The Fish Shanty is located at 471 Central Avenue in Dover, at the top of the hill, just before the older more historic section of Dover's downtown begins. The Fish Shanty is one of the older Dover independent restaurants.
My wife and I had dinner at the Fish Shanty in June 2012. We hadn't been there in about 10 years, mostly because I am not a fan of fried seafood, and there are many restaurants in the greater Dover/Portsmouth area. We recieved a gift certificate, and went. Before going, I went online to look at the menu, and was pleasantly surprised to see some greek influenced items, as well as a small, separate greek menu.
The Fish Shanty does not have its' own parking lot, but there is considerable street parking in the immediatie vicinty. There are two dining areas, both decorated the same, one upon first entering, and a larger one with a separate small raised area within, to your left upon entering. There are at least 25 tables in the Fish Shanty, and when we dined early on a Sunday evening, there was only one other party there. Before we left, two other small partys had entered.
We were promply greeted, and elected to sit in the larger dining area, near the big window facing Central Avenue. Our server was pleasant. There were no specials. I inquired about the greek menu, as the greek items online I found the greek menu listed as "specials", were not on the regular menu. We were promptly given greek menus.
My wife elected a small FIsherman's Platter for $19.95. I chose the Pastitsio, a mediterranean baked lasagna with ground beef and béchamel sauce, which came with a small greek salad, for $12.95. I tried some of the items on her platter, and there were fine, about the same as you could get anywhere else. Again, I'm not a huge fried seafood fan. My wife would have rated the platter a 7 - 8 on a scale of 1 - 10. I wasn't that thrilled with the Pasitsio. It was a nice sized portion, but I found it a little bland, and found myself wishing I had ordered something else.The predominant flavor was a light nutmeg. I have limited knowledge of greek food, but would have liked more ground beef in it. The small greek salad was ok.
There were some items on the menu that interested me, that if I returned I might try, such as a scallop melt sandwich, a chicken mykonos and a haddock santorini sandwich.
Our server was attentive throughout the meal, but not intrusive. The meal was ok, but unsatisfying to me, as my expectations were perhaps set a little too high by the nice descriptions on the menu.
If you like fried seafood, you might be very pleased with the Fish Shanty. If, however, you are not looking for fried seafood, I would try a different Dover restaurant.
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