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J's Oyster

) #21 of 455 Restaurants in Portland €€ - €€€ American, , Seafood
5 Portland Pier, Portland, ME 04101-4713
+1 207-772-4828
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good33%
  • Average11%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible5%
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“oysters” (516 reviews)
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American, Bar, Seafood, Pub, Soups
€€ - €€€
5 Portland Pier, Portland, ME 04101-4713
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We had an Ok dinner, an excellent waitstaff, and a perfect dessert. We were a bit shocked to pay $20 for public parking for being in the downtown Portland area. I had Shrimp Scampi Linguine and my husband had a seafood bake. Fresh fresh seafood...More

Thank edabl
Reviewed 3 days ago

Good place on the waterfront. A bit dark. Good food, well-poured drinks. Nice, friendly staff. Not too loud. Food is good and reasonable. Specializing in seafood. Can get busy, lots of locals frequent this bar and restaurant. A nice take in Portland.

Thank Steve M
Reviewed 4 days ago

We tried to go in for lunch around 1PM and were shoulder to shoulder in cramped space with people at the bar either drinking and eating or waiting for a table. Not a pleasant waiting area. All improved after about 30 minutes when the four...More

Thank Jaymarie F
Reviewed 5 days ago

I asked where the oysters were from expecting Maine, Nova Scotia or Rhode Island(at the most extreme). The server who was no-nonsense and very good and possibly overtly honest replied only from Maryland. I suspect some of the fish was on ice as well. Food...More

Thank Jack F
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The service was slow. It took 90 mins to get the haddock sandwich my husband and I ordered to share, and even longer for the bucket of steamers. We left the restaurant at 10pm and went to our hotel. We were woken up at 1230am...More

1  Thank Jessica G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food and service at J's was great! We had a fantastic dinner here at the bar! Not a fancy place but really good! If your the type of person that likes great food with out the inflated prices this is the place to go...More

Thank Jillminks
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I really wanted to like this place. I wanted a tasty meal with a water view. We waited for a table outside. We saw people who came after us get seated before us. The hostess was mildly friendly. The food was the best thing about...More

Thank D2Plus3
Reviewed 1 week ago

I cannot begin to describe this quaint little place. The fresh seafood is so DELICIOUS, we ate there 3 times during out two day stay!! The trio platter, clam chowder, oysters. Do not miss this eatery!!

Thank RessieA
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I visited J's again for the 3rd year in a row for great seafood dinner. Very busy restaurant--especially in the Summer but great food. We sat outside on the breakwater and enjoyed Oysters--Clam Chowder and great Haddock dinner. We will return again...More

Thank John H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wanted to check out a local place. The wait was about 20 min which was pretty good on a Friday night. The ambiance is not pretty, but the food was OK for the price. New England Clam Chowder was yummy

Thank nancerellanyc
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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
American, Bar, Seafood, Pub, Soups
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, View, Local cuisine, 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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