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Awful Arthur's

131 E Main St, Salem, VA 24153-3804
+1 540-404-4488
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  • Excellent27%
  • Very good39%
  • Average17%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible7%
14 Jan 2018
“Fast Service, Yummy Food”
17 Dec 2017
“Decent Food”
Closed Now
American, Bar, Seafood
££ - £££
131 E Main St, Salem, VA 24153-3804
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Reviewed 6 days ago

I've had a love affair with Awful Arthur's for decades after my first visit to their Nags Head, NC restaurant. The oysters are beyond awesome - always steamed exactly the way I love them - with butter, Old Bay, and hot sauce! Crab legs are...More

Thank Tina C
Reviewed 14 January 2018

Talked to Jeff, our waiter. Can you get me out of here in 35-40 minutes? Yes, I can. Drinks came quickly. Food next. Check on table as we were eating. Left in 38 minutes. Great service!!!!

Thank 421judithj
Reviewed 17 December 2017 via mobile

We came here Friday night with some family in from Florida. I ordered the prime rib, which was okay. The wife got the 1/2 lb. of crab legs, she said they were good. Overall, portions were good, service was great. Betsy was our main server...More

Thank Jeffrey O
Reviewed 14 October 2017 via mobile

New downtown Salem location with a makeover. Thursday is buy 1/2 pound shrimp and get a 1/2 free. Tuesday is the same deal for crab legs. I haven’t tried the crab legs but the shrimp were delicious. Waitress was awesome and took very good care...More

Thank lifeisgoodatthelake
Reviewed 22 July 2017 via mobile

went thursday before the jamie johnson show. we enjoyed out food and the waitress was super attentive to all our needs. we enjoyed our dinner!

Thank 24gregoryd
Reviewed 18 July 2017

We had a fantastic time & great meal at the new Awful Arthur's downtown Salem this evening! We are long time Tuesday night 2 for 1 Crab leg lovers & after only being open 2 days our meal was the best ever. Lucky us, got...More

Thank Amelia G
Reviewed 18 May 2017 via mobile

Was in town and two in our party love fried oysters so off we went. The oysters were very good - whole oysters, cleaned well and the breading was good. They were cooked well - not over or under cooked. The crab cake was also...More

Thank TNfamilyatlarge
Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

We took advantage of the steamed shrimp special . Large amount for good price . Enjoyed the trivia and entertainment. Good wait staff. Treat yourself.

Thank Travlinmam
Reviewed 29 August 2016

Great food and service. It's kind of a bar science so it's loud. Pool and darts going on. But it's good. I'd go back

Thank Tim R
Reviewed 26 August 2016

Very good menu selection. Great apps and entrees. Raw bar selection very good. Everything served fresh. Service is very good as well.

Thank Randy M
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$18
Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 131 E Main St, Salem, VA 24153-3804
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Salem
  • Phone Number: +1 540-404-4488
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Come for the food, stay for the fun! Awful Arthur's has been serving up some of Southwest Virginia's finest seafood ever since the Historic Downtown Roanoke location opened in 1994. Boasting an abundant supply of fresh fish and the areas most complete raw bar, as well as steaks, pastas, salads and sandwiches, there's no better place to enjoy the big game or catch local live entertainment. We also have Diamond pool tables in the pool table area, free WiFi and raw bar specials Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights. Shuckin' seven days a week for lunch and dinner. Check out our website to see what's happening this month.
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