Pigeon Cove Tavern - Emerson Inn by the Sea

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$31 to $50
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American
In today’s over-saturated and often overthought dining scene, Pigeon Cove Tavern is an unique Rockport MA restaurant located inside The Emerson Inn. Characterized by its commitment to quintessential New England fare done right, chowder, lobster rolls, and other local favorites make the tavern the perfect meeting place..
Enjoy refreshing cocktails, craft beers, fine wines along with superb locally-sourced seafood and other favorites, in a casual ocean-side dining experience in either our comfortable parlor, trendy dining room, or on our deck overlooking the Ocean.
With spectacular ocean views from either the parlor, deck, or dining room, Pigeon Cove Tavern features one of the best ocean-side settings in Rockport. Pigeon Cove Tavern is a perfect setting for a casual, yet refined outdoor dining experience with a gathering of family and friends for drinks and fine fare.
*Reservations Required
*At this time we cannot accommodate parties larger than 6

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MConn
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect meal wonderful service lovely to have such cuisine right in the inn made the trip. Also seasonal drink candied apple was delicious

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BettyC
New England
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

This restaurant used to have a much more varied menu, but not now. I had bolognese, and the pasta was not cooked enough although the sauce was pretty good.

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GaryS
Naples
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Waitress was indifferent to us. Cool. Not a warm entrance.

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vipFLEAMO
New England
12 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Limited menu and the food is average. We had a. Cheese board that was very weak. Lobster roll was good, fries were gross, watermelon feta salad weak, cod ok. At least you can get a reservation on a busy Saturday in the Rockport area.

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vipTimW
New Orleans
22 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall3food2service1ambience3

We went to Pigeon Cove to celebrate our 5th anniversary. It was very disappointing. At no point did anyone acknowledge our anniversary and we had to wait an additional 10 mins to get seated only to not have a seat near the railing outside. As we said closest to the building a couple who had no reservations got a railing seat. Our server never once told us about specials or provided any quality service. She was unaware of what type of beverages the restaurant served. The food was ok. The steak frites was a over cooked when I had asked for medium. It was over well done. My wife had the cod which was under seasoned. Her drink was not well made. Our server never once asked us how the meal was going and only showed back up when our plates were cleared by someone else. We opted out on dessert frankly because she didn’t even offer us a dessert menu or tell us about it. We decided to go into rock port and grab ice cream which we enjoyed even more. Overall I hope the focus on both food and service gets better.

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Bob321
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The view from the terrace is the chief reason for dining at the Pigeon Cove Tavern. The food ranges from mediocre to good. The servers are friendly enough. We dined there twice this summer. The second time, the host came out to the podium where they greet arrivals, heard me saying that we had a reservation, picked up two menus, and took us to our table--all without saying a word or even looking in our faces. A "good evening" and an obligatory smile would have been all that's required.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
9 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful and delicious

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Lisa
New England
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal, great value and one of the better dinners I’ve had in Gloucester.

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LisaL
New England
7 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to dinner with my husband's sister and brother in-law; they were immediately impressed with the great room and the bar. We enjoyed our cocktails in that room until our table was ready. The entire time, my in-laws kept commenting on how lovely it was and what a great choice of location we made; I was the only one who had ever been there and it was for a corporate banquet I arranged in the lower level. Once we were seated at our table on the porch, there was even more appreciation. We ordered the popcorn shrimp and cheese board for appetizers. You get a good enough portion that you don't fill up on apps before the main course. My in-laws again stated they thought this would be an excellent place to stop for Sunday lunch. My brother in-law and I both had the salmon on a bed of quinoa - outstanding! My husband had the hangar steak - great flavor but a little on the tough side. Everyone was delighted with the service, the food and the amazing ambiance. We all live near the coast and frequently dine with "a veiw" but this view was one of the best. Oh, there is a wonderful wine selection and my sister in-law had some kind of yummy cosmopolitan in the beginning - she thought it was one of the best she ever had.

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Tristan
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, gorgeous location, and the best service. Unreservedly recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
43 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There is nothing more lovely than sitting on the veranda of the Emerson Inn and looking out at the sea. It's a special place. Our server was excellent, responsive and personable - didn't rush us at all. My salmon dish was outstanding - cooked and seasoned just right. The only thing I would do differently is to perhaps start our dinner a bit earlier, as eating outside does bring the mosquitoes once the sun goes down. Our reservation was for 7; we agreed we might want to start at 6:30 next time. And there will be a next time!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great spot

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DonB
New England
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience1

it was a let down ! server was very slow.....candle not lit...asked several times before being lit....had to wait several minutes just for drinks....whole place INCLUDING the EMERSON INN needs to be renowvated.....cleaned n updated!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Pigeon Cove Tavern is such a great spot in Rockport. The view of the water from the porch is AMAZING!! The food is great, a little on the pricy side but definitely worth it.

