Anthony's Pier 4 Cafe
Anthony's Pier 4 Cafe

Anthony's Pier 4 Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://pier4.com/Hawthorne/index.html
  • Phone: 7815955735
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 12:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Rt. 129
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Complimentary Parking
A word from Anthony's Pier 4 Cafe
Anthony's Pier 4 Cafe is perched on Black Will's Cliff, on Greater Boston's North Shore. The Athanas family restaurants are known for excellent seafood and American cuisine.

We do not accept reservations for The Tavern or deck.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Anthony's Pier 4 Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
35 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (33)special occasion (20)romantic (15)great for lunch (12)notable wine list (12)great for outdoor dining (10)neighborhood gem (9)good for groups (8)fit for foodies (5)great for brunch (4)kid-friendly (3)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Excellent restaurant
    Patti
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Outstanding food service and ambience. We have gone to Anthony's often over the years and have never been disappointed. Great menu selection. I usually get the seafood but my husband gets the filet - both awesome. And another nice feature is their parking lot no parking fee ! I would highly recommend it. And on our recent visit we had a window table with a beautiful view of a thunder and lightening storm!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great view
    Outandabout
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Anthony's Pier 4 in Swampscott was a great spot for a Saturday lunch . The food was plentiful and cooked to perfection . Out favorite the popovers were piping hot and delicious. Our waiter was attentive and courteous . Must add a shout out to the young man who "mans" the front door. He was charming and entertaining .... We will be back.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary date
    DennisMc
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    My wife and I had gone to the original Anthony's in Boston decades ago and had meant to go to the north shore Anthony's for years. So on our 35th wedding anniversary we had dinner there. First off the service is perfect, people are polite to her and I, timed the courses to they arrived as we finished. We were never rushed, it was a good meal. My wife had the baked stuffed shrimp and thought it was delicious. I went for two appetizers and they were well proportioned. For dessert we had the blue berry pie and the pecan pie. We enjoyed both but thought the pecan pie was extra special. For a special occasion or a wonderful view of the Nahants this is a very nice restaurant. We'll be coming back for sure.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • an enjoyable evening
    Trice
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I took my family. The view is fabulous. Our waitress was very pleasant and provided attentive service. The food was well prepared, my husband who is very critical about restaurant food had nothing to complain about! They still say "the best scallops I ever had" and the crab cake was delicious. I would recommend ordering a bottle of wine instead of by the glass the prices are very high and the pours are very small. Overall the price point is high but food quality was excellent, it 's a perfect restaurant to celebrate a special occasion
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anthony's Pier 4 Still Superb!!
    restaurant4me
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Brokenhearted by the closure of Boston's infamous Anthony's Pier 4, my husband and I had to try Anthony's in Swampscott. Set at the edge of a spectacular ocean precipice, the glass walls and windows create a soothing feeling of dining surrounded by the sea. From the moment the front door is held open for you, you know you are at Anthony's: the large staff treats you as royalty and the delicious banquet awaiting you confirms it! From the famous marinated mushrooms and warm popovers, through its notable wine list, every course is prepared with perfection: we chose scrumptious scallops and the mouth-watering filet mignon. The only challenge is to save room for their homemade deep dish blueberry pie or other scrumptious delights. Go!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great view -nothing else noteworthy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The view is the only thing worth mentioning about this establishement. The ambience is nice, although the entire restaurant desperately needs to be cleaned and refreshed. The food is mediocre at best. Considering the prices, one would expect far better quality of food and preparation. Both the steak accompanying bernaise sauce and the asparagus hollandaise were warm (at best) and gelatinous in texture. The filet was not seasoned and to be generous, only fair. The stuffed lobster was ok. Located in a seafood town and self proclaimed fine dining, one expects far better. Nothing called out fine dining. Although we dined fairly early, the staff uniforms were filthy (unlaundered, not from a busy shift.)
