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About Permanently Closed - Doc Magrogan's Oyster House-University City

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Designed to emulate a classic, 1900s oyster hours, Doc Magrogan's Oyster House in University City in Philadelphia, PA brings diners back in time to a period when eating out meant fun, simple but fresh and delicious food and a lot of excellent drinks. Today, Doc Magrogan's Oyster House offers only the finest artisan beers, excellent wine and the freshest seafood.

Menus include lunch, dinner, brunch and drinks options. Diners will be able to enjoy several fresh seafood soups each day, large salads and appetizers that stand apart from the crowd. Lobster mac and cheese, chowda fries and BLT lobster tacos are but a few examples. Entr�es include seafood and meat dishes and even kids will appreciate the savory sides available at Doc Magrogan's Oyster House.

3430-32 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, American

Hours of Operation:
Come visit us Monday-Sunday for Lunch starting at 11:30am-4pm or Dinner from 4pm-10pm. Late night menu till midnight on Wed-Thur-Fri-Sat from 10pm to 12am. Brunch is served Saturday & Sunday from 11am to 3pm.

Cross Street:
34th Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(215) 382-3474

Website:
http://www.docmagrogans.com/philadelphia/

Entertainment:
LATE NIGHT WED TO SAT $1 Buck-A-Shuck starting at 10pm to 12am.
Wednesday: Quizzo starting at 9pm.
Thursday: Late Night Menu with Drink Specials featuring the $3 Fishbowl.
Friday: DJ/Karaoke & Drink Specials. Late Night Menu.
Saturday: Drink Specials & Late Night Menu.

Catering:
Catering is available. Please call for details.

Parking Details:
Public garage outside lot on 34th and Chestnut for $10 along with street parking around restaurant.

Public Transit:
36th and Sansom, Trolly Green Line
34th and Market, Market Frankfort Line

Executive Chef:
Chef Amanda Dipascale

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Monday Buck-A-Shuck starting at 4pm.
Tuesday Lobster Fest $16 a pound; reserve your Lobster now!
Sat/Sun Brunch Featuring Limitless Mimosas/Bloody Marys/Madras till 3pm
Sunday All-U-Can-Eat Crab Legs, reserve your table now!

Doc Magrogan's Oyster House-University City - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews

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4.0

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4.0

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4.1

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3.5

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Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 15, 2016

I had a reservation but the restaurant was closed for plumbing repairs! No one informed me.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 3, 2016

You can have a taste of the shore in Philly at Docs. Extensive seafood menu, a bit pricey, but everything was tasty. Nautical decor adds to the experience. Very nice and attentive wait staff.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 2, 2016

When we arrived we were told the menu was limited since the restaurant was closing for the upcoming week. They were out of half the menu.

Doc's does have good oysters but once again they were sold out of our favorites.
The establishment does not list oyster prices on the raw bar menu like other establishments that sell oysters. When I received my bill I noticed the oysters at Doc's are .50-.75 higher than other establishments. Sleazy practive in my opinion.

I asked for the price of crabs without the corn and potatoes. I was given the price for 1.5 lbs of snow crabs with the corn and potatoes.

I will not run back to this place. If you aren't going to have a full menu, you need to tell your customers before they arrive, charge less for what you do have or close your restaurant.
If you are going to do things half way then don't do it at all. You have a lot of nerve pumping up the price of oysters to make up for lost business. You had inventory you need to get rid of without any regard for your customer.

I will never go to Doc's again.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 29, 2016

Very disappointed... The evening began with a very acidic cosmopolitan delivered to my wife. This turned into an ordeal, first waiting for our waitress to return to the table to remove the drink and then watching extended discussion between our waitress and the barmaid. My wife observed the exchange between the two and then she saw the barmaid pour the acidic cosmopolitan back into her shaker, adding a copious amount of simple syrup to "fix" the drink. At that point, I walked to the bar and told the barmaid and our waitress to stop; changing the drink to a simple vodka and seven-up.

I'll stick with a review of my meal because my wife and friend will submit their own reviews. My app was coconut shrimp that seemed to have been cooked twice and arrived just this side of burnt. My entree was the crab cakes. They seemed warmed over instead of freshly prepared. The taste wasn't bad but I wasn't thrilled at all. Yes, I should have complained but I sat there trying to not to turn the night into a disappointment for my wife and friend. It turns out the entire party of three was disappointed. My last and final food related memory of the evening was choking down a barely warm cup of coffee. My last memory of the evening was of leaving the establishment; passing the manager, hostess, and remaining wait staff downing a shot at the end of the bar near the front door.

In fairness, my wife has lunched at this establishment many times with business associates and peers. She's always enjoyed her lobster mac & cheese. In fact this is why we selected Doc's for the evening. My advice to you is, find someplace else for a nice dinner.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 25, 2016

Lots of seafood choices. Portions were smallish, and some were overcooked. Good oyster selection.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 22, 2016

Long wait for food even though restaurant was fairly empty--lunch. All food not brought at once. Salmon was only fair. Lobster fried rice, only mediocre. Satisfying, but kind of neither here nor there. Probably won't go back for lunch; dinner has been much better there. They need to do better, especially given that they are in a row of pretty decent places like the White Dog.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 19, 2016

We have been going to Doc Magrogan's since it opened and this was the first time we were truly disappointed by the quality of the food. We hope this was uncharacteristic and is not a harbinger of the way the restaurant is trending. We are certainly reconsidering whether we will go back in the future.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 15, 2016

I have not been disappointed at any of the locations I have frequented, service is cordial and quick.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 12, 2016

The service was terrible. The waiter returned to our table on two separate occassions to inform us they were out of our oyster selection. Then, without approval, he brought a dozen oysters of whatever was still in stock and placed it on the table, expecting us to pay the price of those particular oysters (that he took upon himself to take out!).

