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The Pilot House

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3532 Perryville Rd, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701-8945
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • Food
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    3.5 of 5 stars
Pilot House Food

Always a great atmosphere. Food excellent, cold beer. Been consistent for over 30 years. Across from the local municipal golf course too.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
James B
Cape Girardeau, Missouri
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Cape Girardeau, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Always a great atmosphere. Food excellent, cold beer. Been consistent for over 30 years. Across from the local municipal golf course too.

Thank James B
Jackson, mo
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The food is incredibly delicious. The flavors pop and you know why this place is a local favorite. The dinning room is small compared to other bar and grills but plenty of room for enjoying a great meal with a beer.

Thank KashmirX
Cape Girardeau, Missouri
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

The Pilot House is one of Cape's out-of-the way treasures. Located across from the public golf course, it has been a favorite of golfers for years. The place is not much to look at -- but don't let that fool you. Sometimes "dives" have the best food, and this one certainly fits that description. The bbq sandwiches are exceptional, the... More 

Thank OxenOTW
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28 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

Great food and service if you can stand the awful smell of cigarettes, unfortunately a big problem in this area, hopefully will be illegal soon to smoke in public! Won't take my kids because of this! Food wonderful at risk of getting cancer!

Thank Bigmouth99
Melrose, Florida
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

Stopped in the Cape to visit some long time friends. We said we had to get some BBQ while in MO and they brought us here. It's a little rough around the edges at first glance but the food and service was absolutely wonderful.

Thank Kay4dw
Annville, PA
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

Sit out directly on Sandwich Marina overlooking the boats - beautiful spot on a sunny day. My husband had the lobster roll - which was about $25 - a little steep....but loved it. I had a chicken caesar wrap and we had one drink and our bill was about $53 for lunch. Little steep - but they had other stuff... More 

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Cape Girardeau
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20 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 via mobile

The Pilot House has been a mainstay in Cape Girardeau for years. From the outside, it may look like many "hole-in-the-wall" places, but you WILL NOT be disappointed with the food. From Barbque to fried catfish, I have never had anything but excellent food there. They also do a great job with catering. I have used them many times.

Thank Schlimp
Kansas City
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163 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Don't expect much in the way of decor, just good food with generous portions. Smoky place (non-smoking regs haven't reached this place) with sports on their TV's and attentive wait staff. The brisket and ribs were properly prepared with sweet baked beans, mayonnaise potato salad. You have the choice of creamy or vinegar based slaw. The French fries had a... More 

Thank Barbandjerronthego
Cape Girardeau, Missouri
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50 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

My husband and I really enjoy their catfish platter. The kabobs on Friday night are enough for 2 people. You can't go wrong with the BBQ and I LOVE their house salad! It has an awesome warm bacon dressing that is to die for!!

Thank nikkic23
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

If you can handle a little smoke and a great portion size, this is the place to visit. We were amazed at the amount of food we received for the prices on the menu. The surprises did not stop there.... we took our first bite and were HOOKED! HINT: You must get the "Tank" ...its the signature sandwich.

Thank DenaPhD

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3532 Perryville Rd, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701-8945
  • Location: United States  >  Missouri (MO)  >  Cape Girardeau
  • Phone Number: 573-334-7106

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Barbecue


Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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