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“Old yankee charm with a comfortable, friendly feeling for everyone.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of J's Oyster

J's Oyster
5 Portland Pier, Portland, ME 04101-4713
207-772-4828
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Ranked #65 of 540 Restaurants in Portland
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night
Portland, Maine
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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“Old yankee charm with a comfortable, friendly feeling for everyone.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Great place for oysters on the half shell. Many seafood favorites at a fair price. Excellent cocktails. Friendly, fast service. A neighborhood gathering place.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Haddam, Connecticut
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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“j's restaurant portland maine”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

I had a fabulous lobster plate with a steamed lobster and at least 20 steamed clams. Delicious. Fun place too..

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Dallas, Texas
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“Two days in a row”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

We keep coming back.

There can be a wait (popular with locals and tourists).

The staff isn't overly friendly- busy, moving fast; but we find they always respond to a friendly polite word---just don't have time for idle chit chat.

Best thing is to sit at the bar and talk with the locals or at least listen in!

Food is fresh--go for oysters, scallops or shrimp cocktail. Steamers are great. We're enjoying the lobster roll--plain and simple and very good.

Yes, it's a dive raw bar on a pier--so don't expect fancy!

We come to Portland at least once a year and always stop in at J's.

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Woodland Center, Maine, United States
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“My husband was in his glory.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

This restaurant was recommended to us by the hotel we were staying at. My husband loves seafood and he ate his fill here. Me I'm allergic to it but did have something that was not seafood. My husband would go more often if I would let him.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Hat Choeng Mon
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“Locals Hangout”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

If you want the real flavor of The Old Port Js is the place. Great food and cocktails and a great view of the harbor. Outside seating is right next to the water. Inside Js is like stepping back into time. The real deal !

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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