Next, our appetizer was forgotten.

Finally, the seafood was awful. The shrimp were too chewy and the squid was overdone.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 29, 2016

The food was outstanding. The server was pleasant, accommodating and a hard worker. He managed our table as well as a table of 20. Kudos

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 20, 2016

I took my wife here for a romantic date night. The staff catered to our every need from the time we walk in til the moment we left. The food was fantastic and the prices are reasonable

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 15, 2016

Overpriced for the value received. Server was clearly up selling. Additionally, many dishes were priced at one level, but the specials were not on a menue or a handout and the server never mentioned that they were each $ 60. I find that these type of selling practices aren't ones that I support and I won't return.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 14, 2016

The food was good, the service was lack luster. They brought the entires 2 minutes after we got the apps, and then tried to make them fit on the table. the water was never refilled

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 9, 2016

It was a pleasant experience. Enjoyed the oysters' special on a Monday evening. Great selection of oysters to choose from. Customer service was excellent.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 8, 2016

We've been here before and usually very happy - but the service was off yesterday - not sure why as it was not very busy. Missed orders, drinks not refilled, lobster served without drawn butter... We'll give it another chance but if we see similar service next time, we're probably done with this place.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 8, 2016

Great Food!! Great Service Great drink specials

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 7, 2016

Very friendly staff and food was delicious.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 1, 2016

We were there for a late Sunday brunch so the crowds had died down and we were able to relax and enjoy conversation. The service was attentive and they were very accommodating to menu changes. We will go back again.

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 (London)·Dined on April 30, 2016

Nice little seafood eatery around the universities of Philly. Friendly waiters, good Ahi tuna, creative cocktails.
They also have quite a selection of regional oysters.
Would eat here again.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 29, 2016

The oysters were delicious with many varieties. Steamers and clam chowder were excellent. Go for oysters! Our server was very nice and knowledgeable. He wanted us to be happy!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 25, 2016

Great happy hour deals And $1 oysters !

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 18, 2016

This restaurant does well with the appetizers and soups, like the New England Clam chowder or the lobster bisque. I would recommend for lunch. However, their entrees are not worth the price. For example, the filet minion is priced high but is really not great quality. The sides could be better cooked. The portions are pretty small as well.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 14, 2016

Overall a good experience, however, our server was on her 3rd day at the job. While I realize food service professionals have a hard gig our server struggled to pace the meal/ordering properly and actually read us the entire menu twice over (at least). Great atmosphere and good food. Management might want to spend more time training/testing staff before having them out on the floor, especially for moderate-large parties.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 8, 2016

The food was excellent. Wide selection of oysters, all were very good.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 4, 2016

Everything was great!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 1, 2016

Very good selection of fish. Crab dip appetizer was really tasty.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 1, 2016

More peppers than calamari on the plate. No taste to lobster Mac and cheese.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 30, 2016

We went for the all you can eat crab legs. They were meaty and easier to get out of their shells than any I've had before

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 29, 2016

Nothing to rave about, the food was average. We chose it because it is close to Penn. Would not visit again.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 29, 2016

I have eaten here half a dozen times and have recommended the restaurant. The little rooms are great, the waiters helpful and friendly, and the food very good and quite reasonably priced. Definitely will return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 17, 2016

Always delicious. One of the best seafood places in the area and definitely the best restaurant on that Sansom block. If you're looking for somewhere in University City, you can't go wrong with Doc Magrogan's.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (Houston)·Dined on March 17, 2016

Restaurant is in a great location near Penn. Bar was hopping. Oysters were excellent. All of the food was satisfying. Love the feel and vibe of the place.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 14, 2016

I tried one of their seasonal items - salmon mac n cheese. It didn't hit the mac n cheese note, but it was a lovely creamy pasta.

My friend had the cobb salad on my recommendation. It's an very good sampler platter - but ask for additional lettuce to make it more of an actual salad.

And they'd just gotten in a large shipment of fresh oysters and it was buck a shuck Monday, so that was delightful. I have a new favorite oyster.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 13, 2016

This is probably our tenth visit to Doc Magrogan's in West Philly. Our son is in school nearby and we have greatly enjoyed our visits to Docs as the wait staff and the food have been great.

However, on our latest visit, the food was not good and the waiter was at best indifferent to us. My wife and I tried the lobster shepherds pie special from the St. Patrick's day menu - I am glad we shared it because one was bad enough. Picture a bowl of overly water downed mashed potatoes with a bag of frozen peas and carrots and you have our meal. We could not find one piece of lobster in the dish.

Like I said, we love docs and I am sure we will be back as we love the food and the wait staff. One poor experience will not cause us to stop coming.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 12, 2016

We were fortunate to visit for the first time during March Mussel Madness. Oh, YUM!!
Ahi tuna excellent. Bartenders very attentive; wines notable.
looking forward to trying Doc's brunch!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 9, 2016

Very good. The waiter was attentive and the food very good.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 6, 2016

Been here a couple times for brunch and was good. Had the salmon Oscar and Chesapeake omelette and both came with a side of potatoes and fruit cup. Oysters are nice too. Wait service can be slow. The price is good and doesn't overkill on portions, just right.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 26, 2016

seated quickly but took a long time for waiter to find us; long time to order drinks. then things progressed nicely.

Tags: Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 23, 2016

I love this place, it's great for a business meeting, date, or just to grab drinks at!

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 21, 2016

Brunch was nice and our server Jay was fantastic.

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