By The Docks

4.4
1332 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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Keith1
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The meal was excellent, their crab cakes are some of the very best in the Baltimore area.
The service was outstanding. Our server was Kim and this was the second time we’ve had her. She is an excellent server.

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Bunny
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Good food, with exception of lukewarm cream of crab soup, portions that are too big on entrees, meaning half our entrees became food for later... very loud and hard to hear each other.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went for Baltimore restaurant week. The restaurant was very busy but our server, Leslie was outstanding. She definitely got her steps in that night. The food was just as delicious as usual.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Great crab cakes and Jambalaya.

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ThomasN
Portland
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Dinner was great. Unfortunately, we were sitting upstairs and they had a birthday party/dinner going on. The noise was a little discerning for the first hour. After that , noise subsided and we were able to resume the enjoyable dinner. Service was great, portions spot on and timing was great !!

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NancyS
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience3

Waiter was exceptionally attentive. Food was mediocre at best for what we ordered. shrimp scampi tasted like Lipton's side packet of chicken noodles with some lemon added. Stuffed mushroom caps were extremely oily and hardly any crab meat. Mashed potatoes were like instant potatoes. The only decent meal was the crab cake, which was very good. Again, have to mention that the waiter was awesome!

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vipGrkmom
Baltimore
42 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was tasty but the lambchops size have decreased since I had them about 4 months ago. They also were thinner. My husband ordered the calamari village salad and he said it changed in quality. Not as much feta, the tomatoes were not tasty and the cucumbers were too mature and not as crunchy. Also the dressing was different. The bread rolls were yeast rolls and not the crisp brown crusty ones as before.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service outstanding. Dollar for dollar a great meal!

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YvonneW
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

My husband birthday 🥳 I was surprised she did not come over to acknowledge with a cake or ice cream with a candle or something which is normally what they do when I bring him for his birthday and my birthday so that’s why I am taken off of outstanding.the waitress was very nice. This was the first time that I ever had lamb chops that were not very good at all but I did send them back and when they remade them they were perfect.

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ALB1
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meals, service by Brandon and drinks by Teresa were all excellent.
This is truly a fine dining experience in the local neighborhood. It is well deserving of its distinguished reputation as a very fine restaurant.

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Mike
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I think I had the best crab cake ever at By the Docks. The menu featured many inviting options. The service was very fast as well. I will return!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wedding Anniversary

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Bertman
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very fast, excellent service and tasty food as always.

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RobinD
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall4food3service2ambience2

This was our second visit to By The Docks. Because our first experience was excellent. From the service to the food. This time, not so much. The rolls were stale, so we didn't eat them. My cod was undercooked, baked potato was way overcooked, and broccoli was mostly brown. The half and half crab soup was very good, and my Dad's fried oysters were exactly the way he likes them. Hardly saw our server, which was reflected in the tip. Hoping it was just an off night because we would definitely like to go back (if just for Dad's oysters).

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

It was nice. Shrimp was just previously frozen then fried. Boring. Waitress was very good tho

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Vivi
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our waiter was outstanding. He was very attentive.

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Nikki
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience1

I was not impressed.. The food was mediocre and overpriced. My waiter was great. It was not worth it to me but thats just my opinion. I was very disappointed with the crab dip.. It was mostly sauce and i didn’t see barely any crab meat.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and fantastic food!! Restaurant week menu was excellent!!

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NinaC
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff very polite, waiter was on point and food was very good

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place to dine

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MichaelA
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always fantastic. We arrived about an hour early for our reservation. Staff was still able to seat us right away

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RochelleJ
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reviews were correct...best crab cakes ever! Steak was excellent! Seafood imperial was great also! Fried shrimp were really good! Ohh...greek salad...wonderful! Service was outstanding! Will definitely go again!!

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Crabby75
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience1

Crab cakes were served old and tasted very fishy
Crab Soup was very thin vegetable soup with no crabmeat and not served with a soup spoon, by the time the spoon arrived soup eas finished with a dessert spoon

Rockfish was just ok

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RolandT
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our whole experience was exceptionally great,Our waitress awesome! We will definitely eat here again and recommend your restaurant to others, Thanks

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MaryB
Phoenix
19 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience2

The food was excellent. The service as ok once we got it. We know there is a shortage of staff but the service was really slow.
The noise level was off the charts. We could hardly carry on a conversation at our table.
I'd recommend By The Docks for the food but would caution my friends about the noise level.

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Pooh
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was good the portions size were HUGE SERVICE WAS GOOD ALSO

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jimS
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

The food and service was good. Considering the price of crab meat the price for a crab cake was good. Our only complaint was the noise level. It was really loud in that corner.

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CLARKGRISWALD
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

A little loud and the light could bet turned down alittle The food & service was great.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

I made a reservation and was seated immediately upon entering. I enjoyed the Asian fried Brussel sprouts. They were hot & tasty& crispy!! Everything I’d hope for in such a dish! Then came the moment I’ve been waiting for… my Maryland crab cake!! Easily the best crab cake I’ve had in the entirety of my existence (no exaggeration). It was broiled to perfection! Brandon the server was quick, friendly and helpful!! I would definitely come again & definitely recommend!

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vipLeeG
Baltimore
36 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic crabcake and amazing service.
Couldn’t be happier with my visit.
Perfection.

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LouK
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Their crab cakes are excellent and on Tuesday they run a special. It is well worth it.

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vipBrian
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great food and good service with no excuses

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ConnieB
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter and son-in-law took me here for my birthday. My daughter and I ordered the Bowleys Quarter’s Salad. My son-in-law ordered the crab cake sandwich. We all thoroughly enjoyed our food. Our waiter, Brandon, couldn’t have been better. His service to us was perfect in every way.
All in all we had a perfectly delightful experience. We would definitely recommend this restaurant to friends and family.

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KarriG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you are looking for the best crab cakes, this is THE place! A bit of money but 100% worth it! They are large and delicious!

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vipMaxi
Baltimore
76 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went for their Tuesday night crab cake special which included 2 sides and a dessert for $22.99. It was fabulous and our waiter Marco was exceptional!

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DeborahA
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best crab cake and..huge! Service..impeccable! Need to update their daily specials on the internet. Price $4 more than advertised but...Well Worth It!

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vipDerrickC
Baltimore
45 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kudos to our excellent server, Patrick. Delicious brunch and reasonable price.

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LT2021
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience5

Although it was a overall experience, the service and communication fell short of my expectations. The server was hard to locate, and did not come and check on us as often as I seemed fit. After receiving our food we had to hunt down and locate our server to find out where my sister in laws garlic bread was. The menu indicated pasta dishes received garlic bread, only to find if you get shrimp scampi (listed under pastas) but opt to receive rice, it changes the entree to a non-pasta and does not receive bread. Plates were not cleared promptly and when they were removed there was no communication if appetizers were fished. We truly felt as though because there is an automatic gratuity added to tables of 5 or more people the server neglected to serve the table as promptly as he would have if we had 4 people with no auto grat.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met our daughter there. Great location for us all, outstanding seafood and prime rib, nice selection of sides, and dessert.

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You can order delivery directly from By The Docks using the Order Online button. 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 1332 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.