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Pier 39
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    • ADDRESS:
      172 Jinxian Lu,
      near Maoming Lu
      进贤路172号, 茂名路
    • PHONE:
      6258 1939
    • AREA:
      Huangpu
    • METRO:
      10 mins walk from Shanxi Rd (S)
    • HOURS:
      Daily, 11am-10pm
    • CARDS:
    • PRICE:
      $$$$$
    • WEB:
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    • SmartShanghai.com Editor's Description
      Cafe next to Mind Offices, serving simple cafe dishes, from Salads, Sandwiches, Smoothies, pasta and of course Coffee.
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      Lunch at Pier 39

      Sliver of a San-Fran cafe, perenially crowded - not that it's tough to be, in a four square-meter spot. Signature is the 52rmb clam chowder in a bread bowl, but they're also selling plenty of their healthy sandwiches and salads. No sets,...
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  • Chowabunga
    For Pier 39 on February 7, 2013
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    GawainMcQueen
    Joined Apr 20, 2011
    Is American
    Posted 1 Reviews
    It is close to impossible to get a reservation the day of. I would advise getting one a day in advance. Two of us arranged our date after a glowing recommendation from an SF local.

    The food: The clam chowder was as it should be, although perhaps lacking the "clams in every spoonful" feeling. Still tasty and filling. The bread bowl could have been a little bit crispier, but on the other hand, some people like the soft bread bowl. Overall, though, we came for the bread bowl chowder and it did not disappoint. I thoroughly enjoyed it. However, my friend decided to order a salad and a pasta. The seafood pasta sauce was candy sweet, overly so. And the salad although looked spectacular, was average at best.
    Service: Service was very very average, I would have liked a little more attentiveness, I would have liked them to come and check on us, but granted the place was pretty booked for a Monday night. We did wait a good 30 minutes for a table.
    Décor: wise, it was unappealing. We got the worst seat in the house, the one right by the drafty door. They need more seating.
    Tasty Comfort
    For Pier 39 on April 19, 2012
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    tiffslu
    Joined Apr 19, 2012
    Is American
    Posted 1 Reviews
    Located on a small but bustling street - Jinxian Road sure has a lot to offer. Pier 39 is one of them. A small but cozy restaurant that serves clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl and a variety of salads that can make anyone turn into a salad lover.

    If you get a salad and clam chowder, it's a good enough portion to serve 2 hungry hippos. Of course, next time I go back, I'm planning on getting the clam chowder all to myself!

    Their clam chowder (RMB 52) is thick and creamy, just how a clam chowder should be. But I couldn't find any clams in the soup itself. It's great for dipping crackers and the sourdough bread itself. When you're about halfway done you can start pealing off the bread bit by bit and finish it off.

    Their Signature Salad came with a bunch of toppings: tomotoes, onions, avocados, eggs, cheese, ham bits, and drizzled with a homemade vinegarette. It's a really fresh salad that also looks appealing to the eye. (RMB 58)

    It's a great place to chill and have a cup of coffee during your lunch break and just people watch. Or a great place for a date during the evening. Can't wait to go back and chow down on the clam chowder again!
    OK date place... a little bit rude
    For Pier 39 on February 17, 2011
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    jc1762
    Joined Feb 17, 2011
    Is U.S., Japan, China, you name it
    Posted 1 Reviews
    I went there on Valentine's Day for a date. Being an SF native, I have to be honest and say their bread bowl clam chowder was better yet not so great in other ways.

    First off, it was a brief wait and they took our orders while we were waiting so no time was wasted. The decor is semi-brutalist, mostly all concrete with some curtains painted with famous SF streets, etc. Dimly lit and enough privacy so that the neighboring tables were not affected.

    In regards to the food, we ordered a salad, clam chowder, a few beers, and an entree which still came out to a little less 170 RMB, which was a steal for what I was prepared to pay (300-400 RMB).

    All the food was well made, the sourdough bread bowl clam chowder was really the highlight. As Boudin's back in SF usually bakes enough bread bowls to last a few days, it's hard to get a nice, soft and fresh baked bread bowl like the one we had. I was particularly surprised the bowl could easily be torn off and eaten with the clam chowder.

    The clam chowder itself wasn't bad but wasn't great either, in this regard I wonder if they picked a higher end canned clam chowder and used some other ingredients ie potatoes, etc. to turn it up.

