WHEN NEW ENGLAND BOATING TV CALLED ON SALEM THIS SUMMER, WE WERE TREATED TO A FANTASTIC DOCK-AND-DINE EXPERIENCE, COURTESY OF FINZ SEAFOOD & GRILL RESTAURANT OWNER GEORGE CAREY.
George Carey and Parker-Kelley.
Carey launched Finz in 2001 at its current location on Pickering Wharf, in the heart of the Salem waterfront, and has kept the place fresh and popular over the years. The dining focus is squarely on seafood, although Finz also serves some delicious meat, chicken and vegetarian dishes. The atmosphere is upscale yet not too fancy, with tasteful artwork and big windows affording views of the water. Outside tables are also available, or you can dine at the bar.
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During our visit, which included both lunch and dinner, we sampled an amazing variety of dishes, including fried oysters, fish tacos, burgers, raw oysters, scallops, hamburgers and the crispy haddock burritos—all were delicious! Dinner entrees range in price from $17 to $25. Lunch items from $9 to $20. Finz also makes some great cocktails and has an extensive wine list. If arriving by boat, make your way into the channel behind Derby Wharf to Pickering Wharf Marina. Head down the channel leading to the South River and look for an open space along the floating docks. Hail Pickering Wharf Marina (VHF 9; 978-744-2727) to see about tie-up space and duration. They offer 300’ of dock space and can arrange hourly and daily dockage. Cost per foot depends on vessel size. You can also get a mooring in the harbor and catch a ride to the dock via the Salem Water Taxi (978-745-6070).
- Finz Seafood & Grill
- Call (978) 744-8485
New England Boating TV, sponsored by GMC and Boston Whaler and their network of New England dealers. The Salem show airs Monday, at 9:00 p.m. on NESN