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J's Oyster

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$$ - $$$
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5 Portland Pier, Portland, ME 04101-4713
+1 207-772-4828
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
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Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 11:30 pm
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Portland, Maine
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477 reviews
247 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I tend to find J's as the place that Mainers go to have seafood and a beer or two. We did that on this evening and took advantage of a Lobster special and a King Crab Legs special which both came with Steamers and Slaw. The Lobster was spot on, but the Crab Legs were very frozen and dry. I... More 

Thank MRVEGAS711
New Hampshire
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66 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Basic bar, fresh oysters anytime (they do run out on busy Sundays!). The cooked food is so so, but the oysters and steamers are outstanding. Order a bucket of steamers and a cocktail and you're all set.

Thank flygirlnh
Uxbridge, Massachusetts
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21 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I was in Portland on business. I was meeting coworkers for dinner. They were from Vermont and Minnesota. The one from Minnesota had never had steamers or whole lobster. I had been to J's before and was also a strong recommendation from a dear friend that lives in Portland. I got there before my friends and sat at the bar.... More 

Thank SteveBedard23
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50 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Have eaten here at least four times over the years and enjoyed every meal. Ate dinner at J's two weeks ago and cannot recommend this restaurant. Inattentive waitress who seemed bored. The salad was an embarrassment: a small amount of old, wilted greens with a packet of dressing on the side. The entrees, scallops with lemon and dill over angel... More 

Thank TravelTravelTrip
Portland, Maine
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232 reviews
170 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Smallish historic charming establishment on the water front. This is a place you will have to wait in a queue to be seated at both bar stools and restaurant tables. The seafood is fresh and easy to eat a lot of. The service and friendliness always amazes me here at such a tourist spot, still the locals enjoy it as... More 

Thank CS1Portland
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped in here with our one year old son for a quick snack. The oysters were terrific and the staff was very accommodating of our little boy.

Thank Kristin K
Scarborough, Maine
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Inside of j's is small, but cozy! I would recommend going in the summertime and sitting outside. It's got a good view of the oceans and boats! I like the seafood scampi.

Thank foodguru156
New York
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37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

You leave feeling hungry. Dinners include a choice of salad or cole slaw, that's it. There's no starch included in the meal. I love the location but always leave feeling hungry. Additionally the meals are pricy, starting in the $19 range. If Js was in a smaller city in Portland it would not survive. No rush to run back.

Thank mauilover78
Lima, Peru
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very rude attention We were very frustrated about the poor level of service . The waitrees is a very unfriendly person She in dammaging the restaurant image

Thank Hernan C
New York
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27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Unfortunately, J's Oyster attracts a rough crowd. Don't go during a festival when there are too many drunk people who get out of control. The view is nice so go when it's not busy. The food was decent and the service was fine.

Thank Sue P

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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, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar scene, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Families with children
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: +1 207-772-4828

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