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“Great food and service”
Review of Pier House

Pier House
Ranked #18 of 142 Restaurants in Cape May
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$4 - US$39
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Bar
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Good for: Business meetings, Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, After-hours, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Pittsburgh Avenue
Transit: In season trolley service every 15 min in front of restaurant.
Description: Restaurant Temporarily Closed For Renovations
Reviewed 9 October 2009

I've been going to Cape May for over 20 years and found this to be one of the best restaurants in town, the only con is that its not a BYOB and the wine is a little pricey, the steak and salmon were cooked perfect and the service was among the best we've experienced while visiting Cape May over the years.

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Thank sjtjr
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Reviewed 23 August 2009

We are out of town guests and were here on vacation. We've dined here several times in years gone by when this restaurant was known as the Water's Edge and have never been disappointed... until now.

When we were seated the a/c was cranking and most of our party put on outside jackets to beat the cold. Choosing wines we were undecided so asked if we could try a sample before committing but were advised that the bar tender doesn't allow this, commenting that it's not a wine tasting bar. Talk about causing an awkward atmosphere.

For appetizers we ordered the Lamb Lollichips which sounded great with their lavender glaze, but they were WAY too rare, barely even seared on the outside. I like rare meats but not to the degree that the meat is rubbery and raw. On our servers recommendation we ordered the 'Macho Tuna' and were again disappointed. Three piles were artfully presented on wonton crisps but with a minimal amount of tuna. There was nothing macho about this dish at all. We added the Roka & Beets Salad at the last minute and with crisp greens, pear, pistachios, and tasty manouri cheese, this was the saving grace for our first plates.

I ordered the Blackened Tuna for my entree but the spice was way too overpowering and although ordered rare, it arrived more medium - way too overcooked along with the soft rice - definitely not al dente. Apart from my initial tastes I hardly touched the dish. Sea Bass generally is a wonderful white and flaky fish but not here, causing the person that ordered it to think she'd been served swordfish instead. Cutting into the Crab Cakes revealed an unattractive, pasty white interior and the flavor was definitely fishy and finally, the Pork arrived dry - another failure.

These dishes weren't exactly cheap and needless to say, there was a ton of food left on our plates when our server came to clear our table. We aired our disappointment and asked for the check, not wanting to spend any more time or money on dessert. Our server said he was sorry we were disappointed but offered nothing else.

A great shame. We had some fantastic memories of this place but this will definitely be our last visit.

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Thank KDinCO
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Reviewed 20 August 2009

I must say that I consult Trip Advisor religiously for restaurant suggestions. We love Cape May for the food and were looking for some place new. We were pleasantly surprised by the Pier House. We dined outside which was lovely. Our waiter was most attentive and helpful. The four of us cleaned our plates (including the 11 and 8 year old) and left with a smile on our faces. Will return next time.

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Thank jbg123
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Reviewed 4 August 2009

The food is outstanding. The creme brulee cake is outrageous. Will go back.

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Thank jmckinley22
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Reviewed 24 July 2009

We ate at this fabulous restaurant two nights during our recent stay in Cape May. The restaurant made us feel warm and invited at every turn. We were greeted warmly by the hostess and seated promptly as we had reservations. Our window booth was comfortable and provided a view of the ocean while we dined. The wait staff were all professional and made our meal that much more enjoyable. The food was absolutely fantastic! The dish presentation was among the finest we have ever seen. All the food was prepared and cooked perfectly. Deserts were heavenly. This is one of the finest restaurants we have ever come across and could only wish it was magically transported closer to where we live!

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Thank Sloan70
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