J's Oyster Bar

J's Oyster Bar

Seafood Restaurant$$$$
Downtown Portland, Portland
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    Chris C.
    "The lobster stew is delicious and the drinks are notoriously strong."(8 Tips)
    Dana V.
    "Seriously fresh seafood and excellent lobster roll."(18 Tips)
    Betty M.
    "Bucket of steamer clams are amazing!"(5 Tips)
    Patrick S.
    "Oysters, Clam Chowder, Lobster Claw Cocktails, Beer"(31 Tips)
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  • lobster
  • bucket of steamers
  • casual
  • chowder
  • great value
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  • Erik C.
    Erik CintronSeptember 2, 2018
    Famous spot the late Bourdain visited. I had to come try it. It’s everybody’s bar with amazing seafood. Make reservations or go to the bar and great service and food. Dive bar feeling. Off the water
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    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.
  • Betty M.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • Wyatt F.heart icon on user image
    Wyatt FunderburkAugust 11, 2014
    Been here 25+ 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.
  • 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
  • Bon
    BonJune 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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • Kevin W.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • Kevin b.heart icon on user image
    Kevin beinhackerJuly 5, 2020
    Oysters were excellent but not as good as scales, lobster claw app and stuffed mushrooms with crabmeat were excellent. Lobster soup is definitely worth it
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    JimSeptember 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.
  • 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!?
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    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.
  • Craig D.heart icon on user image
    Craig DesmaraisSeptember 4, 2014
    Favorite Portland restaurant. Great local feel. Get the "naked" lobster roll. Opens at noon.
  • Shelby C.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • MLe B.heart icon on user image
    MLe BJanuary 7, 2018
    Such a great place, amazing fresh oysters and excellent lobster
  • Noele L.heart icon on user image
    Noele L.November 25, 2015
    Heaven on earth. Large bucket of steamers forever and ever amen.
  • Pam D.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • 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.
  • Lauren B.
    Lauren BeslityOctober 24, 2016
    Best steamers I have ever had! The lobster roll was pretty amazing too. Highly recommend!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • M P.heart icon on user image
    M PJuly 17, 2019
    Great service, great food, great value. Every lobster dish is delicious. Would highly recommend.
  • 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.
  • Dana V.heart icon on user image
    Dana VillmoreMarch 26, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    Seriously fresh seafood and excellent lobster roll. Love the long neck clams!
  • 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.
  • Sofia P.heart icon on user image
    Sofia PapastamelosSeptember 5, 2015
    Good lobster roll. Had a great time eating lunch on the outdoor deck.
  • 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
  • Chris N.heart icon on user image
    Chris NevinsSeptember 19, 2015
    Good lobster roll. Excellent oysters. Clam chowder is a little watered down.
  • Jonathan Y.heart icon on user image
    Jonathan YuOctober 9, 2018
    Good steamers and chowder. Go early since there is limited seating.
  • Ivana L.
    Ivana LiApril 15, 2014
    Definitely get the raw scallop cocktail. Sweet, fresh, and HUGE!
  • Allison C.
    Allison CrouchJuly 9, 2013
    Quiet, intimate outside seating in the late evenings.. all seafood is fresh and delicious
  • Deb M.heart icon on user image
    Deb MJuly 6, 2016
    Great lobster platter!! Can't wait to get back there
  • Stephanie B.
    Stephanie BellMay 21, 2012
    Delish seafood & outdoor seating with view of the water. This place is a must for visitors.
  • Jonathan H.heart icon on user image
    Jonathan HosterOctober 12, 2013
    There are a lot of good seafood places in Portland. This is one of the BEST!
  • Kate R.heart icon on user image
    Kate RumeryOctober 3, 2012
    Local history. Staff is a family and have worked together for years!! A must!!!!
  • Chet M.heart icon on user image
    Chet ManciniMay 29, 2017
    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.
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    AmandaMay 31, 2013
    Been coming here as long as I can remember, and have never had a disappointment!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 30, 2012
    Nothing fancy here, just straightforward Maine seafood served with sass on Portland’s working waterfront. [Eater 18 Member]
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    Aliona АленаJuly 6, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    That is how much lobster meet was in my Lobster Stew CUP!
  • Mary H.
    Mary HutchinsonAugust 14, 2013
    This is the real deal. Forget all those tourist traps. J's is open year 'round.
  • Chelsea F.
    Chelsea FowlerFebruary 18, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Lobster roll and oysters! Fresh off the boat!
  • Patrick S.heart icon on user image
    Patrick SwettAugust 16, 2015
    Oysters, Clam Chowder, Lobster Claw Cocktails, Beer
  • Mary Jeanne R.heart icon on user image
    The scallops are amazing!
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