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent
    BBMW2314
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    One of my favorite restaurant, I enjoyed every visits. The menu, meal specials, and wine list have a numbers of great choices to fulfill your craving for a good meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Get the oysters, not the lobster cocktail. The view is gorgeous, great atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Russ1010
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Food ranged from great, raw bar & clam chowder to poor, baked clams & COLD blueberry pie. Ambience was great due to the Ocean view although dining room could use a makeover. Service was a disaster! The waitress was ill trained or not at all trained. Starting with the broken cork which can happen but when one wipes the mouth of the bottle with her bare hand, spills food on the table at delivery and provides food late & cold it ruins the meal especially at the prices charged. Disappointing experience overall.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good seafood and ambience
    sherpa
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    The food was excellent. it was a lovely few and the service was excellent
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine Dining
    good4u
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Great atmosphere, good food, good service, good drinks, great deep dish blueberry pie
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Everything was excellent! Anthony would be proud.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovely Seafood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    It was a really wonderful meal. Sat where we could look out at the water and the shore. Everything was very good. Great Oysters! Soft Shell Crabs in season.. my first for that and it was amazing. We all had bouillabaisse, so I can't speak to the rest of the menu, but it was full of mussels, clams, salmon and white fish with an fragrant and flavorful broth. Save room for the seasonal pie. It's blueberry right now.... and was just stellar.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice water views.
    Rtlegerjr
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The restaurant is scenic and well located. Plenty of parking. Food was just OK expensive for the quality. Service was good, our waiter was courteous and attentive to our large group. the pace was too slow for me but perfect for my older in-laws who like a meal stretched out. The popovers were excellent! clams and mussels were gritty we had to ask for hot water to rinse them in. portobello Wellington was overcooked and had weird texture. Same went for scallops - seemed like they were dredged in too much flower and left under the salamander too long. Biggest surprise was kids menu prices-WAY too pricey!!!!! Overall the food was ok and views were nice. I'd never been before and heard good things; I don't think I'll be rushing back soon.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Anthony's Still in Business
    BillL
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We were saddened when Anthony's in Boston closed. We celebrated New Years Day there. It is great to sometimes go to a well established restaurant serving excellent food rather than trying the latest new place. The Swampscott location is wonderful--on the water with a view of the Boston skyline. It is agreat place for a special occasion or just a really good meal with good service. A tried and true restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Anthony's Pier 4 Cafe
    fritzg2
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    What a great place for a romantic dinner..The food and view was the best
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The seafood is outstanding. From the dining room or the deck Boston can be seen in the distance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • You can go home again!
    Nanny
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Grew up in Lynn a long time ago and always loved Anthony's and the baked stuffed lobster. Back for the first time in 18 years and it was sensational. Better than I remembered. And the view is amazing.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome view and good food
    RobFVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    The good: The view is incredible & the food is good. We had the Deluxe New England Raw Bar Platter to start and it was great. Our entrees were all very good. We had lobster hawthorne, swordfish, salmon, & bake stuffed shrimp. The blueberry pie was awesome. The not so good: When we arrived & I went to check in some guy in a suit behind the host stand just barked out at me that "you can't bring that in here" about my energy drink. It would have been better if I received a polite greeting & they could have kindly asked me to finish my drink? The wine glasses were dirty.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slightly Faded Glory
    Traveler1000VIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    A beautiful setting for a leisurely summer lunch, but this restaurant is in need of refurbishment. The service was very pleasant, but the waitress was not particularly familiar with the menu or the wine list . The food was decent, though nothing special for the prices charged. Overall, I'd have today that this place has seen better days. Too bad...)
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  • Train the waitstaff
    jacques
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Starched and bleached uniforms still there but nobody is teaching the staff how to serve. Our waitress brought a dish in each hand while we were still eating the previous course, and stood there waiting for us to pick up our own plates and move them aside so she could put the next course down. We had to remind her to bring the asparagus, then she disappeared after she brought it -- leaving the sauce in a bowl with no spoon. Nobody noticed my frantic gestures for several minutes. A fellow in a black uniform with a bow tie showed up while we were half way through and interrupted our quiet conversation with a cheerful "Still working on that?" Then some dishes from the first course stayed on the table thru the whole meal.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hawthorne By The Sea
    enjoygoodfood
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    This restaurant is known for its quiet ambiance and spectacular ocean views and in this respect it does not disappoint. Food quality however is mediocre. My sole was sauteed too long and rice was simple to the point of mundane. Popovers, a perennial favorite, are always a treat. But you are clearing paying for their site location, not for their dedication to their cuisine.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 13 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 19, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 258 reviews are from the Anthony's Pier 4 Cafe reviews archive.
