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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

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Vibrant Bar Scene (232)
Kid-friendly (195)
Hot Spot (177)
Great for Lunch (150)
Great for Brunch (117)
Late-night Find (58)
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Good for Anniversaries (21)
Good for a Date (21)
Waterfront (19)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 20, 2016

We have been enjoying The Pier House for many many years. The service, atmosphere and food is always wonderful.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 20, 2016

While in Cape May we had dinner at one of our favorite spots, The Pier House on Beach Avenue. This is a white table cloth restaurant with a cheerful, well trained wait staff. The food is very good. The shrimp cocktails are terrific. The grouper and pork chop are very good as well.

The Pier House is a local favorite in a very accessible location and it has a good wine list, unlike so many of the Cape May restaurants. We have been going here for years and have never been disappointed.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 20, 2016

No working bathroom!!!!!!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 18, 2016

An overall wonderful dining experience! I will definitely return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 18, 2016

Forgot just how great this restaurant is. Friendly greeting. Helpful server. Excellent choices and well prepared and presented yummy dishes. An all around great experience.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 18, 2016

Sea food dishes with a Greek accent were outstanding. Delicious and large breakfast with the best local pork sausage I ever had, same for grilled Chicken panini with pesto sauce and sautéed spinach. And a great view of the cape may ocean.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 17, 2016

We have dined here several times and the food is always good, the service is good and the atmosphere is good.

Tags: Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Atlantic City)·Dined on July 16, 2016

I like the Greek cuisine at The Pier House, however the service is lacking and new menu items are not properly thought out. When we first arrived at the restaurant, a lovely hostess took my name for my reservation and we waited among other diners. Then a blonde female employee proceeded to enter the hostess area and bark orders in a manner that should not be displayed from front of the house employees. She acted as if the restaurant was over capacity and seemed to be stressing out the other hostesses, while there were at least 4 empty tables and 4 couples standing, waiting to be seated.

Once we were seated, service was just okay, our waitress seemed to be preoccupied by other tables. Dinner was very good, minus the feta and watermelon salad - tasteless, could use balsamic. Greek chicken dinner was excellent and flavorful as was calamari appetizer with a trio of sauces. I would come back but I advise the restaurant to invest some time in customer service training.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 16, 2016

The food was excellent but it's extremely noisy and hard to carry on a conversation. Service was average. Some waiters are better than others as ours couldn't make any suggestions on the wine and unlike the waiter for the table next to us didn't go into much depth explaining the specials. We had wanted to eat outside to avoid all the noise but the table they gave us was next to the parking garage next door so we ate inside. The hostess was very disorganized as she seemed to be assigning tables on the fly which probably explains why they didn't reconfirm the reservation ahead of time like other restaurants.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 15, 2016

We had breakfast and dinner at the Pier House and enjoyed our meals each time we were there. The food is fresh, the recipes are inventive and absolutely delicious...and we are hard to please! Definitely will place Pier House on our favorites list so we can return during our next visit!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on July 15, 2016

Found this place randomly last year, so decided to come back for our anniversary this year. Nice quiet dining room on one side or outdoor seating on the other. Food was on point, great service and they gave us free champagne for our anniversary. We will be back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 15, 2016

The watermelon salad was a great appetizer. The star of the meal was the fried lobster tail delicious !!! I can't wait to go back there .

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 13, 2016

Wonderful service. Our waiter overheard my husband say Happy Anniversary andbrought us complimentary champagne. Great desserts.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Scenic View
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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on July 13, 2016

We felt a little rushed, seemed they wanted to flip our table for another seating

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on July 13, 2016

As usual each year my wife and I drive 70 miles one way to have dinner at the Pier House. We enjoy this restaurant very much and have recommende it others who have also enjoyed it the only thing about it is that it is extremely noisy which forbids casual conversatio.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 12, 2016

We dine every year with you guys. Food was great. I have to rate the service (waitress) as poor. The problem is we paid our bill with cash and she never returned with our change. We always leave 20% plus if the service is good. We were going to leave most of the change due back but never had that opportunity. The waitress should always return the change no matter how close the amount left is to the 20% expected tip. We did wait 10+ min for her to return. It's not about the $5. It's about the principle. Some people need to be taught that when they are recruited.

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on July 12, 2016

Our waitress Abby was great. In fact she was my waiter twice.
Very friendly quality food restaurant.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 12, 2016

We go year after year and it is always great! Nice menu, great steaks, outside is best!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 12, 2016

We told them it was a special occasion,our 50th anniversary
No one mentioned it and we received no acknowledgement of the anniversary
What was the purpose of asking if it was a special occasion if nothing was done
We were there on 7/12/16

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 11, 2016

Not as favorable as previous visits, but still a good meal!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 10, 2016

Food & service was amazing! Nice size portions for the price point.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 10, 2016

If you like a nice view of the ocean with delicious food this is the place for you!! The Cape May Cosmo was sweet and cold. I had the Caesar salad which was fresh and tossed perfectly. The crab cakes are to die for. They had big lumps of crab meat with a nice outside crunch. My daughter had the popcorn chicken that comes in a popcorn box! Popcorn surrounds the chicken fresh and warm. I will definitely be back!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 9, 2016

