Dockside Restaurant on York Harbor
Dockside Restaurant on York Harbor

Dockside Restaurant on York Harbor

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.dockside-restaurant.com/
  • Phone: 2073632722
  • Hours of Operation:
    Porch tables for Dinner can be reserved @ 6:00pm or 8:00pm for a maximum of 5 guests

    Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30am-3:00pm - Check on weekend schedule
    Dinner: 7 Day 5:30pm to close
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Dennis La Plante
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: The Dockside beautifully hosts weddings, rehearsal dinners or any private dining need. We feature a waterfront lawn for your cocktails and hors d oeuvers, harbor views from the restaurant will impress your guests. No group is too small with facilities up to 160 guests.
  • Private Party Facilities: The Dockside offers one the most beautiful properties anywhere to host your wedding, ocean front ceremonies, cocktails on a beautiful harborside lawn and your reception in a charming restaurant all on the coast of Maine. Photographs on the dock or on the rocky shore you will want to relive these memories over and over.
    We have been going above and beyond for brides, grooms and all their guests for over 50 years.
    No group is to small, rehearsal dinners, anniversaries, wedding or family gatherings up to 160 people
    We pride ourselves in creating a truly unique and thoroughly enjoyable event from planning to finish. Flexibility and expert guidance are our hallmarks. You will meet with Philip, the owner of Dockside to create a one of a kind menu for your event including wine pairing and all the special details. Experience and value....you can have it all.
  • Private Party Contact: Philip Lusty 2073632722

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Route 103
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Dockside Restaurant on York Harbor
The approach to the Dockside Restaurant is all part of the Dockside’s charm. You are treated to views of the York River and the grand “summer cottages” as you turn onto Harris Island Road to reach Dockside Restaurant.

The view is quintessential Maine, people hustling up and down the docks, gleaming yachts and colorful lobster boats in front of a rock and pine-tree shore.

Dockside is warm and comfortable. Hardwood floors, European style lighting floor to ceiling window and a new mahogany bar with an adjoining outdoor cocktail deck. During warm months seating is available on our harbor view screen porch. The atmosphere is casual but the food is serious.

