Doc Magrogan's Oyster House - Dover
Doc Magrogan's Oyster House - Dover

Doc Magrogan's Oyster House - Dover

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.docmagrogans.com/
  • Phone: 3028573223x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:45am - 3:00pm

    Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 3:00pm - 1:00am

    Brunch: Sunday: 11:45am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Chef Karen Weinstein
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Doc Magrogan’s can handle your gathering of up to 100 people. Enjoy Doc’s warm atmosphere, pleasant hospitality, and fresh dishes- sure to please your friends, co-workers, or family. We offer a variety of options for you and your party to enjoy. If you have specific requests, we will be happy to accommodate any of your needs! All of our menus are fully customizable.
  • Entertainment: Live Entertainment, Karaoke and Trivia!
  • Special Events: *All special events require a ticket purchase. These may be bought from the location itself or from eventbrite.com as the event date approaches. Please check our Facebook page for all event updates and further info.

    May 4th-OysterFest
    June 8th-Crab/ClamFest
    July 17th-Fordham/Dominion Beer Dinner
    August 7th-Yards Beer Dinner
    August 17th-LobsterFest

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Northbound side of US 13 (North DuPont Hwy)
  • Public Transit: DART First State is the Statewide Public Bus Transportation system. Dover Downs Hotel & Casino is serviced by routes 109, 112 & 113. Visit dartfirststate.com for more information.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary valet provided with lunch or dinner service.
A word from Doc Magrogan's Oyster House - Dover
Located in the Colonnade of Dover Downs Hotel and Casino, Dave Magrogan developed these classic 1900′s Oyster Houses as a way to pay tribute and homage to the great tradition of enjoying oysters, the ocean’s little aphrodisiacs. No expense was spared to create an Oyster House that transforms you back to a simpler time of food, fun & merriment in a local watering hole.

It is Doc’s joy to serve you the freshest seafood, the finest handcrafted beers, and a superior wine selection!

