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.
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