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Joseph's by the Sea

5.0
264 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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About

Joseph's by the Sea is family owned and operated since 1968. Located in what was once a coastal private home, Joseph's offers a unique dining experience different than anything else in Old Orchard Beach. Join us for breakfast or dinner for creative regional cuisine with a focus on locally caught seafood.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, Continental
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Hours of operation
Breakfast
Sun 7:30 am–12:00 pm
Dinner
Thu 5:00 pm–8:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–8:30 pm
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Phone number
(207) 934-5044
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Paul Dussault
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Private party facilities
Joseph's by the Sea captures the romance of days gone by. Weddings are special, with over 40 years experience you can be confident that we will provide the attention to detail that you deserve. The setting and ambiance lends itself to the occasion. Enjoy fabulous food without compromise and let our staff assist you in making your day everything you dreamed it might be. Joseph's is the place to host your Special Event whether it be your Wedding Day or Rehearsal Dinner, Anniversary Party, Bridal/Baby Shower, or a casual get-together.
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Private party contact
Erica Stagg: (207) 934-5044
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
Please take note that our parking lot is first come first serve.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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vipMaineMom2 (New England)
5.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

We always have a great meal at Joseph's. I love that they label their gluten free items right on the menu.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on November 25, 2017

Joseph's by the Sea is our favorite restaurant. The food, service and drinks are outstanding. Many tables overlook the dunes and there is an outdoor area where you can have drinks in warm weather. Joseph's offers a quiet and calm dining experience, whether for a couple or a great room on the second floor for groups. Simply wonderful.

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Skip (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on November 24, 2017

Great food and service

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vipSuperb (New England)
5.0  Dined on November 18, 2017

Greeted pleasantly and seated right away. Service was exceptional and not overbearing. Cocktails were a little strong but tasty. Clam &corn chowder and lobster bisque was well done and nice portion size. Bison cranberry meatloaf was flavored well. The filet was cooked perfectly and seasoned well. We were too full to have desert but the choices sounded great. We plan to return and try their Brunch menu

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on October 27, 2017

Great food, great atmosphere, great service. Definitely will return.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on October 14, 2017

Absolutely wonderful restaurant! I have been dining here for many years and every experience has been fabulous. In fact, it’s so good, my wife and I had our wedding here!

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on October 13, 2017

This has been our favorite "go to" restaurant for at least 25 years now, and rarely do they fail to exceed expectations

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on October 8, 2017

The food was very good, the service was also good. The view, what we could see from our table was lovely. While I totally understand that there are a limited number of « prime » tables, and we were given a window table ( closed, in a corner with trees and bushes blocking any view), I have a tad bit of trouble with a walk-in being given a « prime » table when we show enough respect for the restaurant to take the trouble to make a reservation two weeks in advance, and both couples walk in at the same time. So... will I go back? Maybe. Will I take the trouble to make a reservation? No. Why should I?

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
3.0  Dined on October 7, 2017

GREAT PLACE ON THE BEACH but lacks finish, to much sauce in food and lobster pasta barely any pieces of lobster for $48??

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on October 7, 2017

A wonderful dining experience. The food was awesome and the service was second to none.

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CMC1963 (New England)
5.0  Dined on September 30, 2017

Always a great meal with excellent service. Brought my niece and her husband as it was their first visit to Maine.

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Thomas (New England)
5.0  Dined on September 30, 2017

We come here every October for our anniversary and our parents anniversary, as well as summertime visits. The ambiance and view is great, really the only fancy restaurant in town. The food is consistently good and we all had a fantastic experience as usual!

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vipBunny1e (Sacramento)
5.0  Dined on September 28, 2017

The restaurant has a calm and lovely ambiance. With a view of the ocean. The service was exceptional. The food was to die for. Everything was exceptional. First try the lobster potato cake appetizer. The blue cheese wedge salad was exceptional. The scallops were wonderfully prepared with unique vegetable medley. But probably best of all, even though they are famous for their seafood, was the filet minion with cheese sauce. By far the best I have ever tasted. All in all a great dining experience. I can't recommend it highly enough.

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Norman (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on September 26, 2017

This was a dinner on vacation to celebrate our wedding anniversary. It was simply perfect in everyway! Food, table, view, service this place has it all. I give it a 10 out of 10.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 25, 2017

Three friends and I were in Maine for a bucket list trip of one of our group, and we ate here on our last night in Maine. This restaurant is indeed right by the sea! We had window seats looking right out on the ocean. The weather was mild, so they opened the doors to the outside, and we dined listening to the soothing sound of the ocean. It was so lovely! I had wine and a lobster saute dish that was quite delicious. The service here is fabulous---so professional and attentive! My friends had rhubarb strawberry pie, which I tasted, and it was yummy! I would highly recommend this place.

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Warbler1 (New England)
4.0  Dined on September 23, 2017

Joseph's was extremely crowded around 6pm Sat. We had reservations, no problem, but other people were being turned away.

Make reservations!

