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By The Docks, Middle River, MD

By The Docks

4.5
4.5
1828 Reviews
$30 and under
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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Steak, American
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch & Dinner Mon–Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (410) 686-1188
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Alex Morris
  • Catering
    Please contact Rachel Paulino @ 443)475-0071
  • Private party facilities
    Please contact Rachel Paulino @ 443)475-0071 to book your party.
  • Neighborhood
    Essex
  • Cross street
    Bengies Rd.
  • Parking details
    Plenty of parking on premises with handicap accessibility.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,828 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

1,828 Reviews
  1. MichaelE

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food with excellent crabcakes, seafood and steaks.

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  2. Savannahsgranny

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    I feel recently the food has gone down . The crab cake I had was very dry. The lobster was small in size with only a nice chunk of meat in the tail. I usually like to have a glass of wine with my dinner but really felt $11.00 for a partially full glass was way too much to spend. The service was very good though.

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  3. Burke

    Baltimore

    119 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    119 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good seafood choice. Wide choices on menu. Overall very good place with at the door parking. We had a very good meal, with prices in line for a moderate level place.

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  4. Brittany

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious and well worth it, will come again!

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  5. Poorboy9993

    Baltimore

    14 reviews

    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    This was our second visit since they redesigned the restaurant. It looked great, however, both my and my companion’s food came out cold. The waiter immediately took our entrées back. When he bought them out again, they were warm enough for us to eat, but not hot, so we made do. One thing that did surprise us was the noise level. They pumped in music through ceiling speakers, and it was a little hard for us to have a conversation at the table without leaning to each other and straining our ears. We will be back, but we hope that the noise level is low and the food comes out hot the first time because we do like the restaurant.

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  6. ChristinaT

    Baltimore

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The food and service were great! We ordered Stuffed shrimp with crab and stuffed grouper with crab and a sushi roll which was amazing!

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  7. BarryK

    Baltimore

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Crab cakes were a little dry. 25 minute wait for our reserved table. It was Valentines day so it was very busy. Service was great. Will go back again.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Excellent food and great service! We had a reservation on Valentine’s Day and they were right on time. The only thing I would have changed was where our table. Small 2 top and it was hard to have everything on the table which was located in the bar area, lots of foot traffic in close quarters. However, the food made up for it!! We will go back!

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  9. Daniel

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great service, one of our favorite places to go. We will be back.

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  10. NiaL

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time eating here on Valentines Day but I enjoyed it so much. Healthy portions, quality food, very nice staff. I can’t wait to return!

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Have has crab crabs many many times and they were nice and hot. On Valentine’s Day they were not hot just about warm. Potatoes and asparagus was delicious. Appetizer egg plant was very good. Just disappointed with the temperature of the crab cake. Didn’t tell the waiter.

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  12. Thea

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and sevice! Will go back to experience the full menu.

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  13. DawnS

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent and the service was excellent as well.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    No Turkey products one of my guests had limited or no choices for breakfast meat

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  15. dunns

    Baltimore

    73 reviews

    4.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    There were some electrical wires leading to the hot line that were a potential tripping hazard.

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  16. Joycel

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed our buffet waitress was very considerate, right on target for everything. Loved her.

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  17. NatashaH

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and cozy atmosphere. Great selection of food and different experiences. Good value for the food. Didn’t like the extra gratuity but can’t change that. Still a good experience and good food

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  18. KimL

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great buffet with lots options. The music was upbeat and our waiter was outstanding.

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  19. BethanyL

    Baltimore

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    I always enjoy By the Docks. The setup though for the Buffet was very crowded. It was difficult to get in line and many of the chafing dishes weren't hot. I'd recommend making sure they all have the heating element underneath and perhaps looking at the buffet flow a little to see if it could be optimized. Staff are always friendly and helpful.

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  20. PeterB

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    It seemed like there was a new chef. poor timing between appetizers and entrees and both our pastas appeared to have the same sauce even though they were not. This was one of our favorites, but we won't be back for a while.

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  21. DavidR

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of my favorite places to eat!I come from Delaware to enjoy everything they have to offer.I had the 4 course restaurant week dinner and everything was delicious!

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great I brought some and was telling my son how By the docs has the best crab cakes in Maryland so let's just say the food I brought home did not make it to the fridge. The waitress was awesome and even helped me pick a drink. She said it was her favorite. I tried it now it's my favorite! I wish I could remember the name of it. I wanted to mention before booking on open table for By the Docks I had a reservation at another restaurant. That restaurant over booked and we ended up waiting over a half hour past our reservation time before leaving and making a reservation at By the Docks. When we arrived for our reservation at by the docks we were seated within 5 mins! The restaurant was very busy so I was pleased to see that when you make reservations at this restaurant they take their business seriously and make sure their customers aren't waiting when they planned ahead and made reservations. I mean that's what reservations are for right?? The restaurant was very clean and updated, we did not wait long for food or drinks and our waitress was fantastic. Oh and again best steak and cakes in Maryland!!

