We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“Good food” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Pier Chowder House & Tap Room

The Pier Chowder House & Tap Room
Ranked #4 of 13 Restaurants in Point Arena
Price range: $10 - $15
Cuisines: American, Bar, Seafood, Pub, Soups
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Scenic view, Bar scene, Families with children, Kids, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Chico, CA
Level Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Good food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2014

Ate at the restaurant while we stayed at the Wharfmaster's Inn. The food and service were great! Not a fancy place, but nice, right on the water, and very close to the hotel. Especially enjoyed sitting out on the deck and eating on a sunny evening!

Visited April 2014
Helpful?
1 Thank Chicotravelbug
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

269 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    65
    107
    58
    21
    18
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Ridgewood, NJ
Level Contributor
607 reviews
389 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 207 helpful votes
“Great view and good food”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2014

We were staying in Port Arena and the Chowder House was close by and ideal for dinner and a view of the sunset. We went out for and early dinner and there were plenty of choices for tables and we had one where we both had a nice view of the pier and the ocean and the setting sun.

We ordered two beers from the choice of many that were available. The House Ale was crisp with a nice hint of bitter hops. The Amber Ale as well was fully bodied and good with seafood.

We ordered the crab cakes and a cup of chowder for a starter. The crab cakes were crisp but had just a hint of crab flavor where as the pineapple salsa was a tangy touch as well as the lemon aioli sauce that came with it. The chowder was very creamy with a very strong flavor of bacon and a dearth of clams.

The rock cod taco entree with greens was ordered by my wife as a light meal. There were some lightly fried pieces of flaky chewy cod that had the mild flavor of cod. The greens that were ordered with it were especially fresh mixture of salads.

I ordered the seafood linguni which was a plate of seafood in a very rich cream sauce with grated parmesan to help bind it together. The mussels, clams and shrimp were plentiful with the large shrimp being the outstanding player. The shrimp were outstanding, plump, fresh and juicy. Just shrimp with a light sauce would have been a stellar winner. The cream sauce with cheesy being a weight to the dish.

The views are great and you can see the sunset for the balcony on inside.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
1 Thank NJTravellingfool
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Redding, California
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Good for a place to stop and relax”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2014

The food was not good. The chicken pot pie was microwaved and cold. It's a good place to stop for a drink but don't expect much from the food.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
1 Thank jstark60
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Judenburg
Level Contributor
24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“good vibrations”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2014

Damn! - We missed the complimentary wine when staying at Wharfmaster's Inn ;-).
just kidding.
We asked for the special of the day and got an excellent crab (half a crab for 19$) and drank a good red wine (Merlot 24$ per bottle). The service was very friendly and helpful. (In a former review I read that it is pricey. Hmmm, I don't think so!)

The vibrations? The whole house was slightly trembling, that the table flowers visibly shaked. That was a bit weird.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
1 Thank mcmitra
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Los Banos
Level Contributor
280 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
“A 4 if it Was Not Pricey”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2014

Food was good and the upstairs view was great. Service was pretty good. It was just over priced for what you got. Things are all expensive on the North Coast, here they were higher than average. Probably would not go back due to the prices.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
Thank Thomas L
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed The Pier Chowder House & Tap Room also viewed

Point Arena, Mendocino County
Point Arena, Mendocino County
 
Point Arena, Mendocino County
Point Arena, Mendocino County
 

Been to The Pier Chowder House & Tap Room? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing