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5 Portland Pier, Portland, ME 04101-4713
207-772-4828
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Ranked #67 of 537 Restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 11:30 pm
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
Vinalhaven, Maine
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Stopped in today fast service and really fast food my husband had the raw oysters and cocktail sauce plus clam chowdah and myself I had shrimp cocktail with the yummiest cocktail sauce and to die for pan fried mussels....have never had these sooo good a must try!!!! Thank you for a great meal and great service!!!!

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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64 reviews 64 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

If you go early-mid week, minimal wait time for a table (5-8 tables in the entire restaurant). Always cold beer, either draft or can/bottle, we ordered fresh raw oysters (best in town) as well as the lobster roll and seafood dish that had lobster,haddock and scallops. If you looking for a fancy business/romance dinner this is not the place, if... More

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vermont
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

I know dive bars. I've frequented them all my life. The cool thing about them (at least where i live) is you are treated like a real person. A blue collar worker spending your hard earned cash to support an establishment that works as hard as you do. Except here. 4 people behind a tiny bar wandering around scowling at... More

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Old Orchard Beach, Maine
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Have been to J's a couple of times and the food is great, This past visit the wait was longer than expected but when it's good you wait. The atmosphere is friendly.

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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

I can't wait to go back to Portland to go back to J's!!! I tried to go two nights in a row!!! Everything was delicious...

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North Wildwood, New Jersey
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72 reviews 72 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

J's was recommeded us by many different folks and we were not disappointed The bar was packed with an equal mixture of locals and tourists with a friendly vibe. We started with a dozen oysters and then had the Lobster and Clam dish and the Seafood Bouillabaise which had the best broth i have had in a long time. The... More

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Massachusetts
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

This was recommended to us by our hotel staff. It had a dive bar feel about it but the food was definely more upscale than I was expecting. Very good lobster roll and mussels. Given how crowded they were ( even on a Tueday night in November) the food came out quickly. Service was good and there was plenty of... More

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Yarmouth, Maine
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

It's more of the dive bar feel but the oysters are great. I recommend the oyster sampler. I have also had the crab roll and the lobster roll was also great. It's right on the wharf so you look out onto the water.

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NH
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Jay's is one of those places you can't pass up when going to Portland. Tucked away in a alley you have to be aware of where it is. A small, local restaurant with the kind of atmosphere my husband and I love. Nothing pretentious, just great food and good people. I love the chowder and with a fabulous bloody mary... More

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Portland, Maine, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

I've lived in Portland 20 years, and the first place I ever set foot in was J's. An eclectic mix of lawyers, fisherman, locals, tourists, J's is the real deal. You can't beat the raw bar. I hate oysters, but every friend I've ever taken in, raves. The fish sandwich can't be beat. Light, flaky, always tremendous. The chowder is... More

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Additional Information about J's Oyster

Address: 5 Portland Pier, Portland, ME 04101-4713
Phone Number: 207-772-4828
Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Portland
Open Hours:
Monday 11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Saturday 11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Cuisine: American, Seafood

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