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

Dorothy's Cocktail & Oyster Bar

4.7
4.7
330 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 13 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 330 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
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Coastal Georgia

    Innovative

  • 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 outdoor dining

  • Glynn County

    Good for special occasions

  • Glynn County

    Lively

  • Glynn County

    Most Booked

330 Reviews
  1. Wdavis

    Charleston

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dinner was great as usual. The service was outstanding

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  2. WilliamA

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Happy hour +, Not busy but service exceptionally slow to ask for drinks and order. After simpile order, kitchen did not respond for over 1/2 hr. What would happen when many diners is un-imaginable. Billing slow; no receipt offered; 20% tip as min. suggested; added fee for credit card.

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  3. PatioDiner

    Coastal Georgia

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Dorothy's was very busy during our visit. Inside was pretty loud so we opted to sit outside, which was lovely. We ordered the kushiyaki marinated steak (okay, but I wouldn't order it again), the roasted oysters (delicious, recommend), and the fire roasted fish (delicious, recommend if you like spice). I opted for the Follow the Yellow Brick Road cocktail and was pleased with my customized beverage. I gave Dorothy's four stars rather than five because our server kinda forgot about us once we were the only table outside. But the server was otherwise delightful. Great place for date night or dinner with friends.

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  4. Tjohnston44

    New York City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service with fabulous food & drinks! Would highly recommend!

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  5. NicolaR

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Fun evening with friends. Very enjoyable surroundings, starters and small plates excellent. Might of picked something too spicy for main course. Would definitely go back again.

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  6. Sant

    Atlanta Metro

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Cocktails were a little over the top. Ordered a Tito's dirty martini and the bartender suggested another type of vodka. It was not good, not dirty and served in a tiny (not traditional) martini glass. Maybe just keep a simple traditional cocktail, traditional and simple? The food tasted wonderful to me. This is a date spot or girls night out place. We were 4 golfers looking for a good drink and dinner. Very pretty decor.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dorothy’s was excellent. Everything was high-quality: drinks, food, service

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  8. AllisonR

    Cincinnati

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delightful and delicious! Everything from the burgers to the oysters were perfect

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  9. TomM

    Greensboro

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We enjoyed a happy hour drink and (raw) brussel sprout salad on the patio and a very nice indoor dinner. Both pork dishes were delicious though quite different - our server was knowledgeable in guiding us. The bread pudding with creamy ice cream should not be missed!

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  10. MB13

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food as always! Great service and atmosphere!

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely place to visit while in st. Simon’s. Food was amazing and atmosphere was fantastic.

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  12. txmermaid

    Dallas

    41 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved our fresh raw oysters. Also loved the Small Plates of Orange Chicken and Szechuan Noodles—they were an excellent combination to share. The Fried Fish Curry was delicious. The Asian inflections here are always interesting and tasty. Recommend exploring the extensive Classic Cocktails Menu—lots of tempting choices for a change of pace. We love the ambiance and decor here. It does get noisy, but the liveliness is understandable. The staff are good people, but service is often rather slow, so more staff could be a plus.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My parents suggested Dorothy’s on our visit to see them. The food was excellent and the ambiance and decor far more elevated than any “vacation” Beach sort of restaurant we’ve been to. Thank you for a wonderful multi generational night!

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  14. GAPA

    Pittsburgh

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The food as very good, but the service was not what we have come to expect. The wait staff were clearly overmatched, short-staffed. The bar and cocktail menu is worth the trip. Barnabas is a bartender, entertainer.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    It took the host 10 minutes to even acknowledge that my family of 4 had entered. Even the bartender looked our way but then went back to what she was doing. Our food was brought out in a very disjointed way. Beef skewers were brought out first, before raw oysters, and 20-30 minutes after they put the last side of fries. Food was delicious, but service was disappointing. Our waiter was wonderful otherwise.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this spot and its creative Asian inspired coastal cuisine ! And ah the cocktail menu too !

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  17. ChadM

    Nashville

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server and the bartender were exceptional! The food was great as well. We will be back.

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  18. BGMEVP

    Naples

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The place was recommended to us by a life long local and it was a good one. If for nothing else, go for the oysters, but we thought the smash burger was excellent. Our wait staff were excellent.

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  19. KathleenS

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had great drinks. The service was amazing. Food Great. A nice night out.

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  20. LaurenH

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. OpenTable Diner

    London

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 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!

    1 person found this helpful

  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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.

    1 person found this helpful

  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. Chip

    Memphis/West TN

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. LeslieG

    Coastal Georgia

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. janeH

    London

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Over-priced and in our party of 6 we had to send the fish back bc tasteless. Of all the things we ordered only the burger was good.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    London

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 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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  40. 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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FAQs

Dorothy's Cocktail & Oyster Bar is rated 4.7 stars by 330 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 13 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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