Doc Magrogan's Oyster House - Sansom Street
Doc Magrogan's Oyster House - Sansom Street

Doc Magrogan's Oyster House - Sansom Street

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.docmagrogans.com/philadelphia/
  • Phone: (215) 382-3474
  • Hours of Operation:
    Come visit us Monday-Sunday for Lunch starting at 11:30am-4pm or Dinner from 4pm-10pm. Late night menu till midnight on Wed-Thur-Fri-Sat from 10pm to 12am. Brunch is served Saturday & Sunday from 11am to 3pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Chef Amanda Dipascale
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Catering is available. Please call for details.
  • Entertainment: LATE NIGHT WED TO SAT $1 Buck-A-Shuck starting at 10pm to 12am.
    Wednesday: Quizzo starting at 9pm.
    Thursday: Late Night Menu with Drink Specials featuring the $3 Fishbowl.
    Friday: DJ/Karaoke & Drink Specials. Late Night Menu.
    Saturday: Drink Specials & Late Night Menu.
  • Special Events: Monday Buck-A-Shuck starting at 4pm.
    Tuesday Lobster Fest $16 a pound; reserve your Lobster now!
    Sat/Sun Brunch Featuring Limitless Mimosas/Bloody Marys/Madras till 3pm
    Sunday All-U-Can-Eat Crab Legs, reserve your table now!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 34th Street
  • Public Transit: 36th and Sansom, Trolly Green Line
    34th and Market, Market Frankfort Line
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Public garage outside lot on 34th and Chestnut for $10 along with street parking around restaurant.
A word from Doc Magrogan's Oyster House - Sansom Street
We are a fresh Oyster and Seafood House with the largest selection of oysters in the area! Anywhere from 10-20 different varieties that arrive daily and are shucked to order! Enjoy our extensive raw bar along with craft beers, superior wines and seasonal drink list. Our large outdoor seating and patio make any lunch or dinner special.
Enjoy our Buck-A-Shuck $1 Oyster menu starting at 4pm on Mondays and Late Night Wednesdays to Saturdays starting at 10pm.
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Doc Magrogan's Oyster House - Sansom Street reviews from OpenTable diners
95 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (43)special occasion (30)good for groups (29)fit for foodies (27)great for lunch (26)romantic (17)vibrant bar scene (17)great for outdoor dining (15)great for brunch (14)hot spot (12)notable wine list (9)late-night find (5)kid-friendly (3)scenic view (2)Show More
  • 12 oysters #1/ea and 1/2 price 2# lobster TERRIFIC
    mediafoodieVIP
    Dined on 11/24/2014
    For our second visit during half price lobster "month and more" we and friends had a great time and delicious dinner. Buck a Shuck is all day Monday and we started with a dozen. The 2 pound lobster was at least 2 pounds and the lobster rolls (one preferred the mayonnaise version, the other found the drawn butter one a favorite). Our second visit during half price lobster month and more.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eh.
    ParagonVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Great service, friendly waiter and hostess. The atmosphere of the restaurant was both inviting and warm. However, the food was not even average and a little too overpriced for the quality of it. The drinks were weak and a little bit underwhelming. The $17 old fashioned was an embarrassment for the bartender.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    SimoneT
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    It nice that you can get something really simple, like a boiled lobster dinner, or something more complex like Thai BBQ flank steak. The rolls were heavenly, too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy Valley Boy's Band night
    joejacs
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Restaurant honored our request to sit near the band. First time here. Atmosphere was warm, inviting, and cozy. It became very snug when the complete "fan club" showed up for the performance. Food was excellent (imperial seafood grille special) Our waiter service was only fair. Felt like he'd rather be elsewhere than waiting on us. He seemed unaware or didn't care how he presented. I would enjoy returning for the atmosphere, and food.....but hope he has the night off!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cute Place For a Date
    Tancred
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Went on a date with my boyfriend here and it was really cute. The waiter was nice and the food was good --- got my boyfriend into calamari and creamy soup. They have a bar area and a dining type of area. A party was going on at the bar area but the noise didn't travel through very much to the other room so that was nice.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Oysters
    Reboot
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The oysters were good, not great. Since this an "Oyster House", the oysters should be winners. Not quite. Service was good until our waiter forgot all about us :(
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • solid
    scribdafoodie
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Had a reservation on a busy weekend and was seated almost immediately upon arrival. The server was a nice, young lady who really knew her stuff. The oyster selection was impressive and more varied than any I've seen outside of NYC. Food came out quickly and just as we ordered it. Nice selection of local drafts and a good number of bourbons for a seafood house.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed Doc Magrogan's
    Glenn
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Went on a Saturday night and sat outside. Service was great. We shared Calamari appetizer, which was an A-, main course of scallops, which were a solid A. I would definitely return
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ShareVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Great ambiance. We ordered crispy fresh calamari which was very very chewy. The Oysters on the half shell, Smoked Salmon Eggs Halifax, and Crab Cake & Egg Oscar were tasty. Service was good.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Seafood!
