About The Pier House

Come join us at Fresco's while The Pier House is under construction!
The craft cookery of the Pier House restaurant kitchen and staff, while under highly anticipated reconstruction of our new digs, have taken the short trolley ride across town to welcome to our culinary family another "HOUSE". The beautifully Victorian and historic landmark FRESCOS Ristorante offering rustic Mediterranean inspired cuisine. Our chefs and staff are eager to meet and exceed your perceived expectations. Open 7 days a week!

1327 Beach Avenue
Cape May, NJ 08204
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Mediterranean, American

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: 8:00am - noon;lunch 12:00pm to 3:00pm
Dinner: 5:30pm - 10:00pm

offseason dinner hours friday saturday + sunday from 530pm
breakfast from 800am saturday+sunday

Cross Street:
Pittsburgh Avenue

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(609) 898-0300

Website:
http://www.thepierhousecapemay.com/

Catering:
Sister company, Parea Catering, will host parties off-site.

Parking Details:
Plenty of free parking on street

Public Transit:
In season trolley service every 15 min in front of restaurant.

Executive Chef:
Argerios Mallous

Private Party Facilities:
Hotel conference room / patio.

Private Party Contact:
George Mallous: (609) 898-0300

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

The Pier House Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

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4.5

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4.1

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4.1

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Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (896)
Special Occasion (731)
Scenic View (665)
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Great for Outdoor Dining (612)
Neighborhood Gem (559)
Romantic (493)
Notable Wine List (472)
Good for Groups (386)
Vibrant Bar Scene (232)
Kid-friendly (195)
Hot Spot (177)
Great for Lunch (150)
Great for Brunch (117)
Late-night Find (58)
Creative Cuisine (25)
Good for Anniversaries (21)
Good for a Date (21)
Waterfront (19)
Good for Birthdays (18)
Worth the Drive (16)
Bar Seating (15)
Local Ingredients (14)
Casual (13)
Authentic (11)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Cozy (6)
Healthy (6)
Seasonal (6)
Fun (5)
Outstanding Value (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Tapas (4)
Business Meals (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Happy Hour (3)
People Watching (3)
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Pre/post Theatre (2)
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vip
 (Atlantic City)·Dined on September 9, 2016

The food was outstanding. Maria and Jason at the bar out did themselves. Thank you.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 6, 2016

Impeccable service!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 3, 2016

Never a questionable meal. Food is exquisite and beautifully prepared. One of the most magical meals ever a few years ago outside at sunset with the grasses blowing in the wind. Best waiter in Cape May–Carl.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Late-night Find
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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on August 29, 2016

First time for us at The Pier House. Sat outside. Lovely environment, great food and service. 4 of us. Ahi tuna, lamb, and it was all great. We'll go again.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on August 29, 2016

It was our 7 th wedding anniversary, I planned a whole day in Cape May , I researched to find a good place to eat , Pier House had good reviews Oceans front dinning great !!!. Was I misled !!!. Start off with Ocean front dinning no view of the ocean, walk to greet hostess to let them no we were here. practically blow us off and answered the phone and began talking to someone else. We went to the bar to get few drinks and had to fight the fly's away. So we left , to try and another place to eat, could not Blue Rose wound up at Fins bar and grille and had great meal polite staff. definitely would recommend Fins.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 26, 2016

Great food with great friends. Interior is wonderful and the bartender Jason is the BEST whether your dining or just stopping in....

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Tapas, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 26, 2016

Been going to pier for 7 years- by far one of the best in cape may

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 25, 2016

Loved The Pier House so much we went twice last week! Great menu, very creative ! Loved the grilled octopus, salmon, sea bass, oysters and the best salad; watermelon with feta. This will be a go to place whenever we are at the shore!!

Tags: Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 25, 2016

Interestingly...a charge to Air Canada was on my credit card shortly after I used the card to pay for my dinner at Pier House.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on August 24, 2016

Terrific seafood!! Great appetizers and entrees highly recommend

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 21, 2016

We have been wanting to try this place all season we usually can not get reservation. I have heard such great things and could not wait to try . Food was ok nothing that set the bar so high to have to wait for a reservation . What was disappointing was we were sat at a table that had a leak in the ceiling . When telling the waitress she was very accommodating and moved us to a dry table . We then watched as the hostess kept retrying to sit people at the table with a leaky roof.. Not sure we will be back nothing special and not worth the wait.

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on August 20, 2016

The Pier House is the best. My husband and I go to Cape May just to eat there. We have been there many times and it gets better every time. Cannot wait to go back in the fall. We recommend this place to everyone

Tags: Romantic, Organic, Authentic, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Waterfront
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 20, 2016

The food was excellent and the outdoor setting was lovely. The presentation of the dishes was creative and enhanced the quality of the overall experience. Prices were a bit above average but well worth it. We would recommend this restaurant to anyone seeking outstanding food in a beautiful setting. You'll thank us!

