Gilbert's Chowder House

Seafood Restaurant and American Restaurant$$$$
Downtown Portland, Portland
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  • Tom S.
    "Shrimp, fries and chowder special is always a good bet."(26 Tips)
    Dan C.
    "Great chowda!!"(3 Tips)
    James V.
    "No frills - but awesome clam chowder and a great lobster roll."(5 Tips)
    Fabian
    "Get the seafood chowdah, best eva"(2 Tips)
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  • Brent G.
    Brent GatewoodOctober 25, 2015
    Chowder! Have to get it in a bread bowl.
  • Dan C.
    Dan ClarkMay 12, 2014
    Nearly everything on the menu was fried. Not cheap either. Skip it.
  • Ashley G.
    Ashley Gianni-BradfordJanuary 2, 2016
    Great seafood and root beer.
  • Jonathan
    JonathanNovember 24, 2012
    Fantastic sea food chowder.. Bring warm cloths.... Burrrr an some $$ enjoy
  • 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!
  • Foodie P.
    Foodie PilgrimApril 23, 2016
    Try the Clam Chowder - (via @Foodspotting)
  • Sephie💋
    Sephie💋July 26, 2013
    Get the seafood chowder paired with Allagash white!!! You won't be disappointed.
  • Foodie P.
    Foodie PilgrimApril 16, 2016
    Try the Seafood Chowder - (via @Foodspotting)
  • Dana V.
    Dana VillmoreJune 14, 2015
    Clam chowder has a tasty blend of spices. Get the bread bowl :)
  • Foodie P.
    Foodie PilgrimApril 23, 2016
    Try the Clam Cake - (via @Foodspotting)
  • Calvin F.
    Calvin FraitesSeptember 2, 2013
    Try the Lobster Roll (Sandwich)
  • Colleen C.
    Colleen CorbettOctober 4, 2011
    Amazing food, wicked fast and friendly service, and excellent prices! Highly recommend
  • Mike P.
    Mike P-GOctober 20, 2011
    Mussels with white wine broth were AMAZING
  • Michael P.
    Michael Powell Sr.August 26, 2011
    Chowder's so good, you'll forget your name!
  • Evan[Bu]
    Evan[Bu]February 24, 2011
    Seafood Chowder is exceptional...
  • Fabian
    FabianFebruary 8, 2011
    Get the seafood chowdah, best eva
  • Michelle T.
    Michelle TulcanJune 17, 2011
    Dogs are welcomed
  • 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.
  • Catherine
    CatherineOctober 5, 2014
    All you need here: Geary`s seasonal beer & Seafood chowder in a bread bowl!!!
  • Kim P.
    Kim PFebruary 26, 2011
    Clam chowder is yummy
  • Tom S.
    Tom SOctober 22, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Shrimp, fries and chowder special is always a good bet.
  • Runnin' Donna
    Runnin' DonnaMay 5, 2010
    Get the chowdah! Mmmm.
  • 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 :(
  • Annie ❤.
    Annie ❤Lav0ie❤October 20, 2012
    Be sure to taste the lobster stew! So yummy
  • Elisa F.
    Elisa FriedmanSeptember 18, 2011
    We got the chowda! Yum Yum!
  • Michael L.
    Michael LundayFebruary 15, 2013
    Chowder...excelente
  • Peter K.
    Peter KleinJuly 21, 2011
    Best clam chowder in Portland!
  • 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.
  • Chris P.
    Chris PinnockSeptember 14, 2012
    Try the Steak, Crab, Aspargus And Beans
  • Micki M.
    Micki MillerNovember 19, 2012
    Best chowder I've EVER had.
  • 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.
  • Jennifer T.
    Jennifer ThomasAugust 10, 2015
    Clam chowder
  • Casie
    CasieMarch 30, 2014
    Ask what the days specials are and what the fresh catch is.
  • 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.
  • Chris B.
    Chris BraccoMarch 29, 2014
    Seafood bread bowl. Best I've ever had.
  • Kai C.
    Kai CollRodApril 6, 2014
    Fish Chowder was ok. The haddock wasn't good. Service is great. Prices ok
  • 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!
  • Foodie P.
    Foodie PilgrimNovember 10, 2013
    Try the Broiled Haddock
  • Allison F.
    Allison F.December 14, 2015
    Get the lobster roll and onion rings
  • Eric A.
    Eric AdamcikJune 19, 2012
    The Lobster Stew is amazing!
  • Portland Old Port
    Portland Old PortApril 15, 2013
    Try the lobster roll or the seafood chowder. Real Maine food, simple and good!
  • 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.
  • Igor L.
    Igor LSeptember 20, 2015
    Fries are pretty good.
  • Foodie P.
    Foodie PilgrimApril 16, 2016
    Try the Allagash White - (via @Foodspotting)
  • Brandon F.
    Brandon F.January 11, 2012
    Their lobster is so-so. Their clam chowder is incredible. Wash it down with Allagash.
  • Paul
    PaulJune 24, 2015
    Love the lobster roll
  • Anastasia N.
    Anastasia NetzingerJune 29, 2015
    The seafood chowder is awesome! And go for a local beer, there are quite a few to choose from!
  • 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.
  • Anthony M.
    Anthony MeadeJune 2, 2013
    The scallops are huge and the chowder was awesome.
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