Anthony's Pier 4 Cafe

4.4
587 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
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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Merckev
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Old school dining. A gentleman opens the door for you as you walk in and then you are transformed back to the days when dining out was a special occasion.

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vipBinky1979
New England
35 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dining experience at Anthony’s! I can remember going here as a child thirty some odd years ago for special occasions. The food was phenomenal, beginning with the fresh, hot popovers. Lobster bisque was exactly how I remembered, creamy, thick and full of lobster. For my main entree I had the baked stuffed lobster which was to die for. The view was wonderful and our Albanian waiter was on point! We will be back!

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SwampscottGator
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, outstanding service. Reminds me of dining in Europe.

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vipTeresaC
New England
15 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Lost Gem. The location is the best. This is a white table cloth wait staff in white jackets or shirts. They give you popovers, marinated mushrooms. It is all done so well. We went on a quiet Sunday afternoon. The view was spectacular we felt special. However, the food was cool when it reached the table. The menu was reduced. I hope they can shake things up again and have a come back.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, sea views and no wait times !

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Steve
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent experience. The ambiance was as good as any I've had. The staff were incredibly friendly and helpful. The food was fantastic. I 'd highly recommend dining here.

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MarkC
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely outstanding food, amazing view, and service was great. We enjoyed it so much we went back the next day for lunch to try something different.

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CatherineL
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food served beautifully. Wonderful service. Great parking too!

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GAYGF
New England
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner. Service was outstanding. The Baked Alaska was “over the top”!

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TrishD
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We had reservations and were seated immediately. Drinks were ordered and selections were chosen. We waited a very long time before our food was served. The waitress apologized but there must of been a delay in getting the order in. When the food arrived my husband's steak was not cooked the way he had ordered it. My shrimp was cool and it was not very good either. I am very surprised as we have gone here many times through the years and have never had a problem.

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Mouse
New England
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Wanted to love this, but unfortunately the combination of poor service (we still tipped well. We understand the pay issue with waiting tables) was a night long issue. We were seated immediately. Beautiful view of Boston skyline and watching the sun set. Got water and ordered our wine. Ordered dinner and 20 minutes went by. We asked if we could have some bread or anything. Waitress replied I was getting it in a minute. She did bring the popovers but had quite the attitude from then on. Never refilled waters. The glasses are small. Went up to the bar to grab some water. Scollops are questionable as to why exactly they are. Coated in some kind of a pasty flour or something. No flavor at all and mushy. Seemed more like something made to look like scollops. Lobster bisque was very thick with globs of flour floating in it. Lots of lobster so it could of been so good if it wasn’t overwhelmingly gummy. Could not eat it. And you get a cupful for 13.00.
Noticed other tables were sticking to lobster (which they stated they had to upcharge 10.00 per order because of prices) making the lobster 65.00. That’s quite an upcharge…. At 9.00 a pound for a 1 1/2 lobster they are upcharge good 400%. Anyway maybe they just don’t care. Felt that way. Didn’t stay for dessert. Most likely won’t go back.

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MariaR
New England
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Hawthorne is one of my favorites for so many reasons...

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Ethan
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

During our 5 day stay in Mass, I took my girlfriend here after a night out in Salem. Although we felt a little under-dressed, the venue was breathtaking. We were given a wonderful view of the water, as we were placed right next to the window. We were greeted relatively quickly by our server Jules (who was wonderful by the way). We ordered a bottle of Cakebread Sav Blanc, which as always never disappoints. For starters, we got a half dozen oysters, a cup of the lobster bisque, and the calamari. Overall the presentation just felt sloppy for the venue. Giant bowls of cocktail and tartar, what looked like oven sizzle pans covered in bags of crackers for the soup, and an obscure dish of cold mushrooms. The calamari tasted premade and frozen, but the oysters tasted like oysters and the lobster bisque was impressive. For entrees, my girlfriend got the scallops and I got the lobster hawthorne. My lobster was filled with breadcrumbs and placed in the oven until they were burnt. Thats the only unique thing I could find concerning the lobster. Jules also put a bib on me, which my girlfriend got a kick out of but I felt like it was demeaning for the server to have to do that, but he smiled and laughed so it is what it is. My girlfriend was served 15 oysters on a sizzle pan, and they were pretty gross. They were milky, with no texture and no flavor, indicative that they also came out of the freezer. The place was pretty dead for a Saturday night, and a guy in the dining room behind us might of had a heart attack because halfway through the dinner, the EMTs and Firefighters rushed through the dining room after this guy who had collapsed. Overall, the place was stunning, however its a shame the food was just gross. They have a kitchen in the dining room and it looks lovely, the service was great, the menu is just something from the mid 90's that needs revamping. We spent $245, tipped $75 but would never go back unless the menu changed. Was still a great night!

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NaomiD
New England
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a surprise! When Boston Anthony's Pier 4 closed we thought we would never taste the popovers, Glover Salad, Marinated mushrooms and Prime Rib again. Nor experience the amazing water front views.