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 19, 2016

We were looking for a nice restaurant with a view in Cape May when I came across The Pier House. We are sort of Greek food snobs (think Varka in Bergen County) so we were anxious to see if it would measure up. It did! We were all very pleased with our meals. We felt just a little rushed by our waitress, but maybe she was just trying to be attentive.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 19, 2016

Food presentation excellent.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 17, 2016

The Pier House is one of our favorite restaurants. We go frequently and ask for Natalia as our server. She is fabulous and so is the food!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 16, 2016

Year in and year out a must when we are anywhere in or near Cape May. Watermelon salad, Fried Lobster Tail and the best Grilled Octopus (on a bed of Greek salad and a shot of Ouzo), Awesome.
Wait staff is always on top of their game.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Worth the Drive
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on August 15, 2016

There's nothing I could say, this was the first time there for us and it was by far one of the best places I have been to here in cape may! Loved it!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 12, 2016

Delicious! Great service!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 11, 2016

Family in Cape May for vacation, we ate at the Pier House for dinner and lunch on the beach. Food was excellent, service was great!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 9, 2016

We enjoyed our dinner at Pier House during our annual Cape May trip. Been here several times over the past 10 years and foodwise, it still holds up. Food is fresh and nicely seasoned and plated; especially enjoyed a top-notch grilled octopus and bronzino. Bread basket offerings of olive bread and whole grain were irresistibly good. The restaurant is very California-esque; spacious and white with interesting, colorful paintings and art pieces. We had a table for 6 for our party of four near the entryway, and I must say the booths looked much cozier. Our waitress was pleasant, but a bit forgetful, neglecting to clear the table between courses, dropping the forks on the table indecorously in a clump before dessert. We indulged this since it was apparent she meant well, but it was not service befitting a higher end establishment.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 8, 2016

Food greek & amaerican was good. More then enough. Sauvignon was to warm. A Skunk was around at the end of our dinner - no harm :-)

Server not overly friendly. Table management was caotic.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 8, 2016

My husband and I came to the Pier House to celebrate our anniversary, and we were not disappointed. Everything was perfect - we were welcomed right away, we were brought glasses of champagne to celebrate, our cocktails were the best we had had yet in Cape May, and the food was fantastic. Our waitress could not have been sweeter! Desserts were awesome, and the service was excellent. Can not wait to return to the Pier House!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 5, 2016

Exceptional service and the food was absolutely delish!! Can't wait to go back

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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on August 4, 2016

Excellent food and service. Love the Mediterranean touch !!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Scenic View
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on August 2, 2016

The chef did a nice job on presentation . The dishes were very colorful and food was delicious.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 1, 2016

This restaurant is a true gem at the Jersey shore in Cape May. While a little pricey their food is just outstanding and certainly worth every penny.
Their seafood is just awesome! the salmon and crab cakes were the best we had in a very long time!!
We will be back for sure

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 31, 2016

Great food and grea service We all enjoyed our dinners. We had a fantastic time celebrating a birthday here

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on July 30, 2016

Have been going there for years and its has never let us down!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Great for Lunch
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on July 29, 2016

Excellent dining experience in cape may

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 28, 2016

Screaming baby in restaurant ruined the meal. The manager should have asked the parents to remove the baby from the restaurant.

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on July 28, 2016

The food and service were fabulous. I was entertaining a guest and the noise level made conversation almost impossible. A nearby table had a small child who screamed about every five minutes. And I do mean scream. The noise level generally is something that needs attention I prefer brunch and I always ask not to be seated in the bar.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 26, 2016

The Pier House is a wonderful restaurant to visit if you are in Cape May. It is situated facing the beach and you can breathe in the fresh ocean air. I enjoyed the shrimp cocktail and chicken Ceasar salad. My 2 guests loved the NY Strip Steak and other guest loved salad with grilled chicken. The service was good and the food tasted excellent.

Tags: Casual, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 23, 2016

Nice atmosphere, great food, excellent staff

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on July 23, 2016

Excellent food , our apps of the calamari and octopus were outstanding. I had the dirty strip steak done to perfection

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 21, 2016

The food here has just enough Mediterranean flare to escalate it about the rest of the great Cape May quality seafood places.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on July 20, 2016

I was a chef for 12 years, and now am
A restaurant consultant and broad line territory manager involved with 32 accounts weekly... In other words, The food industry is my business. This establishment is phenomenal and is highly recommended. The chefs are up with the times using the freshest and unique ingridients while staying true to the establishments Mediterranean roots. Bravo on a meal that won't soon be forgotten!
Make sure to try the watermelon and feta salad!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 20, 2016

Interesting/appealing menu selection. Very good meal...excellent appetizers, entrees were well prepared with great presentation. Restaurant may not be as popular as some others in the area but rival any of the Cape May classics! Would definitely return.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 20, 2016

We have eaten here before for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast and lunch were great, dinner disappointing. I ordered the snapper and asked the waiter if the fish was fileted and he (Jeremy) assured me it was. Apparently he didn't know what fileted actually meant because there were so many bones it was inedible. Very disappointed that he did not offer either another entrée or not charge me for the snapper. My husband ordered swordfish and it was perfect. Had the octopus for an appetizer and it was incredible. There are so many great places to eat in Cape May that I am not sure if I would go back for dinner again.

Also, had drinks there at the bar in the afternoon while waiting to check in at the hotel and the house wine was great and the bartender so accommodating.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 20, 2016

Service was very slow . Except for the watermelon and feta salad , which was delightful, the food was barely passable. In addition, it was served slightly warm.Not a great dining experience.

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