Yankee Pier Lafayette
Yankee Pier Lafayette

Yankee Pier Lafayette

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.yankeepier-lafayette.com/
  • Phone: 9252834100
  • 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
175 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (99)great for outdoor dining (76)great for lunch (71)fit for foodies (62)special occasion (49)good for groups (38)kid-friendly (37)great for brunch (26)notable wine list (23)hot spot (10)romantic (9)late-night find (5)vibrant bar scene (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Consistent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    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
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Food
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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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    • Noise LevelModerate
    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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
    • Food
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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
    • Food
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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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    • Noise LevelModerate
    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.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
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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
    • Food
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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!
    Special Features:
    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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    • Ambiance
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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
    sandy
    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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nov2013
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We have been to Yankee Pier several times and enjoyed the choices, preparation, and staff each time. This time we took guests from out of the state. We sat outside for the first time. The setting was excellent as the sun [early evening] was blocked by the adjacent buildings, and light breeze made the setting delightful. Our wait staff was congenial and attentive, but not overly-so. The selected menu choices were each prepared so that each was memorable....excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Very pleasant atmosphere. Attentive service. Good mix of patrons. Food was well prepared and nicely presented.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome soft shell crab!
    luvfish
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We went last week and got a last minute reservation for 2. We got there early, were sat right away, and enjoyed exceptional service and outstanding cuisine!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bithday Disappointment
    Locals
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We were seated in the outdoor patio....at a great table. We were welcomed in a friendly manner. We were a party of 5 celebrating a birthday. Service was relaxed. However, the food was marginal. The fish/chips were just okay, french fries were cold, cole slaw was soggy. The blackened fish was like shoe leather....obviously overcooked. Rockfish sandwiches were good and guests were happy with their choices. We had brought cupcakes to celebrate and were told that there was a $15.00 "cake charge". Stunned, we did not make a fuss. (Lark Creek Inn was very gracious when we had cupcakes several months ago.....same parent company, inconsistant policies). This type of extra charge is unreasonable and excessive. I will not be back.
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    great for outdoor dining
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  • always reliable
    farmgirl
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I had the salmon sandwich with a glass of rose from the special salmon and rose menu. Both were excellent and so good together.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Great Seafood
    EBFoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    This restaurant has wonderfully prepared seafood. There is a huge variety of seafood and non-seafood items, all prepared very well; excellent place to go with children. Really good selection of side dishes to select from. The service is excellent and attentive.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    We were so satisfied that we will go back next week.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not to be forgotten!
    rluv4foodVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    this restaurant never fails us. we were particularly looking to see if soft shell crab was in; I just needed to call and they said "it was" : one of our favorites. a great place any day or night!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Attractive seafood restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The mussels in a tasty broth were very good. The ceviche was good as were the fish tacos. The butterscotch pudding was the best we've ever had. The oudoor dining area was attractive an pleasant. Our waitress was very attentive and personal. We'll definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BondVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I always come out feeling that it costs too much for what you get.
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  • I think of Yankee Pier for Seafood
    luvflavor2
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    I think of Yankee Pier when I think of seafood and am always delighted with the choices available. The choices are authentic, yet current in flavor. Thank you! for your attention to detail.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner for four.
    Diner
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Great fish, service, and half price vine but high back ground noise.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You will love this place.
    HorsePower
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    If there were more stars to give Yankee Pier, I'd do it. This is a perfect restaurant. Everyone who works there treats you like friends and family. Service is impeccable. The food is superb. The drinks are creative and delicious. The nautical-theme decor (including charts on the table tops) is fun and entertaining. My friend and I had dinner there a couple of nights ago; we go there whenever she's in town, usually two-three times a year. Our server was Sean, and he was exceptional: seamlessly friendly, efficient, and helpful. The fish & chips is one of their signature dishes, and it's the best you'll ever taste. I had the bay scallops this time, and they were fantastic.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a Great Choice
    TravelgurudanvilleVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    With so many options, it's always a hard choice as to where to catch up with a friend over lunch. Yankee Pier always meets my requirements. Great seafood choices, notice level conducive to having a conversation without straining to hear, great service, fair pricing, and no rushing us to leave after we finish. A winner every time!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.