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  23. Shellz

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Met with my Aunt to enjoy some lunch and to experience "Restaurant Week" at the establishment. The Menu was not forgiving at all. There were only about 4 main entree's to choose from. Appetizers' were regular crab soup or the cream of crab soup. & they only offered 2 desserts to choose from. Very bland menu. Food wasn't too fresh either. This was my first time there. I will go again to gain another experience. However, it felt like because we picked from the "restaurant week" menu that we were very limited in our pickings. Before recommending to a friend I'd have to go back to have another experience. But if by 1st experience was my only. I'd have to say "NO" .

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
     I have been to this restaurant several times as before. The service is impeccable. They really do care about customer service. The food was great. The ambience was great. The waitress took time to explain the menu specials, and she herself was wonderful to deal with. I will certainly recommend my friends and family and colleagues. This place never disappoints.

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  25. TierraM

    Baltimore

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    I made reservations for my significant other’s birthday.We came was seated waited about 10mins after being seated before even being acknowledged. We got bread it was cold, my 4 year old had applesauce, he spit it out after tasting it. I tasted it had a sour taste. The waitress replaced it with fruit. My mashed potatoes and spinach was cold. I was highly unimpressed with the service we received.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was amazing! The restaurant offers a large free parking lot. However the cream of crab tasted like Potato Soup. A simple Orange Crush cost $12 that’s not a reasonable price.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Best crab cakes ever. Ribs were awesome. Clams casino is my absolute favorite

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  28. TiffanyF

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is amazing!!! And Kimberly was great! We will be back!!

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  29. LaQuintaD

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was wonderful. Our waitress Brittany was absolutely amazing. I would definitely recommend By The Docks. I’m definitely coming back.

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  30. RayW

    Baltimore

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    $97 for a party of two after taxes and gratuity for buffet and iced teas is expensive. The Sushi had no flavor and the Jambalaya had hard rice.

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  31. charlesf

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have eaten there multiple times and have always had a great meal and great atmosphere. Very comfortable and welcoming

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  32. MelodyM

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent, service outstanding. Walter was our server awesome gentlemen. Please keep same menu for restaurant week. Ordered cream of crab soup, crab egg rolls, jumbo crab cake 3 shrimps. Chocolate bread pudding. Excellent Excellent so good.

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  33. AdriannaK

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a great time and loved the restaurant week menu! We were running a bit late but they were so accommodating. This was our first visit and we will definitely return

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was quick. Our waiter was very friendly and professional. Food was amazing and proportions exceeded our expectations.

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  35. RonaldF

    Baltimore

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This local gem is a great gathering spot for friends and family. The service and food options are outstanding and crafted with care. The crab cakes are by far the best around hands down.

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  36. PaulaJ

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I and my guest enjoyed our food and the server. she was very polite and dressed well. we will be back soon.

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  37. Barb

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Restaurant Week. Waiter, Branden, top-notch. Lovely crab eggroll and fabulous crabcake. But had just one bite of the half-slab ribs on the Crab Combo plate (they were underdone and slathered in a very ketchupy sauce). What spoiled a perfectly lovely evening were the 2 VERY LOUD women in the party of 4 right beside us who spoke and laughed like hyenas and as if they were at their own kitchen table, and with no regard for common decorum or other diners. Felt completely helpless in resolving this. Not the restaurant's fault, but will think twice about returning because of the memory of how unpleasant these women made our experience.

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  38. YvonneW

    Baltimore

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I enjoyed the food and all 12 of my guests were very impressed . I only wished we all could have been together for my 70 birthday celebration dinner.

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  39. RonaldM

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The service was great, the food was excellent. It was our first time at this Restaurant from the outside it doesn’t look that great but once inside it was a very very nice place. I am sure I will return to By The Docks in the future. We live in Westminster Md. and it’s about a 50 minute drive on that damm interstate 695 to get there. But it was well worth the trip. Anyway I got to see my old stomping grounds of 60 some years ago when I lived in Chase Md. and Twin Rivers Md. Boy has things changed in all that area. We will be back again to your restaurant.

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  40. StephS

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went for restaurant week for the first time and got a perfect table (corner booth) and everything was excellent. Our first time there and we were blown away

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FAQs

By The Docks does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now. By The Docks also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (410) 686-1188.

By The Docks is rated 4.5 stars by 1828 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for By The Docks

3321 Eastern Blvd, Middle River, MD 21220

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Bengies Rd.
  • Neighborhood
    Essex
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch & Dinner Mon–Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Steak, American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Plenty of parking on premises with handicap accessibility.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Alex Morris
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (410) 686-1188
  • Catering
    Please contact Rachel Paulino @ 443)475-0071
  • Private party facilities
    Please contact Rachel Paulino @ 443)475-0071 to book your party.
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