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Cerise 37 Apr 26, 2008 12:48 PM

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  1. invinoveritas Apr 29, 2008 09:21 AM

    I've been three times (I live in Lafayette). Lunch at the bar was delicious and efficient. Dinner was even better. As a transplanted East-coaster, I had to try the fried belly clams. They were great: crisp, not greasy, and full of that fresh briny flavor, but at around $20 for a plate that was mostly french fries, they were expensive. I've never had them on the West coast, however, so the trip down memory lane was worth every dime. The fish choices were quite good: I had grilled char, perfectly cooked. The chowder was very good, service attentive. It gets quite crowded with walk-ins, so I'd recommend a reservation. Desserts looked great, but we had no capacity.

    1. susancinsf Apr 28, 2008 08:45 PM

      speaking of other locations, there is a Yankee Pier at SFO, just beyond security in the United Terminal. Been there a few years, actually:

      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/306459

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      Yankee Pier Lafayette
      3593 Mount Diablo Blvd, Lafayette, CA 94549

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      1. re: susancinsf
        janetofreno Apr 28, 2008 11:30 PM

        I've had the chowder at the Yankee Pier at SFO....I thought it was pretty good, especially given the airport location. OTOH, my expectations for airport food are pretty low.....

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        Cerise 37 Apr 28, 2008 10:15 AM

        No I haven't tried any other locations. I didn't realize there were any. Is it like Pizza Antica or Chow where the chef who started the first one opened a couple of others? The quality of Pizza Antica and Chow has remained high and it looks like the same for Yankee Pier.

        Anyone else have any comments? Would like to know what the buzz is at night as I have only gone for lunch and it is always packed.

        Cerise 37

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          Cheesy Oysters Apr 28, 2008 08:35 PM

          It was pretty happening on a Saturday night for Lafayette. Some couples, groups, and a few tables with kids.

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          Cerise 37 Apr 26, 2008 12:58 PM

          Anyone been there yet? I have gone twice for lunch and had the Shrimp Salad both times as I can't seem to get beyond it. So good and fresh. The Fish and Chips look amazing. When the restaurant first opened, people complained about the noise level, but they have installed acoustical ceiling tiles and it was much quieter yesterday. They also have a tiny bar, if you have to wait. I also noticed a few outside tables and a sand box for kids.

          Love some feedback.

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            rworange Apr 27, 2008 06:51 PM

            Have you tried any of the other Yankee Pier locations? If so, how do they compare?

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              Wendy_san Apr 27, 2008 10:42 PM

              I have not been to the Yankee Pier in Lafayette (is it new? I didn't realize there was one there) but we were just at the one in Santana Row last night for dinner and we enjoyed ourselves very much. The food was much better than any of the water view seafood places here in Half Moon Bay, including Sam's Chowder House, and service was also just right -- friendly, but not overly, and efficient. Our party of three had a cup of clam chowder, six oysters on the half-shell, fried calamari, two fisherman's platter entrees, and one grilled petrale sole entree, two draft beers and a glass of pinot grigio and one piece of lemon meringue pie and the total before tip was approximately $127. Will definitely return and will probably also check out the Lafayette location since I am regularly in the Walnut Creek area.

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                Cheesy Oysters Apr 28, 2008 09:36 AM

                I think they are pretty similiar although I didn't care for the clam chowder in Lafayette compared to the chowder in Larkspur. They also served the lobster bisque blazing hot so we had to wait until dinner was over for it to be edible.

                We had oysters, the chowder/bisque, calamari, and shared a seared tuna dish. My son had the crab and my daughter loved her hot dog off the kids menu. Everything was good. We went on a Saturday night without reservations and managed to get seating for 6 at the bar tables in the center. Service was decent and I didn't think it was too loud. Oh yeah, we also shared two chocolate cupcake sundaes--my son and his friend gobbled one up in a nanosecond. It was a cute idea and presentation--quite tasty too.

                I was admiring many of the dishes that were going by. I had a hard time figuring out what to order since so many of the items looked good to me.
                While we waited, I did a quick Trader Joe's shopping trip since it's on the next block.

                We'll go back since we all love fish and seafood. My son wants to go there for his elementary school grad dinner and get the lobster.

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