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Doc Bales' Grill, Daytona Beach, FL

Doc Bales' Grill

3.8
3.8
164 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
The Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort's dining staple, Doc Bales’ Grill, overlooks Daytona Beach’s historical Clocktower. Guests can enjoy oceanfront dining or al fresco dining on our open-air terrace. Doc Bales Grill offers tantalizing specialties in a casually elegant atmosphere. Serving breakfast, lunch and a delectable Chef Inspired Southern Coastal Buffet every Friday and Saturday evening from 5PM to 9:30PM.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Southern, Market Cuisine

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Mon–Fri 7:00 am–10:30 am Sat, Sun 7:00 am–11:00 am Dinner Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (386) 254-8200 ext. 237

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Greg Bauer

  • Private party facilities

    Interested in booking an event? Doc Bales Grill offers an outdoor patio overlooking the serene Atlantic Ocean. Our outdoor Gazebo is perfect for an intimate dinner for 2 to 12 people with unobstructed views. Looking for a bit more grandiose? Our restaurant seats 180 on its interior as well as on its exterior. Catering and party planning services available as well.

  • Neighborhood

    Daytona Beach

  • Cross street

    Earl Street

  • Parking details

    Valet parking is complimentary with a $30 food/beverage purchase.

  • Public transit

    Directly across from the Ocean Center main bus terminal.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 164 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

3.8
3.8 based on all time ratings
  • 3.8Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 3.9Ambience
  • 3.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Soggy reheated fried food
  2. B

    Barryk

    Salt Lake City

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Went to the buffet say they had a special memorial weekend buffet the food was fair at best. we did have a nice service One plus is they do validate Valet parking
  3. DE

    DaytonaEats

    Orlando

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    This place has the best view from indoor waterfront in Daytona Beach we have ever enjoyed. The servers were great, actually remarkably more pleasant and accommodating than we expected. The food was buffet and even the servers at the carving station, etc. were very good. All the foods we had were delicious and the right temperature. There was something for everyone. Remember that this is a hotel restaurant and anyone, in just about any attire can venture in to eat. Not a problem for us but may be to others expecting a little more formal atmosphere. And it has complimentary valet parking if you spend a certain amount in the restaurant. It was great! We will return there soon. It exceeded our expectations.
  4. TM

    ToyaM

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    I decided to try it because the reviews and because it's on a Hilton property. I was very disappointed. It was very quiet for the weekend with only about four tables occupied. The dinner buffet was limited and in a small space. The food was cold as was mentioned to the server. The fried cod was greasy, and the only seafood I saw was the cocktail shrimp. The food was overpriced in my opinion for the selection. It was not special. The only bright spark was our server Alexandra, she was a gem. We wouldn't go back, nor would we recommend it.
  5. S

    Sundog59

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    1.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience2
    Menu was nothing like on the web. Instead of crab was kids Mac ang cheese buffet
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Disappointed the chef’s dinner buffet was not as described on the web site. Server explained it was due to Covid Understandable if it was still 2020. Food was tasty though and service was good. Hostess was exceptionally friendly. However there was a convention going on in the north tower and everything and everyone and everywhere smelled of marijuana
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Some of the best peak and eat shrimp I’ve ever had. Quality of food was outstanding. Would’ve liked to known there was a crab leg option before I was walking out the door…😡
  8. SC

    SteveC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Honestly have no idea how Doc bales was because the app OPEN TABLE accepted and confirmed a reservation for us on a restaraunt that wasnt even open for the time they confirmed. We went there to find them closed and apparently only open for breakfast. Both Doc bales and Hilton Hotels should be totally ashamed for what happened to us through their chosen system.
  9. MH

    MyraH

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    My husband is a Hilton diamond member. He took me here as a Christmas gift. We were told by Chiquita that the buffet ended at 3:00. We made reservations for a plate dinner, at 7:00 pm. We got dressed in nice clothes, came down only to find it was still the buffet. Since it was too late to go anywhere else, we stayed. They say us down, and forgot about us...no drinks, no service! My husband eventually went and grabbed some water off of the cart. The roast beef was fair but very rare. The boiled shrimp were so far gone that you could not peel them. We had a little roast beef, mashed potatoes and a piece of pie. For this terrible meal, we were charged $125.00. (I left the eventual waitress a 25.00 tip only because it was Christmas.) Overall, it was just bad! My husband tried to complain to the front desk but there was no one around. He is not happy and will probably leave a Google review for the motel as well.
  10. e

    ellaogjoe

    Orlando

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We arrived for dinner with my wife's 84 your old mother and her sisters only to find that the restaurant was closed. I spoke to the manager at the sports bar across the hall. When I told him that we had received a confirmation email asking us to confirm we were still coming, he blamed it on Open table saying they sent the wrong email and that they didn't have a phone number for us to call. There was another couple there with the same situation. We ended up having hamburgers for dinner and were late to a concert we were attending. The lack of customer service and concern ruined the entire evening.
  11. G

    Gary

    Atlanta

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2021

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    Don’t be fooled by the King Crab pics. They’re not on the menu. Doc’s is NOT a grill, it’s a buffet. A bad buffet. Be aware they do not disclose their forced 20% gratuity! Bon appétit!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2021

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Was not expecting a $56/person buffet. Overpriced for the quality of food. The waitstaff and hostess were excellent, though.
  13. EA

    ElsaA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a wonderful experience in every way. The food was great and the service was beyond perfect.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Getaway to celebrate daughter graduating and going away to college
  15. MA

    MohammedA

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service!
  16. MO

    MargaretO

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Jazz was quite good. Mimosas were good. Some food was good...other items mediocre.
  17. TS

    TeneshaS

    Atlanta

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday dinner with my princess
  18. M