  • disappointing.
    ksgshmoopsVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Was excited to try this restaurant, but was disappointed in the end. Clams were delicious, but my steak was so over cooked it was like eating a puck. Should have sent it back, but we didn't have the time to wait. I ordered it medium rare, which is probably the most common cook, I am so surprised they screwed it up. No flavor either, it was my first time using steak sauce ever! Oh well. Prices are pretty exorbitant, I could get much better for the same price at any of the fine dining steak houses of Boston.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mother's Day lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We had a wonderful lunch on Mother's Day. The food and service were excellent
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anthony's is classic!
    Cew203
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    The food and the service was great. The scallops cooked perfectly. Try the lobster bisque!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 50th anniversary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Everything I anticipated of Anthony's came true with my visit. You see every year we would go to Anthony's Pier 4 in Boston since we got married in 1964 . The service and food is excellent
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • arual
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    A very delicious and enjoyable meal Easter experience. Would definetly do it again.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Easter Sunday
    Denny
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We have been frequenting this establishment for some time. The ocean view is great for just gazing. Service and the food are always good. Easter Sunday is always special to us and this dining experience was terrific. The table we were given was ocean view. Our seasoned waiter was very attentive. The food was very good. My fiancee had the Ham and I ordered the Lamb. Topped it off with coffee and apple pie a la mode.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Over looking Boston
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    The view from the dinning room is very special as it looks back at Boston from the North. Ocean water laps at your feet as you enjoy great food and you can carry on good conversation with the people that your are dinning with for a change.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Birthday Dinner!
    CityDweller
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    Have eaten at this restaurant for years, but with the closing of Pier 4 in Boston, it has replaced that restaurant for special occasions. I would recommend this place for seafood and meat lovers, alike, although I usually eat their famous baked, stuffed shrimp and grilled scallops. The extras make the meal special, such as marinated mushrooms and popovers, which they serve at no extra charge at every table. All in all a great food and ambiance experience! Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT FOR SPECIAL OCCAISSIONS
    Harris
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    We celebrated my mother's 89th birthday at Anthony's Pier 4. The staff was prepared for all seven of us when we arrived. They gave us a great table with a perfect view. Both the waiter & the maitre de were exceptionally attentive to our party. Also, the food was very good. It was fresh, tasty & served hot (not always the case with a large party). We all plan to return to Anthony's Pier 4 in the near future.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Lunch
    Denny
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    My birthday lunch was excellent. Our waiter was attentive and the food was great. The scenery was beautiful overlooking the ocean. Top notch visit. My wife loved it. We will be back. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • pier 4 cafe
    flowerVIP
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    we had a wonderful lunch,overlooking the water with the skyline of boston, great service,and delicious popovers! lovely restaurant! classic anthony's!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As always Anthony's Pier 4
    lunchmunchVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    As always Anthony's Pier 4 Cafe was delicious, the view superb and the service outstanding! Can't wait to go again!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    ALex
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    The restaurant has a amazing scenic view, especially during sunset. The bouillabaisse marseille dish was very tasteful. I recommend this restaurants for romantic nights and also for a special occasion. The service from their staff is very effective, in the way all your inquiries are handled promptly.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great timeless place
    Abcd
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Going every year for my father's birthday and he has been going for decades. Great popovers, an hour and a half late due to traffic and called to inform them we were late (on valentines day) upon arrival despite being quite busy we were seated upon arrival
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AWESOME
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    As always, for a good many years, this restaurant is TOP SHELF!!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always fun to hit up Pier
    PriceChopperVIP
    Dined on 1/7/2014
    Always fun to hit up Pier 4! So glad the Swampscott location exists!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great time out and the food
    cook
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    great time out and the food was great too…many thanks!
    Special Features:
    scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • New Years Eve Dinner
    Sully
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    The food & service was very good as usual. The only aggravation we suffered was the dinner pricing. It was their standard dinner menu that they increased 75% for everyone's celebration night, a real shame for a very nice restaurant. However, we will be back...forgiveness was one of our New Year's resolutions. Bob
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.