About Doc Magrogan's Oyster House - Dover
Located in the Colonnade of Dover Downs Hotel and Casino, Dave Magrogan developed these classic 1900′s Oyster Houses as a way to pay tribute and homage to the great tradition of enjoying oysters, the ocean’s little aphrodisiacs. No expense was spared to create an Oyster House that transforms you back to a simpler time of food, fun & merriment in a local watering hole.
It is Doc’s joy to serve you the freshest seafood, the finest handcrafted beers, and a superior wine selection!
Fresh Starts Here
Seafood, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:45am - 3:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 3:00pm - 1:00am
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
Northbound side of US 13 (North DuPont Hwy)
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Live Entertainment and Trivia!
Doc Magrogan’s can handle your gathering of up to 100 people. Enjoy Doc’s warm atmosphere, pleasant hospitality, and fresh dishes- sure to please your friends, co-workers, or family. We offer a variety of options for you and your party to enjoy. If you have specific requests, we will be happy to accommodate any of your needs! All of our menus are fully customizable.
Complimentary valet provided with lunch or dinner service.
DART First State is the Statewide Public Bus Transportation system. Dover Downs Hotel & Casino is serviced by routes 109, 112 & 113. Visit dartfirststate.com for more information.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Doc Magrogan's Oyster House - Dover Ratings and Reviews
Worth the $
Docs is always a good place to go. The food is always very fresh and tasteful. It's fairly pricey but you get what you pay for. Always a nice experience.
Good food Great Service
The calamari appetizer was very good. The lobster mac and cheese appetizer was almost non existent of lobster meat. The fried seafood platter was very good with the crab cake almost excellent. The broiled scallops were bland and tasteless. The one thing that would bring me back to this place is the excellent service we received from a very busy but cheerful and friendly waitress.
Lots of attention because not busy. Food was tasty. No concerns.
Super small portions for the price !
There were super small portions for the price and they were out of some of the $1 oysters by 6:30 and the special is supposed to last to 10pm. The tuna tacos has less tuna than a tuna pouch. Waitress was not very attentive at all. They seemed to have her all over the restaurant.
would not recommend the food was awful.
The menu has changed and we ordered the seafood combo scallops, shrimp and crabcake. we also ordered the crab dip when it arrived it was a huge bowl of gloppy mess with stale dipping bread, we asked if we could get warm crusty bread and was told no. The crab dip was more like a large bowl of cheese fondue with no hint of crab. The entrees were on the small side with only 2 greasy scallops, 2 breaded shrimp that appeared from a box and a crabcake with mostly filler. This is not the same place with the delicious food they are known for. I'm sad to say that it was a wasted dinner for my 50th birthday celebration.
THREE STRIKES YOUR OUT!
...OK, when the wine I ordered was "gone", and the substitute the manager offered was far inferior, I should have known we were in for a rough evening. The waitress tried, but how many times can you say..."we're out of that tonight". I am not just talking about the wine or other limited menu items, but out of potatoes and rice? You have to be kidding me! Very disappointing...
Great Dining Experience!
Great dining experience. Food was cooked to perfection, just as it was requested. Sever was friendly and very knowledgeable of all entries on the menu. He was very attentive to my dining needs. I would highly recommend.
Over all I was very unimpressed with our ...
Over all I was very unimpressed with our meal. For being such an upscale restaurant the food was very bland tasting for the price of the meal. We were planning on getting drinks during the happy hour but we're not informed it was only for the bar area and patio section. We were also say next to a very noisy table in the dining room which was near empty and could have been sat anywhere else. Our service was mediocre. The server seemed pushy and lingered after we told him we did not want any more drinks or dessert. He seemed very unprofessional and unprepared. I would probably not return, and I'd erg others not to waste their time and money.
we had a great time
We thought this was the best restaurant very friendly gave suggestions I can not wait to return the food was fresh and delicious
Not a Good 1st Experience!!
We made out reservation over the phone, got there and seated promptly. My husband ordered a 8 oz filet Mignon with Fried Shrimp on the side. We waited 20 minutes before we were told that they didnt have the filet mignon at the time but could be ready in like 20 mins or so. We were going out and didn't have time to wait so he switched the order to King Crab Legs. They finally bought the order out but without his Fried Shrimp. Manager took his portion of the bill off but needless to say we werent able to eat together because of the timeliness of the food being delivered. It was our 1st time there and that wasnt a good look for a 1st experience. The food was good though.
Could have gotten better food and service at mcdonalds. Server was inattentive, food was over cooked, manager seemed like he didn't care or have a clue. We waited 45 minutes from the time we ordered to get our food. There poor attempt at a solution was a bad lobster salad on stale bread.
