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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.

3593 Mount Diablo Blvd
Lafayette, CA 94549
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, American

Hours of Operation:
Everyday 11:30am - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Lafayette Circle

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(925) 283-4100

Website:
http://www.yankeepier-lafayette.com/

Catering:
Contact us for a clam bake or shore dinner event at your home or office.

Parking Details:
Street parking is available as well as our private lot.

Public Transit:
Block and a half from the Lafayette BART station.

Executive Chef:
Mike Dunn

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Private Dining

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

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4.4

Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.5

ambience

4.1

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (44)
Casual (39)
Great for Lunch (32)
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Comfort Food (24)
Special Occasion (24)
Good for Birthdays (21)
Good for a Date (20)
Worth the Drive (18)
Fit for Foodies (17)
Great for Outdoor Dining (17)
Cozy (14)
Authentic (13)
Healthy (13)
Good for Groups (13)
Seasonal (11)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Local Ingredients (10)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Fun (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Business Meals (7)
Kid-friendly (7)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Quick Bite (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Disabled Access (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Romantic (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Great Beer (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
People Watching (2)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

The scallops were especially succulent and all else was great. We continue to return to Yankee Pier because of the beautifully cooked seafood and the choice of oysters. They do not tamper with the subtle flavors of the fish and shellfish, only enhance it.

Tags: Casual, Tasting Menu, Great Beer, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Excellent as usual!! Delicious food as usual!! Service is impeccable!!!!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Quick Bite, Afternoon Coffee, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Paleo Friendly, Good for Groups, Great Beer, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Tasting Menu, Sunday Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

We come to Yankee Pier primarily for the oysters, they are always superb and there is usually a good selection. The fish and chips were also expertly prepared. Strongly recommend reservations even on a Sunday evening!

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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·Dined 6 days ago

My dinner was awful. I had to send it back. The Pasta was over cooked and the clams were eneditable.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

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.

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·Dined on December 8, 2017

Mushroom soup was not to my liking. It was a tad sharp for my taste buds expecting a smoother dish.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 7, 2017

We had my husbands cousin visiting from New Mexico. We live in Lafayette , so it was convenient to take him there. He likes fish and he said it was very good. Nice tplace to take out of town guests. It’s cozy and friendly. JS

Tags: Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 5, 2017

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Good food and service count for a lot. The Yankee Peer offers wonderful sea food selections, but also has something for those who prefer meat or pasta. Great place to have lunch or dinner after shopping.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Organic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2017

The ciopinno is simply the best anywhere!! It is well worth the special trip to get there. Perhaps the best in the world!!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 30, 2017

This visit was my very first and an enjoyable one it was at that. The service was amazing and the food did not disappoint at all. I will return again for sure

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Very much enjoyed our meal at Yankee Pier Restaureant in Lafayette.

Tags: Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Took my mom for her birthday dinner everything was wonderful ! Food, service, ambiance.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Great, casual atmosphere. Good seafood. It was well worth the drive.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

New Thanksgiving tradition, dinner at Yankee Pier.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 22, 2017

We eat here often, and always for the same reasons - Authentic seafood preparation (we're from New England!) and wonderful service from all! As usual we started with the full belly fried clams and they are unique to find anywhere in CA - love 'em! Then 2 well prepared lobsters rolls and a couple glasses of rose and you are fortified for the rest of the day!

Tags: Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Food was excellent but I was shocked at the small portions. Bought a $10 salad before the entree and it would have fit in a tea cup. Entree was tiny as well. Not worth the cost.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Our dinner was very good. I had salmon, my husband had scallops - both delicious. He also had the variety plate of oysters and loved them. We also had a lovely bottle of wine, and a delicious apple and huckleberry crisp for dessert. I highly recommend it.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2017

We had a great date night at Yankee Pier. The service was very good, and we enjoyed our 3 course dinner. The restaurant has a lively and fun atmosphere, and we look forward to coming back again soon.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The server dropped a spoon full of food on my top and promised to get a towel and never did. I also noticed that they ran out of a beer and the bartender topped it off with another beer. It's a shame as we paid over $400 on the meal.

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

I highly recommend the Yankee Pier ! its a well run and friendly place I take my family to enjy good food . We like the seafood especially :)

Tags: Cozy, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Kid-friendly, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Salmon was delicious. Food server very professional.

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 6, 2017

We went as they were getting ready to close on a weekday night so we didn't get a "normal" experience. That said, the food was excellent; fresh and well prepared. We had a mix of raw and cooked items...a fast light dinner. Probably a lot more lively at regular mealtimes.

