Eventide Oyster Co.

Seafood Restaurant$$$$
Portland
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  • Ryan N.
    Ryan Nixon2 weeks ago
    Unique and interesting specials, but awesome oysters. Beautiful atmosphere
  • Sabrina M.
    Sabrina Majeed2 weeks ago
    Brown butter lobster roll, the scotch egg and lobster stew with green curry were highlights. Also obvi oysters. Pair with a vinho verde!
  • Steve P.
    Steve Patch2 weeks ago
    This place was amazing. We showed up early for lunch around 11:30. Ordered roasted scallop, spicy tuna tartare (special), the brown butter lobster roll of course and the fried oysters. 10/10
  • Sarah N.
    Sarah Nixon2 weeks ago
    Best oysters I've ever had! Get a dozen of six different types so you and a date can try a variety! Goes great with the negroni bianco!
  • Ryan Q.
    Ryan Quigley3 weeks ago
    I got emotional eating the lobster roll.
  • Ha-ti N.
    Ha-ti Nguyen3 weeks ago
    hiramosa special, lobster roll, lobster ceviche and a dozen fresh Maine oysters. skip the chowder.
  • Kristopher C.
    Rated one of the best restaurants in America for a reason. The New England Clam Bake is what to order if you are visiting and this is your only meal here.
  • Cole T.
    Cole TylerJune 11
    Oysters were out of this world. Beer selection was incredible. Lobster roll was tasty but not the best I have had.
  • John S.
    John ShenMay 29
    The New Meadow oysters are so fat! The horseradish ice is a really nice touch. Get here by 11 to eat by 12 on a weekend.
  • Christine L.
    Lobster stew & scallop crudo were 👍 The lobster roll was just alright. It was Asian-style on top of a steamed bun & while it was tasty, it didn't live up to its hype. Ice cream sandwich was on point.
  • Phil T.
    Phil TorontoApril 29
    The steamed bun lobster roll is unreal 😍
  • Janice W.
    Overhyped, overpriced. In NYC we're used to $18 lobster rolls, but theirs lacked depth of flavor. Chowder was basic. Scallop crudo mild in flavor at best.
  • Mullica Z.
    Delicious oysters and moroccan fish stew.
  • Bon Appetit Magazine
    The best oysters, IMHO, are those from Maine, and this casual Portland spot showcases the best of the state. An order of two-dozen never feels like enough. Read more
  • Lindsay F.
    The gluten-free lobster bun is insane.
  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 19
    The oyster bar of everyone’s dreams also sneaks in surprises like dashi chowder and green curry lobster stew. Read more
    Downvoted 1 week ago
  • Brad
    BradJanuary 6
    More of a "small plates" place that serves seafood. The much-heralded lobster roll is served in a bao-like bun that is pretty tasty, but seemed a bit fussy and overwrought.
  • Shelley C.
    Shelley Coughlin PorterDecember 26, 2016
    The brown butter lobster roll is delicious, but the fish sandwich was a game changer.
  • Earn N.
    Earn NichaDecember 22, 2016
    Just get the lobster roll! It's the best of its kind.
  • Tatiana H.
    Tatiana HanDecember 5, 2016
    Best cleaned oysters I've ever had. I love that they use brown butter instead of mayo for their lobster roll. My first Maine lobster roll, and I could not have asked for a better experience!
  • Bobby K.
    Bobby KennedyNovember 21, 2016
    Small place but the wait moves faster than it sounds. I'm glad we didn't bail because the oysters, soups and crab roll were fantastic.
  • Maggie P.
    Maggie PierceNovember 18, 2016
    Sometime the crowd is less mid-afternoon. Excellent selection of oysters!
  • Condé Nast Traveler
    Condé Nast TravelerOctober 25, 2016
    “Briny half-shells most likely harvested that morning, note-perfect lobster rolls, a killer wine list, and all sorts of unexpected treats on the daily menu.” - Peter Jon Lindberg Read more
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Robin P.
    Robin PeckhamOctober 6, 2016
    Wonderful selection and expertise of oysters, plus great beer, wine, and other food. Love the dashi chowder. Wish the menu changed more often.