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grriller (New England)
3.0  Dined on September 15, 2017

Our server was professional and attentive. It was a foggy night so the waterfront wasn't visible. Gorgeous stone wall in the dining room. The food was good,well prepared but not especially distinctive. The neighboring table didn't seem to realize that the rest of the room was not really interested in their conversation.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 14, 2017

Great service,great food. Yummy desserts.great experience

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marg (New England)
5.0  Dined on September 13, 2017

Great food , amazing view of the ocean

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Shadow621 (New England)
4.0  Dined on September 9, 2017

The food was very good, the scalop were tasty. The shrimps were pretty big and tasted delicious. I recommend it to everyone who likes sea foods.

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OpenTable Diner (Kansas City)
5.0  Dined on September 9, 2017

Joseph's hits the ball out of the park every time! The atmosphere is amazing - it is a beautifully restored house overlooking the ocean. The decor is tasteful and provides the perfect backdrop to the delicious food. The seasonal menus highlight the best and freshest local ingredients available. You will find some classic standards interspersed with inventive new dishes throughout the menu. There is a nice variety on the menu with something for seafood lovers, carnivores, and vegetarians. All of the dishes are fresh and flavorful. The service is excellent. You will not be disappointed!

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on September 4, 2017

Terrific restaurant with great food and scenic views. Friendly and professional staff created an upscale dining experience without being stuffy. Would definitely recommend to people in the area looking for a more upscale restaurant.

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LisaLiz (New England)
5.0  Dined on September 4, 2017

One of our favorite restaurants in Maine. The lobster potato pancake appetizer is incredible. We shared a 3 3/4 pound baked stuffed lobster which was INSANELY delicious! The stuffing was moist, seasoned perfectly and loaded with sea scallops. The entree was served with mouthwatering mashed potatoes and veggies for sides. Our service couldn't have been better. The restaurant is cozy but upscale... and the view is breathtaking. We have been here several times and it is never disappointing.

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Deborah (New England)
5.0  Dined on September 3, 2017

My husband, Bill, and I love dining at Joseph's by the Sea in Old Orchard Beach, Maine. We enjoyed our engagement dinner party event there 31 years ago and try to go back most every year to celebrate again. We are always delighted to have a table facing the gigantic windows, overlooking the incredible seascape view. Food is fabulous, service outstanding.

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GrrrlzMom (New England)
5.0  Dined on September 3, 2017

Wonderful meal, great service, & exceptional view! Love Joseph's for special occasions or just a wonderful dinner. It's amazing to be so close to the commotion of OOB, The Pier and all, and yet have an elegant, delicious meal with a beautiful view of their courtyard and ocean beyond in a quiet, relaxing ambience. The filets and tenderloins are exquisite, their fish specials always fantastic. Highly recommend!!

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Luv2eat (New England)
5.0  Dined on September 2, 2017

Best accommodations, great service

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vipimpattyb (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on September 2, 2017

Probably the worst "sit-down" restaurant I've ever had the displeasure of discovering. (An as an aside: Waze, this restaurant is not in Portland.)
After too long a wait, our food arrived. My mushroom omelet sported canned mushrooms and an over-browned outside "crust." My one blueberry pancake arrived cold. I told our server and she whisked it away. Surprising soon, my pancake arrived. It was my old pancake (Revealing my one cold bite and previously applied syrup.) But, I wanted that pancake and bit into it. Instantly, my tongue was on fire!!! (Really.) Not sure I remember exactly after this because I was sucking on ice and being mad that our server or the dumb kitchen blistered my pancake. We got the check. I asked to speak to a manager only to hear "There isn't one right now." Okay, bill arrived, pancakes removed coffee removed, not the omelet or husband's meal BUT there was a one dollar charge for real maple syrup. So there you go.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on August 31, 2017

I made a reservation for my girlfriends birthday and they gave us probably the best a table for 2 in the restaurant overlooking the ocean. The server allowed us to taste a few different wines before ordering a bottle to make sure we got what we liked. Everything was perfect. Thank you!

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LMNottingham (New England)
1.0  Dined on August 31, 2017

Although the view is spectacular, that was the extent of it. The waitress was tolerant at best, the food was overpriced and not that good. Example: my daughter ordered a chicken with rice noodle dish. There was very little chicken and rice noodle, instead, it looked like a heap of overcooked, soggy vegetables drowning in a thick, brownish sauce, extremely unappealing!. I decided to eat light and ordered a wedge salad. For $9.00, I got less than a quarter of a wedge of iceberg, one shriveled piece of bacon, less than a half of a hard boiled egg, and a tiny pitcher of bleu cheese dressing. No value. The other meals were okay, but nothing we couldn't get at a chain restaurant, and , in fact, we've had better meals, more carefully prepared and served with nicer wait staff at a chain. We won't be back to Joseph's.

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OpenTable Diner (Hawaii)
5.0  Dined on August 30, 2017

We were on vacation in Maine and wanted a nice restaurant with a view of the ocean, which was beautiful. Next time we are in Maine, we will certainly come back to "Joseph's"!

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