By The Docks

4.6
771 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
Maryland is famous for it's crab cakes, and By The Docks is known for it's eight-ounce Colossal Jumbo Lump Crab Cake. Discover the fresh ingredients and outstanding seafood, steaks, and pasta's prepared by our chefs. Our menu includes various items from baby back ribs, slow roasted prime rib, hand cut steaks,and specialty sauteed dishes. Every sauce, soup and dressing is made from scratch. By The Docks welcomes families and large groups. Make reservations or call ahead for express carry out.
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We're always very pleased with this place. Everyone is pleasant and friendly. The service is always good. Hope to visit again soon.

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OT
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

The waitress was exceptional. The noise level was way too loud. The food was so so.

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JL
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Tasete was great service was average But no complaints

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DC
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was fantastic. Food as always, delicious.

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F
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious as always and our server was very attentive to our needs!! Great job!!

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DG
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We were seated on time however, our table was put near an area that was very busy with staff at the bar and wasn’t what we requested. The crab soup which was described as delicious was a disappointment and tasted like clam chowder. We expected more for the way it presented itself online.

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DH
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

By the Docks has been our favorite local restaurant for the past three years. We have watched it grow tremendously over the course of time, and most weekend evenings are heavily booked, and for good reason. The quality of the food, the attentiveness of the servers and the comfortable atmosphere remain the same, even as they grow.

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DW
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family was in from Florida and wanted some good seafood so I brought them to By the Docks I couldn't have ask for a better experience for them. Everything was just wonderful thank you all so much.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Only my second visit ....... but wow the food is excellent the staff is very attentive and friendly overall a wonderful dining experience , quickly becoming a family favorite

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VS
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Server was great. Food was amazing. Large portions, food was fresh and delicious! I recommend the Crabby Nachos appetizer!!

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C
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Food was fantastic except for salads you got twice the dressing and hardly no salad. Waitress brought wrong side dishes and forgot appetizers

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VF
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was very good, but prices were a bit high. Waitress never offered refills on drinks and had to be asked 3 times to bring water. For the prices, I expected a nicer restaurant. Tables were too close together.

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KT
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

This was my first time at the restaurant. My husband and I were celebrating our 23rd wedding anniversary. The food was okay. 2 out 4 napkins had long hair on them. We arrived at 8pm and a side that I ordered (creamed spinach) was out. I guess they decided not to cook anymore. It was okay, not great. I hope if I come back to the restaurant again I will have a better experience.

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GF
Baltimore
47 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

When my wife and I showed up for our reservation, the parking lot was packed, which tends to be a good sign. We had to wait briefly before being seated since the restaurant was so busy, but otherwise service was stellar. I got the steak and crabcakes (which I would highly recommend, very little filler and lots of jumbo lump backfin crabmeat!). Prices were quite reasonable, and I would definitely do this restaurant again.

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J
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 1

By the Docks has always been one of my favorite places to visit because I'm a big fan of their crab cakes and seafood in general. Management has changed over the years, and I can only accredit that to my most recent disappointing experience. I made reservations on Open Table well in advance of my visit, and my party arrived about 30 minutes early. We were greeted at their new hostess section, which takes up quite a bit of room in their entrance. This doesn't make it easy for guests to get to and from the entrance and the dining area when people are there waiting. When asked if we minded being seated upstairs, we declined because my parents would prefer to not climb steps. The manager then seated us in a cramped corner of the bar area, having passed several available tables in the main dining room. It's unclear if this was intentional because they were not happy with our decision to not be seated upstairs. The bar area was pretty full of customers, and the staff (the bartender also waiting on the tables in the bar) was limited. It took longer than it should have to get our drinks (water and soda) because the waiter was busy tending the bar, and it was only when my father spoke to the manager that we finally received our drink order. The customers next to us who were seated after us received their appetizers before we received our salads. When we asked the waiter about this, he stated that the kitchen was backed up and that appetizers come out before entrees, not explaining why there was a delay in receiving our salads. I would have been more understanding if the waiter had informed us of the kitchen situation prior to us asking. The food, as always, was good despite several smaller noticeable portions sizes. Unfortunately, just having good food will most likely not keep return customers, a good overall experience will. I think the manager and waiter could have communicated with us a little better so that we felt more like valued customers.

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TH
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love your brunch! We brought friends from New Jersey and they loved it too!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time. The food was great and the waiter was awesome.

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S
Baltimore
17 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is outstanding. I expected the restaurant to be on the water but there is no water view.

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FG
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The seafood was excellent! I had the seafood diablo which met my expectations with scallops, clams, shrimp, and crabmeat. Also, one person ordered a crab cake, and I was astonished at its size while also being very tasty; very little filler. The only complaint is the noise or level from other tables with children running around tables.

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KD
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We had a good dinner. Our waitress forgot our appetizer and one of our soups. She apologized and made up for it, giving our daughter a big bowl of whipped cream.
We will definitely be back.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Very good specials......

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MS
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a wonderful meal and the waitress was amazing will be back

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JY
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Over-crowed and too pricy.
I have back my dish because it was over salty, and my partner wasn't impressed by the quality of the food either.
Staff was also not really impressive
Will not go there anymore.

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M
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Crabcakes were stellar. All the other food was diner quality. Boring sides, mashed potatoes, broccoli, salad, etc. We had the boom boom calamari starter that was tasty but the squid was by in large tough, only a few pieces approaching tender. It was a Friday night and even for that the service was dreadfully slow, especially to get and process the check. We'd go back for one of their specials on a weeknight to make it more worth the while and focus what we order.

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DK
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service & food was great.... love the new look!! The booking online worked great.

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O
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I only wish that Creamed Spinach would be available on the lunch menu everyday👌

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TT
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have eaten there 4 times and the food is fantastic as well as our service. It's or #1 place now to go out and have a great meal. The crab cakes and stuff shrimp I never had better.

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MB
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great family atmosphere!! Delicious Food!! And Great Choices!!

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LD
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, the food was fantastic (especially the crabcake) and our server was very responsive.

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DC
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. A little too noisy.

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LW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic and the service was great. I would visit this place again and I come back in town. The crab cakes were delicious.

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BS
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent. The reservations, the food, and the service. Great Job, I look forward to dining there real soon.

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BL
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I wish I had gotten the waitress's name she's rather new and its the first Brunch she worked. I've had her for dinner prior she is very personable and on the ball.

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SD
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was very nice and efficient.
We shared an appetizer...coconut shrimp and it was one of the best we’d had!
Our dinners were delicious and very generous portions! Excellent crab cakes and chicken Chesapeake

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SP
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great! Waitress was great and tentative! Atmosphere was good, music just a little too loud! I would highly recommend By the Docks!

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p
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

I. Was told there is no Mayo in the crabcakes. But there is. I asked for butter for my baked potato, I got sour cream. Too much garlic on the cauliflower and it tasted like broccoli. No cocktail for the shrimp. And my husband said he felt rushed for the entire meal.

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p
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent. Our server was Kimberly, and she was attentive and friendly. We scheduled 6 and 11 showed up. The restaurant adjusted and accommodated accordingly. Excellent experience.

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P
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Tremendous and Very Large Crabcake ! Superb tast and value. Friendly Bartender and a great neighborhood atmosphere.

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OT
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food and price is lower than expected for crab cakes

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BB
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

By the Docks is one of my favorite restaurants. Their crabcakes are delicious! Service is terrific and the crabcake special on Tuesday is yummy. The music level is much too high. We were sitting under one of the speakers and had a difficult time hearing each other talk. If you haven't tried their brunch, you are missing a real gem!!!

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