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“My other place in York” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Dockside Restaurant on York Harbor

Dockside Restaurant on York Harbor
22 Harris Island Rd, York, ME 03909
207-363-2722
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Ranked #19 of 102 Restaurants in York
Price range: $12 - $32
Cuisines: Seafood, Contemporary, Bar, Pub
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Scenic view
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.
York Harbor, Maine
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53 reviews 53 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“My other place in York”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2012

I live around here, so I get here at least once a month. It's more of a townie place than other restaurants because it's (way)off the beaten path. It is quieter than the other places because of that. Though the Inn does a good business in the Summer, especially it seems with weddings, it is smaller and more secluded than, say, the York Harbor Inn.

The food is good, especially the seafood of course. Always fresh and well prepared. Portions are good.

But the main attraction is the location.

The restaurant and inn are on Harris Island, tucked between the marina and a boat yard. It's located on "the corner" where the York River turns to flow into the Atlantic. The view across the Harbor in a Summer twilight is spectacular. Lobster boats, and maybe even a larger trawler, will be coming or going, along with numerous power and sailboats.

The restaurant has a nice outdoor patio where you can eat, or just have a drink waiting for your table. The dining room has a wraparound screened porch which provides the best harbor views. Reservations in the Summer for the porch can be hard to come by, but worth it.

Like most of the places around here, the Dockside can get a bit overwhelmed in the Summer. Especially if there is a wedding or other function going on. Rarely, very rarely, has this ever been a problem for us. Even when it's busy and the service slow, the staff is courteous and professional.

Enjoy your drink and the view. Talk to the person, or people, you're with. It's Summer in Maine, the world moves a bit slower here. If you are visiting York and want a quiet place away from the crowds and traffic, this is the place.

It is not some harborside hole in the wall. It's a nice restaurant on a lovely working harbor in Maine, with good food and good people serving it. We use it for more special or romantic nights out, or a family night as the kids come and go from their college and adult lives.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Little Torch Key, Florida
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27 reviews 27 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Great food, nice view, off the beaten path”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012

We had 2 dinners at Dockside. The baked stuffed (shrimp stuffing) lobster with 4 large scallops on top was really wonderful! The duck entree was very good. The view is very good with some outside seating (reservations are a must). The service was just adequate. Dockside has a pleasant, quiet atmosphere and an out of the way location. The adjacent B&B next door ( also called Dockside) is excellent.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“A wonderful restaurant in York, Me.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012

We accidentally came by this restaurant when we were driving home from upstate Maine and wanted lunch. It's on a small side road on your way to York harbor. The food was delicious and the setting was beautiful, overlooking the harbor and the boating activity. Derek was our server and he was attentive and friendly. I definitely want to recommend this place!

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Sharon, Massachusetts
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“Food was on point!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2012

Had a late dinner at the bar. Full menu was available. Organic duck was fabulous. Tournedos of beek was hearty and well prepared. Lovely wine and beer selections. Local beers too.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Massachusetts
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“A very fine experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012

Arrived without a reservation, were seated promptly on the porch which looks over the gorgeous Harbor...boats gliding by, sounds of sea gulls. Served a nice cocktail right away...the whole dinner was paced nicely. Server was just great.
I had a beautifully presented swordfish with fingerling potatoes (a little crumbled bacon), micro greens and some crispy fried oysters over the top. Wow. Very pretty and very tasty. My partner had a really generous and well prepared "orange organic duck"...loved it.
It was a wonderful night!

As locals we have been here several times over the years and have found the Dockside to be a bit inconsistent. But with a generous spirit, we write this review about last night alone. Based on that we will return sooner rather than later and will send friends.

The only constructive criticism I have is the music and sound system for the porch. Could I recommend some quieter piano or guitar music...something more relaxing, please. Just an opinion.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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