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The Pier House
The Pier House

The Pier House Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thepierhousecapemay.com
  • Phone: (609) 898-0300
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast: 8:00am - noon;lunch 12:00pm to 3:00pm
    Dinner: 5:30pm - 10:00pm

    offseason dinner hours friday saturday + sunday from 530pm
    breakfast from 800am saturday+sunday
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, American
  • Executive Chef: Argerios Mallous
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Sister company, Parea Catering, will host parties off-site.
  • Private Party Facilities: Hotel conference room / patio.
  • Private Party Contact: George Mallous (609) 898-0300

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Pittsburgh Avenue
  • Public Transit: In season trolley service every 15 min in front of restaurant.
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Plenty of free parking on street
A word from The Pier House
The Pier House is a contemporary oceanfront restaurant situated at the north end of Beach Drive in fashionably cultured Cape May & nestled between the banks of the Atlantic Ocean & the genteel La Mer Inn.
Open throughout the year, the Pier House serves breakfast, lunch & dinner & offers a classy cocktail lounge featuring global wines, luscious libations & an open terrace dinning area overlooking nothing but the ocean. Indulge yourself in a sophisticated yet comfortable setting & explore a gastronomic symphony of Mediterranean inspired flavors that will intoxicate the senses & be savored. Discover the Pier House Restaurant in Cape May.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Two in our party went specifically to have the octopus; best they had ever had and one is an experienced international diner. Two of us were vegetarians and we were able to eat well, too."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We had lunch here about a year ago & I had the best loaded fries I've ever had! Our sandwiches were great as well. So we decided to go back again this year for dinner to celebrate my birthday.......we weren't disappointed!! We dined outside this time. There were four of us & we each really enjoyed our selection. Service was great too!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Although we vacation in Cape May all the time this was our first time at "Pier House". We should have gone sooner. The food is FABULOUS along with the presentation. Don't hesitate!"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "On our ongoing quest to find another restaurant to add to our list, we decided to try the Pier House. The reviews were good and we were looking forward to being wowed. Things started well with appetizers. We both thought they were better than good. But, the main course was very disappointing. My swordfish, while a nice thick piece, was almost over cooked and the char marks were pronounced and gave a slightly bitter taste. Also there was no effort to make the dish flavorful. For heaven sakes this is a Greek restaurant. I don't think they ever hear of a little garlic and white wine. My wife's sea bass was not flavorful with what seemed like canned stewed tomatoes on the top. Clearly this restaurant did not make our list."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Overall, a good experience. The fried items were a little overdone, but the salads and accompanying sides to the fish had great flavor. We skipped dessert, though they looked delicious on the sample plate. They were very good to my 3-year-old - serving fried chicken bites inside a mound of tasty popcorn. I would go back."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "The Pier House is always on our list of must go to's when we come to Cape May. When you are in a seasonal town the service can be hit or miss but not here. Professional staff and the food never disappoints. The watermelon salad and the octopus are must haves. Bonus- the octopus comes with a shot of Ouzo."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Easily a place I would visit any time I'm in Cape May. Great service with fantastic food and drink options."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Our meal was delicious. From our Watermelon and Feta salad to the Sea Bass and onto a frozen Pistachio dessert. We loved it. They have outdoor dining and on my next visit, which will be soon, I would like to dine outside. It looked very romantic. The waitstaff was polite, knowledgeable and happily went back to the chef with a question we had. Our cocktails were well made. Parking is easy to find on the street."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The pier house is our go-to restaurant at the shore for the best meal and overall dining experience. The service is great - the entire staff is so kind, attentive, professional and knowledgeable when it comes to the menu. If you sit inside, there's a beautiful view. It can get a little noisy when it's crowded but it's better than being stuffy. The outdoor patio is wonderful and we had a great table. I always go for the watermelon salad and the macho tuna appetizers. I also love the salmon and the filet as well. If you like crabcakes, these are great as well. Actually - I've said it before and will say it again, I've never had a bad meal here."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We go here at least once a month all year long and have been doing so for as long as it's been open. You've heard of Cape May Diamonds? Well, this is the finest Cape May Diamond you'll find anywhere in Cape May!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "I've never had a bad meal here and have been here dozens of times. The service is excellent, very kind staff that has been trained."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Service sucked. More concerned with itself than the customer."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "We have dined at The Pier House for several years, each time we visit Cape May. We have never been disappointed. The service has always been attentive, the welcome cheerful and the food first rate. What else could anyone ask for?"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "On 7-6-07 we had our rehearsal dinner here and have never stopped coming back. George the owner has an outstanding establishment here and this past Monday 7-7-14 we had another great night celebrating our Wedding Anniversary. Carlo our server was fantastic with attention to detail for us, he made our evening that much more special with his great personality and conversation to TRUTH <>< EXCELLENT! Any time we are in CapeMay, The Pier House is always on our list for must do dinners.. Thank you very much George, you have an outstanding restaurant and beautiful staff with excellent food..Love this place : )"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "We had a very lovely meal with our party of 10. The waiter was knowledgeable and gracious. The food was outstanding -- thoughtfully prepared. This was my second time eating here, and I would come back in a heartbeat. The Greek meatballs and the Bronzino were fabulous!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Definitely one of the best in the area for dinner and we have been to many places in this area! Upscale dining experience but with a casual feel. Food was delicious, well presented, nice sized portions and kitchen accommodated my husbands request. Our server was great and attentive on a busy evening. I also must note that pricing is better compared to the other restaurants in this class. I highly recommend and would dine here again without hesitation."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Stayed in Cape May over the 4th of July holiday and really enjoyed eating here. Out of all of the restaurants we ate at, this was our favorite."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "The place is very nice and the wait staff extremely attentive. But considering the prices the food was good but not outstanding. We also had an issue with the maître de who wanted to sit us at cramped tables at the bar when I specifically said we wanted dining room seating when confirming the reservation. She was not very nice at all. And if I'm paying top $$ I think I should be able to sit in the dining room. That left a bitter taste"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We loved this place. Dined late but still many people coming in. Food was delicious and enjoyed our experience."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "The Greek salad is great- The scallops are awesome- Friendly staff Loved it!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Food was outstanding, portions were large. Love the filet mignon, flash fried lobster, oysters. We really wanted dessert, they all looked great, but were too full. Very accommodating in every way, great service."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Arrived at 7PM as planned, we had to wait in a small uncomfortable area while staff moved constantly in and out and through. There was an attempt at an explanation with a terse, detached attitude. Perhaps offer a better place to stand for the 15 minute wait or just be cordial? Service did not improve. Our server was engaged and helpful but clearly the restaurant is understaffed or disorganized somewhere in the operation; we saw him sporadically handling tables at the other side (outside/patio) of the restaurant. Dinner was very slow to arrive. The food was good, but you appetite suffers when you feel dis-regarded."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "The food is the main attraction for us to this restaurant, but that would not be enough to compete so well with other Cape May restaurants. So, besides an amazing cuisine, continental with a quality greek touch, the unpretentious and bon gout decor, the professional and friendly service allow this place to always seem full with satisfied clients. The quality through the years is also very regular. It is definitely worse the drive on Beach Boulevard."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "This was a repeat visit for us. We make sure we stop at least once a season. I had the roke salad. Another in our group had the watermelon salad - both delicious. I also had the lamb chop appetizer - very good and the chops were perfectly prepared an meaty. While the restaurant is a bit pricey we've enjoyed delicious food for many years. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Great place with delicious food. Some different items available and the service was exceptional."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "If i could rate this 10 stars I would. The greek inspired food was phenomenal. Atmosphere is muted but not silent. Pace of meal with such that you didnt feel stuffed after several courses. Were able to accomodate a group of 10 of varying ages. Service (Carlo) was impeccable. Pricey dinner but worth every penny."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Fabulous food and great atmosphere. You can dine inside or outside and the breakfast menu is outstanding!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I visited this restaurant to celebrate a birthday with friends of NJ. I live in CA and this was a very special place to go in Cape May."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Food was good, sat outside it was a gourgous night. Service was good, a little slow but we were with friends and all got to enjoy the time together."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Very nice reaturant and great location. We celebrated our 20 year wedding anniversary there and was treated very well. Would highly recommend!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "A true gem! Always a delight to dine at the Pier House. Dine with family and bring new friends all the time. Everyone loves the Pier House."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "2 of 3 entrees were very good but a shrimp entrée was overcooked, so I would suggest you avoid it. Same with dessert - 2 were good but a cannoli cake was either overdone or kept beyond it's freshness expiry date because it was very dry and needed a drink to wash it down. Our server was mostly absent and not very helpful. Although she answered questions we had, we wish we had the server from the table next to ours because she reviewed the menu with them, gave more information than what was on the menu about each dish, checked with them frequently about their meals, and was very warm and friendly. Overall, I would recommend this restaurant, but service and food could be a bit better."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "We eat here throughout the year as it has been one of our few go to places that we know we can always count on. Nothing slips at the Pier House. My wife loves the whole Bronzino and I frequently have the Sea Bass. However, you could close your eyes and throw a dart at the menu and still get something superb."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Words can't adequately describe the flavors, presentation, combinations and outright delicious plates that are prepared. Being from NYC, I have tasted so many good plates, but I was so impressed with the food. Each plate was its own wonderful adventure. Crisp clean flavorful ingredients out together to create a terrific expiernce. Highly recommended !!!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "ALways have enjoyed dining here although this time the lamb dish was not as good as usual. The appetizer and salad was awesome but desert of blueberry sorbet was sorely lacking and we were unable to eat it."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The restaurant was beautiful n it's right on the water. The waitress came by and told us about their daily specials: grilled founders, bronzino and red snapper. She proudly explained that fish is the thing to get here, that is caught and brought to them daily. we were sold n ordered the grilled snapper.however when the fish arrived, it was deep-fried. if they did not charge us such steep price, we would just let it go. The waitress seemed to be very apologetic and quickly she got us the grilled branzino which was very lovely. Later when the bill came, both fish were on there. We questioned the waitress and she quickly bought her manager to our table. The manager can hardly contain her anger when she arrived to our table. will we return? NO!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "4 of us dined and had great appetizers including the octopus, tuna and potato leek with crab soup all were outstanding. The watermelon and feta salad was terrific. Entrees included the veal chop, NY strip, Pork Chop and PH Balance their version of surf and turf all were presented beautifully, cooked to correct temperature and tasted great. The service by Carlo was impeccable. Best dinner in a very long time. "
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Sea bass and lobster tail entrees very good, though the presentation of the lobster was a bit odd albeit distinctive. Wine list has good selections at mostly reasonable prices. Worth the trip down the road."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Over the past 8 years I have visited Cape May every May, each time dining at the Pier House. The menu has evolved into a showcase for New Jersey's fish and seafood, which I greatly enjoy. Every dish is carefully thought out and beautifully presented."
    Dined on 5/24/2014