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J'S Oyster



5 Portland Pier
Portland, ME 04101

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(207) 772-4828

Cuisine: Seafood Restaurants

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4.4 of 5.0 from 109 reviews

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  • kandjonisland reviewSmall bar like atmostphere with excellent food, strong drink, waterfront pier feel - pricy but good. Great oysters.

    44444 by kandjonisland


  • swimguy11 reviewWe had a good meal here the price was good for the amount of food. The only problem I saw was the oysters were sitting out in the open. They were not covered in ice.

    22222 by swimguy11


  • kandjonisland reviewGreat casual `wharf-side` dining. Best clam bucket bargin in the area.

    44444 by kandjonisland


  • Liz M.Soups are microwaved! Clam chowder was bland. Steamers good but overpriced. There's got to be better places around.

    33333 by Liz M.


  • Charlotte CGreat clams and lobster rolls.

    55555 by Charlotte C


  • Alexandra JI learned how to eat a clam here. I'd give myself a b+

    33333 by Alexandra J


  • Chet M.Classic 70s styled oyster bar but the pasta quality is quite poor. Stick with whole steamed lobster or similar.

    33333 by Chet M.


  • Dana C.Seriously fresh seafood and excellent lobster roll. Love the long neck clams!

    55555 by Dana C.


  • Lauren GBest steamers I have ever had! The lobster roll was pretty amazing too. Highly recommend!

    55555 by Lauren G


  • Benjamin B.Came for the oysters and was expecting good times considering the name of the restaurant. However, the oysters came with a covering of sand 😑

    33333 by Benjamin B.


  • Mary Jeanne AThe scallops are amazing!

    55555 by Mary Jeanne A


  • Deb M.Great lobster platter!! Can't wait to get back there

    55555 by Deb M.


  • Tonya MKinda 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.

    33333 by Tonya M


  • Gabriella RossiSeafood casserole. Get it.

    55555 by Gabriella Rossi


  • Kevin ZI 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.

    33333 by Kevin Z


  • Traci EDo 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!

    55555 by Traci E


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

    55555 by Noele L.


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

    33333 by Lindsay L.


  • Pam EIf 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.

    33333 by Pam E


  • JonNot 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.

    55555 by Jon


  • 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

    55555 by Tyler L.


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

    55555 by Chris N.


  • Runnin' DonnaSteamers!!!

    33333 by Runnin' Donna


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

    55555 by Sofia P.


  • Patrick NOysters, Clam Chowder, Lobster Claw Cocktails, Beer

    55555 by Patrick N


  • Pat G.The raw oysters were delicious

    55555 by Pat G.


  • 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.

    55555 by Norman E.


  • Jillian NicholsRude staff, slow and sloppy service, mediocre seafood. Go to Eventide instead.

    11111 by Jillian Nichols


  • JonathanLobster roll is a must here.

    55555 by Jonathan


  • 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!

    33333 by Justin K.


  • Charles RGood fresh lobster

    55555 by Charles R


  • Monika Liborio-WalkerFriendly staff! Fresh and delicious oysters!

    55555 by Monika Liborio-Walker


  • Gabriel CMost recomended, cheap, fast, great beer!

    55555 by Gabriel C


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

    55555 by Shelby Carignan


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

    55555 by Chris B.


  • Leslie D.A must stop.

    55555 by Leslie D.


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

    55555 by Betty M.


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

    55555 by Craig D.


  • Mary S.Lobster stew + dirty martini = yum!!

    33333 by Mary S.


  • Julieta F.Scallops cocktail all the way

    33333 by Julieta F.


  • TV Food MapsCheck out J's Oyster as seen on No Reservations

    33333 by TV Food Maps


  • Jacob EIf 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!!

    55555 by Jacob E


  • 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.

    55555 by Wyatt F.


  • Steve ShinkIf oysters are what you crave there is no better place

    55555 by Steve Shink


  • 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.

    55555 by Chris F.


  • Dennis SMust try a bucket of the Steamers. Excellent!

    55555 by Dennis S


  • Allison MorrillThe martinis! Damn! They give you the side car.

    33333 by Allison Morrill


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

    55555 by Ivana L.


