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Anthony's Pier 4 Cafe, Swampscott, MA
Anthony's Pier 4 Cafe, Swampscott, MA
Anthony's Pier 4 Cafe, Swampscott, MA
Anthony's Pier 4 Cafe, Swampscott, MA
Anthony's Pier 4 Cafe, Swampscott, MA

Anthony's Pier 4 Cafe

4.5
4.5
699 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, American
  • Hours of operation
    Sat 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (781) 595-5735
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Private party contact
    Functions Department: (781) 595-5735
  • Neighborhood
    Swampscott
  • Cross street
    Rt. 129
  • Parking details
    Complimentary Parking
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 699 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Boston Metro North

    Great for scenic views

  • Boston Metro North

    Good for special occasions

  • Boston Metro North

    Seafood

699 Reviews
  1. NorthofBoston

    Greater Boston

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best dining experiences we have had in a long time. Easter Sunday and the restaurant was nicely decorated and the female customers were given a pink carnation. Very old school and that can be so wonderful nowadays. Excellent food and service and a view that can't be beat.

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  2. Momof3

    Orlando

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    We should have a known, on a Saturday night, the restaurant was half empty. We sat for quite a while before anyone came to us. We were greeted with, “I guess you’re my table”. No beer on tap is also not a good sign. We asked for the beer list, and got handed a scribbled piece of note paper that had the beers written down on it. We ordered calamari as an appetizer, and received a plate full of lettuce with about a dozen tiny calamari on it. We then saw all the tables with popovers and kept waiting for for ours. Finally, we asked a busboy why we didn’t receive any, because our server was long gone. He replies, “Well you have to ask for them”? What? We then saw someone at the table next to us send back their meals, and leave. We cancelled our dinner and left…. Someone needs to take over this once thriving place and make it great again!

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  3. OldMrBoston

    Greater Boston

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Classic old school Boston seafood restaurant. Incredible location on the rocks at Swampscott, just over the line from Lynn, and 10 minutes from Logan. First class atmosphere and service. Seafood as fresh as anywhere, and perfectly prepared without pretentious embellishments. The prices are not cheap, but they are substantially less than some of the nouveau spots in the Seaport, and the food is twice as good at Anthony's. There is plenty of free parking, and a separate bar area near the entrance, also overlooking the water.

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  4. Bottomline222

    Greater Boston

    118 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    118 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Anthony’s Pier 4 was and is still one of the last grand restaurants of New England. Great food, location, service, and ambiance. As long as it’s still there we’ll make the drive from Hopkinton.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My sister was up from N.J. and I brought her to this fine restautany knowing we would have a great meal. And we did! She said, looking out at the water, this is the epitome of New England charm and style! Candle lit and white linen adorned, our Martinis and ice cold, fresh oysters started us off...complimentary hot popovers and marinated mushrooms led to their famous lobster bisque. The rest of the meal and dessert, was fabulous! Service was professional, warm, and timed just right! You must go there!!

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  6. DeboraCG

    Greater Boston

    50 reviews

    3.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was ok, not worth the high price in my opinion. Wanted to take a walk down memory lane and we did. Service was good and extras like popovers were lovely. Would I go back? Not with all the wonderful choices around.

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  7. BradH

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very satisfied - a bit on the pricey side, but a very pleasant dining experience.

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  8. RobD

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience for a small group dinner to celebrate a family milestone birthday. Staff was VERY accommodating and followed request through OpenTable messenger to have a bottle of champagne at the table. Food was excellent, and the pop-overs were just delicious!

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  9. Suie

    Greater Boston

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    A long time favorite restaurant of mine/ours--It never disappoints!

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  10. Mimi

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was very good friendly and helpful with menu. We went early so it was quite the greeti g was nice great table with view of ocean. Food was very good a little expensive but good

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  11. FoodCriticOne

    London

    34 reviews

    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was largely quite good -- and the service excellent. The prime rib, lobster bisque, and sole were especially good. Our guest and I agreed that the Negronis we ordered were the worst we had ever had: whoever made them had simply no idea how to make (or to serve) one! The tab was very high for the experience but the views are exceptional and the entrees appetizing.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Consistently excellent food highlighting local Seafood. Of standing management and staff with excellent attention to detail do not miss the Glover salad and steaming hot pop over the view of the Atlantic and the Boston skyline in the distance is breathtaking particularly at sunset. 

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  13. ChrisB

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and beautiful seating for my girlfriend and I for our anniversary! Will definitely come again

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  14. PaulW

    Greater Boston

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The seafood is always fresh and the preparation outstanding. The service is always professional and knowledgeable.

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  15. kellyc

    New York City

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Terrible New Year’s Eve Dinner. Very strange ambience with 4 of the possible owners greeting us but did nothing to direct where coats went, where to sit, get help with poor service. They just stood around talking. Wine took about 30mins and no water refills unless walked to front desk to ask. Entrée took 60 mins to arrive after we had eaten appetizers which were good. All the entrees were tasteless and one steak went back 3 times as it was overcooked then raw not even rare. So they had nothing to eat for a main dish. One of the owners came to see why the food was sent back 3 times and suggested prime rib. When it came it didn’t look good and tasted chewy fully of thick gravy not au jus.One waitress many tables. There is more but this is enough to fairly demonstrate our experience.

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  16. MylesG

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Busy New Year’s Eve. Food was excellent. Staffing was barely adequate, but server still managed to do a good job. There was a long wait for entree but it was hot and well prepared on arrival. We will definitely return.

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  17. CherylM

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We requested to have a table by the window on the Open Table reservation app and we were not given one. There were 2 tables that remain vacant by the window the entire time we were there. The restaurant was not busy at all and we were the only people not given a table by the window. Food was good and our waitress was very nice.