Tags: Comfort Food, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Delicious seafood, nicely thoughtfully presented. Accompanying sides were very tasty and went with the fish well. Only minus was the noise level in main dining area. We were in an adjoining room with was quieter.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Our experience was good right from the start. We arrived 30 minutes before our reservation, but the hostess honored our request for a specific seating location. (We knew from past experience that there are tables too close to carry on a private conversation.) Our waiter, Shaun, was really pleasant and prompt... as were the bus staff. Our food was prepared well, was very tasty, and in portions just right for us. We will definitely return!

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Very pleasant spot for lunch, or a very casual dinner.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 2, 2017

PEI Mussels--YUM! Filet of sole is to die for! All their fish and shellfish is very fresh and consistently excellent! Fun place for a birthday celebration!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Did not have a clean inspection pass. The bill was at our table before we had decided on dessert and or coffee. It is expensive for what you get.

Tags: Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We have gone to Yankee Pier many times before and have always had good service, good food and a nice celebration. But this visit was a disappointment to me as the food was good but the waiter was told when we arrived that it was my birthday but he never remembered after that! We think that he had too many tables and was running around the restaurant too much that he looked stressed! So we ordered a desert and it was delivered by a different waiter. NO candle and no Happy Birthday! The manager did apologize and comp the dessert but by then it was a little too late!

Tags: Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 23, 2017

62nd anniversary for my parents

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

In a word, disappointing. I've been here before and really enjoyed it but this time was a swing and a miss. The friendly atmosphere was gone and we were shown to our table where we were unceremoniously given menus and then immediately pounced on by the eager but clueless waiter. He sure knew (and shared) a lot more about himself than he did about the menu, no mention of specials. He did tell us "his favorite" as well as that the management wouldn't let him order certain things. Not sure why he felt the need to share this....but I digress. We ordered from the limited wine list and it was fine. The food was just okay. The mussels were nice but absolutely swimming in tomato sauce. Entrees were decent but the sides were kinda boring and lack of presentation showed in the way it all just came heaped together. The whole time it seemed they couldn't get rid of us fast enough as the service was rushed and we had to ask for utensils that should have been obvious for what we ordered. Our waiter was ready to hand us the check - I thought I might broach the subject of dessert first. He said that would be OK with him, and the dessert was by far the best part of the meal. There was a little issue with the check, which the management handled very poorly. We had been there only an hour, although it seemed longer, and not in a good way. The restaurant was clearing out, 8:00 on friday. I know this is sleepy Lafayette but I think it's further sign that this place has lost it's mojo. I know any restaurant can have a bad night but between the spotty service, limited menu, so-so food and bad attitude by the management I'll think twice before I return.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Everyone we come here, we order their mussels and depending on the month it changes. Each variation that we have had was delicious!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Service and food were better than last time here. I like the lunch specials with a choice of two salads and three entrees for about $20.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Super friendly service. A little expensive for quality of food but still good.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Had a great dinner on the patio. Fish and chips were great - not overly breaded. Clam linguini was also delish.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

I've always loved Yankee Pier and enjoyed their food which reminds me of where I grew up on the east Coast. The menu is a bit tired and my 'former' favorite Fish & Chips is more batter than fish these days. I was a bit disappointed in the quality of food on our last visit.

Tags: Seasonal, Casual, Quick Bite
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We were celebrating a special occasion with the family. It was the perfect restaurant. We requested a quiet table--always next to impossible in a popular restaurant. Our table was perfect, the dinner was delicious, and our server was attentive without hovering. We never felt rushed and stayed on after our meal to celebrate the occasion with champagne.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

The welcome of all personnel was very good and Sean, our waiter, was exceptional. We were all please with our food selection; my Manhattan was excellent and generous even at the reduced price. The willingness to accommodate our seating selection was most appreciated. We look forward to a return experience.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 10, 2017

The shrimp louie was disappointing. Iceburg lettuce with some bay shrimp and a sprinkle of egg and a couple slices of avocado. Expected more. Always been good at dinner but did not lunch.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 4, 2017

We had a birthday lunch at Yankee Pier. The walnut apple salad was perfectly dressed and very tasty. I had the rockfish sandwich, which was cooked right, moist but done, and the sandwich itself was the perfect combination of pickled onions and dressing. Our wait person was attentive, but not annoying, and checked only to see if the entrees were good and to ask about dessert. I would recommend Yankee Pier for any occasion.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch
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