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J's Oyster

€€ - €€€American, , Seafood
5 Portland Pier, Portland, ME 04101-4713
+1 207-772-4828
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good33%
  • Average12%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible4%
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“steamers” (260 reviews)
“oysters” (577 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 - 23:45 Hours
American, Bar, Seafood, Pub, Soups, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
5 Portland Pier, Portland, ME 04101-4713
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

stopped here for lunch our first day and went back twice. waitress Amy was awesome (i would hire her in a minute for my restaurant) Lobster stew was incredible. Best fish sandwich ever. Dont miss this place if you are ever in Maine.

Thank Bill W
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped in here for dinner. It is a small place with a few tables. The seafood is fantastic! We had the king crab legs. They were done perfectly and they even had Guinness on tap. there is no better combination than Guinness and seafood....More

Thank rwtaylor1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Just average...we ordered oysters which were pricey compared to other places. Scallop dish baked in casserole dish with a honey glaze...so much for real flavor! Service was a okay but a bit snippy. Place is busy but maybe they just want customers in and out?

Thank Terry C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nothing wrong with food, but nothing special either. Having been told we had to wait, we accepted that, but found others went in ahead, so this coloured our view.

Thank Tony S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A pretty small, and low key place. We sat at the bar and ordered oysters and they were awesome! I had a lobster roll and my husband had their Rueben sandwhich. Everything was fresh and delicious! Great spicy bloody Mary’s as well. Can’t wait to...More

Thank Nancy K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you like to eat where the locals eat...J’s is the place! It’s not elaborate inside, but the half shell Maine oysters and lobsta are amazing! The lobster is sweet and yummy!

Thank Diana M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good food. More of a bar atmosphere. The seafood casserole was good-just very rich. My kids had the crab roll. Chips seemed stale and the salad dressings were packets of Newman’s own dressing. I think if you are looking to have drinks and eat lobster,...More

Thank Katrina S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I were traveling to Portland and were looking forward to having a great lobster roll. I saw good reviews for this location so, we decided to try it out. There were no choices for the lobster roll (ie. cold mayo lobster mixture...More

Thank Phyllis T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very fresh, delicious seafood. The best lobster and oysters I've ever tried. Interior is very basic. Good service and nice view.

Thank Людмила Ф
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is the spot locals head to in Portland for Seafood- it’s no thrills and don’t expect people to bend over backwards for you. Great spot for a drink and some grub.

Thank CapeGirl35
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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
View, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, 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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