  • Ted R.
    Ted RoehmOctober 4, 2016
    The best Lobster Roll I've ever had hands down.
  • Patricia
    PatriciaSeptember 17, 2016
    Yes, the brown butter lobster roll is as good as everyone says. Just get it (and a few other things too: it's small).
  • Benjamin B.
    Benjamin BlackSeptember 12, 2016
    Beautiful, well shucked and cold oysters!
  • Danika L.
    Danika LandersSeptember 6, 2016
    The wait was a bit too long for food that was just pretty good. Salad too sweet, lobster roll was ok, mussel curry was my favorite and fantastic. Salmon poke also a bit too sweet.
  • Annie Q.
    Annie QuintanaSeptember 3, 2016
    Long wait but definitely worth it! Put your name on the list and head to Novare Res Bier Cafe until your table is ready. Get the lobster roll.
  • Laurea d.
    Laurea de OcampoSeptember 1, 2016
    Lobster roll is not traditional but it's super delicious! Rice flour bun with lobster sautéed in brown butter. Great selection of local oysters.
  • Galina A.
    Galina ArnautAugust 31, 2016
    The lobster roll!
  • Jing Jing L.
    Jing Jing LiAugust 23, 2016
    Hands down best meal I've had all year. Get everything and share, you can't go wrong. The oysters were amazing, as was the crab roll, the greens (the nori vinaigrette is killer), and the tuna crudo.
  • Hank
    HankAugust 20, 2016
    The oysters and imaginative dishes are as good as the hype. The lobster roll had good lobster, but the steamed asian style roll was meh. Very pricey.
  • Jacy L.
    Jacy LiAugust 7, 2016
    Lobster roll is a must!
  • Sam M.
    Sam MargoJuly 30, 2016
    Great oysters, lobster roll, and very interesting chowder
  • William F.
    William FarrellJuly 29, 2016
    Get the brown butter lobster roll.
  • Anna M.
    Anna MJuly 23, 2016
    Is the wait 3 hours and you just can't take it? Drown your sorrows in a $7 oyster shooter
  • Akshay P.
    Akshay PatilJuly 23, 2016
    Love oysters AND cocktails? Order an oyster shooter -- it's two great tastes that taste great together. And at $7, it's kindofa great deal.
  • PureWow
    PureWowJuly 12, 2016
    Eventide Oyster Co. boasts Portland’s best lobster roll. The intensely tasty and innovative brown butter lobster rolls are more like sliders, so be wise and order two. Read more
  • Jeremy F.
    Jeremy FisherJuly 11, 2016
    Incredible. Crudo specials, lobster stew
  • David C.
    David ChiuJuly 3, 2016
    brown butter lobster roll 💯
  • Jeffrey W.
    Jeffrey WJuly 3, 2016
    Worth the wait - oysters were so fresh
  • Tim C.
    Tim ClarkeJune 27, 2016
    Try as many things as you can. the lobstah rolls are crack, but you must also get sides (hint: Brussels sprouts)
  • Joanna C.
    Joanna C.June 26, 2016
    Brown butter lobster roll is delicious! Oysters are fresh and tender. Beer tap list is almost exclusively local.
  • Russell H.
    Russell HirschornJune 20, 2016
    Phenominal food. Lobster and fried oyster rolls were amazing. Different crudo plates with various fish were really tasty. Drinks are top notch. Expect a wait.
  • Faris I.
    Faris IbraheemJune 19, 2016
    Can't say no to fresh oysters. Their lobster roll is out of this world. The best. Seriously.
  • James C.
    James CJune 19, 2016
    Great seafood. Watch the lines. Great drinks.
  • Micki B.
    Micki BalderJune 13, 2016
    Loved the lobster benny for brunch
  • Tim Z.
    Tim ZuckertJune 7, 2016
    Best oysters in Maine. Also I recommend the fried soft shell crab and hot buttered lobster roll. Unbelievably fresh & tasty seafood.
  • Donna M.
    Donna McFaddenMay 27, 2016
    Oysters and cocktails!
  • Jack L. S.