    PhillyKid
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    I love Doc Magrogan's! My friends and I have met up for their Sunday night special (all-you-can-eat crab legs) on multiple occasions and have never been let down. Magrogran's also has a good selection of entrees to choose from as well as a delicious raw oyster bar. I would (and have) recommend(ed) this restaurant to a number of people.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Out of wine....
    4restaurantweek
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We tried to order a couple of bottles of wine, they were out of both, however their recommended alternatives were good. Food was pretty good, overall a nice experience
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrific
    Royalty
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    The grilled combo is absolutely amazing. The salmon was perfect!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ok. But, where's the seafood?
    lcout4dinner
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Made a reservation for the wife an I, for our anniversary. We were excited for the large seafood menu, since my wife and I don't eat most meat. We ordered oysters, lobster mac n' cheese, pumpkin & crab risotto, and a lobster roll. The oysters were excellent; however neither the lobster mac n' cheese, nor the pumpkin risotto had a trace of seafood in them. My wife's lobster roll was ok; however I felt like the "lobster" was either really shrimp or was mixed with shrimp, since I have had authentic New England lobster roll and it tasted very different. We aren't the type of diners to send food back, but if I had thought my bill would have come to $200, I would have thought twice. I might go back for buck-a-shuck night, but never for dinner.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will return
    Hard2Please
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Selected for seafood lunch with special young relative; wanting to be near downtown and universities. Met our high expectations. Excellent selection of raw oysters - delicious. Soups and salads were also nicely presented and delicious. Will return to sample more.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • yevtuhov
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Place was nice, however noisy. Our waitress was Erika. Food was yummy and was brought quickly. But the reason why I scored it with 1 star is what they do with CREDIT CARD SECURITY! When it was time to pay bills by credit card Erika didn't bring card machine to charge the card, but instead she took my card with her and walked away. I had to follow her to observe what she was doing with my card. She swiped it through scanner located on the side of cashier machine display. Why do they do that? Don't they realize either only Erika does so, it's much better for their customers in terms of security, safety and subsequent visits to use mobile credit card charging machine?!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Favorite Philly Seafood Spot
    Dinemaster
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    My colleague and I had a project to celebrate so we came to Doc Magrogan's for a seafood treat and head fried oysters and calamari, grilled combos and dessert. Good bloody Mary's and martinis. And coffee. The server staff is super friendly and helpful. This is a great place to treat yourself.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Find!
    Amazing
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We stumbled upon this amazing restaurant as we strolled down Sansom Street. They have a terrific selection of food and drinks. The atmosphere was calm and delightful. No one was rushing us to leave! Stop by and enjoy this neighborhood gem if you are in University City!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    mikejess1011
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The food was delicious, and service was great. We where a group of 4 and all of us loved our dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent lunch menu
    MishaVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Doc's has revamped their lunch menu and it is great! There are good choices ranging in size and price, and the salmon sandwich is delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Everything was perfect
    gr8foodVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    My boyfriend took me there for dinner because he loves oysters. Our server Bryce was extremely helpful with deciding which to go with. Boyfriend said they were the freshest oysters he's ever had and didn't realize there were so many different kinds! We shared a bottle of sauv blanc from New Zealand which was so unique and delicious. We shared crab cakes and their new scallop dishes and neither of us wanted to swap back because both were incredible! Then the manager touched our table and chatted with us about weekly specials. We will absolutely be back for their new taco Tuesday promo!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Nice Dinner
    luvgoodfood
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We went for an early Saturday night dinner. It was the Saturday after Restaurant week and it was almost empty. Hard to get the real feel of the place. The ambiance was real nice and our waitress was a doll. The food was delicious and the drinks were yummy too. Everything was great but nothing really stood out. The crab cakes were great and the shrimp tempura roll were the best things on the table. Portions were perfect. Nothing bad to say, but it was pretty low key. The place is known for it's oysters and none of us did oysters so maybe that was why we can't say anything spectacular about the place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • uwood131
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We met 2 old friends for dinner that we hadn't seen in a number of years. When I made the reservation I asked for a "quiet place for dinner conversation" and we were seated in exactly that! Food was very good -- we had a selection of appetizers, salad, main courses with everyone happy. We were very pleased and will return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food somewhat disappointing
    Biak66
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    My friend loves this place, so she suggested it for a lunch date. I ordered a salmon sandwich and found that, to my taste, the salmon was cooked as you'd expect for a (non-sandwich) entree, but packaged in a roll that didn't match the fish preparation. The fries were pretty good. It will be a while before I try this place again for lunch. Nothing wrong with the service!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Eh
    Missy
