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“Don’t let the shabby exterior fool you -- this place is great with only a few flaws”
Review of Dockside Sea Grille - CLOSED

Dockside Sea Grille
Price range: US$8 - US$18
Cuisines: Seafood, Bar
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, View
Dining options: Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Dockside Sea Grille serves the freshest seafood in Lake Park, West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens and North Palm Beach. Whether it be Maryland crabcakes, a Maine Lobster Roll, or the fresh catch of the day, Dockside can fill all your seafood needs.At Dockside Sea Grille, we've poured our heart and soul creating a small locally owned business that takes pride in creative, uniqely crafted seafood filled with outside the box ideas. We aren't Applebee's, TGI Fridays, Olive Garden or any type of corporate restaurant and we certainly don't do things by the book. We love to acknowledge our customers, getting to know more about them, their favorite drinks, and menu items. Dockside is a hole in the wall local Lake Park, West Palm Beach, and North Palm Beach restaurant and we love our customers, friends, and family that we get to share it with. We hope to see you soon! So stop in and enjoy great food and drink while dining outside on the water under the thatched tiki roof.
Reviewed 21 March 2015

Don’t let the garish yellow paint on the front exterior dissuade you from pulling into the small parking lot where the Dockside shares space with other small businesses. Go in the door and you’re ushered to the back deck where almost all the tables are. There’s a constant breeze and you’re under a roof, overlooking a lovely lagoon (see photo, not great but it does show the view you’ll enjoy).

If you’re looking for elegance in the furniture or decor, look elsewhere. But if you want savory food presented very well, with layers of flavor, as well as ample portions and freshness, then grab a seat. There aren’t many!

Our party of three enjoyed the Alaskan King Crab, the Grouper with Dinner Salad (see photo), and the Steamed Clams (see photo) with sides of garden salad and Sweet (Potato) Fries. And drinks we enjoyed included a Martini Bomb Sapphire with no vermouth, and an Awesome Blossom martini, and Stella Artois beer. We kept marveling at how good everything was.

The clams came with two hunks of crusty buttered bread whose purpose was to soak up the lovely broth but they weren’t enough as there was more broth than bread!

Small quibbles: The small staff meant slow service at times. This is not the place to eat and run. We asked for a spoon for the extra broth but it never came. We needed a couple more items and had to ask the busboy who was running by. But their cheerfulness helped cancel those things out.

Florida law allows smoking "outside". That means -- yes -- you can smoke at your table, something I find completely revolting. It meant that I became a smoke magnet. But that’s not the restaurant’s fault, although I would hope they’d see the problem with strong cigarette smoke diminishing the wonderful flavors of the food and despite the law, ask diners to not smoke.

We all opted to not have dessert -- too full! -- but some of our party enjoyed espresso.

The ladies room is quirky and colorful.

We happened to meet the one and only chef as we left and commended him for his excellent work.

We wish much success to this little yet wonderful place, and hope they don’t burn out given that they are trying to do it all with very few people. We’ll be back to see!

Date of visit: March 2015
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Thank KateShrewsbury
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5 - 9 of 55 reviews

Reviewed 4 January 2015 via mobile

Just finished having dinner with my husband. We both had one of their $14.95 dinner specials (pecan encrusted Snapper) with salad and potato. We had a great salad that came out on chilled salad plate, and when the meal arrived the plate was loaded with green beans, corn on the cob, ratatouille, potatoes and fruit. It was absolutely delicious and way more than we expected. Don't miss the happy hour drink prices and dinner prices, you can't beat them. This could be my new fav since they tore down the Tiki Hut at Riviera Beach.

Thank Sandif16105
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Reviewed 8 August 2014

You can almost drive by this place; but don't. When you walk into the bar it is old Florida. Ceramic crabs on the paneled wall, small old bar and a bartender that floats from hostessing to
making drinks. We arrived for happy hour which ends at 7:00. The drinks are so reasonable and very generous. 2 scotch rocks, $6.50 and 2 house wines $6.25. The best part of this place is that it is on a small lagoon and has a huge porch with a thatched roof that overlooks the water. With the fans on it was very comfortable. The service was splendid. The same lady that made the drinks ended up also waiting our table and she did everything right. All our special requests were promptly taken care of. They have an "early bird" menu that starts at 4:00 and goes to closing. For $12.95 per person you have a choice of 4 dishes and a house salad. The salad was huge with tomato wedges, cucumbers and mixed greens. I had the pecan crusted snapper and my companion had the crab stuffed filet of sole. Both came with a large side of sauteed zuchini and fried oven roasted potatoes. For the price, the fish in the dishes was adequate and was really great tasting. The entire price for 4 drinks and 2 dinners came to $38.65. Based on the entire experience I would definitely return and hope you will try it. Not fancy but great!

Date of visit: August 2014
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Thank JunoBeachGreenberg
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Reviewed 5 June 2014

Take time to notice this little treasure on Northlake. The hog snapper is delightful, the steam bucket is plenty to share for two and the service was great. The owner, Liz, is always friendly and more than accommodating. It is on a sweet little lagoon with lots of waterfront tables. We like to go here for a nice romantic dinner.

Date of visit: May 2014
Thank Happilysunburned
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Reviewed 16 December 2013

We tried this restaurant for the first time last night after seeing their ad in local papers. We had no idea what to expect and I can honestly say I was very impressed. The service was spot on, the atmosphere relaxing with tropical plants, good music in the background and $4 martinis. When the food arrived it was an eyeful to say the least. We had pecan encrusted snapper, moist and very tasty. Also on the plate was an assortment beyond expectations: grilled pineapple, tomato and baby bok choy; sauteed zucchini, green beans, oven roasted potatoes, 1/2 lime, greens with shredded carrot. This is after a large crisp salad with homemade tomato balsamic dressing. If you haven't had enough then out comes dessert, a small eclair drizzled with chocolate sauce. The price $12.95 4:30 to 6. OMG it was great. Will definitely go again.

Date of visit: December 2013
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3  Thank Frances H
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