Doc Magrogan's Oyster House - West Chester
Doc Magrogan's Oyster House - West Chester

Doc Magrogan's Oyster House - West Chester

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.docmagrogans.com/
  • Phone: 6104294046x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Wednesday: 11:45am - 10pm
    Thursday & Friday: 11:45am-2am
    Saturday- 11am-2am
    Sunday- 11am-10pm



  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Daniel Frew
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please call or email for details
    mmerrill@docmagrogans.com
  • Private Party Facilities: Please call or email for details
    mmerrill@docmagrogans.com
  • Private Party Contact: Marissa Merrill 6104294046x
  • Entertainment: Thursday Karaoke10pm-2am
    Friday & Saturday DJ 10pm-2am

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Walnut
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is limited parking available on the surrounding streets, but there are private operated lots and a public parking garage available near the intersection of East Gay Street and Walnut. Also, there is a private lot operated directly behind Doc's in the back alley.

    **NOW VALIDATING PARKING** We will validate up to 2 hours of parking at the Chestnut Street Garage (located less than a block away at the intersection of Walnut and Chestnut).
A word from Doc Magrogan's Oyster House - West Chester
A West Chester institution is born! In the late 1800's and the 1900's, there were more than a dozen places to enjoy oysters in West Chester. As we developed our classic 1900's Oyster House, we strive to pay tribute & homage to the great tradition of enjoying little aphrodisiacs. We have spared no expense to create an Oyster House that transforms you back to a simpler time of food, fun & merriment in a local oyster house. At Doc's, our mission is to provide an exceptional seafood & raw bar experience for our guests & exceed their expectations for quality & service in a warm, vintage environment. It is our joy to serve you the freshest sustainable seafood, the finest handcrafted beers & a superior wine selection! We hope you enjoy our addition to beautiful downtown West Chester.
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Doc Magrogan's Oyster House - West Chester reviews from OpenTable diners
109 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.9
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (40)neighborhood gem (40)vibrant bar scene (25)good for groups (23)special occasion (20)fit for foodies (19)great for lunch (19)hot spot (17)great for brunch (10)kid-friendly (10)romantic (6)late-night find (5)scenic view (3)notable wine list (2)Show More
  • Pickypete
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Very noisy. Conversation difficult. You don't want to be seated at the Dock unless you want to sit at a wooden picnic table on a backless bench. We did not accept that table and sat inside. Expensive considering what we ordered. Maybe just drinks and bar food is a better deal. Not impressed......but ok.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    wonderful atmosphere, delicious food - we brought friend who had never been here -they loved it and will be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Crabs, so so service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Went to Docs for all you can eat crabs. Have been there many times before. We were seated immediately, and served our drinks immediately, then we waited, and waited... it was all you can eat crabs, they should have been ready. Maybe it was just a really slow waitress. Anyway, the food was great as usual, the service was just painfully slow.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Crabs
    Number1crabs
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The crabs here are the best around. I've been here three Weds and everytime excellent. Last visit was told its year round. Made my night.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lobster Bake Feast!
    Cottonball
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    While I've dined at Doc's multiple times over the years, my most recent visit was a birthday celebration. I indulged in the Lobster Bake special and ate like a king. The lobster was perfect, as were the buffet selections (shrimp, mussels, corn, potatoes, etc.). The beer samples were exceedingly generous and the selection was quite good. I left stuffed and happy!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never go on a Saturday!
    roadwarriorVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    For us, the evening started out as expected - ordered cocktails and appetizers which arrived in a timely manner. Our entrees, were another story - we waited over 45 minutes for them - the manager and server apologized profusely. Once we finally did receive our entrees, they were mediocre at best. We were not charged for them - the manager did a nice job of "service recovery", but I don't believe we'll venture there on a weekend again.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice for Eating Outdoors
    VegetarianFoodie
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Went here for the 1st time ever on a Froday evening. The staff and servers were warm and friendly. The seafood menu was varied and the prep and presentation were good. We sat on the wide patio-sidewalk in front, along W. Chester's main street, so the traffic noise was somewhat loud at times, but the weather was quite nice that evening, so the overall experience was pleasant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy Hour Here!
    Dininspider
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Great drink prices and varied selection of appetizers!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Buck-a-Shuck Half-Way Deal
    TheredwinerVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Belonging to the VIP club, I received an e-mail notifying me of National Oyster Day. Doc Magrogan's would be offering $1 (Buck-a-shuck) oysters all day long, instead of just during their normal happy hour. This was a draw. They also offered 4 different steamer pots, North, South, East and West, with varying combos of lobster, crab, shrimp, oysters, clams & regional seasonings and sauces for $25 each. That was a great deal if you didn't plan on taking full advantage of the $! deal. In the ad, they stated 15 varieties of oysters, however, only the designated oysters were $1. That would have been fine except the most popular, Blue Point, were gone by my 7PM reservation. They did not offer their catch of the day because of oyster day.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food Temperature Issues
    Dining
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We were a party of 6 dining on a Sun. at 2:30. Restaurant was not busy. They didn't start the dinner menu till 3:00 & since they were between menus the chef would allow us to order from the dinner menu. Both menus have the same items on them with dinner having just a few added things. A guy in our party ordered soup & had to send it back twice because it wasn't hot. You would think after the first time it would have come back piping hot but that was not the case it had to go back again. I ordered crab legs and they were cold as well. They were also served without any tools to eat them with and I had to ask for them. They did bring out another set of crab legs a few minutes later. Serve was just ok, average. Portions are small for the price.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a pleasant meal!
    DianeVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    If you are hungry for fish, Doc's is the place to go!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced for average food
    donna819
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Spent 145.00 for some average eats for 2 people. Veggies were not cooked, carrots were hard and crunchy, lobster was overcooked, Steak very tiny. The shrimp was so stinky it smelled up the area outside! This is not a destination town but this restaurant charges "destination" prices. Our waiter Tyler was attentive and it was a beautiful night to eat out enjoying the bike race in west Chester. We should have just had drinks and pizza on the way home.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • friends
    Myrr
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    we brought friends for the first time. They really enjoyed it. Everything was great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Twilight Criterium Day
    Zing
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Every year, we dine there while the bike riders buzz by. Very Exciting! The lobster mac and cheese had meager bits of lobster so that was a dissapointment, but all else was Great!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner with friends
    Prebbles
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We had as usual, probably our 7th or 8th visit, a good experience. The wait staff was great, even moved us to a table in a less noisy area as we were complaining about the noise. Really, we have no complaints except for the noise level and we are in our late 70's so perhaps it has something to do with our ages.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pickyeaters
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We had 4 in our party. All of us are in the food business and all had a great meal
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Seafood
    Foxriverfishing
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Great lunch experience. I started with an appetizer of rare tuna, ginger & real wasabi paste. I followed that with 2 fish tacos consisting of large pieces of rare tuna with the trimmings including a wasabi dressing stuffed into a wheat tortilla. The combination was awesome and left me feeling very content. The waitress was very pleasant and kept checking on us for more of anything we needed and kept our coffee & iced tea with lemon coming throughout. I thought that the lunch was very reasonably priced for what we had. This was the second time I had been to the restaurant and no doubt will return again.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    anonymous
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The service was very friendly, but slow. They ran out of wine glasses, they didn't have lobsters available, the didn't have a fish of the day. It's a seafood restaurant! I ordered a cedar grill combo with shrimp (overcooked), scallops (awesome) and salmon(awful). The salmon was tough and fishy. I did say something to the server, which I never do, but I was really disappointed. The manager took the meal off the check and offered to make a new meal, but gave us a gift certificate instead.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A little disappointed
    myexperienceVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I was kind of disappointed as the Mahi Mahi was over cooked/ dry and was lacking flavor I was hoping for. Seasonal vegetables were good though. I heard the fish tacos were pretty good though.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Doc Magrogan's
    SushiJoe
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Very pleasant night to eat outside. (Inside noise level would have made conversation difficult) Oysters outstanding - great to have a variety of oysters and compare tastes. Main dish good but not up to the overall expectations of this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great downtown location
    Gman
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    This is a great place to go for a good beer list and some great food, nice location in town so you can walk around after your meal. The mussels in white sauce are awesome!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    My boss told me to try this place out and we are so happy we did. The service was wonderful, and the food was delicious. The soccer game was on, and you could hear it, but it was not so loud you couldn't carry on a conversation. My husband and son had the all you can eat snow crab legs special and loved it. I settled for a burger, which was really good too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • music
