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“Set this place adrift -- it is a sinking ship.” 1 of 5 bubbles
Review of Dockside Seafood

Dockside Seafood
Ranked #122 of 857 Restaurants in Savannah
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Bar, Seafood, Delicatessen
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Scenic view, Kids, Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: Downtown
Saint Augustine, Florida
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“Set this place adrift -- it is a sinking ship.”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2010

Recommended by a "local," we went to Dockside for dinner on Nov 13. Overpriced, poorly prepared and slowly served seafood was what we got. We ordered appetizers and dinner, and were sorely disappointed.

For starters, the "famous" crabcake (8.95) was nothing more than a bit of claw meat and lots of bread. Now, I usually don't order crab cakes south of Maryland, but I was assured that they were "famous" and full of crab . . . they were not full of crab, but they're now "famous" with me. Ordering the "Tybee Trio" (shrimp, scallops, and "grouper fingers"), with fries and slaw for $23.95, I expected a traditional heaping platter of Georgia seafood. What arrived were four 31-36 size, rather anemic-looking shrimp, 4 scallops about 1 inch in diameter, and three small (half-inch by 2 inches) pieces of some type of fried fish. Whether or not it was grouper, I don't know. There were not enough fries (along with the seafood) to cover the plate, and the cole slaw (about a half a cup) was in a black plastic container that I might expect from a 7-11 McDonalds or KFC. My wife's blackened grouper (again, maybe it was, and maybe it wasn't) was so salty she could not finish it -- and we know "from blackening." The entire evening ended up costing us about $100, with a couple of beers, tip, etc., and we really felt conned. What was worse is that we walked right by several excellent chain restaurants (Chart House, Ruth's Chris, Tony Roma's, et al.) on the way because we wanted to support local restaurants. Never again, Dockside -- I'd rather go to Long John Silver's.

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Orlando, FL
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“Dockside - what happened?”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2010

Dockside has always been one of our favorite restaruants in Savannah, but our last visit a week ago was the last time we will go there. The prices have gone up significantly. This would not be a problem if the food and service remained exemplary. Not so.

The food was nowhere near the standards set in previous visits. The food was bland and tasteless.

The service was worse. Someone at our table sent back a burger - they had requested it be well done. It was raw in the middle. The burger was put back on the grill - even though it had a couple of bites out of it - and brought back with a new piece of cheese on it. It was black on the outsdie and, yes, raw inside. Still. We asked to have the burger taken off the bill. The manager argued with us.

No one at our table enjoyed their food. It was simply not good. Four people at our table, who all ordered from the lunch menu. Subtracting the burger, ordering only our food and soft drinks - no appetizers - our total was just over $70. Without tip.

New management? New menu? I'm not sure. What I am sure of is that this family will no longer visit Dockside when we go to Savannah. And we will make sure our friends and family do not fall into the same trap we did.

Dockside, you used to be one of our favorite restaurants. What happened???

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Savannah, Georgia
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“a local says great choice on the river...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2010

Fried Pickels amazing! Good Ranch dressing! Great view of the river, without the green fense blocking. Great service, fast and super nice. AMAZING CHEESECAKE! A must. Good spot to people watch. Must try to stay away from "famous long line places"!

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Seminole, Florida
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“Excellent food and service!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2010

Don't waste your time waiting to get in to an over priced or "famous" restaurant. Dockside was a treat on a hot Saturday night....shrimp grits, fried green tomatoes, crab soup, chicken salad, potato salad and sweet tea were all DELICIOUS and the service was great!

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Twin Cities, Minnesota
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“A Pleasent Surprise”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 5, 2010

We were just shopping in Savanna and it was dinner time. We chose the Dockside because it looked interesting and fun. As it was sticky out we decided to eat inside. The service was prompt, polite, and accurate. I had a shrimp and sausage dish, my partner had the Heaping Platter. Both were very good. I would go back again, and if later in the season eat out side. We certainly had plenty to eat, it was good and well prepared.

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