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“Great food horrible server”

Doc's Seafood Shack and Oyster Bar
Ranked #9 of 135 Restaurants in Orange Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $6 - $25
Cuisines: American, Bar, Seafood
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Good for: Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Tantalize your taste buds with a taste of the Gulf Coast from Doc's Seafood Shack & Oyster Bar - Seafood Menu. Try one of our two locations in either Orange Beach or Gulf Shores featuring fresh seafood, and generous seafood platter portions. Offering tasty entrees, including, freshly cooked seafood, Doc's world famous fried shrimp, seafood platters, fried fish, seafood gumbo, raw oysters, chicken fingers, onion rings, cold draft beer and big ol' deep water royal red shrimp, plus more.
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69 restaurant reviews
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“Great food horrible server”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2014

We've been going to Doc's for many years and have always enjoyed the food and the staff has always been great until our last visit. Two of our sons and their family and we went to Doc's for dinner and we were unfortunate enough to get a long hair blond fellow who obviously could not care less about the quality of his service. Started out by asking for some extra horseradish for the cocktail sauce. The containers are kept in small pails at the table. There were a couple left so the "waiter" dumped what was left in front of me along with the water. It went from there to a bad attitude, poor service including walking by and asking how the food was and forgetting to wait around for a response. For the most part I always tip 20% but not today. This is the only
time we have ever had bad service at Doc's. In the past it has always been great.

That being the food was great. The boys and I shared Ap Alachicola oysters which were great. BTY, always ask where the oysters are from. If they are from Louisiana, don't order. While we were there we had them from both places and there is a world of difference.

The table had soft shelled crab, fried chicken, fried shrimp, and fried fish. All were excellent.

We always like to note if locals eat where we are. It is almost always a good sign. Doc's gets a lot of local patronage and has specials that obviously are aimed at the locals.

We will go back but if we get the long haird blonde "waiter" we will request a replacement.

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank willie777
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Phoenix, Arizona
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225 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“Too loud and crowded”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2014

Food portions and taste were ok, staff was great but the crowd was noisy. Not a place to relax and enjoy a meal. A must to get here at an off hour to give it a better chance.

Visited July 2014
Thank papamikeinaz
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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51 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Once was enough”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2014

Recommended to us TWICE , but ONCE was enough! Both of us ordered "Create your own Platter" and iced tea. With tip, our lunch bill was $50.00! One platter was cole slaw (OK), FF (unseasoned, frozen crinkle-cut), hush puppies(frozen), & fried fresh shrimp & fried oysters (very good). Second platter was fried fresh shrimp & fried fresh house-made chicken strips (Chicken was well-seasoned, but very dry), & same sides.

Our party of two was served quickly, but a party of three that was already seated when we arrived was still waiting for its food when we left. Restaurant's atmosphere leaves a lot to be desired. It has a tired worn out feel to it. TVs mounted in corners broadcast a sporting event and another show with a close-up shot of a graphic bloody scene. All for $50.00...

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank SadieEN
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Lenoir City, Tennessee
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2014

The food was amazing and the service was great!! This was a nice small local restaurant to help make our beach trip memorable!

Visited July 2014
Thank Julia C
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Springdale, Arkansas
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123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Simple & good”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2014 via mobile

Doc's served very fresh seafood, simply prepared. I had softshell crab, an appreciated the simple light batter. My wife had wonderful fresh royal red shrimp, a real treat.

Thank rusty1014
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