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J's Oyster

5 Portland Pier, Portland, ME 04101-4713
+1 207-772-4828
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good33%
  • Average11%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible4%
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“oysters” (575 reviews)
“lobster roll” (305 reviews)
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American, Bar, Seafood, Pub, Soups, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
5 Portland Pier, Portland, ME 04101-4713
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We stopped here for lunch. The waitress was super friendly. My crab roll was good, but the fish chowder was mostly big chunks of potato and very little fish. I would go back and give it another chance...right on the waterfront. Our timing was good...We...More

Thank Jedvt
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is about as divey as it gets. We waited 30 minutes for a table - was jammed packed for Saturday dinner hour. The waitress was attentive and did an excellent job describing the process in eating the crustacious creatures to our party. We...More

Thank Elias Z
Reviewed 1 week ago

...because it's not fancy, and J's doesn't give two craps about that! Super unpretentious and good value for money, my feeling was certainly to stick to the huge buckets of steamers (steamed clams) and skip the raw bar of seemingly pre-schucked oysters. I had a...More

Thank Chris_Sandeman
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Located right on the harbor. They serve a lot of seafood, but oysters are their specialty. They are the best in Portland.

Thank joepRockport_ME
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is my go-to with friends for lobster. Lobster dinners, Steamers, local feel, and oysters at a good price.

Thank Deborah M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It’s clear from the line of people waiting for a coveted table at Js that you are at a place where the food is incredible. We had tried to go on a Fri night and could not believe the crowd. We had better luck Sat...More

Thank Zil G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's a little hole in the wall on the pier. The inside is 70% semicircular bar surrounded by a dozen tables. It looks like the bar in the movie The Perfect Storm. The food is really good and the atmosphere pure Maine. We had the...More

Thank MetroWest52
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I travel to Maine every so often and when I do I prefer J's Oyster. It is that Cheer's bar (Boston) feel with close quarters and you can get a doctor to a sales person and everything in between there. Conversation is great and the...More

Thank EBJ400
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We got so much seafood. We literally ordered every type and split it. Oysters, clams, mussels, crab, lobster, shrimp cocktail and grilled shrimp. Felt like Christmas Eve. Just come here for seafood and have a feast. It’s a small place and gets packed so I...More

Thank danthemaninboston617
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Good restaurant if you like seafood. I am not a seafood person so my choice was limited. Good location

Thank cindyw1975
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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
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, View, Bar Scene
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 11:45 PM
11:30 AM - 11:45 PM
11:30 AM - 11:45 PM
11:30 AM - 11:45 PM
11:30 AM - 11:45 PM
11:30 AM - 11:45 PM
11:30 AM - 11:45 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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