Gilbert's Chowder House

Seafood Restaurant and American Restaurant$$$$
Downtown Portland, Portland
  • The chowder at Gilbert's Chowder House is a can't miss
  • James V.
    "No frills - but awesome clam chowder and a great lobster roll."(28 Tips)
    Dan C.
    "Great chowda!!"(3 Tips)
    Portland Old Port
    "Try the lobster roll or the seafood chowder."(7 Tips)
    "Get the seafood chowdah, best eva"(2 Tips)
67 Tips and reviews
  • chowdah
  • chowda
  • bread bowls
  • french fries
  • casual
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  • Xavier
    XavierAugust 19
    Special steam mussels on pic. Very good and tasty, they come with melt butter and the broth been cooked.
    Upvoted Aug 22
  • Steve P.
    Lobster Roll. Period. Oh and chowder too. Pint of Geary's to wash all down. Simple. Perfect.
  • Mica M.
    Mica MJune 23
    I was very disappointed in Mimi's service and the food was okay, definitely not the best. I ordered the clam chowder in a breadbowl and had fried shrimp with fries.
  • Alexander S.
    Fresh lobsters, great waitstaff, delicious fries =) And very tasty ice cream next door!
  • Chet M.
    Super chill, seat yourself. Great service. Get some clam chowder!
  • Griffin T.
    Lobster roll on the patio, can't be beat!
  • Derek W.
    Derek WallbankAugust 7, 2016
    Get the chowder, it's worth it. Everything else is really just OK. Except the calamari, which is bizarrely actively bad. I don't know how you screw up calamari, but they found a way. Service slow.
  • Foodie P.
    Foodie PilgrimApril 23, 2016
    Try the Fried Clam Plate - (via @Foodspotting)
  • Foodie P.
    Foodie PilgrimApril 23, 2016
    Try the Clam Cake - (via @Foodspotting)
  • Foodie P.
    Foodie PilgrimApril 23, 2016
    Try the Clam Chowder - (via @Foodspotting)
  • Foodie P.
    Foodie PilgrimApril 16, 2016
    Try the Allagash White - (via @Foodspotting)
  • Foodie P.
    Foodie PilgrimApril 16, 2016
    Try the Seafood Chowder - (via @Foodspotting)
  • Foodie P.
    Foodie PilgrimApril 16, 2016
    Try the Fish & Chips - (via @Foodspotting)
  • Ashley G.
    Ashley Gianni-BradfordJanuary 2, 2016
    Great seafood and root beer.
  • Allison F.
    Allison F.December 14, 2015
    Get the lobster roll and onion rings
  • M L.
    M LNovember 16, 2015
    Not sure why it is so popular since our slip was very salty.. A medium cup would feed 2 person for a quick tasting after your meal.
  • Brent G.
    Brent GatewoodOctober 25, 2015
    Chowder! Have to get it in a bread bowl.
  • Igor L.
    Igor LSeptember 20, 2015
    Fries are pretty good.
  • Jennifer T.
    Jennifer ThomasAugust 10, 2015
    Clam chowder
  • Cusp25
    Cusp25July 1, 2015
    Seafood chowda!
  • Paul
    PaulJune 24, 2015
    Love the lobster roll
  • Dana V.
    Dana VillmoreJune 14, 2015
    Clam chowder has a tasty blend of spices. Get the bread bowl :)
  • Catherine
    CatherineOctober 5, 2014
    All you need here: Geary`s seasonal beer & Seafood chowder in a bread bowl!!!
  • Ronna W.
    Ronna WorthSeptember 12, 2014
    A bowl of their seafood chowder is the perfect lunch!
  • Wesley C.
    Wesley CallahanAugust 31, 2014
    Clearly you are here for the Clam Chowder, if you are not, you are doing it wrong.
  • Stephanie B.
    Great fish and chips! !
  • Vinny M.
    Vinny MinardiAugust 11, 2014
    Excellent food and service
  • Drew S.
    Drew ShulmanAugust 7, 2014
    If you see the daily special is a steamed lobster, with fries and corn on the cob, you best be ordering it as I've never had such a great lunch in my life!
  • James V.
    James VaughnJune 7, 2014
    No frills - but awesome clam chowder and a great lobster roll. The butter grilled bun makes it just right.
  • Dan C.
    Dan ClarkMay 12, 2014
    Nearly everything on the menu was fried. Not cheap either. Skip it.
  • Kai C.
