A Gator Tale. Gator's Dockside started with one neighborhood restaurant in Jacksonville, Florida in 1991. The success of this first restaurant inspired owners Tony and Paul Cipparone and John Foerst to expand operations throughout the Sunshine State. Today, guests enjoy 19 Gator's Dockside Restaurant locations. The family-friendly, sports-themed restaurants offer a fun atmosphere for everyone with big screen TVs, pool tables, video games, great food and friendly service. Our signature grilled wings are flavored with our 15 sauces that have made us famous. We only use the freshest, quality ingredients in all our menu selections including burgers, hearty sandwiches, made-from-scratch ribs, entree salads, and desserts... that will bring you back to Gator's again and again.