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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Dock's Oyster House reviews from OpenTable diners
534 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (334)fit for foodies (283)neighborhood gem (257)romantic (125)good for groups (119)hot spot (117)notable wine list (90)vibrant bar scene (62)great for lunch (24)late-night find (19)great for brunch (15)kid-friendly (14)scenic view (4)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • 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 best meal in town
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Our favorite waiter is Will Best service and attention to ones table.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    This place is fabulous!!! Not only the best place in AC but maybe the best place in NJ!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mackie
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    While the ambiance and food make me want to keep returning to Dock's, the service makes me want to stay away forever. The last 2 times we arrived with a 7:00 pm reservation we were forced to stand in the crowded lobby for 45 minutes waiting for a table. Arrivals that appeared to be regulars seemed to get seated without the wait. Once seated the service was fine, but they obviously overbook.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Food..A Bit Pricey
    Anne65nj
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We chose Dock's from someone's recommendation; it was very convenient making reservations online. We were seated and waited on in a very timely manner. Our server was outstanding and friendly; although the food was very good, I think the prices are a bit high. Because it's not very big and tables are fairly close together, the noise level was a "energetic." In saying this, we would definitely eat there again and would recommend it to friends/family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • live2eat
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Food is great.........service is great.......what more one can say........keep up the good work
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • old guard with casual elegance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Hubs and I to A.C. to see Steely Dan in concert for his birthday. Rating for Docks was excellent and didn't disappoint. The service was excellent from the bar where we ordered a glass of wine, to the hostess who took us to our table, to the server who was knowledgeable and attentive. The food was very good and the creme brûlée for dessert was outstanding. It was a real treat and would highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Incredible
    JillandMike
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Cucumber martini is the best. Oysters fabulous. Flounder Francaise great. The best meal. Second visit to Doc's and can't wait for the next.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never disappoints
    MargieD
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We make it a point to eat at Doc's whenever we are in AC. You cannot beat the quality of the food and the service. The fresh oysters were outstanding! I chose the special salmon over risotto and was more than pleased. Don't overlook this AC gem, but make sure you have reservations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dock's
    GPSP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Food and service were excellent. No mention was made regarding our anniversary--we made a note on our initial reservation. Also, no bathroom on first floor--walk up.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Most enjoyable
    FinedinerVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    All of the fish dishes we ordered were outstanding and the seafood was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Shorething
    Shorething
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Food is always wonderful & Michael our waiter was friendly, inviting, & funny. Dessert, key lime pie, was the best that I've ever had. Martinis were perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find!
    flash
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Away from all the casinos! This place was great. The food was outstanding and the service was very good. If I had one complaint about the place, it would be that the tables were too close to each other; you felt cramped. But, the quality and flavor of the food made up for it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • MantolokingVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    The food and service never vary from excellent. When they have king crab it is all that more amazing
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    food was delicious and service is outstanding delicious desserts
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foody4life
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    The food is fabulous! The service was good and the ambiance is very nice. Our only complaint is that it was freezing and the vent for the air conditioning was dripping down our backs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worth the wait
    Whit0309
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We were so pleased to have the chance to dine at Docks. We made our reservation 3 days in advance and still could only get a 9pm time slot. When we arrived we had to wait another hour before our table was ready. HOWEVER... it was TOTALLY WORTH THE WAIT!!! The food was incredible! The atmosphere was energetic but it still had a very intimate feel. Aside from the very attentive, tall and handsome bartender that was friendly and welcoming, the other bartender, our server, and the food runners were not overly friendly. But there was still definitely a family-owned business vibe that made me love the place even more. The food was WAY BETTER quality AND price than any of those commercialized restaurants in AC. So, So, So good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent
    Tiger
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The place is a little small and cramped, but the food is outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • YUM !!!!
    ACLocal15
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Dock's continues to be the heart and soul of Atlantic City's restaurant scene. Their varied menu of soups, oysters, lobsters, fish, meat o rchicken dishes to home made desserts will surely wet your appetite. Whether you are a local , a first time visitor, a shoobie or a repeat tourist , Dock's won't let you down. Reservations are honored and free parking too !!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Did not start well-we were not seated till 30-35 minutes after the reservation time and the waiting/bar area was highly congested. Food was totally mediocre-ordered a grilled shrimp--what could be simpler? It arrived in a gloppy sauce which was awful. The tuna tartare was bland and insipid. Our guests seemed to be mildly ok with their food. I don't plan on returning after being a customer for several years. Needs a new chef.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • consistently delicious
    selsam
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    From the menu selections, to the wait staff, to the really good food, this is our go to place when visiting Atlantic City. This Atlantic City icon should be frequented for an outstanding 'shore' dinner.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our favorite place in ac
    Jerseygirl
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Where to start. Wonderful oyster sampler platter. So fresh and Delish. I love the horseradish and oyster crackers they put on the table. For dinner I had the lobster which was great and my boyfriend had the king crab leg special. We had a few glasses of white wine which were priced reasonable at 10 dollars. We also enjoyed our soup that which we split which was a corn chowder in a mild jalapeño crime. And don't leave without trying the cheesecake dessert!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • pastamom
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Excellent food and service.would recommend to others
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Do not miss
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Everything is simply awesome from the service to the food. This is must stop while in Atlantic City. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RuthieVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Always consistently outstanding! Everyone ordered a different appetizer and entree and all were delicious. Also, the staff is extremely attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • shoregirlVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    The food was wonderful! And the service was great..not intrusive but very attentive! Looking forward to going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Marcus
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We always enjoy Dock's. The noise level is a problem,especially in season.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jerseygirl
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Have been to Dock's many many times and I always enjoy my experience there. The staff is friendly and helpfull and the food is just wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as usual
    Luvtoeatout
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    I go to Docks every time i am in Atlantic City and the food and service are always excellent
    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.
  • fortyceleb
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Food preparation outstanding. Waitress very acomadating and sociable. Smart move to get an early 5 30 reservation as restaurant is small and fills up quickly during the night
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    Skywalk669
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The oysters were incredibly fresh. We tried three different kinds. The Old Salt ones were the best. The Oyster stew was too thin for my taste, but the Manhattan clam chowder that my wife had was delicious and very hearty. The entrees were spectacular. My wife had the snapper. I had the stuffed flounder. Both were incredibly delicous. We each had a glass of wine. It was a very full glass. I would say nearly double the amount of what you normally get when you order a glass of wine at a restaurant. My only regret was not leaving enough room for dessert, as they sounded delicious as well. Overall a great experience and great food. I would say that it definitely lived up to Trip Advisor's recommendation as one of the best restaurants in AC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Boom9VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Halibut over cooked with little flavor. Bread rolls warmed but not fresh. Lobster and filet mignon enjoyable. Dessert- apple tarte with vanilla ice cream very good.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Our only disappointment was that they were out of the special dessert even though we were there on the early side.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Best for Seafood.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Always a pleasure dining at Docks. We drive in from South Philadelphia because its worth it. A stroll along the boardwalk is always in order afterward. Get the Cheese Pie for which they are known for. You really can't go wrong with anything on the menu and there are always ample specials to choose from.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    seating
    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.