But, we heard through the grapevine that there was another location in Swampscott. We visited this weekend it the memories flooded back. In addition the lobster bisque was do die for!

We will be back again soon.

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vipRonbo
New England
21 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

The location is fantastic, great view of Boston skyline. The food is very good, can get a bit noisy if you are looking for a quiet dinner. They are short staffed as most restaurants so the wait is longer than usual to be served. All in all a great place

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vipJaniceW
New England
7 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service are the best. In particular, the view of the restaurant is exceptional. The only drawback is that the restaurant is 60 miles away from our house. Also, after the pandemic, the restaurant hours had been reduced.

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LeonardB
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The lobster didn’t taste fresh and was tough. I was disappointed. The service was good our server was very attentive.

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vipbill
New England
60 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb night .Great table marvelous view of sunset.Mediterranean Cod was excellent.Service outstanding.Wonderful evening

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AlexO
New England
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

The menu is half of what it was before Covid and quality of food suffered as well.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the view, food was fabulous!

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vipJBannon
Indiana
50 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Menu we saw when booking online was different than at restaurant so we just had some clams (very good) and left

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AndyL
New England
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

I wanted to have a wonderful experience. Service was poor - waitress could not answer menu questions. Food was bland and mediocre. :-(

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience1

Terrible table and service was horrid. Great food otherwise. Still will go back, with hopefully a better server.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Lobster was great, I didn’t like the swordfish though. Overall experience is good, we will return again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
15 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Wife wanted to check this place out since it had all the seaside flare you want in a restaurant on the water. The food was good and it’s very pretty inside, but it didn’t seem like a tightly run operation.

While food was good, but the service was not. Our waiter was hustling, but they were either understaffed or poorly deployed. It wasn’t just our waiter, it seemed like multiple guests were having issues with different waitstaff.

I doubt I’ll go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience2

Food and service were good. The restaurant and menu seem very dated.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, good food always consist! My favorite restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server Phillip was great- we had a beautiful view, nice lunch, and great service. Very quiet for a Sunday afternoon

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vipantypammy
New England
37 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Anthony’s Pier 4 used to be one of my most favorite restaurants to go to for special occasions. Having been there on Saturday I left feeling that the food was mediocre while the prices were prohibitive. I am unable to think of another seafood restaurant that is anywhere near as expensive as Anthony’s and, if up to me, I will not return.

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DianeB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Food was overpriced. Steaks were very salty and baked potato was previously cooked and reheated.

Sat in the back room by the window and saw numerous rats running outside along the building.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Lacy was just incredible. Professional, knowledgeable and gave service with a smile. Great ambassador for this location. Food was good but it was way more pricy than expected for what was delivered.

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vipsusieq
New England
15 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

enjoyed delicious food with excellent ambience and lovely waitstaff. Expect a leisurely dinner with great social distancing and a very enjouable evening. Lobster a la Hawthorne was outstanding as always.

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall2food4service4ambience4

I will no longer book with Open Table. My special request and note was not read or recognized. If your app provides that, how do you see it through? Too many times this has happened where the restaurant does not read or see the special request. Do you follow up day of to let restaurant know? If not, it means nothing. I will book only at restaurant from now on. This does not work. Very disappointed.

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SaraK
New England
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing quality food, the server Matthew was extremely polite. Food came out really quickly. It was a wonderful experience!!

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MarkT
New England
8 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and service was outstanding. Timing of courses and drinks was spot on and we were not rushed out of the building. The Views are spectacular, cant wait until the outdoor area is open we will be back again.

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Julietabouli
New England
8 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a treat to come here! Beautiful setting right on the ocean, lovely sunset and the food is delicious. The fresh popovers are the best. Great service in a nice atmosphere that you don’t see much these days. Not cheap, but it’s always a great experience.

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NicoleS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

I got baked stuffed lobster and my son fish and chips. They were decent. My husband got baked stuff shrimp and it was terrible. My husband also asked For roasted sweet potato which was offered. It was not roasted. Waiter was terrible. Never once asked if we wanted another drink. When we told him we wanted desert to go he seemed mad and said whatever. He also banged things down on the table. It was my birthday and when the waiter did that it ruined the experience.

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TomA
Naples
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and service was very attentive. The views are superb.

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SwampscottGator
New England
7 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful, ocean front venue. The baked stuffed shrimp were perfectly prepared. Looked like miniature baked stuffed lobsters. The popovers and pickled mushrooms add to the pre entre cocktail. Wonderful dining experience.

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vipAlmeg
New England
68 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My husband and I went at 2 on a Sunday afternoon and were seated by the window. View always impresses. Our server was great thru out giving us as much time to enjoy being out! But she always was attentive. Ordered prime rib special and medium baked stuffed lobster w/ Glover Salad. Also had popovers and marinated mushrooms included w/ dinner. All were very tasty. Entrees were pricey but worth it for a special meal. BTW, house wine is just ok.

FAQs

Anthony's Pier 4 Cafe offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (781) 595-5735.

Anthony's Pier 4 Cafe is rated 4.4 stars by 587 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.