Dock of the Bay

4.2
128 reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
Dock of the Bay is located directly in front of the Craighill Lighthouse & Pleasure Island (the island south of Hartmiller Island), in the cut on the Chesapeake Bay. It is situated on Cuckhold Point, just north of North Point State Park. Just look for the pink building with the green awnings.
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4.2
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4.2
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4.2
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michaelc
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

food was good, service very good and fast. Atmosphere on the water was great. Value was priced about right.

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dbop
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2021
Overall3Food5Service4Ambience3

Great place on the water, nice food
On weekends and holidays there is an INCREDIBLY LOUD bar next door

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vipKdubswife
Baltimore
33 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Another hidden jewel… food was great service was great, a little slow due to Bar being backed up, but drinks were good!
Great atmosphere and ambiance. We went on Labor Day and the view of the water and great food was the best way to end the summer

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vipMikeP
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2021
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

We dined here on Labor Day and sat outside. It was a beautiful day and the view and vibe were great. Our server was nice; service was a bit slow but we were fine with that because it was a holiday and the place was nice. The three of us placed our orders and two of them arrived just fine but the third (my wife’s order for oysters on the half shell) didn’t. We assumed the server (different person from who took our order) would come back with the third. After considerable delay we asked the server who took our order, “I assume her order is coming,” and she responded, “I assume it is.” She did check and advised us that they had no staff to shuck oysters and my wife would need to order something else. So the rest of us were done when my wife’s order arrived. I understand that stuff happens but fulfilling orders is the main job of a restaurant, so this restaurant needs to reevaluate its processes. Having said that, the setting of the place was so nice that we would go back and give them another try.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome bartenders and food was great!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome!! Great food and waitress was outstanding!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome Place!

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YELENA
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time in. Good wine, food and service, we will definitely be back again.

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KyleP
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Shiela was our server and was awesome! Can’t wait to go back

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vipMarissa
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome food, drinks, and service. Crabs were delicious. Beautiful night to sit outside on the water.

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Millie
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful marina views, great steamed crabs. Lots of other menu choices.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Crabs were some of the best I’ve had. Heavy and seasoned to perfection. Beers were cold and the vibes were great!

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Kevin
Baltimore
23 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent crabs, salads and appetizers at an excellent price in a great waterfront atmosphere.

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vipuLFbJORN
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

The meal itself was decent enough. The few drawbacks, one of which a major one were: We Were greeted upon entering the building by a handwritten sign stating that they have NO CRABMEAT (Yes this is a Maryland seafood restaurant on the water that has no crabmeat) while half of their menu are crab related dishes. Secondly, upon ordering drinks the waitress tried to talk us out of the drinks we ordered (mind you we have gotten the same drinks on multiple prior visits) and when the food came out one of the entrees was totally wrong (ordered fish and chips, but got fried shrimp) that would not have been an issue, but after the food was brought out it took out server nearly 15 minutes to come check how everything came out...and then 10 more minutes to get the right meal! Lastly, to have you server get publicly over political... I understand that everyone has an opinion and is entitled to it, but to talk about election frauds, conspiracy theories and issues with the administration is not something that should be discussed by the staff...period! (Whether the patrons agree on not, just bad form)

I'll most likely go back, if the crab comes back...but tread carefully, if you are sensitive to other thoughts or opinions. They don't seem to care about telling you theirs.

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Anonymous910
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall2Food5Service1Ambience1

Food was great! Server was terrible. After initial drinks and food came never check in again sat there for an hour with no refills. Finally had to ask someone else to get out server.

View was also pretty. Guess we just got a bad server

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent as always!

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vipkeithc
Baltimore
82 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Disappointed as I didn't get to get restaurant week because restaurant closed due to water main break.

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viptaxgrrl
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

It was a lovely evening to be out on the water. The restaurant didn't seem particularly busy but the service was very slow. It was our first time and everyone was so nice and food was good, so we will give it another chance sometime.

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patrickg
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall1Food2Service2Ambience1

We made a reservation for 5:15 as we had not eaten lunch. We got our meals at 6:43. We reserved outside dining and were put in the worst table outside. In the shade. It took 14 minutes for the waitress to get us menu's. And then 11 minutes to get our drinks. We ordered our food at 5:42. Our first course[soup] came out in less than 3 minutes. It was good.
Then the waiting and the cheery waitress stopping by every 10 minutes saying the same thing "Your food should be up in a minute". After 35 minutes I asked for the manager. MORE lies. Excuses? Lies..."your next up." And at 6:43 the food arrives.......and it was COLD.....and get this.....there was NEVER any silverware on our table. I guess I was getting so hungry and angry I never noticed it. It took another 5 minutes to get silverware....and were told "We are really backed up and i had to wait for silverware" .

I thought that restaurant was not crammed or packed. I think they ran the shift short handed. They need to get it together....as the bill was 95 bucks for 2 people.