Great service bad food
Our server was fantastic and helpful. At the end of the meal they realized that we barely ate out food and the manager came by. We told them that the lobster the shrimp and scallops literally had no taste. Even the lobster bisque barely had any flavor. It's a shame because it's a nice restaurant in the casino and it had the potential to be fantastic. The manager did take $20 off our bill. Again service was fantastic food was just bland
Great Seafood but don't order the steak
If you're looking for great seafood, this is the place to go. Lots of choices, fresh fish, fresh oysters and good bar drinks. We have found out though not to order the steaks. The steak always comes out charred no matter if you order it medium or medium well. Besides that, we love the Maryland crab soup, calamari, lump crab cocktail and seafood entrees.
We had been wanting to come here since it opened, just never made it until now. We'll worth it. The food was excellent. Our service was great and the Chocolate caramel cheesecake was to die for!
The food order was not served together, which is not appropriate when a couple are out for the first time together. Not a good expereince.
We have been to dinner at Docs several t ...
We have been to dinner at Docs several times in the past. I'm not sure what has changed but it is not nearly as good as it used to be. In fact, my dinner was horrible. I usually do not leave negative reviews but the food was that bad.
Great seafood in Dover, DE
Located at the Dover Downs Casino, the ambience is unique, and probably not for every family. The oysters are spectacular and the seafood is exceptional. The wine list is below average, but serviceable. We enjoyed our dinner and would recommend me it for those visiting Dover.
2nd Visit not as good as the first
The first time we went to this restaurant, we were very impressed. Great food, cooked perfectly. This was our 2nd visit and this time we left disappointed. The waiter did not tell us there was an all you can eat special going on. I did not notice anything as I entered, but paid real close attention as I left and did see it on a chalk board but not very noticeable. The crab dip had no lumps of crab - you could barely distinguish the crab meat. I do not recommend the Seafood Cioppino - the sauce was very watery and the scallops were not just seared - they were burnt.
Great service and food. Will be returni ...
Great service and food. Will be returning in the very near future.
Seafood restaurant out of seafood!
My husband & I were celebrating Valentine's Day & my birthday. We started our meal off with a crab dip appetizer. The dip didn't taste bad - a little spicy for my taste, but the main problem was that it had absolutely NO crab in it! Just a very expensive cheese dip. When we tried to order our meals, the real problems began. I ordered a steam pot & was told they were out of clams & asked if it would be o.k. to get additional mussels instead. I wasn't thrilled about the change, but I agreed. Then, when my husband ordered the broiled seafood platter, he was told they were out of scallops & he was asked if they could substitute shrimp instead. He was not agreeable to the change, so he had to choose another entrée. Not an easy task in a seafood restaurant that is out of both scallops & clams if you aren't a huge fan of fish! He finally settled on the crab cakes, which were good but very small. My steam pot arrived without the advertised potatoes & corn. When I notified our waiter, he eventually came back with an undercooked ear of corn & told me that the restaurant was out of potatoes!!! Seriously?! This was Valentine's Day - did they not anticipate they would be busy?! Finally, when we asked about dessert, our waiter assured us they were not out of any desserts - I was thankful because the couple at the table next to ours was sharing a piece of Red Velvet cake - my favorite! When our waiter told us about our selections, he only mentioned a few flavors of mousse. When I asked about the cake, he said he would check in the back. He came back & said they had a chocolate cheese cake. I again pointed out that the table next to us had Red Velvet cake, but he ignored me! We left without dessert! While the food wasn't bad, the entire experience was very disappointing. We will not be returning & would not recommend this restaurant!
The old bay burger was sold out do I cho ...
The old bay burger was sold out do I chose soup instead lobster bisque with crab dip... I was miserable after. Probably my choice but it did leave a bit of a sour taste. The help was great but overwhelmed. I love this place but on Valentine's not so much.
Not For Holiday Dining
We've enjoyed dining at Doc Magrogan's in Dover, Delaware numerous times before so this rating might have been a "three" but I elected a "four" out of past experiences. We had 7 pm reservations and arrived at 6:15 and were immediately seated. There were many empty table and it seemed that they must have added extra tables anticipating the holiday flow. The tables were much too close and the folks next to us were rather loud. Nevertheless, my wife's wine was returned because the glass had an aroma of some sort of cleaning fluid. My 23 ounce draft was fine. The replacement wine was adequate. We both ordered off the fresh catch menu and both the salmon and the swordfish were soft, wet and mushy on one end and too crisp on the other. It was evident that someone in the kitchen wasn't paying attention. The garlic mash and vegetable medley were mixed together and over cooked. Overall, not a memorable Valentine's Day meal. We know they can do better and will undoubtedly return on other than holidays.
food was substandard, menu item ordered ...
food was substandard, menu item ordered was not available unless part of it was substituted won't go back again red lobster is berrer.
My funny valentine
I wouldn't recommend going here on a busy night. Your food may come out cold, your entrees, while the same, may come out looking like two totally different dishes (not to mention tiny) and your service may be subpar.
Not the type of food or atmosphere I hav ...
Not the type of food or atmosphere I have come to expect from an Open Table restaurant. I had the lobster blt tacos - there was very little lobster, the bacon was slightly under cooked and the tortillas were unpalatable. The Old Bay seasoned fries were presented unceremoniously in a bowl and were more diner quality. The servers were perfectly lovely and attentive, since they were continuously walking by my seat on their way from the rest of the restaurant to the kitchen. I was bumped into repeatedly. Everyone was very apologetic, no one was rude, but I certainly wasn't able to relax into my meal. The restaurant is inside the DoverDowns casino, which was fine. Ambiance was lacking as well, since I was sitting next to the huge open wall to the kitchen were I listened to the folks hollering about food prep and orders. I paid $45 (with tip) for my meal that I could have paid $25 for at a dinner. I did have 1 glass of wine; I did not bother to have dessert.
Went there for my birthday with a friend. The server was great. Loved the food. Would have loved to see fried oysters on the menu, but had a great time.
Great First Visit
After hearing great things from friends about this place, my wife and I decided to try it out for a long overdue date night. Dining area was comfortable and inviting. Service was excellent. The crab cakes were fantastic, as well as the selection of fresh oysters from the raw bar. Can't wait to dine here again, or maybe just stop in for a few more orange crushes from the bar. Top notch!
Dessert was so good, Girl Scout Samoa sh ...
Dessert was so good, Girl Scout Samoa shot. Had lobster roll - lobster was great, roll not so much
Our table was ready upon our arrival. The restaurant was quite crowded so we were glad we had reservations.
Docs was closing early due to weather
But we were served and treated very Well. Mike served us as if we were family!
The more I dine at doc magrogans the sma ...
The more I dine at doc magrogans the smaller the serving get - they even took the hush puppies and oysters off the fried combo. Thinking about looking for another seafood restaurant.
Where's my dinner?
Overall very disappointed in the service or lack there of. We were a party of four -- three of whom received their dinner order after an acceptable wait. The fourth dinner was not brought out with the others and the waitress was told that it was missing. Received a number of assuring comments that the dinner would be brought out as soon as possible but that now other orders were in front of it -- what!? Dinner was finally brought to the table after all of the others had finished eating. Totally unacceptable! Though the apologies were many, there was not one single offer to "make it right." Again very disappointing! Lastly, where was restaurant management during this event...missing.
Items on menu are great. Need to update ...
Items on menu are great. Need to update menu with new and different items.
Exceptional Food and Service
Great experience. Will return soon. Service was friendly and efficient. Impressed with the dish! Delicious!
First time, and will come back!
My co worker got me a gift card to here and I was skeptical at first because I'm pregnant and was concerned I may not have many options! But they had a meat section and I got the 6 oz steak and it was AMAZING! I loved the bread, and we were in a quaint area and felt like it was just me and my husband. I loved it!
Not impressed with service.For starters, table setting only had placemats. Had to ask for utensils and napkin from someone else. Food was great, but service was not. Felt like we were being rushed to pay the bill. Asked for a refill of tea from another server because ours was no where to be found. She asked who our server was and failed to follow though. Had to leave in disappoint.Can't submit names because no one gave us a welcome or introduction.
Cold overpriced food
I have never been to Docs before and I will never go back. I ordered the filet and lobster tail. When my plate was brought out the steak was cold and very tuff. The lobster was chewie and the fingerling potatoes were hard as a rock. The food was way over priced.
Acceptable food - good service - very tired, beat-up place
Gift cards not that great of a deal
Don't know whether Doc's is making adjustments for all of the half price gift cards sold, BUT Portion sizes are small and prices are high for amount of food. Vegetable linguine was tasty even though served at room temperature and would have made a decent appetizer in a 3 or 4 course meal. 1 dinner roll and no salad for $14. One of the cheapest entrees on the menu. Wouldn't recommend for people paying cash.
Good service and food
The food is pretty good..sometimes better one night than the next. Good for large groups.
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