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“Funky seafood snack bar with local color”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Pete's Pierside Cafe - CLOSED

Pete's Pierside Cafe
Cuisines: American, Seafood
Dining options: Seating
Restaurant details
Dining options: Seating
San Jose, California
Level Contributor
217 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 196 helpful votes
“Funky seafood snack bar with local color”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2012

I am pretty sure that locals form most of the customers, possibly fishermen and people who use the harbor at Port Harford. We were there on a rainy Saturday, and the place was doing pretty brisk business. These customers did not look like tourists! We got fish tacos, which were very tasty when embellished with pickled cabbage from the condiments bar. Pelicans and sea lions hang around the periphery. Just look down, and there are sea lions almost underneath you, lounging in impossibly small spaces on cross-braces. There is an outside patio, but as mentioned, it was raining. A couple wet pelicans were perched on the wall. This is definitely a no-frills snack bar, but the food is tasty.

  • Visited December 2012
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2 Thank Jilara
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  • English first
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English first
San Luis Obispo, CA
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51 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Barbara by the Sea”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2012

Impecable location halfway down the Avila Bay pier lends an air of authenticity to this fabulous seafood stall. This place started as a two seater in Avila Beach. We ordered our food, then took it into the pool hall next door to eat. The shrimp tacos and fried fish are a revelation, and washed down with a cool Dos Equis while cooling your heels on the pier can't be beat!!

Visited August 2012
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2 Thank isabelladelmar
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Arroyo Grande
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Killer fish taccos!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2012

Pete's is a located right on the pier, a perfect spot to watch the sunset and go meet all of the sea lions napping under the pier. The food is always fresh, the service is friendly, the ambiance is nautical and the experience is a must!

Visited March 2012
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1 Thank J0hn_Nich0las
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Tustin, California
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184 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Enjoyable view, music, and food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2012

Saw the mixed reviews and was a little worried, but the food was good. Fish tacos were great as were the fried fish, calamari, and the crab omelet. Relaxing view with a band at lunch. Usually pier food isn't so good , but this was a pleasant surprise.

  • Visited August 2012
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Thank glen p
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dana point, ca
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26 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Great food great location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2012

Had the best fish and chips I've had in many years! My son said the enchiladas were very good too. Sitting outside on the pier really felt like a vacation. Will come back again the next time we visit Avila Beach.

  • Visited July 2012
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1 Thank octraveler11
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