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CambridgeDiner
New England
25 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful dinner on the Porch Saturday. Food and service were wonderful, drinks lovely. Weather perfect for an early evening dinner with just enough breeze to keep things cool with beautiful view of the ocean. A gem of a place. Love the rockers on the porch, wonderful way to spend a summer evening.

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AndreaP
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful relaxed setting. The food was delicious.

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BruceM
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Weather permitting, sit out on the porch and you will look out over the ocean just north (actually east) of Rockport, MA. Beautiful view ... cool breezes ... shaded by the building at dinner time ... excellent. Recommend the Cover Runner cocktail. The menu choices are limited but the food was very good with friendly service. We consider it a good find and will return ... might even stay at the Inn sometime!

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YvesS
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very good food, very quiet, nice deck with view on the sea, nicely furnished inside... My only regret is the shortness of the menu, not enough choice. And no espresso.

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GregP
New England
19 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Beautiful place to enjoy an anniversary dinner. The view and ambiance was amazing. The food was delicious and staff was amiable.

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Orlando
New England
7 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great place for a nice dinner with Amazing views, good service, food and drinks. Not a big menu but no one in my party was disappointed with their selection. If you are on Cape Ann its a must try!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Lovely spot and yummy food but bugs were everywhere even with the anti bug candles on the table

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vipBrendanL
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A fantastic view, very attentive service and above average food

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OpenTable Diner
Montreal
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Services médiocres, saumon brûlé à l’extérieur et non cuit à l’intérieur. Déçu de mon expérience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience4

Terrible food.

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vipannea
Nashville
12 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent and a beautiful view. Nice romantic spot

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rebeccad
New England
5 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed a wonderful dinner with 3 other friends after show at Shalin Liu. Menu was diverse and creative, service was excellent and attentive. Much improved from 2018 season which seemed disorganised. As always the view is spectacular although unfortunately it did rain, but watching the storm inside was part of the charm. So happy restaurant seems to have regrouped for this season.

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AlisonA
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Beautiful views over the sea, haphazard service. Table sever was great, maitre de grumpy

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vipChloeR
New England
24 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Beautiful setting and delicious meal! Loved the popcorn shrimp, scallops, and rhumbarb crumble dessert. Service was a tiny bit slow at times, but this was fine since we were relaxing and enjoying the gorgeous view of the ocean on the veranda. We will be getting married at the inn next year and can't wait to celebrate (and eat!) in such a beautiful place.

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MCDC
New England
7 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We stayed for the second time at the Emerson Inn and both times we ate dinner at the Pigeon Cove Tavern. I have no complaints. The food was outstanding and the views of the ocean were beautiful. The wait staff seemed new and had a tough time but they were doing their best and worked hard to make people happy.

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vipJanet
New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

The Pigeon Cave Tavern is a lovely dining room within an historic Inn which has gorgeous views of the ocean. The staff were extremely friendly but it seemed as though it was everyone's first day on the job. Lots of uncertainty. The bar is very limited and the bartender definitely had not tended a bar before. The menu is not extensive but there is certainly something for everyone. The food was uneven. Our appetizer of Crab and Avocado toast was out of this world delicious! My hangar steak was a little tough but cooked perfectly. My date's homemade pasta with shrimp was inedible. The pasta was undercooked and unpleasant and the shrimp were scarce and extremely salty. The waiter was kind enough to remove his entree from our bill, as he barely touched it. We ordered Irish coffees for dessert, which was a mistake. They coffee was lukewarm and there was no whipped cream, so just a cool cup of coffee with a little Irish whiskey in it. How hard is it to serve hot coffee??? Again, very friendly staff - but they all could use some training and/or experience.

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vippaulf
New England
10 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came here after a show. Excellent service! Atmosphere is wonderful. Value is OK. I will certainly put them on the top of the list to go back to in the area.

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AnnF
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The Tavern sits in the lovely old Emerson Inn. We chose to sit on the back deck, which was covered against cool weather but still allowed us to see out. Service was prompt, and well timed. We enjoyed our drinks, an appetizer and two good though not outstanding entrees (banger steak and a risotto-vegetable dish) before splitting dessert. Would have liked more than two dessert choices, however.

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timothyb
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Food was very good. Service was slow. Our wine did not arrive until half way done the main course. Probably short staffed.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall2food3service1ambience3

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.

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vipsatnightdine
New England
22 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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JaniceK
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service was great! Staff friendly! Food delicious! Quiet and beautiful setting!

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vipRajanElamptor
New England
8 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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SarahD
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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.

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vipbarsee
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall3food2service3ambience4

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.

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Hope
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall2food2service2ambience3

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.

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