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STACEYG
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Will definitely go back again !!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was fresh, hot and delicious. Service was really nice and inviting. Laid back atmosphere.

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CarlB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2021
Overall2Food1Service5Ambience5

Well the service was great and a nice atmosphere, but our food order was wrong, we asked for broiled seafood platter and it was fried, server offer to switch it out but I decline, so that's on me I guess. I couldn't eat it so we took it home, But the final straw for me was the coffee at the end, I don't know what someone did to that coffee but I couldn't drink it and trust me I like black coffee old coffee never had a cup I couldn't drink before until this cup.

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vipMarissa
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food and drinks. I’ve been twice in the past week once for dinner and once for lunch. Awesome restaurant week specials. Good service.

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chasteresa
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

They had 2 servers and a manager for a lot of tables. But they were great! Fast. Attentive. Food was awesome

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vipWINETRAVELER
Baltimore
25 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I was pleased with outside seating. Nice day and waitress was attentive. The service was great and when you have someone come out to ask how you food and service was, even better. The food was very good and service was quick and items were hot when serving. You will not be disappointed if you come here.

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EdC10
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Crab cakes were absolutely fantastic- definitely worth coming back for- very friendly & attentive service- great waterview

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chasteresa
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

5+ stars! Read why:

We were really upset when our entrees were delivered 3 minutes after our salads, which took unusually long to be delivered to begin with. We actually then looked around and noticed they were severely understaffed. The manager came over and asked if everything was ok. I said no because because we didn't have a chance to eat our salads before dinner was served.

He apologized and when I mentioned they seemed understaffed, he explained that he had workers that weren't feeling well so he told them to stay home, thinking that was the best course of action considering the current pandemic. He was obviously dismayed because production was slow, but he put the safety and health of his workers and customers first. And he worked just as hard as the servers.

All things considered, they all worked together as a team and did a great job. They kept going and always with a smile. When a manager takes a minute to apologize and explain AND you see him working hard, you can't really find any fault there. The food was great. Drinks were great. Service was great aside from being a bit understandably slow. AND I AM REALLY EXCITED TO GO BACK!

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Crys
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2021
Overall3Food1Service4Ambience4

I went during Easter sunday and even though it's a beautiful spot, they should of made sure it was known they were not serving regular food. Other than that, I would love to come back as its near the water and it's a very peaceful vibe!

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vipOkay
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

tables were pushed a little too close to each other (not 6 feet apart - more like 3 feet apart). I would choose outdoor seating next time when the weather permits.

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Susdem
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Yummy crab cakes - if you haven't tried them - you must!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall1Food1Service4Ambience3

Visited on Saturday for an early dinner. The only positive part was our Server, Savannah. She was fantastic and all of the problems were outside of her control. They were out of a couple tap beers, small plates, and glass cups. All of the food came out cold. In their defense, we did only complain about the calamari and they took it off the bill. Both the calamari and the burgers looked and tasted like they were out of Costco’s frozen section.

P.S. give Savannah a raise, the kitchen made her job rough.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Special occasion for my son bday, made a reservation online to ensure we would have a table, got to the restaurant they had our table ready we was seated by the manager, Waited about 25mins no waiter called the manager back over, waited for 30mins still no waitress, worst experience ever we ended up leaving still with no waitress

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best manager around

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great customer service

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viplove2eat
Baltimore
29 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Please disregard the previous negative comments, they were describing my experience at another restaurant Bowley’s on the bay
I pushed the wrong button
You were the one that saved us on Saturday 1/30/21...you made us feel great and welcomed not like the restaurant we had came from. The food was outstanding and our waiter was on point, we will definitely be back

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BaltimoreBob
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Food was great! Service was too! Place is slow in winter but, worth the trip! With the Covid I don't take Mom (88) out much.

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Sueg
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were happy that DOTB was appropriately social distanced, clean, and well staffed. The food was amazing, very generous portions, and priced very well. Our waitress was great, nearby when we needed her, but not hovering. We definitely will be back.

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ckmum
Baltimore
19 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2021
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience3

I reserved this by mistake. We decided to go anyway. The food a d service was fine. I think it will be a wonderful place in the summertime when you can sit outside a d watch the boats come and go!

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CynthiaR
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

One of my favorite spots. These are trying times for all right now so some issues can be expected. Wanted the scallops but were told the ones they have were small. Another customer got them and really they should not have bothered using those for a replacement. They were tiny salad size. Crabs cakes were good but not the best ever. I usually like their monthly specials but those were not on their menu. Hope they get those back. Love some of that food that makes them special compared to all the other places down here. Waitress was very polite and nice but slow to bring us drinks or check on us. And my husband who can not have alcohol ordered the Heineken 0 which he was delighted they had but they first brought him the regular ones by mistake.

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Tidy
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great view. Great service from the waitress Taylor and the other staff. Great food & Drinks. Certainly worth our drive.

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Dock of the Bay is rated 4.2 stars by 128 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.