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The Claycord Online Museum – Pipers Smorgasbord In Walnut Creek


Anybody remember Pipers Smorgasbord on Tice Valley Blvd. in Walnut Creek? Pictured above is a matchbook from the restaurant.

They also had a restaurant in San Leandro.

Both closed in the 90s.

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jprcards July 7, 2022 - 7:47 PM - 7:47 PM

I remember Pipers very well. It was always one of my favorite places when I was a kid.

WC July 7, 2022 - 7:48 PM - 7:48 PM

My grandmother used to love the Piper’s in San Leandro.

Cautiously Informed July 7, 2022 - 7:56 PM - 7:56 PM

I remember going there with my grandparents.
Grew up in Saranap.

S July 7, 2022 - 8:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Guess I’m remembering San Leandro’s ???
I thought it was Castro Valley though…

I liked it. seem quite a step up from SmorgaBob’s.

WC July 8, 2022 - 10:07 AM - 10:07 AM
S July 9, 2022 - 6:47 PM - 6:47 PM

Pretty Neat WC thanks

DodgerDog July 7, 2022 - 8:32 PM - 8:32 PM

Went there several times as a teen. 6 or 8 teenage boys would go when they used to have a steak night. They’d eventually ask us to leave because of how much steak we’d eat.

Ancient Mariner July 7, 2022 - 9:29 PM - 9:29 PM

I’ve always hated maps that are upside down. That is, with north facing downward. Messes with my navigation.
Must’ve been a nice restaurant, though!

WC Resident July 7, 2022 - 10:45 PM - 10:45 PM

The map bothered me at first but then I realized that the match cover matches how I have always viewed Walnut Creek. 🙂

We really liked Pipers and ate there about once a month. They had Bible verses and other quotes on the bottoms of their cups, soup bowls, and I believe the plates too. In hindsight, it was a good method to get people to clear their plates/bowls before getting refills.

Chester E. Kitty July 8, 2022 - 6:21 AM - 6:21 AM

We went to Piper’s a lot over the years. My brother and his friend were once asked to leave because they were eating all the seafood. I think it was crab or lobster night or something like that.

The Professor July 8, 2022 - 7:54 AM - 7:54 AM

Loved Piper’s!

They used to have dungeoness crab night. I definitely got my parent’s moneys worth on those nights.

Local Lady July 8, 2022 - 9:36 AM - 9:36 AM

Absolutely loved this place. After they closed Smorgy Bobs in Park and Shop, this is where my family ended up for all of our dining out celebrations. Always got the fried chicken.

Justaclaycordperson July 8, 2022 - 9:51 AM - 9:51 AM

Loved that place. Generally not crazy about the buffet thing, but this was one of my exceptions. My parents who sadly are both gone now, would travel 90 miles to visit us if we invited to take them to Pipers.

D’s Grandma July 8, 2022 - 10:30 AM - 10:30 AM

I remember going to Pipers growing up in WC a 1/2 mile away from there. Lots of great memories. As kids we couldn’t wait to go up & get our soft serve ice cream. Big treat to go out to din din.

Silva July 8, 2022 - 6:23 PM - 6:23 PM

I walked by every day for a few months as a teenager. Looking in through the large windows every afternoon was like gazing upon an ocean of blue bouffant hairdos. A couple of friends and I went in to try it out one day and we were met with an invisible wall of bad vibes. We were made to feel uncomfortable by staff and patrons alike. It was as though they’d all joined forces to insure we’d never try that again, and we didn’t.

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