Docks Oyster Bar and Seafood Grill

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Welcome to DOCKS. Established in 1986, we specialize in bringing the freshest seafood to the island of Manhattan. Rated by Zagat as one of the 50 most popular restaurants, we are a seafood lovers dream with our always fresh raw bar and daily specials.
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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

This was our first time visiting this restaurant so we had no expectations other than the standard NYC experience. WE WERE DISAPPOINTED WITH THE OVERALL EXPERIENCE. We started our brunch with Mimosas that were mostly orange juice with no discernible evidence of champagne and burnt mini chocolate muffins. We moved on to Lobster Roll Sliders that were mostly tasteless bread with a little lobster. Next we had New England Clam Chowder that was tasty but contained miniature pieces of clams with a large quantity of potatoes. My dining partner had the very enjoyable Smoked Salmon Omelet. I had the not so enjoyable Salmon Eggs Benedict with OVERCOOKED eggs. The coffee with our meal tasted burned and no amount of milk made it better. Our server was attentive but not overly inquisitive regarding our enjoyment level. I have a feeling the server was afraid of the answer to "How are you enjoying your brunch?"

S
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kyle the manager is outstanding and we give him high praise for us coming back and getting more of the best service in New York.

n
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dock’s Oyster Bar was delicious. This was the second time I dined with them. It waa a business lunch and both my client and I were very satisfied. The ambiance during lunch a mix of business and tourists. The service and food were delicious. In spite of a dreary and rainy day the place was packed. Pleased I made a reservation with Open Table. Our food items were the Clam chowder, the Trout entree with mashed potato purée and green beans, crab cake salad. All choices were amazing. No dessert. I will return.

EA
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Docks has the best seafood Cobb salad on the planet!

MD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service & ambiance were all very good.

DS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Saturday night is a pleasant, mature, and sophisticated crowd that enjoys conversing over a low key dinner of great food. Skilled servers don’t apply any pressure and are willing to make recommendations.

The roasted Brussels sprout salad is a perfect appetizer. The entries are uniformly good. And you don’t have to cut short your conversation when the check comes. Classy and uncrowded are two words I’d use to describe the decor. It’s a great place to meet friends and have a great conversation over dinner or drinks since the noise level is minimal.

JO
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Waiter was disinterested and food was average, not nearly as good as previous experiences at Docks. Would likely not return as prices are hugh for a mediocre experience

S
Atlantic City
24 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful prixe fixed dinner eith lots of options. Great service, nice selection of appetizers and entrees and dessert. It was a special occassion for a birthday and had added a candle. We will definitely return to yhus neighborhood gem!

PT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service. Courteous and prompt with food and drinks. Bar staff was exccellent. An enjoyable evening.

A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Happy hour is a terrific value and makes a great pairing with a full dinner. Must sit in bar area though, however service staff is professional and gracious.

CS
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Service was not good. Food was good. Had the beet salad and the tuna sashimi.

JP
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great menu selection, wine and beer pairings. Nice casual atmosphere and accomodations.

m
New York Area
95 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Always fresh, no mistakes. Service is professional. Can be noisy. They honor reservations.

LA
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The service was very slow despite the restaurant not being very crowded. We waited at least 20 minutes + for our second course to arrive. This is so unlike my past experience at your restaurant. I will chalk it ujp to an off day for staff. My guests were not pleased at all though.

PW
Baltimore
18 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Service was a bit off but the food made up for it. If you have the oysters make sure you get the medium size. Tbe smalls are very small.

JV
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WE had gone into the city last minute to catch a play. I was looking for restaurants near the jitney stop on 40th. We were in the front of the restaurant so we were able to people watch and enjoy our food. Our waiter was attentive and made sure we were taken care of I wish I remembered his name. Food was excellent will definitely go again.

TM
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Poor service and price & quality of the food do not match. Will not go again or recommend to anyone.

HD
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous birthday dinner for my lovely, beautiful wife. Many thanks!!

GM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 4

I have been a customer since the early 90’s. I recently visited on Labor Day in response to their email promoting Happy Hour from noon to 7:00 I made a reserv for 5:30 and was seated at a table. When I asked about Happy Hour menu I was told I had to sit in the bar area. The waiter then told me that there were no oysters at the advertised price. The mgr then told me that she was sorry. I will not go back.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good food and service

L
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

El lugar es fantástico. La barra espectacular. Pero la comida es demasiado cara. El sushi era malo melo. Los ostiones regulares, poca variedad en un plato que pretende ser amplio. Poca variedad, y poco. Mejor ir al Oyster Bar de Grand Central, por mucho.

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OT
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Ended up at the table next to the waiter stand. Steady traffic, loud discussion and they stored the platters and stands 6 inches from the table. The food was great, the service was okay. Other than our table, it would have been a nice dinner.

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was very nice, and attentive. Came to celebrate my birthday, and they all wished me a happy birthday when they found out!
The food was great, as usual. Just a great time all around.

MG
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Excellent lobster and seafood grilled dish. However, for being known as an oyster bar, those were the smallest and saddest oysters I have ever seen. Sent them back. Ridiculous for 4 microscopic oysters at $20!!! Each was smaller than my thumbnail.

M
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food and service were both good

H
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The weekend brunch is an excellent choice. Big selection, delicious food and generous portions.

LC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday. The food was fabulous

L
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was great.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing happy hour deals

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

Poor service!

RL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We really enjoyed ourselves. The food was outstanding!

J
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had an excellent waitress (Jackie) who had no support from the staff. She had to do everything.

C
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

VERY bad service day. We have eaten regularly at Docks since it opened as we live in the neighbourhood. We have rarely had bad service but this day was exceptional. We ordered the restaurant week special figuring it would be delivered quickly. We came at 2;15, there were plenty of waiters and help as usual. Exactly 40 minutes after ordering I had to speak to the manager as to why we had not gotten our bread or salads. We got our food quickly after that We ate and left as we had to return to work.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food very nice server

h
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

Everything we ordered was mediocre at best except for desert, which was very good. The place is very noisy and not worth the prices charged.

g
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Great fresh seafood in a pretty space. It can be noisy but you can always ask for a quiet table. The service is slow. Dont go there when you're in a hurry,

L
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The place is nice but a little noisy from the bar area. The Lobster prices are way too high. The food is good.

P
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Went there to celebrate a few birthdays in my family. Found a table extremely cramped. The portions of food were very small. And the kicker of everything is deprived of the food was exorbitant. We left hungry.

J
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely Sunday brunch. Quiet jazz trio played in the background and menu choices were more than adequate (although fried chicken would have been better with waffles rather than sweet and spicy wings). Service was friendly and attentive and our server, Nate, was a doll. The $30 bottomless brunch is an awesome deal.

C
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was mediocre but the brunch special price was unbeatable! $30 for an entree and unlimited mimosas/bloody marys! The ambiance was very nice and my friends and I had a wonderful time.

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