Docks Oyster Bar and Seafood Grill
Docks Oyster Bar and Seafood Grill

Docks Oyster Bar and Seafood Grill

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.docksoysterbar.com/
  • Phone: 2129868080x
  • Hours of Operation:
    7 days a week
    11:30am - 11pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Seafood, Continental
  • Executive Chef: Steve Meyers
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Live Jazz Band - Tuesday Evening 6-10pm & Sunday Brunch 11:30-3:30pm
  • Special Events: 2014 Mother's Day Menu's Brunch & Dinner

    Please call or email us
    212.986.8080
    Thomas@docksoysterbar.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: East 40th Street
  • Public Transit: Located just blocks away from Grand Central Terminal, we are easily accessible by the 4,5,6, or 7 train.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: We validate parking tickets for customers using ICON Parking located on 205 E. 38th St. Just east of 3rd Avenue.
A word from Docks Oyster Bar and Seafood Grill
Welcome to DOCKS. Established in 1986, we specialize in bringing the freshest seafood to the island of Manhattan. Rated by Zagat as one of the 50 most popular restaurants, we are a seafood lovers dream with our always fresh raw bar and daily specials.
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Docks Oyster Bar and Seafood Grill reviews from OpenTable diners
194 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (65)good for groups (64)neighborhood gem (60)fit for foodies (58)special occasion (50)vibrant bar scene (49)great for brunch (27)notable wine list (21)hot spot (18)romantic (13)late-night find (11)kid-friendly (8)great for outdoor dining (4)scenic view (3)Show More
  • Not that good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Simply put, docks is just not that good. Terrible wind list, fair service and not so good food. Person with me got the crab cakes and they loaded the plate up with ruffles potato chips. I mean it's suppose to be a nice place so why couldn't they put something besides chips from a bag
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  • Go for the seafood
    Impressions
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    The selection is just right - extensive and really tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful dining experience
    Terry
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The decor and ambiance were wonderful. Very warm and inviting with a touch of elegance. Our server was outstanding. He knew we didn't want to be rushed through our meal and let us go at our own pace. The food was delicious. I had the lobster risotto and my daughter had the scallops. Also started with the fried calamari. All dishes were wonderful. I would definitely go back again
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not What It Used To Be
    mlbdinesout
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    This restaurant is an old standby for my family. It had been awhile since I've been there, but I was disappointed by two things. There was one listing of a wine I was interested in at $46, another list said $50. When I pointed it out to the server, she said the $46 was on an old list. I should have insisted on the lower price, and so should she have. But she did not. (Not a big deal, just good customer service.) A longtime food favorite, the seafood platter, has not stood the test of time. It used to include fish, clams, shrimp, scallops and oysters. Now, just a couple of shrimp, scallops and way too many oysters. Disappointing. The lobster risotto was not bad. It's a pretty place, but seems to have lost a step or three. Too bad.
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  • Katrin123
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    a great restaurant and the service was terrific. great service and very attentive to our requests.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistent winner
    ChillyPalmer
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Great oyster selection and fresh fish make this a consistent winner. The service was outstanding. Helpful without pushing their agenda. It was a good late night find when many kitchens are closed. You can't go wrong here
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thanks for a great birthday dinner
    NotnowVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Lived the ribeye at this terrific fish house. Everyone ate different things. Love the down to earth feeling here. Home away from home
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great seafood
    geneva
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    good place to go with co workers or friends, a little too loud for a date night place, but the food is great and so is the service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A mid-town gem
    discerning
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    I know that I can always depend on Docks for outstanding food and service.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience!
