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About Yankee Pier Lafayette
Yankee Pier, a bustling and vibrant seafood house, offers chef Michael Dunn's ocean-fresh seafood "fresh from coast to coast". Local seafood, sourced in accord with the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch program, which promotes sustainable practices that are healthy for ocean wildlife and the environment, is presented with a nod toward New England. Live Maine lobsters, fresh-shucked oysters, an array of grilled fresh fish, and beer-battered full belly clams are some of the offerings, along with local produce, house-made desserts, a selection of all-American wines and a full bar.
Lafayette, CA 94549
Hours of Operation:
Everyday 11:30am - 9:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Contact us for a clam bake or shore dinner event at your home or office.
Street parking is available as well as our private lot.
Block and a half from the Lafayette BART station.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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You may elect to dine in our private dining room, The Wheel House, or outdoors on our Wisteria Patio; either seating area is perfectly suited for rehearsal dinners, birthday or anniversary celebrations, holiday get-togethers, business or corporate events.
Yankee Pier Lafayette Ratings and Reviews
The food is always great. The service was very poor: the server came up to our table and asked "what will you have?"; no "hello" or the market prices, etc. The salad came right away, but the wine orders came back after our entrees were 1/2 way done. The entrees took at least 15 minutes and were cold. I really like YP, but this server needs to be fired.
We first tried this restaurant for a special occasion dinner of lobster and have been back many times since over the years. This is our favorite local restaurant because the food and service is consistently excellent. We never hesitate to recommend this restaurant to friends and relatives. The ambience could use some updating, but the food and service are the stars.
Our first visit and when I made the reservation on OpenTable, I wrote that it was my husband's birthday. We both were not that hungry so we shared a main entrée, which was a shrimp louie, which was presented to us, split on two separate plates. Before our entrée was finished, I showed our waiter the message I left on Open Table regarding my husband's birthday. He smiled and asked if we wanted to see the dessert menu. We chose two different desserts. I assumed the restaurant or the waiter would have offered a free dessert for my husband for his birthday, but when we got the bill, we were charged for both desserts. I was surprised at this as most restaurants offer some type of complimentary dessert for birthdays, so I was a little annoyed as why bother mentioning an occasion. For one entrée, 2 non-alcoholic drinks (coke & ice tea) 2 desserts, our bill came to $62.79, then we left a 20% tip. I thought the prices were a bit high. Not sure if we will return.
Certain seafood dishes like the scallops and the petrale sole were very good. Others like the seafood cannelloni and the shrimp cocktail were average. Very nice atmosphere but our waitress was not very good. She wasn't very attentive, spilled on my friend and didn't offer to help clean it up, and didn't seem to be enjoying working there. The support staff was great though. For the price I wouldn't go to this place again.
We had moved so had not been there in a year. New chef but really good food. Started with a wedge, cold crisp lettuce on a cold plate. Precisely. The fish and chips were great. My clams were perfect, not overcooked. The fries were just superb. Usually don't comment on fries except if they bad, but these were superior. Slightly crisp and hot. Go figure. Service was friendly and knowledgeable. Absolutely worth the visit.
The food was a hit-and-miss experience. The clam chowder was great but the cioppino was a disaster. While the sauce was OK made and the optics of the dish was very appealing, the dungeness crab legs & claws were the worst I ever had. The mussels and clams were also below ready-meal standard. Service was "without a smile", not abysmal but not great either. The whole place had an airport restaurant kind of atmosphere with waiters and, especially, hosts "doing their job" instead of projecting a welcoming ambiente. The price/quality ratio completed a tourist-trap-like experience in an area where excellent restaurants are abundant.
I ordered the lunch special and had the beet salad, very good, and the clams linguini, barely edible. Honestly how can a seafood restaurant in Lafayette serve tough chewy canned clams?! There were 6 tiny fresh clams and possible an entire can of rubber clams swimming in oil. Yuck! My friend had the lobster roll which she said was pretty good but for $30 should be great. Too many great restaurants in Lafayette to waste your time or money here.
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