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1220 E Northwest Hwy, Des Plaines, IL 60016-3391
(847) 827-1817
09:00 - 20:00
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Fri 09:00 - 21:00
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Palatine, Illinois
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33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 efficiently handled call-in orders, take-out, and eat-in. It took a while to get my food,... More 

Thank Sheri M
Chicago, Illinois
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76 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 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 I highly recommend it. Now I am going to get fish Tacos for Friday .

Thank Dan W
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336 reviews
207 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
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 are excellent and their Jambalaya is wonderful. Orders can be to eat in or to... More 

Thank Michael A
Chicago, Illinois
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48 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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 average age in there must be early sixties. I personally think the food is ok,... More 

Thank Dan A
Park Ridge, Illinois
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64 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
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 restaurant rather than a pick up place. Staff is hardworking and food is really good.

Thank pondgal
Medinah, Illinois
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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
Chicago, Illinois
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147 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 November 2016

Have driven past this place for years and never knew what I'd been missing until my parents gave me a gift certificate to Don's Dock. I didn't realize it was a family run restaurant - both take out and sit down. My husband and sister and I visited for dinner this week and after that experience, we all agreed that... More 

Thank TallBlonde
Park Ridge, Illinois
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34 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 November 2016 via mobile

People seem to love this place. It's ok . LOTS of fried seafood. I grew up in Florida so kinda know that fried isn't the only way. What I ordered was ok. Won't visit again.

Thank khodgdon
Norridge, Illinois
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36 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 October 2016

The Johnson family has owned this family friendly restaurant for 65 years. You are comfortable as soon as you arrive as the Johnsons make you feel as if you are dining with them in their kitchen at home. All the employees are friendly and courteous. Arrive hungry as there is a wide variety of fish to choose from and you... More 

Thank patshea2016
Coupeville, Washington
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31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

Don's Dock has been there forever and for 40 years we drove past and never went in. Now that we were visiting in Des Plaines, we stopped in and had dinner there the other night. I'm always keen on BYOB places and Don's Dock is. So I ran down to Walgreens just two blocks away and bought a bottle of... More 

Thank Margery M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$20
American, Cajun & Creole, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
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: (847) 827-1817
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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