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J's Oyster

₹₹ - ₹₹₹American, , Seafood
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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“oysters” (567 reviews)
“lobster roll” (302 reviews)
Opens in 26 min
All hours
American, Bar, Seafood, Pub, Soups, Gluten Free Options
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
5 Portland Pier, Portland, ME 04101-4713
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We stopped into J's on a whim on MLK day. We tried another place which was too full, so decided to pop into here. We are very glad we did! What seems like a dingy place on the outside, is a charming neighborhood place on...More

Thank Rebecca N
Reviewed 3 days ago

J's is the quintessential Portland dive. Characters abound. Occupy a stool long enough and they will talk to you and invite you to play trivia. Go for the raw appetizer and a bloody. Awesome, pure ocean goodness and just the right amount of salt and...More

Thank ad0wling
Reviewed 3 days ago

J's Oyster screams LOCALS, LOCALS, LOCALS! So my husband took me here for some good authentic lobster. When you first see the insides of this restaurant you think, oh boy...locals and bar scene. But, if you can look beyond this "hole in the wall" feel,...More

Thank CMC_2012
Reviewed 3 days ago

J's has always been for locals and tourist alike. It has that chill Portland vibe. Food isn't bad and drinks are strong making it a great go to. Mussels are always delicious and you can always get something lobster related.

Thank sophia J
Reviewed 5 days ago

Lively local eatery with fresh seafood in big portions. You can't go very wrong with fresh seafood if you don't mess with it too much. The classic items are on the menu -clam chowder, steamed lobster, lobster rolls and are there. All the things are...More

1  Thank kendalwill2013
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Wanted to have a lobster since I was in Maine. The hotel I was staying at recommended this joint as more of a local favorite than a tourist destination. It is located downtown but just off the main drag. It's very small with mostly bar...More

1  Thank Timothy E
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

J’s is a mainstay in downtown Portland. It is a small quaint restaurant and bar that is typically always packed. We have been here many times and have always enjoyed our meal. Today we had steamers which is my particular favorite. Good portion size and...More

1  Thank Angel_Travel_Bug
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you want a cozy, casual, and cool spot on the water in Portland, J’s is the place. The decor is mellow and comfortable, the bar is classic and chill, and the menu has something for everybody. We started with classic oyster shooters that were...More

1  Thank TravelingOften4Food
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was in Portland on business and was told this is a good place for seafood. I went there to try the chowder and steamers, both were very good as well as the pricing. The restaurant is nothing fancy and small, locals hangout. Liked it...More

2  Thank Tom M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Estamos ready para la Langosta. Gracias Dios Todopoderoso por todas las bendiciones que nos das!!! 100 % recommend. The service is ABOVE and BEYOND. Karen the service is amazing. Thanks for everything.

1  Thank Giovanni G
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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.
15 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
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, View, Kids, Local cuisine
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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