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The Pilot House

3532 Perryville Rd, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701-8945
573-334-7106
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Ranked #13 of 115 restaurants in Cape Girardeau
Cuisines: Barbecue
Most recent review
- Mar 30, 2014
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Mattoon, Illinois
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189 reviews 189 reviews
173 restaurant reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Lunch, on the second day of our time in Cape Girardeau was noteworthy - our second visit to the Pilot House - an out-of-the-way place, having been there for more than fifty years. I recommend you try this place if you find yourself in Cape one day. But, as the Boy Scouts are wont to say, “Be Prepared”. By that... More

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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

This place was sooooo unexpected! First of all the place was packed but we didn't have to wait for service or our food. The Food is great!!!!! I think the taste is even burnt into the walls. If not the walls then for sure the ceiling!!! Lol

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Cape Girardeau, Missouri
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

The BBQ here is absolutely terrible. The 2 times I have ordered sandwiches they have been fatty and dry with zero smoke flavor, or flavor of any kind really. The chili is awesome though. I recommend the loaded.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013 via mobile

Ask a local how to get here and you'll be glad you did. Yes its buried and hard to find but its well worth it. I've been going here for 15 years. The food is awesome, regardless if you choose a super sandwich or kbobs on the weekends...the food is " to die for". Service is great and the beer... More

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Cape Girardeau, Missouri
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

The food is great! If you are looking for a fun local place this is it! It's a friendly with a small town charm. Mushroom Caps are awesome!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013 via mobile

It's a small off the beat'n track place. Older building, with small town charm. Nothing high end. Cozy place to have a decent sandwich. Wait staff was really friendly. I will go back to try more food.

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Carbondale, Illinois
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

This place would not even make Dinners, Drive inns, & Dives. I always joke it would be on Dives, Dives, & Dives. Yes, people do smoke here and I hate it. All that being said I travel 1 1/2 hours just to eat here. It is cheap, friendly and great food. I love the Tank sandwich. Thin sliced ham, thin... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

You MUST resist your urge to turn around and leave when you see this place. Trust me, it will be worth your while. As other reviewers said, it is a 'smoky' tavern, but we were there with a packed house and no one was smoking. I wouldn't have known that it was allowed except for the ashtray at our table.... More

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9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

IF you smoke then this is the place to eat! The food is ok but its in a tavern. You inhale as much smoke as food. DO NOT GO unless you are a smoker or like to eat in a smelly revolting smoke filled joint!

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Cape Girardeau, MO
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24 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2012 via mobile

While this place looks like a broke down shack inside and out, it's looks are certainly deceiving! I love the food here. My favorites are the stuffed mushrooms and turkey with Swiss sandwich with seasoned fries, although I have heard everything is great. Definitely a smoky dive, and no place to escape from it during colder months (there is a... More

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