J's Oyster Bar

J's Oyster Bar

5 Portland Pier (at Commercial St), Portland, ME 04101, United States
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  • 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
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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!


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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
  • quiet
  • beer
  • corn
  • vodka
  • friendly staff
  • Eater

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

    Eater · July 30, 2012
  • Justin E.

    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

    Justin Ellis · September 4, 2010
  • Lynnelle W.

    Love this place. When it's real busy the bar is real slow. Have patience.

    Lynnelle Wilson · July 29, 2010
  • Geoff P.

    Free Oysters from 4-6 ( I don't know what days of the week they do this but I was there on a Monday )

    Geoff Palmer · February 22, 2011
  • Aliona А.

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

    Aliona Алена · July 6, 2013
  • Steven M.

    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.

    Steven Matthews · February 8, 2012
  • Charlie

    Try the Alaskan King Crab Legs with clams and corn!

    Charlie · July 7, 2011
  • Chelly B.

    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

    Chelly B · September 5, 2010
  • Matt J.

    The lobster rolls are my favorite in town. Good chowder too.

    Matt J · April 25, 2010
  • Liam K.

    This place is a total fisherman's hangout, one of a kind, and you can't beat twelve oysters for twelve dollars

    Liam K. · October 18, 2011
  • Michael C.

    J's Hat Trick: A lobster roll, a bowl of lobster stew, and a spicy Bloody Mary.

    Michael Coyne · March 11, 2011
  • Chris C.

    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

    Chris Coyne · July 9, 2010
  • Jessica L.

    Lobster stew is chunky and divine.

    Jessica Lin · January 16, 2011
  • 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
  • Chelsea F.

    Lobster roll and oysters! Fresh off the boat!

    Chelsea Fowler · February 18, 2013
  • Nancy C.

    Free oysters in February makes February the best month all year!

    Nancy Chalmers · August 15, 2011
  • Bob T.

    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

    Bob Tripp · February 2, 2011
  • t S.

    oysters & blood marys

    t Shanks · October 3, 2010
  • Coach D.

    Deelicious, fresh oysters! And cheap too!! Grab 2 dozen!

    Coach Deb · September 24, 2010
  • Ed K.

    Ate four dozen oysters with my buddies, could have four dozen more. Delicious

    Ed Kotite · May 7, 2010
  • Craig D.

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

    Craig Desmarais · September 4, 2014
  • Brendan K.

    Oysters and raw scallops OMFG...

    Brendan Keating · May 26, 2013
  • 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
  • Erik N.

    Drink the Pinot Noir rather than the Cabernet... But DO have the Lobster and steamers! Great place! Love it.

    Erik Nelson · November 9, 2010
  • Monika L.

    Friendly staff! Fresh and delicious oysters!

    Monika Liborio-Walker · November 3, 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
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    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
  • Steve S.

    If oysters are what you crave there is no better place

    Steve Shink · August 9, 2014
  • Ivana L.

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

    Ivana Li · April 15, 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
  • Marty A.

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

    Marty A · August 23, 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
  • Amanda

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

    Amanda · May 31, 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
  • 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
  • Andrew S.

    So damn good!

    Andrew Sedlock · June 12, 2012
  • Kimberly S.

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

    Kimberly Shelton · April 1, 2012
  • Christina C.

    Best Lobster Roll!!!!!'

    Christina Caldwell · November 29, 2011
  • Cori F.

    The steamers are the best!!!

    Cori Foster · November 6, 2011
  • 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!

    Arminda Guillama-Rodriguez · October 20, 2011
  • Doug W.

    My first stop whenever I am in town.

    Doug Ward · August 16, 2011
  • Erik M.

    Order up a dozen Chesapeake oysters upon arriving and go from there...

    Erik Michielsen · June 11, 2011
  • Sami Y.

    Kitchen closes @ 10:00 pm

    Sami YOUSIF · April 15, 2011
  • Gabriel P.

    Most recomended, cheap, fast, great beer!

    Gabriel Parreiras · September 27, 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
  • Eugenia

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

    Eugenia · May 12, 2013

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