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Doc's Baja Surf shack, New Haven, CT

Doc's Baja Surf shack

3.5
3.5
20 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
ALOHA! ​DOCKS SURF SHACK IS CONVENIENTLY LOCATED ON THE INFAMOUS CROWN STREET WHERE THE BURGER WAS CREATED. A TWIST ON FAVORITES, DOCK'S OFFERS A MELTING POT OF CUISINES AS A PART OF ITS UNIQUE CONCEPT. DOCKS SURF SHACK IS SURE TO SATISFY THE CRAVING OF BOTH TOURISTS AND LOCALS ALIKE. DOCKS KITCHEN CLASSICS ARE SURE TO SATISFY. THE MENU BOASTS MANY OPTIONS RANGING FROM SEAFOOD, SAND-WICHES, BEACH BURGERS, PASTAS, BRUNCH, AND DECADENT DESSERT GOBLETS. SOME SIGNATURE ITEMS INCLUDE OUR DOS CRAB CAKE SLIDERS, our soon-to-be-famous CRAB CAKE STUFFED LOBSTER, TIN CAN NACHOS AND OUR LAVA LOBSTER ROLL. THESE DISHES PAIR WELL WITH OUR DOCKS BEACH CLASSICS WHICH CAN BE SERVED BY THE TIKI GLASS, PITCHER, OR IN A PINEAPPLE.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, American, Fish
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–5:00 pm Dinner Thu–Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (203) 691-6346
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Mark Vecchitto
  • Neighborhood
    New Haven
  • Parking details
    None
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

What 20 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

3.5
3.5 based on all time ratings
  • 3.6Food
  • 3.7Service
  • 3.4Ambience
  • 3.4Value

NoiseModerate

20 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2021

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    This place sucks and I should have listened to the reviews- they have big “all’s” adding a 20% gratuity when the service was horrible and the oysters smelled like the Dead Sea!!! Definitely not worth $66.00 for a bud on tap, rum runner and 12 nasty fishy tasting oysters!!!

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  2. ChrisC

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Mothers Day lunch was AMAZING!! Nachos are a MUsT do!! Lobster Cobb salad and Lobster roll did not disappoint.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 2, 2021

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Worst food and service ever.

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  4. CarmenP

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love it! Staff , place food the pitcher of Mango Margaritas ❤️❤️

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Adrian was a great server and the crab cakes were amazing!

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  6. t2176

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2021

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Took 30+ minutes to get a drink despite restaurant being empty besides our table and one other. Food was subpar and bathrooms were dirty.

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  7. CarmenP

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Omg! The best place i ever ate,the waiters Marcela! The best Food was delicious, the mango margarita Pitcher, love it, Im Spanish and they treat me so Nice, Love AAA-+++

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  8. AprilN

    New York City

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2021

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    It was quite honestly the worst experience we’d ever had in a restaurant. We had never been here before and bought a Groupon to try. Being a surf shack, we were excited about the lobster rolls and fun types of sushi on the menu. Before we had even sat down, we were informed there was no lobster at all that day and no sushi either.. So, fine we would find something else. We asked if there was an open bar and the answer was yes. But they were “out” of wine, had no citron vodka or ginger beer and when we ordered bourbon on the rocks, it was delivered in shot glasses with ice chips that were mostly melted. However the Sangria I ordered after had no ice at all. t was just so strange. We ordered shrimp cocktail that were served almost warm. Not even a little bit chilled but instead seemed like they had just been cooked. The salmon salad I ordered was good enough but served without dressing and when I asked for it it took maybe 10 minutes to get it, even though there were only two other tables in the whole restaurant. My fiancé ordered fries with his meal and didn’t get them either. He also ordered the lamb lollipops for his dinner and asked for medium rare and they were well done but seasoned really well so that made up for it. After we got the check, I noticed there was an additional salmon charge added to my salad that was already priced for salmon being on it. That had to be fixed as well. I worked in restaurants for almost 20 years and am very understanding to what happens in establishments that are working against forces out of their control - this was entirely inexcusable. Horrible experience on just about level and needless to say we would never dream of going back.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, great food. Will definitely be back

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  10. GabrielleM

    New York City

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2021

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    I ordered the snow crab legs which were good, the lobster mac & cheese is different from what I normally expect but it was still good and there was a lot of lobster meat. My friend ordered a seafood boil but reported the shrimp did not seem fresh and they were rubbery as if they were frozen before. The bartender was manning most of the tables in the restaurant so it was hard for him to tend to everyone’s needs in a timely fashion but he did his best. I got it The piña colada in a pineapple, I was expecting frozen but it was just on the rocks, could’ve been better but wasn’t the worst. They played good music followed COVID-19 guidelines and overall it was a decent experience. Not sure if I would go back though.

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  11. ChanellaB

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was great! We had calamari, lobster rolls, & salmon sushi rolls (cooked). Definitely a great place for brunch! They offer preacher specialist for drinks. Spoke to the Manager as well and he mentioned the outside area will be opening up once it gets warmer. They'll also offer hookah outside. Can't wait!

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  12. ChiChi

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved everything about this place. I'll definitely be going back again.

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  13. JessicaS

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great service, great atmosphere. We will definitely be back!

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  14. gregp

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 6, 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Nice place, tough location for parking had to pay to park Food: took 30 plus mins to get ribs after apps arrived we waited with no food for 20 of those mins AFTER chef told us they just came off the grill/smoker....too long, server Heather, asked 2x where it was. drinks alittle pricey ( $10 for a Ketel One/ cran in 10 oz glass filled with ice) had to run groupon twice to get right

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  15. GaryD

    New York City

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 6, 2021

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Let me start by saying we expected so much more. Everything from the food to the service was meh, nothing to write home about. Great idea with the whole beach theme but that's where it ended. We had 4 different appetizers and 4 different drinks, all boring and under-sized. Everything lacked presentation and taste. The lobster roll was probably the smallest portion I was ever served, it looked like it was half a roll. We waited over 35 minutes before we were even served any food. They tried to make up for it buy comping us a couple drinks but really not worth it. I really hope they turn things around.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2021

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Hard to believe a tropics themed bar ran out of pineapple juice by 7pm on a Friday when half the drinks on the menu include pineapple juice. Tin can nachos saved the day.

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  17. Brianna

    New York City

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2021

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    They were very short staffed and it seemed like every single customer was mad. It was a very uncomfortable environment to be in for my Valentine's date night. The bathroom was also flooded and there was only one stall available. The menu is also not very clear, I ordered a boil, following the prices as shown on the menu. We ordered it thinking we had plenty to share but it ended being half the price and only enough for one of us. Luckly we had extra money for dessert. I feel like this place has potential but I will never return.

    1 person found this helpful

  18. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2021

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    birthday dinner never acknowledged birthday, restaurant slow,one server,awkwardly quiet. server was kinda nice some how overwhelmed with only being two family’s in restaurant but it was kind of an awkward experience . may not be going back there . sorry

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  19. TaekwonT

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 10, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Amazing Food Good Music And Excellent waiters Look forward to eating here again.

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  20. RichardS

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2021

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Food was horrible

    2 people found this helpful

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Diner temperature check required
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

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Doc's Baja Surf shack is rated 3.5 stars by 20 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for Doc's Baja Surf shack

196 Crown St, New Haven, CT 06510-2706

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    New Haven
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–5:00 pm Dinner Thu–Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, American, Fish
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    None
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Mark Vecchitto
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
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