Donnelly’s Dockside

4.5
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192 Reviews
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$30 and under
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American
A neighborhood, family owned and operated restaurant and lounge located just off the Chesapeake Bay. Specializing in regional dishes and creative cuisine using only the freshest ingredients available. Serving Lunch, Dinner and Sunday Brunch Buffet.
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Jeanne
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great waterfront restaurant with fantastic service. The food was on the pricey side, but delicious.

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ReginaM
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Nice dinner by the water and tucked away in a nice neighbor. Hidden gem.

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DianeM
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The four of us all ordered different things. I ordered a soft crab sandwich. One soft crab was on sandwich but it was small. Sandwich really needed two softcrabs. Soft crab was sauted just the way I like it and the french fries were hot, crispy outside and tender inside.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I live in D.C. and have been here twice in two weeks which says alot. The food was great each time. Had the PoBoy the first visit and the soft shell crab sandwich today. The service from the servers was also great.

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Happycustomerjenn1
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday lunch with a friend. The food was great. The outdoor seating it great the view of the waterfront is out of this world.

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SandyW
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent dining experience. Tables were well separated. Food and service were top-notch — especially the crab dip!

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NidaK
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always have a great experience inside and outside dining. Highly recommend to everyone.

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vipSparky
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Nice view, very pleasant and attentive staff and most importantly the food was delicious.
But, I have to agree with some of the other reviewers about the 3 generation of flies living in the restaurant that were so irritating. Management should invest in a bug zapper.

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vipAngieT
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Very accommodating with our seat preference being our first time there and not wanting to sit in the sun or too close to other people. The food was good just came out a little too close to our appetizers. Service could have been a little more attentive.

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Lionheart
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Ate outside under tents and it was very pleasant - tables were appropriately spaced within COVID guidelines.

Service was really outstanding: beverages and food arrived quickly, but timed so all didn’t arrive at once.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food, drinks and company was great. The flies were a bit much but it’s that time of year here. Could also use some umbrella stands so umbrellas aren’t flying out of tables and spinning around the entire time.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was great..

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AJSdining
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Love Donnelly's! The outdoor seating has a beautiful view and the service is always great. Sadly, our last visit a lot of flies were enjoying the outdoor seating too!!

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PaulT
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2020
Overall2food3service5ambience3

Service was excellent Kristin did awesome job both wife and I thought Crab Cake had no taste, applesauce tasted different. Beautiful place on water

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JohnS
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Local spot that has good food —good value and good atmosphere and water views

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DebbieO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate outside under cover. Excellent service. Good was good! I’ll be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Flies and mosquitoes were abundant. We were told there were no candles (citronella). That was the downside.
Food was delicious, good service, nice to be outdoors

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KathleenM
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great greeting, fabulous service from Katie, nice view, the BEST crab cake around and yummy cocktails!

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DennisD
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very nice. Service was great For everything that is going on with Covid 19 we enjoyed our evening out.

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CassieG
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dinner! Service and food was great!

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Chris
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Service was good and the waitress was very nice. The food is always consistent and very good. Because of COVID the dining arrangement was Ok but that was expected. I always go 2-3 times during the summer

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MargaretM
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The ambiance and view at Donnelly's Dockside is wonderful. The service was also very good, as the server was friendly and attentive. This time the food was only average to good. The oysters were gritty. The deviled eggs with shrimp wasn't as flavorful as last time. The delived eggs almost seemed dry. The burger was served with practically cold sweet potato fries and with only a small handful of them. The server arranged for the kitchen to make more for my friend. The food runner accidentally dropped some of them. These sweet potatoes fries where hot and tasted better, yet even the fries had little to no sea salt on them. I ordered the spinach salad on with jumbo lump crab meat that was a special of the day. The crab meat had loads of the vinaigrette dressing on it that made the crab mushy and overpowered the crab flavor. The rest of the salad was wilty with little dressing. The potatoes in the steamed shrimp were barely seasoned and it seemed that the seasoning was only added on the top of the steamed shrimp. This is the first time I had to add salt and pepper to the potatoes. My cousin ordered salmon, which also was barely seasoned. We enjoyed the two desserts we shared, chocolate cake and key lime pie. Although, even the key lime pie did not have the tartness it should have had and the chocolate cake had whipped cream. We thought it would have been even better with some fresh strawberries or raspberry coulis. The restaurant was out of lemonade, so I couldn't have an Arnold Palmer. Lemonade is a basic summer drink! I am disappointed what is normally a memorable and positive dining experience. Someone is taking their eye off the ball when it comes to consistency and quality in the kitchen. There are so many restaurants competing for diners at this time and less people dining out. This is the time to stay on top of the kitchen's quality and to deliver a fantastic food experience. I am on the fence on whether to recommend Donnelly's Dockside.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Some food at our table was fine, some was not very good. Hush puppies were great, crab legs were good, cheesesteak was good, ahi poke bowl was good, soft shell crab was good but the calamari and the crab cakes get the distinction of being the worst calamari and worst crab cake I have ever had. Calamari was like rubber and the crab cake had absolutely no flavor and tasted a little off. I do not think we will be going back to this restaurant again.