Chef Dennis la Planet has been recognized as a “chef’s chef”. North Atlantic seafood prepared with a northern Italian influence and aged steaks are just the start. Lunch features organic salads, creative sandwiches and traditional favorites; fish and chips, chowders and fried clams too
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Dockside Restaurant on York Harbor reviews from OpenTable diners
67 reviews since April 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (62)great for outdoor dining (42)special occasion (30)romantic (29)great for lunch (17)neighborhood gem (15)great for brunch (11)good for groups (10)kid-friendly (6)fit for foodies (6)notable wine list (5)late-night find (2)vibrant bar scene (2)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Great food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The food was delicious and creatively plated. The restaurant was beautifully decorated and the service was great. Food was a little pricey.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The view is gorgeous. The food was disappointing. The flavor of each food was on the bland side. The service was pleasant and attentive. Portions were adequate. The plate presentation very simple. The fish was dry and tasteless. For the money, I expected more. Again, it is a beautiful setting!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Wonderful food and great service - the view of the harbor is amazing. Seating inside and out - just wonderful.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • get the diver scallops
    winendineme
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Diver scallops were best we have had. The only disappointment was the mozzerella appetizer. Desert was delicious..
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food's ok, but Oh that view!
    2Foodies
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The kitchen can be inconsistent from night to night, but that is more than offset by the awesome view of York Harbor, particularly from the limited number of front porch tables (tip: reserve early!). Another tip: If your reservation is for a table in the warm and attractive main dining room, bring along noise-cancelling headphones. The din can drown out quiet conversations, particularly if you happen to sit next to a boisterous party (as we did on one of the four nights we dined there). All in all, though, the place is certainly worth a visit!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • lunch
    lovetodine
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Was hoping to get a table on the screened-in porch, but nothing available, so we were seated outside on the deck. Lovely view. Food was average, prices a little high for lunch. I was shocked when the bill came and we were charged for re-fills on our sodas....they should have told us they weren't "free". Sodas came to more than the lunch itself. Our waiter was great and the view was beautiful. I've been here before and would return. But I do think the prices should be lower. Perhaps they are charging for the "view"? And they should let people know re=fills are NOT free! I was a little disappointed in the seafood chowder. Menu said it had seafood chunks, but I couldn't find any!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jude
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    First time at this beautiful, scenic restaurant. Four old friends met for lunch....food good, ambience superb. Will return!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Evening
    myfavrest
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We visited the Dockside Restaurant for dinner for the first time and enjoyed our experience very much. We asked for patio seating and loved the view of the water and gardens. The atmosphere was very relaxing (despite a thunderstorm that came as we sat down). The food was well prepared, fresh and the portions were amble. We had, among the three of us, the lobster, tornadoes of beef and the house special - swordfish kebabs. The service was attentive and the staff flexible when we needed to change tables due to the weather. We definitely plan to return on our next visit to the area.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't go too late in evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    The restaurant has a great atmosphere but service was just ok. Perhaps we went too late in the day (7:30 reservation) - they seemed to be wanting to shut down for the evening - Monday night. They had no duckling on the menu and ran out of the delicious looking blueberry pie. For the money, I'd choose another place.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dockside York Harbor ME
    molly3VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We have been going back to the Dockside for 13 years to celebrate our wedding there and anniversaries. Never disappointed in the dining experience; just keeps getting better. This year one new item was added to the appetizer list: Lobster bisque shooters. The most delicious bisque served in tiny cups with a morsel of fresh lobster on the fork. Our table was on the screened porch overlooking one of the prettiest harbors, the York River, and the ocean. Perfect. Peaceful. Delicious. Congratulations to the Lusty family for upholding such excellence at the Dockside.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful dinner
    Priscilla582
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    On our visit to York, we invited a local friend to meet us at Dockside, which he had not visited before. He said he thought his GPS had misled him when he got to the dead end--then saw the dirt road and sign. We were all impressed by the whole experience. The view is picturesque, looking across the water and out to sea. I liked the Harbor Sunset cocktail so much, we went to the bar after dinner for another! Fish was perfectly cooked and nicely presented.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely setting, Bland food
    Historybuff
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    The location of the Dockside right on York Harbor is ideal. The food, unfortunately, does not live up to the setting. One of the evening's special was baked cod. While the cod was very fresh, it was absolutely tasteless. We ordered the apple pie for dessert and were again disappointed by its thick, flavorless crust and under cooked apples. Service was slow even though the restaurant was not very busy.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Surprise of the night
    Kellysells
