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.
Choosing and tasting different kinds of oysters was really cool! For $15, the shrimp cocktail is not worth it at all!! Stay away! You only get 5 shrimp. The grilled seafood platter was pretty awesome too! Cool place.
This is a great place,especailly for seaford. The oysters were fantastic. My group really enjoyed the food, service, atmosphere......everything !
Highly recommend this place.
Top to bottom a night of issues. Been there quite often for buck a shuck. Service was horrendous. Might give them one more shot - hope it's not starting to go down hill.
Everything was great. We made our reservation online and asked that we could have a more private place. We were very pleased to be led to a small dining room with very few tables. However when we get the check the oysters were triple the cost of what I asked for on the menu. I believe I told the waitress the name of the oysters and pointed on the menu. It was the only oyster that had an *, which indicated they were a dollar apiece. Next time, I think I will need to identify the oyster also by the price.
The other thing was that my wife was given a different wine then she asked for because they ran out of that one. The waitress should have asked my wife first, especially since it was a more expensive wine.
Any way, there was no problem about adjusting the bill. It just seemed an easily avoidable issue.
We took my teen son & a friend for his birthday dinner which also happens to be Valentine's Day. Ambiance is nice. Server Jim very nice, went out of his way to find a suitable candle for my son's dessert, was attentive but seemed to be very busy. We sat between courses for a while, one platter arrived tepid, my salmon appeared dry as though it sat under warmer for a bit. Otherwise, food was very good. They very kindly allowed me to bring an outside dessert (cupcakes) in as my son's birthday cake.
The food was great and Jim, the Server, worked hard to ensure everyone in my party was happy.
This was our first time for brunch. It was very good and the menu had great choices. Our server Jay was fantastic and made our experience pleasurable as usual
Thank you :)
We came here to celebrate my birthday and I we were disappointed with our food. Appetizers and entrees were served cold. The wait staff was pleasant and accommodating.
Overall very satisfied, food was fresh and very well-prepared. A little pricey based on what I was expecting. But overall I would certainly recommend
Bar and restaraunt were really nice and the staff was nice and welcoming. I had the fried platter (which I shouldn't have expected much for a fried meal) and my girlfriend had a pasta dish with seafood and red sauce (forget the name). The food was average and the appetizers (plain Mac and cheese when we ordered lobster Mac and cheese, and crab dip) were bland. My Bloody Mary wasn't that good. I guess this place is more well known for oysters and their bar than their seafood dishes. Worth stopping by if all other options aren't available.
Doc MacGrogan's Oyster House is a real find. Located near the University of Pennsylvania campus in a fine old 19th Century Philadelphia townhouse, they feature super-fresh seafood served by friendly waitstaff in a classic atmosphere. We especially enjoyed the shellfish tray. We were seeking shelter from the wind and 14-degree deep freeze and found an attractive, satisfying neighborhood place that warmed our tummies and hearts. Thank you!
Amazingly accommodating to a last minute large party for a post wrestling dinner! Great job...awesome "dessert board" thing
This was just our second time dining at Doc Magrogan's. It has that wonderful neighborhood feel and the food always so fresh and tasty.
We were looking for a restaurant to celebrate my sister's birthday and Doc Magrogan's came higly recommended. It did not disappoint! My sister thoroughly enjoyed her lobster roll while my husband devoured his fried seafood combo. There were also plenty of delicious non-seafood options as well - the pan-seared chicken was moist and flavorful and the accompanying lemon thyme risotto was perfect. We'll be back!
My favorite main dish is the Cobb Salad
Is good seafood eating and good drinks for very reasonable prices! Wednesday all you can eat crab night and Sunday all you can eat wing night! In there and the food is delicious. The service could be better bartenders seem frustrated when you order a lot for all you can eat and that's annoying but other than that, it's a great find!!!!
The first time we went here we had a good experience. Unfortunately, this time it was awful. Even our friendly server was frustrated . It took one hour to get our appetizers which were fair, then three out of four dinners arrived. The fourth dinner took another ten minutes. The portions were extremely small : the shrimp were salad size in the seafood cioppino and it was missing scallops and clams. The salmon was very thin and overcooked. All the dishes were too salty. The manager did apologize and brought over a small plate of scallops and shrimp. Apparently they were having trouble in the kitchen. He took two appetizers off the bill and a glass of house wine to compensate.