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JuneM
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful Waterfront setting, Great Food & Service

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magothybob
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Came by boat. Docked, walked up to restaurant and our table was ready. Masks are required when moving through the restaurant but not at the table. The tables were appropriately spaced appart. The waitress was friendly and was wearing a mask the entire time. The food there is fantastic. The waitress gave us each our own check so no math needed :). Great dinning experience. Will definately return.

The only issue was their website said they close at 8 on Saturday. When I called I was told they were open until 10 on Saturday. We almost didn't go because of the website. Reservations can only be made on-line.

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AlanaC
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit to Donnelly's. We were MORE than pleased with our experience. We sat outside on the dock, it was breezy and beautiful. The service was fantastic and the food was amazing. We will definitely be back, it was a wonderful first time!!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Donnelly’s Dockside is a great location on the water with plenty of outdoor seating - all with water views - and ample social distance. Also, a perfect place to visit by boat with lots of room to tie up. Over the past 5 or so years, we’ve visited a number of times (several b4 the big renovation and name change a couple years back) and it keeps getting better ! High end bar food at a decent price. Staff was very very friendly and efficient - even when serving our table which was as far as you can get from the bar & kitchen - at the end of the pier ! Our only criticism is that the wine list needs help. We’re not beer drinkers but we can easily get through a few bottles of decent wine during lunch. Highly recommend Donnelly’s Dockside ! We’ll definitely be back soon !

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Dman
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I've been going to this location for over 20 years now. The renovations done within the last couple of years breathed life back in to it. The outdoor seating addition, prior Rona', was exactly what this peninsula needed. Still looking for that second bathroom ;-)

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Torsten
Baltimore
21 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A nice neighborhood gem. Waterfront dining. Friendly staff. Decent food.

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TomM
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Mussels were undercooked & caused stomach distress & emesis. Fish & chips were good, a little greasy but enjoyable.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service by Nya our server. She was very attentive.

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CoreyW
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, good service, great outdoor seating arrangement.

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vipKendraS
Baltimore
29 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Our service was horrific! Party of 7, and 15 min after we put in drink/app order she came back to ask what apps we had ordered. She forgot to put the child (3yo) chicken fingers in early. When time for dinner, she brought out all the dinners except for the crab legs for the kids (9 yo and 11 yo). They finally got their dinner 40 min later, after the rest of us were done. The waitress said she'd take off bill, but she didn't. At that point, we were all tired and cranky and just wanted to leave. AWFUL

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PamelaB
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We sat outside on the patio, ordered lot of appetizers (all were terrific) and had a few drinks. Great night! We will definitely be back soon.

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KES5
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food is always well prepared and the server was very attentive. Table by the window was appreciated.

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KennyM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food - appetizers, lunch, entrees. Welcoming hostess, wait staff, servers. Awesome outside options and social distancing inside. Want to dine with a smile - go to Donnellys.

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Josieann
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

They serve different items as well as usual items.

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JohnS
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great local spot which had been nicely renovated with outdoor seating —good food and overall value

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KathyB
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Crab cakes are scrumptious! Love the calamari, too! Our waitress was delightful! You can’t beat the water view!

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WilliamL
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Ask the staff to mix a bowl of soup with 1/2 Maryland crab and 1/2 cream of crab. Delicious

FAQs

Donnelly’s Dockside offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (410) 757-4045.

Donnelly’s Dockside is rated 4.5 stars by 192 OpenTable diners.

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