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By The Docks

4.4
506 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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  • Casual
  • Great for Brunch
  • Special Occasion
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, Steak, American
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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
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Phone number
(410) 686-1188
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
José Villanueva
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Bengies Rd.
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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 506 People Are Saying
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4.5
food
4.4
service
4.0
ambience
4.4
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Noise · Moderate
98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 2 days ago

Although a bit noisy, the service and food were fantastic! I had the calamari over Greek salad and it was excellent. My daughter had the fried shrimp. Next time we are in town, we would not hesitate to go back!

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

First time and we were not disappointed. The FOOD was amazing. We will definitely be going back.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Excellent crab cakes and crab soup, excellent service from Shannon!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Great value for the money. Best crabcakes ever. Visit every time I come From Arizona.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

I am very familiar with this restaurant and when I receive company from out of town, this is where I prefer to take them. The quality for the money is great.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Usually we order carry out but had a special occasion. As always By the Docks delivered another superb dining experience. The best way to sum it up is the best food, environment, staff, and value CONSISTENTLY! That can't be said for a lot of places.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Great spot, food was excellent, service amazing. Definitely recommend.

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3.0Dined on June 6, 2018

So the food was great and really amazing and I hate to say be the service was sub par I don’t know if it was because we were in the corner and like they just forgot about us or what but our waitress was no where to be found. I get it it’s a Friday night but when u spend over 80 dollars I don’t expect to be looking for my waitress and wondering how long it will take for them to bring condiments or silver wear or to get another drink. The liquor drinks my wife got were made strong which was fine but they didn’t even know there beer I asked for hop 3 and got something totally different. I really liked the food but it makes me think twice about going here and spending that type of money of the service isn’t worth it.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Brunch offers a variety of breakfast, salad, and seafood. The oysters were on point.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

OMG , the food was so good. This makes the second time I went for brunch and still didn't get to taste everything. I guess I will have to come back to finish tasting the stuff I still didn't taste. I am writing this review for my husband because he does not get on-line for anything. He agrees with everything I said. My brother-in-law his wife my husband and me also came for dinner last week and it was so good and the amount was enormous. Great deal for the price but the food , WOW !!!!

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

The variety of food was great and the quality of food was awesome, best brunch buffet I’ve been to in a long time

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4.0Dined on June 3, 2018

It was a place that was very close to home. I am not a seafood lover, however, it I was, I would definitely be in for a treat.

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Exceptional food and value priced. They never skimp on portions and their food always taste delicious. It's one of our favorite restaurants to go to.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Had a great time. We were seated quickly. The waitress we had awesome. The food was delicious and the price was right for the weekend brunch. My overall experience was fantastic from start to finish.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

We've been to By the Docks several times for dinner. Excellent seafood. Reasonable prices. On Sunday we went to our first brunch . It was absolutely excellent. Nice selection of foods especially since everybody in our family wants something different in a brunch. Husband went for the seafood (oysters on half shell, peel and eat shrimp, fish), while my son got his omelet and pancakes. All the food was hot and fresh. I had general breakfast stuff and was just too full to get to the chipped beef over toast which was a favorite when I was a child. We also got the bottomless mimosas and bloody Mary's for $10 each and really got our money's worth. Really great although it did get a big crowded by 11:30 or so. We'll be back and often. Very reasonably priced.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Meal was excellent. Service was attentive but not hovering over us. Waitress offered suggestions and we took them. Portions were generous.

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Great food - Love the crab cake. Service was excellent . Desserts are out of this world .

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4.0Dined on May 25, 2018

the Seafood Diablo was excellent! Sauce - perfect amount of heat,scallop and shrimp size, outstanding

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5.0Dined on May 22, 2018

I Go for the crab cake platter you cannot beat the price on Tuesday. There crab cakes are lump meat and it is large. Every thing I have gotten there has been excellent. Service and food

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2018

Love it every time, been 3 times in 10 days

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2018

We were at By the Docks day on a Sunday. It was full of people enjoying the buffet, so a bit noisy. However, the crab cakes were as good as usual, maybe ever better with larger chunks of crab than I remember. Still the best crab cakes in the area!

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2018

We enjoyed our meal, especially the oysters and shrimp! Our waitress was outstanding!

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

The food was delicious. Generous portions too!! Highly recommended. From NJ but this has been added to list of must visit restaurants while in Maryland.

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4.0Dined on May 19, 2018

I loved it, the only issue would be warmer food for the brunch so maybe a microwave to use.

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4.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Good service and good crab cake and prime rib. baked potato was over done and although the flavor was good slaw was way too fine, would have been much better if finely sliced.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

I had a reservation for 5 people on mother’s day. Understanding this is a busy day for all. However I was able to tell that the staff was tired. My reservation was late in the evening, and got the impression that they were ready to end the night and close for the day. The food was good. I didn’t feel that the food was any different than it would have been with an earlier reservation, just the service.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Had a reservation for 6pm, arrived 15 minutes early and was seated immediately. Crab cakes were great as expected! Steak was ordered in the party also and was excellent. Happy to return!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Just wonderful from the front door impeccable service clean table cloths handicap accommodations superb food

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

This is our third time and we are never disappointed. Great seafood!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Food was great as always Service not so much
Waiter wasn’t friendly acted like he wa irritated with different requests Reaching across our faces with his arm!

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

The food and.service was great. Sat at a table in the bar area in the corner. Very comfortable and not noisy in there we could hold a conversation. Excellent experience.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Great service, waitress was very polite. The food was good and hot.

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Brought my mother in to experience the crab cakes. It was Mother’s Day weekend. The food and service were excellent. Only drawback was the extremely noisy and rowdy crowd sitting upstairs. Was very disruptive and made it hard to converse.

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

This was probably the best seafood I have had in a very long time, however, the wait for our meals was entirely too long as well as our cocktails. I do understand the restaurant was busy, but it was just too long and the air conditioning was too cool! I also made a reservation a week in advance and when we arrived, my Mom and I they wanted to seat us in a back corner beside a table of very noisy customers. When I ask if there was another spot the response was that they were waiting for another party. I then told the waitress I made reservations and I did not care to sit in the back in the corner, she left to see if we could be seated at another space. We were then seated at the table I'd requested. Maybe that's why our food took 40 minutes to arrive! Other than that the food was very good. The cheesecake is to DIE for!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

The food and service was amazing. Look who returning soon.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Love eating here for all occasions the food is just amazing! Check out the brunch on the weekends it is worth the visit.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

The crab cakes were out of this world! I have only had crab cakes nearly this good in one other place. I would go back again the next time we are in the area

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

I have never had an oyster shooter before, and now it's my favorite thing. The oyster was so juicy and fresh. I ordered the shrimp cobb salad, and I could barely eat it all. I wound up taking some home with me and eating it later (tip: don't put dressing on the entire salad, or it will wilt when you get it home). Hubby got the crab cake and PRAISED it for not having one shell. If there is one thing that irks us, it is paying $20 for a crab cake and finding shells in it (isn't that why we pay $20?). Needless to say, he was overwhelmed. We did not have room for dessert.

On a side note, there was some irritating noise coming from behind us that was quickly tended to by the staff. We will be back ... again and again!!

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5.0Dined on May 1, 2018

The wait Staff was very nice and accommodating. I asked a lot of questions about the food and the waitress was able to get answers to all of my questions. Other waitresses in the restaurant were polite as well. The food was delicious. The atmosphere was nice.

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5.0Dined on April 30, 2018

Monday night special whole lobster was great. Add the crabcake to you dinner - its very good. Ready to return an try more things. Waitress / server was awesome - never an empty drink and always close by without being pushy. Very happy!

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