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
512 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (328)fit for foodies (264)neighborhood gem (235)romantic (127)good for groups (110)hot spot (106)notable wine list (88)vibrant bar scene (61)great for lunch (21)kid-friendly (19)late-night find (18)great for brunch (16)scenic view (4)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Hostess seated us at a table that was dirty. 2 used forks under my wife's chair and previous diner's oyster crackers were still on the table. No apologies even though we were seated about 25 minutes after our reservation
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Docks is fab
    food4thought
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    This is our favorite Shore restaurant. Food is so very fresh and well worth the money.excellent beautifully plated and delicious. Service is very good. Clearly the long time Shore families have the inside track when it comes to kibbitzing with wait staff, but once a year patrons are certainly not neglected .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Seafood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    My husband and I were in AC overnight at the Borgata, and wanted a good seafood restaurant. After doing a little search, I came up with Dock's Oyster House which fit the bill exactly. We had a dozen oyster sampler to start off with that were nice and tender. For the entree, I had the softshell crab which was to die for, nice and crisp without being too crunchy, very fresh. My husband had the scallops with the special risotto in place of the mashed potatoes. Althought there were only 4 scallops on the plate, they were absolutely delicious, maybe not the choice for a big eater. Reservations are a must. Be sure to call if you are running late. All and all, a great meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Test of Time
    SammieVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The food is fresh and the place is old. Great selection of fresh tasty sea food. Excellent attentive service. Prices the reflect the quality of food. Always a great mea. Looking forward to our return visit. Oh, better make your reservations.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seating
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Three women seated at the very back of the restaurant when there were tables we could have been seated at. Why do restaurants seat women this way? The food and service was good but the seating left a negative impression.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food Surprised by Poor service
    TonyVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Have eaten here almost every time we visit AC, as it is a winner for some of the freshest seafood. However, this visit was marred by having to wait 50 minutes beyond our reservation time and a waitress who was clearly overwhelmed by her responsibilities. My experience at Docks has usually been a 10 minute wait with reservations; 50 minutes is ridiculous and it seemed walk-ins had a 50 minute wait, I would hope it was not because we made our reservations through Open Table. We had to ask and re ask our waitress for everything (bread, water, drink orders, getting our appetizers and then trying to get our entrees served at the same time). She was a very nice woman who apologized for not being up to par this evening but that is small solace.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Service was excellent. Food was ok nothing to rave about
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    we had a great time and the food was excellent, and to make it better,our son in law paid the tab
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner at Docks
    Shannonbox
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We were three women going out for a nice dinner. We were quite disappointed. Two of us shared a lobster tail that was small and rubbery. We told the waiter and he didn't seem too concerned. The manager came over, took it back , and we brought back a whole lobster. That was much better. The drinks were delicious but outrageously expensive. We will not be returning.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Dock's is always very good. We have been there many times; and have never been disappointed. Food is always delicious and service always great. Will go there again when we go to AC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • oasis
    notpleased
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    been there many times, only once we were not completely satisfied but that happens to the best of them. staff are first rate and makes you feel at home. just hope they never change owners and/or operations. in new jersey it is very hard to find first rate places to dine. even some of the high end restaurants are not all they are cracked up to be and we have been to a great many of them but we can always depend on Dock's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • obxjana
    obxjana
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    It is a must for seafood lovers! Great food, always consistent and always fresh. Joanne has been our waitress several times, has always offered good suggestion on menu choices. Martini choices are all delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant in Atlantic City
    Smoug
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Second time here. Wonderful food, ambiance and service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • EXCELLENT!!
    Julia
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Always consistently great: food, drinks, service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tinydiner
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I have eaten here many times and the food is always very good as well as the service. However, the tables are so close together, one feels as if they are dining on the laps of their fellow patrons. The dining room is way too crowded with tables squeezed in every available foot of space. With the high quality of food they serve, and the prices they charge, one would hope for a more civilized dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 25th wedding anniversary surprise!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My wife and I decided to go to AC for a weekend getaway to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary, and because we are seafood lover's chose Docks. I bought my wife a new wedding ring set, and I wanted to surprise her. Well, Holly, the welcomer at the front door, and will, our waiter presented the ring to her with dessert on a bed of roses.I thanked her for a wonderful 25 years, as the wait staff, and other patrons watched! My wife burst into tears, and everyone applauded! The folks at Docks made the evening extra special. Oh, before I forget, the food was exceptional, the ambiance, incredible, and the service was impeccable! We found a new home at Docks! You will not be sorry!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Excellent food and excellent service. A Consistently wonderful dining experience we have been dining here since the 1990's. Our server Will was super attentive and a true professional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • HappyCustomers
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Very good food and excellent service. The piano player helps to create a very comfortable environment for dining. We look forward to our next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One for the books
    jerseyfoodies
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Extraordinary from the moment we arrived. May have been the best dining experience in memory. Convenient (free) parking next to restaurant with valet. Felt appreciated form beginning to end. Bar was relaxed and had piano player. Food was outstanding. Will be back soon with friends and family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Venerable Establishment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Great server. Just OK corn and crab soup (with cartilage, ugh). Very good fried Jersey Tomatoes. Hubby loved his tomato and blue cheese salad and sauteed flounder. Good glass of red wine. Daughter in law liked her lobster. Son liked the oysters. So-so onion rings. Decent asparagus with hollandaise and sauteed spinach. Huge good lemon meringue pie. I'd tell people to give it a try. Very, very busy - even at 5:30p!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What a wait but good food
    MartySVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We had an 830 reservation waited an hour for our table people who arrived after us with the same time were seated before us. Our waitress was told my wife told the waitress she tried to convince her to have the sauce. My wife is a recovering heat patient and does not eat butter We also waited about 7 to 10 minutes for someone to stop at our table
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special occasion, or just because
    Webhill
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    This was our 4th time to Dock's, and possibly my favorite visit. Things I love about this place: the piano player at the bar, the family history, the friendly servers, and the food! OMG the food. The seafood is always deliciously fresh and expertly prepared. I know I'm not alone in thinking this place is special-occasion-worthy, because on this most recent visit in celebration of our 15th anniversary, the people at the adjacent table were celebrating their 9th anniversary :) Really, just go, you can thank me later.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An Old Tradition Has Not Changed
    MangiaManiac
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    My wife and I had dinner at Dock's on Thursday night. The service, as always, was excellent and our waiter, Michael was courteous and helpful. The food is always great at Dock's and I was not disappointed this time. The crab and corn chowder was outstanding and the crab cakes I had were perfectly done. My wife had a cucumber martini, which was a first for her and she loved it. The tables are a bit cramped, but we were lucky to have been seated next to three lovely ladies with whom we chatted throughout the meal. Make your reservations as long before your dining date as possible. The reservation book fills quickly, especially between 6 pm and 8 pm.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • FANTASTIC FOOD
    GaleW
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I am a fish lover, especially salmon and this was the best salmon I have ever had! The old fashioned atmosphere and great beer selection added to the dinner. Will return very soon and want to share my experience with friends!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome date night
    FoodandWineOs
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    My boyfriend and I went here for a romantic date night. The service was great! Awesome wine list if you are a wine-o like us! We ordered the fried calamari for an appetizer and it was delicious. I highly recommend the seared sea scallops - even the potatoes and broccoli rabe were really good! My boyfriend ordered one of the specials of the day - fried soft shell crab. Even though it was very good, we both agreed that it wasn't worth the price and would have rather ordered lobster. But still the crab was great! The service was great. Loved the piano bar! Definitely will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good again
    HappyTummy
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We have been to Dock's many times and it has always been very good for food, service and all around. We will definitely go to Dock's when we are in the Atlantic City area again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Everything great except the seating
    Stantheman
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Food was excellent...service was great...seating is very tight...table of four next to us was loud and obnoxious....I had been there before with a large group and it was perfect...not suitable for two unless you go early when it's not as crowded. Aside from the noise it was a great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    oysterman
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    our choice to celebrate our 40yh anny. at Docs was a great one. Love sea food especially shell fish and the oysters did not disappoint.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding as always!
    jetwillie
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I had a large party of seven and our waiter was attentive and friendly. Food was fantastic and I've always been happy with Dock's.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappoints
    Roseann
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    When in AC this is my go to place for fine dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Pmatthebeach
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Lively restaurant with consistently great food. Great selection of specials. Best in AC
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Again
    Shep
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    My wife and I take the kids and their spouses out every summer to a restaurant of their choice in Atlantic City. Every year they choose Dock's. My wife and I eat out nearly every day and the food here is awesome and we have never had a bad meal. What was strange this time was that my tomato appetizer came out a good 10-15 minutes before the rest of them. Drinks were also a little slow this time, but I can tell you that the bar was pretty active. Not too often would I recommend a steak at a seafood restaurant, but this would be the place. Definitely will be back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best seafood in AC
    Roseann
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    The freshest best prepared seafood that money can buy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Will definitely return. Great food and service. Had a great time and even better meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    DVMRE
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    If you want to have a legendary and local meal in AC, this place is The place!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best In AC
    GreatVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    One of the oldest and one of the best, great place
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, great service
    Evan
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Server was very knowledgeable and friendly (Joanne). Food was excellent. We started with an appetizer special of fried jersey tomatoes stuffed with goat cheese and a basil pesto. Can't beat jersey tomatoes. I had the crab stuffed flounder with cream sauce and it was fresh and delicious. My date had a grilled salmon with lobster sauce over risotto. The salmon was a little overdone but the dish as a whole was cohesive and delicious. The cheese pie for desert is a must! Will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food great- long wait
    Gary
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    As usual the food was outstanding-- the best Ahi tuna that my wife has ever had. Soft shell crab special was very good. Had 9:00 reservation on Saturday, rushed to get there on time and arrived at 8:55. Told we would be seated shortly-- not seated to 9:45. Had to stand in a crowded lobby for 45 minutes-- and was upset by the time the 4 of us were seated. A restaurant that started in 1874 should have a better handle on table turnover and how to manage reservations. I would only return in the off season.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Your service sucks!
    Unhappy
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The food was good, but not exceptional good. You can find this sort of restaurants in any US metro cities. However, the service was very poor. Took forever for the waiter to take our orders. Then, the waiter gave me the check right after our meals and informed us that the restaurant close at 10 pm and there are still more guests waiting for tables. I never felt so rushed in my life!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding
    BealetonVAluvsDocks
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The food And service is fabulous! We absolutely love our waitress Joan. So proud to bring my friends there. They said it was among the best food they have ever had! I just can't say enough about it!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.