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Yankee Pier Lafayette - Permanently Closed

4.5
4.5
2467 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood

Yankee Pier, a bustling and vibrant seafood house, offers chef Michael Romak'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.

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. JT

    JudyT

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Loved Yankee Pier, so sorry it has closed. We went there all the time for terrific fish.

  2. C

    Coco

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    What a shame it's gone! And what possible justification for it's closure - another victim of corporate greed.

  3. SQ

    SherryQ

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is a lovely local favorite in Lafayette, CA! Great wedge salad

  4. l

    love2work

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We went for the last time. For some reason no one can tell us, yankee pier is closing tomorrow. So sad, it always seemed busy, we were always pleased by the food, the served and the people. It even had plenty of parking! Sorry to see it close, we wish the staff all the best.

  5. f

    foodie16

    San Francisco

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Yankee Pier is the best seafood restaurant in the San Francisco East Bay. Food and service always are excellent. We are so sad that they closed this week. A real loss for Lafayette, California and the East Bay Area.

  6. BE

    BobE

    San Francisco

    33 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2019

    overall1food5service1ambience5

    My wife and I are regulars at this restaurant--to the point that when we walk in the door the bartender (Eliseo) makes my wife her favorite cocktail and all of the waitstaff know us and greet us warmly. We always request a booth by the kitchen when we make our reservation, and we always are seated where we request, until last Friday night. There were four of us. A booth was empty, but we were told that the manager (who is fairly new) was saving it for this friends. We were seated at a table that was not a comfortable or quiet as a booth. About 15 minutes after we were seat, the manager's friends arrived and were seated at the booth--there were just two of them. The manager ended up spending 10-15 minutes sitting with them and yucking it up. Is this anyway to treat regular customers? I was so angry my meal was basically ruined.

  7. NA

    NewAlbionOmnivore

    San Francisco

    28 reviews

    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2019

    overall4food2service4ambience4

    Except for my wife’s scallops, the food and service were good. The scallops did not seem fresh. A little noisy for our taste. Disappointed that they do not have Hafner Chardonnay any longer.

  8. MO

    MangiaOne

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    My wife and I were regulars - we had dinner on either Friday or Saturday almost every week. We loved the fish and the fresh vegetables. The service was almost always wonderful.

  9. BE

    BEME

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We miss you, Yankee Pier!

  10. Y

    Youngm

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Good food, good service and good location with reasonable price.

  11. GD

    GloriaD

    San Francisco

    51 reviews

    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Superb!!!!!

  12. T

    Table41

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2019

    overall2food3service1ambience3

    We went there for NYE. We made a reservation for 8PM. No one told us they closed at 9PM! Our waiter rushed us and we were out by 9:15PM... The vegetables were clearly the dregs of the batch, and the rice was cold. We were not even offered bread. Will not recommend and will not be going back.

  13. SR

    ScottR

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our family of 5 had a wonderful dinner at Yankee Pier for New Years Eve. The restaurant was busy and had great energy. I really wish I could remember the name of our waitress because she was extremely polite and attentive. We ordered the calamari and crab cake. The crab cake was so delicious we ordered a second one and a chefs selection of 6 oysters. Even though we reordered appetizers, somehow they timed everything perfectly and our meal came right on time. Our picky son loved the fish and chips. The blackened rockfish tacos were delicious. Fried trout on a tasty rice pilaf for dad was a hit. Daughter had the lobster/crab cannilloni and she loved it - quite rich. Seafood pasta was spicy and creamy. Too stuffed for dessert, but we will go back and try their butterscotch pudding because it sounded wonderful.

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Busy night (New Years), were out of a few things at 7:30. Service a little slow food was good, not great.

  15. B

    Bayareabosoxfan

    San Francisco

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I haven't eaten at Yankee Pier since it opened. It was marginal at best back then. But my wife and I tried once more on New Years Eve after hearing about a change in ownership and a new chef. We are extremely grateful that we did. Our experience was absolutely fabulous. From delicious oysters properly chilled to delicious fried calamari to perfectly prepared entrees. From an attentive waiter who interacted with us as though he truly cared about our dining experience. We are new and loyal customers who will be frequenting Yankee Pier many times again in the future.

  16. AS

    AnnetteS

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food Server Sean was awesome, knowledgeable, efficient and friendly

  17. S

    Shadow

    San Francisco

    31 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2018

    overall2food2service3ambience4

    Although I have had good experiences with this restaurant in the past, it has been many months since my last visit and I was very disappointed with the food. The New England clam chowder was "average" and tasted more of bacon than clams. The seafood pasta dish that was described as a "spicy tomato sauce" was a bland grey gravy. When I asked about this, the manager informed me that the clientile prefer foods that are less spicy. I think a seafood restaurant should do a better job serving seafood or at least describing their food.

