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J's Oyster

5 Portland Pier, Portland, ME 04101-4713
207-772-4828
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Ranked #66 of 536 Restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Cuisines: American, Seafood
Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night
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Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night
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English first
New York City, New York
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

The food was just average. We ordered a baker's dozen of oysters, pan steamed mussels in garlic sauce, and the seafood casserole. The oysters weren't anything special. They tasted the same as in New York City. The garlic sauce for the mussels was very savory. Which was good because the seafood casserole was a little bland. We ended up pouring... More

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Kingston, Canada
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

This is a little unassuming restaurant on the water. Crowded all the time because the food is so good and the prices are so reasonable! $18 for a dozen of the best oysters you'll get! A fun place...nothing fancy but if you want great oysters...this is the place the locals go!

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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Crazy busy Sunday late afternoon. A line out the door, no tables inside or out, or bar seats. Put my name on the list and was told there would be at least a 30 min wait unless a couple of bar seats became available and then we could help our selves. The hostess was a "no-show" but the woman who... More

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Rome, Italy
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

A simple oyster bar, serving very fresh and tasty oysters at a nice price. Just a remark on serving: oysters should be opened more carefully, avoiding shell chips to finish into the meat. Lobster roll is not among the best I had.

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2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

We decided to try their apps. Started with the Oysters. Very good, topped off with a spicy Bloody Mary. On with the crab stuffed mushrooms... Delicious! The Pan steamed mussels left a lake of garlic infused oil that was perfect for dipping the Hawaiian rolls they served. Finished off with the Lobster stew! J's was a great food experience!

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Austin, Texas
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Being in Maine we ate quite a lot of lobsters. This was the best "lobster feast" we had. The bonus was that it was also one of the most economical. The baker's dozen oysters were only $18!!!! My wife and thoroughly enjoyed that meal.

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Sarasota, Florida
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120 reviews 120 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

My wife and I chose this restaurant based on the Trip Advisor reviews...Once again, we were not disappointed! We arrived after 1pm on a busy Saturday and found ourselves at the end of a long waiting line for a table. I spied 2 empty barstools and quickly claimed our territory. Once at the bar, we were quickly taken care of.... More

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Annapolis
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

This was our second visit and it was as good as last time. We waited at the bar for a table outside and once again enjoyed the neighborly atmosphere, friendly staff and nautical flair. Dinner was a delicious lobster pasta. It's a great place for a casual meal and the lobster roll is great.

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Kentucky
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

The restaurant itself is somewhat of a dive but the lobster meal was fantastic! Our wait was about 40 minutes and the bar area was extremely crowded so we were not able to sit-down. There is limited seating outside but worth the extra wait for an outdoor table. I will definitely eat here again on my next trip.

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Tucson, Arizona
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Great place for your oysters and other fish foods. Stop there every time I get to Maine. Eating on the wharf is an experience itself.

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