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Dockside Restaurant on York Harbor

22 Harris Island Rd, York, ME 03909
207 363 2722
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Ranked #29 of 109 restaurants in York
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $12 - $32
Cuisines: Pub
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Route 103
Description: The approach to the Dockside Restaurant is all part of the Dockside’s charm. You are treated to views of the York River and the grand “summer cottages” as you turn onto Harris Island Road to reach Dockside Restaurant. The view is quintessential Maine, people hustling up and down the docks, gleaming yachts and colorful lobster boats in front of a rock and pine-tree shore. Dockside’s recent renovation is perfect, warm and comfortable. Hardwood floors, European style lighting floor to ceiling window and a new mahogany bar with an adjoining outdoor cocktail deck. During warm months seating is available on our harbor view screen porch. The atmosphere is casual but the food is serious. Chef Dennis la Planet has been recognized as a “chef’s chef”. North Atlantic seafood prepared with a northern Italian influence and aged steaks are just the start. Lunch features organic salads, creative sandwiches and traditional favorites; fish and chips, chowders and fried clams too.
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77% Recommend
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Albany, New York
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

I am floored at people that don't have a great experience here. This place is top notch and delicious! We came into town, made a reservation and had a wonderful night! The views are great and the food NEVER disappoints. The service was impeccable as well. The baked lobster is to die for! I had a shrimp linguini that was... More

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Wells, Maine
11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

The first two times, I tried to eat lunch at this picturesque restaurant, I was turned away due to a private function. The third time, we started on the porch only to find it a bit cool. We moved inside. We waited and waited for someone to take our order. After 10-15 mins., I finally had to ask someone to... More

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PLust, Owner at Dockside Restaurant on York Harbor, responded to this review

It can be frustrating when a facility such as the Dockside has 2 identifies; one of a restaurant and a second of a wedding and banquet facility. The Dockside hosts some 75 banquet events a season, brides and grooms from all over the country seek out the Dockside for their wedding ceremonies, receptions, showers and rehearsal dinners. Guest's anticipate the... More

Bedford, New Hampshire
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Went there for lunch with friends. This was not our 1st time at the Dockside and prior times were enjoyed. Beautiful location with great views of the harbor. We choose to have our lunch on the screened porch as it was a beautiful day.Views from inside are also very nice. Food, however, was average. Three of us had chowder and... More

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PLust, Owner at Dockside Restaurant on York Harbor, responded to this review

I am happy to know you have enjoyed your previous visits to the Dockside Restaurant and you are indeed correct the view of York Harbor and all its nautical activities is unbeatable. I am distraught at the average food quality you received on your most recent visit, we strive for excellence in our food quality and by all accounts do... More

17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

My wife and I had dinner at the Dockside and everything was great. The food and drinks were delicious and reasonably priced. The restaurant is a very comfortable setting with great views even from inside. It was too cool to sit outside the night we were there, but that could have only made it better. On a one night stop... More

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PLust, Owner at Dockside Restaurant on York Harbor, responded to this review

Thank you for having dinner with us at the Dockside Restaurant and we are very pleased you enjoyed your dining experience. The staff of the Dockside is a very conscientious group of hard working men and women giving their best so all our diners enjoy their meals at the Dockside. All the best... More

Williamsburg, Virginia
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

On a nice evening you can dine on the screened porch and look out over York Harbor. It's really a delightful, relaxing place to eat. The food is good. The wine list is pretty sparse. But be prepared for a leasurely evening because the service is SLOW. It took us two hours to dine last night and that's without coffee... More

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PLust, Owner at Dockside Restaurant on York Harbor, responded to this review

Thank you for dining with us to celebrate the 4th of July, one of the busiest tourist days of the year in Maine. We are equally happy to hear you enjoyed your meal too, Chef La Plante and his culinary crew make every portion of your dinner from scratch, no processed anything appears on a Dockside Plate. As you mentioned... More

North Billerica, Massachusetts
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014 via mobile

We had been looking forward to going to the Dockside for some time and were finally able to fit in in to our schedule. When we got there we were so disappointed. We had reservations and were seated right away, the restaurant had a beautiful view of the York River but that is about all I can say good about... More

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PLust, Owner at Dockside Restaurant on York Harbor, responded to this review

Dear Carol S, I am so sorry your recent visit didn’t fulfill your expectation. When you dine with us, you should expect to be taken care of from the moment you walk in to the moment you leave. While I'm happy to hear you enjoyed the view and food, I apologize if you could have been welcomed in a more... More

Hollis Center, Maine
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

While coming up the coast we looked for a place for Lunch in York area and found a little sign for the Dockside Restaurant. It's on Harris Island and the road leading there almost makes you wonder if the sign were true. We were seated on the porch with a great view of York Harbor and watched various people taking... More

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Sudbury, Massachusetts
12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Located off a private corner of York Harbor, this restaurant has both outside seating and great windows to make the most of a wonderful view. Check before you go: they are only open from about Mother's Day to Columbus Day and are often busy with weddings and other private parties (a great place for an event). Service is kind, friendly... More

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Top Contributor
126 reviews 126 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

Stayed 3 nights for a wedding. The location and service were wonderful. Breakfast was ample and delicious. Wedding party stayed in the main building. Guests were spread among several "cabins" and other out buildings on the grounds. All accommodations are within easy walk (3 min) of main house. Water views and direct water access, although not really a swimming location.... More

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San Francisco
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

A trip to Maine and the fall colors put us in York Harbor, we found this place by wandering and were pleased to find it. Lobster dinner was excellent. The ambiance and setting were comfortable. The wait staff was attentive and pleasant. If we are in the area again, we would return.

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