  • Adrienne SGet the Haddock Filet sandwich and thanks

    55555 by Adrienne S


  • WyngspanFeels and looks like it hasn't changed in years, and that's a beautiful thing. Best spot for delicious, fresh, cheap oysters.

    55555 by Wyngspan


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

    55555 by Jonathan H.


  • Thomas W.Free parking!

    55555 by Thomas W.


  • Char M.Lobster stew without a doubt!

    55555 by Char M.


  • Marty A.Martinis good. Oysters yes. And the locals are incredibly friendly.

    55555 by Marty A.


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

    55555 by Mary Hutchinson H.


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

    55555 by Richard W.


  • 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!?

    55555 by Matthew R.


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

    55555 by Allison C.


  • Aliona А.That is how much lobster meet was in my Lobster Stew CUP!

    33333 by Aliona А.


  • 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.

    55555 by Bonnie C.


  • John S.No siracha :(

    33333 by John S.


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

    55555 by Amanda


  • Jason P.Get the lobster chowder. It was soo good.

    55555 by Jason P.


  • Brendan K.Oysters and raw scallops OMFG...

    33333 by Brendan K.


  • Melvin T.Horrendous service. But good eats

    33333 by Melvin T.


  • Steve S.13 oysters for 12 bucks.. It's allgood.

    55555 by Steve S.


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

    55555 by Eugenia


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

    55555 by Portland Old Port


  • Chelsea F.Lobster roll and oysters! Fresh off the boat!

    55555 by Chelsea F.


  • Laura W.Angry Orchard cider and steamed clams. Delicious!

    55555 by Laura W.


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

    55555 by Kate R.


  • 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.

    55555 by Jim A.


  • 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.

    55555 by Marisa T.


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

    33333 by Saundra G.


  • EaterNothing fancy here, just straightforward Maine seafood served with sass on Portland’s working waterfront. [Eater 18 Member]

    55555 by Eater


  • EaterNothing fancy here, just straightforward Maine seafood served with sass on Portland’s working waterfront.

    55555 by Eater


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

    11111 by Katrina M.


  • Andrew S.So damn good!

    33333 by Andrew S.


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

    55555 by Harold R.


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

    55555 by Stephanie D.


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

    55555 by Gina M.


  • Kimberly S.Try the Lobster Stew - If I die young....serve this (via @Foodspotting)

    55555 by Kimberly S.


  • Missy B.This place is solid. A great spot to bring visitors! The lobster stew is yummy, loaded with chunks of lobster meat! And while the oysters aren't the best in town, the baker's dozen is a great deal!

    55555 by Missy B.


  • 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.

    55555 by Steven M.


  • Chris S.Greatest spot in Portland. Makes every biz trip here worthwhile.

    55555 by Chris S.


  • Christina C.Best Lobster Roll!!!!!'

    55555 by Christina C.


  • Cori F.The steamers are the best!!!

    55555 by Cori F.


  • sasa k.Worse server!!!!!!!!

    11111 by sasa k.


  • 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!

    55555 by Arminda G.


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

    55555 by Liam K.


  • Ana M.Holysh*t. Ive had lobster in 3 places up here but this one is the beat ! Lobster dinner w steamed clams..yum....

    55555 by Ana M.


  • Doug W.My first stop whenever I am in town.

    55555 by Doug W.


  • Nancy C.Free oysters in February makes February the best month all year!

    55555 by Nancy C.


  • CharlieTry the Alaskan King Crab Legs with clams and corn!

    55555 by Charlie


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

    33333 by Erik M.


  • Sami Y.Kitchen closes @ 10:00 pm

    22222 by Sami Y.


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

    55555 by Michael C.


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

    33333 by Geoff U.


  • 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

    55555 by Bob T.


  • Jessica L.Lobster stew is chunky and divine.

    55555 by Jessica L.


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

    55555 by Erik N.


  • t S.oysters & blood marys

    55555 by t S.


  • Coach D.Deelicious, fresh oysters! And cheap too!! Grab 2 dozen!

    55555 by Coach D.


  • 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

    55555 by Chelly B.


  • 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

    55555 by Justin E.


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

    55555 by Lynnelle W.


  • Chris CoyneMan. 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

    55555 by Chris Coyne


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

    55555 by Ed


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

    55555 by Matt J.


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