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  • Email us: info@rockafellasofsalem.com

About

Rockafellas is a premier casual restaurant in historic downtown Salem, MA with superior food, drinks, entertainment and service.

Our menu features a variety of fine dishes for any palate, including fresh seafood, Black Angus steaks, refreshing salads, and gourmet pizza. We carry a wide selection of choice beer and wine to complement each meal.

Our expansive, full-service bar is the perfect place to enjoy one of our specialty drinks and a few Bar Bites with friends. Enjoy live entertainment including rock, salsa, country, jazz, and big band in a comfortable, charming setting. Join us for lunch, dinner, or a night on the town!

Let us host your special occasions and functions. Rockafellas often reserves tables for guests celebrating birthdays, wedding rehearsals and holiday parties. You can rest assured that we will take care of all the details before you arrive and provide a memorable experience for your special occasion.

Rockafellas restaurant was established in the famous Daniel Low Building in 2003, founded by Terence Marchino, Kevin Marchino, and David McKillop. We can host up to 240 guests during the warmer months with our outdoor café.

We welcome your questions and feedback! Please call 978.745.2411 or contact us for more information or to make a reservation.

    Awards & Recognitions:

  • Salem Gazette Reader’s Choice Award 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
    “Best Steakhouse, Bar, Regional Restaurant”
  • Salem Chowdafest 2004, 2005
  • Salem Chamber of Commerce “Best New Business 2004”
  • Beautification of Salem – City & Garden Club

History

The cornerstone of the Daniel Low building was placed on April 27, 1826 by the members of Salem’s First Church. In a space beneath the cornerstone was deposited a silver plate bearing the names of past and current ministers of the congregation. Silver was to remain an important part of the building’s history.

From the beginning, the church used the second floor of the building for worship and rented out the ground floor to various commercial ventures to help pay for building and maintenance. Among the tenants was a crockery, glass and china shop owned by William Bowditch, a dry goods store owned by Edwin Ide and a ladies’ furnishing store owned by John P. Peabody. In the 1860s and 1870s the National Exchange Bank was the tenant, adding the vault and double depth windows, features still in place today.

In 1867, Daniel Low opened his jewelry business in a corner room, but soon took over the entire first floor. Low started the mail order business in 1892 after his company began manufacturing and selling a silver souvenir witch spoon by advertising in many national publications. The response to that item prompted him to create one of the first mail order catalogs. Low died in 1911 and was succeeded by his son Seth who ran the business until he died in 1939 and by Seth’s widow Florence until the mid 1950s. Seth was responsible for the creation of a grand staircase between the first and second floors which has since been demolished.

Rockafellas Restaurant is popular with local residents and tourists alike for a casual brunch, lunch, or dinner in the dining room or drinks with friends at its wide classic bar.

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