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Doc Magrogan's Oyster House - West Chester

848 reviews
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$30 and under
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Based on the iconic 1900s oyster house style, Doc Magrogan's Oyster House in West Chester, PA emphasizes only the freshest seafood while also offering a huge array of handcrafted beer and artisan cocktails.

When dining at Doc Magrogan's Oyster House you can choose from the lunch or dinner menus as well as an enormous drinks menu. There is even a weekend brunch to enjoy as well. A meal can include one of the fresh salads or homemade soups, a small plate such as the lobster mac and cheese or the Chesapeake cheese fries. Dinners include the catch of the day, but Doc Magrogan's Oyster House also serves up plenty of poultry, meat and vegetarian dishes.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Seafood, American
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Hours of operation
Monday - Wednesday: 11:45am - 10pm
Thursday & Friday: 11:45am-2am
Saturday- 11am-2am
Sunday- 11am-10pm

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Phone number
(610) 429-4046
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Matt Andrews
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Private party facilities
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Private party contact
Marissa Merrill: (610) 429-4046
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Cross street
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Parking details
There is limited parking available on the surrounding streets, but there are private operated lots and a public parking garage available near the intersection of East Gay Street and Walnut. Also, there is a private lot operated directly behind Doc's in the back alley.

**NOW VALIDATING PARKING** We will validate up to 2 hours of parking at the Chestnut Street Garage (located less than a block away at the intersection of Walnut and Chestnut).
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Thursday Karaoke10pm-2am
Friday & Saturday DJ 10pm-2am
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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BeefWellington (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on April 28, 2016

Sadly this was our last meal as the restaurant is now closed.
We have had 10 years of happy experiences at this restaurant and want to thank the staff (esp Katrina) for providing us with the best possible service even though the restaurant was two days away from closing.

vipMicheleI (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on April 27, 2016

So sorry to hear Doc's closed on April 30 - will miss it

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on April 27, 2016

We've been dining here since it opened. Very disappointed its closing, as other locations aren't convenient. Where will I get $1 oysters??

vipJenH (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on April 25, 2016

Sad to see this West Chester establishment closing. I will miss Monday night buck a shucks.

austria (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on April 25, 2016

This ever popular restaurant is shutting down and moving to the Jersey Shore probably driven out by the high rents rather than lack of patron support. Always an excellent oyster bar with a good selection of draft beers (none this closing week). Entrees are mixed with nothing outstanding but I would recommend the Sesame Ahi Tuna Tacos over fish n' chips where they do not have it quite right. Service was professional and unobtrusive (rare) but our waitress this evening was not like some of the oyster connoisseurs we have encountered there in the past. Sea Isle is too far to drive after work. This place will be missed.

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on April 24, 2016

review is of questionable value since they are closing in a week or so.
there was no sign of any issues though. food was great, service is excellent. going to miss the place.

AMKMV (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on April 23, 2016

Poor beer selection... Getting ready to close. Food satisfactory

vipEricaWIP (Philadelphia)
2.0  Dined on April 22, 2016

What stood out? The 35 minute wait for a table past our reservation time, the broken draft system, the lack of any craft beer, the extremely loud group who was fighting to see who could yell louder, the cool, watered down crab soup or the cold seafood on my salad. Oh, and the wait staff basically ignoring us so they could tend to the large, loud group. I know a tip from a party of 20 is bigger than a party of two, but our wait for things was absurd. Yeah, all that stood out.

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
2.0  Dined on April 16, 2016

Took 30 minutes to get drinks. Took 90 minutes to get dinner. Had a reservation but got seated 20 minutes late, which I can understand. Found out 20 minutes before arriving that they were closing...seems like they stopped caring as soon as the news broke.
Wow, just so awful. Some food was cold, others were obviously under lamps and far too hot to eat peal and eat shrimp for 15 minutes.
Food was nothing special, peel-and-eat shrimp didn't taste like anything. Overall very disappointed and won't be going back to any location, ever.

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on April 6, 2016

Very good place overall for seafood

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on April 6, 2016

The oysters and fish tacos were delicious . Service was excellent. We can't wait to go back.

vipJoan (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on April 6, 2016

Good happy hour prices on beer.
Such tacos were ok, just too plain.
Lobster bisque too salty.

vipMark (Philadelphia)
2.0  Dined on March 30, 2016

Disappointed. This is a seafood place, and all the seafood dishes were undercooked. The only decent part of the meal was the fries.

Allbran (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on March 23, 2016

We were seated immediately for our 6:30 reservation. Our waiter was friendly and explained options on our menu, however the one thing I hate in any restaurant is when the wait staff immediately asks you for your drink order before you've even had a chance to look at the menu. That may be fine if you have a "usual" you always prefer, but I wanted to try a flight or beer and needed time to look over the choices from literally dozens of beers. Once we got that squared away, our waiter was very good and everything else went smoothly. Our salads were a good size, and our entree choices (different fish dishes) were all good. We were three people and wanted to talk quietly but that became impossible once a party of 10 was seated right next to us. The noise level was high (until they started eating). I've noticed this before in this restaurant. They could definitely use some sound absorbing re-design. Overall, though, it was an enjoyable meal, food-wise.

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on March 18, 2016

Love this place. Must visit if you love oysters. Great selection.

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on March 16, 2016

Have stopped in often. Always enjoy the lively atmosphere and the great food.
It has always been a positive experience.

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on March 12, 2016

Great seafood and oysters and the service was better than I have had at most places in West Chester. My husband and I will definitely be returning soon!

vipKpow (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on March 11, 2016

The whole time I was at Docs, I kept thinking "there's something missing here." The food is good. The crab dip was phenom. It's so close to being a cool venue, but it's a little drafty and can get loud when there's big parties. I think it's a fun time for getting happy hour drinks or knocking back some oysters. But I would look elsewhere to get a bite to eat for dinner, unless you have a big group.

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
2.0  Dined on March 4, 2016

Due to the poor quality of their signature dishes and the escalated prices, I wil, not be retuning. Not to mention that our server was distracted and attentive to our requests.

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on March 4, 2016

This was a great place. Everything about it was outstanding, food, ambiance, staff and food choices.