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J's Oyster

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5 Portland Pier, Portland, ME 04101-4713
+1 207-772-4828
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11:30 - 23:30
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Mon - Sat 11:30 - 23:30
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New Hampshire
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66 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Basic bar, fresh oysters anytime (they do run out on busy Sundays!). The cooked food is so so, but the oysters and steamers are outstanding. Order a bucket of steamers and a cocktail and you're all set.

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Thank flygirlnh
Uxbridge, Massachusetts
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21 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I was in Portland on business. I was meeting coworkers for dinner. They were from Vermont and Minnesota. The one from Minnesota had never had steamers or whole lobster. I had been to J's before and was also a strong recommendation from a dear friend that lives in Portland. I got there before my friends and sat at the bar.... More 

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U.S.A.
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50 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Have eaten here at least four times over the years and enjoyed every meal. Ate dinner at J's two weeks ago and cannot recommend this restaurant. Inattentive waitress who seemed bored. The salad was an embarrassment: a small amount of old, wilted greens with a packet of dressing on the side. The entrees, scallops with lemon and dill over angel... More 

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Portland, Maine
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232 reviews
170 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Smallish historic charming establishment on the water front. This is a place you will have to wait in a queue to be seated at both bar stools and restaurant tables. The seafood is fresh and easy to eat a lot of. The service and friendliness always amazes me here at such a tourist spot, still the locals enjoy it as... More 

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Thank CS1Portland
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped in here with our one year old son for a quick snack. The oysters were terrific and the staff was very accommodating of our little boy.

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Thank Kristin K
Scarborough, Maine
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Inside of j's is small, but cozy! I would recommend going in the summertime and sitting outside. It's got a good view of the oceans and boats! I like the seafood scampi.

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New York
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37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

You leave feeling hungry. Dinners include a choice of salad or cole slaw, that's it. There's no starch included in the meal. I love the location but always leave feeling hungry. Additionally the meals are pricy, starting in the $19 range. If Js was in a smaller city in Portland it would not survive. No rush to run back.

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Lima, Peru
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very rude attention We were very frustrated about the poor level of service . The waitrees is a very unfriendly person She in dammaging the restaurant image

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New York
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27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Unfortunately, J's Oyster attracts a rough crowd. Don't go during a festival when there are too many drunk people who get out of control. The view is nice so go when it's not busy. The food was decent and the service was fine.

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Thank Sue P
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I decided to spend our honeymoon in Maine...in December. Our rental car guy from the airport recommended J's Oyster Pub as first pick! This restaurant should have 5 stars easy! With so many places having small portions, J's serves up substantial portions! Their lobsters are fresh and gargantuan! The Maine oysters are amazing (we ate them raw... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Bar, Seafood, Pub, Soups
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, View, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
Monday
11:30 - 23:30
Tuesday
11:30 - 23:30
Wednesday
11:30 - 23:30
Thursday
11:30 - 23:30
Friday
11:30 - 23:30
Saturday
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?