Anthony's Pier 4 Cafe

4.3
584 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.
What 584 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.4
service
4.3
ambience
3.8
value
Noise · Quiet
100% of people would recommend it to a friend
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
Sort by
Filters
OT
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.

OT
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.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New England
14 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.

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

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

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

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

OT
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

a
vipantypammy
New England
32 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.

DB
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.

OT
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.

s
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.

OT
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.

SK
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!!

MT
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.

J
Julietabouli
New England
7 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.

NS
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.

TA
TomA
Naples
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

SG
SwampscottGator
New England
6 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.

A
vipAlmeg
New England
64 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.

CS
CarolS
New England
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great martinis . Wonderful attentive young server.

CP
ChristineP
New England
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and Matthew was a fantastic server.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience4

We were excited to be dining with an ocean view and the sun setting in the background. We had a lovely cocktail and started on our wedge salad and clam chowders, both were good.
Sadly...It went all downhill from there.

I ordered the scallop special, without realizing it was the special, it was delicious, but not worth $49. My husbands swordfish and rice were both cold and tasteless. When mentioned this to the waitress, she apologized and offered to bring him some French fries. I am not sure how that helped with the cold tasteless slab of pre frozen fish. But I figured she was just too new at the job to know it was probably time to offer another meal or get the manager involved.

After dinner I ordered a cappuccino, and was told the frother was broken, and opted for an espresso with cream on the side. It was the worst tasting espresso I have ever had... barley touching it.

Unlike my husband, I never complain and say anything about a bad meal...I always try to find the good in the experience.... but this was hard to do and even I couldn’t leave without letting the manager know.
The manager said he was sorry, and that it was strange that no one else had complained. He would comp my husbands swordfish, but I have yet to see this on credit card bill. Then he reiterated that no one has ever complained about the swordfish being cold and tasteless, and walked away.

I had such high hopes for this dinner, having breathtaking views and a name I thought I could trust. I grew up visiting Anthony’s Pier 4, the General Glover and Hawthorn by the Sea on special occasions. I had always enjoyed these finer establishments. I have never been so disappointed, or felt so ripped off, and flabbergasted by the poor response from management ... the whole experience was atrocious.

The name shouldn’t even be associated with the fond memories I have from the real Anthony’s Pier 4!

OI
OICU814FUN
New England
7 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love excellent food that it not fussy. Anthony's always delivers but, I would go just for the popovers , marinated mushrooms, Glover Salad and baked Alaska.
We enjoyed swordfish, filet mignon and scrod-all prepared the way we like.
Our server, Andre, made the experience even better and we were 30 feet from the nearest table.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience. I can’t wait to go and experience it again

U
Undeniable
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

The food was absolutely delicious but the service was mediocre.

PB
PaulB
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants we go to in a regular basis. Servers are always pleasant, food is excellent m, ambience couldn’t be better!

DG
DGERARD
New England
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Beautiful location with a great view of the ocean and the Boston Skyline.
My scallops were cooked perfectly and my oysters were plump and succulent. Only issue with the food was the steak my wife had as part of her surf and turf was served well done when medium was asked for.
Clientele was dominated by senior citizens. I think a modernized interior might attract a younger crowd.
Overall, still a nice place to go for a special occasion .
P.S. Popovers still awesome.

JT
JoeT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always enjoy going there. Looking forward to the time when the bar will re-open.

LL
LoriL
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Was very disappointed because they didn’t have prime rib. But otherwise, fabulous

l
viplocals
New England
8 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice ocean front view even at night, beautiful restaurant, easy parking, great service and food

PD
vipPeterD
New England
6 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Their baked stuffed lobster is the best! Great service by a superb wait staff. Great New England ambience.

PF
PauloF
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Warm and friendly atmosphere, great food and great service. View is fantastic.

CR
ChristineR
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went here for my husbands birthday and it was PERFECT!! The food was exceptional, my husband ordered the lobster savanna and I had filet mignon with baked stuffed shrimp. The meals were beyond our expectations, we look forward to returning. Our waitress was Brook, she was pleasant, knowledgeable nd probably one of the best waitresses we have ever had.

PB
PattyB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the first time we'd been out since Covid other than 1 outside visit to a restaurant back in July. Needless to say, we had our concerns about safety and health. As soon as we walked in the door, those concerns were gone. Spacing was fine, not crowded, all staff had masks on.
Food was great, service was great. Will return

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

The stuffed shrimp was OK though my baked potato was severely overcooked and gummy. My husband’s sirloin was supposed to be medium rare but was overcooked and charred on the sides. The bread rolls at the start of the meal were a strange texture and taste- I can’t really describe it. Clam chowder was good. We discussed ordering a side of broccoli with hollandaise ($9) but decided against it when our server informed us we each could choose a side with our meals. Well, we got the broccoli anyway and it was mushy. We ordered a $14 kid’s cheeseburger for our son who only ate half so we asked for the other half to be wrapped at the end of the meal. The server threw it away and upon asking why we didn’t receive our leftovers, we were given some plain pasta with a side of butter and parmesan cheese to take home. Not really the best way of correcting an error. Our dinners took a very long time to arrive, possibly because it was nearly all overcooked. Or considering the strange consistency of my baked potato, perhaps it was sitting under heat lamps in the kitchen for 30 min. The bill came to $140. Overall, I consider this very overpriced for the poor quality of the food. The ambiance is nice, however, and the view is great so I suppose that is what you’re really paying for. I wouldn’t go again, however.

SG
SveG
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience4

Food is ok, not worth the value. But main concern was water cup that I was served had lipstick mark on it - full on lips (I was not wearing a lipstick). I showed waitress, she apologized and replaced it. But that left gross feeling for me for rest of the time. During COVID I would expect better attention to cleanliness...

DS
DennisS
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. In these crazy times, it's a great place with a lot of history. Spaced out well, staff made you feel comfortable. Food was great. Made it easy to forget the time we are living in. Cod and Oysters were fantastic.

RT
RichardT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Service was both friendly and efficient without being obtrusive. Food was excellent and atmosphere was perfect.

F
Foodieforlife
New England
20 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I’ve been a few times only because I know it’s going to be quiet.
Well, it’s old and tired unfortunately for them. They closed for months through Covid and I thought they revamped. Nope. I will not be back. My mom follows their page and was so excited to check it out, I didn’t say a word. She was also disappointed. So sad, with my hand over my heart.

MN
MarkN
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible view, wonderful ambience, delightful service, delicious food, appropriate social distancing, and not overly expensive. If you appreciate these things, you'll love Anthony's Pier 4 "Hawthorne By the Sea" Cafe.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for NYE and the food and atmosphere were great.

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 4.3 stars by 584 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.