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
193 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (65)great for lunch (64)good for groups (59)fit for foodies (58)special occasion (51)vibrant bar scene (46)great for brunch (27)hot spot (17)notable wine list (17)romantic (14)late-night find (12)kid-friendly (7)great for outdoor dining (6)scenic view (4)Show More
  • 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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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • 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
    • Food
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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
    • Food
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
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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
    • Food
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
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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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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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
    • Food
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
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    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
  • Wonderful Experience
    Weluvfinedining
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    This was a great place to enjoy a dinner. It was my anniversary and my wife and I found this restaurant surfing the web after our first choice ended up being out of our budget. This was absolutely a better choice. The food was excellent and the service was impeccable. The atmosphere was perfect for a romantic dinner. It had a nice crowd but was not crowded. Some of that may have been a combination of the weather (it was raining) and the fact that it was a Tuesday night. We simply enjoyed the experience and have already made plans to dine there again in the very near future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LOUD
    Allen
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    I return because I like the food, but the noise level always drives me away.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LeoMountain
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    It was nice to have friends around at your restaurant. It exhibits the social side of life. I, together with my friends did have a good time during the lunch time there. Hopefully, the surroundings could be a little bit quiet. Anyway, I still have fond memory of the place.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Steamers are flavorful but Sandy
    KMArubax4
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I've been a Dock's diner since they opened but haven't been there in a while. Was craving steamers and lobster this weekend so it was my Go To place for that. The steamers were delicious but needed a good swish in the clam juice as they were very sandy. The lobster was flavorful but a bit overdone and chewy. Service very pleasant but slow to approach the table and I had to ask for a bowl for the lobster shells.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a treat
    LocalVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Docks has been our seafood stop when visiting the city for 20 years. The seafood is always fresh and the service terrific. Never had a bad meal.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • yummyVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Service was great, place was packed, and the food was fresh and well prepared.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • NYCFoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    The seafood was fine - portions were large but nothing we ordered was out of this world. Good for a group of people with different tastes because of the extensive menu. This is more of a utility restaurant than a special gem.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Classic seafood restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Classic, fresh seafood delivered 7 days/ week. White table cloths that match the expected ambience and service. Had a great lobster special that was very fairly priced considering the restaurant and location. Would definitely go back for another special occasion.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Littlenecks and crab cake remain a favorite. Arriving before noon ensures nicely paced lunch within an hour if schedule is tight; gets louder and more crowded towards 1 PM.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious Salmon
    VeeBee
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    I opted for the salmon and I must say it was simply delicious. I certainly will be back to try the lobster.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • handelhous
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Totally enjoyable - have never had a bad meal there. We were three in our party - we all ordered something different and each was a delight. can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reviewer
    ReviewerVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    The food is excellent but the service the last two times (both within the past three weeks) has been horrible. The waiters/waitresses are fine but there are far too few of them and they just canot serve the customers. They stand at the computer screens for long periods suggesting the system is not up to par. The bus staff is impudent and unhelpful. The manager is uncaring and self-justifying. This is a change for the worse over the past several years and, because the prices are not a bargain, it is a big factor in deciding whether to select Docks despite good food and drinks.
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  • Great food for lunch
    DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    I only went there for lunch. It is still one of my favorite plases for lunch .... The food is GREAT. Service great too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid Brunch.
    PhillyFoodieFromNJ
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Had brunch here last Sunday before seeing a play. The food was solid and reasonably priced. I liked the brunch cocktail special and the brunch bread basket. I would've liked a few more brunch food options on the price fixe menu, but we each made it work. The service was good. The restaurant had a jazz quartet playing during brunch, which added great ambiance.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.