By The Docks

4.5
1247 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
Maryland is famous for it's crab cakes, and By The Docks is known for it's eight-ounce Colossal Jumbo Lump Crab Cake. Discover the fresh ingredients and outstanding seafood, steaks, and pasta's prepared by our chefs. Our menu includes various items from baby back ribs, slow roasted prime rib, hand cut steaks,and specialty sauteed dishes. Every sauce, soup and dressing is made from scratch. By The Docks welcomes families and large groups. Make reservations or call ahead for express carry out.
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DeniseF
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hubby and I celebrated our anniversary here last night. Everything was wonderful!

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DonE
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Seafood was outstanding with an exceptional value considering the prices. Large crab cake dinner - which included 2 sides and desert for only $20.99.

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ElizabethG
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We sat upstairs but the noise from the kitchen carried and was amplified.

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RickS
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great lobster dinner - good price on a Monday-wait staff very good-

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MikeK
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Musty smell upon entering should have warned us. Service was okay considering how under staffed they were. Food did not taste very good. Everyone ate less than half their meal and did not want any to go boxes. We ate here about three years ago and it was great. Not really the case anymore. I don't think we will go back.

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TammyP
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

By The Docks is a really nice restaurant. The food was delicious. Everything that I ordered taste great. Awesome Lamb chops, crab cakes and stuffed shrimp. I will be back soon. Had a wonderful dinner.

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vipGing
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service3ambience1

First time and last time experience. We were not impressed. Was actually surprised that a restaurant at this caliber is a member of OpenTable. Makes me question that OpenTable lowered its standard. Very disappointed with food and ambiance. What's advertised is not what's in reality. It was good to try.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Greeted well, seated very quickly. Service started well but as time went on server became more and more confused on which table ordered what meal. Two different times game to the table with food that was meant for someone else. With that being said our meals were outstanding, and would still recommend the restaurant.

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ShannonS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing..Brandon was our server and I gotta say hand down his service was excellent 👌..food was great 👍 had crabcake and oysters 😋 and a glass of wine. The atmosphere was nice and relaxing.. wasn't over crowded and you could have a conversation with out yelling..will definitely re visit your restaurant 😊 again.. great place for a good dinner and chillin 😎 👌 😌 😊

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MargaretK
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious Oysters Rockefeller! We also got the stuffed lobster tail which melted in your mouth and was probably one of the best crab stuffings that we ever had! Our waiter, Abner was extremely attentive and friendly. He gave us excellent food selection options explaining each one. Overall, we are so happy we tried here and definitely plan on visiting again next time we are down from Philly. It seems like a very popular place so I would recommend making a reservation or going at an early time frame for dinner. You won't be disappointed if you GO! YUMMY!

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RayP
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food1service5ambience5

Crab cake was very disappointing, more filler then crab meat. Service was great. I won't be going back anytime soon because of the food.

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Heather
Orlando
48 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a family te union and we had Linda as our server. She was fantastic!!!! The food was very good. Everyone got what they liked and enjoyed their food.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Coming from Memphis, I wanted to try some Maryland crab cakes. They were amazing. By the Docs food was amazing as was the wine and atmosphere. Bathrooms were clean and the wait staff very helpful. We will be back!!

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MarkG
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

By the Docks never lets me down...Best place to eat I have ever been too ..Just Awesome..!

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DaveH
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Always a great experience at By the Docks. The crabcake special on Tuesday is a great value. 3 courses for 20.99. I was so full by the time we left. Highly recommend.

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AmyA
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience3

We were seated soon after we got there, and had good service. The good was very good.

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EmmaB
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

I would normally get the crab cake but decided to try something else, my mistake! the special was fish, stuffed mushroom, shrimp, asparagus, salad.......the shrimp was over broiled, the asparagus was tough, the fish was good and the crab stuffed mushroom wasn't worth putting on the plate and for the price of 29.99, I would not have paid anymore than 12.99.

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FrankL
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time here. Got the crab cake as recommended. Very pleased.

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TheNelsons
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best Crab cakes in town - go hungry as there is plenty to eat.

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AmyC
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Normally great. Chef specials were not up to par. Crab cake was good.

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BarbaraE
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great Food! Crab Cakes to Pasta ! Wished they had Draft beer!

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BillP
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Crab cakes were Hugh and wonderful! Grape leaves yummmmm and you must get the baklava cheesecake!
Will be going back!

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Kimk
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent, though not very hot. Very noisy.

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ChandraJ
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Crab cakes were delicious just didn’t like my potato salad and asparagus I feel it could have tasted a lot more tastier. Drinks were good and atmosphere was awesome. I would recommend this place.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time dining here with my husband and we were blown away with the drinks, food, and service... We will definitely be back...

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CarolynK
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great!! Our server (Ava) was pleasant and efficient. Nice evening.

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JIMJ
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything was super, with one exception. The oyster stew was light on oysters.

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HeatherS
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

We went for breakfast under the impression that there would be a buffet, it was regular service ( our server was great). Food was good and drinks were okay.

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vipCiaraD
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great specials for prime rib and pork chops! Chicken chesapeake as good as always!

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TavonJ
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

At first we went in a little frustrated because we made reservations then we still had to wait 45 mins so why was the point so we were kind of annoyed by the time we sat down. Well our server Brandon was wonderful and def helped us loosen up. The food was GREAT! Despite everything we will be back!

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Fran
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything and everyone were great. Haven’t been here for awhile but will be returning soon.

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Rick
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It's the ONLY place to go for crab cakes! Oh, and the calamari appetizer is pretty great too.

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LouDunaway
Baltimore
25 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, lunch was AMAZING. Delicious food and and terrific service. The perfect Mother's Day.

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GillG
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice venue. Solid Crab cake.

Wife for Mother's Day got the surf and turf which she really liked. Others at the table got seafood pasta dishes which were decent. Service was good despite the amount of people frequenting with their mothers.

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NicoleP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was great.

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CarlB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We arrived early for our reservation the host offer to seat us but we wanted a cocktail first, so went to the bar and the bartender if I remember correctly her name was Theresa she was so pleasant and attentive to us. The drinks and service was excellent, This was our first time at this location and I am sure we will be back.

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vipMAfromLA
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lobster Night is always a hit and a bargain for your buck!!

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Toptee
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The servings are big and not expensive. They do have a military discount.

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MarkW
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Value for your money was excellent, all was delicious, calamari slightly over battered.

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SepiaqQ
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time dining here. Everything was exceptional. Will definitely dine here again and bring our friends!

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from By The Docks using the Order Online button. By The Docks also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (410) 686-1188.

By The Docks is rated 4.5 stars by 1247 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.