    Jack L. SammonsMay 22, 2016
    Every dish is interesting, even what you think would be simple will be a very pleasant surprise.
  • Greg S.
    Greg StromMay 13, 2016
    Sarah the very kind barkeep , lobster roll, perry cider and homemade chips
  • Rune S.
    Rune SchlosserMay 13, 2016
    GREAT Dashi Chowder & Lobster Roll
  • benoit
    benoitApril 29, 2016
    The specials hamachi crudo was a real delight
  • Brant M.
    Brant McQuittyApril 28, 2016
    Best oysters and brown butter lobster roll!
  • Dave H.
    Dave HoltzMarch 24, 2016
    Pretty good seafood. The lobster roll is not much food given the amount you are paying.
  • Tim L.
    Tim LuoMarch 23, 2016
    The oysters are delicious. I got a half dozen of one of each from Maine. In mid March, the wild dam, pemaquid point, and johns river were the best. Order a glass of bubbly or white wine!
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Eater
    EaterMarch 16, 2016
    This always-packed oyster bar, which sits along one of Portland’s most progressive restaurant rows, combines foods from Maine and "from away" in dazzling mash-ups. Read more
  • Mouy T.
    Mouy TaingFebruary 21, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Well fleet oysters are the biggest- shaved iced is a yummy idea. Lobster roll is a must!
  • Honghui Y.
    Honghui YuFebruary 21, 2016
    The brown butter lobster roll is divine!!
  • Benjamin 🚀
    Benjamin 🚀February 14, 2016
    EPIC❗️Don't miss the pork belly, oysters and taco 🌮🍨 and coconut ice cream for desert!!! Come super early and expect a super long wait...but it is worth every minute! 😄🇺🇸
  • Shanna L.
    Shanna LeeJanuary 6, 2016
    Awesome place to sit and stay a while - unfortunately with a line out the door you feel guilty about it. Bartender was very knowledgeable about the oysters and made some great recos.
  • Brian W.
    Brian WellsJanuary 5, 2016
    Best lobster roll I've ever had. And the lobster stew was unique and fantastic. Coconut, green curry, and lobster made for a delicious stew. Highly recommended.
  • Joshua P.
    Joshua PorterJanuary 1, 2016
    Lobster bun is amazing.
  • Steph Y.
    Steph YiuDecember 5, 2015
    The Kentucky Cyclist is one of my favorite cocktails.
  • Ryan K.
    Ryan KennyNovember 21, 2015
    My favorite spot in Portland!!!
  • David C.
    David ChiuNovember 20, 2015
    the lobster roll is worth traveling for
  • Anton J.
    Anton JyhaNovember 15, 2015
    Portions are very small if they had photos I wouldn't even paid half of price it cost. 20% tip automatically, I think it is impolitely. I don't know why this place has so high rating + entry queue.
  • Imen
    ImenNovember 13, 2015
    No words can describe how good lobster roll is !!
  • Qiyou L.
    Qiyou LuNovember 8, 2015
    Great lobster roll and crab roll, have to try the broiled jumbo oysters.
  • Hal M.
    Hal MackinsOctober 31, 2015
    Fantastic oyster selection -- on the day we went, they had nine separate varieties from Maine, plus my beloved Wellfleets! All fresh and delicious.
  • Ken S.
    Ken StewartOctober 18, 2015
    Brown butter lobster roll and oysters! The best on the East coast
  • Albert C.
    Albert ChoiOctober 17, 2015
    Really fantastic brown butter lobster roll
  • Djaniella D.
    Djaniella D.October 15, 2015
    This place left me speechless. After all these tips, you'd think that their take on the lobster roll is just a hype... nope! DELICIOUS. Grab 1... or 3 ;) Also be sure to try the oysters & biscuits!
  • Kyle B.
    Kyle ByeOctober 15, 2015
    Amazing seafood! Eventide's take on the traditional lobster roll is superb - would it be obnoxious to say I wish I ordered 2 for myself? Also share biscuits and fresh Maine oysters on the half shell.
  • Pam D.
    Pam De SilvaOctober 2, 2015
    Brown Butter Lobster rolls!! Smaller than your average roll elsewhere, but tastes incredible!
