Joseph's by the Sea

4.6
806 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
Celebrating over 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 806 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, atmosphere and service!!

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vipStephenI
New England
8 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, drinks and service as always. Our favorite place!

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Ericksj
New England
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were able to relax with the four of us and enjoy a nice Holiday get together. Exception food & even better service.

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TammyW
New England
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were both fantastic! Can't wait to go back.

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MelissaM
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great as always. Never have had a terrible meal there yet.

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DaveC
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service. Sorry to see they are closing next weekend until spring....

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sacojim
New England
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our yearly Christmas routine is to go to Joseph's By The Sea in Old Orchard Beach. While they had to adhere to the current Covid restrictions with limited seating, we still had the delicious meal we have come to expect from this restaurant. Can't wait to return next year.

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vipStephenI
New England
9 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience. Martinis are fantastic. Wait staff go above and beyond.

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JenniferK
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite place to dine local you cannot beat the ambiance overlooking the water it's just gorgeous can't wait for summer time and the rooftop deck to open...

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David
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A friend visiting from out of state and I tested four similar restaurants over four evenings. Joseph's by the Sea placed second overall. The only draw back was the portions were a bit smaller. Atmosphere was great with a gas fire logs in the fireplace with adequate social distancing and privacy. Small things lacking for instance were cloth napkins, and after dinner coffee served in paper cups with a lid (tacky). Menu changes were not a problem as each meal is made to order.

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vipTeeBuster
Pittsburgh
74 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We stopped by Joseph's By The Sea on a Sunday morning for brunch when visiting our mother. We were very satisfied with the food (Benedicts, traditional and smoked salmon). A little disappointed that they were out of the corned beef hash, but hey, this is a pandemic. We also enjoyed well prepared mimosas and service was attentive, friendly and very professional.

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vipAudreyZ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience! Love coming here for dinner and breakfast. Feels very safe especially with COVID. They do a great job.

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BrianH
New England
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It was good apps priced well and entrees were priced well too

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RickC
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Joseph's is OOB's gem. Consistently great food and great service.

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JoanneW
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to Joseph’ s many times, never disappoints! Delicious everything. I often have the the seafood pasta which is outstanding. My husband loves the salmon. In the late spring before they opened inside we ordered curbside several times. Still got tenderloin and , another time, burgers cooked perfectly. Also recommend the haddock. Great cosmopolitans and impeccable service.

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Furrykidmom
Pittsburgh
11 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was wonderful. Tables and people were well spaced. Food was excellent. The only complaint one of our party had was that the chips were not homemade or even local. To make it worse they were served in the bag. I would not expect that in a higher scale restaurant. Maybe a diner. But we would so go back. The risotto was insanely divine.

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SARAHW
New England
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful breakfast with an amazing view! Best crepes and eggs Benedict anywhere!

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tthan
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

First time visit despite being in the area for quite a few years. Had Sunday brunch. (It seems that Sunday brunch has been a casualty of the pandemic at many restaurants.) Great spot right on the dunes at OOB. Food was good but not spectacular. Two issues: The online menu is different from the actual menu; that's a sure way to create an opportunity for disappointment. Also, the server had too many tables, most of which involved a hike out to the seating on the front lawn. She made a valiant effort.

Will definitely go back.

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vipGeorgie
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The grilled Sea Scallops with apple and ham were beyond amazing! Just such a wonderful meal! My guests absolutely loved their fish dinners too! I can’t say enough good things about just how nice all our dinners were! It’s always great every time I eat there!

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WorkTillYaDrop
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Beautiful restraunt right on the waterfront. Rooftop seating allows for beautiful ocean views. The food wasn't great this time (omelette and burnt toast), but I've been here before and everything was perfect. My partner said his strawberry french toast was good.

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Oobforaday
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Very slow service. Food was just okay. View was pretty

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good breakfast. Excellent service!

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SusanJ
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went there for our anniversary and both of our birthdays combined. Was not disappointed. Excellent food. Excellent waitress. Best lobster risotto ever. The Saco bay soup was the best ever. I wish we lived closer. A definite must!! 5+ 🌟

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SteveR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our visit to this restaurant was nice. Chrissy our server was excellent and we enjoyed having our daughter's 21st birthday dinner here.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful ambience & scenery, excellent service, but most importantly, amazing food! Thank you!!

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Ayshe
New England
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Such a great view ! We were lucky to have a great weather for an October Sunday brunch. We sat inside but large patio doors were open so we had the beautiful view and fresh ocean air. They are a bi short on staff but the food was good so was the service. Definitely recommended for brunch if you are in the area.

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StevenC
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food, Great Service, Great Location! Highly recommended!

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vipJayP
New England
20 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been to OOB so many times but never went to Joseph's By the Sea. It was really great, nice views and romantic. Food was wonderful as was the service and all reasonable.

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Fran
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Very nice restaurant with excellent food. COVID has changed normal ambience a bit. Otherwise very high quality.

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CraigC
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always a wonderful experience. We've never had a bad meal.

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ChristopherD
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice place, great service, a billion dollar view, and the food was tasty and enjoyable!

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DonatoG
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice place, delicious food and friendly service. We'll come back.

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RussK
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A quiet and wonderful experience on a Sunday morning. The food and service were outstanding, and the weather shined a beautiful day on us on the outside patio. Well worth a visit.

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BillP
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food quality and outstanding service by Chrissy. The best dining in Old Orchard Beach, by far. We even went back the next day for the Sunday brunch!

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Southwind
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a late lunch on a beautiful afternoon at a nice table outside. All precautions were taken to allow us to feel safe. Two of us ordered the lobster roll...very tasty and nicely presented. Another had a fried haddock sandwich which she described as delicious. Our wait person was attentive, professional and friendly. Very lovely experience!

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JimD
New England
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great location & view. Very good food. Can't believe we never knew this place existed.

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LindaV
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic, as always!!! Especially, during these difficult times.

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MargaretJ
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

If you want a romantic dinner overlooking the ocean, this is your restaurant. Large spacious windows open out to a beautiful view of dune grass and ocean. The menu is limited and slightly expensive but good to eat. The banana praline for dessert is my favorite!

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vipRondo
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place and they have changed up the menu while keeping some of the classic specialties like the Pasta Maisson!

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SheilaJ
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Joseph's by the Sea is my VERY favorite place to eat in OOB.
The quality of the food, taste and presentation is always A-1.

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Joseph's by the Sea is rated 4.6 stars by 806 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.