Dock's Oyster House
Dock's Oyster House

Dock's Oyster House

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.docksoysterhouse.com/
  • Phone: 6093450092
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Frank Dougherty
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (bar only), Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Dock's Oyster House has two small semi-private rooms for parties of 6-10 guests. The dining room can be reserved for larger parties. The entire restaurant can also be booked.
  • Private Party Contact: Frank Dougherty 6093450092
  • Entertainment: Piano Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Georgia Avenue
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: There is a private lot adjacent to the restaurant.
A word from Dock's Oyster House
Owned and operated by the Dougherty family since 1897, Dock's Oyster House is an Atlantic City institution. Offering a full raw bar with as many as 10 different oysters per night along with clams, mussels, shrimp, crabmeat, chilled lobster, tuna sashimi and ceviche, Dock's is renowned for the freshest seafood in town along with great steaks and an award-winning wine list. Also offering a full bar, piano bar, and free parking.
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Dock's Oyster House reviews from OpenTable diners
499 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (310)fit for foodies (285)neighborhood gem (257)romantic (119)good for groups (110)hot spot (109)notable wine list (86)vibrant bar scene (64)great for lunch (18)late-night find (18)kid-friendly (12)great for brunch (10)scenic view (3)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • Delicious but cramped
    love2dineVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We have been to docs multiple times as it is one of my husbands favorite restaurants. The food is fresh and delicious. Saturday night is just a busy night and very noisy. The tables are too close but some call this cozy. We will definitely go back as we love it but I think we will go on a week night rather than a weekend. It was so noisy that we could not have a conversation.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Fantastic. Oyster Rockefeller, Lobster, and cheese cake for dessert what could be better!!!!!!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Wonderful food, wonderful service - tables just too close
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Jersey Shore Classic
    Laura856
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Everything is perfect from the lively ambiance and nightly piano music to the delicious food. The oyster sampler is a must, tuna tartar is excellent, and the steaks and seafood do not disappoint. During our most recent visit, our group of 4 had two of the specials, (salmon and fluke francese) sea scallops, and the crab cakes - all were wonderful (especially the crab cake and fluke). The martinis are pricey ($14) but strong and they offer a great selection of wines by the glass. The key lime pie was our hands-down favorite dessert and the banana cream pie was a close second. The service is also top-notch - our server was extremely helpful and attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • WOW
    NonieVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    This was a special night for my dad's birthday dinner! Great service and seafood!!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Never a miss
    cleonwales
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    This was our second time at Doc's. We once again waited ten to fifteen minutes before being seated and the waiting/bar area is fine. There was a gentleman playing the piano, a raw bar and two bartenders ready to be at your service. I had the cucumber martini, it was refreshing. We were seated and the waiter "Doug" was great. My wife and I shared the crab imperial Caesar salad and tuna tar tar. Both appetizers were really flavorful. We then ordered the same dish from the list of specials, filet with 3 jumbo shrimp. I had my order cooked medium rare and it was exact. The shrimp were fried and breaded, we expected them to be grilled but never the less it was delicious. Our deserts were great (pumpkin cheesecake & Apple pie). Ty Doc's
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A special dinner out
    Jeanne
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We went to Dock's Oyster House to celebrate my mom's birthday and it did not disappoint. The food was excellent and our server was very good. They even brought our dessert with a candle and sang to my mom. It was so sweet. The only thing I didn't love was how many people they pack in. We were basically sitting on top of the people to our left and right. But, I guess this is to be expected with a place as popular as this!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never had a bad meal!
