Pigeon Cove Tavern - Emerson Inn by the Sea

4.2
179 Reviews
$31 to $50
American

About

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

What 179 people are saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
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4.3
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4.3
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LynnD
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall3food2service1ambience2

The view is beautiful. The hostess was very warm & inviting. That's pretty much the last "feel good" moment we had.
The seating out side was ok. Hard, cold metal chairs, no cushions. The server was horrible, she made it clear that she didn't want to be there.
I made these reservations weeks in advance and we were excited to go.
Not worth the hype or the $$.

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Alison
New England
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Our waitress seemed a little unsure of the menu and failed to tell us about the special which I only heard when another waitress was telling the table next to us. I actually wanted to order the special and had to ask the other waitress about it. They did change my meal and it was actually delicious. Other than the poor communication our overall experience was very good.

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WanderingDiner
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

A gem on the Northshore. Beautilful porch looking over the ocean, socail distance seating, great service and food. Limited menu but great place for a drink, sandwich, chowder.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Such a nice place to stay workers were so accommodating and friendly

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LarryF
New England
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good experience during an challenging time. The waiter and food was excellent! Highly recommend the restaurant especially if you are staying at the hotel.

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RosieR
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience1

The view is beautiful but unfortunately the service at this restaurant was very poor. We made a reservation for 8pm and arrived before then as we were staying at the attached Emerson Inn. However, the waitress did not want to be there or wanted to get away early that night, so the whole dinner was very rushed; not a nice atmosphere for a relaxing dinner. The food was served in paper plates and the cheque was given to us before we had even finished our meal, never mind ordered dessert. We were back in our room by 9pm thoroughly unsatisfied. Skip this restaurant and head to Feather and Wedge in Rockport for better food and ambience.

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vipCoffeLover
New England
42 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

They served comfort food in baskets, which was great, but somewhat of a pity considering it was my first visit and I may not be back for years. The patio seating, the service, and the lovely setting made up for any disappointment I experienced (due to the current restrictions).

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LOCAL
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Beautiful spot and good service but the place needs updating all around. Limited menu due to covid.

DC
vipDougC
New England
43 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just the best! Venue ( the porch) menu, service, preparation and presentation so well done. Very relaxed elegance.

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Ellen
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience1

This place is not very good. Service was good, our waiter was nice and very polite. Food was good but not very good, I ordered Cheese board that had nothing to do with a real and delicious cheeseboard. It was served with a small aluminum plate, really crazy. We understand things have changed from Covid but a lot of people are spending money not for business to survive but for their pleasure. I will not be going there again and I will recommend other not going either.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful waitress! Views were splendid and we were late, still accommodated.

MS
vipMegS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Most peaceful night on a beautiful and quiet porch. Best view!

CO
ClaireO
New England
9 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Lovely porch dining. Disappointed with paper and plastic dishware.

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WilliamL
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Via the website we thought we signed up for a high end restaurant all that was offered was pub food
We asked about a more extensive menu we were told COVID19 standards limited the number of employees in the kitchen at the same time!

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vipDima
New England
6 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience5

Great views from the porch.

Extremely limited menu choices.
Asked for a med-rare burger - got well done with a barely warm bun.

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vipRRCVic
New England
6 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great social distancing. Great service . Great view. Great food and drink.

A nice comfortable place to dine during this time of sheltering and caution.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Menu was very limited. I was surprised that the food was served on paper plates. View was the highlight.

AL
ALH123
New England
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, Delicious drinks and an Amazing view outdoors.

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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

BC
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
17 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
27 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
10 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
8 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!

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

Great spot

DB
DonB
New England
3 reviews
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.

BM
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.

GP
GregP
New England
20 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
14 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!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

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

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

A fantastic view, very attentive service and above average food

FAQs

Pigeon Cove Tavern - Emerson Inn by the Sea is rated 4.2 stars by 179 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.