    The staff dropped the ball on service though. Although, it's customary to leave the check at the table, I thought it a bit rude for the staff to come for the bill every 5 minutes. On top of which, the staff hurried for us to finish our meals as it approached the closing time of 10 pm. Considering the wait to be seated and the fact we weren't allowed to order anymore after 9 pm, I figured it wouldn't hurt to let the customers sit and chat for a little bit longer (especially on Valentine's Day). But no, they promptly took our plates at about 9:45 and sent us on our merry way.

    Overall, I would recommend the place if you're on a date and looking for some native SF food for novelty or nostalgia. Moderately priced, a little bit hard to find from the subway (I asked about 3 people along the way), and semi-cozy environment. Just call ahead to reserve seats though.
    Reasonable clam chowder
    For Pier 39 on January 10, 2011
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    geannnnie
    Joined Sep 15, 2010
    Is australian
    Posted 1 Reviews
    went there on a cold night.. place packed with customers.. so we went to the chilly rooftop for a bowl of clam chowder in sour dough.. it was awesome on a cold chilly night over in the rooftop sipping soup and admiring the night lights... though the clam chowder wasn't as authentic as the original one that i tasted in san frans, it was good enough for me.. couldnt taste the clams but soup was thick enough.. with the plain biscuits i wished they gave more.. the one portion of bread bowl was just nice for 2 people.. if it wasnt so cold, the rooftop would make an awesome place for a date.. service was pretty fast and not as bad as they describe in this website.. worth a visit for a nice meal..
    Not bad at all!
    For Pier 39 on October 7, 2010
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    MirrorMirror
    Joined Jan 16, 2010
    Is British
    Posted 1 Reviews
    I\'d never heard of the place before oooh 6 hours ago but now it shall be a frequent haunt. Think Wagas with more style, more cool and more food on your plate for your hard earned cash.

    It\'s dead small, but I like it, and takes its name from the same place in San Fran. On the wall are arty pix of it and the rest of the decor is shabby chic. Ooh free wi-fi too never hurt anybody.

    The menu is small but with enough choice for everyone. Their sarnies, salads and pastas are all a little bit different to the standard fare over at Wagas, with a similar price range.

    The portions however.....no comparison!! I ordered a salmon sandwich which came on Italian bread with parmesan, leaves and cucumber, and i paid more to whack a bit of avocado in there. What i got was a sandwich as big as a brick and generous portions of filling - especially the avocado. They weren\'t shy about how much they put in there. I\'m still full from it now and ate hours ago.

    My mate had their clam chowder in a bread roll, and I’ve had it in San Fran so can compare it and it was great! A good mix of potato and clams, and filling enough that my friend couldn\'t finish the huge bread roll afterwards.

    The table next to us ordered a salad and when it came out both my friend and I let out an audible \"WHOA\" it was that big. Whatever is was had a mountain of salad on top, and from what i remember the prices of the salads were reasonable anyway, let alone for something that big!!

    The service was great, English speaking staff and those who weren\'t the best at least tried and were patient with my shocking Chinese.

    The damage wasn\'t too bad, 170RMB for two people, that’s for the sarnie, soup and two smoothies. Of course I’d like it to be cheaper but this is Shanghai and paying a premium for western food is somewhat of a standard.
    Not sure what the hype is about
    For Pier 39 on September 9, 2009
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    spaceman spiff
    Joined Sep 9, 2009
    Is canadian
    Posted 1 Reviews
    Had caught some good reviews in a couple of places about this cafe and thought i read that it was opened by a chinese owner who lived in SF for a while. So i thought i'd try it out for a late afternoon lunch. Soup and sandwich combo (clam chowder and a smoked turkey on ciabatta).

    Soup was above average, a little rougher texture than i expected from a cream based chowder, from all the potatoes. Sandwich was sub-par, a couple slices of turkey, a sad looking slice of cheese, etc. Typical of any run of the mill sandwich joint.

    Service was a bit weird. I'm not a big fan of people who hover, and the overly casually dressed guy who seemed to be the owner or manager was overly friendly in a creepy kind of way from the time i walked in. The clippings of all the news articles with pier 39 profiled in them speaks of cheesy promotion as if it were run by a singaporean.

