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“Views the best, food no so much”

Old Dock House & Marina
Ranked #5 of 5 Restaurants in Essex
Price range: US$0 - US$20
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
New York
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41 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Views the best, food no so much”
Reviewed 21 July 2013

Went for a late lunch during mid-July. Got a table by the water with shade. Best part. New England Clam chowder was OK. The fish fry wasn't. Overly breaded and the coating was still uncooked on the inside. Good selection of draft beers. I wouldn't go if I was going to eat inside. Service was attentive and pleasant. So five stars for the location and 2 for the food.

  • Visited July 2013
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English first
North Port, Florida
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49 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“A Brief Review”
Reviewed 8 July 2013

The Old Dock
Order a brew
Enjoy the view
Skip the stew

This is one of 20 short poems about my summer home town of Essex. There are two other restaurants, a deli, and an ice cream shop in town, all quite good.

  • Visited June 2013
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Saratoga Springs, New York
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Over Priced and Clueless Staff”
Reviewed 15 June 2013

A group of 5 of us visited The Old Dock House on a Monday night. We were greeted by 2 young hostesses who were busy on their cell phones when we arrived. We sat outside and waited at least 20 minutes for the server to arrive. There were just a few other tables, so we didn't quite understand the wait. We ordered some beers which arrived in red solo cups. When the beer averages $4.50 a glass and the average dinner is $25.00, it seems a glass would be more appropriate. The server did not know the specials, so another 10 minutes passed by before she could return and tell us. We asked for a wine list. The wines listed do not match what is available. We ordered our meals, which were just average. The server did not inquire as to our experience...Not Once!. A 20% gratuity was added to our check. Thank goodness I noticed it, or we would have tipped twice. The service was worth a 10% tip at best. The staff should inform the customer about a compulsory gratuity. That left a very bad taste in our mouth. I was going to express our dissatisfaction, but it was clear it would have not resulted in any positive outcome. The feeling we all shared is that the establishment only cares about making money, and not experiences. We won't be back.

  • Visited June 2013
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Essex, New York
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35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Great view, food is average to poor”
Reviewed 24 September 2012

The Old Dock has a great lake view. The food is very average.....some things like the burgers are ok. The service can be pretty slow, but you get to watch the lake while you are waiting for service.

  • Visited September 2012
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2 Thank KScottieG
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Essex, New York
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31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Go for the drinks and view, skip the food.”
Reviewed 19 September 2012

Great place to bring your boat and grab a few drinks. Best view in town. Skip the food, it's not good.

Visited August 2012
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