J's Oyster Bar

J's Oyster Bar

Seafood Restaurant$$$$
Downtown Portland, Portland
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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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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, 2016
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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!!
  • 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!?
  • 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.
  • Craig D.
    Craig DesmaraisSeptember 4, 2014
    Favorite Portland restaurant. Great local feel. Get the "naked" lobster roll. Opens at noon.
  • Benjamin B.
    Benjamin BlackSeptember 12, 2016
    Came for the oysters and was expecting good times considering the name of the restaurant. However, the oysters came with a covering of sand 😑
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Noele L.
    Noele L.November 25, 2015
    Heaven on earth. Large bucket of steamers forever and ever amen.
    Upvoted Jul 2
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Wyatt F.
    Wyatt FunderburkAugust 11, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • Lauren B.
    Lauren BeslityOctober 24, 2016
    Best steamers I have ever had! The lobster roll was pretty amazing too. Highly recommend!
  • Tonya M.
    Tonya MezrichJune 21, 2016
    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.
  • 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.
  • Allison C.
    Allison CrouchJuly 9, 2013
    Quiet, intimate outside seating in the late evenings.. all seafood is fresh and delicious
  • Stephanie B.
    Stephanie BellMay 21, 2012
    Delish seafood & outdoor seating with view of the water. This place is a must for visitors.
  • 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
  • Ivana L.
    Ivana LiApril 15, 2014
    Definitely get the raw scallop cocktail. Sweet, fresh, and HUGE!
  • Sofia P.
    Sofia PapastamelosSeptember 5, 2015
    Good lobster roll. Had a great time eating lunch on the outdoor deck.
  • Chris N.
    Chris NevinsSeptember 19, 2015
    Good lobster roll. Excellent oysters. Clam chowder is a little watered down.
  • Dana V.
    Seriously fresh seafood and excellent lobster roll. Love the long neck clams!
  • 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.
  • Jonathan H.
    Jonathan HosterOctober 12, 2013
    There are a lot of good seafood places in Portland. This is one of the BEST!
  • 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.
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 30, 2012
    Nothing fancy here, just straightforward Maine seafood served with sass on Portland’s working waterfront. [Eater 18 Member]
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Amanda
    AmandaMay 31, 2013
    Been coming here as long as I can remember, and have never had a disappointment!
  • Aliona А.
    Aliona АленаJuly 6, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    That is how much lobster meet was in my Lobster Stew CUP!
  • Traci G.
    Traci GikasFebruary 19, 2016
    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!
  • Deb M.
    Deb MJuly 6, 2016
    Great lobster platter!! Can't wait to get back there
  • 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....
  • Chelsea F.
    Chelsea FowlerFebruary 18, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Lobster roll and oysters! Fresh off the boat!
  • Monika L.
    Monika Liborio-WalkerNovember 3, 2014
    Friendly staff! Fresh and delicious oysters!
  • Gina M.
    Gina MurtheyApril 21, 2012
    Good oysters great prices! Small place so be prepared to wait.
  • Laura W.
    Laura WestcottDecember 30, 2012
    Angry Orchard cider and steamed clams. Delicious!
  • Chet M.
    Classic 70s styled oyster bar but the pasta quality is quite poor. Stick with whole steamed lobster or similar.
  • Marty A.
    Marty AAugust 23, 2013
    Martinis good. Oysters yes. And the locals are incredibly friendly.
  • Mary H.
    Mary HutchinsonAugust 14, 2013
    This is the real deal. Forget all those tourist traps. J's is open year 'round.
  • Kate R.
    Kate RumeryOctober 3, 2012
    Local history. Staff is a family and have worked together for years!! A must!!!!
  • Geoff P.
    Geoff PalmerFebruary 22, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Free Oysters from 4-6 ( I don't know what days of the week they do this but I was there on a Monday )
  • Gabriel P.
    Gabriel ParreirasSeptember 27, 2014
    Most recomended, cheap, fast, great beer!
  • Adrienne C.
    Adrienne ClarkApril 13, 2014
    Get the Haddock Filet sandwich and thanks
  • Jonathan
    JonathanJune 30, 2015
    Lobster roll is a must here.
  • Pat G.
    Pat GouinJuly 31, 2015
    The raw oysters were delicious
  • Patrick S.
    Patrick SwettAugust 16, 2015
    Oysters, Clam Chowder, Lobster Claw Cocktails, Beer
  • Jason P.
    Jason PickensMay 26, 2013
    Get the lobster chowder. It was soo good.
  • Mary Jeanne R.
