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Dock Street Oyster Bar

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12 Dock St
Wilmington, NC 28401 (Map & Directions)
Phone: (910) 762-2827
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Delivery
No

Payment
Credit Cards Accepted

Parking
Street

Good for Kids
Yes

Attire
Casual

Alcohol
Yes - Full Bar

Reservations
No

Price Point
$$ $ - Cheap Eats (Under $10)
$$ - Moderate ($11-$25)
$$$ - Expensive ($25-$50)
$$$$ - Very Pricey (Over $50)

WiFi
No

Outdoor Seats
Yes

Reviews of Dock Street Oyster Bar

review_stars 03/25/2009 - pj
Have eaten bushels of oysters over the years. They are the best in town. never had a bad one. This place is my favorite of all the great eating spots in town. You would never guess the quality of the food by looking at the place or the menu for that matter. You have to really watch the specials board - always something tempting. Chef is top notch. Some of the staff have been there as long as I can remember which is rare in any food service place and a tribute to the owners. Thanks Steve for running such a great establishment.

review_stars 02/18/2009 - Jeff Surratt
I have grown up eating seafood and I have to tell you that this was some of the best i have ever had!!!. The service was great. They made me feel like I was a local and ate there all the time. As I was eating my oysters I watched the other food coming out to other tables and every tray that came out i wished I had ordered that. Thank you very much for a great dining experience!!!!!!!

review_stars 11/24/2008 - owner
As the Owner,I assure you that in the ten plus years of being in buisness we have never recieved less than a 95 on our health score.We have never had a confirmed case of food poisoning. As far as the condition of the building it is 120 years old and has plenty of character. We are currently in the process of building a new Restaurant across the street, but asssure you it is extremely clean and last week receieved a 99 health score. We take these matters very seriously and cleanliness and safety are our #1 priority. To the person whom was"not sure" please contact us before you accuse us anymore. (Steve Maillard-Owner Dock Street Oyster Bar.

review_stars 07/14/2008 - artie
I think Rex the patriot must be a moron. May next time he and his friends should stay home where they eat take out! Wah wah wah he was dressed as a patriot and it was his friends birthday. Grow up!

review_stars 06/09/2008 - Not so sure
It was tough to pick grades for this because walking out of the restaurant my wife and I had huge smiles on our faces. The atmosphere was perfect for local seafood and the menu was great. Problem is, we think we got some mild food poisoning. It is difficult to exactly identify what gave it to us, but eating there was really the only thin we had outside of our normal stuff. We shared two dozen oysters on the half-shell, the Seafood Delight and Steamer Platter. After getting sick we started to question the "localness" and wondered if maybe they don't hold the highest cleanliness standards. Looking around in the restaurant, you can notice that they have room for improvement. No other postings say anything about getting sick, but we thought it was important enough to share.

review_stars 04/22/2008 -
this restaurant is very laid back and relaxing. it is small, but very charming. it is very small town- everyone knows your name (if you go there enough)- which after you eat here- you will! i will be back soon.

review_stars 03/29/2008 -
THIS WAS MY FIRST VISIT TO THIS RESTAURANT...IT WILL DEFINATELY NOT BE MY LAST....THE BEST SEAFOOD IN WILMINGTON IN MY OPINION!!!!

review_stars 03/26/2008 -
Found this place at random. Was in Wilmington for my wifes job interview.It was exactly what I was looking for down there to eat seafood. Laid back, awesome steamed clams, and Guinness on tap. I would have stayed there all day but had to catch a plane. Man I hope the wife gets the job down there.

review_stars 01/26/2008 -
The food is incredible, service great and absolutley the best seafood for the money in Wilmington.

review_stars 12/26/2007 -
We enjoyed the Oysters Imperial and can't wait to go back for more. I also took my step kids during the summer and they ate mussels for the first time here and now eat them every time I make them.

The atmosphere is laid back and relaxed and perfect for enjoying an excellent meal

review_stars 08/23/2007 -
Everyone was very polite. I even got to see the cook. He did a great job and was polite, usually can not find that.

review_stars 08/19/2007 - Heather
I have eaten (and drank) at this restraunt more times than I can count. The servers are all pleasant and friendly, the food is excellent, there are always great specials, and live music on the weekends. If you havent tried it, youre missing out on wilmingtons best kept secret. And to the patriot, Im sure it would have went smoother if you informed them of your lack of humor or fun. You should have tried the crab dip.

review_stars 07/25/2007 - Ana Banana
I was taken to this restaurant by a friend who works for the horse and carriage company and has lived in Wilmington his whole life when I first moved to Wilmington 10 months ago. He said it was by far the best oysters in town. I was not at all disappointed. The oysters Rockafeller were astounding- I couldn't get enough. The food was fabulous, the service was right on key and the atmosphere was perfect- casual and comfortable. I have since been back at least 3 times to try more menu items and have not yet been let down.
To the dumb dude who gave this restaurant a bad review, first of all, check the location (not the same restaurant, idiot). Secondly, get some class.
If you want down home charm added to chef-quality food and location, go to Dock Street Oyster Bar. Otherwise, if you want seafood, the closest Red Lobster is in Jacksonville. Enjoy.

review_stars 07/10/2007 - LAURALEI
GREAT FOOD, COLD BEER..FUNNY SERVERS..TO THE GUY DRESSED LIKE A PATRIOT..WHATEVER MAN! YOU WANTED ATTENTION YOU GOT IT. YOU ORDER FOOD..YOU PAY FOR IT! DRESS LIKE A FREAK...GET LAUGHED AT. I SAW YOU THAT DAY, YOU LOOKED LIKE SAM ADAMS ON ACID. I DONT CARE WHERE YOU'RE FROM..YOU CAN'T BRING FOOD FROM ONE RESTAURANT TO ANOTHER..1,000 KUDOS TO DOCK STREET OYSTER BAR!

review_stars 07/10/2007 -
It's the best seafood in town!! I especially recommend the tuna. I'm addicted to their tuna rolls.

review_stars 07/09/2007 - Rex Del Tfantan
Well, I recently had the [dis]pleasure of attempting to eat at this place. A few friends of mine went to the one located on Carolina Beach Road. I was dressed as a patriot, commemorating Independence Day, which was a few days before (Three-corners colonial hat, red-sock blue-sock; whole deal!) Anyway, upon being seated I was immediately laughed at from afar by a few waitresses and some even came up in a group to make fun of me, calling me "Captain Hook." My three other friends were not going to eat at this establishment and had instead ordered next door, with plans to buy drinks here and eat the other food within this restaurant. I told the waitress this, and she seemed fine with it. I ordered my food, and listened to the waitress make awkward small talk. Well, when the others brought the food in from the other place, we were then told we couldn't do that, and the owner of the place came out to give me a lecture on Health Department codes in a snobby and condescending way, despite the fact that she could have overlooked it since we were in a part of the restaurant with no other people present. Not only that, but it was also one of the other fellow's birthday, AND I was dressed as a patriot. I guess if you are a proud American and disliker of spiteful people, I'd recommend not going to this place. The most annoying part of the matter is that she would not allow me to leave without paying for the food I ordered, despite never seeing it. I was perfectly reasonable, and said we'd pay for the drinks which we had consumed, but she said she would call the cops if I didn't pay for the food. Heresy, I say! Want good seafood in Wilmington? Go to Hieronymus.

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