Dodie's Dockside

4.7
156 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 156 people are saying
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KimB
Toledo
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
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
3 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
1 review
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

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Bryon
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience4

Historically, we love this place and have been there many times. Last night was an exception. Painfully slow service. We arrived at 7pm and left to an empty room. Many guests arrived, ate and left before we were served. My entire special (blackened cod) was mediocre. The lobster roll was tough and chewy.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came home from NJ to visit family and was delighted to find this gem! Meals were delicious, service was wonderful and the owners delightful. Already looking forward to my next visit home and dining here will be a must!

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kimberly
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lots of lobster meat in the lobster bisque and lobster risotto! Fried oysters were a special treat because they are a rare menu item in Ohio! Sat down at 5 at a nice round table, but by the time we finished, the place was full and we couldn't hear each other talking!

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PatT
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a party of 7 and specified a low table that would accomodate someone on a scooter. The manager called me the day before to see exactly what we needed. The seating was just right.
Our waiter was very friendly and very helpful describing the various dishes and wines. We were not rushed at all.
Our food was excellent. Two people ordered lobster rolls which had big pieces of lobster claw meat. Four of us ordered scallops with lobster risotto. It had 4 good-sized scallops and lobster meat in the very cheesy risotto. One person ordered the "Flash" special of the day which was Chicken Marsala with mixed exotic mushrooms over linguini. This was the best deal. The 'Flash"special is only $20 and includes a salad. The scallops were $33 and salad was an extra $8.
The restaurant is very nicely decorated with high ceilings and big windows. Despite the name, it is not actually dockside or on the water. No outside seating.
Overall, we all enjoyed the service and food. A good place for special occassions.

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RickB
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sea bass was excellent
Lobster bisque and Caesar salad were very good starters…. Son had lobster Mac and devoured it!

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KAZzzz
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good was awesome. Little pricey but very good. Meatballs really good.
Great staff.

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AliceD
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time Dodie's, was not sure what to expect. Was wowed with service and food. The pricing was great, thought I was going to pay more than what I did. Will be definitely be dinning here again. ;))

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Bill
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

this was our third time there this summer. We love it

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Hockey06
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great experience. Food was fabulous- even accommodating our two boys. Service was stellar, and the owner made us feel like friends.

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donna
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What a beautiful venue to enjoy a wonderful dinner with friends. Our server was delightful and helpful. We are looking to return soon!

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viphuber
Cleveland
25 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice restuarant with wonderful service. Kudos to Tim.

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GereF
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, as always was excellent. My wife is a Lobster nut and compares any lobster dish to those we get in Maine. Their lobster roll rivals any she has had in Maine. The special, chicken parmesan was moist and flavorful. To top it off, the Lemon Cake was, well, beyond comparison.

To top it off, the service is the best we have had at any restaurant in the area. We highly recomment Dodie's Dockside!!!

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WilliamL
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our 13th Anniversary here and loved it. We looked it up on line and loved what we saw. It was easy to find in our fine City. The parking, the entrance was awesome. We loved the wood work. We loved the atmosphere. the staff made us feel right at home, our greeting and table. Everything felt like a fairy tale. It was the perfect place to celebrate our Anniversary. We met the Owner who was nice and inviting. We enjoyed our conversation with him. I loved this restaurant and we do plan to return. Thank you and Best of Luck!!!

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MichelleB
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dodie's is one of our favorite local restaurants. There food is always amazing! The scallops are my favorite anywhere. The staff and owners are always friendly.

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MonicaM
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A hidden gem in downtown Lorain.
If it’s sea food you are looking for you can’t go wrong.

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CarolF
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fun place. Strong chef and thoughtful wine list. So much to try, and share too. We were delighted, thank you!

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BernadetteC
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Mr. Conrad, the host was excellent and attentive. Our waitress Ashley was equally as helpful. Our meals were delicious and the atmosphere was quiet so we could enjoy our conversations. Highly recommend

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CarolK
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The bisque was bland but added salt and was good. Amazing bread. Salad needed a little more dressing. My Seanad was cooked perfectly and seasoned nicely. My daughter had carbonara sauce too light and runny for her palate and what we usually come across they were very nice and accommodating brought a different side of sauce to add.

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JudiD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Outstanding food every time we have eaten there. Will return again

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious!

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WalterW
Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice relaxing atmosphere. Food and service was good. Nice place to go locally without having to drive toward Cleveland.

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StephenP
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best birthday dinner for my wife. Everything was outstanding. Be back again and again.

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AnthonyG
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and views are some of the best in Lorain County and western Cuyahoga! Don't miss out on the views from the dining room and the views from the upstairs rooftop! Spectacular.

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vipNhuL
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love coming to Dodie’s and they are our go to for a local date night. The food is consistently delicious - We have cycled through pretty much all the dishes and my favorite is the scallops. Their weekly specials have always been a hit. Dessert mist have is cheesecake and whatever special is going on!

We have only had good experiences when it comes to service. Everyone is very friendly and welcoming, especially Jamie!

FAQs

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

Dodie's Dockside is rated 4.7 stars by 156 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.