Doc Magrogan’s Oyster House – Sea Isle City

3.9
495 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
At Doc Magrogan’s Oyster House, we believe that where you enjoy a great meal is just as important as the food itself. That’s why we created an oyster house that takes you back to a simpler time of food, fun, and merriment at the Townsend’s Inlet of Sea Isle City, NJ.
Come enjoy an up-scale dining experience with the freshest seafood, finest beers, and superior wine, and cocktails while experiencing a coastal chic environment full of friendly faces.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Seafood, Oyster Bar
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Hours of operation
Daily 3:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(609) 263-3627
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Business Casual
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Cross street
Between 86th & 87th Streets
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Parking details
Street Parking and private lot available.
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Entertainment
Live music during the weekends, Yacht Rock Sunday Funday every week from 1p-5p!
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Special events & promotions
To host your special event at our Breakwaters Ballroom, please contact our Private Events Coordinator Toni (tgrdinich@docmagrogans.com)!
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Enjoy Doc Magrogan's warm atmosphere, pleasant hospitality, and fresh dishes, sure to please your friends, co-workers, or family. We offer a variety of options for you and your party to enjoy. If you have specific requests, we will be happy to accommodate any of your needs!

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What 495 People Are Saying
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75% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RL
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Service was great, wine pours just ok, Asian chicken burnt, portions ok, bit pricing on alcohol

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AR
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best dining experiences i’ve ever had. I will recommend Doc Magrogan’s to anybody i possibly can. I loved it! They have earned a loyal customer for life.
The braised short rib was the best piece of meat i’ve had in years, and i’m a quality cook in my own right.
We also ordered a Lobster Knuckle Sandwich to-go, and ate it the next day. It was extraordinary!

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LS
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Restaurant is called oyster bar. Out of raw clams and only had choice of four oysters. Food was average at best. Wouldn’t go back second time.

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C
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Contrary to some reviews we had a good experience at Doc Macgrogans. Wings and dumplings were very good. I had the short rib dinner which was excellent. My husband had short rib tacos.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

End-of-summer dinner with my husband and our two adult children. Food was wonderful, service was great. I love the upscale beachy charm of this place. We were looking for a special meal for our last night together for a while and we found it. This was a perfect end to a perfect summer in Sea Isle!

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MC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Watered down Drinks, Steamed Clams that had never opened up, 2 people sick from the Calamari. Very disappointing.

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KA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

The service was good and they were attentive to my son with allergies, but the food was beyond bad. Calamari had more hot pepper pieces than actual calamari and my halibut was awful, over cooked and tasteless. Just a really underwhelming dining experience.

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NC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Food is overpriced as are the drinks- may skip this next time.

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z
Hawaii
55 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the first time we ever ate here and the restaurant did not disappoint. The food was amazing and fresh. I would highly recommend this restaurant if you are ever at the Jersey Shore.

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KM
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

The scallops and the chicken dishes were undercooked

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a
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My daughter had the lobster tacos and I had the short rib tacos and they were both amazing!! Had the peanut butter mousse sampler as well as salted chocolate brownie mousse - also awesome! Our server was wonderful.

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D
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 4

Will not be back. The food was not good. My son got the special of pork and it was dry. My husband got the halibut and had no taste. I got the Doc wood seafood plate and it had no flavor. The Brussels ceaser salad was good. The price of my wine was over priced.

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n
Philadelphia
44 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Except for our bartender, who knew about a gimlet, our entire experience was awful. Sorry, can't really said anything good about the food. Also, the bar loudness was deafening.

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SC
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

I made reservations to seat at a regular table and they sat us at a high top which we didn’t want and singer wasn’t good. Someone serving a drink spilled it on someone in our party

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N
Atlantic City
143 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

This is a great restaurant and food is always good. We mostly go to the restaurant for seafood but they had a pork tenderloin special that was amazing. The only drawback was when I signed up on OpenTable for the reservation it was delineated if I wanted standard seating or high top and I said I didn’t want high top seating. When we got there they did not seat us immediately and we waited a while and then when we were seated, they proceeded to bring us to the high tops. So the only reason why I didn’t balk is because everybody in the party said it was OK because we had waited long enough. I did not appreciate that and what’s the sense of asking the question in the first place if you don’t abide by it?

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JT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is a beautifully appointed restaurant, good food, we love that you can make a reservation. The noise level at the seating around the bar is loud. Next time we will try to get seated in the dining room.

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F
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Service was good and food was tasty but disappointed in serving sizes and plating. Meals weren’t balanced with veggies and starches. My meal was not as the menu described it

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

First let us say our service was great — Mark our waiter handled the night perfectly. Now the oysters were also top notch as expected, thus why we ate 3 dozen +. The issues came with our entrees. Both the salmon on the wood fire platter and the fish and lobster tacos had over cooked fish. The salmon was incinerated on the bottom. The server Mark did ask the Chef for a new piece of Salmon and this one came out perfectly, smelling of wood fired oven and moist inside. Finally the ahi tuna was served missing the Jersey corn salsa too. To sum it up the service was great we enjoyed our drinks, the atmosphere and our server Mark, but the food was subpar with the exception of the oysters. This was our third year doing date night here. We probably will find a new place next year or just go for oysters

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JC
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Nice looking place , but there was a dead fly on table and a few fly around , food was average

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JW
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The entire family had a great time. The food was fantastic and the service was exceptional. We actually ate there all three nights of our stay.