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    If you love raw oyster, and lobster they really do a great lobster bake.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, friendly service.
    GregWestChesterPA
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Nice meal. Good oysters, BLT mussels were good but many were very small. Lobster ravioli was a good meal.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So-so
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Food was, as usual, very good, indeed. Joe, our waiter, seemed well-intentioned but not especially well-trained.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cuba
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Unfortunately a storm that disabled the kitchen. There was some sort of electrical faiirendiento the storm. Only had a chance to enjoy a glass of wine, a bowl of yummy clam chowder and a dinner salad!! So looking forward to some freah fish but mother nature had other plans.
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Friendly service and atmosphere. Good value for seafood. Pleasant atmosphere and prompt servcie. Staff seemed anxious to please and appreciated the business Would definitely plan to return when in the area
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Eh...
    nb17
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    I enjoyed the service and the seating outside, the food on the other hand was subpar. I enjoyed the Bloody Mary and the salad I ordered wasn't at all what I imagined nor had before at other establishments. The Seafood Cobb was not my favorite.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect seafood find
    Shrimpisawsome
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We had been given a gift certificate to this restaurant and being from delawre we have never been. Glad we did! The server we had didn't know much about the menu but that was the only bad things. The food was amazing. Go for the coconut shrimp appetizer you won't be disappointed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Doc Magrogan's Oyster House
    Nonna
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    This was our first visit to the Oyster House in West Chester. The atmosphere and service were excellent and the food was very nice as well. Although they specialize in seafood, they did have a very nice vegetarian option as well some meat offerings. The prices were what you would expect for seafood. For the two of us with one glass of wine and one beer as well as tip ran us around 90.00. Not the kind of money you would spend every weekend, but ok occasionally.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum
    Datenight123
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We loved our meal! Lobster roll appetizer was delicious and light. Men loved the oysters. Meal portions were good. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pretty Good
    SarahAnne
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Docs was pretty good...We had the calamari for the appetizer and it was super good and loved the aioli it came with. Had the fish tacos for dinner and they were good just wish it had a little more fish for the price and it was very dry. I don't like their cocktails, they are too sweet and have little alcohol for the price. Side Bar is a better pick for the same type of food and has better cocktails. Had my first experience with an oyster and liked it so I would go back for those.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • father's day fab
    MediaSavvyVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Always love their oysters especially when they are free for father's day. Delicious surf and turf. Even my picky 14 year old enjoyed clamp chowder and skirt steak.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Taking a break from Docs...
    OutAndAboutVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Used to be a favorite spot. Not sure what is going on, but last couple of visits have not been great. Most recent visit has convinced us to go elsewhere for a while. We have noticed that prep-quality of the meals has been deteriorating, no exception this time. They made us wait almost an hour for our meal...and it was lukewarm when it arrived. No apologies for the delay or anything... just that they were busy. Too many other options in the area. Maybe a good spot for drink at the bar, but giving it a break for a while as a spot for dinner.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Father's Day
    DadsDay
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    My husband and sons started their day with an awesome meal on Father's Day at Docs. The freshness of their seafood always keeps us coming back!! (along with everything else!!)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    $$$$ for a small amount of food. No kids choices for breakfast
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good for night out
    novawildcat89
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Overall a good dinner. My husband and I tried Doc Magrogans for dinner and drink (night out without the kids). Staff were friendly and responsive. Food was good. Good overall place for a casual, relaxing evening out
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FromDCVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Food was great. The server, when we got seated was great. His name was Kevin. My issue was the rude blonde guy who checked you in. It took 20 minutes and we had a reservation.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good night with friends
    Wayne
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Apps were great. Beer sele Cation was good and entrees were good as well. Oysters,mussels,short rib,steak,salad, fish and chips and tacos. Sat outside. A little loud at times due to traffic but would and will do it again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    I have been dining and drinking at Doc's at least once a week, their sea food is always fresh and great. I always manage to have thie Oysters every time i visit Doc's. The bartenders are a joy to talk to.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate