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Dorothy's Cocktail & Oyster Bar, Saint Simons, GA

Dorothy's Cocktail & Oyster Bar

4.7
4.7
311 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
Dorothy's Cocktail & Oyster Bar, named for chef and owner Daniel Auffenberg's maternal grandmother, Dorothy Crane, is an upscale restaurant on St. Simon's Island. Dorothy's serves raw fresh seafood and other coastal cuisine alongside many dishes inspired by Daniel and his wife, Claire's, travels to Southeast Asia. Dorothy's has a large focus on craft cocktails, both original and classics.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 17 times today

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Saint Simons
  • Cross street
    Sea Island Drive and Frederica Road
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 311 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Coastal Georgia

    Best Ambiance

  • Coastal Georgia

    Innovative

  • Coastal Georgia

    Healthy

  • Coastal Georgia

    Hot spot

  • Coastal Georgia

    Great for fine wines

  • Coastal Georgia

    Good for special occasions

  • Coastal Georgia

    Lively

  • Coastal Georgia

    Seafood

  • Glynn County

    Best Overall

  • Glynn County

    Best Food

  • Glynn County

    Best Service

  • Glynn County

    Best Ambiance

  • Glynn County

    Best Value

  • Glynn County

    Good for business meals

  • Glynn County

    Good for groups

  • Glynn County

    Healthy

  • Glynn County

    Hot spot

  • Glynn County

    Neighborhood gem

  • Glynn County

    Great for fine wines

  • Glynn County

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Glynn County

    Romantic

  • Glynn County

    Good for special occasions

  • Glynn County

    Lively

  • Glynn County

    Most Booked

311 Reviews
  1. LaurenH

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dorothys was a beautiful and unique dining experience. The atmosphere and decor is gorgeous. The food was amazing and all of the guest in my party talked about the flavors the rest of the evening.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Octopus was salty and overcooked. Spare rib was dry, chicken was dry. Ran out of beer glasses

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  3. KatyA

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Service was very slow!! Food was just ok.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    London

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love Dorothy’s! I had the special duck and it was one of the best meals I have ever had! Service is always wonderful, our favorite on the island!

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  5. JohnS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful food, well presented. We started with a Brussel Sprout salad which was light and tasty. Followed by a tasty and spicy octopus appetizer which was superb. Quite a delightful. My wife had Short Rib which she said was the best she had even eaten. I had the baked fish special,outstanding. Spicy with an East Asian feel. Having lived in the NYC area for 50 years I know great food and Dorothy's could compete with the best Can't wait to return!!

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  6. LarryT

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always some of the best oysters I’ve eaten. Menu is very creative. Always a great steak.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Coastal Georgia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing place. The food was good, freshly made and decent portions.

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  8. RobertF

    Greater Boston

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always excellent hosts and food at Dorothy’s. Chef Daniel has built a great restaurant.

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  9. GLock

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Both the food and the cocktails were inventive and delicious.

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  10. Funtimedine

    E. Tennessee

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great Valentines dinner and will continue to enjoy Dorothy’s in the future.

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  11. Chip

    Memphis/West TN

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great raw and roasted oysters. Orange chicken and fried rice. Scallion pancake. Great, creative drinks.

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  12. Kolin

    Austin

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding service and meal as always. Great atmosphere and a crew that makes you smile.

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  13. johns

    Coastal Georgia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    expensive...$26.00 for the Ramen soup. Like all places they stick a tablet in front of you so you never rally get to check the bill... Our waiter Barnabas was excellent and attentive.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were seated earlier than our reservations. Also, we were greeted by the chief and were offered two glasses of sparkling wine, that we accepted. After being seated at our table, the server greeted us with a smile and her service and menu (both wine and food) knowledge was outstanding. That said, we found nothing that will make us hesitate in making our decision to choose Dorthys for dinner again.

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  15. LeslieG

    Coastal Georgia

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed Happy Hour Drinks & Food. Our service was great and the all the food was delicious. The kitchen and the wait staff were very efficient. We had a very nice evening.

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  16. ThomasC

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great restaurant with very inventive menu. Can’t wait to go back.

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  17. HuittM

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great menu with a very Asian twist. Oysters were pricey but delicious. Nice wine selection & interesting cocktails. We celebrated our 40th there & we’re quite pleased.

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  18. SteveS

    Atlanta Metro

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was very good and our waitress, Ellen Grace, was exceptional. Although she was the only waitress we never felt ignored and she never seemed stressed.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    London

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My favorite spot on the island! Fabulous cocktails, innovative dishes, great service and ambience. My favorites are the salmon belly, cabbage rolls, chicken bites and fried rice. Don’t miss the bread pudding a La mode, the best ever!!

