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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” (570 reviews)
“lobster roll” (303 reviews)
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11:30 AM - 11:45 PMAll hours
American, Bar, Seafood, Pub, Soups, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
5 Portland Pier, Portland, ME 04101-4713
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Reviewed 3 days 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 1 week 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 1 week ago via mobile

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

Thank cindyw1975
Reviewed 1 week ago

Andy was our server and he really made us feel at home. This is where the locals come to dinner. My wife's special angel hair pasta shrimp dish was excellent. Our baked oysters were superb and my lobster roll was stuffed full and exactly how...More

Thank John D
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The lobster roll was excellent and reasonably priced. Clam chowder was good but I heard the oysters are to die for, so I will have to try that on the next visit. Staff was friendly but the place was very small and tight inside. Atmosphere...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The hotel shuttle driver suggested this little known local getaway. Absolutely wonderful. You simply won’t regret it. Great service, food, atmosphere and lively crowd.

Thank MichaelB480
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had an out of town guest from the Deep South. He wanted shellfish. J's was the only place that leaped to mind. I had oysters and steamed clams. He had a lobster dinner and clams. Dinner was a big hit. During the tourist seasons,...More

Thank astro005
Reviewed 17 January 2018

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

1  Thank Rebecca N
Reviewed 17 January 2018

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

1  Thank ad0wling
Reviewed 16 January 2018

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
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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
View, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, 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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