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About Dock's Oyster House

Owned and operated by the Dougherty family since 1897, Dock's Oyster House is an Atlantic City institution. Offering a full raw bar with as many as 10 different oysters per night along with clams, mussels, shrimp, crabmeat, chilled lobster, tuna sashimi and ceviche, Dock's is renowned for the freshest seafood in town along with great steaks and an award-winning wine list. Also offering a full bar, piano bar, and free parking.

2405 Atlantic Avenue
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, Steak

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
Georgia Avenue

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(609) 345-0092

Website:
http://www.docksoysterhouse.com/

Entertainment:
Piano Bar

Parking Details:
There is a private lot adjacent to the restaurant.

Executive Chef:
Frank Dougherty

Private Party Facilities:
Dock's Oyster House has two small semi-private rooms for parties of 6-10 guests. The dining room can be reserved for larger parties. The entire restaurant can also be booked.

Private Party Contact:
Frank Dougherty: (609) 345-0092

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Indoor Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Dock's Oyster House Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (156)
Good for Anniversaries (134)
Good for a Date (134)
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Good for Birthdays (124)
Worth the Drive (105)
Bar Seating (102)
Fit for Foodies (87)
Good for Groups (84)
Authentic (77)
Neighborhood Gem (77)
Happy Hour (72)
Vibrant Bar Scene (70)
Romantic (66)
Business Meals (60)
Creative Cuisine (56)
Casual (56)
Handcrafted Cocktails (53)
Hot Spot (53)
Fun (49)
Notable Wine List (47)
Live Music (43)
Local Ingredients (40)
Comfort Food (32)
Cozy (28)
People Watching (25)
Seasonal (22)
Pre/post Theatre (22)
Healthy (20)
Quiet Conversation (19)
Disabled Access (16)
Great Beer (13)
Late-night Find (10)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Great for Lunch (9)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Live Sports (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Kid-friendly (6)
Quick Bite (5)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Scenic View (3)
Tapas (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 2 days ago

This wasn’t our first time here, but it’s been a while so for a night out in AC we opted for Dock’s instead of Knife and Fork because we wanted seafood. My husband and I shared cape may salts which were delicious as always and both got the Maine chowder. It’s hands down the best clam chowder we’ve ever had. I ate the seafood risotto special which was amazing and a great deal. Less than $30 for a bunch of scallops, shrimp and crabmeat in a delicious lobster sauce. Soooo good. My husband got the crab bake which he was nervous about because at other seafood places, it’s been mediocre. He thought it was excellent. The service was fast and friendly. Being able to see snowflakes in the lights across the street added a nice touch (I know the restaurant doesn’t control that but it added to the ambience). If you want great seafood in AC, Dock’s is the place.

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined 3 days ago

We loved this place. Great atmosphere and food. Would highly recommend

Tags: Happy Hour, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

Loved everything about our dinner! The guys shared the 20 ounce T-bone steak along with fried oysters! The special seafood risotto was outstanding!! The table shared the key lime pie and the plate was scraped clean! Will definitely be back!!

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·Dined 4 days ago

The food was delicious as always, our server seemed preoccupied. Actually this was the first time we experienced less than perfect service.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined 5 days ago

Docks is billed as one of Atlantic City’s finest seafood restaurants, but IMO it’s on par with Legal Seafoods, but twice the price.

Let’s start with the reservations - I booked a table for Monday and met some colleagues while waiting for my table. We decided to ask for a larger table for both our groups, and the hostess ended up cancelling our Open Table reservations.

Next came the soup - we all ordered the Crab and corn chowder and 20 minutes later our server, Abraham, came back to say they were out...at 7:30pm on a Monday!! We asked to speak to theGM, who not only was unapologetic, but also rude.

The fried oysters were greasy and flavorless and the oysters on the half-shell were full of sand.

The main courses, ranging from Wasabi tuna to crab meat au gratin were equally unsatisfying.

