Dodie's Dockside

4.8
180 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Located on the main floor of the Historic Ariel Hotel on Broadway, built in 1923, Dodie’s restaurant brings Lorain its first Italian-influenced coastal fare dining. Our menu takes what we love from traditional seaside food and gives it a contemporary, Italian twist.

Sitting dockside, Dodie’s remodeling pays homage to the building’s original architecture while harnessing the nautical spirit of Lake Erie’s coast. With local art and historical photographs, Dodie’s takes pride in being the place where you gather for the food, for the ambience, and especially for the community.

Here, find your destination restaurant for all occasions in Lorain. We encourage both family gatherings and intimate date-nights. Have a cocktail in the Bar Lounge with views of Black River Landing. Share a meal with friends or out-of-towners, and show off Ohio’s charming lakeside.

Offers

  • Every day happy hour

    Multiple dates available

    Tue - Thu 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Fri - Sat 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    $5 Wine pours $1 off all beers $5 Mojitos $5 Walleye Bites $5 Meatball Sub $8 Pasta with meatballs $5 Cheese fries with bacon $5 Margherita pizza $8 Burger
  • Happy Hour Ever Day!

    Multiple dates available

    Tue - Thu 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Sat 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    $5 Wine pours $1 Off all beers $5 Mojitos $5 Walleye bites $5 Meatball sub $5 Cheese fries with bacon $6 Margherita pizza $8 Italian burger

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • 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
What 180 people are saying
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Debbie
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly, food was great this is my 3rd time there. Awesome

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JeffW
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place. Food is delicious. Stephanie is a wonderful waitress.

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kellig
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We absolutely love Dodie’s. Food, drinks and service were amazing. BUT we were VERY disappointed that the cheesecake was not on the dessert menu!!!! We tried the pumpkin roll...did not like it, couldn’t even finish it.
PLEASE BRING BACK THE CHEESECAKE!!!!

Dodie's Dockside
Responded on November 22, 2021

Sorry- we ran out of it and did not have enough time to make a new one on Saturday night. It will never go off the menu.

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JIMA
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Perfect dinner for the wife's birthday. Would go again.

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SheriS
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We’ve patronized this establishment a few times. Never have had any issues. Everyone is always so welcoming. The only complaint we have on this visit is that at the time of us paying for our meals it was not mentioned to us that the tip was already included. So our waitress received a pretty nice tip. Not that we wouldn’t of gave a little more it would of been nice to have known

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shark
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

All the food was exceptional; even the cold lobster rossoto ...which I took home and will have it for dinner tonight with steak and lobster tail.

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall the experience was very good! Took a twitch too long to receive our food … but not a major concern. Will definitely return soon!

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ShariK
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband enjoyed the strip steak special and I, the Ziti. Those meatballs were indescribably delicious!! Ambiance and service were terrific!

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had been here before on another occasion. But took my mom out this time. I asked to be seated by the windows in my reservation and that request was granted. The food was delicious. My mom enjoyed the atmosphere. Little details of the restaurant made us smile. I honestly love the building itself. We will be back soon.

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David
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time there. We had heard good things about it from our son.
We decided to try it along with another couple. Two of them had the lobster roll, 1 had a hamburger with egg and I had Italian beef sandwich. All were delicious. Service was good, friendly and helpful.
We will definitely be back and would definably recommend to others.

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Elyse
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated a birthday there. First time we had been but it was wonderful. Wouldn’t hesitate to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner and excellent service.

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JeffW
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always outstanding.

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SeanM
Naples
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classy yet casual restaurant downtown Lorain. Cozy atmosphere with outstanding food

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Natalie did a great job with service. The food was delicious and the drinks were great. 100% recommend this place. Casual dress but fine dining.

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DAWNW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dodies never disappoints. We both had the special of the night and it was perfectly prepared. The food and cocktails are absolutely amazing! Highly recommend going here for an amazing meal.

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MaryS
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service; best bread we ever tasted - had three servings; great food and service nice vibe

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Jonimc
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Music was too loud...not background. Chicken could have used just a little more wine ir my taste to give it five stars

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TreeCB
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Special of the day , Crab in spicy red sauce and the scallops over lobster risotto Delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Excellent service. Lovely atmosphere. Great view.

