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By The Docks, Middle River, MD

By The Docks

4.6
4.6
1477 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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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Steak, American

  • Hours of operation

    Weekend Brunch: Saturday Brunch: 9:00am - 2:00pm; Sunday Brunch: 9:00am - 2:00pm; Lunch/Dinner: Monday - Friday: 11:00 am - 10:00pm; Saturday: 9:00am - 10:00pm; Sunday: 9:00am - 9:00pm

  • Phone number

    (410) 686-1188

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    José Villanueva

  • Private party facilities

    Please call our front desk 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

Menu

View menu on restaurant's website

What 1,477 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. RH

    RobertH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The only negatives were the mens and ladies restrooms were not very clean

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    My wife and I each had their broiled MD seafood entree. We both also paid an extra $4 for Greek Salads as one of our sides. The Greek Salads we’re very good. The Cole Slaw side was tasty. The baked potato was over cooked and not worth eating. The broiled MD seafood entree included a generous crab cake. Crab imperial stuffed oyster, broiled flounder, and broiled shrimp. My wife and I agreed that the best items were the stuffed oyster and the simply broiled flounder. They were both perfectly cooked and tasted fresh. The crab cake, although better than any you would get outside of MD, was far from the best we eat here. The shrimp were overcooked. The service was very good and overall, we felt like we got a fair value.

  3. MB

    MaryB

    Phoenix

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great crabcakes! The service was excellent as well.

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Food and service was excellent

  5. M

    Msmomoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    This was my first time dining at this restaurant. The hostess at the front counter was not the most inviting, but the food, service, and pleasant attitude of my waitress made my experience wonderful. Will definitely visit again.

  6. AG

    ArtG

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very nice. Food was good and excellently prepared. Didn’t rush us and waiter was attentive. Very crowded.

  7. TH

    TerrillH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    They had the largest crab cakes that I have seen! I was shocked at how large the crab cakes were. I was even more surprised that they were full off crab meat and not filler. I will definitely be back again.

  8. G

    Gaston

    Baltimore

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    During the week the have daily specials. During this visit it as Steak night and the choices are amazing. We love the lamb chops. If you decide to go the crab cakes are very good and so many more choices

  9. KF

    KatF

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was delicious! We went for the Tuesday night crab cake special. The crab cake was large and delicious. The crème brûlée was off the charts too!

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2

    Been going to this restaurant for years. Ordered stuffed lobster, found 1 piece of lobster. Sides were cold. Very loud and wait staff never came to check or refill drinks.

  11. LN

    LisaN

    Baltimore

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall2food4service4ambience3

    By the Docks did not have our Open Table Reservation, even though I called BtD the day I made the online OT reservation to confirm it. Food is o, but overpriced. It was a long wait and VERY loud.

  12. C

    Cheryl

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The food as DELICIOUS!! Best clams casino!! The food came out in a timely manner and our server Christian, was awesome👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾. We will be back soon😋😋😋

  13. F

    Foodie

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food and dessert were outstanding! My waitress was very friendly, attentive and accommodating, as members of my dinner party were extremely late.

  14. MC

    MartinC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Our server Abner was very good. Our order all came out correct and good temperature. We enjoyed our night. This was the first time visiting this restaurant and we will return. They are absolutely telling the truth about how good their crab cakes are! You have to try one.

  15. MC

    MCast

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our first time visiting Middle River area and this restaurant was a huge hit for our party. We drove here from Charlotte NC straight to the restaurant. The staff was very nice. Our server Abner was very attentive and pleasant. We appreciate his patience with our large party (14, including children). Everyone enjoyed their appetizers and meals. We had teenagers and all of them were happy with their meals (ribs, steak, crab cake, crab imperial, calamari, salads). The Oyster Rockefeller has good reviews from partaker at the table, the crab dip also is a great suggestion to try. Lamb chops and crab cakes were praised by those that ordered it as well. We had guest from NC, MD and PA and everyone agreed all the food was delicious and very worth the drive.

  16. MB

    MattB

    Pittsburgh

    10 reviews

    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2

    Not like it used to be!!!!

  17. MJ

    MJH54

    Baltimore

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our server was exceptional. His name was Abner. Very personal and pleasant. He also was able to accommodate us during dinner.

  18. RB

    RyanB

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Wonderful experience! We will definitely return when in the area.

  19. VI

    VanessaI

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    First time there very enjoyable. Food was great - Mondays are lobster night which was a surprise. Will definitely go back.