    Pamster
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    This is the second time visiting Docks and it was awesome. The staff was very accommodating with one in our party arriving late. The menu is full of every type of food, something for all. The clam bake was enjoyed by all. We all had trouble making our final decision on what to order. Will definitely return on my next visit to New York City.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Labor Day Special
    dehillerinVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    We loved our early dinner on Labor Day. It was not crowded, so not really noisy. And there was indeed a special on a clambake dinner, different prices depending on the size lobster you chose. Not only a good deal--everything was prepared perfectly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Make sure you have a server
    Disappointed
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Dock's was recommended by our hotel staff. Easy on line reservation. Placed at a very nice corner table. Classic atmosphere. Order taken fairly quickly. Then, we waited. Served salad and waited. Suspected that we did not have a designated server. When someone came to clear our table (?), we pointed out that we had not had our entree. Then, we waited. I had to attract the attention of a server to ask him who our server was-"uh, a couple of us". Asked him to check on our entree-quickly arrived. My wife's was fine, mine was cold. Sent it back-returned fresh and very good. Still saw no server regularly-water glasses empty, empty food plates on the table. For our experience, we received a half-hearted "I'm sorry"/comped 1beer/wine
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always good dining
    LbaronessVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Docks is my go to restaurant in the neighborhood. Food is always fresh. Service friendly and accommodating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awful!
    FrankVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The grilled filet of sole was terrible! It was tough, dry, tasteless with black grill marks. The baked potato was desiccated and looked as if it had been lying around for days. Unbelievable that a fish restaurant cannot prepare a piece of sole. I complained to the waitress who shrugged her shoulders as if this was not an unusual event. To her credit, she offered me another dish and did not charge for the sole. I declined and went home for a sandwich.
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  • Reliable biz lunch
    AlatLunch
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Can't go wrong here at a neighborhood favorite for lunch with a small or large group. On a busy weekday recently, we snagged a quiet-ish corner table, perfect for a business lunch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great price fixed lunch
    JPenn
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Always great food and service. Their prix fixe lunch menu was great. Lots of delicious food. Very nice place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fresh fish, well prepared
    Cather123VIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The menu online was pretty dull, but I hadn't been to Docks in years and a friend wanted to go for her birthday, so we went. As I had hoped, there were several inventive specials not listed on the menu. I had grilled grouper and it was quite delicious. The fish was cooked perfectly, and the sides of tangy salad and baby eggplant were great. I was delighted to find a terrific sauvignon blanc on the menu that I have had and loved for a very reasonable markup at just over $40. The birthday girl (who had just turned 80) was delighted with her meal of oysters to start and fried clams, and our 30 something friend was pleased with her sea bass special. The waiter was great - helpful, there when you needed him but never intrusive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for fish
    Jimjax
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We had a half dozen oysters followed by crab soup followed by salmon and tuna. All were excellent. We had an especially attentive waitress named Shannon who was very helpful and a lot of fun. I had stopped going to Dock's several years ago because I thought it had seen better days but I can say now that it is back the way it used to be when it first opened years ago and I will be returning soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • MillieD
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    My friend and I both enjoyed the dishes that we ordered. My fried clams and her shrimp dish were delicious. The service was good, except that we were not given water and had to ask for it. The half-bottle of wine was disappointing in that we only had one glass each out of it. Ambience was casual and appealing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Much energy with good food/service. Strong after work business crowd
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mixed Bag
    HedgehogVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Traditional room (tile floor, lots of wood) and competent if somewhat impersonal service. Fairly noisy. Food is uneven - crab cake starter was mediocre at best and at $18 for one small cake should have been excellent (at least). Seafood Cobb salad however is very good. All in all, a convenient location if you're looking for a place for a business dinner in midtown east, but not an inspirational experience.
