Pigeon Cove Tavern - Emerson Inn by the Sea
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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 family and friends for drinks and fine fare, or a business get-together.
Food was very good. Service was slow. Our wine did not arrive until half way done the main course. Probably short staffed.
This place clearly doesn’t use open table properly. I booked a reservation for 8pm through open table, when we arrived at the restaurant they said they had no records of our open table reservation even though throughout our stay I was receiving open table notifications on my phone about my up coming reservation. We ended up waiting another 35 minutes beyond our open table reservation to be seated. The multiple times we tried to track down the hostess and check on our table she was no where to be found. All in all extremely frustrating experience and will not be going back.
We have been there a few times. We always have dinner on the porch and view of the ocean is beautiful. The food is delicious and the service is excellent. I wish they were open all year long.
Service was great! Staff friendly! Food delicious! Quiet and beautiful setting!
Sublime grace by the ocean -- a table on the porch in the late afternoon. Friendly, attentive service. Every dish delicious -- amazingly yummy frenchfries. Lovely experience.
We eat here every summer because the porch view is spectacular and the food is usually good, and sometimes excellent. After reading mixed reviews on service and food, I was unsure what to expect this year, but the service and the food were both excellent.
The music in the dining room was a cacophony—the staff seemed clueless and most diners apparently chose to sit on the veranda in spite of the over cast and cool weather; albeit the ocean view is wonderful and the chief reason for dining here in the first place.
The food was very disappointing, poorly prepared and so average.
We dined here last fall and the food was noticeably much better—
I would recommend this historical inn for the ocean view and heritage.
They need to up their game as there are many more choices of fine dining on Cape Ann these days.
The location is beautiful and there is a spacious deck overlooking the ocean. We arrived a bit early but were seated quickly. The restaurant wasn’t overly busy but the staff seemed flustered. Our food took 50 minutes to arrive. Nothing we ordered was complicated. We were offered free desserts because of the delay, and were told that a wedding party was downstairs. Just not up to par. First time there, but my guess is that service and food is an issue regularly.
Terrific menu-food was delicious, server was wonderful-attentive, knowledgeable, friendly. Perfect martini with a Cheese board for a starter, shrimp pasta which was wonderful, my date hd the roasted chicken which won huge raves. Excellent Chocolate Mousse to finish. Great evening on the porch overlooking the ocean-cool breeze on a hot and humid night. 5 stars!
Rosemary, our server was knowledgable, friendly and efficient. The cuisine was excellent and the outside porch with ocean view a wonderful experience. This restaurant is in a fine inn that has interesting history and ambiance.
We ate on the balcony looking over the sea. Beautiful venue. The food was excellent and the service was stellar. Very relaxing and enjoyable.
Very nice seaside outdoor dining.
Servers were very nice, view is fantastic, setting great. The food on both our plates was cold. Tasty, but cold. It also took longer than it should for simple things, like more water, or a second glass of wine. Shame as this place is about a half bubble off very good. It could be fantastic, but not as it is now. Sorry. Nice people, need to do better.
We live in town so we frequent PCT several times a year. This visit was underwhelming from start to finish, beginning with a brush-off from the hostess. I'll chalk up some of the slow service to being understaffed, particularly in the kitchen. My scallops over quinoa were good, but my wife's vegetarian risotto was bland and the texture of the vegetables did not fit. The menu and the execution used to be better. This was a neighborhood gem for a while, though something has changed for the worse and we left feeling it will be a long time before we return. :(
Three of us got salads with added protein. They were good but nothing special. My husband was delighted with his pasta dish which he thought was very flavorful. The setting outside is so beautiful- that’s the reason we went. The servers were warm and responsive. A lovely place to have a meal, even just a burger..
The view is its biggest draw. They seem to be trying hard to upgrade all aspects but not there yet.
Zach, the server was terrific all around!
We frequently dine at the Emerson during the summer season. We were celebrating our anniversary and the host new this. No mention was made of our celebration.
The menu was limited, and many of the specialities were deleted from last summer’s delightful menu.
The service was slow, and given there were very few diners, it was unexpected.
The jazz band will not be returning on Wednesday evening which is disappointing as well.
Very disappointed in losing one of our favorite places to dine. Won’t go back.
We ordered salmon which came with risotto. Neither one had much taste amd was a little pricy fpr what you got. View was nice.
Great setting in a historic inn. The clam chowder was totally superb, the main course very tasty and the staff friendly and attentive. Plan to make it our go to place as we can walk there.
Vistited on a warm Friday evening and was looking forward to the outdoor eating and the great view. The food was just average. I am not sure if there is a new chef or if it was just because it was early in the season. We felt that it was overpriced for what we got from a food perspective.
We were the only people in restaurant til 2 other couples arrived so it was very quiet. Service was OK. Food mediocre. Seats uncomfortable. Bill was incorrect with three items we didn’t have listed for extra $50. They were nice about correcting it, saying all the staff is new.
Ambiance very different from visits in past, much more casual, no longer have table linens.
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 food was amazing. Unfortunately, it was a busy night and not enough waitesses and the service was compromised. Very slow service with 40 minutes between salad and main course and poor service in between. Not waitress fault ; just way busy
Great patio dining overlooking the ocean. Beautiful Inn with attentive staff.
Beautiful, elegant restaurant. My sisters and I celebrated a birthday at this lovely hotel restaurant. Everything was fabulous except my steak and mashed potatoes which were cold and had to get sent back.
I have dined here three times and each time has been consistently excellent. The food is superb; the service is excellent; and the ambience is lovely and laid back. I highly recommend.
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.
Not prepared for holiday weekend. Was served by the hostess who obviously had that job to do as well. Food was excellent. Service was the worst we have ever had. Only time I have never given a tip. Felt we were in the way.
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.
Excellent view and atmosphere. Assorted cheese/fig board was great!
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.
The view of the ocean from the porch is beautiful. The food is good but the menu is limited. Vey good service.
Dinner was terrific, as well as service and ambiance
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.
We were lucky to pick the perfect late afternoon/evening to dine on their veranda which has a spectacular ocean view. The food was imaginatively prepared and service friendly.
Portion size on the small size. Excellent service by staff
We enjoyed dinner here before a show in town. Food was very good, view even better! We would definitely recommend the Tavern to others.