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Howling Wolf Taqueria

Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
Mexican, Southwestern
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76 Lafayette St, Salem, MA 01970-7502
11:30 - 01:00
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Sun - Thu 11:30 - 00:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 01:00
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Griffin, Georgia
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Loved the food here, may be time to get a bigger restaurant though. Great portion sizing, the staff was accommodating and nice. The wait is insane especially if you're there for haunted happenings but we expected that, we ended up waiting around 2 and a half hours.

Thank Madi B
Salem, Massachusetts
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13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Awesome food and great service. I have been a number of times and the servers have all been outstanding. This is generally a very busy place, and the servers are still friendly and attentive. One of my favorites here in Salem.

Thank Brendalee B
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

After reading many reviews, we decided this sounded like a great option. We were told it would be a 90 minute wait, but we hung out at the bar and our wait ended up being about an hour. I am so glad we came here. The food and drinks were amazing! I know you can get decent Mexican food anywhere,... More 

Thank Hillary P
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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61 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Stopped in for some tasty beef enchiladas, cheese quesadillas, and a couple cold sodas tonight during our annual visit to Salem for the Halloween festivities. The crowds were crazy, but we were still seated within 20 minutes. TONS of rowdy costumed partiers and the staff took it all in stride. Our server, Cat, was terrific. Three years in a row... More 

Thank Rich B
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

GREAT food WORTH the wait. We waited an hour & a half. In the meantime walked to the Witch House and did some sightseeing for a little over an hour, got back had a drink and it was our turn. The service is great, pretty loud inside but again everything was awesome no complaints.

Thank bianca v
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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165 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

This place had some great local brews on tap and also had delicious food. We sat at the bar and the bartender was not only attentive but amusing. I had the grilled shrimp tacos and my husband enjoyed the fajita quesadilla - both loved our meals. Awesome atmosphere and we wished we had time to eat here more than once.

Thank JennSkellington
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

We went on a busy Saturday in October and decided to wait the 30 min.Thinking it would be worth it,And man were we right.The service were friendly the burritos huge and the horchata to die for.If you're in Salem I would definitely recommend the howling wolf.perfect for lunch.

Thank alex l
Salem, Massachusetts
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30 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

The Wolf is a lively energetic restaurant with great food and superior service. The guys on second floor in my office eat there every Friday at noon time. I join the periodically and always enjoy the meal. You can order just what you want...i like the healthy salad options too. Highly recommend.

Thank Rob L
Wilmington, North Carolina
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

I've been to this place twice now and both times the food has been good. The service is always a little below par but the staff is still friendly, just a little absent minded. This past time I ordered a margarita with no salt and received it WITH salt and our side order of rice and beans was forgotten but... More 

Thank mrsmorrison14
Wakefield, Massachusetts
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38 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

Aside from the need for an upgrade in their AC system during the summer months ( the locals say the ocean breeze is all you need to cool things down. As a recent transplant - I disagree, but is a story for another day and not a drawback from the overall ambience ). The staff from top to bottom are... More 

Thank Don R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Delivery
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Bar Scene, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 01:00
11:30 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 76 Lafayette St, Salem, MA 01970-7502
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Salem
  • Phone Number: 19787449653
New Mexican cuisine

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