The Dock

4.9
764 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
Waterfront bayside patio dining with an infused continental menu and outstanding list of domestic and imported wines.
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Orange County
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great table.

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j
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 1

Went to the Dock for a “day after Valentine’s Day” celebration and picked the Dock because people seem to really like it (by the ratings)... and statements that this place was “romantic” and “intimate”.

Unfortunately, our experience was neither intimate nor romantic. They stacked the tables side by side, and close enough to each other where you could hear each of our neighbor couple’s conversations over ours. The server, while professional and educated, kept warning us that the Chilean sea-bass was almost out and then if we wanted it we better hurry. I didn’t want to be hurried, so we just left after the appetizers, scooting our plastic picnic table chairs out carefully so as not to bump our too-close-for-comfort neighbors.

I don’t believe I’ll be back to the Dock.

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LW
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service, we had a wonderful dinner! I absolutely recommend this restaurant, it's a special place to dine!

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Valentine’s Day ever! The wine pairing with the courses were spot on! It was so lovely from start to finish. Lamb was superb and the pork belly appetizer. Afterwards they gave us 2 heart shaped sugar cookies. Nice touch. We have decided to make this “our place”.

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SC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Could not have enjoyed the meal and the evening more. Tiffany was our server and she made the experience for us. Very personable, attentive, and attractive young woman

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MT
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The Dock is a wonderful place to dine. The brunch was very nice.

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NB
Palm Springs
11 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Location, food, service and ambience = A+

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AV
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seven of us for a 65th Birthday.
Servers were attentive and gracious with our birthday cake requests and patient with our spills.
The view was lovely, as they day went from sun to rain, we were just as comfortable.
Food always great and our hosts said, “and it wasn’t expensive!
Strongly recommend this place. Come early for best seating and make reservations

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JO
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time we have been there and certainly not the last!!

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R
Orange County
41 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a perfect birthday celebration. Service and food was outstanding and why I keep coming back.

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g
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We celebrated our 25th anniversary at the Dock this past weekend and while it wasn't our first time and our expectations were high, the restaurant exceeded our expectations none the less.
The attentive service made us feel welcome and special. The menu was creative and our selections turned out delicious. My choices were a bit bold starting with Grilled Octopus and then Medallions of Pork wrapped in Prosciutto. Both dishes were outstanding. My wife had the Pear salad followed by Salmon and she loved both. Complimenting the fine food was a very large wine list with many outstanding choices.
As we finished our dinner , we were surprised to find seated next to us was in fact the proprietor whose warm greeting and conversation was a pleasant finish to our wonderful evening at The Dock.

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PH
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time going to The Dock, and I must say, we had an amazing time there. The staff were incredible taking great care of us. The ambiance of the place, impeccable. And the food, just absolutely amazing. I definitely recommend this place to anyone who has never been.

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TB
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were excellent as always. We had lamb and fish and both were prepared beautifully and were cooked perfectly.

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DC
Washington DC
183 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Still one of our favorites in Orange County. Beautiful setting, fabulous food and wonderful wines. The service is outstanding as well.

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RS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Dock is becoming one of our go-to places in Newport. Great locale, great service, great food. Staff always makes you feel at home. Must have French Onion soup. Outstanding wine list and the staff is great about recommending wines to suit your taste. We will be back soon.

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c
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife’s 60th. Best meal we have had in OC in 20 years coming down here. Service matches the food. They slso throw in a few surprise offerings

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FF
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best brunch in town. Food is phenomenal ~ the kind of meal you think about for days following. A nice place for a romantic dinner too!

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OT
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic dinner. Service and food were outstanding. Wine list is extensive yet our server made some wonderful recommendations. Thank you Dock!!

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DS
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food. They should better display that they are “wine and beer only”. Otherwise nice experience.

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SG
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, delicious food, very good wine list, comfortable seating, delightful ambiance.

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E
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server Erik was outstanding in his knowledge of the menu and the wine. The Dock has an amazing ambiance and great food as well. Pricey as well, but worth it for a special occasion.

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OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service combines with delicious food to create a memorable experience- Thank you The Dock

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IE
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Danielle was very attentive and suggested a great menu for us

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food

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KW
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great vibe, great food and great service! Thank you!

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were visiting from Seattle and pleasantly surprised by this wonderful gem of a restaurant. We will be back next tine we are in Newport Beach.

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DW
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food!

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H
Orange County
38 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Dock is a great place! The Chef is incredibly creative without being too avant garde. I have now been several times and the food and service have yet to impress. The wine selections, pairings and knowledge is really quite impressive to accompany the food. This small restaurant on the water in Newport Beach is perfect for small and even medium size groups. The octopus, rack of lamb and sea bass were all very good.

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A
Orange County
28 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brought friends who had not dined here and they loved the atmosphere, the service and food...and they look forward to another visit! Thanks to Danielle and Eric for making the night an A+ !

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MH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Tiffany was an excellent waiter. She was so helpful in our entree & wine choices. It was a wonderful dining experience!

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service are excellent. Lamb chop I ordered is one of the best dish.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an extraordinary restaurant: Food and service! Highly recommend!

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JL
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect!

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u
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family and I enjoyed dining their, everything was perfect.
Definitely will go there again, two thumbs up.

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MR
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Excellent food could have a 5 out 5 if all three meals had been served hot. Lukewarm is not acceptable

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a phenomenal place! Amazing food and Tiffany provided the best service! Every time I am back in Newport Beach, I will try to eat here! It’s not just a place to eat, it’s an experience.

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A
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Cute restaurant but if you are foodie, there are better restaurants out there with tastier food.

Our waitress made no attempt to make us like the restaurant or the food, didn't go over the menu or help us pick out the food.

Tried the seabass which is normally easy to make tasty since the fish itself is so good, this one though was salty and just not amazing.
Petite salad was definitely lacking flavor.

Also, the main dish is only served medium rare, and apparently that's what they are known for (rack of lamb) which I couldn't order due to pregnancy. No accommodations made by the chef.

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply perfect :-)

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Orange County
65 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

When I want a nice date night with my girlfriend this is one of our favorite restaurants to dine at. The food is excellent and the service is outstanding

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Orange County
28 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best place to eat in OC!!

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