    The scallops are amazing!
  • Brendan K.
    Brendan KeatingMay 26, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Oysters and raw scallops OMFG...
  • Dennis R.
    Dennis ReedJune 27, 2014
    Must try a bucket of the Steamers. Excellent!
  • Steve S.
    Steve ShinkAugust 9, 2014
    If oysters are what you crave there is no better place
  • Michael C.
    Michael CoyneMarch 11, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    J's Hat Trick: A lobster roll, a bowl of lobster stew, and a spicy Bloody Mary.
  • Allison M.
    Allison MorrillMay 8, 2014
    The martinis! Damn! They give you the side car.
  • Lynnelle W.
    Lynnelle WilsonJuly 29, 2010
    Love this place. When it's real busy the bar is real slow. Have patience.
  • Lindsay L.
    Lindsay LehmanOctober 17, 2015
    Ran out of oysters and the ones we had were sandy and not enjoyable.
  • Char M.
    Char MAugust 31, 2013
    Lobster stew without a doubt!
  • 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.
  • Kimberly S.
    Kimberly SheltonApril 1, 2012
    Try the Lobster Stew - If I die young....serve this
  • Matt J.
    Matt JApril 25, 2010
    The lobster rolls are my favorite in town. Good chowder too.
  • Alexandra A.
    I learned how to eat a clam here. I'd give myself a b+
  • Jessica L.
    Jessica LinJanuary 16, 2011
    Lobster stew is chunky and divine.
  • Harold R.
    Harold RoyalsJune 2, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Great place, but out of peters drink. Cant stay long
  • Gabriella R.
    Gabriella RossiJune 14, 2016
    Seafood casserole. Get it.
  • Mary S.
    Mary SzafraniecSeptember 2, 2014
    Lobster stew + dirty martini = yum!!
  • Steve S.
    Steve SaundersMay 12, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    13 oysters for 12 bucks.. It's allgood.
  • Charlotte C.
    Great clams and lobster rolls.
  • Julieta F.
    Julieta FungAugust 31, 2014
    Scallops cocktail all the way
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    TV Food MapsAugust 27, 2014
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  • Nancy C.
    Nancy ChalmersAugust 15, 2011
    Free oysters in February makes February the best month all year!
  • Charlie
    CharlieJuly 7, 2011
    Try the Alaskan King Crab Legs with clams and corn!
  • Erik M.
    Erik MichielsenJune 11, 2011
    Order up a dozen Chesapeake oysters upon arriving and go from there...
  • Doug W.
    Doug WardAugust 16, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    My first stop whenever I am in town.
  • Cori F.
    Cori FosterNovember 6, 2011
    The steamers are the best!!!
  • Coach D.
    Coach DebSeptember 24, 2010
    Deelicious, fresh oysters! And cheap too!! Grab 2 dozen!
  • Liz M.
    Liz Mack3 weeks ago
    Soups are microwaved! Clam chowder was bland. Steamers good but overpriced. There's got to be better places around.
  • Runnin' Donna
    Runnin' DonnaSeptember 10, 2015
    Steamers!!!
  • Ed K.
    Ed KotiteMay 7, 2010
    Ate four dozen oysters with my buddies, could have four dozen more. Delicious
  • Leslie D.
    Leslie DavisSeptember 9, 2014
    A must stop.
  • Richard W.
    Richard WalkerJuly 31, 2013
    Not really traditional clam chowder. Bland other than that overpowering black pepper
  • Chris C.
    Chris CoyneJuly 9, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    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
    Downvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Charles D.
    Good fresh lobster
  • Thomas W.
    Thomas WallandSeptember 16, 2013
    Free parking!
  • Christina C.
    Christina CaldwellNovember 29, 2011
    Best Lobster Roll!!!!!'
  • Melvin T.
    Melvin ThornhillMay 17, 2013
    Horrendous service. But good eats
  • Andrew S.
    Andrew SedlockJune 12, 2012
    So damn good!
  • t S.
    t ShanksOctober 3, 2010
    oysters & blood marys
  • Sami Y.
    Sami YOUSIFApril 15, 2011
    Kitchen closes @ 10:00 pm
  • Jillian N.
    Jillian NicholsJuly 12, 2015
    Rude staff, slow and sloppy service, mediocre seafood. Go to Eventide instead.
  • John S.
    John SilverJune 12, 2013
    No siracha :(
  • Eugenia
    EugeniaMay 12, 2013
    Отличное недорогое место в Портленде со свежей морской едой. Lobster stew and shrimps are fantastic!
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