    JoeH
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Great food, service raw bar. Get there early and enjoy piano, raw bar and drinks.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Been here before and won't go back
    CaraVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I've been here several times over the last few years. This by far was the biggest disappointment. The salad came out without dressing. The soup was runny and barely seasoned. My lobster tail was rubbery. Not to mention that I barely had enough room to sit at my table, and my friend kept getting bumped by the person to his right and behind him.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • foodfan68
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Dock's was as good as always. Seafood is outstanding, service was great. I will return the next time I am in AC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    Bill592014
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Wife and I decided to got to Dock's vs Knife & Fork for our Anniversary dinner. We choose a Thursday evening 10/9/14. We could not believe how "packed" the place was!! As a result - service was terrible, noise level was loud, tables were elbow to elbow. We mentioned to our server that we were there for our Anniversary - didn't even blink an eye!! My Filet was over done but I didn't want to send it back because it took so long to arrive! So next year we will go to the Knife & Fork.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • EXCELLENT RESTAURANT
    SLCardinalsFan
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Dock's Oyster Bar is our favorite restaurant @ the shore, food is consistently excellent, service, especially Michael and Helen (our favorites), is outstanding and drinks are The Best! We love dining here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never Disappoints
    Foodvoyeur
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    The food is always fresh and bursting with flavor; the waitstaff upbeat and professional. Look forward to coming here whenever we visit the area. Really enjoyed the stuffed shrimp special. Order the clam chowder, a thin, flavorful broth with whole baby clams - so much better than the thickened, tasteless, glop so often served in restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delighful Dock's
    satisfaction
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    This was our second visit to Dock's and it is a wonderful restaurant. The food is just so excellent and the service matches it. We will definitely be dining there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AC Go To Spot
    jerzjoe
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Always our "Go To" place when we are in Atlantic City. Food, drinks and service are always top notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A WINNER !!
    VJGreenVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    First visit here, on a recommendation of a manager from a different establishment down in Maryland who suggested we would be very pleased. He was correct. Four of us dined on this trip and found that the entrees were exceptional...especially the fried oyster entrée. Great ambiance in one of Atlantic City's oldest restaurants, dating back to 1897 according to our waitress.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jane
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Meal was delicious! Perfectly prepared - top quality ingredients. Highly recommend
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • one of AC's best
    drobbin
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Overall great food, ambience, and experience here. No complaints at all and the seafood in particular was very good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    oysterloverVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Our oysters were off-tasting and bland although we ordered Malpeque's which we've had many times at many restaurants and always enjoyed before. The tuna tartare served was an enormous portion but so full of cucumber and avocado pieces that the delicate tuna flavor was completely masked. The shrimp ceviche was also a bit overwhelmed by peppers/onions with no hint of lime or citrus. The best part of my entire meal was the risotto served underneath my salmon special (the salmon was overcooked). The tables are so close the waiter took advantage and recited the specials to us and our table neighbors at the same time. We won't be going back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Can't wait to go back!!!
    Sandy5
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Never a disappointing meal, fresh seafood never frozen.Great selection of wines and Great martinis!! If you're going on the weekend hard to get a 7:00-8:00 reservation so call ahead.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Highly recommended
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The food was excellent. There version of clam chowder may not be what you expect but it was so tasty. We had the halibut special and red snapper with crab meat on top. I would return in a heartbeat. The hostess was smiling and welcoming. Our waiter, Will was the best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    Sjhigh
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Great food, service and atmosphere. Would definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always awesome
    beanVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    the food and the service is just perfect - we love this place !!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fish cooked perfect
    Chowline
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Friendly cheerful waitress,thick salmon on cheese flavored risotto. Oysters fresh from Cape May. Translucent scallops broiled to perfect. Finished with apple crisp hot from the oven topped with vanilla gelato. Great dining year after year.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Dock's continues to be a favorite restaurant: noted for its seafood and luscious sides as well as a great raw bar, the restaurant even explains the sites of its oysters. The service is timely and professional and the food is always delicious. What a gem in Atlantic City!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tishas