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N
Atlantic City
143 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Service was great. We always enjoy the food but the fried seafood was marginal and the calamari had too many peppers disguised as calamari. We love the atmosphere!

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MG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was good but noise level not energetic but too loud to have any conversation.
Our server was excellent.

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KB
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

The fish was over cooked and had very little in the way of sides on the plate. Kind of strange and not similar to our experience last year. Service was excellent as were the apps.

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SD
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a good meal. Service was quick and food was good. Love the oyster selections.

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SP
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wife and I really enjoyed the drinks,dinner, and ambiance. Would definitely go again and would recommend to friends.

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D
Atlantic City
14 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great oysters and food. Service was great and a nice menu.

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B
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience. The service was great but not overbearing and the food was out of this world. It’s a keeper for our family.

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PF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Service is usually very good but the most recent time we went it wasn’t the best. Staff took 15 min to bring silverware and napkins even though we already had our food and we had asked 3 times.

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MM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

We've been to Doc's many times, last Friday evening we took some friends there for their first time. While the food was great (we got the shrimp noodle dish, tuna tartar, wings and crab dip) our service was below average. When our waitress would come to the table, and she would only come if we flagged her down, she would only take an order from one person and quickly turn her back and walk away....if you have four people at a table and one person is ordering another drink, wouldn't you want to make your life easier by asking the rest of the table if they need something? It was actually comical at one point. I'm sure we'll go back, but if the poor service continues we most likely won't be recommending them.

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n
Atlantic City
7 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Service was very slow and inconsistent. Food was delicious

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A
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 5

Waitress was not very attentive and food was cold.

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N
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I have been here many times but brought a cousin from out of town there for the first time. I knew to expect good food and good service, but my cousin didn’t and she was thoroughly impressed with your restaurant. Our food was delicious and our waitress was wonderful. Our only minor complaint would be the noise level, of course. We were not seated by the bar, but in the next room. And it was very loud. Wish you could do something about the acoustics. There was live music playing when we left, and I was really good. But we couldn’t really hear it too well where we were. But overall the experience was wonderful.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good service & food selection

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JL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great drinks and good food. It’s very loud so if you’re looking for an intimate atmosphere this isn’t the place.

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M
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was very good , staff is friendly and attentive.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

So many things went wrong with our dining experience at Doc’s. Our server was nice but clearly either hasn’t been waiting tables long, was overextended or both. Wrong drink for one person in our party to start...no biggie. We tell her at the onset that we’ve not eaten much all day and all are very hungry. Lucky for us our short rib flatbread comes out quick. It’s cold and lacking flavor but we devour it nonetheless. We also ordered 6 oysters, 12 were brought instead. The runner who dropped them at our table couldn’t tell us which oysters were which and giggled when we asked her to clarify. Finally our waitress reappears. We explain the error in the amount of oysters, she takes them away. 10 minutes later she reappears now with 8 and explains two are on the house!?!! We are literally starving by now! 15 more minutes go by before we see our server again. We order another round of drinks. Again, our server doesn’t check in or apologize for the delay with our entrees and is again nowhere to be found. 15 minutes later I visit the hostess stand to see what’s going on with our entrees. It’s a Tuesday night, our reservation was for 7:30, it’s now 9:00!!!! The young girls at the hostess stand are apologetic but too young and clearly not seasoned enough to properly handle the situation. Our entrees arrive 10 minutes later and all four members of our party agreed their meals were unsatisfactory. Between us we had the shrimp noodle bowl, salmon, filet, and the crab cakes. If you’re looking for a delicious meal, good service, and delicious oysters, take a drive over to Stone Harbor to Quahog’s. The only thing I would come back to Doc’s for are the cocktails...after this experience they were the only thing worth coming back for. Delicious jalapeño margarita...thumbs down for everything else.

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OT
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Noticed it was very loud upon entering the Dining area. Decor was nicely
Done. Oysters were good for buck a shuck night and that was the only thing worth complimenting. Entrees were cold on half the plate warm on the other. Bathrooms were messy. All but one entree came out for our party. We ended up canceling it. Very disappointed. Might be a good spot for bar food and drinks.

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L
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Steampots were not available and didn’t tell us until we tried to order one, reason was not really clear and it seems they haven’t been doing for awhile. Calamari was good but had a lot of breading and not air of calamari. Crab dip was good. Husband ordered seafood chowder and was watery. Fish and chips were ok tasting but portion was more like a kid size. We ordered 2 salmon dishes and only one came out. They had to place order for second salmon and we were almost done eating when it came out. Our daughter started to eat and was not cooked a the way and raw.

In the past we have really enjoyed coming to this restaurant but something changed and we did not enjoy. We won’t be coming back

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LH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Been here many times and the food was just not good this time - very disappointing

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DW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We enjoyed ourselves and the food was great. The service was not as friendly or attentive as we would have liked. But overall we liked it.

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