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Had visited this place about six months prior, and I didn't remember it being as underwhelming then. Must have been the actually fantastic drinks muddling the lack of flavor from the food. I can get better tasting dishes at Red Lobster.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • all u can eat
    pooldawg44
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    My fiancé and I went for the all u can eat snow crabs...TIFFANY my server was beautiful, very attentive and informative. The crab legs were very good and the price was great. We'll be returning very soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent seafood restaurant
    DKNJ
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Delicious seafood, creative menu choices, excellent friendly service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food for our fun group
    Eatoutoften
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We were seven this time and as always food and service were excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Brunch was better than lunch
    Loud
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I went for brunch a while back and it was so delicious, I couldn't wait to return. This time I went for lunch and got a seafood combo salad. The lettuce used was iceburg which I thought was not a good choice to stand up to the seafood included. But the good news is when I asked the server to replace it with spring mix greens, he happily accommodated me.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lots o' Seafood
    foodie123
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    So my boyfriend and I have talked about going to the Oyster House for weeks and finally made it over and it was delicious! We both got entrees and we agreed we'd stick to just oysters, apps, and drinks. As someone in the service industry I'd say the service is just okay. Not really awful and not really anything to rave about. If you enjoy super fresh raw bar goodies then is your place to go!
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seafood Galore
    Leann1022
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Doc Magrogans has proved to be one of the best seafood restaurants in the city. Their raw bar is truly something to write about. Oyster shooters, steamer pots, unique specials, and seafood staples like salmon make this restaurant safe for even the most basic seafood lover.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great selection
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    A great selection of well prepared seafood. Nice atmosphere
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awful
    WineAndDineMe
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Perhaps it was because it was a later hour on Sunday, but the pasta was overcooked and one of the mussels was served full of dirt or some sort of black mush (I would rather not know exactly what it is). Only one of the pasta dishes and an extra drink was complimentary but for the prices we paid we are still very unsatisfied. The lobster tacos were also recommended by the waiter, but there were tiny lobster meat pieces and the tortilla was extremely dry. What happened??
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mediocre food, rushed service noisy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We were seated in a large, noisy room and attended to by a well meaning, but overworked waiter. The seafood was bland and almost certainly had been frozen previously. I work in University City, but don't plan to return to this restaurant.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • CopiouseatsVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We went during happy hour when drinks and oysters are cheap. Enjoyed both!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible!!!!
    MARYANNEVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Wow! started with the BLT mussels, then crab cakes, then key lime dessert. Waiter was wonderful! everything was on point. Will definitely be back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth a second look
    kws1
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    I had lobster rolls, which could have had more lobster, and less lettuce. They were tasty, but some rolls or crackers would have been appreciated. The place is pleasant, larger than it looks from the outside, but a bit pricey for lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Oyster Magic
    OysterGuy
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Highly recommend "Doc's". This is definitely the place for oyster and seafood lovers!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cold Food
    JazzyBetty
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    My husband & I both ordered the fried oyster platters. The oysters were good: however all of the food was cold & the plates were inconsistent. My plate had an ample amount of oysters while my hushand had very little. My husband ordered a cesar salad which was totally forgotten by the server & when it was brought out it looked like the end of the romaine lettuce. The lettuce was a light green. We also ordered raw oysters & ours were brought out & set directly on the table. We noticed that other patrons has some sort of stand which their oyster were placed.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Oysters on the halfshell
    SeeFood
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Doc's is located in University City, which is a great area to walk around and catch the Penn and Drexel campus activities, enjoy the historical buildings and museum, walk Locust Walk, or just enjoy the many restaurants. Doc's has large variety of fresh and delicious oysters. There is a daily oyster menu, which changes often and has mouth watering descriptions. Unfortunately, Doc's have chosen not to put the prices on the daily oyster menu which can be costly if you are purchasing the more expensive oysters. That said, the food is excellent and the servers are mostly well trained and professional. If you would like a great dinner with a variety of delicious entrees, you will enjoy this establishment.
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  • Excellent Food
    DrmissannVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    I love this place and the food is quite good. We ate there late on a Sunday night and they were out of many things...which we understood. They offered us two items as specials, and were very accommodating about substituting vegetables...I miss La Terrasse but love this place, too!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 55 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 359 reviews are from the Doc Magrogan's Oyster House - Sansom Street reviews archive.