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J's Oyster

5 Portland Pier, Portland, ME 04101-4713
+1 207-772-4828
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good34%
  • Average11%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible5%
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“steamers” (221 reviews)
“oysters” (513 reviews)
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American, Bar, Seafood, Pub, Soups
$$ - $$$
5 Portland Pier, Portland, ME 04101-4713
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Reviewed yesterday

I will start with the good. They make strong drinks. Now that that's out of the way we can talk about the food. I really can't say anything good about the food. With so many great places to eat, WHY would you eat here? Stop...More

Thank Richard A
Reviewed 4 days ago

After a day of exploring & walking stop at J's for a snack, lunch or dinner- Enjoy one of the best clam chowder's I've ever eaten Don't miss their huge bucket of steamers - big enough for 2 for a full meal or more people...More

Thank sammygaylester
Reviewed 5 days ago

I've been there twice and best clams in the entire Old Port. Drinks are always pretty good. This past time they had a awesome live band. They only have 8 tables inside and 8 tables outside so both times I had to wait over 30...More

Thank Erika W
Reviewed 5 days ago

Lots of Lobstermen were here eating- very local place with great food. My haddock was awesome and so was the chowder. WE sat at the bar and acted local- except our accent gave it away!!!!!

Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to eat al fresco on the dock. A long time seafood restaurant with some of the best oysters & steamers you'll find in Portland Make sure you try on of the homemade chocolate cakes -- they're made by our waitress, Jackie, and they...More

Thank RonL40
Reviewed 1 week ago

The first time I visited this place was back in 2013 when I was attending a conference in Portland. In April 2017, I attended the same conference and was determined to put visit to J's on my dinner schedule! I went on a weeknight at...More

Thank Lodging_Guru
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What meaty, fresh, and tender lobster! Thank you J's!!!! Also tried the mussels which were very satisfying as well. Cheers!

Thank lizzaine
Reviewed 1 week ago

I've been coming here for decades, and have never once been disappointed by the delectable food. Yes, I do miss the good old days when people drank and talked and ate in hushed tones -- a far cry from the scene today, with all the...More

Thank GypsyGitanoAtHeart
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good food. Comfort seafood if you would. Cozy is a good way to describe this small restaurant on the docks in the center of old town. My wife was a flight attendant years ago and was her favorite restaurant in her favorite town. The weather...More

Thank Brian S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped in for oysters and ordered the bakers dozen of Maine oysters. Delicious! Ordered a spicy Bloody Mary and wow it was spicy and hot. Next time will just order a regular. Best oysters of our trip. This is a place that all the patrons...More

Thank dopplerdog
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Is it ok to bring our well behaved dog with us on your patio?
24 May 2017|
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Response from Bob_and_friends-2014 | Reviewed this property |
All I can say is that I've never noticed a dog in J's.
Do they take reservations?
29 January 2017|
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Response from Jay M | Reviewed this property |
No. And it gets pretty crowded on weekend evenings. When you arrive, give your name to the staff by the register inside the main entrance; they will put you on a list.
Is there parking?
16 September 2016|
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Response from Chris T | Reviewed this property |
Yes, almost immediately in front of the restaurant entrance.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
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
Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Kids, View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 23:45
11:30 - 23:45
11:30 - 23:45
11:30 - 23:45
11:30 - 23:45
11:30 - 23:45
11:30 - 23:45
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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