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

Anthony's Pier 4 Cafe Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://pier4.com/Hawthorne/index.html
  • Phone: (781) 595-5735
  • 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Diner Reviews
  • "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.)"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Get the oysters, not the lobster cocktail. The view is gorgeous, great atmosphere."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "The food was excellent. it was a lovely few and the service was excellent"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Great atmosphere, good food, good service, good drinks, great deep dish blueberry pie"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Everything was excellent! Anthony would be proud."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "What a great place for a romantic dinner..The food and view was the best"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The seafood is outstanding. From the dining room or the deck Boston can be seen in the distance."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "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...)"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We had a wonderful lunch on Mother's Day. The food and service were excellent "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The food and the service was great. The scallops cooked perfectly. Try the lobster bisque!"
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "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 "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "A very delicious and enjoyable meal Easter experience. Would definetly do it again."
    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. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "we had a wonderful lunch,overlooking the water with the skyline of boston, great service,and delicious popovers! lovely restaurant! classic anthony's!"
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "As always Anthony's Pier 4 Cafe was delicious, the view superb and the service outstanding! Can't wait to go again!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "As always, for a good many years, this restaurant is TOP SHELF!!!!"
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Always fun to hit up Pier 4! So glad the Swampscott location exists!"
    Dined on 1/7/2014
  • "great time out and the food was great too…many thanks!"
    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"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "For a 4-star restaurant, the food was awful and the service mediocre."
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "We spent another wonderful holiday evening at Anthony's Pier 4 Café. Beautiful scenery and very accommodating staff made our dining experience very rewarding. The Lobster with Irish Wiskey Cream Sauce was to die for. The Lobster Turnover was very nice but if they ever bring back the "Money Bag" appetizer you have to try it."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "Everything we could have expected for a wonderful family dinner on Christmas Eve. The service was outstanding, the view spectacular and the food was five star."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "Anthony's in Swampscott has always been one of our favorites and we have never been disappointed. The food has always been outstanding and they have a great wine list. You are treated like you are special from the moment you walk in. And the convenience of parking is a hugh asset. The waitress we had was outstanding! You do not feel rushed at all - and needless to say the popovers are to die for!"
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "We went for Thanksgiving dinner. I especially love the caesar salad and popovers. This is a great place for special dinners with small or large groups."
    Dined on 11/28/2013