    All in all, i'd go back for the chowder if i needed a hit of that, but otherwise, won't be back.
    Small small pier
    For Pier 39 on August 15, 2009
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    yellowsky
    Joined Feb 26, 2009
    Is singapore
    Posted 1 Reviews
    we heard so many good reviews about pier 39. hence, decided to check it out on one of the weekends.

    the clam chowder sourdough really didn't disappoint me. the rich chowder could just blow me back to that place. the seafood pasta, however, was a great disappointment. the tomato sauce tastes like it has gone bad; seafood wasn't fresh.

    for clam chowder, i will definitely go back again!


    oh, there's a lomography studio nearby which i have yet to explore! :)

    For Pier 39 on July 19, 2009
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    sapphire57
    Joined May 14, 2009
    Is singaporean
    Posted 1 Reviews
    This caf¨¦ creates a dining experience by the wharf. Pictures of piers and boats lying idyllically surround us as we take to the food. Say no-no to scaling up 3 storeys high around the narrow winding stairs just to get to the al fresco dining area. Stick to the basement and get cosy instead .

    The clam chowder contained within the sourdough bowl was an instant hit with our taste buds. Clams were tender and the tiny hardly visible potato bits add a depth to the creamy broth. Having the bowl and eating it was definitely a great experience. Their spicy seafood pasta was drenched in a funny tasting tomato sauce. Point is; perhaps the sauce has not seeped into the pasta.

    Upon request, they even willingly serve a meal which was supposed to be in the morning menu: bagel with smoked salmon and cream cheese. Flexibility in service, with a warm and charming environment, what more can we ask?

    Nice place for a sandwich / soup
    For Pier 39 on May 13, 2009
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    johnotoole
    Joined Oct 17, 2008
    Is American
    Posted 1 Reviews
    Great little spot, I've been several times, with friends and on my own, and have always been satisfied or better.

    The decor is lovely, a real cafe style without a lot of pretension. It is definitely cozy, but as I often eat at strange times, it hasn't been an issue for me.

    The food is, well, awesome. The sandwiches are delicious, perfectly sized to remove the need for chips or fries, they are classic and yet a little creative/inventive; the raisons on the turkey sandwich were a nice touch. Of course it's not the first time that's been done, but it was a pleasant surprise in Shangers.

    Usually I have my ipod in so I don't know much about the music, but the staff have always been polite, helpful, and efficient without being pushy or getting in the way of food / friends (this, in Shanghai, I find exceptional).

    Great spot for a lunch or afternoon snack. (Also right near Lomo ;) )
    Nice Place for Friends Catch-up
    For Pier 39 on March 4, 2009
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    Dorothytd
    Joined Mar 4, 2009
    Is Chinese
    Posted 1 Reviews
    Nice and cosy place for friends to catch up. Food are tasty.... ummmmmm
    BreadBowl Bananza
    For Pier 39 on February 7, 2009
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    biophlame
    Joined Oct 11, 2008
    Is Pacific Oceanic
    Posted 1 Reviews
    Having been to SF a bunch of times for skateboarding and always getting the breadbowl chowder at least once/visit, I'd have to say the chowder is on pointtt. The only complain is that the cup of soup is 28rmb, while the breadbowl is 52rmb.... just a tadd bit pricey there. The portion of the breadbowl is pretty big though... you could basically just order that and be full.

    We also ordered the smoked chicken pasta (48rmb) and smoked salmon salad (45rmb). Both were really good. I would add that I wished the chicken pasta had grape tomatoes in it though... would have hit the spot that much more. that is in my opinion.

    But I saw a couple people who ordered the seafood pasta and (what looked really really appetizing) the sandwiches. The sandwiches range from 38-46rmb and you can pick from an assortment of breads like ciabatta, focassia, italian... etc. They looked REALLY FUCKING GOOD. Like a real sandwich, which is pretty rare, or at least for the average pretty broke assed kid living in Shanghai. The prices ain't bad for the portion. And if you get it at lunch, you can add a cup of soup for 15rmb. HOLLAAAAAAA

    they even serve breakfast like muffins, croissants, bagels w/ lox, cream cheese all that jazz.

    Place is the hot shit. Hit it up for real! The only thing was that we walked in and the music was chillin, some nice shit, and then like 15 minutes in, fucking lil weezy/jeezy and rihanna came on and fucking killed the vibe. So if anyone from there reads this.... don't put that trash on. I don't care what anyone says, that shit is the worst music ever.
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