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We booked online short notice. 4 kids & three adults. I plugged in six on the app & we had a reservation in 10 min. We were greeted by a friendly man who quickly went out of his way to change the 6 top round to fit 7 of us. He was immediately nice to my 11 year old. We had two 7 year olds & two 11 year old kids w/ us. The kids meals were $7, delicious & big portion chicken. We ordered two of the daily made mozzarella which was also big potion. The French onion soup was perfec. $3 lobster shot which was accompanied by a tiny side of fresh meat. Everyone was amazed how good the food was. Service was fast enough as it was getting busy.We ordered the haddock for $28, the chicken & Paletta for $20 & the angus burger for $12. Beautiful view.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    Tootsie
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Great food and service. Even with a microburst in town, there was no interruption to the quality of the service or food. We travel here at least yearly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Every year for Anniversary
    likegoodfood
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    My wife and I were married here 9 years ago and return each year, on or around our anniversary for a special dinner. We were thrilled with our wedding and reception and have been very happy every year afterward! Meals are very good and the HD Riesling is the best we've ever had. The price is not cheap but you get what you pay for. Steak, seafood, poultry, apps, dessert, it's all great. Absolutely beautiful setting and views either inside or on their screened in porch. Owner, Phil Lusty greets us each time he sees us and we have a very nice conversation to get caught up. Would highly recommend this Restaurant for a special outing!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • aldav008
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The dinner and the waitress were excelent until our bill was screwd up. we were paying with 2 credit cards and the waitress made a mistake running the cards. The the Manager came over to try to fix it with a drink in his hand and he looked intoxicated. He basicially said that we should sore it out between ourselves a sther was a 3 day hold of over $200 dollars on one card and the total was but on the other card 3 seperate times. He also pushed my 71 year old Aunt's hand away when she offered to pay cash. the waitress was a sweet heart, but they need to take a look at there manager.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful evening on the harbor!
    SLMBoston
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We were so thrilled to find this great place at the last minute, just a short jaunt from Boston. Food was absolutely delicious (we had swordfish and drunken lobster), service was so nice and not hurried, drinks weren't incredible but very decent for the price. Our romantic dinner on the screened porch overlooking the harbor at sunset was just priceless. Thank you Dockside, we'll be back for longer next time to try more of the menu. It was hard to decide but thankfully our wise and lovely waitress Sherrian made excellent suggestions.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Leonard2
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Dockside is one of our favorite restaurants on the northeast coast. Beautiful view, excellent service and food presentations.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dcf38
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Our meals were delicious, perfectly prepared. The service was outstanding! The view was peaceful, scenic.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • All Five Senses Met at the Dockside
    KCinMA
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Food, service, and ambiance are top rate at the Dockside. Go for a special date night, a family occasion or a night out with friends. It is a memorable experience and you will want to come back to discover something else on the menu.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • massfoodie62
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    We had an outstanding meal at the Dockside.staff is friendly and the device was great.out waiter Kyle was very attentive and helpful with the menu selection.picture perfect spot. So relaxing. Looking forward yo returning soon.Real gem
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dockside
    lovetodine
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    We had a drink on the outdoor patio. It was like being on our own back patio, with a superb view of the harbor and boats. Went inside for dinner and were seated on the "porch" which was screened in, but still had a superb view of harbor. Dinner was served in a timely manner. Food was very good. We were able to take our time and the staff was very friendly.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Hidden Jewel!
    Foodforethought
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    We dined on the porch at the Dockside for my sister-in-law's 40th birthday celebration. What an enchanting evening!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and view.
    itsmebostonVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    The food was very good. While the menu was not extensive, we all found numerous selections we had to choose from making the decision hard. The view of the harbor is very beautiful. We found the service to be very slow, though it did not bother us as we were in no hurry. The wine list is limited and populated with wines which are inexpensive compared to other restaurants with comparable food. However, we found a wine we liked quite a bit. It was very inexpensive for the quality. The restaurant is hard to find because the GPS tells you it is in a place it is not. You need to continue down the road further on. All in all a very good dining experience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jim-Dockside
    JimJ
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    First the Dockside has a great view overlooking the York Harbor, especially from the porch dining area. The Maine crab cakes were excellent. A new entree is on the menu, a Lobster pannini. My wife ordered it and she gave me a bite. It was filled with lobster and other goodies.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • So very disapointed
    Carol55