Only big problem was we ordered a bottle of wine during apps. Told bottle not available after apps eaten. Ordered another. Entrees came. No wine. Had to go to hostess to get the bottle. It was Saturday. Busy. But not excusable. Loud noise volume.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 8, 2016

The food is delicious and prepared perfectly. I had swordfish topped with crab and it was outstanding. The service is pretty good. Hostesses nice and our server was great. Ambiance is okay--not what you would expect for the prices. Lots of families with young kids. High booths against the wall remind me of a Mexican restaurant with white tablecloths. Come here for the food--some of the best is Cape May--but don't expect a romantic experience.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 6, 2016

This is my favorite restaurant at the shore and I have been to them all. The Pier House never disappoints. Their food is delicious and consistently excellent. My fav is the watermelon and feta salad, calamari, and macho tuna. Same for the service. I love dining on the outdoor patio.

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

Made OpenTable reservation March/April, request for a quiet table not near server station/restrooms, reservation for July, arrived and escorted to booth in far corner with no view other than a wall, requested to be moved, moved to booth in same location but on othe side on room next to window, a little better but not great. Server made a great impression - then she disappeared! Waited and waited for food.!??? Food finally arrived but nothing to rave about! Dinner experience not enjoyed! Why go back? No one was happy.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 6, 2016

Food is fantastic! One of my favorite places. ❤️

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 3, 2016

The food and service was amazing!!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 3, 2016

Service was wonderful. Stayed at a joining hotel so had breakfast and lunch there daily. Everything was great. On our last night had dinner it was incredibly delicious. One of the few restaurants in Cape May that's not BYOB. We loved our server Taylor, great recommendations.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on July 3, 2016

We went as a fairly large group. Recommend making a reservation. The hostess seated us promptly. It was much louder inside the restaurant this visit in comparison to our last visit a year ago. It was hard for people to hear each other. Food was excellent although service was at times spotty. We requested some ketchup for the children's meals when it was ordered but had to ask twice after the food was already served. Fortunately the food was still warm by the time the ketchup arrived. Otherwise service was okay. Still a nice place to go for dinner.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 1, 2016

Excellent, as always! The staff is friendly and very accommodating.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on June 28, 2016

The lamb was not very tender The red snapper was very good

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on June 27, 2016

Bigger piece ofvseanads this time. Miss your blueberry sorbet.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on June 25, 2016

Great dinner. Only can say good things. We ate outside and were very happy with the salads,l entrees (Tuna and Swordfish), the service and the atmosphere.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 25, 2016

Love Love Love this place!! My favorite in Cape May!! The food is consistently delicious, service impeccable and the ambiance is beautiful. Its one of the best places to eat in Cape May. It is a bit noisy if you eat inside so be prepared (noisy especially on weekends). They have a full and interesting bar menu. The prices are very fair, portions generous and beautiful presentation of food........ you will love it too!! Try the seafood "martini" appetizer, the calamari, the watermelon salad and the crab cakes..... you won'e be disappointed!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 24, 2016

Food is great with a varied menu, leaning towards the Mediterranean taste
Bar is great and very energetic.
Bar staff always makes drinks just right!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on June 24, 2016

Dinner for my wife and myself at The Pier House was satisfying, if not exceptional. We made an early reservation and arrived at about 5:15. We were seated quickly. We did ask to sit in a window seat, but were told those booths were reserved. They may very well have been, but no one sat in either of the booths we requested the entire time our meal lasted.

That said, the booth we were assigned was fine. The seating, in general, was pleasant. The bar is in a separate room from the main dining area and the passage from the kitchen and the restrooms moved through there--so there isn't really a bad seat in the house.

My wife ordered lamb "lollipop" chops and salmon while I ordered a steak and deep-fried lobster tail. I asked about the lobster tail, as I'd never had one fried before, and my server wasn't really able to describe what showed up. It turned out to be something like a lightly-battered tempura. It was a nice change of pace, though it could've used some sort of dipping sauce.

Our server slipped up in a few other areas. She was decent enough, but not terribly polite, and didn't seem to know a lot about the menu. In addition to not being able to describe the lobsters, she definitely didn't have a grasp on steak doneness. She said "medium" meant a red, pink center--so that's what I ordered. I received a steak I would describe as medium-well or even well done. Still, it tasted fine, but it is something to watch.

That, actually, sums up our experience. Everything at the Pier House was fine, but not exceptional. My wife enjoyed her lamb, but the salmon was a bit bland. I would not dissuade someone from going here, but I wouldn't make a point of recommending it, either.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 23, 2016

The food is always wonderful , tasty and perfectly seasoned. The hostess who was loud and rude was not prepared to give us our table that we requested when we made reservations , so we opted for the bar. Our bartender , sensing a problem, and recognizing us from last season , immediately diffused the situation and bought us s drink . We stayed for dinner and enjoyed the watermelon and feta salad and crab cakes as an entree. The Greek white wine that the bartender recommended was perfect ! We stay at the LaMer hotel and also enjoy breakfast at the Pier House.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 18, 2016

The food was amazing and the atmosphere beautiful !

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on June 18, 2016

We had a great experience celebrating our parents 50th anniversary. The staff was very accommodating throughout the evening and the food was wonderful.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Scenic View
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