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Reviewed February 20, 2022

Back when Pier 54 was owned and operated by Al, a retired Tempe cop, it was a favorite, and we went there a lot. Service was good, variety was broad, and prices were fair. Of course, the Lake views were wonderful. At least, the lake...views remain. These days, service is horrible. and the menu Is diminished. But, if you enjoy waiting forever for your food and hanging around smokers and drinkers, this could be your new favorite spot. We tried to book a party of 10 for a mini-class reunion, and they never returned our phone calls. But we went anyway, and they refused to seat us together. We ordered typical menu items and waited 1 1/2 hours for service, and way too long for our checks. BUT, parking was FREE. Now, the same owners operate LIDO next door, and I predict both places will be out of business soon. It will be a long time before we dine there again. Unless we are craving second-hand lung cancer.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed December 26, 2021 via mobile

We were looking for a restaurant with outdoor seating and a varied menu for 1 vegetarian and 2 picky kids. It fit the bill!

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed May 4, 2021 via mobile

Waitress said they were good for the view. Ahi Tuna was over cooked & second one as cold in center. Never was asked for a second drink. Never have we ever experienced poor service.

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed March 26, 2021

I come here often. This place has a great view and it’s super cozy. Normally all the servers are very slow and not very attentive, I come for the view not the service. My friend and I went for trivia last night and had ANDREA...as our waitress. She was phenomenal. I never had to ask twice for anything she was always one step ahead and so freaking friendly. I’m currently on chemo and couldn’t drink but my friend could she brought me out water in a martini glass with lemon and cherries to make me feel like I’m drinking. LIKE WHAT! This girl knows how to do the job. I will always ask for ANDREA when I come now. If I were the management I would have her working more then the other girls.More

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed March 23, 2021

The staff was so friendly and open. Rustic, outdoor, friendly. Good fish tacos. Wonderful small lake scenery.

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed March 22, 2021

Great place to relax and unwind! Very low-key with a great view. Appetizers, drink, and atmosphere are all amazing.

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed November 10, 2019 via mobile

Location is very nice & shaded. Staff is laid back & friendly, a bit disorganized & a bit slow. Wine is pricey in regards to the amount of the pour. Average list. Cheese block was tasty & fresh. Does not “stand out” as a place...to return to.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed May 19, 2019

This "restaurant" is a joke. We went there as part of a group meetup, and it took 2 hours for us to get our food after we ordered! I never seen anything like this anywhere in the world! Half of our group got their food...1 hour before us, and were done before we saw anything coming from the kitchen. And it's not like we got anything fancy: just a hummus appetizer, and 2 "seafood kebabs". Yeah that long for average quality food. On the redeeming side, this place has a nice setting, the band was good (although not the best if you come here to chat due to the volume level), and we had some good mai-tais. Still not enough to make up for the long wait and the slow/bad service. Don't expect the waiter to remove empty bottles / plates from your table unless you ask. Oh, and did I mention our appetizer came at the same time as our entree??? This restaurant is milking it. Just don't go there for the food or the service. We won't go back.More

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed May 12, 2019

We, a party of 6, went to Pier 54 last night for dinner, drinks and to be entertained by the live band. We entered the patio, saw a sign "please seat yourself" but we were greeted by a staff member and asked how many. I...said 6. We walked around the bar and I asked if they could push 2 tables together to accommodate our group? The host said I will have to ask the manager. A minute later he said he will put the tables together. The waiter was attentive. He took our drink order. Served our drinks and took our dinner order in a timely matter. The food was good. The band started as dessert was ordered. The bill was paid. We were enjoying the band while one of the couples was finishing there wine. This is where it gets strange........ The restaurant started to get busy. 3 patrons sat at the bar right behind my chair. A server tried to pass between myself and the bar stool. She bumped into my chair, spilling my water on me, and with attitude said " You need to keep the aisle clear" There was no apology or offer to rearrange our seating. Ten minutes later the owner, CHRISTINA GEORGESCU, walked up behind me, started to push my chair and telling me " I can not block the aisle" I got up and left. Outside the patio there was a line to be seated. Why do I think CHRISTINA GEORGESCU did this? She thinks after the bill is paid she can be rude to her guests to make room for her next victims. CHRISTINA GEORGESCU, running a restaurant is not just making food but also includes service. My advice to you is to listen to a song my grandmother used to sing. The M-o facut mama Oltean song. "Cin' se ia cu mine bine, îi dau haina de pe mine, Cin' se ia cu mine rău, să-l ferească Dumnezeu, Că sunt arpe de Dudău, de-l galben ce muca rău"More

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed May 7, 2019

While the name may seem counter-intuitive, there is in fact a lake in Tempe! Pier 54 is an excellent outdoor restaurant situated along the lakeshore area of Tempe. The food is fabulous and between the live musical entertainment, and a magician who amazes you with...his tricks, this is a great place to dine! This restaurant is great for couples as well as families and will accommodate larger groups as well. The food is wonderful, and perfectly prepared and presented.More

Date of visit: March 2019
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Reviewed February 12, 2019

Celebrating my birthday with my family in Arizona was great fun at this super relaxed atmosphere. Beautiful views, outside dining, fun food, easy laughter all around with two delightful guitars playing. Then we even had a magician entertain at our table. An absolutely great place...for a party of nine or just two!More

Date of visit: February 2019
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Reviewed December 9, 2018

We often come to this place because it is a nice place by the lake but mostly because sometimes they have traditional eastern European food that reminds me of my Mom's cooking,,,, . Last time they had Sarmale - cabbage rolls stuffed with meat and...rice and cooked in a tomato sauce. ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS! They were as tasty as those my Romanian mom cooks, and believe me, that is not an easy challenge to meet. My other favorite dish is the Romanian sausages (mititei) - to die for.... If you go to Pier 54, ask for their specials. Strongly recommended!More

Date of visit: November 2018
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Reviewed September 3, 2018 via mobile

My friends and I hosted a bridal shower brunch at Pier 54 and we were thrilled with our experience! Christina and her husband provided exceptional service from day one of planning. Christina meet with me in person and answered all of my questions about decorations,...layout and pricing. Christina let us arrive early the day of to setup and decorate the restaurant. She, her husband and the AMAZING bartender Emily helped us set up and find us obscure things we needed. Her husband also helped me hookup a slideshow and video to all the televisions, which was a big hit! Also, Emily was truly exceptional. Her services and personality really elevated the event to another level. The bridal shower was amazing and I couldn't have been happier with the result. We served a brunch buffet and mimosas. The food was delicious and the mimosas were unlimited and a big hit! I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND Pier 54 for any event hosting. Thank you Pier 54 for hosting a day my bride will never forget.More

Date of visit: September 2018
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Reviewed August 14, 2018

Nothing like sipping on a cerveza and serenaded by the band while the breeze of the water off the lake soothes you into a relaxing state of bliss.

Date of visit: August 2018
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Reviewed July 19, 2018

We are going often to Pier 54 because we enjoy the place by the lake, the tasty food, and the overall the experience. On weekends, you can also listen to live music; every time we went, there were different bands or singers, and we always...enjoyed it. Food is really good. Don't forget to ask for the specials, some times they offer Romanian cuisine, absolutely delicious. Romanian sausages are to die for!More

Date of visit: June 2018
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