Dock's Oyster House

4.7
6389 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, Steak
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(609) 345-0092
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Frank Dougherty
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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.
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Private party contact
Frank Dougherty: (609) 345-0092
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Georgia Avenue
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Parking details
There is a private lot adjacent to the restaurant.
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Entertainment
Piano Bar
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Indoor Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Atlantic City
4.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My wife and I split a twelve oz lobster tail. While it was good, it definitely was not as tender as I expected based on the quality of our many prior meals there. Drinks and service were great as usual.

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Philadelphia
5.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always awesome food, service and company!

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RP
Atlantic City
5.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great start to a wonderful night in Atlantic City! Cold beer & wine, We Enjoyed the grilled octopus appetizer and Scallops, soft shell crab main dishes. We will be back before summer ends...

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Miami
5.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it & Michael is incredible

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New York Area
5.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

If I were told I was about to have my last meal, I would go to Dock's. It provides one of the most satisfying dining experiences I have ever had. It never disappoints.

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DS
5.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, attentive service and a fun place to dine. It is always on my list when visiting Atlantic City.

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AF
New York Area
5.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great all around! Will definitely be back.

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SJ
Naples
2.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Overpriced and overrated. Disappointed in mediocre, overpriced food, our amateur servers and renovations of this once important Atlantic City legend. Don't need to return.

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MC
Atlantic City
5.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is a great restaurant, have been going there for over 40 years. A real institution in Atlantic City with the freshest seafood around. Great bar happy hour and get there early if you want to get a seat - big local crowd tells you it is good. Free parking on lot next door.

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Philadelphia
5.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I have been going to Atlantic City since the early 1960s. This was our first time at Dock's. We have no idea why we never went before and are now so sorry for all the years that have gone by. Our meal from beginning to end was amazing. Absolutely delicious!! Service was spot-on. I cannot say enough about this restaurant and cannot wait to go back. It is no wonder that this place has been around since 1897. Since we live only one hour away from Atlantic City, I have a feeling we will be returning more frequently.

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Miami
5.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious!

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JA
Philadelphia
5.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food and Great Service. Food is consistent and great value. Dan was a great server. Also, great happy hour. Highly Recommend !!

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CC
New York Area
5.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, excellent service and reasonably priced

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New York Area
5.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So glad I decided to leave the Boardwalk for this birthday meal. This local place is amazing. Food was superb - fresh and delicious. We got a great table and our waiter, Bill, and the rest of the team were professional, cheerful, and very efficient. Bill heard me say that we were celebrating 2 birthdays and made sure that both of those desserts had candles. Will definitely be back the next time I am in AC and I'm not even a regular seafood eater.

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FS
Philadelphia
5.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Seafood is always fresh and expertly prepared. Loved our waitress, Helen. She loves what she does and it shows in her every move. Looking forward to returning.

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RC
5.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here for my 25th birthday dinner with family and friends...our waitress Helen was awesome ! She was so helpful and reiterated and explained menu items to us making our experience very enjoyable! We come to Dock's every summer and will continue this tradition for sure. The clam appetizer in the red sauce is our favorite ! We also got the calamari and tuna tartar both were so fresh and the calamari was cooked perfectly...best i've ever had !

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Philadelphia
5.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been to Dock's before, and are never disappointed! We has an awesome waiter, Chris, who explained many dishes to us. He was really helpful. Food was amazing, as usual!

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New York Area
5.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dock's never disappoints. Fish is always fresh and delicious. Food is well presented. Service is attentive yet unobtrusive. Their renovation is understated and lovely. Dock's is one of the best.

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Savannah
4.0Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The service left much to be desired. Server was unfriendly and food came out slowly. Despite the service the food was delicious!

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JP
New York Area
4.0Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Overall, a very good experience. Service at the bar could have been a bit better - they were busy but not “crazy” - I was told to walk to the other end of the bar for service which seemed a bit counterproductive for them as well as me! The wait staff at the table were attentive and the food was very good. Would definitely recommend and return!

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TP
Atlantic City
5.0Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding. Food and service are excellent. Worth the trip to Atlantic City for a stop at Dock’s.

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TS
5.0Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was excellent. Had a reservation for 7:30PM and was seated at 7:45PM which is fine as I was able to get a cocktail at the bar. Very crowded and should be because this is a special place. I shared a seafood sampler which was excellent (oysters, shrimp, mussels, shrimp cerviche, crab meat, lobster), especially the raw oysters and shrimp. For my main course, I had the seared scallops over broccoli rabe and mashed potatoes. Incredible. My drink of choice was Dock's Margarita with no salt and complimented my food choices perfectly. My partner had the crab meat sautee.

