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

4.0
601 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups

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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.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, American
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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.
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Phone number
(215) 382-3474
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Chef Amanda Dipascale
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Catering
Catering is available. Please call for details.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
34th Street
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Parking details
Public garage outside lot on 34th and Chestnut for $10 along with street parking around restaurant.
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Public transit
36th and Sansom, Trolly Green Line
34th and Market, Market Frankfort Line
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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.
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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!
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
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4.0  based on all time ratings
4.0
food
4.0
service
4.1
ambience
3.5
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipSoho (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on November 1, 2015

Nothing major good or bad

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vipGnice (Philadelphia)
2.0  Dined on October 30, 2015

The soup was good. Fish tacos were not to my liking. The main problem is the service was terrible.

Nobody was waiting on us even though there were only about six people at the bar.

This was my second time here but I wouldn't come back.

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JM37 (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on October 30, 2015

We were here with a group of 8. Our server was outstanding - attentive, knowledgable, friendly, and overall just extremely helpful. Food was excellent - raw bar offerings were fresh, well - prepared and tasty. Appetizers and entrees were excellent as well. Calamari was outstanding - fresh and with just the right amount of heat (hot peppers and sauce). Orange shrimp appetizer was enough for dinner. All of our party had different seafood for entrees and everyone thought their's was fresh and tasty. Thanks for a great night.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
2.0  Dined on October 24, 2015

We arrived late for our reservation. Expected delays because of this. Was immediately seated than asked to move for the restaurant can accommodate a larger party, we obliged. Least we can do, since we were late. The experience from that point on went down hill. Both my date and I ordered drinks. Waited 30 minutes for our drink order to be served. My date, who isn't a drinker and who's drink was on the menu, immediately relieved her drink was wrong after tasting it. Brought this to the attention of the waiter, who responded, " the bar ran out of the ingredient for her drink and made a substitution." My date isn't a drinker. So she wanted something sweet and girly. The waiter made a recommendation and she went with that. She watched the bartender make her drink. It sat for 15 more minutes after which the waiter tasted it using a straw. We never complained or mentioned the taste test when he finally served the drink. She just let the drink sit. When the replacement drink was served. The waiter informed us that our appetizers, which was order along with the drinks would be out shortly. And when it was served it was incorrect, both appetizers was incorrect. We still hadn't ordered our main course. Ordered our main course at this time and waited 40 more minutes. Waiter arrives to table and explains the kitchen is over whelmed and that its busier than normal. He also explains they ran out of oysters and asked me if a substitution would beok. I replied, "no problem." 10 minutes later correct appetizers and main course was served. My dates appetizer of the lobster Mac and cheese was freaking awesome! Everything else was so so. Best part of the night was when I asked for the bill. The waiter took it upon himself and removed our drink order, the appetizer order and my main course because of the substitution. Apologized for the night and asked us to try the restaurant again. An 300 dollar dinner order at the end of the night cost me 100 dollars including a 40 dollar tip.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
2.0  Dined on October 24, 2015

Food was good. "Out of some of the house wines" Waiter pushed expensive selections from the wine "special" list. Ownership is changing hands so out of menu items. Either understaffed on a Saturday night or just poor service. Appetite plates were still on the table for the desert course. Won't be back for quite a while!

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SusanInTN (Nashville)
4.0  Dined on October 24, 2015

I was only in Philadelphia for three nights, but I ended up eating here twice it was so good. On the first night, our server, Jay was very helpful. Loved the oysters.

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Gr8food (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on October 23, 2015

My family and I always have a great time when we go over. Overall the food is good - some dishes better than others. This last dining experience we unfortunately found a rubber band from a lobster claw in a dish of fried calamari, but the staff was extremely apologetic and paid for the appetizer/bought us a round of drinks. The service has always been great here.

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good2thelastdrop12 (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on October 13, 2015

Out server was very pleasant and helpful. She made us fel comfortable and we will be coming back to enjoy sitting at her section. I don't remember her name but she was amazing.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on October 11, 2015

My wife and I have been to this particular restaurant many times. We like to go there especially after a Penn game. Since we are both seafood lovers, Doc Magrogan's is just the right spot. The food is always delicious and the service is pleasant and efficient. Our last dining experience there did not disappoint. We're looking forward to our next meal at Doc's.

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vipWannabcritic (Miami)
1.0  Dined on October 10, 2015

What a disappointment as the location and ambiance were great. The food was way overprocessed as to the point to make it a turn off. There was a clumpy "hay" thing which was stuck together, fried and cold. Heavy mayo all over the plate for crab cakes. I was excited to try the Cawliflower mash with truffle oil; it too disappointed. The drinks were boring. The only thing I enjoyed was the lobster Mac and cheese.

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