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Restaurant & Bar Guide

J’s Oyster

J’s Oyster information

// Location5 Portland Pier
Portland, ME 04101

// Hours11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday to Saturday; noon to midnight Sunday.

// Contact(207) 772-4828

// Price Range$$$

// Cuisine Type Seafood,

// Features Late Night, Off-Street parking, Outdoor Dining, Staff Pick,

// Reviews

⇢ J's Oyster upholds its authentic seafood street cred

The beer is cold, the chowder is hot, the bar is dark and oysters are ample and cheap. On a cold, dreary winter day, J's is an excellent Hemingway-style option to ride out (or hide out from) the storm. Definitely order the steamers and some chowder. If you go in the summer, expect a wait. Always follow the rules, be polite and never mess with the wait staff. 4 STARS, FEB. 24, 2013 Why it's a staff pick: In a city of increasingly sophisticated dining choices, J's keeps it old-school. Sure, it has its regular clientele, but newcomers are warmly welcomed too. The oysters are from the Chesapeake — local oyster farmers can't meet J's high demand — but don't let that deter you from ordering them here: they are briny and fresh. It just doesn't get much better than a seat at the bar, a dozen oysters, a bucket of steamers and a cold Maine beer. — Susan Axelrod