  18. SC

    ShellyC

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2018

    overall2food2service4ambience4

    I like Yankee Pier, and eat there several times throughout the year. This review is poor because YP failed to uphold its high standard I've come to expect. Blame it on luncheoning post-Xmas, when possibly the restaurant's supply of fresh lobster had waned and what remained was shellfish that had sat on ice for waay too long, making my lobster roll tasteless. And I've had better butternut squash curry soup, though my adding a pat of butter elevated it. Fortunately, Yankee Pier's assortment of oysters never disappoints - as always, the beausoleil were divine. YP's service is always superb, and but for our waiter not steering us away from the water-logged lobster, I'd given him 5 stars. My dining experience this time was an unfortunate outlier. Luckily, I've eaten many a scrumptious lobster roll at Yankee Pier, or ordered one to go. Always, YP's lobster roll reminds me of the lobster rolls I get whenever I'm in New England. Just not this time. Will I return? Definitely, yes. Will I order another lobster roll? TBD

  19. RS

    RalphS

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Christmas eve dinner with my sweetie. Great service, fab food just a great eveing.

  20. t

    terry

    San Francisco

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Good food, good service and a nice location and venue.

  21. PS

    PerryS

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We went for Happy Hour. Loved it.

  22. t

    token

    San Francisco

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always a good meal

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2018

    overall1food1service1ambience2

    Have been visiting this restaurant for many years. Had not been in awhile, but not even close to the historic standard. Struggling to find something positive to say. The glass of wine was good? Crossing this off our list for good. Incredibly disappointing

  24. B

    Bojae

    San Francisco

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    once again this restaurant lives up to its reputation as the best sea food dining in the east bay.

  25. NS

    NataliaS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2018

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    One of my faves. Pleasant atmosphere, friendly staff, delicious seafood. What else would anyone need or want?!?

  26. c

    churchie

    San Francisco

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always a wonderful experience!

  27. l

    lulucaliente

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing fish and seafood, adorable décor, tables near the door on a winter day were a little uncomfortable, so ask to sit away from the door. The desserts are incredible, especially the butterscotch pudding. We came for a small office Christmas lunch and it was perfect.

  28. SS

    SunnySandy

    San Francisco

    161 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    161 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2018

    overall3food2service5ambience4

    I have to admit that I was disappointed in my lunch. I ordered the seafood pasta. I felt that there was too much sauce on it and while the sauce was supposed to be tomato, it was a bit overcooked so it looked tan rather than red. The scallops and rock shrimp were very tiny and tough. The calamari was good - pieces were a good size and tender. My companions had the fish and chips and were happy with it. I'd recommend staying with it rather than something that might be better in an Italian restaurant.

  29. CN

    CaroleN

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Good food, good presentation, and reasonable (for the area) prices. Good service also.

  30. c

    christinef

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2018

    overall3food1service4ambience4

    We usually have excellent meals here, but the kitchen staff on our last visit just wasn't was it usually is, sad to say....

  31. KR

    KathyR

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    We came Sunday to have lunch before holiday shopping. We had reservations thru open table which should make check-in a breeze. The restaurant was not overly crowded - prob 80% full. When we arrived we waited and waited to be acknowledged. Although there were like 3 staff members walked by us but no one bothered to say “hello, someone will be with you shortly.” The host finally came to let us know he will be with us shortly. After that everything was great. Our lunch was delicious as always - we had clam chowder, lobster roll and fish & chip.

  32. t

    tom1938

    San Francisco

    113 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    113 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Very reliable fish restaurant in a convenient location in Lafayette,

  33. M

    Matt

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We frequent Yankee Pier a lot. It has good food and the staff is always friendly. It is great for kids as well which is one of the main reasons we go.

  34. Z

    Zinman

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2018

    overall4food3service5ambience4

    First of all I asked for a quiet table beforehand. It was acknowledged but a little to far removed. We asked to be moved and we were. My girlfriend had petrale sole which was fresh and delicious. My dish was seafood pasta. A little lean on the seafood and the sauce was bland. Liked the 15.00 corkage. Decent experience and will go back. Zinman

  35. B

    Bojae

    San Francisco

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    once again the restaurant continues to be one of my favorites...you will never be disappointed in the quality of the food!

  36. r

    rluv4food

    San Francisco

    104 reviews

    5.0

    104 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Another awesome meal. This was my husbands Bday. He wanted to go to Yankee Pier because crab is in season. They did NOT disappoint him. Great lunch with a special treat for him. Excellent service. Thanks to all

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Yankee Pier is consistent and reliable in all aspects regarding quality of food and service. Thank you!

  38. MM

    MarkM

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2018

    overall2food2service1ambience3

    Order came out wrong and had to be sent back. Had two added items to go and order was not put in and we had to wait for it as waiter forgot to do so. Then order came out wrong and had to be sent in to change. Tough and long night.

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic group with great service for our small wedding party!

  40. MG

    MaryG

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2018

    overall3food3service5ambience3

    Good dinner on Saturday Night. I enjoyed the spaghetti with clam sauce however there was also shrimp and another fish which was unexpected. I prefer spaghetti with clam sauce to be just that, no addtional fish. My husband totally enjoyed the swordfish, he raved about it. Ambiance is OK for a fish house.

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Yankee Pier Lafayette - Permanently Closed is rated 4.5 stars by 2467 OpenTable diners

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