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  20. ViewsFrom615

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Came for our anniversary and had a reservation but still had to wait for a table. The server was great & we were given a free glass of champagne. Thank you! Both of our meals were warm, not hot. I got ramen and my husband got a few other items. None of the food was hot. I ordered a cookie for dessert. It was burnt. I had hyped up this dining experience in my head and it fell flat.

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  21. Brenha

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always enjoy Dorothy’s. Great atmosphere, excellent selection and top notch cocktails.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is by far the best restaurant on SSI. There is something on the menu for everyone. Daniel is a world class chef and he takes special care for quality, taste and presentation. The cocktails are very unique and the wine list is very international and extensive. We go every time we are on the Island. Don’t miss out!

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    NYE at Dorthy was exceptional. Every dish was incredible with perfectly paired wine. I hope they do more of these tasting/ pairing menus. It took Dorthy to another level for us!

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    London

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Favorite spot on the island! Great bartender, food, and service!

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  25. DAVIDB

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was not our first time to visit. We go to Dorothys everytime we come to SSI. The entire staff seems to make dining there a remarkable experience. We always feel they truly appreciate us dining with them and they make us feel like we are home. My wife is a food blogger and I love craft cocktails and Dorothys checks all of our boxes. We are big fans

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Rhode Island

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We waited forever to get our cocktails. We actually got our appetizers before the cocktails came and I had to be about 15 to 20 minutes before you’re going to get a drink and it what a Friday night so is probably crazy at the bar.  when we ordered a second drink, we were waiting a while, but not as long, and the waiter did give us a drink without charging, which was nice. Food was very good. Beautiful atmosphere. Tables are a bit close, you can hear the conversations next to you.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Loved our waitress Laya! We had the Orange chicken, sechuan noodles, roasted oysters, and striped bass. All were outstanding. The noodles pair nicely with the chicken. Only complaint is that the seating is crammed, so you hear everything at the table next to you. I will be back!

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food! Had the leftovers the next day and they were still delicious!

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  29. LarryT

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is really a unique restaurant for St. Simons Island. It is also a great restaurant. Always enjoy it.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Classic crafted cocktails with a twist. Service was outstanding the food was insanely good. We ordered several small plates which were equally wonderful. Split a half dozen oysters because we did not want to fill up on them had them raw and they were all amazing with this wonderful fresh cilantro garlic relish and cocktail sauce. sweet udon noodles, Orange chicken, scallion pancakes and the brussel sprout salad with lemon poppy seed dressing which was amazing I am bound and determined to duplicate this in my own home kitchen when I get home. Restaurant is beautifully decorated very hip and modern.

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  31. michael

    Atlanta Metro

    33 reviews

    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our server and bartender is named Barnabas. He was amazing, deep knowledge of spirits and wines, was advised on meal selections, and great personality as well as talent. Our salmon and chicken orders were spot on, as well as other items ordered. Only our second time at the restaurant and we have experienced consistently great service and food quality. Highly recommend. Michael

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  32. JoshW

    Coastal Georgia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Had dinner there last night. The food was excellent and the atmosphere was very pleasant with tasteful holiday decor which very much added to the experience. The seating was a little tight in the 4 seater tables behind the bar even for 2 people. The drink selection on the menu seems minimal and the wine list was very expensive. Overall will be back.

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  33. BennettB

    Coastal Georgia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great. We got a few small plates and a salad to split between two people and it was perfect.

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  34. CKD29

    Atlanta Metro

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Waiter had the best service! Love Dorthy’s always, recommend the orange chicken. Can’t wait to be back

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    London

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love Dorothy’s! Great ambience, cocktails, food and service! Our favorite on the island!

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  36. CharlesS

    Cincinnati

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic meal. All was a great value other than the $90 market price on the 10oz steak. I should have asked on the price prior to ordering as I would have chosen a different menu item. Steak was delicious, however, not worth $90.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love Dorothy’s! Best food and ambiance for a fun dinner on the island

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  38. SSIGAGirl75

    Coastal Georgia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waitress, the beautiful interior, the food, and the happy hour at work great!

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    London

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great cocktails, food, service and ambience. Always our 1st choice when we visit St. Simons!

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  40. RussC

    Atlanta Metro

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place! Large choice of craft cocktails, super food, well presented. Staff was very helpful to insure our special needs (wheelchair) were met.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Dorothy's Cocktail & Oyster Bar is rated 4.7 stars by 311 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 17 times today
Google Map for Dorothy's Cocktail & Oyster Bar

12 Market St, Saint Simons, GA 31522

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Sea Island Drive and Frederica Road
  • Neighborhood
    Saint Simons
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Resort Casual
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Daniel Auffenberg
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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