  20. DW

    DoreenW

    Baltimore

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Brandon was an excellent server! The crispy Brussels sprouts were delicious as an appetizer. I got the avocado with shrimp and it was far better than I could have anticipated. Husband got the crab cake and said it was Very good, as was the creamed spinach and fries.

  21. KW

    KristineW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service, food and atmosphere. Waiter was excellent. Crab cakes are delicious. Portions are huge. Recommend making a reservation.

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience2

    Cold crab cakes, very disappointed.

  23. MH

    MaryH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Ordered coconut shrimp just thought for me it was cooked too long the marmalade helped soften the hard coconut. Fries were really good. Cream of crab soup ,very good. Hubby ordered pork chops , he loved them .

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Oysters Rockaffeller was great, stuffed mushroom caps awesome as usual and seafood fettuccine Alfredo magnificent server was also great

  25. WR

    W2R137

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    Outstanding with a great variety of menu items; something for everyone. Prices are very reasonable, especially for Baltimore. My only issue is the Oysters Rockefeller: Should be labeled Rockefeller Oysters! Too much topping for the oysters.

  26. AL

    AmandaLyn

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    By The Docks is by far our favorite restaurant. We dine there at least once per month and have never been disappointed in the past 3 years. The food is amazing and the wait staff is simply the best.

  27. TB

    ThomasB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was excellent, service was excellent. I would definitely go again.!

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food

  29. f

    foodster

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience3

    Loved Kimberly the waitress. She had a great sense of humor and the flexibility to not only make us laugh but take our order and "see to us" without being intrusive. An A+ for that lady! As for the food, so-so, and if we had gotten a so-so server, I wouldn't have given such a good rating. As for the next question--would I recommend By The Docks to a friend? Probably not because it's a lot to pay for a mediocre meal and a great waitress.

  30. TH

    TinaH

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience3

    The food was ok...I had better. The waitress was awesome and took care of my incorrect order immediately.

  31. TC

    TheresaC

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    The food, as always, was great. I always get the crab cake as that is my favorite but my husband got the filet last night and it did not disappoint.

  32. AN

    ANDREP

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Went for my husband's birthday had reservations was seated early food was excellent and our server Mario was excellent even though they were short staffed

  33. TD

    TamikaD

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience2

    While our server Mike was wonderful, the food was not appealing or good. The cream of crab soup was a bit on the salty side and had quite of a different taste than others I have had. Presentation is everything and nothing came out looking as it did on their website. When my sister called today to express our dissatisfaction, the manager Mike (same name as the server) was very rude and could careless about our dining experience. He asked her "why didn't we mention this while we was still at the restaurant?" and to call back to speak to a different manager after 5pm. What a way to blow of a customer!

  34. MM

    MrsMC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    My reservation for the evening wasn't honored as my family and I weren't seated . We arrived on time at 6:45 pm for our reservation and was told our table would be ready shortly , we sat and waited until 7:05pm and still weren't seated. Meanwhile others entered the restaurant were seated immediately upon arrival. When I asked the gentleman at the front desk why we were still waiting when our reservation time had passed over 20 minutes ago , he said I don't have a table available for you . My family and I left the entire experience was very unacceptable and disappointing . This was my family's first time here , and it was not a good look on the restaurants part. We will not visit again

  35. LG

    LeeG

    Baltimore

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Perfect dining experience. Delicious food (Crabcake special). Fabulous service. Couldn’t ask for better.

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Food was good, service was good, everything overall was good!

  37. CK

    ChristineK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 21, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    The ambience is nice, food is good and the staff are friendly. They have great crabcakes.

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience3

    Overall everything was nice. Took my 80 year old mom out for dinner. She enjoyed herself and especially the drinks. She wanted a good crab cake and was not disappointed. Thank you By the Docks for making the evening a positive experience for you.

  39. SS

    SueS

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We always enjoy our celebration get together at By the Dock

  40. RP

    RonP

    Baltimore

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food. It was a great experience from start to finish. Our Server was “over-the-top”! Francisco epitomizes what a Server should be!

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 4.6 stars by 1477 OpenTable diners.

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

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Google Map for By The Docks

3321 Eastern Blvd Middle River, MD 21220

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Bengies Rd.

  • Neighborhood

    Essex

  • Hours of operation

    Weekend Brunch: Saturday Brunch: 9:00am - 2:00pm; Sunday Brunch: 9:00am - 2:00pm; Lunch/Dinner: Monday - Friday: 11:00 am - 10:00pm; Saturday: 9:00am - 10:00pm; Sunday: 9:00am - 9:00pm

  • 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

    José Villanueva

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (410) 686-1188

  • Private party facilities

    Please call our front desk to book your party.

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