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“Almost but not quite perfect”

Skippers Pier Restaurant & Dock Bar
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Ranked #1 of 10 Restaurants in Deale
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Seafood
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed 7 May 2017 via mobile

Was visiting family in the Washington DC Alexandria area and decided to take a trip to the water for an evening meal. All of the reviews led us to believe that this would be the perfect place to enjoy a great meal with a great view. And, at first blush, we were not disappointed. The scenic drive, the perfect location on the water with a small town feel, the extensive outside eating areas and the amazing menu that couples Southern standards with local seafood favorites had us extremely excited. Sadly, part of the outdoor seating area has a view that is completely blocked by The Dockside Bar. We took a seat outdoors and were excited to enjoy the sunset over a wonderful family meal. Sadly, a young and inexperienced waitress almost ruined our entire evening. She could tell us almost nothing about the on tap beer selections other than what was most popular. She failed to advise us that two of their most popular appetizers were not available until after we had ordered them, returning to the table to give us the information almost ten minutes later. She failed to return to refill water or beverages, failed to clear the table after we had completed the appetizer and generally failed to return to the table at all to follow up until the end when she asked if we wanted dessert. The restaurant was only mildly busy on a Sunday evening in late April. I shudder to think of this type of staff during a busy summer weekend evening. On a positive note, the food was amazing. We shared their famous crab dip and really enjoyed their version of shrimp and grits. Everything that was brought to the table was delicious. They have a great children's menu that includes fresh fruit and several non-fried options. Would we return? absolutely. Hopefully, management takes note that the competency of the wait staff weighs greatly on a customer's experience.

Thank Anne P
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Reviewed 30 April 2017

Went to Maryland for my husband's birthday for the weekend. We decided to take a drive Over to the bay. My husband informed my he wanted some good seafood, and i found this place. So glad i did. The staff was so friendly, and for as busy as they were we really didn't have a wait. We did have to walk from the overflow parking, but it was a nice little stroll down to the restaurant The atmosphere was nice, and it was beautiful looking out at the water from the deck. The food was fabulous. Couldn't have picked a better place to eat. Would definitely go back there again.

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1  Thank Christina W
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Reviewed 28 April 2017

Great restaurant to eat, enjoy the view from the shoreline or dock bar and eat crabs. The Staff here is wonderful and the food is fantastic. They can seat any size group and you'll be meeting and making friends here each visit. The crab dip and the Orange Crushes are wonderful. You'll be back, I promise.

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Thank DianeinDeale
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Reviewed 28 April 2017

We stumbled upon this little gem! The parking lot was full, which is always a good sign. The food was delicious and the staff friendly. The mussels were amazing! It was so good we went back three times during our 4 day stay. It would have been 4, but they're closed on Mondays:-)

Thank HappyShelly
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Reviewed 28 April 2017

We had not anticipated the 33C plus heat over the easter weekend. Visiting friends and sitting in the back yard was getting too hot. They recommended this place in Deale MD. My brother and I loved it. The restaurant was packed for Sunday brunch, but we headed straight to the dock bar. The breeze was wonderful. We tried some of the house specialty drinks, a skinny crush, made with fresh juice. I had the grapefruit, my brother enjoyed the orange. We snacked on baked oysters and crab balls enjoying every mouthful. The staff were friendly as well all the patrons, who seemed to be regulars. If you want very attentive service, sit at the bar. The views from the patio above the bar and amazing. The fact our dog could join us just made it that much better.

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Thank Charles M
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