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Reviewed September 17, 2022

This is a fun seasonal outdoor spot on Lake Champlain. Good drinks and light meals, burgers, bar apps and sandwiches. Go for the view.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed September 13, 2022 via mobile

Great location, attentive service, limited menu. definitely one of the best spots to watch the sunset and have some drinks!

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed August 24, 2022

Great view of lake Champlain which is the main thing. Other than that it was pretty average I'd say.

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed August 19, 2022

A large group of us had dinner at The Spot On The Dock. I thought that they do a great job of handling a large group at the last minute. The menu was a bit small, but there was a nice variety of food. The...prices are a bit high but not beyond what you would expect at a place on the water. Our server had her hands full with the size of our group, but did a great job. Fortunately, we were in an isolated spot because the main areas are very crowded and noisy. There was a nice view of the sunset.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed July 18, 2022

Great location, but poor food and service. Calamari was extremely fishy/probably spoiled. Wrong meal served. Pina Colada ordered regularly was virgin. Wrong drinks brought to us. Nachos served with bland, runny sauce as opposed to real cheese. Hamburger dry, overcooked, small. Unfortunate, as setting is...beautiful. Feel bad leaving a bad review of a local restaurant, but this was a disappointment.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 14, 2022

16.00 pina coladas had virtually no rum, had to ask to have some added. Food was very bland and overpriced for what you get. Server was very good. If you go, go for drinks and the view and stick to wine or beer.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed May 20, 2022

Service is horrible! Our reservation was for 6:30pm, and at 9pm we haven’t gotten food (which is as good as any other restaraunt). Absolutely terrible service, do not go here!

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed September 27, 2021

The Spot on the Dock is about sitting out by the water and enjoying the weather with friends. Nice views of the boats. Large dock area with tables for dining, bar, and couches for more comfortable conversation. Food is acceptable, but nothing special. Service is...very friendly and accommodating. Prices are reasonable. Just enjoy the spot.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed August 27, 2021

This is a casual restaurant in a nice spot at the edge of the lake and the food is usually ok. I had the worst nachos ever. It wasn't real cheese but some sort of thin white sauce poured over the chip. The 'chorizo' as...a tasteless, red, ground up substance. They usually have a salsa on it that is loaded with onion but because I asked or no onions, that is all there was. They were unable to provide diced tomatoes even on the side. Terrible. I gave this 3 stars because the others in the party had fish tacos and burgers and they looked ok but if it was only based on the 'nachos' it wouldn't even deserve one. Service was ok despite the busy hour.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed August 13, 2021 via mobile

Go for the view not the speed of service. Yes the view is great for sunset but the service was incredibly slow. Took almost an hour for our drinks and food to arrive. They were sold out of ahi tacos and they just randomly, without...asking, sub some other tacos for one of our group. They also gave us a random chicken sandwich in lieu of another taco order. We kept it becaue we didn’t want to have to wait for another hour and we were starving. Still after asking 3-4 times for our drinks, and asking the server, the runners and another server where our drinks were the only answer was they were “on the board” . What does that even mean??? We had been waiting fb hour!!!! They then brought 2 bud lights (we still needed 2 Green States lagers, a vodka soda and another drink) we waited another 16 minutes for them. I was done my soggy BLT before I had my beer. Don’t go here if you want prompt or competent service. 3 stars is only becaue of the view.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed August 10, 2021

I am a fan of the “Spot” on Shelburne Road and went to this restaurant with my 92 year old mother because that “Spor” is no longer opening in the evening. These two establishments are entirely different. Although the servers were friendly, kind and accommodating,...the Spot in the Dock is not a full-fledged restaurant, but merely a bar and burger joint with a beautiful view. The menu is principally burgers and chips with few options. It didn’t have my mother’s favourite meal, nor her favourite drink, which is tea. I ask you, how hard is it to get a couple tea bags for the old folks.? There were no desserts. It took 45 minutes for my veggie burger and my mom’s BLT to arrive. There was no relish. The parking was $2.75/hr. I think this would be a great place to hang out and have a few drinks as the view is spectacular, but make no mistake, this is a burger joint, and not a restaurant.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed August 8, 2021

Had very good cocktails, food (lobster rolls full of lobster and very delicious!), and the view on a sunny day is hard to beat

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed July 11, 2021 via mobile

As a local, every summer I hope the service will change. Dined again just recently at the bar and there were probably 8 people behind the bar area...all they did was focus on their well drinks and bar back up. They chatted amongst themselves and...took forever to even recognize us. Drinks took forever. One of the reasons why we sit at bar area is to get attention to detail service. Once they took our drink order they did three to four other things before actually making our drinks. We cashed out and went to Splash. Highly recommend you do the same.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed July 6, 2021

We were told to eat here mainly because of the view. The wait time was 40 minutes, but that was ok as it is a nice place to wander about. My main complaint is that the service was pretty awful. Our server pretty much ignored...us. The food was decent. First time having avocado fries and they were delicious. Both crispy and creamy. I ordered the fish tacos even though I don't usually eat Tilapia. They were very good. My daughter ordered the black bean burger and she enjoyed that as well. We just waited a long time for everything and even checked to make sure a drink order was put in. My daughter ended up there a couple nights later and had the same server. Just as bad. But at least it's comfortable and the view is gorgeous.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed October 3, 2020

My extended family of 4 had lunch there. The food was excellent (3 of us had salads) and portions were more than needed. A sweet potatoes side was enough for all. The service was good, it was early in Covid reopening, so things like having...ask for pepper (packages came, not a shaker on table) was a bit strange but the staff handled it well; especially considering it had gotten quite busy. Also having to walk the entire way around the building to use the rest rooms was odd but it is the world we live in. The location is wonderful. There was a bit of changing weather and wind on the lake and it was fun to watch.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3.5