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By The Docks, Middle River, MD

By The Docks

4.4
4.4
1848 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 19 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 1,848 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

1,848 Reviews
  1. Theirmom

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server Abner was absolutely awesome, friendly, attentive and efficient

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  2. Tasha

    Baltimore

    18 reviews

    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I dined for the crabcake special. It was a great deal, but the crabcake was not flavorful in my opinion. Service was good and I like the remodeled dining room.

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  3. HelenH

    Baltimore

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Stuffed shrimp was delicious! Great presentation.

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  4. Crablover

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the crab cakes! Our server Kimberly was fantastic.

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  5. DCinBaltimore

    Baltimore

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is always great. Unfortunately, they had the air-conditioning on and almost froze us out of there.

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  6. KarenF

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent as always. We all tried different dishes than our normal orders and all were absolutely delicious especially the braised short ribs and the Moroccan lamb chops.

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  7. debbiev

    Baltimore

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and great food. We have never had a bad meal there, one of our favorite places to eat.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a wonderful Easter Brunch! The service was fantastic! The restaurant is such a nice place near the river with a nautical feel. The flow was excellent. We never felt rushed and the buffet had so much amazing food that we couldn’t even try it all! The omelette was cooked to perfection! We highly recommend BY THE DOCKS, for a holiday, any Sunday bunch, or a delicious dinner!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Buffet was very disappointing from what it used to be. No crab cakes or soups offered. Steamed shrimp was bland.

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  10. ArBHam

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and servers were great. Of course the restaurant was packed bc I’d the buffet and the holiday. I was irritated that the gratuity was added to the bill and it was showing buffet? I didn’t take it up with the server as she was busy. By The Docks has never added a tip to the bill before and I have visited at least once a month. We ordered from the menu, it was a party of 2, the tip should be up to me the customer as it always has been. By adding the 18% tip the servers lost a 20% tip

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  11. sheknit

    Baltimore

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love going to By the Docks. The good is always delicious and consistent. Last night I had the Baltimore Volcano Roll which was delicious. The presentation amazing. We went with another couple who had never been there and they too loved it and said they will be back

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  12. MJH54

    Baltimore

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was wonderful as usual. Our waitress Shirley did a great job, very attentive.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing place. We are from Pittsburgh and have to say the best crab cakes we ever had.

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  14. Bill

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was good but steak came our raw when medium was ordered. They cooked it to medium after return. Crab cake was excellent. Special mixed drink was good but small and minimal alcohol.

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  15. Newcomer

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Caught my meal on the Lobster special. Even though what I had wasn't enough lobster meat in it, it was delicious and will be back. First time there and was very impressed. Atmosphere was great and the staff was friendly.

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  16. JoAnnS

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    They have a large variety of seafood entrees but for us that are allergic to seafood, not may options

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  17. OTReview

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the redesigned interior’s warm ambience. The crab cakes continue to be outstanding. Can’t beat Tuesday night special pricing for crab cake, salad, side and dessert. The Jewels of the Sea dinner with lobster tail, crab cake, scallops, shrimp, carrots, asparagus and potatoes is my new favorite. Everything cooked perfectly and NOT fried. Finished with an enormous slice of delicious cheesecake, creme brulee, and the freshest tasting decaf we’ve been served in a restaurant for a long time. Highly recommend.

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  18. BuzW

    Baltimore

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    I ordered prime rib, medium rare ...not seared ...It came out very seared...very tough.. I was only able to eat a couple of small bites.

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  19. BarbaraS

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We ordered the lunch special—crab cake with 2 fried shrimp, fries and Cole slaw. The crab cake was rather dry, and was not hot. The fries were great and the shrimp good. Our server, Courtney, was excellent. Checked on us often and made our stay very pleasurable. Please do something about the crab cakes. They are not your best right now. Hope you will fix this soon. Pappas is much better now. Thanks.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My experience, there was very good my waiter. Abner was very professional, very courteous and kind. My food was excellent. The restaurant was very clean and I will go back again, but I cannot stress enough how much my waiter was professional, courteous, and caring on everything he did will be going back again. 

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  21. JimM

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food-good location- Great service!! The Value is awesome did recommend to anyone.

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  22. MichaelE

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2024

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

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  23. Savannahsgranny

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    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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  24. Burke

    Baltimore

    119 reviews

    4.0

    119 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    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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  25. Brittany

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    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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  26. Poorboy9993

    Baltimore

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. Thea

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. BethanyL

    Baltimore

    9 reviews

    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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  39. 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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  40. 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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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 4.4 stars by 1848 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 19 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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