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J's Oyster

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$$ - $$$
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5 Portland Pier, Portland, ME 04101-4713
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
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Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 11:30 pm
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Nashville, Tennessee
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51 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW

Been here 2x and both times had to wait. WORTH IT. Fantastic service and funky/hole in the wall atmosphere make it a fun evening. No reservations. Lobster roll itself worth the wait. The steamed clams (big bucket) is a huge portion 2 can easily share. The oysters were so-so....hoped/expected more but that is always a seasonal thing anyway

Thank WayneHalper
Conklin, New York
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27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

in downtown Portland to spend an evening by the warf and found this place. Had a great haddock filet meal with sides which was delicious, along with a local brewed beer. Service was good.

Thank cecelaine25
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The local secret for amazing seafood!!!!!! Don't let the exterior fool you. Incredibly fresh seafood. You won't notice the slow service if you order enough incredible seafood!

Thank Lynnette F
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130 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We asked the hotel staff where to get good seafood from a locally owned restaurant and J's Oyster was one of the recommended places. So the place is really like a hole in the wall type of a bar place with a totally local feel. We had to wait for about 45 minutes for a table but we ended up... More 

Thank micheleboys
Grants Pass, Oregon
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65 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We were on a tour bus & had stopped in Portland for a couple of hours to eat and shop. We wound up eating lunch there at J's. There were 4 of us & everybody enjoyed their lunch. I had wanted a crab or lobster salad so I ordered the lobster salad. It was grouped with cole slaw, potato salad,... More 

Thank Rita O
Atlanta, Georgia
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This place was a good find. Was recommended by locals at my airport hotel and was worth the trip to enjoy some fine seafood. I will be back when I return to Portland.

Thank rhc742
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The character of this place is great - and the staff are usually joined by Misty, the owners pet parrot. We sat at the bar for some drinks and the atmosphere was buzzing. It was very busy but this did not impact on service. We had some drinks and then decided to have a dozen oysters which didn't disappoint. The... More 

Thank Emma P
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We came to J's after a recommendation by locals. Ordered oyster sampler, seafood casserole and lobster scampi. The seafood casserole was heavy on breadcrumbs. Had to fish around for the seafood. Two shrimp, two scallops, fish and some pieces of lobster. Not too generous for a $28 or $29 entree. I'd say it was average. Hubby got lobster scampi. He... More 

Thank Dcon215
Danbury, Connecticut
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

It was okay......nothing to call home about. I stopped in for lunch. I just got to town and I had to get seafood since I'm in Maine. I ordered the Combo Cocktail and lobster stew with a glass of Pinot Grigio. The lobster stew was good. Good amount of lobster in it. It was a cream base more watery not... More 

Thank AW518
Taunton, Massachusetts
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Steamers where sweet and very clean. Large bucket at a great price. Also the oyster where very good as well. All was very fresh. Service was quick and very pleasant. I would recommend giving them a try if in the area. Inside and outside dining.

Thank dlevesque5

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Seafood, Pub, Soups
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Families with children, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Scenic view
Open Hours
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5 Portland Pier, Portland, ME 04101-4713
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Portland
  • Phone Number: 207-772-4828

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?