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Doc Magrogan's Oyster House - Dover reviews from OpenTable diners
42 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.9
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (13)special occasion (12)vibrant bar scene (9)fit for foodies (7)neighborhood gem (6)hot spot (5)romantic (4)great for lunch (4)notable wine list (4)late-night find (3)kid-friendly (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Not worth the price
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Overall good service, but food definitely was not worth the price paid. THe oysters were the only thing that tasted fresh. Everything else tasted reheated. Will not return.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Average food at best
    VickiVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    They didn't have the beer we wanted (it was on the menu - they were out of several choices). They ran out of chilled glasses for the beer. The food was not very good. It lacked flavor. It was just a very average experience overall - like a strip mall chain restaurant. Our server was doing her best and did give my friend her beer on the house since they were out of her first 2 choices.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • JojoHo
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    oysters were horrible and over-priced. Oher food was mediocre at best
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Review
    PickyeaterVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Excellent menu -- food fabulous. Service is so fast it's dizzying! Slow down food delivery a little so customers can savor their meals;). Ie; salads coming before appetizers---then entrees served before appetizers are finished. Definitely will go again though and will highly recommend:)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Worst food ever
    DCFtWorthVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Worst food ever! Cesar salad wet and mushy. My stuffed shrimp - undercooked. the stuffing disgusting. I had clients out to dinner. Our entire meal was awful.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great!!!
    LisaVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Amazing dinner ... Cannot wait to return our next time in town!!!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed the Snow Crabs!!
    TCox
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The all you can eat snow crabs on Tuesday were excellent. Our server was very attentive and made sure we had everything we wanted and needed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • HBnVAL
    HBnVAL
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Doc's is an outstanding addition to the Dover Downs Hotel and Casino experience. A "Neighborhood Gem" is also an appropriate title for his nice Chesapeake seafood restaurant in Dover, DE.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty but pricy
    VJGreenVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Overall nice experience. The bar staff is not very skilled (couldn't deliver the table drinks together....it took 15 minutes to get all 4 drinks at the table together... Very small portions for the price, but nicely presented. Our server (Alex) was a real pleasure, and made our disappointments with the bar and food portions go away via his obvious desire to make the celebration evening a win for us.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • mthmickey
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    For first time dining there, food was outstanding, portions very worth the money. Happy hour specials are great. Would def come back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't order Crab dishes
    Crabby
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    I Odered stuffed shrimp and a crab cocktail. The crab imperial for the stuffed shrimp had artificial crab meat. The crab in the cocktail wasn't fresh it was rubbery. Living on the east coast, I'm am accustomed to fresh crab. Everything else was good.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My Experience at DocMacgrogan's
    PeachieKeen
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    I took my husband here for Father's Day. We don't eat oysters but thought the menu looked interesting. Service was quick and swift. Food was another story. EVERYTHING was cold! The mussels were cold & tasteless. Thai chicken was good but not hot. He ordered the pork chop which was okay but lacking enough flavor. I had the lobster with "warm" crab salad and filet mignon. Thank God I did, because it was the ONLY THING warm on my plate. Also, we witnessed other patrons complaining as well. The décor needs updating in Dover. I was very disappointed and would not recommend this restaurant unless you have no problem complaining and sending food back to the chef which I try never to do. If you want good seafood you're better off at Red Lobster!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food I'd delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    My husband and I are regulars, I brought my dad out for Father's Day. He and his wife both loved the food! I was happy that they liked it since I suggested it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service lacking, but food excellent
    tooshort
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    This was my 3rd dinner at this restaurant. Everything was excellent at the first two. This time, the food was excellent as always but the service was awful. The waitress did not seem to want to be bothered with doing her job.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    The atmosphere and food was great! I made our reservations online, which was nice. Our party was seated and served quickly. We had a great time!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 27 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 43 reviews are from the Doc Magrogan's Oyster House - Dover reviews archive.
  • oyster's docafeller
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    I wad a little skeptical of a restaurant being located in the colonade of Dover Downs.I was pleasantly surprised.The restaurant was spaciousand plenty of room to get comfortable.Beings I sat inside the restaurant and not out on the deck (inside the casino) noise level was moderate.Selection of oysters was magnificent.Qhich are flown in fresh every day.Overall I give Doc Macgrogan's an A.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oyster bar is wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    If you like raw seafood then Doc's is the place to go! there Doc's platter with shrimp, clams oysters and crab is a meal all by itself!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding
    Katscatch
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    I would highly recommend this restaurant...Service is exceptional and the food is excellent. Great choices of food on menu, something for everyone! Crab & Cheese fondue appetizer very good! Great job Doc's, I will be back again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • cj66mj
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Thought I was making reservations for Mother's Day dinner. Disappointed to find out the there was a Mother's Day Buffet that ended at 4:00 pm. Since we lost out on the buffet, we decided to forgo the reservation and dine in the bar. I feel we should have been informed when making the reservation that there was a time limit. We were in the casino before 4:00 but knew nothing about the buffet being that early. Will probably just wing it from now on.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not an upscale restaurant- poor
    jack
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    we were seated promptly but sat for 1 hr before even being approached by a waitress who then gave us water. (we asked at least 2 waitress' where our waitress was as they walked by us) Ordered 4 drinks, one of which was incorrect . 2 dinners arrived and were served to us that were not ours but was left on our table anyway until we complained to a manager. Those dinners were removed after about another 5 minutes., brought back to the kitchen and then taken to the table next to ours. Those people also complained to the Mgr. Our salads arrived about a half hour later and then our dinner arrived. I ordered the grilled salmon which was hard (overcooked ). cost us $140.00 for bad service, more than a 2 hour stay, and an overcooked meal
