fresh, simple, modern food.
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 outdoor patio seating for 30. The bar, lounge, lunch, and dinner service are open to the public Tuesday through Sunday.
Executive Chef Justin Perdue has created a menu celebrating regional New England flavors, featuring clever starters, breads, and main dishes, as well as handmade pasta dishes crafted with our traditional pasta-making machine.
Counter is for the people of our small but vibrant city as well as for those passing through to gather over conversation, cocktails, and great food.
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!
The Hotel Salem
209 Essex Street,
Salem, MA, 01970
Lite Menu: 2:30pm-5pm
Last call: 12:15 pm
CLOSED ON MONDAYS
Specials & Events
Galentine’s day brunch
February 10, 11am–3pm
Celebrate the best women in your life with a boozy brunch. We’ll have a special menu, cocktails, and Kakawa Chocolate giving samples of both their chocolate and hot chocolate.
February 17, 6pm–9pm
Join us for Latin Night every other Sunday night in The Cellar! $10 gets you a lesson and time to show off your new skills. Gregory Cole will be teaching Salsa, Bachata, and Kizomba. Beginners and Intermediate students welcome.
Salem magic Theater
Every Tuesday, 7–8:30pm
Anton James Andresen, the Official Magician of Salem, will be performing in The Lounge every week!
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.
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.
Closed for the season, reopening in May 2019.
Best of the Northshore 2018
Chef Justin Perdue takes inspiration from the counter restaurants of old, including their desserts…The end results are exquisite plates that round out any meal.
The Winter 2017-2018 Restaurant Opening Guide: North Shore
The Hotel Salem opened in late 2017, and a New American restaurant called Counter opened soon after on the ground floor as “a modern take on a lunch counter.”
New Eateries Spring Up Throughout the North Shore
The department store lunch counters of the 1950s and 1960s inspired one of Salem's newest eateries, Counter Kitchen and Bar, which opened this winter.
The Hotel Salem debuts Modern Kitchen and Bar
Counter, a modern American restaurant, is now open in the heart of Salem, Mass.
Counter at The Hotel Salem
Mid-century modern décor meets modern American cuisine at this vibrant new restaurant
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.