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Don's Dock

1220 E Northwest Hwy, Des Plaines, IL 60016-3391
+1 847-827-1817
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good30%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“hush puppies” (4 reviews)
“fried shrimp” (6 reviews)
“jambalaya” (3 reviews)
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American, Cajun & Creole, Seafood
$$ - $$$
1220 E Northwest Hwy, Des Plaines, IL 60016-3391
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Decided to surprise my wife with a crab cake dinner. Not only was she surprised, but so was I. The food is terrific.

Thank Emil P
Reviewed 1 week ago

Saw the reviews so we had to try it out ourselves. First we have driven past this place many times saying that we should try it out. Don's Dock reminds us of a place that we would eat at many times in San Diego. With...More

Thank Nuts4mice
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you like fresh seafood this is a good place. They specialize in fried shrimp and all types of shrimp dishes. My wife and I ate there on a Saturday night. It was pretty busy. You pull a number when you go in. They will...More

1  Thank dlc962
Reviewed 21 May 2017 via mobile

Could order one of everything. Had coconut shrimp. One of my favs but this is served w/out breading which is fine w me. Tasty. Hubby raved about his blackened cod. Those who complain about price are out of touch w fish prices. No great bargains...More

Thank Rebecca M
Reviewed 10 April 2017

All you have to do is walk into Don's Dock on a Friday during Lent to know just how good this restaurant is! My first visit (but not my last) was on just such a Friday evening, and it was standing room only. The staff...More

Thank Sheri M
Reviewed 2 March 2017

Much like Michael A , I've been driving by for years. One of the guys brought up seafood so we checked out the menu. We tried the shrimp Po Boys with slaw and hushpuppies and additionally got a pound of Cod. Everything was great so...More

Thank Dan W
Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

If you live in the area you drive by probably every day . Well stop driving and check this place out. The fish was absolutely wonderful. You can get fried or grilled /baked. They have craw fish , shrimp , catfish etc etc. their fries...More

Thank Michael A
Reviewed 29 January 2017

I live very close to Don's Dock, as a result I eat there fairly regularly, especially during Lent. It definitely is a madhouse on Fridays during Lent and is busy in general. The place really seems to be a favorite amongst the older generation. The...More

Thank Dan A
Reviewed 4 January 2017

We go here for carry out about every 6 weeks or so. We have never been disappointed with the food. It's better than average seafood but not the place we feel comfortable eating. They need more space so more folks could enjoy it as a...More

Thank pondgal
Reviewed 15 November 2016

Asked husband where to go for his birthday..and this is the place..Have never been there...Warm..friendly people there....all super nice..and so welcoming.. food was delicious..will go back..good tasty experience..

Thank anen1110
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Do you have lake perch every day? Would one pound be enough for two people?
18 June 2016|
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Response from Colleen E | Reviewed this property |
Agree - perch is amazing - but call them and ask to be certain.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 6 - USD 20
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
09:00 - 20:00
09:00 - 20:00
09:00 - 20:00
09:00 - 20:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1220 E Northwest Hwy, Des Plaines, IL 60016-3391
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Des Plaines
  • Phone Number: +1 847-827-1817
  • E-mail
Don's Dock has been family owned & operated since 1951. We offer fried, grilled, raw, smoked, and steamed seafood for dine in or carry out (and don't forget- we're BYOB!). Some of our most popular items include fried shrimp, cocktail shrimp, grilled seafood tacos, lobster rolls, clam chowder, grilled crab stuffed salmon, and jambalaya. All of our recipes are freshly made from scratch. We can also order in any fresh seafood that you need, typically with in a day. Stop in and get hooked on our seafood!
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