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Salem: 62 on Wharf

62 Wharf St , Phone: 603-744-8579
Closing day: Monday

Reviewed by: rkorchid from NH, review #3740

When: 2011

It did not live up to our expectations.

Directions: On the loop of Pickering Wharf in the waterfront district off Derby St.

We had high hopes for this restaurant on our June visit to Salem based on its website and diner reviews. Unfortunately it did not work out for us.

We had changed our dinner reservation to an earlier hour because a schooner sail was canceled due to the cold, wet weather. This may have been a mistake on our part as we were still somewhat full from lunch.

We ordered drinks. The Bellini was humdrum. Although it was nice to see a Sazerac on the menu, it was rough and coarse.

Then we were told that despite our extensive research on their web site the menu of small dish tapas was now only served at the bar. So we made do with some dishes on the appetizer menu. The web site does now list these as a bar item and it could have been my misreading, but the waitress did make it sound like a recent change.

The arugula salad did have all the listed ingredients (prosciutto, cheese, almonds, dates, etc.) but they just seemed stacked together. It also came with unmentioned onions which were easily, if inconveniently, removed.

The chickpea fritters were just not good. Bites alternated between smooth and interesting and chunky and unpleasant. Frankly the four deep fried sticks were very overcooked if not downright burnt. The date compote was interesting but very sweet.

The crust of the pizzetta was light and crispy. The pancetta was elusive. The mushrooms were tough. The whole slice was covered with shaved parmigiano which was tasteless.

The three dishes, two drinks, and a glass of Prosecco came to $64.

I am not rating the restaurant as not recommended as I think our poor experience was partially our own fault. And the dinner menu of entrees looks attractive for those with larger appetites. But there are more pleasant restaurants on Pickering Wharf and elsewhere in Salem.

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