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“Great casual place w/ super fresh food”
Review of Dinghy Dock Bar OP

Dinghy Dock Bar OP
Ranked #3 of 17 Restaurants in Oyster Pond
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $20
Cuisines: Caribbean, Pub
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
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"
Arlingon, VA
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great casual place w/ super fresh food”
Reviewed March 18, 2014

We stopped by for a late lunch one day and had awesome fresh food. The fish and chips, ribs and hot dog were all good. We dined there at night before and it is super busy (and not ideal with an ancy small child). We will be back.

  • Visited March 2014
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Again this year”
Reviewed March 17, 2014

We went back to the Dinghy Dock again this year and was just as pleased as we had been before. We have had our fill of the formal dinner atmosphere and really enjoy sittling at the bar and relaxing, enjoying great beer on tap served by the totally out of site Kendle. She is great and sharp as a tack. When we were there before Seth was a new owner but now he is really serving great food and has a special trick of putting a half dozen shooter shots on a snow ski for willing patrons to simultaneously imbibe. You got to see it.

The Dinghy Dock is a casual fun place for those who want to get away from the ordinary.

  • Visited February 2014
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Howell, New Jersey
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Shannon”
Reviewed March 17, 2014

Totally enjoyed this bar/restaurant. Best fish and chips ever! Burgers great too! Staff very friendly and Seth the owner was a pleasure to talk with. Been there last year, twice this year and will definitely will going again next year! Get the "shot ski" ready!!!

  • Visited March 2014
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Atlanta, Georgia
Level 5 Contributor
87 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Quirky, fun staff and awesome bar food”
Reviewed March 16, 2014

The bar is perched perfectly at Captain Oliver's marina - Oyster Pond. The easy access from your yacht. They are open until the last person buys his/her last drink. The hamburgers, fish sandwiches, and ribs were superb. The bartenders are well versed and loads of fun. We really enjoyed "shot ski"… which is a snow ski with 6 shot glasses attached… it requires team work in lifting and swallowing… super fun!! The music was festive and high energy. You can access wi-fi too…

  • Visited March 2014
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Chicago, Illinois
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Great hangout - and great food”
Reviewed March 16, 2014

Dinghy dock has a great atmosphere being on the water, and you can tell they put special attention into serving good food. Have had 5 different items off the menu and all were very fresh and tasty. Definitely worth more than 1 visit while on St Maarten.

  • Visited March 2014
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