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Don's Dock

1220 E Northwest Hwy, Des Plaines, IL 60016-3391
+1 847-827-1817
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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good28%
  • Average12%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“fried shrimp” (10 reviews)
“hush puppies” (4 reviews)
“seafood” (21 reviews)
Open Now
9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.All hours
American, Cajun & Creole, Seafood
$$ - $$$
1220 E Northwest Hwy, Des Plaines, IL 60016-3391
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The staff is really patient and informative. This is a BYOB small cozy restaurant. Carry out or dine in. I read reviews so I decided to stop by. The food ok however hot. It’s a pricy menu but it’s seafood I guess.

Thank MissFrequentFlyer
Reviewed 6 December 2017

Wonderful, casual seafood restaurant! It is truly a hidden gem in Des Plaines! Fresh seafood at it's finest!

Thank frauevi
Reviewed 6 October 2017

This seafood restaurant and takeout has been here for ever. Great fresh fish and big variety. Nothing fancy.

Thank Kurt M
Reviewed 27 September 2017

I'd heard about Don's from my wife's friend and saw it got pretty good ratings on TripAdvisor, so we went for my birthday. Great choice. Fresh seafood cooked up to order. My wife had crab stuffed shrimp that came with broccoli, mixed rice, roll and...More

Thank GerfnitAuthor
Reviewed 15 September 2017

The outside "bright" blue on the building makes me feel like I'm in Florida and not Des Plaines. Inside was quaint and comfy. Customer Service was top notch and the food was made to order fresh and absolutely delicious. I had the "monthly special" Cod...More

Thank HKF18
Reviewed 13 September 2017

We've gotten occasional carry-out fish from Don's Dock, but hadn't eaten in. Although a small, somewhat noisy place, it is a rather pleasant atmosphere and with the BYOB option, is nice for a small group of about 5 or fewer. Not cheap, but consistently quite...More

Thank Sherlockian
Reviewed 2 September 2017 via mobile

Family owned restuarant outside of downtown Des Plsines. Friendly staff, decor noting to look at, it was a quick bite to eat, pricey but not bad. BYOB establishment and the seafood was portions was adequate but overall we enjoyed the food. Definitely plan to back...More

Thank LivingMyLife32
Reviewed 30 August 2017 via mobile

This is the best fish restaurant for miles. Small, quaint and v friendly. The food is so fresh and many options. Just get the fried shrimp and some fries, along with the Johnson family's homemade coleslaw and red sauce.

Thank Colleen E
Reviewed 26 July 2017 via mobile

We frequent Don's Dock often. There are many choices but we usually pick up the fried shrimp and perch as we enjoy it so very much! There are some tables inside but a good part of their business is carry out. If dining in, it...More

Thank regtraveler2016
Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

Don's Dock is a wonderful little seafood restaurant in a very unsuspecting location in Des Plaines, IL. The food here is nothing short of amazing. I have had the coconut shrimp, salmon burger, and their June Shrimp Fest specials, the shrimp roll, shrimp tacos, popcorn...More

Thank jsunseri99
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17 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
US$6 - US$20
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
9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
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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