It was a beautiful day in Salem, one of the few we've had this spring, so our little group decided to enjoy it at one of Jonathan's sidewalk tables. Jonathan's new location on High St. has been up and running for a few months now and has recently updated their cocktail menu, known as the Book of Jonathan.
We usually meet right after work and partake in happy hour food as well as drink specials. We had been to Jonathan's for a happy hour before and ended up being very disappointed in the food options. I was really hoping to have some new options for small bites to eat. Since Jonathan's had updated their drink menu, I was excited to see what they had done with the happy hour food menu as well. Unfortunately, the happy hour food had not been updated. The food menu at happy hour just doesn't do justice to the atmosphere and the regular menu at Jonathan's. It feels more like a lower-end bar menu with items such as nachos and sliders. The two of us eating both decided on the one option that looked decent - the grilled shrimp skewers. The skewers came with four large prawns, grilled with butter and spices, and had a side of butter served with it. It was actually quite good and is the only happy hour menu item I can really recommend at this time. Please take into consideration that the food isn't horrible, it is just so-so, and it doesn't seem to fit with the whole Jonathan's vibe. I would love to see some more exciting, unusual options that highlight Jonathan's unique restaurant menu.
I must say I am really happy with the outdoor dining option at Jonathan's. I would definitely recommend ordering drinks at an outdoor table on a sunny afternoon this summer. And you can't go wrong with a bowl of Jonathan's chowder.