Joseph's by the Sea

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409 reviews
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Seafood
Celebrating 50 Years of Service!!!
Josephs by the Sea is family owned and operated since 1968. Located in what was once a coastal private home, Josephs offers a unique dining experience different than anything else in Old Orchard Beach. Join us for breakfast, lunch or dinner for creative regional cuisine with a focus on locally caught seafood.

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BB
New England
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent food, great service, friendly staff !

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MM
New England
9 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in the oob, saco scarborough area!

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GB
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In over twenty years, have never had a less than great meal.

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CB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had an enjoyable Friday night Dinner out at Joeseph's by The Sea.

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OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was awesome. View breathtaking

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SC
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We found Joaeph’s thru other reviews. Our meal was wonderful. We enjoyed all of our choices and felt we did not leave feeling “stuffed, but rather satisfied. The dishes are not heavy in fat or sugar, even our desserts! Highly recommended for intimate dinners for two or for a party!

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EP
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 5

Not for dinner, very disappointing. We've been here before and satisfied but corned beef dinner this year was just awful. Lesson learned. Breakfast and lunch on roof is great.

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Most of our party had the St. Patrick’s Day corned beef 3 course meal and it was excellent! Extremely tender corned beef! We have had other dining experiences at Josephs and always great!

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Caribbean
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love everything from the bar to the dinning table. The tables are far enough apart so you don’t hear others, the meal is plentiful and delicious. The service is impeccable. This is a $$$ place but worth it. There’s nothing worse than paying $$$ for a meal and feeling like you could have done better somewhere else. That’s not the case at Joseph’s by the Sea.

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KS
New England
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Was not achowledged for at least 10 minutes when we walked in. Food was mediocre for the price. Love the setting but it’s tough to get over the lack of service and just OK food

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DA
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always outstanding! Very experienced waitstaff, thank you again Cheryl! awesome entrees, fantastic views, great wine selection! To the entire Joseph’s Staff, have a Merry Christmas! See you in the Spring!

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DS
New England
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

good food. we will definitely return for dinner next spring

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OT
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing. Great brunch. Most definitely a place I will return to over and over again. I loved this restaurant!!!

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DD
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance was wonderful and dinner fantastic......great menu for all palates. We needed the gluten-free choices for two of us which were phenomenal including gf crackers. We've been there for dinner in each season and never disappointed. Ambiance, food, service is 4 star!!!!

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o
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We three had a great dinner -lobster - salmon - etc on Saturdaynight. It was so good that we came bvack Sunday morning for great bennies for brunch

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JW
New England
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Eaten at Joseph’s many times. Never disappoints. Good service , good food. Go with a group and go as a couple. Nice wine selection. Incredible lobster pancakes. Loved the roof this summer but enjoy the cozy dining room now that it is cold. Recommend!

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RD
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been going there for over 40 years and it is always great!

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding experience. We live in Old Orchard and never knew such a high quality restaurant was nearby.

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HD
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and food choices. Service was good but seemed to be a lot for just one server who was I believe was also bussing the tables.
Nice view. Next time would like to try the upper deck.

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CR
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my parents favorite restaurant 20 years ago and it still does not disappoint. Great service and wonderful atmosphere.

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BS
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience for our 26th anniversary. The food was very fresh and tasted great.

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r
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Exceeded my expectations. Lots of gluten free options. Server was friendly and knowledgeable. Filet was perfectly cooked. Great gf dessert to finish the meal.

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T
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Very nice place, The food is good, appetizer was lacking. Ordered the calamari, it came with all kinds of caramelized onions and other things like scallions, but barely any calamari on the plate. The Calamari rings were tiny. The flavor was good but portion was terrible. At a high-end restaurant the portions should be on par with the price. I will say that my wife had the ribeye and it was cooked perfectly and seasoned to perfection.

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TD
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed it 100percent .................................lllllllllllllllllllllllllllll

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TT
Philadelphia
153 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Joseph’s was great. Food was outstanding especially grilled swordfish and seared shrimp, and reasonably priced. Wine list was pretty limited as far as selection, and we would have wanted more choices from CA or OR as they are familiar to us, however the server gave us some good suggestions and helped us out.

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VB
Atlanta
22 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ocean front fine dining with a casual upstairs bar with ocean view deck. Excellent food in main ocean view dining room, unfortunately they were out of fresh lobster, which was hard to imagine since they are in the fishing community of Old Orchard Beach. However, they were serving a great lobster based dish, which was worth the trip. Great service and great bar tender, Michael, in the upstairs bar. Definitely recommend it.

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f
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always go to Joseph's by the Sea when in Maine which occurs every September. Looking forward to September 2019 and several visits to this place.

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JA
Miami
23 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

It was clearly after season and it appeared to us that the food they served was what was left over form the summer. The lobster I had looked like it came from Red Lobster. One would expect better quality lobster from a place like this.

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PW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The stuffed lobster was amazing. The steak was not the best. Very boring, no flavor at all. My husband was extremely disappointed. He ate only two bites. The waitress did not ask if anything was wrong when he took his plate. Wouldn't go back just for the lobster.

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PY
New England
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Joseph’s never disappoints. Always delicious food.

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SJ
New England
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have eaten at Joseph's several times and have never been disappointed. My husband's go-to is the Blackened Salmon and mine is the Pasta Maison (which changes with the fresh available seafood). The view is spectacular.

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K
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful we come here every year on our way home from Acadia. The staff are friendly and knowledgable about the menu and the wine. The ambience is second to none. Fabulous

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CG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We can always count on Joseph's for a great meal and great service.

We brought our fronds who were visiting there for dinner, and they loved it. A home run!

Thanks fir being the Best restaurant in OOB.

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CT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorites. Joseph's will always hold a special meaning to us.

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GM
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Joseph’s - food is always delicious, servers are warm, efficient, and personable. Ocean front location and views cannot be beat. Beautiful new rooftop bar is great for drinks or lighter menu. Definitely don’t want to miss this one!

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OT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best dinners I have had and the atmosphere was fantastic

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SC
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was given a comfortable table for 4 next to the window.

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M
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was interesting. By the glass wines were over priced, low quality. Service was good, view out to ocean was nice

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A
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a beautiful restaurant! Right next to the water and the food is amazing!!

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ET
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I made an afternoon reservation. I was able to get a table at 8:45pm. You will need to call earlier or the day before during tourist season to get an earlier seating. I requested a table by the window because I was proposing marriage to my now fiancee. They accommodated my request. The service was very good as was the food and ambience. I would recommend Joseph's for special occasions or date nights.

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