By The Docks

4.5
1283 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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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipMaxi
Baltimore
72 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

For a birthday - I ordered my all the me favorite at this restaurant - stuffed shrimp!! It’s stuffed with crab cakes and are they delicious!! Outstanding as usual!

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LeahK
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Food was good but take your patience with you. Not his fault, it was our server's 2nd day. 3 of our 5 dinners ordered were not correct when delivered, and after requesting the one dinner be corrected, it still was not right. They served us a diffent dinner on their menu. Our server even came back and verified when ordered, and the kitchen still got it wrong serving us the incorrect dinner. This wasn't an odd request, they just served the wrong meal. Sides were not brought with the meal, salad came with the hot food. They asked when the reservation made was this a celebration and I said yes, a birthday. When I asked if they could bring a piece of cake out after dinner I was asked if I had any candles because they didn't, so I don't know why they asked. It was just one thing after another which made for constant confusion while trying for everyone to enjoy their meal and eat at the same time. The food was good, but like I said, take your patience, and appreciate those that decide to work, but definitely a lot more hiccups than expected. And before anybody ask, yes we still tipped him well.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food2service4ambience3

We had an overall good experience, but the crab cake and stuffed mushroom capa weren't that great. They were dry and lacked seasoning.

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LeslyL
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was delicious 😋I loved it and would greatly recommend it

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toyaB
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The host was fantastic food was great I really had a good time

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we had was great! We have been a few times and drive over an hour to go.

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NicholasD
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our server was very good and provided a great experience. Food came quickly once we ordered as well as our drinks. For the most part the food we ordered was delicious. My fiance's lobster special was not great but steak and cake was good and fish as well.

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DerrickC
Baltimore
43 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious as always. Large portions and terrific taste. Kudos to our server Caylin. Great job on a very busy day

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YvonneW
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are always manage to get the same waitress she is such a excellent waiter she knows exactly how to make her customer feels like they’re the only one even though she has lots of tables.

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Terri
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My second time at By the Docks & it's becoming my favorite restaurant. The place has great service & it's always a great amount of people dinning out.

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vipCB17
Baltimore
39 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always good food at By the Docks. Anytime we get a lobster tail, we always asked for it to be steamed, a marked improvement over broiling it. One of our favorite restaurants!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very attentive server, Sarah. Thank you.

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LisaK
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was delicious he
Oversized portions great service

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Kimberly was a wonderful server and attended to our every need! Food was great and ambiance was cute.

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GaryW
Orlando
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was fantastic our food delicious! Never disappointed

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Crab soup was amazing. Highly recommend

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SharonC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The quality of the food has not changed; still very good! My family had stuffed shrimpt, I had salmon. So good! Service has always been outstanding every time I dine there. Prices have gone up a little (so has every restaurant due to COVID), but the portions make up it!

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LIndaC
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Everyone seemed very happy with their food choice. We had 2 slight problems (with drink & steak), but the server was great in taking care of this. Kim, our server, was better than outstanding. She was on top of everything and even though the restaurant was packed, she was pleasant and never kept us from wanting anything.
When we return, I hope Kim is working.

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MadhatA
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience4

FOOD WAS EXCELLENT AS USUAL
ONLY PROBLEM WAS THE WAIT TIME , I HAD RESERVATION AT 7 AND WAS SEATED AT 8 PM DUE TO STAFF ISSUES

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CharlesP
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great crab cake Tuesday special included dessert. Tasty and nice price!

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AngelaH
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food was delicious and portion sizes were great as usual, however the service was slow but forgiving because it was Father’s Day and the restaurant was very busy.

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EdC10
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Father’s Day was crowded- food & value was good- our server was very busy and did a great job- one of our favorite places

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mkptlavin
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Several different entrees were ordered, the protein ( steak, fish shrimp and crab cakes were well prepared and had an appetizing flavor. Cream of crab was to think and didn’t have an adequate amount of crab meet compared to other restaurants in the area.
The mussels were over cooked.
All vegetable sides were either under cooked or over cooked. The loaded bake potato was horrible, cheese sauce with some bacon bits and it tasted burnt. Un-edible.
The French fries were also over cooked and tasted like the old oil.

We have been coming here for years was a family favorite.
This is our second attempt over the last 2 yrs and disappointed both times.

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RochelleW
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service thank you thank you thank you

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Poohfree
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service was great!! Atmosphere was good. Bar tender was great. Food was great, I would definitely go back again.

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vipDiane
Baltimore
20 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was very good and our server Brandon was excellent. He was very attentive in an extremely busy restaurant.

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luv2dine
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Food was good but we both ordered too much. Our waiter was excellent and staff welcomed us and seated us immediately. Will definitely return.

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BernadetteG
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Went for first time Saturday afternoon for late lunch. Food was delicious and large portions. Service was very good. The restaurant was clean but I was surprised that the women’s bathroom was dirty. We will definitely go back again

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RobinD
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there, but not the last. Fantastic food and great service. Very "dock like" atmosphere also.

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NeldaL
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went at lunchtime. The restaurant wasn't crowded. Our waiter (Abner) was very attentive and helped us make our selections. The food was delicious and plentiful. We'll be back!!

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LeeG
Baltimore
29 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I dined alone on steak special night. My server suggested a steak from the menu which was perfectly prepared and just as delicious.
The service was wonderful. My meal and the entire time spent there was an outstanding experience.

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TonyF
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Greta food. Good service. Our waitress was new and had a big section this time. BUT overall the service has been excellent over the times that I have been here. A large menu with options for everyone. Seafood of course with plenty or pasta and meat choices as well.

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DeniseF
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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DonE
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
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 on June 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

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RickS
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

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MikeK
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
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
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
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
45 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
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 on June 11, 2021
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.

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 1283 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.