  • Jon
    JonSeptember 29, 2015
    Loved the lobster and oyster rolls. Chowder was also great too, and really well spiced. Grab some biscuits to go on the side!
  • Tyler L.
    Tyler LundSeptember 27, 2015
    Eventide is an awesome restaurant in Portland that often has a ridiculous wait for good reason. If you get in at 5 or even just before 6, you may be able to get a table in less than 3 hours.
  • Chelsea B.
    Chelsea BalkanSeptember 25, 2015
    #FabuLIST #DubiDO brown butter lobster roll is a must. The fried oyster bun was also very good but if deciding between the two go for the lobster!
  • Memo S.
    Memo S.September 19, 2015
    Great oysters and beer, but the lobster roll is simply the best.
  • Runnin' Donna
    Runnin' DonnaSeptember 17, 2015
    Lobster rolls! Ice cream sandwich!
  • Jonathan G.
    Jonathan GilmoreSeptember 11, 2015
    Brown butter lobster rolls are amazing.
  • Dan D.
    Dan DickinsonSeptember 8, 2015
    Eventide is like if Momofuku Ssam Bar and a top-notch oyster bar had a baby. Great selection of oysters, buns are on point, cocktails are excellent, and the dessert is great too. Must visit.
  • Kevin C.
    Kevin CoutuSeptember 7, 2015
    Oysters and lobster roll
  • Rachel M.
    Rachel MoonSeptember 5, 2015
    As people have already said, lobster roll here is incredible...The portions are small so two of us ordered four lobster rolls. Dashi chowder and frozen banana desserts were very enjoyable. I love here
  • Rory P.
    Rory ParnessSeptember 5, 2015
    In this parking challenged town, nice to know there is a lot for customers across the street. And all the talk about lobster rolls, yep
  • Seung-Jin H.
    Seung-Jin HamSeptember 3, 2015
    OMG... this place is delicious!! this place is a must try. the wait can be long, but it is worth it!
  • T T.
    T ThibaultAugust 15, 2015
    A must try is their homemade kimchi its to die for ! And of course the oysters are fresh and delicious!
  • Joe M.
    Joe MontesAugust 15, 2015
    Pleas get the lobster roll and crab roll. If you need an appetizer start with an oyster shooter and the beet salad
  • Jennifer T.
    Jennifer ThomasAugust 10, 2015
    Dozen oysters - ask for a Maine sampler
  • Geoffroy B.
    Geoffroy BablonAugust 7, 2015
    Yeah yeah the lobster roll is out of this world, but the real standout surprise is the dashi chowder. It's so flavorful, you'll never look at a regular old chowder the same way again.
  • Amnon B.
    Amnon BAugust 5, 2015
    We had amazingly good 12 oysters but very disappointing mean small lobster roll when I complained our very charming and overall helpful waitress rolled her eyes.... With understanding
  • Carmen N.
    Carmen NJuly 22, 2015
    Oysters oysters oysters. Get the fried oyster roll and at least 1/2 dozen on the half shell. And a whoopie pie.
  • Chrissy T.
    Chrissy TobinJuly 20, 2015
    Don't leave without getting the lobster roll. Everything here is worth the wait!
  • Hutch L.
    Hutch LeeJuly 16, 2015
    Best Oyster house in Portland. Great place to come for an afternoon snack. Sit back, relax, and eat some oysters.
  • Jillian N.
    Jillian NicholsJuly 12, 2015
    Their lobster roll changed my life.
  • emma t.
    emma tangorenJuly 7, 2015
    great seafood (obviously) but if you don't order the brown butter lobster roll it's a crime.
  • Perri S.
    Perri SilverJuly 4, 2015
    Don't sleep on the lobster rolls or torn Maine scallops or local Maine oysters. Just eat here, you don't regret it.
  • Roxanne S.
    Roxanne SchwartzJuly 4, 2015
    The lobster roll truly changed my life
  • Roxanne S.
    Roxanne SchwartzJuly 4, 2015
    the twisted tea will FUCK YOU UPPPPPPP
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