio seating for 30. The bar, lounge, breakfast, lunch, and bar service are open to the public daily.

Executive Chef Justin Perdue has created a menu celebrating regional New England flavors featuring casual breakfast items, clever starters, breads, and main dishes.

Counter is for the people of our small but vibrant city as well as for those passing through to gather over conversation, house-made baked goods, and great food. Eat in or take your meal to go!

We are honored to be a part of the Salem restaurant fold and the growing culinary scene, and we look forward to serving you.

Counter now offers gift cards! Purchase online or stop by to pick one up.

Photography by Freebird Photography



(978) 451-4818


Located at

The Hotel Salem
209 Essex Street,
Salem, MA, 01970


FAll Hours

Monday & Tuesday
Breakfast: 7AM–10AM
Lunch: 11AM–14PM

Breakfast: 7AM–10AM
All-Day Menu: 11AM–10PM

Interested in dinner? Join us on The Roof while the weather is great!



Group Executive Chef Justin Perdue

Originally from a small town in Wisconsin, Justin Perdue was hired to oversee a number of Lark Hotels restaurants and has lent his creative energy to creating a new menu for Counter and The Roof at The Hotel Salem, while also overseeing Eli’s Tavern in Falmouth, Massachusetts.

Before joining Lark Hotels, Justin worked within the Hotel Sofitel group as an Executive Chef, at both the Chicago and Philadelphia locations. Prior to his stints with Sofitel, Chef Perdue worked in many renowned kitchens, including Bobby Flay's Bar Americain where he honed his skills while attending NYC’s International Culinary Center, NoMi inside the Park Hyatt Chicago, and Topolobampo, where he gained experience under famed chef Rick Bayless.  

With a passion for both the industry and the creativity he encounters every day, Justin brings years of inspiration and education to his newest position as Executive Chef of Counter and The Roof. When he isn’t working, Justin is based in Vermont where he tackles the scenic parks and trails of Stowe alongside his wife and two dogs.  

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The Hotel Salem is a vibrant and one-of-a-kind accommodation on the North Shore of Boston. This 44-room boutique Salem hotel is now open in the middle of the action on the bustling Essex Street pedestrian mall in the city center.

Housed in a former high-end clothing store space, our lively Salem MA hotel features mid-century modern décor with vintage, retail-inspired touches that embrace its stylish past. Inspired by the New England department stores of yesteryear, our decor mixes midcentury modern design with funky details from stores in the ’50s and ’60s. Our Salem hotel truly pays homage to the last gasp of the downtown anchor store—before the days of strip malls and big-box chains.



Unique among Salem restaurants, The Roof offers Salem’s only rooftop bar and restaurant serving the necessities—strong drinks and simple food. Located at the top of The Hotel Salem, this seasonal dining space features an outdoor kitchen and expansive views of Salem’s cobblestone streets and bustling harbor. Here you can find some of the best-crafted cocktails in the area, as well as tacos, ceviche, and oysters.

Open seven days a week, weather dependent.



Counter is committed to providing equal access to its goods, services, and accommodations for individuals with disabilities. Please note that we are currently making accessibility enhancements to our Salem restaurant's website. If you need any information or assistance we are available by telephone at (978) 451-4818 to provide anything that you may need.