Portland, Maine is well known for its hip attitude and humble hardworking roots. The city has a lot to offer including art galleries, music venues, shopping, and excellent restaurants. Fresh seafood is delivered to area restaurants from the busy seaport. Local oysters are always on the menu. If you and your family are seafood lovers, you will fall in love with the restaurants in Portland. Here are some of the best seafood restaurants in Portland, Maine. Eat heartily and be well!
Nothing Fancy, Just Delicious Seafood
Luke’s Lobster Portland Pier: Located at 60 Portland Pier this lobster shack was voted for best view and best waterfront dining in 2022. They are known for their lobster rolls and whole steamed lobsters. The restaurant is also dog friendly (outdoor dining only).
Boone’s Fish House & Oyster Room: Located at 86 Commercial Street in Portland, ME this landmark seafood restaurant has been polishing its culinary skills since 1898. Alexander Boone is credited with inventing the original baked stuffed lobster when the restaurant first opened. The signature dish is still on the menu, along with lobster rolls and lobster risotto with lobster caught fresh in Casco Bay.
DiMillo’s On the Water: Located at 25 Long Wharf in Portland the restaurant sits right across the street from Tony DiMillo’s 1965 restaurant, which he opened after his first restaurant on Fore Street in 1954. Enjoy a Lazy Lobster sautéed in butter (Maine lobster out of the shell), Blackened Shrimp and Corn Tagliatelle, DiMillo’s Style Lobster Mac & Cheese (with mascarpone cheese and cognac) or enjoy a drink at happy hour with a Sicilian Meatball (a jumbo meatball w/ marinara, ricotta, and basil on a garlic toast round).
Eventide Oyster Co.: Located at 86 Middle Street in Portland this restaurant is a revival of the great American Oyster Bar. Oysters on the half shell are offered from a dozen different Maine harvesting locations. The New England Clam Bake includes steamers, mussels, lobster tail, potatoes, salt pork, and a hard boiled egg.
J’s Oyster: Located at 5 Portland Pier this restaurant claims “if it swims, we’ve got it on our menu”. The oysters are harvested from Maine’s midcoast inlets and river waters. They are served raw, stuffed with lobster and baked, with spinach cheese and bacon, or with a light cheese topping. Yum! Steamed clams are served by the bucket: small bucket, regular bucket, or large bucket.
Dress Nicely (Smart Casual) and Enjoy
Scales: Located at the Maine Wharf No. 68 Commercial Street, Scales serves dinner nightly beginning at 5:00pm. The lounge is available for cocktails and selections from the raw bar at 4:30pm. Complimentary valet parking is available for dinner service. Reservations are accepted up to two months in advance. The dress code is smart casual.
Menu items include house-made bread, soups, salads, oysters, and clams from the raw bar. Scales has a very fine and extensive selection of seafood. Entrées include Pan Roasted Halibut, Seared Scallops, Grilled Whole Branzino, and Pan Roasted Lobster. Exceptional selections from the land include a Pan Roasted Duck Breast and a Short Rib Pot Roast.