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By The Docks, Middle River, MD

By The Docks

4.6
4.6
1601 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Steak, American

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch & Dinner Mon–Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (410) 686-1188

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Alex Morris

  • Private party facilities

    Please call our front desk to book your party.

  • Neighborhood

    Essex

  • Cross street

    Bengies Rd.

  • Parking details

    Plenty of parking on premises with handicap accessibility.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,601 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Baltimore Suburbs

    Seafood

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  1. ML

    MichaelL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The crab cake was delicious. Service was awesome. We had an enjoyable time.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my first time eating here and the food was absolutely amazing!
  3. B

    Bddinner

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our service was great. Server checked on us often, refills made often.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good experience and great food!
  5. DC

    DCinBaltimore

    Baltimore

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lunch. Great food and service.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my family’s first time at this restaurant. The staff was extremely friendly and the food was delicious.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great, portions generous. Nice place - not fancy but comfortable.
  8. LG

    LeeG

    Baltimore

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dined on special steak night and ordered a medium rare NY Strip steak. Prepared perfectly! Service was fantastic. Christian provided wonderful service from seating to departure. Couldn’t ask for better.
  9. GW

    GlennW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved this restaurant. The food is good and if you like crab cakes they are excellent. We will definitely return.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved everything about By The Docks. Great atmosphere, Excellent service and Fantastic food. Pricing was fair and they made it their job to insure you were satisfied. Definitely will be back !
  11. s

    skibridger

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent and the portions were very generous. It was an exceptional value, too, as it was restaurant week. We liked the Red Room as it doesn’t have many tables so it’s easy to have a conversation.
  12. d

    davidw

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Had a wonderful server...DREY plenty of high quality food prepared well
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The crabcake was amazing. They never disappoint!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I love coming here and I’ve never had an issue. I just didn’t understand why they didn’t honor my reservation and said I would still have to wait 30 mins for a table. It was very busy and I don’t know what their protocol is for reservations but that was very unpleasant
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food will go back
  16. SH

    StephanieH

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Crab cake is big and delicious! Love this restaurant. Service was great and food and drinks are awesome. If you like seafood this is a great restaurant to visit!
  17. F

    Fseafoodie

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The restaurant week menu made it very easy to order. And if you don't want the restaurant week, the main menu is outstanding.
  18. LG

    LeeG

    Baltimore

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another wonderful meal. Always enjoy dining here. First time dining on combo special day. Crab cake and bam bam shrimp. Delicious. My server, Mike, was fantastic.
  19. b

    butchj

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Crab cakes are outstanding !!! Tuesday special well worth it .
  20. PB

    PattyB

    Atlantic City

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Thanks for another outstanding meal of Ceasar salad and Baltimore's Best crabcakes!! Never disappoints!! And service was amazing. See you soon!!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing and loved me waiting food was immaculate
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Overall rating based on the service and food preparation. Our server was not very good. She was not familiar with quite a few items on the menu. Felt as if she was trying to rush us. Also, my fried oysters were cold and runny when I bit into them.
  23. t

    tootie

    Baltimore

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    me and husband decided to dine at By The Docks for New Years Eve scheduled through open table. when we arrived we did not have to wait long, table setting and menu was very nice. Food was delicious,waitress was new but she did a great job. it was a nice dine out night. glad we decided to eat there.
  24. t

    tomh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was excellent as usual. Great place to celebrate any occasion.
  25. CH

    CarolH

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    New Year's Eve lunch was outstanding. The diners were sparse, the service was wonderful, and the food, as always was delicious! Crab Cakes and Soup!
  26. BC

    BillC

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Reservation was kept. No wait. Hostess sat us in a great spot with plenty of room. Waitress was excellent and went out of her way to make sure everything was good. Crab Cakes were excellent. And other items we ordered.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cousin reunion - most in their 70’s! We had 3 different reservations and they combined them so we could all be together. We had a wonderful time & we were probably the ones making all the noise!
  28. DM

    DeborahM

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great place for fresh, delicious Maryland seafood, house-made desserts and more. Everyone in our party of 5 loved their dinners. Crab cakes were excellent. We will be back to try some of the daily specials.
  29. R

    Rosainmd

    Baltimore

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Our server Dre was very attentive and polite. However we were sat in the middle of a very busy walk way…I should have asked for different seating. The food was delicious and came to our table in a reasonable amount of time.
  30. LG

    LeeG

    Baltimore

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a wonderful dining experience. I was about to order from the menu, but my server, Theresa, told me about the crab cake / fried shrimp luncheon special. It sounded so good, I ordered it and it was exceptional. Everything was perfect and Theresa was a fantastic server.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The food was delicious!
  32. JD

    JuneD

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience2
    I asked to be seated downstairs because my sister is unable to go upstairs. We were seated downstairs but in the bar area in the corner next to the walk in freezer. It was cold because obviously the staff was constantly going in and out. There was a large party next to us who were very loud making it nearly impossible to have a conversation. We were there to enjoy a nice Christmas Eve dinner and while the food and service were excellent, the fact that we were seated where we were ruined it. My sister is 74 years old and has hearing & mobility issues. There was no Christmas decorations or ambiance where we were sitting. 😢

    By The DocksResponded on December 29, 2022Thank you for your feedback and we are sorry to hear you did not have the best experience with us. Our freezer is not located anywhere near the bar area so we will investigate where you felt cold air coming from as we do have wall mounted heating/cooling units to ensure the restaurant is kept to a very comfortable temperature.

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Crab cake was delicious, and crab dip appetizer was incredible.
  34. KF

    KarenF

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a quiet table in the corner. Summer was a fantastic server. Food was excellent as always. We love coming here!
  35. B

    Barry

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Food was very good. Menu has very good variety. Neighborhood type bar and restaurant that surprised us with how good the food is. Server very nice and attentive. Will return again.
  36. LD

    LizD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a little chilly and I had long sleeves on.
  37. P

    Penny

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always delicious food and lovely atmosphere. Staff attentive and friendly. Been here many times!
  38. CE

    CESJR

    Exclusive

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Had a fun time. Food was good; tuna a bit overcooked
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The cream of crab soup was disappointing but everything else after was very tasty. We had crab cakes, prime rib, muscles, stuffed grape leaves. Amanda our server was wonderful. We will be back.
  40. DM

    DougM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you like Maryland crab cakes, By The Docks is the place to go. Crab cakes are huge with plenty of lump meat. The cream of crab soup is also excellent. Best time to go is on Tuesday evenings. The crab cake platter is the Tuesday special.

FAQs

By The Docks does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now. By The Docks also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (410) 686-1188.

By The Docks is rated 4.6 stars by 1601 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today
Google Map for By The Docks

3321 Eastern Blvd, Middle River, MD 21220

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Bengies Rd.

  • Neighborhood

    Essex

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch & Dinner Mon–Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Steak, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Plenty of parking on premises with handicap accessibility.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Alex Morris

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (410) 686-1188

  • Private party facilities

    Please call our front desk to book your party.

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