Dock's Oyster House
Dock's Oyster House

Dock's Oyster House

  • 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: 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
405 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (244)fit for foodies (241)neighborhood gem (210)good for groups (95)romantic (94)hot spot (87)notable wine list (73)vibrant bar scene (48)late-night find (15)great for lunch (12)kid-friendly (6)great for brunch (6)great for outdoor dining (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • norm
    Dined on 11/25/2014
    food exellent; serivce outstanding, exellent parking facility
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    I have been to this restaurant over a dozen times. It seems that every time the food and service gets better !
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great saturday night
    Marc
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    It was my wife's birthday, everything was perfect; from the oysters to the desserts, it was one of the great meal we had in recents years. The server, Kim, suggest the Land & Sea to my wife: the filet was exactly cooked as asked and the stuffed shrimps were generous. I had the stuffed flounder; it was so tasty. Dock's will be the first place we go back when in AC.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food & service outstanding, one of the best in AC
    Tiny
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    other than being seated an hour past our reservation, everything was fantastic. food and service is excellent. everything was great, worth the trip and the money and the wait,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Atlantic City Historic Restaurant
    SatisfiedJack
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    I have only ever eaten SUPERB meals at Dock's Oyster House! I have been coming to Dock's for 35 years and I try to eat here every time I visit Atlantic City. The service is GREAT and the food is INCEDIBLE!!! This is a "MUST DO" whenever anyone is in town... IF you can get a reservation!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AC must
    raygunVIP
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    You shouldn't come to Atlantic City without checking out the food at Dock's Oyster House. Dock's is set apart from the mad pace and glitz and glare of the casinos. The seafood tastes like it was swimming in the water that morning. The portions are generous, the bar service is excellent and the hostess and waitstaff are very courteous and friendly. Returning to Dock's will be on the top of my list on my next trip to Atlantic City.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I had a WONDERFUL birthday dinner at Dock's!
    Jennifer
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    My husband took me to Dock's Oyster House for my birthday this past weekend. It was pretty chaotic when we first walked in for our 8:30pm reservation. They had two large parties waiting to be seated and the bar/waiting area was packed. The hostess was MIA for a bit and it took us about 10 minutes just to let them know we had arrived. Once we were seated, everything was great! Our waitress, Helen, was so warm, welcoming and sweet. We thought she was adorable! She even went outside in the cold drizzle to hail us a cab. Talk about above and beyond! We enjoyed some excellent drinks from the bar. And the food was exactly what we expected from a shoreline seafood restaurant. The Crabmeat Au gratin was spectacular!! I highly recommend it! Thank you for a really enjoyable evening!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nancy
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Always a good meal, a bit pricy, but worth every penny!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    Mattmonk
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    We went to Dock's to celebrate our anniversary, which we mentioned when we made a reservation online. When we arrived, the maitre'd greeted us and congratulated us on our anniversary, as did our server, Will, when we were seated. Nice touch. My wife loves oysters and so chose two plates, the Oysters Rockerfeller as an appetizer and the fried oysters as an entrée. Both were superlative. I had the Maine clam chowder, an original concoction of little neck clams (rather than just clam pieces) in a light broth that was just a tad spicy. Delicious. For an entrée, I had the sautéed crab, and we split the beet and arugula salad. At one point, my wife asked Will if he could tell us the kinds of oysters in her entrée. Amazingly, he was able to name each one of the eight different oysters in her entrée! My wife had two different kinds of cocktails, both terrific, and I stuck with stout and then wine. We split the lemon merengue pie for dessert--it was excellent. Overall, a wonderful dining experience. Only criticism--the tables are close, so it's hard not to inadvertently hear your neighbors' conversation and the decibel level is a little loud.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome experience
    CruisesByTom
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    We enjoyed our meal so much that we went back the next night. Be sure to save room for the cheese pie. It's like a lighter, fluffier cheese cake.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bobo
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Food could have been cooked better. Steak had no taste.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Disappoints
    KenK
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Once again a very enjoyable experience from the food to the service to the bar. The piano entertainment was outstanding, David Gross is an incredible musician!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Waitress made the night!
    AlwaysonSundayVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Had excellent service -an attentive (but not overly) waitress, absolutely delicious food-right through the dessert. Go for a whole lobster, flavor was perfect. I had a 3.25 lb. lobster- plenty of meat. My husband's steak done to perfection. Will def. be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Saturday Night
    WillyD
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Went to Docks for wife's bithday dinner on Saturday night. 3 at the table ordered seafood and were highly pleased. I ordered the strip steak WITHOUT the pepper sauce cookef medium. Steak arrived with the pepper sauce on the steak I cut the steak to taste didn't like the sauce so I sent it back. The steak was returned with the sauce wiped off. The steak was now over cooked and dry. The steak was taken off the bill. But I was very disappointed. Yes they offered to cook another but my party was already almost finished eating. Disappointing meal on a special night
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Best in AC
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Never a disappointment here. Every thing from the food to the service is great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We've been coming here for 40 years for the best oysters and lobster ever. Everything is fresh and cooked to perfection. It's a tradition!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great seafood.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    The lobsters are so fresh. The oysters are very good also.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    MikeB
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Restaurant was excellent. Food was delicious and the service was great.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food & Good Crowd
    guitarplayer126
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    We have made multiple trips to Dock's and have yet to be disappointed. Service was excellent even though the place was jumping. Rack of lamb & lobster tails cooked exactly as ordered. Would definitely go back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food Reasonably Priced
    live2eat
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    This is one of those great restaurants, not located on the Boardwalk, so more readily available to non-tourists. The seafood is fresh and well prepared. Our party has fluke (winter flounder), crab, tuna, scallops, and oysters. All were moist and tasty. None were overcooked which is so often the problem with restaurant seafood. The sauces tended toward butter sauces while one did have a cream sauce. The service was excellent, and the noise level was such that we could all talk around the table. When people came by to say hello, we could all hear them. When the bill came, the food was not cheap, but it was reasonable considering its freshness and preparation. I would recommend it to anyone anytime.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 10th Anniversary
    Jaco6552
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    We love this place. It is pricey but the food and service are exquisite. They were very accommodating to my daughter and they were extremely kind in helping make out anniversary dinner a wonderful experience. Helen was our waitress and she was amazing.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A letdown for me
    mynightout
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    The salad was great, the service was good. The entrée was very disappointing. I am used to good seafood, being from Virginia. The oysters were over breaded and did not have a fresh oyster taste. Shrimp was OK but not great. Maybe we have too many good restaurants where I live and I am being to critical but I feel for the money it was a letdown.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    Dock's was recommended to us by a friend. The restaurant had good, fresh seafood.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Been here a few times, always enjoy the experience, the food, service and atmosphere top notch
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good food and service
    waterlily74
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I took my husband there for his birthday. The seating was a little close for my liking, but the place was noisy enough to make our conversation mostly private. The food was very good. He had the calamari appetizer, and a salmon special. It was so good he didn't even offer me any...though I forgot to ask because my fluke special was so tasty! They had a full bar even with grapefruit juice (not cocktail) which enhanced the experience since my husband could then get his favorite drink. Definitely worth the cab ride!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Outstanding menu, portions are great, nothing beats the steamed lobsters
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing
    Eddied
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    We were there to celebrate our 34th anniversary and were blown away by the service , food and atmosphere. The prices were also very reasonable. We will definitely be back next time we are in atlantic city
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    kanga3703
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    We arrived 1 hours before our reservation. No problem at all we were seated right away. We had the same waitress from several years ago when we when. The food was amazing, I cook all the time and hate eating out especially at chain restaurants, this is a diamond in the rough!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    Delicious
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Our evening at the knife and fork was very very pleasant. Dinner was delicious service was very very good and we had a delicious bottle of wine at a reasonable price. We enjoyed our dinner very much and would recommend the knife and fork to anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor desserts!
    Foodie
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Pumpkin cheese pie not like pie, not cheesy, mushy crust. Apple pie mostly crumbly top, not good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JerseyGirl
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Great dining experience. Exciting bar atmosphere. Excellent menu and service. The food was amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wow Great Place!
    DesiLuvsgoingoutVIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Got a recommendation from an Atlantic City friend and was NOT disappointed. This place has been open for over 100 years and the food and service was terrific. Our waitress had been with the restaurant for 27 years! Helen was a great ambassador for the place, knowledgeable and very friendly. Ask for her if you make a reservation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Very Enjoyable Dining Experience
    JoeNo
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    The menu selections were all very tempting. And the Special of the Day was a hit for my wife. The presentation of the food was excellent and best of all it tasted great
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • david
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    We have been to Docks many times. This evening was to celebrate our 36th anniversary. While the food and service was up to our expectations, the noise level on this particular night was extreme and did diminish the pleasure we had hoped to have for our special event. Hope next time will be better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Must Go...
    Stevepoptones
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    If you are in A. C., you must stop and eat here. Docks never fails to have great food,drinks, and a general I am so glad I am here feeling. Oysters are fresh, shucked correctly, and the seafood out of this world. Taz our waiter was fantastic. So eat at Docks and make yourself happy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Absolutely Awesome
    dinnerrific
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The staff there is top notch. The food was delicious, starting with the raw bar and drinks. Continued with main course hot and fresh. And culminating with coffee and desert..Don't leave Atlantic City until you've visited this restaurant.I've brought multiple friends and family to this restaurant and they have all loved it. Now they bring their friends.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noisy but good
    Zam123
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Tight tables and noisy. Rating system wouldn't let me check 4 th box for noise level! But service was excellent and the food was well prepared. Prices reasonable. No complaints . We would return.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Celebrating retirement
    NoNi
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Always enjoy Docks - great food especially the "daily" specials. Only seasonal selections which means fresh!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Authentic Seafood
    MGM1VIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    This place has been around for a long time, but they still strive for perfection. And they achieve their goal! Great food, always consistent, and always fresh seafood. The service staff is well trained and very accommodating. We'll be back!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As good as it gets
    Phil
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Old time ambiance in an Atlantic City 40's atmosphere. Great raw bar with a menu that doesn't leave you wanting. My favorite in AC
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.