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  • Great value and diverse menu
    EatwithAfriend
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Reasonable prices for great food, service and atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great consistent place
    Tariq
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I have been going to Dock's for the past 20+ years and the food quality, service and overall ambiance has been consistently perfect throughout. I would recommend it to anyone, especially those who are seafood lovers like myself.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliable first rate business lunch
    MichaelVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Need i say more... a terrific place, great location, very good, fresh fish, excellent service, good wine list.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • weird response to waiter's error
    RightoSkipper
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Waited long time before asking the waiter to take our order. Fair enough, it was busy. When we were served our lunches the waiter gave one of my guests a plate of shrimp, which they enjoyed very much. One guest asked for a side order of shrimp, which never arrived but was on the bill. We stated that we would not pay for a side dish that wasn't delivered. We were told by the waiter and by the manager that the extra shrimp were on the other guest's plate of shrimp. No one knew this during the meal. We were still expected to pay....for a guest who unwittingly ate someone else's side order because her food items were on his plate. What?! We didn't pay for the extra 3 shrimp...
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Reliable seafood.
    CB123
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Docks has a great dining room and bar area. Food was steady and service was ok, maybe a little too casual. For seafood restauant I would have thought there would be more fish options but certainly you can find something.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch at Docks
    JANYC
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    What a superb place for a lunch meeting. The food, as always is outstanding and the service is of the highest quality.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A select few remain!
    CharlieVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Docks is one of the very few true fresh seafood restaurants left in NYC. The bar is inviting and the dining areas are spacious. Its' a bustling place at dinner and lunch but always pleasant. Energetic noise level can be avoided by requesting the back room. The seafood selection is extensive and very well prepared to your liking. One of the last places in the city to still get steamed clams with melted butter. Lobsters prepared any way you choose. This is far and away our favorite seafood restaurant in the city.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very disappointing
    PJNYCVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Bad experience for Sunday brunch. The restaurant was about half full, and our service was terrible. We waited a long time for everything. Ordered an egg dish (lobster potato bowl with poached eggs). The dishes came without the eggs, just a bowl of potatoes with bits of lobster. After many attempts to get any attention, our waiter finally came over, agreed that our eggs were missing and left. Later they brought out the poached eggs, not a new order just the eggs. By then the potatoes were stone cold. We were never offered coffee, which was supposed to be included in the brunch. Just the check. It was awful and embarrassing since I brought a friend from out of town. I have loved Docks forever, but this was so bad. Couldn't even get water.
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  • hate2cook
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Very pleasant dining experience. Great place to take out-of-town visitors. Live jazz a treat.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always good foods but...
    delahoyazamora
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We enjoyed your foods as usual. At this time, one disappointing issue was....main dishes came to the table well before we finish our apetizers and so we were forces to finish one plate to make a room to put those main plates on. Maybe we might have enjoyed our conversation a little bit too long. We came here many times before and this kind of case seldom happened. But just in case, from next time, we will order main dishes at the end of our apetizers in order to avoid this situation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    Steveater
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Great food. Great service. Just a great dining experience. The sesame crusted tuna was perfectly seasoned and cooked exactly as I asked. Plenty of choices fire drinks and service was polite and fast.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for lengthy dinner
    Nancie66
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Dinner was meant for a time for old friends to catch up. The waiter was very cognizant of that, and allowed the meal to flow in a leisurely pace, while still making the time feel like a meal. Food was excellent, as always. Nice attention to without being intrusive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Docks never disappoints
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Docks is my go to for a working lunch. The fish is really fresh and there are a ton of good, health options.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LJLbpl
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    The food was tasty but the New England clam chowder was lukewarm not hot.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch
    Chris
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Very good food! Waiters are friendly, professional and courteous. However I would recommend not to sit in the back because on a previous occasion, my group sat in the back and the service was slow. Overall great restaurant, good food but avoid being seated in the back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ponypal
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Great food, attentive service with a quiet table, which was great for conversation!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good spot
    Morg
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    The food was well prepared with excellent service. We were placed in a table where the sun became a problem.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OBGemVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Always fresh and well prepared seafood. A very nice and relatively quiet spot on the east side.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant!!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    I have been before for special occasions. This is a place I have told both family and friends, I am a big seafood lover, and truelly enjoyed the ipwich clams!! A true defnition of greatness from a shell. I have always enjoyed the cuisine and think of Docks when special occasions come about.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.