Yankee Pier Lafayette
Yankee Pier Lafayette

Yankee Pier Lafayette

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.yankeepier-lafayette.com/
  • Phone: (925) 283-4100
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday - Thursday: 11:30am - 9:00pm Friday - Saturday: 11:30am - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Mike Dunn
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Contact us for a clam bake or shore dinner event at your home or office.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lafayette Circle
  • Public Transit: Block and a half from the Lafayette BART station.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Street parking is available as well as our private lot.
A word from Yankee Pier Lafayette
Yankee Pier, a bustling and vibrant seafood house, offers chef Michael Dunn's ocean-fresh seafood "fresh from coast to coast". Local seafood, sourced in accord with the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch program, which promotes sustainable practices that are healthy for ocean wildlife and the environment, is presented with a nod toward New England. Live Maine lobsters, fresh-shucked oysters, an array of grilled fresh fish, and beer-battered full belly clams are some of the offerings, along with local produce, house-made desserts, a selection of all-American wines and a full bar.
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Yankee Pier Lafayette reviews from OpenTable diners
161 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (93)great for lunch (65)great for outdoor dining (64)fit for foodies (55)special occasion (44)good for groups (36)kid-friendly (29)great for brunch (18)notable wine list (15)hot spot (11)romantic (7)late-night find (5)vibrant bar scene (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Will go back
    Dsander48VIP
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    This is our second visit to Yankee Pier. I don't think it is outstanding as far as the food is concerned but it is fine. We tend to stop there on our way to a class. The fish is good but wish their choices of sides were better. Not my favorite place to go but it is good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yankee Pier Lafayette
    joy2dineVIP
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Dining here is always a treat. The service was impeccable this time, and that was very comforting!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • YankeePier
    OpenTableP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Good fish, good sides (decent portions). Not a bargain, but not ridiculous either. Will compare with Walnut Creek Yacht Club.
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  • A delightful gluten free lunch
    norakozVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We stopped at the Yankee Pier in Lafayette after leaving Oakland Airport on our way north. It was past lunchtime and we were very hungry but I had to be cautious since I am severely gluten intolerant. We got a table outside on the very pleasant patio so we could enjoy the warm sunny weather (coming from rainy Seattle). Our server--sadly I don't remember her name--was friendly, helpful and very concerned to make sure I ate a safe meal. The shrimp and rice I had was delicious and my husband enjoyed his seafood salad as well. I had no problems with gluten (unlike the Mexican restaurant I ate at 2 days later that put pasta in their black beans and informed me it was gluten free). All in all, Yankee Pier gave us a very good dining experience and I will definitely stop there again when visiting our friends in NorCal.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expecting more...
    FoodandFriends
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    The food was just okay, the service was poor and the staff (manager included) appeared uninterested in customer service that night. The energy was low and not what I've experienced in the past. I was disappointed that my two friends first experience was this bad.
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    great for lunch
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    The service was exceptional. The food was wonderful. I had the Captain's Platter, fresh seafood makes the difference.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rambo
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Excellent lobster, tasty fish, scrumptious sides! The best lemon pie around town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PixieVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I always like YP. Everyone in our party had grilled salmon. I had grilled Sole and I wished I'd had them bake it. Its usually a favorite of mine. And I was not as crazy about the side choices this time. Not enough green vegetable choices. Just wasn't good this time to me. Would still go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lively spot for lunch
    rshorensVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    On the first cold, rainy day this fall, we went to Yankee Pier for lunch. The restaurant was warm and bustling. We had Ceasar salad, clam chowder, and grilled rockfish sandwich, which were all delicious. The menu had great variety and we would like to return for dinner. Excellent bread. We felt very comfortable bringing our 3 year old granddaughter, who busied herself with complimentary crayons and coloring placemat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh and Wild
    LiveToDineVIP
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    My first time at this restaurant. Like that they have daily specials that include fresh and wild seafood cooked the way you want. I had the salmon grilled and it was good. Server was very nice and accommodating. Looking forward to returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    HappyCamperVIP
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    For the past three or four years, we have been regular monthly patrons of Yankee Pier in Lafayette. We've appreciated the consistency and quality of the food -- with one of us ordering scattershot off the menu, while the other of us (a creature of habit) orders her usual favorite (Scampi) on most visits. Though our orders (and ordering styles) differ, we were both disappointed with the recently recipe revisions at Yankee Pier. Shrimp heads in the Scampi may serve as an attestation to freshness, but they are visually unappealing (to put the kindest construction on it.) The Clam Chowder has likewise gone from being rich and creamy to 'thin' at best. Prices have gone up, and it just doesn't feel like "comfort food" anymore. Bummed ....
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  • Guilt-free Fish for Dinner
    PatspawsVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The food reliably good, but the real draw for me is the fact that they subscribe to the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood watch guidelines. So, when I order the Pacific swordfish, as I did the other night, I can be assured that my dinner isn't contributing to the eventual extinction of a species or loaded with mercury. It's a big ocean, but we still have to be responsible stewards.
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  • Lunch very pricey
    SFFoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I would go there when I had lots of money. They're prices are like SF but with out the big town ambiance.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistent
    Allaboutfood
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Our go to restaurant for very good food. Always consistent, never have a bad meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great
    greatVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    very good food and service excellent shrimp salad, excellent server, very attentive
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yum
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    As always, Yankee Pier was exceptional. This month is Mushroom Month, and the cream of mushroom soup was excellent. Fish is always the best. We love Yankee Pier
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • consistently good
    PHcoupleVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We took our grandchildren to Yankee Pier again the other night. Gracious, attentive service from both the manager and our waiter, who's been there a long time. Food was excellent, well prepared, fresh. I had 3 oysters - delicious, beautifully presented.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • bpbwVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    We dine here a lot because the food and service are consistently good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • nana
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We always enjoy our visits to Yankee Pier -- Have never been disappointed in the food or service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a wonderful experience
    tmssquared
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    If you want fish but want something exceptional then the Yankee Pier is the place. The menu is always interesting and varied. In addition to the fish they have wonderful side dishes. The polenta is wonderful; the brussel sprouts in season are to die for; the soups are wonderful. This time we had the gazpacho, it was a hot day out so very appropriate. The gazpacho was perfect with a variety of tomatoes and just a slight tang to the flavor. The sole grilled was wonderful never fishy and cooked perfectly. We always have a wonderful time when we visit Yankee Pier.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eileenthequeen
    Eileenthequeen
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Yankee Pier is a great restaurant. It was a birthday celebration for a 97 year-old lovely lady. She really enjoyed herself. Our table are as just perfect. The food is really good and our server was very attentive. I'm definitely going to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely Wonderful
    Carm
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    My husband & I took our family to celebrate our daughter for family weekend at college. We had fantastic service, the food was phenomenal, we love seafood & the ambiance was perfect. The whole experience was absolutely wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently great
    FatherO4
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    The oysters are always good (though a bit pricey). The scallops are always heavenly, best I've ever had. Service was very good, as always, though we did have to wait a bit for bread and water (they may have been breaking in a new bus boy) which is the only reason I have service only 4 stars. Nice that you can get a 1/2 bottle of wine with just about their entire wine list!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • JudyVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    We were at Yankee Pier on the last day of the heirloom tomato festival. Our waitress Amber recommended the BBQ salmon with heirloom tomatoes, spinach and crispy onion rings. It was an excellent choice. We also shared the blackened shrimp tacos. Those were OK but not outstanding.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Definitely a favorite
    DiningOut4Fun
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Brought guests from out of the country and YP knocked it out of the park again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We go back to Yankee Pier - Lafayette again and again. The menu is interesting, varied and delicious! The ambience is festive and fun!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy Hour
    CT46VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I love their happy hour. I've been going regularly for over a year. I have a couple margaritas and the clams/mussels from the Happy Hour menu (3-5pm). Very good and only $5 each. Julie is a great bartender.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Open late in Lafayette
    luvlafayetteVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The food is AVERRAGE. But for $12.50 for calamary & $11 Clam Chowder appetizer soup I thought the place would be better than a Fast food chain...its not. But, it is open late. Servers were nice.
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    late-night find
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  • Lobster roll not great
    RoseVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I feel this place is a bit expensive and used to be a lot better. The clams were chewy and the lobster roll had no taste. I was so disappointed and so were the people I were with. I will try this place one more time and just hope it was a bad night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I think I'm just not a big BO fan
    Thrillhouse
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I've been to several of Bradley Ogden's restaurants. I know he's pretty critically acclaimed but I realize I just am not a big fan of his dishes and repertoire. I've been to Lark Creek Steak in SF, Lark Creek in WC, Parcel 104 and now Yankee Pier and aside from Lark Creek Steak, I haven't enjoyed any of my meals at any of the aforementioned restaurants. At Yankee Pier, it felt like they were going for the New England vibe and they did a good job, it feels like Legal Sea Foods in Boston. But the vibe and ambience is where the comparisons stop. The pasta dish I ordered was bland and really needed quite a bit of salt to even make it palpable. My friends Lobster roll was extremely skimpy with the lobster. The fish in the fish and chips was dry.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for a special family dinner
    justareview
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We had a fabulous birthday dinner here with grandma and our thread kids. The menu is incredible. Lots of favorites done with care and great quality. The seafood is fresh and has amazing flavor.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding dining experience!
    Headduck
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    The food was amazing. It was a great dining experience and the Petrale Sole was the best ever. Our server was very professional, helpful and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice dinner
    LLLL
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Was looking for great food that wasn't too loud - We had a wonderful evening - Food was great!
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    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AbbyVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I love the shrimp tacos at Yankee Pier and all the fish I eat there. Simply delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • kernmdVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    not good no sense of caring. staff training not much.wish there another seafood place nearby.
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  • This is our go-to place
    sandyVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Reliably ready for us to drop in or meet friends for a snack or full dinner! Best seafood in the county!!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    MsTice4713
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Had an out of town guest. We always rave about the food and she agreed 100%. Great wait staff.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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  • Outstanding Seafood!
    MickyandMelanie
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    We were celebrating our 30th anniversary and it could not have been a more perfect evening! From the outstanding clam chowder, to the wild salmon and huge lobster..to the frozen soufflé for dessert... The buttery TestaRosa Chardonnay was not too shabby either! Our server Peggy and the manager were very attentive but not over bearing...all in all I can't wait to return!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Good Lunch Spot
    MEdiningVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Enjoyable luncheon dining with excellent service. Prompt, friendly and efficient, yet no rush if you wish to linger. Excellent coho salmon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Our go to place in Lafayette
    dnimura
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This is our go to place in Lafayette. Always fresh seafood, perfectly prepared with great service.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.