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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.
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
There is a private lot adjacent to the restaurant.
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
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Indoor Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Dock's Oyster House Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!!
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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