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“Stuck in the corner again....” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Zahniser's Dry Dock

Zahniser's Dry Dock
Ranked #4 of 36 Restaurants in Solomons
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic, View, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: The Dry Dock, is located in Solomons Island at the Zahniser's Yachting Center. Expect an intimate water view restaurant that caters to an upscale dining experience, specializing in steaks & seafood. We offer deck seating, weather permitting. Nightly specials & Happy Hour 5-6:00pm daily. Hours of Operation: Open Tuesday through Sunday, 5:00pm. Sunday Brunch 10:00am - 2:00pm Reservations recommended.
Hollywood, Maryland
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112 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Stuck in the corner again....”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2014

Recently visited for an anniversary dinner. We have been visiting this restaurant for over 28 years and seen it grow. This is our third recent visit where we are seated at the last table indoors, which is right next to the kitchen/galley entrance. Would be nice and quiet, even romantic, except for the hustle/bustle of a busy kitchen. The menu has changed, to be expected. The food is still very good, but what we found disappointing was the loss of quality service. Yes, they are attentive to a degree, but the little touches are gone. Where have you put the fresh pepper? Why should you bring our check without our asking and within 60 seconds of serving an after dinner drink? Our server even picked up my plate to box the leftovers and walked it to the bar area before going into the kitchen. Picky me, but next time give me my own box please. Love the location, view, food, but the service needs to be upgraded. I forgot to mention that our table that was near the galley access was also right beside the door to the outdoor deck dining area. We are not sure what was up with the door, but every time, and this was very often, a server came in/out, the door would slam and then bounce.....killed our romantic celebration. I cannot recall if there was any music playing or not, in between the kitchen traffic and the door slamming. At one point we were talking about it and a younger male server did something to the door and it stopped slamming/bouncing. In hind sight, we think they popped the lock out to make it easier for exit/entry with full hands. Not so sure we will be back, after 28 years of visits.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Columbia, Maryland
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
“Perfect meal”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2014

On the spur of the moment we dropped by Zahniser's to see a table was available. It was, and the meal and service couldn't have been better. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. This is a meal we will remember.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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“delicious food, beautiful setting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2014

The rockfish fingers were delicious. The crab cake sliders were ok, and at $19 for two small sliders, on the expensive side. The gnocchi with rockfish, scallops, and shrimp was fantastic. The grilled grouper with lemon infused rice, was also really good.
We would consider going back, but wouldn't order the crab cake sliders.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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“perfect date night”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2014

with small children, date nights are few and far between in our home! on a recommendation, we made reservations at dry dock and had the BEST date night we've had in a long time!! the service was incredible (server was knowledgeable and very outgoing), the food absolutely delicious (i had the duck!), and the view and atmosphere just perfect! i will definitely recommend dry dock to all of our friends!

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Great spot”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2014

Attractive waterfront location, food was great. We had the cioppino and the spicy chicken/shrimp creole.

Visited March 2014
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