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Titopenelope
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have brought multiple friends to Dodies over the past year. Everyone has been extremely pleased. Food is top notch along with service and ambiance. Always have great chef specials. Owner is always gracious and appreciative. Would highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very happy to finally discover this place. Everything was amazing!! We can’t wait to go back!

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Williamv
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

HORRIBLE EXPERIENCE!!! As a frequent diner here, what a ridiculous night. So loud, from diners to music to screaming children, this was a terrible experience! We actually got up and left. And this was Sweetest Day in Ohio…hard pressed to consider ever coming back after being treated like second class citizens! GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER!!!

Dodie's Dockside
Responded on October 18, 2021

William, we do not limit our guests based on age. We are a family owned restaurant and want everyone to feel welcome. We also cannot control the volume in which our customers speak with each other. We can influence the volume of the music and the table you sit at. If you had asked to lower the music volume, we would have. When you asked to be in a quieter spot, we moved you to a different table without question and you decided to leave.

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A quiet dinner. Met the owner. Service was outstanding!

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KimB
Toledo
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous from start to finish. Our waiter Tyler was beyond amazing. We will definitely be back soon.

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ChristinaC
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great good, great service. Beautiful view of the water.

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Very clean and romantic atmosphere. Plenty of options to choose from for all courses. Not sure if they had evening specials, our waitress never notified us - but I did overhear another waitress describe other items that I did not see. A nice adult beverage selection which included mixed drinks and wines. The lobster bisque wasn’t as rich as what I was expecting, but it was good. The Sea Bass was excellent, and so was the Scallops. Both main courses may have sat at the pass for a bit, because they were warm / cooled off.

Overall I would recommend this place for a nice dinner, especially a special occasion.

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BeverlyG
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I recommended Dodie's for a business meeting to my boss and out of state visitors. They all raved about how wonderful dinner was. I'm sure you have just won over some repeat customers when they are in town. Thanks Dodie's!

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vipLauren03
Columbus
10 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was amazing! The ambiance is super cute, quiet and very nice. I went on. Tuesday evening so it wasn’t very busy which was nice. The food was sooo good. I highly recommend the garlic bread which comes with your meal! They roast their own garlic and use the oil with Parmesan cheese on the bread. Yum! The lobster bisque was really good. Super creamy, very rich and had big chunks of lobster in it! The sea bass Florentine was amazing! I will definitely be back again!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dodie’s Dockside was incredible. The atmosphere was casual and relaxed. I loved the rose gold salt/pepper shakers and silverware. The owners were so kind and stopped by our table. Our meals were some of the best we’ve ever had. I had the sea bass and my husband had the veal chop. Wonderful place and I would highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitress Sandy was excellent! Well informed, service was prompt! Job well done by all! Highly recommend!

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Tina
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal and wonderful service. We love going here.

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VeraS
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time at Dodie’s Dockside. The fish and wine, and dessert were excellent. Service was superb.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great find! We have been in the area for several weeks due to family health issues. Dodie’s was recommended by Open Table when I was searching for dinner. My wife said it was the best halibut she’s ever had and the pork chop was excellent! Do not pass up the lobster bisque…it’s phenomenal! So good we’re going again tonight!

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RobertR
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and the servers were very friendly . Would highly recommend
Dodie's Dockside.

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KathleenH
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Stacey was very patient and kind. Tim stopped by the table and made us feel very special. Mussels were outstanding. Lobster roll very good also

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Birthdaysenior
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We celebrated a birthday in this setting overlooking Lake Erie. The food was excellent, prompting us to plan to return another time to try a different menu choice.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

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vipLizN
Cleveland
41 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What a big surprise this restaurant was. This is definitely a hidden gem. Our food was outstanding. The lobster roll was by far the best lobster roll I have ever had. The walleye bites were very good. We will definitely come back

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JudyR
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter and her husband came at the last minute and we decided to go here the food was delicious the service was really great they let us take our time between courses I would recommend this to everyone it was a great evening and I will go back as soon as I can get someone to take me everyone should try this restaurant at least once i’m sure after you’ve been there once You will go back again

FAQs

Dodie's Dockside offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (440) 742-7209.

Dodie's Dockside is rated 4.8 stars by 180 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.