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J's Oyster

Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
American, Bar, Seafood, Pub, Soups
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5 Portland Pier, Portland, ME 04101-4713
+1 207-772-4828
Mon - Sat 11:30 - 23:30
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Acushnet, Massachusetts
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181 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We've eaten here many times over the years when we visit Portland. Love J's. The interior had a must needed remodel recently although still nothing fancy. I was a bit disappointed this time with the amount of sand in our steamers. It was like they hadn't been washed at all. That bad. I will be back but hope that this... More 

Thank Bankguy1961
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392 reviews
308 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

REAL oyster bar atmosphere...great friendly staff....fair prices and the food is excellent. Definitely the place to go on downtown.

Thank GSO-Mike
Citrus Heights, California
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148 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We went here during our free time after our lighthouse tour. I had a whole lobster and it was so fresh and tasty. My bib was coated with drawn better, yummy. The clams were great and the clam chowder.

Thank dbwbear
Loudonville, New York
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33 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

If you're looking for a drink and fresh oysters, this is a good stop. A little pricey but very good. Favorites are the oysters from Virginia. For some reason the local oysters from Maine are $5 more per dozen....disappointed in that. Was told to try the lobster stew....i did and it was good...not great. Plenty of lobster short on flavor.... More 

Thank Rino C
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The seafood is absolutely fresh, and that's exactly what you want with shellfish. The food is good Maine fare, nothing fancy, but everything done well. The lobster roll is fresh and overflowing, and the oysters are tasty. The atmosphere is terrific. A mixture of local regulars and folks from out of town in a setting overlooking the harbor. At busy... More 

Thank Joseph L
Portland, Maine
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Get a real taste of great seafood and atmosphere here. I've been in Portland for a long time now (though still "from away"). Locals, native and from away, love the place. A-yuh, 'nuf said.

Thank RobertfromMaine
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40 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is a great local 'dive' restaurant - nothing fancy but ok food and terrific view of the waterfront. A bit pricy for a what you get so we leave the kids at home to grab a drink and oysters, and sometimes a lobster, at the bar.

Thank nejclark
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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64 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Oysters go out of the water and onto the plate. Outstanding food. Obviously frequented by locals and has craft beer on tap.

Thank Charles D
Hanson, Massachusetts
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Six of us had dinner to celebrate my grandson's graduation from college. Food was fabulous, drinks and atmosphere was great. The waitress was perfect. Just be prepared for a wait for seating.

Thank JanieDickens52
Denville, New Jersey
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76 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We ate dinner at J's tonight...yum! They had terrific steamers by the bucket full, yummy lobster stew and excellently cooked Halibut....it is not fancy, not many tables, big bar but great food at a fair price.

Thank Dan M

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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, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, View, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 23:30
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?