Went there to celebrate a birthday dinner with a party of four. The night started out fine but halfway through as the restaurant got busier, the service went south and the food was served incorrectly and cold. The only great part of the meal was the oysters. I wouldn't order anything else there if we were to go back but we won't be back.
Very nice space especially for large groups; a large menu to accommodate all diets; very quiet during Sunday brunch and easy-to-get reservation.
The only redeeming quality of the restaurant was that the oysters were delicious. There were six of us at our table. It took 35 minutes to get our first drinks. Over 60 minutes for our oysters to come out (these were our appetizer). We were told there was ONE shucker that night... In an oyster house. Almost 2 hours until almost all of our entree's came out. The crab cakes were cold. One meal came out 20 after the rest did. And the scallops were inedible and had to be sent back. Our waiter did his best. At one point we had to go to the bar to get another drink. The manager came up to apologize after an hour and a half into the meal. I am grateful that the waiter did take the scallops OFF of our bill. It's a shame because the location and ambience of the restaurant was great. Food and service was the pits. First time and last time there.
My girlfriend and I are huge seafood eaters and have walked by this place a lot of the past few months without ever trying it out. Now, I have never tried oysters before and I hate mussels, but these oysters were really, really good. I only ordered 6 at first in case I didn't like them and ended up ordering another dozen.
The drinks were really good as well, with the second round of the night having noticibly more liquor than the first. We ended up ordering the calamari as another appetizer and that was fried very well.
My girlfriend ordered the lobster roll which was insanely good. I got the grilled combo with scallops, shrimp and salmon. All cooked well and tasted great (they have a lemon-garlic glaze).
Our server was very nice and attentive. We felt really bad because we kept talking to each other instead if looking at the menu and he came over 3-4 times before we were ready. He was really cool about it. I wish I could remember his name but we had a few drinks and it's escaping me.
We came on a Friday night and I expected it to be crowded to the point that it was unbearable but there is a surprising amount of space inside where you can clearly hold conversations with the people at your table without being distracted.
All in all, it was a very enjoyable experience and we will definitely be dining here again.
Oyster Monday - what a great deal! Went there for lunch and it was quiet with selection of seating. Fabulous! Will be back again soon.
Pleasant Sunday brunch, with plenty of options from traditional to seafood based reflecting restaurant specialties. Oysters were fresh and only $1-2 each. Regular lunch menu is also available, which is great for finicky kids. Had a slight temperature problem with entrée and it was rectified promptly and graciously. Will definitely return and look forward to sampling more of the menu.
Seated at a table in back of restaurant, near kitchen, restaurant was empty. Lovely, friendly waitress began to set up our place settings and I asked if she was to be our waitress. As she said yes, a waiter abruptly appeared and told her "no" she did not have this table.
Waited 10 mins for our drinks. Waiter apologized because it was in between lunch and dinner. You should close your doors then for two hours. Gave our raw oyster and clam order, waiter came back three times to state that oysters that were ordered off list were not available. This should be known prior to ordering. We are now waiting a good 20 minutes because of all the changes. Drinks are finished. Out comes the waiter with another apology that my husbands clams were not available as of yet, because it was in between lunch & dinner, they needed to be brought up from the basement. I asked for my raw oysters to be served, they had been opened and sitting on a plate. They were good, not the best, but good. 10 mins later, husbands order arrived. They too were good. Placed another order for raw oysters and clams, waited again for some time and they were brought on one platter. We asked for the bill, paid, I tipped 20% only because I was hopeful that this atrocious lying waiter had to split his tips. Mind you, Mondays are buck a shuck...they need to expect patrons coming in for Oyster Happy Hour. By the time we left, restaurant was busy and noisy, went elsewhere for dessert and coffee. Will not go back again.
Service was good; food portions were small and entrees pricey. String beans were tough.
