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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%
Travellers talk about
“steamers” (285 reviews)
“oysters” (635 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 5 days ago

In town on a business trip and I wanted lobster...asked the front desk of the hotel, and they recommended J's or Gilbert's. Having enjoyed Gilbert's on a previous trip, I opted ot try J's and it was good, not great. First, the place is small,...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Louis59
Reviewed 5 days ago

Friends visiting from Chicago and wanted to get oysters- this place got good reviews so we tried it. The salads appear not to be made as you order- made prob earlier in the day and stacked on each other- flat salad and served with dressing...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank mainiac2015
Reviewed 6 days ago

We got there about 5:30 pm, and got a drink at bar during short wait for table. Service was friendly and prompt. Surprised that the clam chowder was mediocre. I had the Lobster scampi which was good but long on pasta. The crabby Janice was...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Susan Y
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went with my mom for dinner our last night and Portland and was not disappointed! When we arrived there was a short wait - about 20 minutes but it was passed quickly with the offer to get drinks from the bar and wait. Once we...More

Date of visit: January 2019
1  Thank Linnea M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Loved this place 6 years ago and I love it til this day! Had the best and freshest seafood from oysters, steamers, scallops and lobsters. Drinks are reasonable and bartenders and servers are friendly tho it can get really busy, some people just have to...More

Date of visit: March 2018
Thank 275claudinee
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Enjoy their patio and comfortable bar. Their Oysters are good and the service is always engaging. Need to sample more of their menu.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Charles A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had the special lobster with clams, cooked perfectly and service was amazing...definitely a stop needed if in Portland.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank 219sheilad
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When you see people waiting to get seated..you know the food is good....we ordered the baked haddock and clam chowder

Date of visit: December 2018
Reviewed 16 December 2018 via mobile

Was told by my boyfriend we had to come here, he's been before; I'm a first timer. Loved the local vibe, not a huge place, we sat at the bar; our preferred spots. Great drinks & I enjoyed my Maine Red hot dog on a...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank ChrisJan36
Reviewed 12 December 2018

Was in town on business. Didn’t want a typical tourist, high priced place. This was recommended by locals as authentic and it was. Great oysters fresh from Maine and clams too ~ by the bucketful! And the lobster was sweet and succulent!

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Merritt S
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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
Bar Scene, Local cuisine, View, Kids, Child-friendly
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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