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About Pigeon Cove Tavern - Emerson Inn by the Sea
Imagine enjoying refreshing cocktails, craft beers, fine wines along with fresh appetizers and superb locally-sourced seafood and cuisine, in a true ocean-side dining experience in either our comfortable parlor, trendy dining room, or on our sunny deck overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
Introducing Pigeon Cove Tavern, opened in May of 2016 as Emerson Inn’s onsite restaurant. With spectacular ocean views from either the parlor, deck, or dining room, Pigeon Cove Tavern sports arguably the best ocean-side dining setting in Rockport and Cape Ann in general. Discover our well curated wine list, popular craft beers, and imaginative cocktails and spirits, alongside our menu hand-crafted by Chef Ameer Wahid. Pigeon Cove Tavern is a perfect setting for a candlelit dinner by the sea, a casual gathering of friends and family for drinks and fine fare, or a business get-together.
Rockport, MA 01966
Hours of Operation:
Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Weekly entertainment coming soon!
Private Parking lot as well as street parking available.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Pigeon Cove Tavern - Emerson Inn by the Sea Ratings and Reviews
Very pleasant room with attentive service, spectacular views of the open Atlantic from the dining room window. The food is well prepared and thoughtfully presented. The three-course prix fixe comes with matching wines on the first two courses. The night we dined they offered smoked salmon pate with an unoaked chardonnay and scampi with a pinot grigio; dessert was any item from the dessert menu. I opted for the chocolate mousse and chose well. My wife had the crispy duck breast on a bed of shaved brussel sprouts, cooked perfectly. Cocktails are available in an attractive and comfortable adjacent room also with ocean views. Interesting offering of mixed drinks. They make a fine old fashioned.
The ambience and food was wonderful and it is a great addition to the neighborhood. We had horrible service. We waited about 90 minutes for our entrees, and all the surrounding tables that arrived long after we did were served first. I was so disappointed with the service that I am hard pressed to recommend this place to others. I am not sure yet whether or not I will go back because I don't have three hours of time to have dinner for two.
Service was excellent. I had the pan seared seared scallops which were very good... it was the velote that made the dish 5 star.I don't consider myself a foodie but the chef combined ingredients I don't much like individually into something I savored so I rated this Fit for a Foodie.
I am loathe to write this review because I would not want spoil the "secret hideaway" aspect of this lovely Inn. That said, it is perfect. Old world New England Style Inn with porch seating and ocean views. We went on a late August weeknight and it was lovely. Jazz music and lovely service added to what I would describe as one of the prettiest dinners (tasty too) I have ever had. It is a hidden gem and well worth the trip to Rockport, not matter what the weather!
The views are spectacular and the food is delicious! We had an early evening dinner overlooking the ocean, after we enjoyed cocktails on the wraparound porch at the beautiful Emerson Inn. We are so glad we decided to spend the day in Rockport then take a quick drive away from town to go to the Pigeon Cove Tavern. The servers and waitstaff could not have been more friendly and accommodating. We'll be back!
Spectacular seaside location. Low key, pleasant surroundings. The outdoor porch is where you want to dine. Plan to eat before sunset or bring an extra layer. The locally sourced ingeprediants are well prepared. We enjoyed fish, duck and risotto, all excellent, we needed to be out in time for a concert and that was not a problem. The inn and restaurant is a short drive from the main streets of Rockport so you are away from the bustle of a busy summer day, very relaxing.
My fiance and I went for our 2 year anniversary/engagement dinner. Found it after a quick Google search and could not be happier. The atmosphere was perfect, quiet and peaceful right on the water. Food was delicious, portion size was good, and the price was right. Good wine and beer selection as well. To make the night even better, there was a whale sighting while we ate dinner. Would highly recommend and will definitely be back.
The food was late to arrive despite our early arrival. We were celebrated my fiancé' s 50th and had to make it to a show. We had a 6pm reservation and needed to leave by 7:30. We ordered a dozen oysters, they were not fresh but the worst part was that we waited almost an hour for them when finally our waitress came over and said, there will be a wait on the oysters, you could have them for dessert...dessert? But when they arrived we could tell they weren't fresh and my fiancé had to spit it out into the glass. Our dinner arrived but with only 15 minutes to eat it. Ultimately this was a lousy and expensive experience, $70 without alcohol. We will not find there again.
