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Gulu-Gulu Cafe

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247 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970-3401
+1 978-740-8882
08:00 - 01:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 01:00
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6 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Went to Salem with my s/o for our anniversary and stopped in at the Gulu-Gulu café most mornings for coffee as well as the occasional evening pick me up. Great energy, great atmosphere, great menu, would love to go back.

Thank SimplySarabeth
St. Catharines, Canada
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stumbled upon this place while visiting Salem in December. I was looking for a hot drink to go which they offered but we decided to take a seat. There are both tables and couches to pick from. I grabbed a trivia game to play while we waited for our drinks (which was very quick). My parents and I ordered... More 

York, United Kingdom
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88 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a fantastic place! We found this little gem through the good reviews on Tripadvisor. It's a chic lounge/bar/restaurant where people meet, work and even (on the table next to us) conduct a job interview! It has a rustic feel and a mix of wood tables and chairs and low tables with couches. Service was swift, polite and humorous -... More 

Thank AlanKit
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Loved the decor and kitschiness of the place. Also loved the crepes (which are hard to find where I live) so that was nice. Great place to bring a laptop and chill, or get some writing done.

Thank Stephanie R
Brockton, Massachusetts
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184 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

We stopped in on a Sunday for lunch. No waiting ( it is seat yourself). The place was pretty busy so we ended up sitting at a long table that would probably fit 16 with a few other groups of people. The wait between when our order was taken and when we got it wasn't long at all. 10 minutes... More 

Thank CrystalN320
Griffin, Georgia
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

Loved Gulu-Gulu, we came back twice. The hot chocolate and coffee were amazing and nice to look at. The waffles were great too, we got them with bananas. The atmosphere was nice and calm too, at least early in the morning.

Thank Madi B
Jim Thorpe PA
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016 via mobile

When in Salem MA looking for a comfortable great tasting lunch, good beer, catch a WiFi signal and not get ripped off. Try the Gulu Gulu Cafe, I had a beer flight with four different 5 ounce beers and the Gullash ! Braised beef and seasonally really hits the spot with many other things on the menu that looked just... More 

Thank Joseph J
GuluGuluCafe, General Manager at Gulu-Gulu Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you so much! So glad to hear we did right by you. Hope you visit us again should you find yourself returning to Salem. More 

Vilnius, Lithuania
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

A real good spot to sit cozy and eat well while chatting with your friend. Friendly staff, good vibes, not-too-bad prices and food is super yummy! I personally ate salads and had no chance of regretting it! Come by if you are around!

Thank Juozis
Guadalajara, Mexico
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21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

Great place to have brunch in Salem, very nice, comfortable and delicious meal. The service is excellent and the menu is very tasty. Ideal to go with friends or family.

Thank Anfibio0686
GuluGuluCafe, General Manager at Gulu-Gulu Cafe, responded to this review

So glad to hear we're doing right by you! Thank you for the thoughtful review. Hope to see you soon! -- Laura More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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58 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016 via mobile

This place is a definite favorite of ours. Whether is just the two of us, or the whole family, it's a really nice outing. We love the patio tables, but inside is a fun alternative. The menu is unique and varied. The service is usually really good. The food has always arrived as ordered. I would recommend this place to... More 

Thank Jessica F
GuluGuluCafe, General Manager at Gulu-Gulu Cafe, responded to this review

So glad to hear we're doing right by you! Thank you for the thoughtful review. Hope to see you soon! -- Laura More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Bar, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Bar Scene
Open Hours
08:00 - 01:00
08:00 - 01:00
08:00 - 01:00
08:00 - 01:00
08:00 - 01:00
08:00 - 01:00
08:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 247 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970-3401
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Salem
  • Phone Number: +1 978-740-8882

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?