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  18. Kelly

    Greater Boston

    6 reviews

    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Went here on a date for my fiancés birthday. We included that it was a birthday in the reservations notes. The restaurant was empty so we asked to sit at the bar instead of a table since it was a bit more lively in that area. The bartender gave us menus and wanted us to immediately order. We asked for drinks then put in an app promptly after. The app and bread/butter came out right away. We then asked if we could order entrees for after the app. We placed the order then began to eat. Not even getting halfway through the app, our bartender started to clear all of our plates and silver wear then asked “are you done?” So obviously we just said yes. Felt extremely rushed for no reason, especially since there was nobody in the place. It was only 7pm when we got there for dinner and this all happened by 7:15. The food was mid at best. Filet was over cooked, and we were up charged for sauces we didn’t order. Won’t be back. Terrible birthday experience. I’d expect more for the prices they charge.

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  19. JackieC

    Greater Boston

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A Boston classic; wonderful view, service and food!

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  20. ChristopherD

    Rhode Island

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From the moment of our arrival we were treated like royalty. There is plenty of easy parking and if you don't have a car, public transit drops off right in front on the street. The whole night was a fun, easy, classy experience. Everyone in our party felt pampered and well looked after. The food was tasty, at the right temperature and well plated - a treat for the eyes and the taste buds! We were a party of four and all had excellent experiences with our drinks, appetizers, meals and dessert. The marinated mushrooms and were perfectly cool, fresh and delicious. The popovers were divine and came with plenty of butter to melt on the inside of them. We had personable attention from our waiter and from others working the dining room. The views of the water are unparalleled. HIGHEST recommendation.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food at Anthony’s is consistently wonderful! The Glover salad is always tasty and fresh, the popovers are fantastic, the marinated mushrooms are a treat, and the cod is delicious! I highly recommend this place, as it is a step above many other dining establishments:)

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  22. AlanW

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice restaurant! Great service too! The pop-over was delicious.

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  23. MaryJ

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Celebrated our grandson's birthday. We were all pleased with our meals and the service we received. We were able to sit, talk and enjoy our meal without feeling rush. Both my grandson and I got the baked lobster special, little pricey, but well worth it. Beautiful of the ocean and Boston skylines. Definitely will return.

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  24. MarkT

    Greater Boston

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great atmosphere, the wait service always is attentive and the bar tenders always make a great drink. Plus the food is great too. We will be back again. I have been coming here for years and cant say enough. make sure you walk across the bridge over the lobster pool like we always do.

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  25. PamelaT

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fine dining at it’s best. Wonderful view, conscientious but unobtrusive service. Delicious food from a seafood-centered but varied menu. Not gazillion choices which I prefer, but starters, salads, seafood, and steaks, desserts, something for everyone is our party of 5. We were served popovers and butter, a delightful surprise. Can’t wait to go again!

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  26. cheesegirl

    Greater Boston

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a hidden gem. Popovers and marinated mushrooms complimentary. We had the grey sole and the swordfish. Both were excellent. You really can not beat the value here, not to mention the beautiful view.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful place but for the price food was mediocre

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  28. foosha

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    delicious food, attentive waitstaff and lovely ocean view

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  29. jplee

    Greater Boston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the last of the greats! This place is a gem. While you're overlooking the ocean with the Boston skyline twinkling through every floor to ceiling window, you are eating superbly prepared food in a family-owned restaurant. The staff is warm, professional and excellent at what they do. Manager and Maitre d', George keeps things in line with what was the original Anthony's Pier 4 in Boston. The family has sold the property to the town, so go there while it lasts. It's a treat you'll treasure.

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  30. CharlenneA

    New York City

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    View was amazing and the seafood some of the best we have had.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great view. Sat outside. Olga was a great server. The decor and local are amazing

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful setting. Great memories but .! Food was very good service was just barely average. Just felt like everyone was just going through the motions 😞

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  33. Cosette

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The great location on the ocean is what drew us to this restaurant. The outdoor deck is awesome in good weather but next to a window in bad weather is nice, too. The food is delicious and the service is excellent.

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  34. Sues

    Greater Boston

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a wonderful meal and attentive staff! A hidden gem with an amazing ocean view !

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  35. Boatie

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It is a real loss that this place is closing. It is a rare gem on the water with good food and great views. The ambience both inside and outside plus an all American basic menu of classics is unheard of in restaurants today. So sad it will be gone. Maybe someone will revive it?

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  36. marthac

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 28, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    When I called, manager said we could not have separate checks but could have 2 checks for group of 8. Server said each group of 8 could have separate checks. We got check for total and one item was mischarged, Food quality was no where as good as in the old days. Our dinner get together was a real disappointment.

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  37. JanW

    Greater Boston

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Anthony’s Pier 4 is my favorite restaurant because I love their cooking and excellent food quality.

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  38. Anncat

    Greater Boston

    32 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Been years since I've been to an Anthony's! Was better than I thought. Went for Father's Day and was pretty quiet. Basically went for nostalgia ... memories of a time gone by. Food was good service a bit off. Was hoping they would still have the rice pudding for desert but guess it's not a current favorite on todays menus. You really do get the feeling that it will be closing soon. Such a shame lovely view also.

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  39. CoCr

    Greater Boston

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was really good and we had a nice birthday celebration. Despite the rain we had a nice view of the bay. We live an hour away but was still pleased with how the day turned out.

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  40. NorthofBoston

    Greater Boston

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Old school style. Elegant setting, great food and service with a beautiful oceanview.

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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 4.5 stars by 699 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Anthony's Pier 4 Cafe

153 Humphrey Street, Swampscott, MA 01907

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Rt. 129
  • Neighborhood
    Swampscott
  • Hours of operation
    Sat 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, American
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Complimentary Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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