Twice I have had sub-par experiences with the hosts at this location. Once they did not check me in on open table and weren't particularly professional. The next time, the host was simply curt and rude. I later heard him on the phone with whom I presume was the manager outlining all of the problems he faced upon opening. I guess he let it carry over into his work, but it's not the customer's job to make excuses for him. On the other hand, I have had consistently SUPERB service from the wait staff, knowledgeable, friendly, professional, prompt, just excellent. So if you have a bad "front door" experience, try not to let it ruin your meal, the waiters more than make up for it. And the seafood is always impeccably fresh. Oysters just as they should be. Nice big menu. I particularly like their soups and raw items.
This was my first time dining at this restaurant. Everything was perfect from the Host to the dessert. My Hubby and I enjoyed the Lobster Bisque and Orange Tempura Shrimp. The Seafood Alfredo was ok, but needed a little more flavor. The dinner rolls were phenomenal!
We are definitely coming back before the month is over.
We were seated in an area that clearly had no heat. A portable heater was placed near us, but it was freezing. The food was amazing as well as the waiter, but clearly there is an issue with the heat.
I choose to go here on a date. Turned out to be a great choice. Food was delicious, atmosphere great, candle lite set for a romantic dining experience. I will be returning.
We had a party of 3, arriving just before noon. The restaurant was mostly empty. It took a long time for our waiter to come for our drink orders. The restaurant was out of several menu items, but we ended up ordering lobster tacos, the mac-n-cheese, and a side salad. We waited almost an hour, and we still had not received our order. The waiter never returned to refill drinks. Just as we were asking for our order to be packed to-go, he brought us rolls. We needed to return to work, so once we asked for the order to-go, our waiter informed us that the kitchen had just fired the order. The food itself was such poor quality and overpriced. The lobster tacos are $16. I received 2 soft-shell tacos with hardly any filling, old, brown avocado, and about a tablespoon of rice on the side, which was raw. The tortilla was soggy and literally crumbled apart in my hands. The side salad was $8, and was barely a piece of lettuce. The mac-n-cheese was edible, but no visible sign of any lobster.
Our waiter did not apologize or try to explain the problem with the order. As we were leaving, the hostess offered us a $25 gift card. While I appreciate that she tried to make it right, our bill came to nearly $60, and what was mentioned above was all we ordered. No alcohol, not even a soda - we all drank water. A $25 gift card doesn't cover half of the bill for the three of us, and is not enough to make up for the problems that occurred.
This experience is not indicative of the quality one would expect from a restaurant charging these prices, and does not live up to the promises made on the website for the company.
Took friends for lunch and they raved about the food. We agreed. Great fresh oysters, excellent lunch entrees and good wine and beer selections.
I was expecting a bar when I walked in the front door but the rambling path back to our seats revealed a hip, urban feel to the restaurant. The waiter was new to opening wine, but let us know that up front, so we were very welcoming for him. The food was great - the seafood cobb had the dressing on the side and the seafood was grilled with a pleasant smoky flavor. A nice variety of raw oysters, and my friends dinners were equally as good. Nice find.
Not a bad spot for after the concert/play.
Good food, entertaining spot but the service was a bit slow.
This was my first time going to Doc Magrogan's Oyster House. It was darn near empty, dark and quiet which could nice for romantic dinner. Everything we had tasted very fresh, service was excellent and the cocktails were great. I thought it would be more busy but I guess high time is over which is fine with me because we got seated right away and had excellent service.
Food was good. Appetizer portions were small. Ambiance was good. Service was very slow. Multiple menu items were unavailable. Disappointing.
Had a great time. Reasonable prices and great food!!!
This is one of our favorite restaurants in Philadelphia and tops for seafood. I dine here several times every year for both business and pleasure. During my past 2 visits, though, the service was slow and a bit unattentive. In particular, do not order oysters from the raw bar unless you have time to wait. It took a long time for them to reach the table (but when they did they were delicious).
The app said it was within 2miles of my hotel...walking! Def not! Did the trek in boots with heels.... HOWEVER... the food was definately worth the walk! Love the crab cakes. Highy recommend, just take a taxi!!
Interesting ideas for seafood and other dinners. Oyster selection is good to very good. Monday specials for Oysters. Drink menu is fairly extensive. In college neighborhood.