Service was excellent, prompt, courteous and friendly.

I 100% intend on going again and trying something else from this fine menu.

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New England
5.0Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

loved every bit of our experience the pictures on the wall the seating arrangements THE WAIT STAFF the food was awesome.
there were four of us from boston area and the place was just famtabulous!!!

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Philadelphia
3.0Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I have been coming to Dock's since I was a child (more than 60 years). We came last summer and were very pleased with our meal and the service. So we returned. No one acknowledged us at the front desk even though we had a reservation. Our wait person walked away before I had finished giving my order and then the tarter sauce was missing. The fried shrimp were overcooked and the breading was very hard and difficult to bite into. The salmon was unremarkable. The only dish that was enjoyed was the tuna tartar. We will not be returning. When one is spending a lot of money on a meal, one expects courtesy and good food. Neither were present.

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ED
Atlantic City
5.0Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was terrific.

Our waitress, HELEN, is the best in Atlantic City.
She is great .

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Atlantic City
4.0Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 4

The tuna tartare app was excellent. Our entrees were Bronzino, Pecan Crusted Salmon, and Red Snapper. Bronzino was bland, the Red Snapper was also bland, the Salmon was excellent. The wait for our entrees was disgraceful. Our waiter apologized when he brought our entrees, but it was obvious some of our food had been under a heat lamp waiting for all three entrees. A waiter serving another table noted to us that our server was aware of the delay.
Servers are not cooks and can only serve what is prepared for their customers. We did not penalize his tip for the kitchen’s lack of timeliness. There are so many excellent restaurants in the general area of Atlantic City and Margate City, we have visited this old establishment for last time.

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Atlantic City
5.0Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

Food was awesome but I hope that our waitress was had too many tables as it was long waits for her to come around but she did come back with what was requested when asked

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TP
Atlantic City
5.0Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was night 2 of our AC Dock’s dining experience. Why go anywhere else. Dick’s has it all. Atmosphere, outstanding service, and most importantly the best food by far in AC. Enough said. If you love great food in a great restaurant, Dock’s is the place to go.

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OT
5.0Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing spot for happy hour ! Great food , environment and great drinks . Gotta get the happy hour oysters for $1, you can’t beat that

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New York Area
5.0Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My daughter 21st birthday.

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Philadelphia
5.0Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious

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BA
Philadelphia
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just visited Docks Oyster House in AC NJ and had the time of our lives. Dinner at Docks is a real treat and a special place for celebrating special occasions. My wife had 2 delicious soft shell crabs and mini (all crab)
cakes. I had their shrimp cocktail with 4 large shrimp, a Ceasar salad, and for the main course scallops which were large, tender, and the sweetest . Amazing ! Dogie Bag Please ! Helen our server was terrific and showed care for everyone seated at our table. Helen is a real professional and we will use her again. We completed our scrumptuous dinner with delicious coffee and banana cream pie and a large serving of lemon merangue pie both desserts to die for ! In my book Docks is a top 5 restaurant in AC and if you make a reservation you will see why. Happy Hour daily from 4-6
Enjoy !!!

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New York Area
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was wonderful as was the food. I will definitely return to this fine restaurant.

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DK
Philadelphia
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time at Dock's Oyster House. Loved the decor...Classy without being "stuffy". Food was fabulous. We all loved everything we had....Caesar Salad, Salmon over Risotto with Mixed Vegetables, Crab Augratin, Crab Cakes, Filet Steak over Mashed Potatoes.....YUMMMMM!! My only complaint was none of us had any room for dessert :)

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J
Atlantic City
3.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Wasn’t as great as expected ...but will try again with different menu choices.

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New York Area
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We brought family members along this time because we enjoy Dock’s so much. They loved it, too

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J
Atlantic City
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time with friends. Love the raw bar and entertainment.

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Q
Atlantic City
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy our dinners at Docks!!!
Great food, friendly and knowledgeable waiters.

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AS
Philadelphia
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second time at Dock's in a week. The food was phenomenal. My friend and I ordered the colossal lump crabmeat and jumbo large shrimp appetizers to share and they were delicious, fresh and lived up to the name jumbo/colossal. Then we split the halibut which was amazing. Our server Will made great recommendations and provides excellent service. He was our server the last time we were there and asked for him this time. And our husband's selections were all great too. And the fluke crudo never disappoints. We plan on coming here on a regular basis.

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MA
Philadelphia
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The experience was exceptional from the time we walked in the door. Drinks are superb and the clam chowder was the absolute best I ever had!

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