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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!
Heaven on earth. Large bucket of steamers forever and ever amen.
Ran out of oysters and the ones we had were sandy and not enjoyable.
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.
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.
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
Good lobster roll. Excellent oysters. Clam chowder is a little watered down.
Good lobster roll. Had a great time eating lunch on the outdoor deck.
Oysters, Clam Chowder, Lobster Claw Cocktails, Beer
The raw oysters were delicious
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.
Rude staff, slow and sloppy service, mediocre seafood. Go to Eventide instead.
Lobster roll is a must here.
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!
Good fresh lobster
Friendly staff! Fresh and delicious oysters!
Most recomended, cheap, fast, great beer!
Authentic Maine seafood. Best oysters and lobster roll downtown. Always my go to place when taking friends out from out of town.
Awesome seafood at a good price. Nice wait staff, and one of the less touristy options down on Commercial Street.
A must stop.
Bucket of steamer clams are amazing! Sit outdoors and come early. Older blond waitress is rude. Younger short haired waitress is fun.
Favorite Portland restaurant. Great local feel. Get the "naked" lobster roll. Opens at noon.
Lobster stew + dirty martini = yum!!
Scallops cocktail all the way
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!!
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.
If oysters are what you crave there is no better place
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.
Must try a bucket of the Steamers. Excellent!
The martinis! Damn! They give you the side car.
Definitely get the raw scallop cocktail. Sweet, fresh, and HUGE!
Get the Haddock Filet sandwich and thanks
There are a lot of good seafood places in Portland. This is one of the BEST!
Lobster stew without a doubt!
Martinis good. Oysters yes. And the locals are incredibly friendly.
This is the real deal. Forget all those tourist traps. J's is open year 'round.
Not really traditional clam chowder. Bland other than that overpowering black pepper
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!?
Quiet, intimate outside seating in the late evenings.. all seafood is fresh and delicious
That is how much lobster meet was in my Lobster Stew CUP!
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.
No siracha :(
Been coming here as long as I can remember, and have never had a disappointment!
Get the lobster chowder. It was soo good.
Oysters and raw scallops OMFG...
Horrendous service. But good eats
13 oysters for 12 bucks.. It's allgood.