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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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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.1

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (43)
Casual (42)
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Comfort Food (29)
Fit for Foodies (25)
Healthy (24)
Good for Anniversaries (23)
Good for Birthdays (23)
Good for a Date (23)
Worth the Drive (22)
Quiet Conversation (18)
Business Meals (17)
Authentic (16)
Good for Groups (16)
Sunday Lunch (16)
Cozy (14)
Local Ingredients (14)
Seasonal (14)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Fun (10)
Notable Wine List (10)
Great for Outdoor Dining (10)
Gluten Free Options (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Great for Brunch (7)
Kid-friendly (7)
Disabled Access (7)
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Happy Hour (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

62nd anniversary for my parents

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 20, 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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vip
 (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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 17, 2017

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

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 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 13, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 12, 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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vip
 (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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Came in for a dinner for two in the middle of the week and had their mahi-mahi and trout in their menu. Dishes were prepared well but was a bit slow in serving considering it wasn't that busy. Also the 4 people seated next to our table was a bit loud but didn't want to be rude. Overall, I'd give the place another try maybe for lunch.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Anniversary

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 2017

I keep returning for the oysters, the lobster, and everything else they serve with it. It is one of my favorites and I will continue to dine there because I have never had a bad experience yet.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 2017

The French fries have not been very good the last few times I have been here. The soft belly clams are fantastic

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Great neighborhood find--not too big or too noisy. Great service. Took colleague here for birthday dinner after work.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Usually very good. Manager very apologetic. Hair in food. Drinks wrong and waitress overly bubbly but not so competent. Maybe she was new.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 19, 2017

We had the fish and chips and the blackened rockfish. I loved the seasonal, local vegetables served with the rockfish.

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Sigh, it could be so much more. Wait staff are capable, menu sounds good, execution is okay, but nothing more than convenient, which could be enough. My lobster role was promised on a toasted brioche bun, and it was, just cold, toasted an hour before. The polenta squares that the decent grilled salmon sat upon were cold and indistinguishable from 'day old'. And so on. If you go with your family, and diminished expectations, not too bad.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Quick Bite, Disabled Access
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 16, 2017

We go to Yankee Pier a couple times a month now. Always good. Fresh fish and yummy butterscotch pudding!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 15, 2017

My husband and I often go here. They have great oysters and a good bar. There is outside seating and decent parking. Service is top notch. Personal attention from the higher-ups (owners? managers?) The place to go for seafood in Lafayette.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 13, 2017

First time we went for dinner, usually just go for lunch, and we enjoyed it very much. It was a spontaneous, let's go out for a nice lobster dinner. It was great, service was great. Will go again for both lunch and dinner.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Cozy, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 10, 2017

We haven't been here in awhile. Used to be a great go to place for us. Will start going frequently again. Not sure why we stopped but won't happen again. Awesome fresh raw bar with exceptional oyster selections. A few of our favorites are their seafood tacos, grilled scallops and fish and chips. A must to try. Exceptional wait staff; very well informed on food and wine. TRY IT!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2017

We were seated in the back room next to the kitchen.....does not make for a relaxing evening....you constantly hear banging, slamming, cupboards and drawers being slammed shut and open...I would suggest that you request to eat somewhere other than the back room

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2017

We're semi-regulars at Yankee Pier. The food is always high quality and the wait staff is always friendly, with helpful suggestions. Highly recommended.

Tags: Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Kid-friendly, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Good food, great service. Easy parking in the back and the seafood we ordered was good.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Especially delicious lobster rolls, which are reasonably priced. I order it every time I eat at the Yankee Pier Restaurant. I'm told that the other seafood specialties are good too -- and the service is great.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 1, 2017

This is one of the better seafood restaurants In the East Bay. This time around I had the pan-fried Idaho trout which was perfectly prepared and very tasty. We came in with two very young children, and the hostess placed us in a location where we had easy movement around the table so we could attend to the kids and so the older one (3 years old) didn't have to be confined at the table while we waited for the food. I wish we had more seafood places with this quality of food and service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 1, 2017

We come here primarily for the oysters and seafood, they always have a variety of oysters, they are always good!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Casual, Comfort Food
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 1, 2017

We have had great experiences every time we have eaten here. The staff is very friendly. The food is exceptional. I try something new each time we go.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Enjoyed the beer battered shrimp & chips while my wife was delighted with the oysters and the shrimp louie salad. Noise level a bit high but tolerable. Tables on the small side; need be careful to not knock over a glass of wine. Free parking behind restaurant (getting to be a rarity in Lafayette).

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Good service, good food, fresh fish .. What is not to like !

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Good seafood menu and reliable service. Convenient Lafayette location.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 25, 2017

We have been to restaurant at least every other week for the last two months. We like the basic menu but would to see maybe a couple of specials just to keep it interesting.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 21, 2017

Over dressed salad, and they need to change thier menu once in a while

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Consistently excellent food and service. Expensive but the quality of food is great. A bit noisy for my tastes however but not bad. Definitely try if you like sea food.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Our family loves to celebrate our special occasions here or when we're craving exceptional seafood! All the staff are wonderful & professional!

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Went there for a birthday lunch with a friend. Other than the popcorn shrimp which were very good, the meal was not good. The fish tacos along with the beans and rice sides were flavorless, and the tomato soup had an awful taste. . My husband thought his blackened rock fish was good but the beans served with it were hard and tasteless. The other person in our party like her salmon salad but she prefers very plain food. I would never go back. The service was good. sitting outside is not comfortable as it has a lot of street noise .

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 11, 2017

The waiter was terrific, made suggestions, very friendly.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Good for Groups, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Excellent lunch. Mussels were outstanding, adding the small heirloom tomatoes & grilled corn really made the dish light & seasonal for the summer season.
Lunch special selections offers good selections. The beet salad with goat cheese & the linguine and clams was also tasty. Both meals well proportioned.
This restaurant always has a lot of choices so you can't go wrong.
Evan was our server. He managed to handle the bartending duties as well as a few assigned tables & he did not miss a beat.
Not sure why we don't dine here more often.

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