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Graduation Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I would take a large party there. Went there to celebrate my graduation. It took forever to get our food and plates were constantly taken to the wrong table. By the time we recieced our food we were asking for boxes. However I must say that the Crabcakes were out of this world!
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Fresh raw bar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    I had a few raw clams...they were delicious. Overall the food was very good. Nice food options...if you are looking for something different besides the average local restaurants in Dover. Decent wine selection.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Small Portions
    Smallportions
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Food was good but portions were small. Great service
    Special Features:
    Late-Night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    Djmobeedick
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Food was very good hardly any wait after ordering. I would go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • first time
    Wood
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Service was awesome. Wasn't expecting the noise was hoping for a quiet dinner but between kids crying and being seated next to the entrance I guess that's expected. Not a good table for a $166 bill for 2.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great time
    FabDiva
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    The food was delivered in a timely manner and it was fresh and hot. The atmosphere was great. We dined at a booth table this time but have dined at the bar and patio before. Each one offers a different experience. When we want a romantic dinner for two we fine at the booth, if it's appetizers and a drink we dine at the bar or patio and each time the experience and the atmosphere is great!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    Greatatdocs
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    We happen to be without kids and went to DOCs. It was a good price and the seafood was the best around. The server was excellent. Our glasses never went empty and he checked on us many times.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food but feel portions
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Good food but feel portions could be larger to better justify cost of meals and appetizers
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    BobC
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    We have been to Doc's several times and have never been disappointed. The food is fantastic, the atmosphere was nice, the server was excellent and the prices are reasonable. Give it a try, you won't be disappointed!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mussel Mania
    jimm
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    The three of us had mussels 3 ways. All of the sauces/broths were very good. One beef is that the mussels were not very meaty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything was fantastic!
    Tracygyrl
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Everything was fantastic! We had a party of 18 and everyone received PERFECT service and the food was awesome!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very pleased with the way
    seeyaagain
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Very pleased with the way my husband was honored with the staff singing Happy Birthday and making him feel special. The food and atmosphere were great! Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will Definetly go back
    Jenn
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Our first "Date Night" after having our son (3.6 yrs ago). It was great, the food was awesome. The waitress was very knowledgable in what to order and how to order it (Oyster wise, since this was my first experience with Oysters). The steam shrimp was just right as was the Filet and Lobster. Will definelty be going back for another special occasion. Price is a little expensive, but worth it! My only recommendation (per my husband) beer was a little warm, need more Frosty mugs available.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Dover Downs Super Oyster House
    HBnVAL
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Super nice variety of fresh oysters !!! Excellent staff a very good knowledge of the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We have been going to your
    alwaysawesome
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    We have been going to your restaurant for a couple of years now and have never been dissatisfied. Food and service are always excellent
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Gathering
    BookBabe
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    I have been to Doc's a few times and have never had a bad experience, well that was until the other night. We were a party of roughly 13 and our waitress was very inattentive. She did not come back to the table to check on us etc. I was rather disappointed because this is the first time that has ever happened at this resturant. Also, when we did have a problem and asked another server for help we where given a nasty look and told that we would have to wait for our waitress. I was a little taken aback by the attitude. I do not think that we will use this resturant again for a large party since they are not able to handle those types of events.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place if your not hungry
    eddie
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    We never received our entrée after a hour we left without eating and the reason given to us was we had ordered appetizers. We had 6 pm reservations and the restaurant wasn't even half full. This was our 6th time there and will never go back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My husband and I stay at Dover
    perkins
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    My husband and I stay at Dover Downs Casino every Valentine day and dine at Doc's. The food is always tastefully delicious,served hot and served to us in great time. The atmosphere is low light ,romantice and a nice experience. The table servers are always dressed so neat and professional and they go out of thier way to make sure you are having a wonnderful dining experience.Mr. Burrell has the customer service that will keep people coming back to your establishment. GREAT FOOD,GREAT SERVERS,GREAT LOCATION..........ONE BAD APPLE AT THE FRONT DOOR!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No very good
    Unsatisfied
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We went to Doc Magrogan's Oyster House for Valentine’s Day dinner special. We were sat out on the patio next to the gaming floor in Dover Down’s, we requested a seat inside and we were told no, it’s reserved. Reserved for whom, there were open tables. It’s very noisy out there and it’s not private. People walking by gawk at what you’re eating. I ordered the Lobster Ravioli special and my friend ordered the fried seafood, he said the Hush Puppies were the worst he has ever had. My Lobster Ravioli was terrible. It was briny and tasted like dirt. I’ve had a lot of Lobster Ravioli in this area and this bay far was the worst. We expressed our dissatisfaction with our meals to our waiter but it has little effect on our bill.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Valentines
    112T
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Great service,fast, friendly,and made us feel very welcomed.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.