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About Joseph's by the Sea

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.

55 W Grand Ave
Old Orchard Beach, ME 04064
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Seafood, Continental

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

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(207) 934-5044

Website:
http://www.josephsbythesea.com/

Parking Details:
Please take note that our parking lot is first come first serve.

Executive Chef:
Paul Dussault

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.

Private Party Contact:
Erica Stagg: (207) 934-5044

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

Joseph's by the Sea Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Quiet

93% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (28)
Waterfront (28)
Romantic (22)
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Good for a Date (21)
Special Occasion (21)
Good for Anniversaries (19)
Quiet Conversation (15)
Worth the Drive (14)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Local Ingredients (8)
Great for Brunch (7)
Cozy (7)
Casual (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Seasonal (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Authentic (4)
Healthy (4)
Fun (4)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Business Meals (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Comfort Food (1)
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 (New England)·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.

Tags: Bar Seating, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Waterfront, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Great food and service

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 (New England)·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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 (New England)·Dined on October 27, 2017

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·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!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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·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

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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·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?

Tags: Waterfront, Good for a Date, Romantic
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·Dined on October 8, 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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·Dined on October 7, 2017

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

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Groups, Fun, Romantic
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·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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New England)·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!

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Scenic View
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vip
 (Sacramento)·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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·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.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Waterfront, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Waterfront
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 (New England)·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!

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on September 16, 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.

Tags: Waterfront
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·Dined on September 15, 2017

Great service,great food. Yummy desserts.great experience

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Great food , amazing view of the ocean

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·Dined on September 10, 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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront
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 (Kansas City)·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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal
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·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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Special Occasion, Romantic, Fun, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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·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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New England)·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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 (New England)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Best accommodations, great service

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 (Washington DC)·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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·Dined on September 1, 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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·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.

Tags: Scenic View
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·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"!

Tags: Scenic View, Gluten Free Options
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 (New England)·Dined on August 28, 2017

The venue was gorgeous and the service was great, but the food was disappointing. In particular, the calamari, the sauce for the filet mignon, the Cornish game hen (a special that night) and the sides were very bland.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (Tampa)·Dined on August 25, 2017

An excellent restaurant with a wonderful water view.

Tags: Scenic View, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on August 25, 2017

We were back in Old Orchard and visited Joseph's 4x during our 2 week stay as we invited friends for dining and breakfast and this is by far the best location & choice for fine dining.

We truly enjoyed every meal there. Thank you

J L

Tags: Scenic View, Seasonal
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Due to unexpected circumstance we arrived almost 30 minutes late for our reservation...unsure if we could still get a table. The hostess was extremely nice and very accommodating! We were seated right away and the food, service and ambiance was excellent!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Overall, it was a decent experience. However as the other reviews state, service was quite slow, and we felt the pricing of dinner for the quality of food we were served did not equate. Doubtful we would be back, and wouldn't recommend with kids as the long wait for food certainly had them quite restless. In the end, we sat at 6:15 and left at 8:30, mostly due to the time it took for the busy one server to get back to us. Perhaps if they hire more people, these crazy wait times will decrease.

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·Dined on August 23, 2017

Food was great but restroom area had odor that we noticed when we first came in that was a turn off. I expected more of the experience for fine dining

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 22, 2017

The food was terrible. I could have had better food at McDonald's.

Tags: Scenic View
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·Dined on August 22, 2017

We had a very nice evening at your place. The food was delicious and well presented.
The ambiance of the terasse very cozy and the service great with a beautiful smile.

We liked it so much that we went back for breakfast the next morning !

Thank you

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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·Dined on August 21, 2017

Great food, nice ambience. Waitstaff excellent. Second floor was rented by a friends daughters wedding. Great views. A must see

Tags: Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined on August 20, 2017

View was lovely on the terrace which was like open air dining, food is just okay.pasta sauce was too watery not enough body, seafood was like boiled. Pasta was skimpy. They should focus more on flavor in the food cause they have the ambiance.

Tags: Seasonal, Scenic View
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·Dined on August 19, 2017

This past weekend was my first time at Joseph's and it definitely won't be my last. I loved everything about it. The atmosphere, staff were outstanding and the Filet Mignon was out of this world. Excellent!!!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Waterfront, Romantic, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Cozy
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