J's Oyster Bar

J's Oyster Bar

Seafood Restaurant
5 Portland Pier (at Commercial St), Portland, ME 04101, United States
Likely open (See when people check in)

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  • Today
    • Noon–9:00 PM
  • Mon
    • Noon–9:00 PM
  • Tue
    • Noon–10:00 PM
  • Wed
    • 1:00 PM–3:00 PM
    • 5:00 PM–9:00 PM
  • Thu
    • Noon–9:00 PM
  • Fri
    • Noon–11:00 PM
  • Sat
    • 11:00 AM–11:00 PM
$ $ $ $
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Beer, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Outdoor Seating:

The pearl of the waterfront and Portland and Maine's premier oyster locale. Good food, good drinks, and good people in a unique waterfront atmosphere!


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  • lobster
  • oysters
  • bucket of steamers
  • clams
  • cocktails
  • chowder
  • martinis
  • scenic views
  • Alaskan King Crab
  • intimate
  • king crab legs
  • authentic
  • cozy
  • Angry Orchard cider
  • sandwiches
  • beer
  • quiet
  • corn
  • vodka
  • friendly staff
  • Monika L.

    Friendly staff! Fresh and delicious oysters!

    Monika Liborio-Walker · November 3, 2014
  • Gabriel P.

    Most recomended, cheap, fast, great beer!

    Gabriel Parreiras · September 27, 2014
  • Shelby C.

    Authentic Maine seafood. Best oysters and lobster roll downtown. Always my go to place when taking friends out from out of town.

    Shelby Carignan · September 14, 2014
  • Chris B.

    Awesome seafood at a good price. Nice wait staff, and one of the less touristy options down on Commercial Street.

    Chris Bracco · September 13, 2014
  • Leslie D.

    A must stop.

    Leslie Davis · September 9, 2014
  • Betty M.

    Bucket of steamer clams are amazing! Sit outdoors and come early. Older blond waitress is rude. Younger short haired waitress is fun.

    Betty Mak · September 7, 2014
  • Craig D.

    Favorite Portland restaurant. Great local feel. Get the "naked" lobster roll. Opens at noon.

    Craig Desmarais · September 4, 2014
  • Mary S.

    Lobster stew + dirty martini = yum!!

    Mary Szafraniec · September 2, 2014
  • Julieta F.

    Scallops cocktail all the way

    Julieta Fung · August 31, 2014
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    Check out J's Oyster as seen on No Reservations Read more

    TV Food Maps · August 27, 2014
  • Jacob B.

    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!!

    Jacob Bialeschki · August 26, 2014
  • Wyatt F.

    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.

    Wyatt Funderburk · August 11, 2014
  • Steve S.

    If oysters are what you crave there is no better place

    Steve Shink · August 9, 2014
  • Chris F.

    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.

    Chris Fohlin · August 6, 2014
  • Dennis R.

    Must try a bucket of the Steamers. Excellent!

    Dennis Reed · June 27, 2014
  • Allison M.

    The martinis! Damn! They give you the side car.

    Allison Morrill · May 8, 2014
  • Ivana L.

    Definitely get the raw scallop cocktail. Sweet, fresh, and HUGE!

    Ivana Li · April 15, 2014
  • Adrienne C.

    Get the Haddock Filet sandwich and thanks

    Adrienne Clark · April 13, 2014
  • Wyngspan

    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

    Wyngspan · January 27, 2014
  • Jonathan H.

    There are a lot of good seafood places in Portland. This is one of the BEST!

    Jonathan Hoster · October 12, 2013
  • Thomas W.

    Free parking!

    Thomas Walland · September 16, 2013
  • Char M.

    Lobster stew without a doubt!

    Char M · August 31, 2013
  • Marty A.

    Martinis good. Oysters yes. And the locals are incredibly friendly.

    Marty A · August 23, 2013
  • Mary H.

    This is the real deal. Forget all those tourist traps. J's is open year 'round.

    Mary Hutchinson · August 14, 2013
  • Richard W.

    Not really traditional clam chowder. Bland other than that overpowering black pepper

    Richard Walker · July 31, 2013
  • Matthew R.

    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!?

    Matthew Rosenthal · July 10, 2013
  • Allison C.

    Quiet, intimate outside seating in the late evenings.. all seafood is fresh and delicious

    Allison Crouch · July 9, 2013
  • Aliona А.

    That is how much lobster meet was in my Lobster Stew CUP!

    Aliona Алена · July 6, 2013
  • Bonnie C.

    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.

    Bonnie Chu · June 28, 2013
  • John S.

    No siracha :(

    John Silver · June 12, 2013
  • Amanda

    Been coming here as long as I can remember, and have never had a disappointment!

    Amanda · May 31, 2013
  • Jason P.

    Get the lobster chowder. It was soo good.

    Jason Pickens · May 26, 2013
  • Brendan K.

    Oysters and raw scallops OMFG...

    Brendan Keating · May 26, 2013
  • Melvin T.

    Horrendous service. But good eats

    Melvin Thornhill · May 17, 2013
  • Steve S.

    13 oysters for 12 bucks.. It's allgood.

    Steve Saunders · May 12, 2013
  • Eugenia

    Отличное недорогое место в Портленде со свежей морской едой. Lobster stew and shrimps are fantastic!

    Eugenia · May 12, 2013
  • Portland Old Port

    A local dive with fresh seafood. Nothing is fried, so don't come here looking for fish & chips. Try the classic lobster roll.

    Portland Old Port · April 15, 2013
  • Chelsea F.

    Lobster roll and oysters! Fresh off the boat!

    Chelsea Fowler · February 18, 2013
  • Laura W.

    Angry Orchard cider and steamed clams. Delicious!

    Laura Westcott · December 30, 2012
  • Kate R.

    Local history. Staff is a family and have worked together for years!! A must!!!!

    Kate Rumery · October 3, 2012
  • Jim A.

    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.

    Jim Anderson · September 30, 2012
  • Marisa T.

    The outdoor views of the waterfront are great, but I found the crab roll to be only so-so. Clams, however, are a must.

    Marisa Torrieri Bloom · September 16, 2012
  • Gene G.

    Had dinner with J and M.. WOW! Two bowls of chowder, oysters on the half shell, and a bucket of steamers.

    Gene G. · August 25, 2012
  • Eater

    Nothing fancy here, just straightforward Maine seafood served with sass on Portland’s working waterfront. [Eater 18 Member]

    Eater · July 30, 2012
  • Katrina M.

    Left - hostess was 100% ass. Thx for the terrible customer service.

    Katrina Macari · June 28, 2012
  • Andrew S.

    So damn good!

    Andrew Sedlock · June 12, 2012
  • Harold R.

    Great place, but out of peters drink. Cant stay long

    Harold Royals · June 2, 2012
  • Stephanie B.

    Delish seafood & outdoor seating with view of the water. This place is a must for visitors.

    Stephanie Bell · May 21, 2012
  • Gina M.

    Good oysters great prices! Small place so be prepared to wait.

    Gina Murthey · April 21, 2012
  • Kimberly S.

    Try the Lobster Stew - If I die young....serve this

    Kimberly Shelton · April 1, 2012

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