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Dockside Oyster Bar & Cafe

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115 W John Sims Pkwy, Niceville, FL 32578
(850) 678-1241
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10:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations
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Reservations

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  • 44
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  • 30
    Very good
  • 12
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  • 8
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Fresh Seafood - Fantastic View

Having a fresh fish sandwich overlooking the docked boats on this beautiful bayou is hard to beat. Ernie Danjean has built a sound reputation for his Cajun inspired dishes and this location enhances this already well-known fact. The accompanying crawfish etouffe and seafood gumbo was the perfect... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 27, 2015
chaparral24
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Florida
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Florida
Top Contributor
87 reviews 87 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Having a fresh fish sandwich overlooking the docked boats on this beautiful bayou is hard to beat. Ernie Danjean has built a sound reputation for his Cajun inspired dishes and this location enhances this already well-known fact. The accompanying crawfish etouffe and seafood gumbo was the perfect partner for a lunch worthy of a repeat visit. Access by boat has... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

My wife and I visited Dockside on 02/19/2015. We have been going there since they opened at the N.L. Marina location, but this trip was horrible. We ended up sitting at the bar since we learned several trips back that you tend to get better service from the bartender than the wait staff. It started with an employee with a... More 

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Niceville, Florida
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Dockside is located on beautiful Choctawhatchee Bay in Niceville, Florida. The restaurant overlooks a marina and sits on the second floor over the dock where they have live music on weekends in a form of a "dock party". The food is Louisiana style and seafood oriented. Great food, great prices and great atmosphere. If you can get there around sunset... More 

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Niceville, Florida
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45 reviews 45 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Great fish,view of the bay is terrific,good lunch specials, inside and outside seating. You may go by boat or car. Nice to sit outside and watch the bay.

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Florida
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57 reviews 57 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014 via mobile

This restaurant sits right on Boggy Bayou, with the seating on the second floor. Absolutely stunning sunsets over the water makes this a great spot to eat. The food was piping hot and tasty. The portions were large and a good value. Only complaint, and I see that I'm not alone, is the service. While friendly, our server was either... More 

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Reno, Nevada
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275 restaurant reviews
389 helpful votes 389 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Our alumni association chose this location for a pre game gathering. The space was good and the location in the bayou was lovely. The beer etwas nice and cold. We on,y ordered fried appetizers and they were good.

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Fort Walton Beach, Florida, United States
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61 reviews 61 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

Friend got blackened fish/shrimp combo platter...came to table looking unattractive, like 2 piles of stuff, really black...but friend and I gave it a taste test and both agreed it was too black, salty and peppery to enjoy, so we had it sent back.....got it bronzed, less seasoned and it came over baby spinach and lemon slices...2nd time looked and tasted... More 

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Collingwood, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

We had a great dinner prepared by Chef Ernie. We brought our catch of the day and he cooked them up perfectly!!!! The sides that came with our meal were amazing and enough to have yummy leftovers the next day. Chef Ernie and the staff were great. We will definately return to this little gem of a restaurant on our... More 

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12 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Had wonderful crawfish and jambalaya here! It was hot, tasty and delicious. Service wasn't excellent--think waitress was just having a bad day. We all have them--it wasn't a problem as we weren't in a hurry and thoroughly enjoyed the great view sitting out on the patio. Would definitely return when back in the area.

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Denham, United Kingdom
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174 restaurant reviews
263 helpful votes 263 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

We were a party of thirteen for dinner and everyone enjoyed their meal. Everything from the drinks and appetizers to the mains was fresh, delicious and plentiful. The lovely sunset over the bayou was a bonus.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 115 W John Sims Pkwy, Niceville, FL 32578
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Florida Panhandle  >  Niceville
  • Phone Number: (850) 678-1241

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?