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“Good location” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Dinghy Dock Bar OP

Dinghy Dock Bar OP
Ranked #2 of 17 Restaurants in Oyster Pond
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$10 - US$20
Cuisines: American, Caribbean, Bar, Pub
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, View, Bar Scene
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Breakfast, Drinks, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: The Dinghy Dock Bar is a true Caribbean dive bar. Situated on a historic marina in Oyster Pond, the bar straddles the Dutch and French line sitting over the water. It's a place where high and low, locals and tourists, rub elbows and party the night away. It was originally a place to get the rowdy drunken sailor's out of the finer establishments in the area. Sit at the bar and to hear stories told, some true and many not, from around the island and around the world. The "mix your own" happy hour is the best around. That's right, you get the bottle, glass, mixer, and make you own drink. This is also one of the best-stocked bars on the island, with the usual suspects, as well some unusual ones - even a selection of craft beers from the US for those missing a taste of home. The kitchen makes some of the best casual bar food around, lunch and dinner. You won't find better fish and chips, ribs, burgers, wings, or anything else on the menu. Daily specials vary from goat stew to jerk pork chops to blackened grouper. We open at 8am for coffee and fresh baked croissants. The kitchen opens around 11am and runs until you're stuffed. All are welcome - kids, dogs, iguanas, random dock critters, old and young people - provided, of course, they're up for a good time. Family friendly most of the day and night, late night is definitely more suited for the "big kids". You never know what will happen at this place. There is also live music every Sunday night and usually 2-3 other nights of the week. Sports fan? The game is always on at the Dinghy Dock. Whether it's NFL, NHL, NBA, Soccer, College, Pro, Olympics, you name it and we will like be watching. Stop by and yell at the tvs(that's right, more than one) with us. You are guaranteed to have a good time no matter what night you go, and once you've been there, you will be back. Maybe because you got so drunk you forgot your shoes, or maybe to do it all over again. Dinghy Dock Bar "The Peril of Oyster Pond"
San Diego, California
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27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Good location”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2014

This was the first place that was suggested to us after we settled in from the trip. The location to where we stayed was great, easy to get to, food was good, enjoyed the atmosphere and the company of fellow diners. Everyone was friendly. The waiter did his best, but honestly it was his first nite working there and was not familiar with the menu, forgot to submit one side order, was told it would arrive shortly. It never arrived, no apology, nothing. We all enjoyed the cold beverages though....

  • Visited April 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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English first
New York City, New York
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great Food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

A really great, casual dining experience. Fun to eat on the dock and watch the boats. Service was very friendly!

Visited May 2014
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Princeton, Minnesota
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97 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Upscale bar food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2014

The food was pretty good, atmosphere was great - on marina, service was on the slow side. The power went out a couple times. There was only one server when we were there - but he was very friendly. I think if they had one more person working - we would have rated it highet.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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albany
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“This place deserves all the good reviews”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2014

I've only gone back and read the last ten or so reviews but they are spot on. This has whatever you might be looking for. If you are looking for real good food that is very reasonably priced, this is the place. If you are looking for good drinks that are reasonably priced, this is the place. If you are looking to meld some American culture with some local culture, this is the place. As others have said, the owner is very much part of the atmosphere. He fits in well with locals and tourists alike. The staff is very attentive and customer friendly. We were only in Oyster Pond for four nights but we ate dinner here twice and breakfast once. Also as an added bonus the US$ is taken at par.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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“Casual Fun & Great Food!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2014 via mobile

My husband & I tried several restaurants in St. Maarten & Dinghy Dock is by far our favorite. I had the fish & chips & my husband had a burger he called the best one he'd had in a long time. We liked it so much we had the same thing again the next night, and we never do that! The atmosphere is very casual and there is a lot of people watching to do, as the restaurant is right on the dock where boats and catamarans come and go. Highly recommend!

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Jeanie M
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