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“Great views, nice lunch spot”
Review of Dinghy Dock Bar OP

Dinghy Dock Bar OP
Ranked #2 of 17 Restaurants in Oyster Pond
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $20
Cuisines: American, Caribbean, Bar, Pub
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Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Large groups, Bar scene, Families with children, Scenic view
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Late Night, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: The Dinghy Dock Bar is a true Caribbean dive bar. Situated on a historic marina in Oyster Pond, the bar straddles the Dutch and French line sitting over the water. It's a place where high and low, locals and tourists, rub elbows and party the night away. It was originally a place to get the rowdy drunken sailor's out of the finer establishments in the area. Sit at the bar and to hear stories told, some true and many not, from around the island and around the world. The "mix your own" happy hour is the best around. That's right, you get the bottle, glass, mixer, and make you own drink. This is also one of the best-stocked bars on the island, with the usual suspects, as well some unusual ones - even a selection of craft beers from the US for those missing a taste of home. The kitchen makes some of the best casual bar food around, lunch and dinner. You won't find better fish and chips, ribs, burgers, wings, or anything else on the menu. Daily specials vary from goat stew to jerk pork chops to blackened grouper. We open at 8am for coffee and fresh baked croissants. The kitchen opens around 11am and runs until you're stuffed. All are welcome - kids, dogs, iguanas, random dock critters, old and young people - provided, of course, they're up for a good time. Family friendly most of the day and night, late night is definitely more suited for the "big kids". You never know what will happen at this place. There is also live music every Sunday night and usually 2-3 other nights of the week. Sports fan? The game is always on at the Dinghy Dock. Whether it's NFL, NHL, NBA, Soccer, College, Pro, Olympics, you name it and we will like be watching. Stop by and yell at the tvs(that's right, more than one) with us. You are guaranteed to have a good time no matter what night you go, and once you've been there, you will be back. Maybe because you got so drunk you forgot your shoes, or maybe to do it all over again. Dinghy Dock Bar "The Peril of Oyster Pond"
Sarasota, Florida
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200 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“Great views, nice lunch spot”
Reviewed June 1, 2013

Stopped in here on a dreary day. A little tough to find, but worth it! View of the marina was quite nice, service was very friendly. Had the hummus appy, very good. Hubby and I shared the special, Jerk Chicken. Was good and quite enough for the 2 of us. Great spot to stop in if you enjoy sitting over the marina. Will be sure this is on our list for the next visit!

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank scsunlimited
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Panama City
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Best happy hour ever”
Reviewed May 22, 2013

One price pour your own drinks. Can't get better than that. Food was great, service is awesome. You feel like family

Visited November 2012
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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45 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Great Happy Hour”
Reviewed May 14, 2013

The happy hour is really good here as is the atmosphere. The place is right on the docks over the water. During happy hour the owner just sets down the bottle and you do your own pours of liquor. Beers are also cheap and the ribs are good. Presidente is on tap. The only drawback is that they are cash only and there is no ATM on this side of Oyster Pond. Closest one is 20 minute walk away so bring cash!

Visited May 2013
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new york
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed May 7, 2013

Once we found it, it was a great little hidden gem. The food was excellent. I highly recommend the hummus plate it was outstanding. Keep in mind it is cash only. But it is one to one cause the restaurant is on the French side. I will be back in August

Visited April 2013
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Salisbury, Canada
1 review
“Great food and fine hospitality”
Reviewed May 5, 2013

First time at Dinghy, great ribs and fish and chips, will be returning for a second. Met Seth who explained the menu, he did not over sell, his comments were right on the money. As we were leaving, was told they only accept cash, since we were short, he just indicated drop in sometime later, no issues. We could not go with that and returned a half hour later with payment. It just makes you feel great when visiting an establishment who has this type of accomodation to strangers. But just to further comment, food was great good value and atmosphere friendly.

John and Linda

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank John821
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