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Was great out waitress was superb...food was fresh and delicious. ..close to boardwalk hall so before the show we were able to have dinner and drinks overall a great find
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    TomsRiver
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We have been here several times, never had any complaints. Food and service are outstanding. Must try the tower will not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Must try
    AmyT
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Wonderful Service and Food. Definitely recommended their clam chowder, it was delicious and fresh. Banana Pie for dessert was outstanding. Note: may need a wheelbarrow to take you home.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great bar food seafood
    statusk
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Old time bar with great food. Lots of history. Bartender made some great traditional drinks and some creative cocktails. Piano player early evening was a nice touch. Classic seafood fare.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Super experience in Atlantic City
    windycityRealtorVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Dock's is a "don't miss" experience. Still family owned (one of the granddaughters was our hostess), this is an exceptional restaurant. The food was wonderful, and reasonably priced. Great bartender as well. The wait service was a bit spotty in comparison to all other elements. This is an authentic restaurant, with an atmosphere that is far from the gambling palaces (although very close to them geographically). Compliementary valet parking as well in the adjoining parking lot. Don't miss this restaurant while in AC
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Honey
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Very pleased with food, food presentation and service. Deserts also exceptional especially Lemon Meringue Pie
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fresh seafood
    DCFoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I was very pleased with the seafood, especially the oysters on the 1/2 shell--worth ordering the dozen! The variety of oysters were extensive and delicious! Also the staff were especially helpful/attentive. Sadly I didn't catch his name, he wore glasses and worked on clearing tables & refilling water cups in the back (I dined on 9/20, 9:30pm). My water glass was never empty!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was amazing. Love Dock's
    Luvdocks
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Our waitress Amy was excellent. Food is amazing. We were here last year and returned again this year. Valet service is wonderful. Never disappoints.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
    GaleW
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Wonderful seafood, atmosphere and service!!! Even the parking attendant that the restaurant has next door was so courteous! Recommend for all occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    meme
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Went here after visiting the Knife and Fork owned by them. That was good, this was great. Food was above expectations. Everything was excellent. Generous protion. Help was very accomodating and pleasant. Even the parking attentand was pleasant. Will absolutely return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dock's Oyster House Excellent!
    Phil
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We have the opportunity to dine at Dock's Oyster House for my wife's birthday after attempting to get a reservation during the summer, which was next to impossible. I can now see why! The service at Dock's was impeccable...thanks to our server, Will. A sampling of oysters that Will chose for Carol were wonderful. Every aspect of our meal (even and especially my Cowboy Steak - unusual for a seafood restaurant) were over and above delicious. We are looking forward to going back to Dock's again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A real dining experience!
    luv2dine
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I celebrated my bday on Sept 19 by going to Dock's for the first time. Several people recommended it, and they were right. Dock's has excellence service and quality food. The oysters were some of the best I've ever had. The shrimp cerviche was outstanding and my rack of lamb was perfectly prepared. I'll go again but I won't wait until my bday next year! Thanks for a true fine dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding!
    Gabby
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We try to dine at Dock's every time we are in Atlantic City. It's been years since our first experience. From the first to this past one, each visit only exceeds the previous one! As soon as you open the door you hear the fabulously talented piano player serenading the clientele. Starts my toes tapping ;)! The hostess is ALWAYS welcoming, and the wait staff is ALWAYS on it's toes. Great service, with the offering of dining suggestions along with explanations on the preparation of the food. Oh yeah... and then the FOOD!!!! I can't even begin to describe.... you MUST go and try it for yourselves. Words just wouldn't do any of the selections justice. My mouth is already watering with anticipation for our next adventure. :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hit and miss
    Anne
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    We were seated within 10 minutes of our reservation which was at 7:30 on a Monday night. All the tables were full and the noise level was high. I ordered one of the specials salmon over risotto, the salmon was overlooked as was the risotto. My dining companion had the scallops which he enjoyed. We've dined here several times and sorry to say this was not our best evening......but desert was very good, lemon merengue pie.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • The reason for over 100 years!
    Robinegg
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    I am sorry I waited so long to try this place. I will go back. Live piano music. Great food and wonderful service, the perfect place to go for a nice evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic