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Dock Street Oyster Bar

12 Dock St, Wilmington, NC 28401-4431
+1 910-762-2827
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  • Excellent65%
  • Very good25%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“oysters” (185 reviews)
“crab legs” (35 reviews)
“fresh seafood” (24 reviews)
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American, Bar, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
12 Dock St, Wilmington, NC 28401-4431
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A joy to eat here. Oysters Rockefeller, Blue Oysters, calamari, enchiladas, stuffed flounder, Cajun Seafood platter, parmesan shrimp, fish tacos, clams, steamer and steamer platters. Everything we had was so tasty. Prompt service, good beer and wines. Numerous specials to chose from. A very enjoyable...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank BW350
Reviewed 26 October 2018 via mobile

We heard that they were voted the best restaurant several years so we gave it a try and found out why. They serve gear local seafood cooked perfectly. If you want local seafood this Ishtar very best in Wilmington.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank michaelsU5970GN
Reviewed 23 October 2018 via mobile

My wife and i gave it a try and we’re so glad we did. A dozen raw oysters along with a wonderful shrimp meal seasoned with ginger was fantastic. The atmosphere was cozy and lively and the staff is very attentive. Gotta get the oysters.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank ronaldt599
Reviewed 28 September 2018

Stopped ere afer shopping in Wilmington, late in the afternoon the place wasnear empty but at a great surprise the food was especially the oysters, it's a little pricey but worth the food experience alone,a little slow getting the meal out but great srevice and...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Reviewed 28 August 2018 via mobile

this place was on point...no frills, super casual vibe that delivered on simple and well executed dishes. Oysters Rockefeller and dozen raw oysters, a cold IPA or two followed by some awesome blackened fish tacos and completed with a delicious key lime pie straight from...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Stephen S
Reviewed 25 August 2018

I stopped at Dock Street Oyster Bar since I hadn't been there lately and wanted a quick light meal. I ordered the special tuna appetizer which was outstanding. It was a corn fritter pancake topped with a large serving of seared ahi tuna, topped with...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Dan V
DOYSTERBAR, Owner at Dock Street Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2018

Thank you so much for the kind words. Steve

Reviewed 25 August 2018

This is a laid-back, cool restaurant with funky decor and great drinks. The crab dip appetizer was wonderful, and we would go back just for that, but we were disappointed with the steamer pot. The potatoes and corn were not very well seasoned and the...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank bebeAnnArbor_MI
DOYSTERBAR, Owner at Dock Street Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2018

If you ever do come back. PLEASE, tell somebody that you are not happy with something. It is frustrating as a small business owner to read this kind of review. The Oysters are local and never frozen, the Mollusk is a New Zealand Green lipped...More

Reviewed 13 August 2018 via mobile

I went here based on the reviews from Tripadvisor! The interior reminded me of being in the village in NYC! Very cool! We ordered the crab dip and OMG! Best I ever had and I’ve eaten a lot!! We almost ordered another one just so...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Darla P
Reviewed 10 August 2018 via mobile

I had high hopes for this place considering there are many rave reviews. I got the shrimp and crab and it was bland and lacked flavor. It tasted like it was basically boiled with no seasonings. The customer service was also lacking. My waitress hardly...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Jackie G
DOYSTERBAR, Owner at Dock Street Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 12 August 2018

We are sorry that we did not live up to your obviously high standard's. Luckily for us, Jackie. 98 % of the rest of the customers don't feel the way you do. In thIs same time period we received 5 -5 star reviews with everything...More

Reviewed 9 August 2018

I think this place is really overrated here. It is load (30% of the surfaces are corrugated steel or concrete) food is bland (no seasoning on our meals and over steamed veggies) and not moderately priced (130 for a dinner for 4 with 2 glasses...More

Date of visit: August 2018
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DOYSTERBAR, Owner at Dock Street Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 12 August 2018

Are you trying to say our Building is old ? Don't know what load is ? Our Building was erected in 1865 and we are very proud of it, it has character. We check on every table and " ask are you happy " this...More

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Questions & Answers
Debora S
15 March 2018|
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Response from DOYSTERBAR | Property representative |
Hi, Debora, We serve mostly fresh local Seafood and Produce and fry nothing. Please advise your server and we will do our best to accommodate you. Thanks ... Steve
1 July 2016|
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Response from DOYSTERBAR | Property representative |
We have drink specials but unfortunately, NC state law prohibits happy hours.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$16
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:45
16:00 - 21:45
16:00 - 21:45
16:00 - 21:45
16:00 - 21:45
16:00 - 21:45
11:00 - 21:45
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 12 Dock St, Wilmington, NC 28401-4431
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Wilmington
  • Phone Number: +1 910-762-2827
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We are a Family owned Business that takes great pride in using Locally sourced Seafood and Vegetables at affordable prices . We have been voted Best Oyster bar by Encore readers in Wilmington 15 years in a row.
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