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Dock's Oyster House
Dock's Oyster House

Dock's Oyster House Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.docksoysterhouse.com
  • Phone: (609) 345-0092
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Steak
  • 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 (609) 345-0092
  • 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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Friendly Staff... Outstanding Meals... Cold Martinis:-)"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "If you go make sure Will is your server. The food and choice selections are top notch."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Our visit there was outstanding! First greeting, service from Mike and Will, and of course, the FOOD. Will return soon! A special place to have dinner or drinks!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Once again we loved the service and amazing food. The ambiance was marred by the extra tables that had been added to an already crowded space. The noise level was extremely loud and we were practically eating at the adjoining tables. Our table jutted into the aisle and I was continually bumped by other diners and wait staff. They did try to resolve that after we mentioned it to the hostess. Our great waitress confirmed the situation to the hostess."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Dock's is a very busy old town restaurant. Did I mention expensive? Great oyster selection and seafood. Crab was fair, stay away from tha."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "We planned our dinner early so we would be done and ready for the evening fire works and good thing we did, the place got packed-our table was prep'd and our delicious dinner served by the best server, friendly, attentive and very accommadating. We had a lovely seafood dinner, raw clams, oysters, lobster tail, crab and flander. All was serverd fresh, tender and the cooked fish was cooked to perfection. Excellent start to our July 4 holiday. A bit pricey and you gotta love seafood if you go. Not much move around space and bathrooms are up a flight of steps. All in all you will enjoy."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Food was good and the atmosphere was nice. It is pricy but worth it."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "This was our 3rd trip to Dock's. We always recommend it to friends and family and this time we had cousins join us. The food is always very good. We love the fried oysters. The only disappointment was that my cousin ordered the crab Au gratin entree and it had too much cheese. I recommend asking for a table towards the back of the restaurant because there is less traffic there."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Excellent choice for seafood. First time dining here from Open Table reviews. Group of 4 and everyone loved their meal. Great presentation but more importantly, great tasting food!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Amazing place. Everything was A+ with the one exception that the AC was so cold they were giving customers table cloths to wrap around them. They said they just installed a new thermostat and it was kicking on. We froze, even with a light sweater. So did the tables next to us. Still, an amazing place to eat. Staff was like family and food was fabulous. Prices very reasonable for quality."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "44 yrs old, lived in nj all my life, ive been missing out on this gem forever. Probably my new favorite restaraunt. Food, service, and piano man were great."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Food is fresh and always good, staff is amazing. You will definitely enjoy this old school gem."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "I have been to docks on several occasions, not as often as I'd like, and it has NEVER disappointed! Because we live a little over an hour away we really only get there once or twice a year but everytime it has the best, freshest, most delicious meals apps and drinks in the area. My husband bring friends and family all the time to impress them, and they are always impressed! Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "There were three of us and we all enjoyed our dinners Our server was excellent and very helpful and attentive."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Great food and Gary our server was awesome. It was a little pricey but worth it"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Every time we dine at Dock's, the experience gets better. The wait staff is friendly, attentive and very experienced. My husband loves their Manhattan clam chowder and usually orders a double order. Delicious!! We have never been disappointed."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Everytime I go to Atlantic City I make it a point to go to Docks the food is excellent"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "First time dining in AC in a long time. VERY happy to have enjoyed the fresh and luscious scallops. Husband had a red snapper dish that had him rolling his eyes with delight. We'll be back soon!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "I love broiled lobster and Dock's is one of the few places that knows how to serve broiled lobster that is cooked and not dried out. Fabulous waiter, Gary who made suggestions when we asked him and enhanced the evening. Also no one serves shrimp and oysters the way Dock's does. I'm spoiled once again. We were able to see the fireworks from the corner of the restaurant and valet parking. What more can a vacationer ask for."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "My wife and I hardly get out together, we found Docks listed as one of the top restaurants in AC. We were very pleased, the food was great, we had scallops that melted in your mouth and oysters we awesome too!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "The food was excellent - I had the fried combination and my wife had the sautéed crab. The service was great as well."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Docks is our 'go to' place when visiting the shore. We like to go early when it's less noisy, but it's worth a little noise discomfort, as long as our table is as far away from the pianist as possible. Consistently above average selections, wonderfully prepared. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "we sat next to this group of about 10 or so on Jul 5... and they were super freaking LOUD and NOISE... all of the guests around found them very annoying. No one in the restaurant do anything about it... i could barely hear the waiter when he was telling me what was the special for the day was. i had asked to moved to another table away from them but got rejected.... that group have NO F*cking matters.... no consideration for surrounding people."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Everything was awesome -- the food, service, ambience and piano bar. We loved it! Was perfect for our first anniversary. We plan to come back."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Appys were great, main dishes Grilled Shrimp, Pan Seared Scallops way too salty, our first disappointment here with anything in 12 meals"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "My husband and I had our anniversary dinner at the restaurant. The food was delicious! Reservations are absolutely needed to dine as the restaurant gets very busy. The dining area is quite small, so small children are not recommended. Definitely will go back."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We had a wonderful time dining at Dock's Oyster House! It was our first time there as we were celebrating a romantic weekend getaway. We loved the appetizer medley which included clams casino, oysters rockefeller, and grilled shrimp. All were delicious! I had the crab au gratin which was rich and cheesy. My only complaint was that I found at least 5 pieces of shell in it. I was hoping to get the scallops but the waiter did not recommend them on this night. My boyfriend had the crab stuffed flounder which he loved! The restaurant is warm and welcoming. We enjoyed the man playing piano while we waited at the bar for our table to be ready. I would definitely recommend reservations as it gets very crowded! We cannot wait to go back again!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "This has been a favorite for years, but unfortunately this past weekend the food was only fair. I had company from out of town and was promising a spectacular meal and it never happened. The noise level was ridiculous and the seating not very comfortable. We were so disappointed!! Perhaps, it was because it was a holiday weekend, but that shouldn't change things. I think we might have to cross Dock's off our list. Sorry!!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "We have booked a table for 9, and I called two hours before the appointment time and requst to add 4 more people. The host first said "NO". I was surprised. With the big group, we were running late. And I called the restaurant again, and asked to move the appointment from 2 to 2:30. The host said no. That is fine, it is our duty to be on time, so we will honor it. As some of our were late, I asked my brother and his family to be there before 2. When they were at restaurant, the host was so ruin and disrepectful. He called me and want go to another restaurant. Bad business...."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "We eat at Dock's at least five time a summer. The food and service is always above and beyond. If you want perfection choose Docks!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Dining at Dock's was amazing! The food, service, and environment was on point and we loved everything. Definitely recommending this to others and bringing our friends next time!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Everything was wonderful. The seafood as always - great quality. Drinks made the old fashion way, without hype and top notch. . Attention to my 8 year grandson was notable and accommodating . Hope to return again and again . But make reservations. The secret is out!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "I only get to go there 3-4 times a year but if I lived closer I'd be there every week. One of the best in the state."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Loved Docks! extremely fresh seafood, everything we ordered was great, updated but classic old time restaurant, a little pricey but worth it. Look forward to another dinner there!"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "This place gets better with each visit! I love it here, when my Fiance and I come to shore we always make sure to eat at Dock's once for dinner. SO good"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "What a great resturant. Our waitor was very personable and attentive and did a superb job in explaining the dishes and the offerings. The lobster was the best I ever had and my wife had the tuna and said it was the best she ever had. Will put this on our list of Great resturants."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "I would recommend this restaurant to everybody, the menu offered many choices. Oysters were delicious, the shrimp delicious, the best crab and corn chowder I have ever eaten. Will make this restaurant a must on our vacation dining list every year."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Pros: delicious seafood, best oyster bar in AC. Good cocktails. Con: It's Tight in there, save your private conversations for home. My dining companion's chair was constantly being bumped into by other guests passing behind him in the walk space and I got an up close and personal encounter with a behind when the gent at the table next to me got up to exit the table. If you're a L or XL, it may not be the most comfortable dining experience for you. The food is good, so it's always busy; because it's always busy, it's always crowded. That's the trade off."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "We were two couples celebrating my wife and my 34th anniversary. We'd been to Dock's before, but our cousins hadn't--but had heard great things. We began with oysters and one order of fried calamari. They were great. I had the Manhattan clam chowder with fresh little necks. A waiter even filled me in on the recipie. We all had seafood, all excellent. Wait staff too. Will be back!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Best soft shells ever. Chef Stefan promised they would be and he was right!!! Love the Cape May Salts. Great waiter. They have finally added a California Chardonnay to the wine by the glass list so Dock's is now as perfect as it can be. Excellent evening"
    Dined on 6/28/2014