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J's Oyster

5 Portland Pier, Portland, ME 04101-4713
+1 207-772-4828
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good33%
  • Average12%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible4%
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“steamers” (236 reviews)
“oysters” (534 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 - 23:45All hours
American, Bar, Seafood, Pub, Soups, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
5 Portland Pier, Portland, ME 04101-4713
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Lobster dinner is served with clams- a great combination. It was a good sized lobster- a bit over a pound - and clams were plentiful. Corn on the cob was not good, but I didn't miss it. My husband had the crabby Janice, but didn't...More

Thank 725sde
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

J's is now one of our Portland traditions. my first visit to J's was on a snowy cold February night with my daughter. We sat at a table by the bar and enjoyed The fact that everyone around the bar was friendly talking to one...More

Thank Jennifer M
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We were wandering around on Commercial Street looking for a place to eat. It was 8pm on a Tuesday night. We happened to spy J's down a side street and decided to eat there after seeing how crowded it was on a Tuesday well after...More

Thank Carlsbadhappy
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Portions were smaller than expected...for the prices charged, we expected to have enough food to be full (after a long walk from the East End Beach)...we ended up ordering a 2nd round more over priced food for lunch...the scallops and oysters were good (once we...More

Thank Rod C
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Two locals recommended this place and they were spot on! Had one of the best dinners of our vacation here last night with some friends that drove up from NH. Food was delicious and service was great. Would highly recommend J's Oyster!

Thank Linda F
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was very hard to get a parking place to go to Jay's oysters. Once we found a parking place we walk to Jay's and my husband said he had some of the best oysters he's ever eaten. It is a low-key dark bar atmosphere...More

Thank M M
Reviewed 1 week ago

J's Oyster is located right on the dock, and you can be seated outside looking at all the boats. It is a busy place. We went for lunch (I do not think I would recommend this place for dinner) and we had to wait to...More

Thank JadeCapeCod_MA
Reviewed 1 week ago

Parking a challenge, but the staff is friendly, the lobster perfect. Do not miss the home made desserts.

Thank Jerry A
Reviewed 1 week ago

Here is my go to restaurant for fresh oysters. Basically a small bar that has a few tables for small groups of four. Summertime they offer some outdoor seating but go on a day when there is no cruise ship in Portland as it is...More

Thank Bruce B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The staff was great! There was a wait for tables but the bar was open. Went to the bar and service was fast, ordered a dozen Oysters and a Bloody Mary. The Oysters were okay, just had some in Myrtle Beach, SC that were better....More

Thank David L
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Questions & Answers
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.
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.
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
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, View, Bar Scene, Local cuisine
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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