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J's Oyster

€€ - €€€American, , Seafood
5 Portland Pier, Portland, ME 04101-4713
+1 207-772-4828
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good33%
  • Average11%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible4%
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“steamers” (271 reviews)
“oysters” (607 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 - 23:45 Hours
American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
5 Portland Pier, Portland, ME 04101-4713
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Reviewed today

We were in the area for a quick trip from NY and wanted somewhere with a local Maine feel for a late weekday lunch. It was perfect; although off-hour (about 3 PM) there were a good amount of people there & service was great. Menu...More

Thank vhbeck84
Reviewed today

On a cold raining day, doors were locked. Another customer managed to get the attention of a nasty lady, after knocking and waiting 15 minutes. Nasty woman said she licks it because people dont shut it properly. Then, very rudely, tells us “there is no...More

Thank Setta S
Reviewed yesterday

No reservations and there was a one hour wait at 6pm on a Monday evening, which told me that the food must be pretty good. While I went to run a ten minute errand, my wife found seats at the bar and was chatting up...More

Thank mike m
Reviewed yesterday

Local favorite I was told...Correct. Packed all day. bar and a few tables, if it has a shell and came from the local waters they have it. knowledgeable staff about the different Oysters and clams, nothing but down and dirty shellfish eating! Drinks good, and...More

Thank JGL43
Reviewed 4 days ago

I had lunch here prior to a boat tour. We arrived 10 minutes before they opened for the day and were ignored by the staff... even after the doors opened, which was a bit odd. None the less, we were seated inside and I had...More

Thank Z4lover
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Had the haddock and loved it. Our waitress was all business - kept it real and advised against some of the dishes (including a specialty, the Janice?) and made our night with her recommendations.

Thank Oreland827
Reviewed 6 days ago

Had one of our best meals in Portland at J's. My husband loved and raved about the oysters. Chowder was delicious. Steamers were done a little differently then I was used to but the staff quickly showed me what to do. The lobster roll was...More

Thank Lorraine E
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

So I went here with extremely high hopes. I had read that it was amazing. I waited to try my very first lobster roll here and I was a bit disappointed. The size was good with the amount of meat BUT they served it with...More

Thank tabethad2017
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were lucky enough to find a seat at the bar and shared some clam chowder and a seafood dish with every type of seafood you could ask for! It was all cooked perfectly - we can’t wait to go back! Great service as well.

Thank Elizabeth S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

While visiting Portland, Maine we visited J’s Oyster. Drinks were good. Chowder was very good, steamers were a little sandy but delicious! Lobster was great! Crab wasn’t great but overall we enjoyed it there and would go back. Very casual, friendly people.

Thank dailyngio
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Questions & Answers
23 May 2017|
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Response from Bob_and_friends-2014 | Reviewed this property |
All I can say is that I've never noticed a dog in J's.
28 January 2017|
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Response from Jay M | Reviewed this property |
No. And it gets pretty crowded on weekend evenings. When you arrive, give your name to the staff by the register inside the main entrance; they will put you on a list.
15 September 2016|
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Response from Chris T | Reviewed this property |
Yes, almost immediately in front of the restaurant entrance.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, View, Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene
Open Hours
12:00 - 23:45
11:30 - 23:45
11:30 - 23:45
11:30 - 23:45
11:30 - 23:45
11:30 - 23:45
11:30 - 23:45
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5 Portland Pier, Portland, ME 04101-4713
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Portland
  • Phone Number: +1 207-772-4828
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