In sum, the attitude of the GM soured me on Docks Oyster House, and thefood wasn’t of high enough quality to write home about.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

We really enjoyed our dinner, every single one of us. Beautiful place and great service, too.
It's not cheap but it's definitely worth the price.

Tags: Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Disabled Access, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined 6 days ago

I have been a steady customer for many years. This meal was very disappointing . The Caesar salad was just O.k.- One of our company ordered crabmeat augratin and it was full of shells. It was returned. Another ordered the fired plain oysters and had little taste and shaped flat. I have it many times in the past and was fluffy and delicious. Not this time.
Not sure if kitchen was too busy or different chef but not the Dock's I know.

Tags: Seasonal
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 6 days ago

It’s a convenient location to meet friends or business associates for Happy Hour or dinner. The scallops were a bit over cooked but ok, not great for the price. Our guests seemed to enjoy their meals.

Tags: Good for Groups, Happy Hour
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

Our experience was amazing. From the cocktails to the meals. Seafood was fabulous. Definitely will go back.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 5, 2017

This is a Classy old world Restaurant that still has Great Food and a lovely atmosphere. The portions are a great size and the value you get is outstanding.Started off with Oysters which where fresh. I had the One pound lobster tail for diner and it was fabulouse. Great Restaurant.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Being going to Doc's for many years. Consistently excellent food. Had the Oyster stew... stellar. One of the best anywhere. Had the crab crabs. They were superb! Reasonably priced meal and wines. If you're in Atlantic City and want seafood, Doc's Oyster House is the place!!

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Romantic, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Never disappointed with Dock’s everything just great

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Never had a bad meal. When we're in AC we always go here!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We can always count on an excellent dinner with each time we go back to Dock's Seafood.

Tags: Casual, Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 1, 2017

We look forward to the friendly welcoming atmosphere.
We always ask for Helen as our waitress who is always happy to see us and recommends great dishes. The Happy Hour is great for sampling.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

Everything was we ate amazing and the service was fantastic. We went for a birthday and brought our own cake which they held on to for us and then brought it out. The chef even came out to see how things were going. Great night! Definitely an expensive meal but totally worth every penny.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Live Music, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 30, 2017

After a recent minor stumble returning for dinner
The champ is off the mat and BACK
Great food fairly priced and the staff really cares
Always busy and noisy
Will be back

Tags: Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Live Music, Fun
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·Dined on November 30, 2017

Disappointed. We ordered flounder with crab meat. The flounder was bland and not presented nicely. Instead of bread sticks or small dinner rolls we were each given one roll large enough to make a decent ham and cheese sandwich. We got to the restaurant early and was seated quickly in a section that was mostly empty. A few minutes later a large party was seated on top of us with the rest of the room still fairly empty. The server for the large party kept bending over in our face to take her table's order. We had to slide over to the inside seats ( we were two at a table for four) to avoid her. We were at this restaurant several years ago and loved it which is why we came back. Don't think we will be making a third trip.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on November 30, 2017

It was a first and a great experience. Yes the menu was pricey, however the atmosphere was awesome and the happy hour appetizers were delicious and filling. The staff are very pleasant and accommodating, looking forward to my next visit.

Tags: Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Authentic, Live Music, Happy Hour, Business Meals, Casual, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Delicious dinner. 2 birthdays. Thought small dessert on the house would have been nice

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Casual
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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Everything was great my husband had a 2lb lobster, fantastic

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We had a lovely dinner with extended family. Every meal was delicious and our service was amazing! I wish I could remember the name of our waitress, but she was absolutely delightful. We had a large family celebration at Dock’s last year and she remembered my in-laws by name.