Definitely worth going back to. Our first time, a lovely pre-Shalin Liu evening. Dinner outside overlooking the water. Great cocktail. We split a starter and main (duck wontons and swordfish cassoulet). Both were very good. The swordfish was particularly tender and delicious.
The view from this restaurant is spectacular, and it would be worth going for drinks and maybe appetizers but i would avoid a meal. The staff were very nice, but the service was dreadful. It took over an hour to get our food; for the last 30 min we were told that the food was "on its way". Meals were mediocre at best. Interior decor is dark and bland...ask to sit on the patio.
Gorgeous ocean front setting. Weather was great so we sat at a table on the terrace facing the beautiful inn grounds and the ocean. Service was friendly and excellent and the food very good. I liked that the menu differed from the majority of restaurants in the area that served very standard seafood fre. The menu here had a variety of choices and not boiled lobster, thank God.
Pigeon cove tavern has a beautiful spot on the rocky shore of Rockport with sweeping lawns and ocean view. The dining deck is quite nice with a covered porch and boasting lots of space and views. The menu is a bit limited but overall has what could be good selections. After two nights of eating there though I probably won't go back. Not bad food, but not great food.
The mussels were very gritty and bland. They appeared to be in a tomato based sauce that had no flavor. No garlic, no herbs, no flavor. The beet salad was quite good but the lettuce was not as crisp as it could have been. It may have sat too long before serving. The Tuna salad special was described as being fresh caught tuna that day and marinated in a soy based sauce on greens. No flavor at all. I had to ask for a tin of soy marinade to add some taste to the tuna. And the greens were soggy and mostly shredded cabbage. In addition, there didn't seem to be anyone who could advise us about the wine. My friend had a burger which they liked very much.
The restaurant is in a sweet spot and seems to try to be a great place to eat. But, I wasn't impressed with the food. I hope they continue to try to create dishes that match the setting.
This is a real gem, the Hotel is an amazing piece of history with a location second to none. The restaurant is very nice with inside and outside dining. We chose a great outdoor table with a breathtaking view of the ocean. We found the menu very diverse with many great choices. The wine list was outstanding and the Chocolate Mousse was to die for. This was our second time dining here and was well worth the four hour drive, we love this place.
Great food, peaceful setting with a beautiful view and a lovely attentive waitress.
My only complaint is the music. When we were seated, we felt the overhead music wasn't appropriate for this type of dining. In this setting, we expect easy listening, soft jazz or even some relaxation background music. I did ask the waitress if the music could be changed and she said she would check with her manager. It was eventually changed to something softer but in the interim there was lovely live music from piano and saxophone that started; both were playing at the same time which wasn't pleasing. Hopefully this will explain the ambiance and noise level ratings. I hope this is taken as constructive criticism and perhaps a learning experience for young staff.
We had an outdoor table with an ocean view on an absolutely beautiful evening! We began with an appetizer and then had the swordfish and scallop entrees - I must say that everything was done perfectly. Our waitress was cordial and efficient. We will certainly be heading back to the Pigeon Cove Tavern in the near future!
We went here 4 years ago and the food was amazing. Unfortunately not this time. The inn and restaurant are now under new ownership and a lot is different. We came back because they used to have the best new England clam chowder, now it's not even on the menu. I would have rated this place 5 stars all around last time, but now it just average.
Had a really nice first-time dinner. It was a cold Spring evening, so unfortunately couldn't sit outside on the deck, which is partially what attracted us to the place. The menu is limited, but the food is excellent. The drinks weren't all that special, and after 3 glasses of Sangria, the effect was as if it had been KoolAid. All the servers/hostesses were really very nice, and our particular server was attentive until the party of 15 next to us was seated. Then it was everything we could do to get her attention. We look forward to returning when the weather is warm and we can sit outside to get the full benefit of the Atlantic view.
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