    Michael

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 6, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    All you can eat crab were good but much better the first time we dined here.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food. Fabulous service. Nice light jazz music . . . We were just a little too close as I had some difficulty with conversation. Nice view of the beach/ocean. Took an enjoyable long walk on the “boardwalk” (actually pavers). Great outing. Highly recommend!
  20. K

    Kara

    Indiana

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall2food3service3ambience1
    Very disappointed in this dining experience. Was unaware that this was a buffet only restaurant - would not have chosen if we had known but it did not say that on the open-table website. Buffet for one person was $40 and I was very disappointed in the value we received for that price. Already a little discouraged by our lack of options and being stuck having to eat off of the buffet, there was ZERO ambiance. No music, nothing. It was as if we were eating our dinner in a regular hotel lobby. Not worth the price, not worth the time, not worth the calories. Do yourself a favor and go somewhere else.
  21. TF

    TracyF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have lived in this area for many years and have just gone to this restaurant for the first time for my 25th anniversary! What a treat. Our server Kim was top notch and the food was amazing! I cannot wait to take my out of town guests here in the future. Great Job Doc Bales'
  22. DH

    DeniseH

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    overall1food1service4ambience4
    The seafood buffet was terrible. The prime rib was tough and inedible. They brought out 3 different ones and they were each just as bad as the other. The fish assortment was overcooked. The shrimp cocktail and lobster bisque were ok. They had crab legs for an additional $20. I’m glad we didn’t order them because $39.99 was so overpriced for the quality of food as it was. We will not be returning.
  23. AR

    ARJUNB

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    - food was great, but some dishes would've been even better if they were warmer...some of the buffet style food had been there for a while so it wasn't hot anymore - overall pricing was great - great ambience and noise level; live music was good, not too loud so you can still talk amongst yourselves
  24. ES

    EricS

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 1, 2020

    overall1food1service4ambience1
    Unfortunately our experience was not what we had hoped for. The ambiance felt like a cafeteria. We paid $100 for the prime rib and crab buffet. The prime rib was very tough. The desserts tasted old and dried out. The crab was decent and the server was good. All in all not worth the $.
  25. R

    Raymond

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2020

    overall3food1service2ambience2
    We did the Buffett on Saturday, the regular Buffett was 40 bucks and the seafood Buffett was 60. The food looked really good, but it tasted the polar opposite of how it looked. Nothing was seasoned and everything was dry. Not worth the 150 dollars I spent after tip. Also, I stayed the night in the hotel. The waiter didn’t even ask me if was staying in the hotel so I could save 15 bucks. That would have eased the sting of wasting over a hundred dollars on meal that my wife and I truly hated.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice. First date debut. But not the last, partly due to the venue of the 1st. A great restaurant. Superb all the way around, Service, Food, Ambiance you name it...... Great for a first date or 50th wedding anniversary......
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 1, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing and the waiter was awesome. Thanks for the bday love!!
  28. RR

    RayR

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 31, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, super and friendly service. Would eat there again.
  29. SG

    SamG

    Atlanta

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We attended Doc Bales for a special buffet dinner for a smooth jazz weekend. The buffet had excellent selections, we were seated in the outside area which was very pleasant. The big memory is that Sean was our server and did an excellent job. I would highly recommend this restaurant especially on weekends for the seafood buffet.
  30. PR

    PittsburghRoadfood

    Pittsburgh

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were very good.
  31. JF

    JustinF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ceasar was an excellent waiter and took really good care of us. Will definitely be back.
  32. SF

    ScottF

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2019

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    The food was average, not much to select from, prime rib was tough only ate one serving for each of us.
  33. N

    Nikki

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing Sunday brunch!! Very enjoyable and affordable.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very pleasantly surprised. Excellent selection on the buffet and expertly prepared. More than worth the cost. I am sorry it has taken me so long to find this place. Definitely coming back. A 10 in my book....
  35. B

    Brettcsp

    New York Area

    96 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    96 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Breakfast Buffet at Doc Bales is always great. Great selection and lots of hot, fresh food.
  36. M

    Maui

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 28, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place. Can’t wait to get back. Great value. View was amazing.
  37. KK

    KarenK

    Atlanta

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Great crab legs were great but other items were mediocre. The prime rib was fair and the lobster bisque was downright bad. “Salad bar “ had lettuce, tomato, and carrots only.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome! Great service and food! Window seat with an ocean view was nice!
  39. DP

    DrewP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great oceanfront view. A lot of food variety. . Well prepared. Great brunch. Would highly recommend.
  40. D

    Disaman

    Orlando

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time . The service and ambiance was super. The menu have many varieties for adults and kids, and the staff were very friendly. Nora the Manager also came and checked on us to make sure we were happy. We celebrated my sister birthday, and the servers made it super memorable for us . Thank you so much Nora and the Good Noura and the Restaurant team We will be back for another stay soon.

FAQs

Doc Bales' Grill offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (386) 254-8200 ext. 237.

Doc Bales' Grill is rated 3.8 stars by 164 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


Google Map for Doc Bales' Grill

100 N. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach, FL 32118

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Earl Street

  • Neighborhood

    Daytona Beach

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Mon–Fri 7:00 am–10:30 am Sat, Sun 7:00 am–11:00 am Dinner Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Southern, Market Cuisine

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet parking is complimentary with a $30 food/beverage purchase.

  • Public transit

    Directly across from the Ocean Center main bus terminal.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Greg Bauer

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (386) 254-8200 ext. 237

  • Private party facilities

    Interested in booking an event? Doc Bales Grill offers an outdoor patio overlooking the serene Atlantic Ocean. Our outdoor Gazebo is perfect for an intimate dinner for 2 to 12 people with unobstructed views. Looking for a bit more grandiose? Our restaurant seats 180 on its interior as well as on its exterior. Catering and party planning services available as well.

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