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“Old Port Flavor!”
Review of J's Oyster

J's Oyster
Ranked #19 of 605 Restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Local cuisine, Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Takeout
Reviewed April 15, 2014

I love the feel of this place but I hate waiting an hour for a table! The inside of this place is fair at best so you must wait for an outside table. There are only 5 of them so the wait cane be long. The menu is small but the chowder and oysters are great and the view of the port is wonderful.

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Thank Bridho
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Reviewed April 15, 2014

J's gets a very good for its unpretentiousness alone. Grab a drink and some oysters and enjoy its offbeat Darkness on the Edge of "Tide" mahogany-esque ambiance.

It's down, it's dir-tay – but a real-life sort of place where both lawyers and fishermen frequently stop for a beer and a bite gets good rating despite not offering any gourmet luxury fancy I'm so cool posh hipster fantasy bar type of amenities. Stroke your showbeard here one too many times and you may draw a crowd here!

DEcent, basic, bar food, oysters are fresh famous, looks out at the piers and towards DiMillo's Floating Restaurant. Tourist or local, what more do you want for no price of admission?

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Thank Trailfan
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Reviewed April 15, 2014

You want to try a local seafood place? Well this is as local and sea foodie as you will get. Seafood galore so you must like fish. On the harbor but not great views. Just a great old establishment and it looks it.

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Thank Jill B
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Reviewed April 15, 2014

J's Oyster is a no-frills hole in the wall place with food that is unexpectedly delicious based on the look of the restaurant. As a local, this is one of our go-to places for a wonderful lobster roll, lobster stew or a special sandwich of the day.

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Thank Carolyn Y
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Reviewed April 15, 2014

This is one of our favorite stops in Portland! We've never had a bad experience with staff or food. Only negative is this gem has been discovered by others so there is sometimes a wait for a table to get in!

Thank Gretchen S
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