Boston >Food & Dining > Anthony's Pier 4 Restaurant
140 Northern Ave, Boston, MA | Directions 0221042.353415 -71.041524
Mon. - Thu. 11am - 10pm;Fri. - Sat. 11am - 11pm;Sun. 12am - 10pm
Neighborhoods: South Boston, D Street / West Broadway
Wedding Dinner Disappointment – -very simple agreed upon arrangements made with the event planner for our small wedding dinner were completely ignored by the management on site
-seating for 13 was within 3 feet of the wait-staff coffee station exactly opposite the promised window-side location, also under a leaking air-vent with no attempt to remedy the problem
-service was very uneven
-wedding cake was not delivered
-no compensations made for significant oversights and errors after promises to do so
-food is very, very good
- desserts very good too - chocolate dessert is excellent - which we ordered and PAID FOR when our cake was not available, but not worth the aggravations
-we will not go to this restaurant again which is a serious disappointment, we thought it would be a perfect wedding and anniversary venue
Beware of A Certain Waiter – Recently...May 2011....our party of 13 shared an afternnon dinner at Pier 4......The food was o.k..... a bit high priced for what you got.....service was o.k...nothing exceptional.....One of two waiters, the senior one who presented us with the bill.....was totally out of line + obnoxious in doing so. Insisted on a 20% tip counting sales tax as part of the bill..........Wouldn't leave my side while I was figuring out who owed what.....He took our credit cards + cash, came back + said we were short $20....I reminded him that the tip at 20% of the bill, not including tax....which he wanted to include......I paid him his 20% not incl.tax amount.........Later I realized that he pressured me to tip 20%...and that restaurant policy left it up to the customers as to what tip to leave.......WATCH OUT FOR THIS GUY IF YOU GO THERE.........he damaged an otherwise o.k. time....a special occasion for someone we were there for......
He's an older waiter, who upon presenting us with the check, was pushy as all hell!..........He ought to be talked to about this + set straight, and cut out the strong-arming tactics! His actions leaves a bad taste behind.
Ambience, Food, and Service...a blast from the past. – Albanian hospitality is evident at Pier 4. The food, service, and ambience are very appealing. The lobster bisque was amazing. The stuffed lobster was scrumptious and delectable with enough moisture in each bite to make me savor each morsel. The bread, and soufle were served fresh and represent what I consider to be that extra effort that true restaurants should take to make the dining experience more pleasurable. The Lobster tank and memorabilia were very entertaining. It is clear that the class and charm in this family has been passed down for three generations and the traditions remain strong. I can't wait to return. It was expensive, but worth every dollar.
Best Seafood Restaurant in Boston – The food was fabulous. I recommend the lobster special and always the fresh sea food specials. Anthony's is an iconic Boston restaurant. If you are ever passing through the city you must stop by for at least a cup of chowder and a fresh warm popover. I LOVED IT
DON'T FALL FOR THIS OVER-PRICED TOURIST TRAP – This place is terribly over-priced and the management is quite unfriendly. The wait staff seemed ok but I felt bad for how they were treated. It seemed as if they were not happy with their jobs. This is supposed to be a must see attraction for people visiting Boston but it just an expensive, cheesy tourist trap. The food was pretty good but definitely not worth it.
DISAPPOINTING 40th birthday dinner – I had a surprise birthday dinner of 20+ people at Anthony's. My waiter was a petite man with white hair who had the personality of a wet blanket. He acted as if we were imposing on his time. He didn't even tell me whether or not a salad came with my lobster - I had to ask! The waiter never returned to our table to ask how my food was. The food was good, but not great - and certainly not worth high price. The decor was stuffy and outdated. Staff surrounded our table staring at us and making us feel awkward. When I crossed over the "bridge" near the front desk I had at least 5 male staff standing around staring at me and making me feel uncomfortable. At the end of the night, the staff gave up on serving my party water. Since the heat was turned up so high, everyone was warm and thirsty. I actually had to get up and start pouring my guests water - and no staff offered to assist me!! The worst part of the night was when the waitress asked one of my guests why the tip was less than their "expected" $200. I had to wait around for my guests to figure out who had to pitch in more money to please this arrogant and unprofessional staff. A famous restaurant that I used to enjoy growing up is now, sadly, forever in my past.
Worst ever – We wanted to have a nice meal on an early Saturday evening, remembering old good times at the Restaurant.
The waiters were so rude, and the staff at the entrance was so rude, that we got up and left. I will never go there again, unless the ownership changes, and I hope that will happen soon.
Anthony's Pier 4 terrible – Spectacular view is about all Anthony's Pier has left. People need to get over what it "once was". I'm sure they have their moments when food and service is impeccable but a place such as that for it's money and potential should be consistent. As a former restuarant manager and a dining out expert, I felt our server was horrendous and was annoyed to see us coming in from theTrade Center home show. I had never felt a server to acually dislike me. It was off peak hours and very quiet so I usually don't expect as much "ambiance" but for 3 servers, breadboy, host and chef to be all lined up staring at all the tables was awkward. Also for not having much to do, our server never once did a check back. The worst part was, the crabcakes were tasteless and the fried oysters were heavy and stunk. I was envious of the table next to us who did have a friendly server.
Also, the large room could use a little more updating. It's a waste to see such beautiful potential be just that. Potential.
I cannot believe the negative reviews! – I just completed the review about my first date at Pier 4 40 years ago!! Then I read the negative reviews ! I have always found the waitsraff attentive and the fish outstanding. If the Bisque is not hot enough they immediately correct it. No restaurant is perfect but these nrlegative opinions do not do justic to this great restaurant. Yes, it is a very big restaurant and not as crowded as it was 40 years ago when there were Lin lines to get in. But I kind of like a restaurant that is accessible with plenty of parking without the clatter of dishes and cacaphony of sound in upscale trendy restaurants such as Legal Seafood! My family won't go to Legal Seafood anymore after several undercooked and very bad experiences. I hope this helps some folks to at least give Pier 4 a try.
Expect to be disappointed – I went to Anthony's Pier 4 for lunch with my husband and 2 kids and expected a great experience, but instead were greatly disappointed, even angry for spending $110 on a lunch no portion of which tasted half decent. Clam chowder was clearly out of a can and arrived to the table cold. Kids pasta was so bland they would not touch it after a few bites. Sashimi plate had old pieces of salad in it and the fish itself appeared to be cut by a plastic knife - just didn't look professional. A side dish of asparagus was overcooked and came with a disgusting tasting hollandaise sauce. Cajin Tuna was ok, but nothing special.
The only thing the restaurant had to offer is the view. You can count on getting a table by the window since the place is a ghost town. Now I know why. Certainly will not come back.
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