    Kai CollRodApril 6, 2014
    Fish Chowder was ok. The haddock wasn't good. Service is great. Prices ok
  • Casie
    CasieMarch 30, 2014
    Ask what the days specials are and what the fresh catch is.
  • Chris B.
    Chris BraccoMarch 29, 2014
    Seafood bread bowl. Best I've ever had.
  • Foodie P.
    Foodie PilgrimNovember 10, 2013
    Try the Seafood Chowder
  • Foodie P.
    Foodie PilgrimNovember 10, 2013
    Try the Broiled Haddock
  • Lance R.
    Lance RussellSeptember 27, 2013
    Terrible service sat for 30 minutes and no one ever asked me for anything to eat or drink just absolutely terrible. Lunch hour or not.
  • Calvin F.
    Calvin FraitesSeptember 2, 2013
    Try the Lobster Roll (Sandwich)
  • Big Z.
    Big ZeeAugust 3, 2013
    If its busy expect a 30 min wait for your food after you order, but it's well worth it!
  • Sephie💋
    Sephie💋July 26, 2013
    Get the seafood chowder paired with Allagash white!!! You won't be disappointed.
  • Dan C.
    Dan CJuly 24, 2013
    Great chowda!!
  • Anthony M.
    Anthony MeadeJune 2, 2013
    The scallops are huge and the chowder was awesome.
  • Portland Old Port
    Portland Old PortApril 15, 2013
    Try the lobster roll or the seafood chowder. Real Maine food, simple and good!
  • Michael L.
    Michael LundayFebruary 15, 2013
  • Jonathan
    JonathanNovember 24, 2012
    Fantastic sea food chowder.. Bring warm cloths.... Burrrr an some $$ enjoy
  • Micki M.
    Micki MillerNovember 19, 2012
    Best chowder I've EVER had.
  • Damian T.
    Damian TNovember 12, 2012
    Get the crabmeat sandwich and seafood chowder! Won't be disappointed!
  • Louise L.
    Louise LloydOctober 26, 2012
    Was recommended by two people on the street. Very very disappointing. Bland food , stale chips, lobster stew just lobster cream and butter!
  • Annie ❤.
    Annie ❤Lav0ie❤October 20, 2012
    Be sure to taste the lobster stew! So yummy
  • Michelle R.
    Michelle RaymondOctober 10, 2012
    Good seafood chili!
  • Jen W.
    Jen WongOctober 8, 2012
    if you want a gallon of chowder, you have to order at least an hour before! tried to get some on our way back to new york but were foiled :(
  • Chris P.
    Chris PinnockSeptember 14, 2012
    Try the Steak, Crab, Aspargus And Beans
  • Eric A.
    Eric AdamcikJune 19, 2012
    The Lobster Stew is amazing!
  • Brandon F.
    Brandon F.January 11, 2012
    Their lobster is so-so. Their clam chowder is incredible. Wash it down with Allagash.
  • Tom S.
    Tom SOctober 22, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Shrimp, fries and chowder special is always a good bet.
  • Mike P.
    Mike P-GOctober 20, 2011
    Mussels with white wine broth were AMAZING
  • Colleen C.
    Colleen CorbettOctober 4, 2011
    Amazing food, wicked fast and friendly service, and excellent prices! Highly recommend
  • Elisa F.
    Elisa FriedmanSeptember 18, 2011
    We got the chowda! Yum Yum!
  • Michael P.
    Michael Powell Sr.August 26, 2011
    Chowder's so good, you'll forget your name!
  • Katie B.
    Katie BeckmannAugust 19, 2011
    Food is absolutely delicious, the people are super friendly, the staff is great and the prices are very affordable. If you are in Portland, you must come here!
    Upvoted 4 days ago
  • Peter K.
    Peter KleinJuly 21, 2011
    Best clam chowder in Portland!
  • Chris A.
    Chris ArtusoJune 24, 2011
    Came on vacation, ate here and at the Porthole. Gilbert's blew the Porthole away in service, food quality, and price.
  • Michelle T.
    Michelle TulcanJune 17, 2011
    Dogs are welcomed
  • Kim P.
    Kim PFebruary 26, 2011
    Clam chowder is yummy
  • Evan[Bu]
    Evan[Bu]February 24, 2011
    Seafood Chowder is exceptional...
  • Fabian
    FabianFebruary 8, 2011
    Get the seafood chowdah, best eva
    Upvoted 4 days ago
  • a A.
    a AOctober 24, 2010
    Fastest service eva
  • Runnin' Donna
    Runnin' DonnaMay 5, 2010
    Get the chowdah! Mmmm.
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