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193 Searsmont Avenue, US Route One, Belfast, ME
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Dining options: Dinner
Description: Restaurant and ocean front camping

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Fabulous Steamers, Scallops & Lobster Stew

We had dinner here on May 15 (my buddy was from Dublin, Ireland). We sat at the bar. He had scallops, I had lobster stew ... after two pounds of soft-shell steamer clams for appetizers. We were both impressed. I'm a native New Englander so I know great seafood when I get it. These dishes were... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 30, 2015
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Vancouver, Washington
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Vancouver, Washington
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35 reviews 35 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

We had dinner here on May 15 (my buddy was from Dublin, Ireland). We sat at the bar. He had scallops, I had lobster stew ... after two pounds of soft-shell steamer clams for appetizers. We were both impressed. I'm a native New Englander so I know great seafood when I get it. These dishes were fabulous. Cannot wait to... More 

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Orange Park, Florida
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16 reviews 16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Home to Belfast after leaving in 1966 for fun with the US Army for 23 years. I know how good Maine lobster and lobster rolls are - but the Chef recommended I try a lobster pizza. This was sacrilege to good Maine lobster in my mine - but he said if I didn't like it - it was no charge... More 

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Waterville, Maine, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

Nice water view. Eclectic but pleasant atmosphere. My husband had the filet mignon and it was cooked perfectly. The salmon was slightly uncooked but well seasoned. Friendly waitstaff.

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Portland
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65 reviews 65 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Great Food, Fun Atmosphere! I had Portuguese Steak and my friend had the Salmon...both meals were wonderful! The waitstaff was friendly...I let the bartender surprise me with a rum drink :) Our waitress was Sydnie, she was friendly, smiling and fun! The owner stopped by during the meal. Nice to know how much they care about their patrons!

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Poulsbo
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

We were visiting Belfast after moving away in the late 60's and met up with high school friends who took us to Papa J's. Just in looking at the outside, we would never have known what awaited us inside. We sat in the back room and had an expansive view of the Penobscot Bay. The wait staff was very efficient... More 

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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Service was great, waitstaff friendly and food was very tasty. A very extensive wine menu. Looks like a neighborhood stop and probably is. Would have driven right past, and have in the past. Recommended by a couple we met on the summit of Mt Battie nearby and thought we would give it a try on the way back from Bar... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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66 reviews 66 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Four of us (two couples) had a very good late dinner at Papa J’s. We were staying next door at Colonial Gables Oceanfront Village, and were thrilled to find Papa J’s serving good food and excellent wine at 10 pm. The late night menu ($7 to $12) was limited but offered several good choices (we liked the fried haddock sandwich... More 

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Searsport, Maine
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79 reviews 79 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We are so lucky to live nearby...we just wish Papa J's was open year-round! This is one of the few restaurants where your meal is prepared by a CHEF, who also happens to be well-versed in wines. The steamed mussels, lobster, steaks & fried corn-on-the-cob are all wonderful. Treat yourself & go there! And, if you enjoy a Key West... More 

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Oak Park, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

How lucky can we get!? Our first night in Maine we stopped at Papa Jay's and had the best lobster stew, lobster dinners, and micro-brews. Don't miss this interesting spot of Americana.

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Montreal, Canada
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26 reviews 26 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Although it looks like another ordinary restaurant from the outside, the interior decoration is very unique, the staff is efficient and the food is good. There is a cute little boy (son of the owner?) who brings the water glasses and promotes his dad's books!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 193 Searsmont Avenue, US Route One, Belfast, ME
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Mid Coast Maine  >  Belfast

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

Description

Restaurant and ocean front camping

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