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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
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "When in AC this is my go to place for fine dining."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Lively restaurant with consistently great food. Great selection of specials. Best in AC"
    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."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "The freshest best prepared seafood that money can buy."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "Will definitely return. Great food and service. Had a great time and even better meal."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "If you want to have a legendary and local meal in AC, this place is The place!!"
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "One of the oldest and one of the best, great place"
    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."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    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!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "The absolute best in NJ , and challenges many other states including NY>"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We find the food delicious at Dock's. We have never been disappointed with a meal. All the wait staff our very professional but we have a special feeling for Helen. She has been at this restaurant for about 40 years and has a super personality. Dock's is one of our favorite shore eateries."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "It is hard to believe how good Dock's Oyster House still is after all these years. Went there as a little girl and am now retired. It is definitely a throw back to the past with it's piano bar, well dressed people and old-fashioned drinks. What is amazing is how good the food is. Although traditional, it is some of the best seafood and jersey dishes you can have. Started with fried Jersey tomatoes with goat cheese. Delcious! And enough to share by 2. Then followed with the fluke Francaise with crab meat, jesey tomato and spinach. Just delicious. It was hard to decide what to have as their menu is large and mouth watering. If in A. C., don't miss this rest. I shouldn't be saying this as it will be even harded to get a reservation."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Great food. Seating was way too close. Impossible to ignore table on either side. Less than two feet away."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Definitely the best place in Atlantic City for steaks and raw bar!!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "The service and seafood was some of the best that we have ever experienced. My husband and our friend had the oyster sampler as an appetizer and they are still talking about it. Would highly recommend!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "My wife and I have been to Dock's many times and we don't plan on making any changes. The food is consistently delicious and ample. The service is prompt and courteous. The desserts incredible!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "I recently had dinner for 2 on a weeknight at 6:30Pm and was given the first table by the door. Ok, a bad start. Then the constant rush of people passing my table and the high noise level distracted from a very good meal. The service was spotty; polite but negligent. I had to ask for replacement water and to remove finished dinner courses. Finally, I left my reading glasses at the table ,returned to my hotel and discovered the problem at 11PM. They were closed and when returning at 5PM the following day was told no one had seen them. I realize this is my fault, but it is just another add on to a disappointing 1st dinner."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "It was so good, I went two nights in a row. The food was AMAMZING and the Banana Cream Pie was like heaven, It's a MUST!!!"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "There's a reason this place has stayed in business over 100 years. The Dougherty family still takes charge of a superb operation, with an emphasis on fresh seafood, well-prepared. Would return in a heartbeat."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Sets the standard for seafood in south Jersey. Prices very reasonable for the quality of the meals"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Excellent service and the best freshest seafood in town. Never disappointed with Docks."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Our meal was so good that we ate here two nights in a row!"
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "This was our second time here. Food was amazing and priced fairly. Drinks were a little over priced but overall great experience."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Dining room was immaculate. service was attentive but not faked or intrusive.Food was creative but not bizarre and cooked well and delicious. Absolutely perfect and affordable meal."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Food was Ok ,Service was good but the restaurant is very tight to the point of being uncomfortable. From the entry to the tables it is body to body."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "When ever we get to Atlantic City my wife and I make it a point to eat at Docks. Clams are fresh and cold, Lobsters are steamed just right, and deserts are great. You always leave full and knowing you will be back."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "The best restaurant in A.C. Every dish fabulous!!! Don't miss the opportunity to go!!!"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Food was great but the table we had made it difficult to have a conversation and the table next to us was practically connected to ours."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "We got there at opening. Everything was great. Food serive and price. Really was exactly what we wanted."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Unfortunately this was not the best experience. The restaurant was over booked and our reservation was 50 minutes late. Although the service was very good the restaurant gets very uncomfortable due to it small size and lack of space between tables.The food usually very good was hit and miss tonight. Overall I would be hesitant to return especially on a weekend night"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "We have been there several times and this time in particular the food was quite disappointing. The soup (crab/corn chowder) for 2 bowls was great and the third bowl was full of flour/corn starch lumps. The soft shell crab was cold and soggy and very oily. The lobster was chewy. Our previous experiences were stellar."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "I eat out five times a week, this has to be one of the BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "While the noise level is high, the food certainly makes up for it. Everything we had was absolutely delicious and our waiter was very attentive. A great experience."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "My husband and I are extremely picky & decided to go here for my 40th birthday due to the great reviews. Unfortunately the shrimp cocktail & crab corn chowder were the only good things. The lobster & filet were below average. Not what I expected. We will never go back. Servers were great."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "There are so many wonderful casino restaurants. But to get a true flavor of Atlantic City-the Boardwalk Empire Atlantic City-there is no place to go but Dock's. Fresh seafood presented simply and deliciously. Wonderful specials that span cuisines. Terrific steaks if that is you pleasure. At the end of the day, however, what makes Dock's so great is its people. From incredibly friendly and expert bar tenders to servers who have been at Dock's for 5, 10, 15, 20 and more years! This place is a true treasure worthy of its reputation."
    Dined on 8/7/2014