J's Oyster Bar

J's Oyster Bar

Seafood Restaurant$$$$
Downtown Portland, Portland
96 Tips and reviews
  • lobster
  • oysters
  • clams
  • bucket of steamers
  • cocktails
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  • Norman E.
    Norman EllisJuly 18, 2015
    Divey and dirty and everything you want a lobster shack on the docks to be. Lots of drunk happy locals mixed in with summer folk. The steamed Lobster Dinner was reasonably priced and delish.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Tyler L.
    Tyler LundSeptember 27, 2015
    J's is a fine local bar and a decent seafood restaurant, but don't expect anything special in terms of food, service, or atmosphere. The outdoor seating has a nice view of the piers and water
  • Chelly B.
    Chelly BSeptember 5, 2010
    When you find the CEO of a corporation sitting next to the Fisherman who brought in the catch of the day...you know it's good! imo best place to get the best seafood in Portland when you want it fresh
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Bob T.
    Bob TrippFebruary 2, 2011
    great bar and resteraunt but 3's a crowd travel alone or in pairs if you want a seat at the bar during busy hours. Mary and Sandy are friendly and attentive bartenders. The lobster stew is awesome an
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Tonya M.
    Kinda disappointing this year compared to last year. ESP for the kids food. Got a pink hot dog and orange mac n cheese. The lobster roll was nothing special and the steamers soso.
  • Pam D.
    Pam De SilvaOctober 2, 2015
    If there's an incredibly long wait list, you'll probably have better luck waiting for someone to leave their seat at the bar. Then get a bucket of steamers and wash it down with some local beer.
  • Chris F.
    Chris FohlinAugust 6, 2014
    I love this place for its authenticity compared to nearby, more mainstream spots. The lobster stew is chock-full of huge chunks, a must-have. The staff is no BS but they'll treat you well.
    Downvoted Jun 15
  • Chris C.
    Chris CoyneJuly 9, 2010
    Man. We have been coming for about 12 years. The lobster stew is delicious and the drinks are notoriously strong. They were famous for the bloody Marys in my circle of friends but they seemed to have
  • Jim A.
    Jim AndersonSeptember 30, 2012
    My go-to food and beverage destination in Portland. Found this place when Grateful Dead played the Civic Center May '79. I've boated over from S Harpswell in 17' Whaler just to have a Dozen.
  • Kevin W.
    Kevin WalshApril 12
    I would say leaving 15% is the minimum here and and even that I would frown upon unless there is a special lady that deserves some succulent oysters.
  • Bonnie C.
    Bonnie ChuJune 28, 2013
    Sit outside, watch the boats, eat oysters and other sea treats. The bakers dozen is incredibly generous. >13. PS you can charge a phone outside.
  • Jacob B.
    Jacob BialeschkiAugust 26, 2014
    If this is your first time in Portland and want a local joint...This is the place. A little old school but the have amazing oysters for about a buck a piece!!
  • Betty M.
    Betty MakSeptember 7, 2014
    Bucket of steamer clams are amazing! Sit outdoors and come early. Older blond waitress is rude. Younger short haired waitress is fun.
  • Justin K.
    Justin KadisJune 25, 2015
    Did you know: Portland has an NBADL team named the Maine Red Claws? After you see the size of the claws on the lobster rolls at J's, it no wonder!
  • Matthew R.
    Matthew RosenthalJuly 10, 2013
    combo cocktail is a must and if they have the cajun scallops roll as a special a must try! oh and did i forget to mention oyster vodka shooters!?
  • Jon
    JonSeptember 29, 2015
    Not the best seafood I've ever had, but it a really nice vibe. Be warned though: waited 90min for a table for 2 on a Friday in mid-Sept.
  • Arminda G.
    Any wait is worth it, staff is friendly and place is mixed with locals and tourists - great specials too. Best lobster roll I've had so far!
  • Shelby C.
    Shelby CarignanSeptember 14, 2014
    Authentic Maine seafood. Best oysters and lobster roll downtown. Always my go to place when taking friends out from out of town.
  • Portland Old Port
    Portland Old PortApril 15, 2013
    A local dive with fresh seafood. Nothing is fried, so don't come here looking for fish & chips. Try the classic lobster roll.
  • Craig D.
    Craig DesmaraisSeptember 4, 2014
    Favorite Portland restaurant. Great local feel. Get the "naked" lobster roll. Opens at noon.
  • Marisa T.
    Marisa Torrieri BloomSeptember 16, 2012
    The outdoor views of the waterfront are great, but I found the crab roll to be only so-so. Clams, however, are a must.