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    A beautiful view was offset by dirty table linens and poor service. The food was just OK, the appetizer was oily and the main course had much to much sauce. The waiter never checked back to see if our meals were acceptable and the hostess spilled water all over the table an me. She did a poor job wiping it up and never brought me a dry napkin. We ordered a bottle of white wine, the waiter said he would be back with a wine chiller, our meal was almost over and the bottle almost empty before it arrived. The restaurant was not busy, as a matter of fact it was slow, so, no excuses for poor service. I won't go back, there are too many other excellent places in the York area to waste my time and money giving them a second chance.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • the mussels
    eats2much
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    sauce was too thin and not terribly flavorful. Bread was doughy and tasteless. Decent wine selection, excellent view and good service. Hit or miss on the food.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A favorite of ours!
    Alistar
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Great food great location. View of York Harbor is spectacular. We always have a wonderful time. The specials of the day are always interesting!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dockside
    moe222
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    You can't beat the view at Dockside. The portion size on the fish was small and the New England Clam Chowder was not the best.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LOVED IT
    SAMIAM
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    This was such a pleasant last minute find! The view was fantastic and the food was excellent. The service and wine list were also super! I would absolutely recommend the Dockside and we will definitely be return customers!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Food with a Great View
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We stayed at the hotel and considered the convenience of the restaurant a strong point. The smoked lamb shank was a special of the night and it was delicious. The waterfront location provided both great views from both inside the restaurant as well as the screened-in porch (where we ate) and the the third option, outside on the deck. We had the added feature of a wedding that took place on the lawn outside the restaurant followed by the wedding party eating in a private room. It was a fun evening.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • "Dockside": York Harbor *Special*
    Whizzer65
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Although this was only our second time at the "Dockside Restaurant," perhaps only ten miles into Maine from the New Hampshire border, it's a place we would gladly drive 70 miles from Boston again - and not only for our wedding anniversary. Dockside is a place out of time. Small, quiet, attractive but not showy, it offers attentive staff and a sea-focused and well-prepared menu at reasonable prices.The unhindered harbor view was, as the brochures often claim - but seldom deliver - lovely. Meaning, deeply satisfying in the sense of having time and space to have a conversation where you and your partner can actually hear one another, and seldom be disturbed, except by waves or wind.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Inlander
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    We have visited Dockside many times and every visit has been a wonderful experience. It is a dinning experience that you enjoy recommending to all your friends and family.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic view, Fantastic food
    NewtoNH
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Overlooking York Harbor, the Dockside has great good, superb service and a chef with imagination. Stroll around the grounds while there (it is also an Inn) for a relaxing experience. An L shaped, screened in porch allows outdoor dining or there is indoor seating. The bar includes a patio. Great dishes like crab cakes with mushroom which adds an unusual flavor. The Drunken Lobster is fantastic. The Dockside is a true dining gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happyatsea
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Great food and view is lovely. Enjoyed the Mothers Day brunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Brunch
    Tiza
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Went for Mother's Day brunch and it was perfect. The noise level is high, my only complaint. Sitting on the porch is delightful and the view the best around. The food was excellent especially if you like seafood as it was heavy on that.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A FANTASTIC MOTHER'S DAY!
    SteffenFamily
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Prior to our Mother's Day Brunch, we had attended a wedding and stayed at the Dockside, with family and friends. The return says it all. We had to come back. The Dockside makes you feel like your part of thier family. We could not ask for a better place to be on Mother's Day. Thank you Dockside for welcoming us back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful Mother's Day!
    DalkeyBoy
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Certain things are consistent in life and thus make us all the better... like a mother's love and a wonderful meal at the Dockside! This is a York Harbor gem that we are so happy to have back in 2014! Great summer ahead at the Dockside!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother's Day Brunch review
    NEAntiqueHunters
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We weren't sure what to expect with specified seating times and had never been to the restaurant before. Staff were all very friendly and helpful. Seating arrangements done up well. Rotations for meals handled very well. Plenty of time for 2 hour meal rotations. Prime Rib was the best we've ever had. Smoked appetizers a great plus! Just a great experience! Would go back again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • perfect mothers day
    Charlene
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    we drove up from boston on a whim and prayed we could find somewhere good that was not already mobbed for mothers day and were pleasantly surprised to find space, a seat on the deck overlooking the beautiful harbor, great food (really watery OJ is my only complaint), great service and a grassy area with a rocky beach and a gazebo for my 3 year old and 11 month old to toddle around on while we lounged after our great meal. Felt like we found a hidden gem. It was really perfect and we would go again! The walking trail nearby was a fun-find also!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 27 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 180 reviews are from the Dockside Restaurant on York Harbor reviews archive.