Thank you!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Was not impressed.... food was not very good
Service was good
Will not go back

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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Elegant atmosphere. The servers were pristine in appearance and knowledgeable on their dishes. Everyone in our party thoroughly enjoyed the food. We would highly recommend Docks.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Too loud and too crowded downstairs. I have been upstairs where it is better. The food was very good and our server was excellent.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Loved or experience. Seafood was fresh and tasty. Also ordered the lamb and was juicy. Everything great from ambience, to drinks, to food and service.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 21, 2017

When a restaurant does things right it shows in every aspect of the meal! Doc’s really delivers a high end experience.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 20, 2017

Excellent restaurant. I love the oysters. Dinner was amazing. Highly recommend this place.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Always awesome, everyone is very personable and we always love the atmosphere

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 18, 2017

A beautifully renovated establishment that's party of Atlantic City's history. Friendly staff, cool live music & a fabulous happy hour.... every day. The best fresh oysters!
We've never had mediocre meal or poor customer service at Dock's.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Live Music, Local Ingredients, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 18, 2017

My husband and I came here for a date night as it was recommended by a friend. Read reviews and I was excited to see they had someone play piano in the bar section. Even knowing this ahead of time, it still exceeded my expectation. It's got a very classy, yet comfortable feel. Food was amazing and service was exceptional. It's a bit pricey though. Bartender recommended a nice bottle of Pinot Noir. If I have another occasion to be in Atlantic City, I would definitely consider this restaurant again.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

We went to Doc’s for dinner for my friends 30th bday before a night out and everything was perfect. The dinner specials were delish and our server made excellent wine recommendations. On our way out the gentlemen at the piano bar played happy Birthday to her and the entire place sang to her it was a great night!!!

Tags: Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Hubby and I had dinner on Friday during happy hour. Enjoy the docks salad and Caesar salad, raw oysters, New England clam chowder and desert the banana ran pie. Everything we ate was delicious. Oysters were fresh and amazing. Clam chowder delicious and not a thick broth, great taste, fresh. Salads amazing! Drinks hubby ordered Malibu ginger ale and I ordered a gin and tonic.
We sat at bar and were attended by a very warm and pleasant bartender. She was very attentive and ruled the bar. Excellent service. The piano is awesome, loved the atmosphere. We will be back for sure. Valet attentive and very friendly.

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 16, 2017

The food and wait staff were awesome! However, I was extremely disappointed how I was treated by the 2 young women hostess at the time of my reservation, 6pm. I work for a very large company and entertain quite often, some individuals have to cancel for personal reasons, I understand! I returned the call of the staff on Tuesday and gave them my final count of 8. They stated I never called, asked who I spoke to and continued to berate me in front of my guests! They also said I had 12 in open table which I did not, they changed that, in fact I could not put the number 12 in because you must call the restaurant if u have a party greater than 9! I was highly embarrassed and will never use this venue again! My bill was $800, I’ll spend it at other fine restaurants in AC and Margate! Poor customer service!

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 16, 2017

I took my mother there for her birthday. She is 92! I made our reservation for 6pm. It was perfect! I let the restaurant know it was her birthday and everyone who greeted us made sure to wish her a Happy Birthday. We were early enough that the noise level was down and she was able to hear the conversation. By the time we left the restaurant was packed and it was getting hard for her to hear. She wears 2 hearing aids. Perfect meal and excellent service

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Returned to Docks after their expansion/renovation - place looks great, well done! Food was excellent as always, especially the fried calamari and broiled lobster tails. Nice bar with tasty cocktails too. Our server Melissa was attentive and friendly, making excellent recommendations on the oysters and white wine.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Naples)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Dock's is an icon of the Atlantic City food scene. I intended to go for dinner but instead stayed for their happy hour. The quality of the oysters, crab cakes, and lobster mac and cheese were outstanding. The remodeled space is comfortable and esthetically appealing.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Authentic, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 15, 2017

Busy night crowded. Long wait even with reservations. Food great. Noisy for conversations.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Authentic, Late-night Find, Great for Lunch, Fun, Worth the Drive
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 13, 2017

I had an excellent birthday happy hour at Docks with friends. We ordered just about everything on the menu and were happily full when we left. I highly recommend the daily happy hour, it offers some fantastic choices and it’s a bargain!

Tags: Tapas, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Food was excellent, our server really paid attention to our needs. We've had a wonderful experience and we will definitely recommend to all our friends and family.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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