  • Chris B.
    Chris BraccoSeptember 13, 2014
    Awesome seafood at a good price. Nice wait staff, and one of the less touristy options down on Commercial Street.
  • Justin E.
    Justin EllisSeptember 4, 2010
    Do they have some of the best seafood in town? Sure. But the bar is old school. Order a drink and mind your manners with the staff
  • Erik N.
    Erik NelsonNovember 9, 2010
    Drink the Pinot Noir rather than the Cabernet... But DO have the Lobster and steamers! Great place! Love it.
  • Steven M.
    Steven MatthewsFebruary 8, 2012
    You really can't go wrong at this fun, cozy raw bar with a great local energy. It's probably just what you're looking for.
  • Liam K.
    Liam K.October 18, 2011
    This place is a total fisherman's hangout, one of a kind, and you can't beat twelve oysters for twelve dollars
  • Traci G.
    Traci GikasFebruary 19
    Do they still have the oyster special going in February? I've been away for awhile, in the Midwest where oysters are something that come in a can!
  • Stephanie B.
    Stephanie BellMay 21, 2012
    Delish seafood & outdoor seating with view of the water. This place is a must for visitors.
  • Allison C.
    Allison CrouchJuly 9, 2013
    Quiet, intimate outside seating in the late evenings.. all seafood is fresh and delicious
  • Chris N.
    Chris NevinsSeptember 19, 2015
    Good lobster roll. Excellent oysters. Clam chowder is a little watered down.
  • Wyatt F.
    Wyatt FunderburkAugust 11, 2014
    Always my first stop in the old port. Grab an Allagash White, a bucket of steamers and some lobster bisque and you're all set.
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 30, 2012
    Nothing fancy here, just straightforward Maine seafood served with sass on Portland’s working waterfront. [Eater 18 Member]
  • Wyngspan
    WyngspanJanuary 27, 2014
    Feels and looks like it hasn't changed in years, and that's a beautiful thing. Best spot for delicious, fresh, cheap oysters. Read more
  • Amanda
    AmandaMay 31, 2013
    Been coming here as long as I can remember, and have never had a disappointment!
  • Geoff P.
    Geoff PalmerFebruary 22, 2011
    Free Oysters from 4-6 ( I don't know what days of the week they do this but I was there on a Monday )
    Upvoted Jun 11
  • Kate R.
    Kate RumeryOctober 3, 2012
    Local history. Staff is a family and have worked together for years!! A must!!!!
  • Ivana L.
    Ivana LiApril 15, 2014
    Definitely get the raw scallop cocktail. Sweet, fresh, and HUGE!
  • Lynnelle W.
    Lynnelle WilsonJuly 29, 2010
    Love this place. When it's real busy the bar is real slow. Have patience.
  • Gina M.
    Gina MurtheyApril 21, 2012
    Good oysters great prices! Small place so be prepared to wait.
  • Mary H.
    Mary HutchinsonAugust 14, 2013
    This is the real deal. Forget all those tourist traps. J's is open year 'round.
  • Matt J.
    Matt JApril 25, 2010
    The lobster rolls are my favorite in town. Good chowder too.
  • Sofia P.
    Sofia PapastamelosSeptember 5, 2015
    Good lobster roll. Had a great time eating lunch on the outdoor deck.
  • Ana M.
    Ana MontesSeptember 16, 2011
    Holysh*t. Ive had lobster in 3 places up here but this one is the beat ! Lobster dinner w steamed clams..yum....
  • Richard W.
    Richard WalkerJuly 31, 2013
    Not really traditional clam chowder. Bland other than that overpowering black pepper
  • Noele L.
    Noele L.November 25, 2015
    Heaven on earth. Large bucket of steamers forever and ever amen.
  • Jonathan H.
    Jonathan HosterOctober 12, 2013
    There are a lot of good seafood places in Portland. This is one of the BEST!
  • Gene G.
    Gene G.August 25, 2012
    Had dinner with J and M.. WOW! Two bowls of chowder, oysters on the half shell, and a bucket of steamers.
  • Lindsay L.
    Lindsay LehmanOctober 17, 2015
    Ran out of oysters and the ones we had were sandy and not enjoyable.
  • Jillian N.
    Jillian NicholsJuly 12, 2015
    Rude staff, slow and sloppy service, mediocre seafood. Go to Eventide instead.
  • Eugenia
    EugeniaMay 12, 2013
    Отличное недорогое место в Портленде со свежей морской едой. Lobster stew and shrimps are fantastic!
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