J's Oyster Bar

J's Oyster Bar

Seafood Restaurant · Downtown Portland
5 Portland Pier (at Commercial St), Portland, ME 04101, United States
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People tend to check in during these times:

  • Today
    • 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
  • Sun
    • Noon–9:00 PM
  • Mon
    • Noon–9:00 PM
$ $ $ $
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Beer, Full Bar, 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!


Based on 203 votes

People like this place

  • What you need to know
    Chris C.
    "The lobster stew is delicious and the drinks are notoriously strong."(9 Tips)
    Matt J.
    "The lobster rolls are my favorite in town."(12 Tips)
    Betty M.
    "Bucket of steamer clams are amazing!"(4 Tips)
    Patrick S.
    "Oysters, Clam Chowder, Lobster Claw Cocktails, Beer"(25 Tips)
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  • lobster
  • oysters
  • clams
  • bucket of steamers
  • cocktails
  • chowder
  • scenic views
  • authentic
  • scallops
  • lively
  • Alaskan King Crab
  • intimate
  • cozy
  • king crab legs
  • casual
  • sandwiches
  • martinis
  • beer
  • healthy food
  • corn
  • Noele L.

    Heaven on earth. Large bucket of steamers forever and ever amen.

    Noele L. · 2 hours ago
  • Lindsay L.

    Ran out of oysters and the ones we had were sandy and not enjoyable.

    Lindsay Lehman · October 17
  • Pam D.

    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.

    Pam De Silva · October 2
  • Jon

    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.

    Jon · September 29
  • Tyler L.

    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

    Tyler Lund · September 27
  • Chris N.

    Good lobster roll. Excellent oysters. Clam chowder is a little watered down.

    Chris Nevins · September 19
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    Runnin' Donna · September 10
  • Sofia P.

    Good lobster roll. Had a great time eating lunch on the outdoor deck.

    Sofia Papastamelos · September 5
  • Patrick S.

    Oysters, Clam Chowder, Lobster Claw Cocktails, Beer

    Patrick Swett · August 16
  • Pat G.

    The raw oysters were delicious

    Pat Gouin · July 31
  • Norman E.

    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.

    Norman Ellis · July 18
  • Jillian N.

    Rude staff, slow and sloppy service, mediocre seafood. Go to Eventide instead.

    Jillian Nichols · July 12
  • Jonathan

    Lobster roll is a must here.

    Jonathan · June 30
  • Justin K.

    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!

    Justin Kadis · June 25
  • Charles D.

    Good fresh lobster

  • 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

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