Joseph's by the Sea

4.5
351 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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  • Waterfront
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Celebrating 50 Years of Service!!!
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, lunch 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
Mon–Sat 7:00 am–11:00 am
Sun 7:00 am–12:00 pm
Bar
Daily 12:30 pm–9:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–8:30 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(207) 934-5044
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, 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. On busy nights we simply can not guarantee parking for everyone.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 351 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.6
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

This was a nice find walking distance from our hotel. The food was great! View was beautiful of the ocean! Highly recommend it!

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3.0Dined 2 days ago

Site enchanteur.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Beautiful views very relaxing! Great place to enjoy time with family. Staff was excellent relaxed environment, and great food options!

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3.0Dined 5 days ago

our reservation was at 9pm so we ordered some wine (56$us), appetizers and entrees. Around 10pm, they started rushing us. Food too fast, insisting on ordering desert quickly and p ushing the check. We decided to finish the wine, by then everyone had left. The waitresses were obviously waiting in the other room where they had turned on thelights. We could see them all laughing. Around 10:30, 6 of them walked in the dining room, turned on the lights and started cleaning the place for the nxt day. Poor service, no excuse or apology. If you accept a table at 9pm snd they are going to spend 170$, could you please give them time to drink the wine and NOT rush them. It was pathetic. Saturday august 11th, table on the left below the aisle as you access the dining room by the ocean.

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1.0Dined on August 9, 2018

The view is really the only thing good about this place and the fact that we could get same day reservations. Our group of 4 all tried something different. The lobster potato pancake was burnt and had 2 small pieces of lobster claw in the whole thing and the potatoes weren’t cooked. The calamari was ok but soggy. My scallops were smaller than some and lest tasty than I’ve had in land locked Oklahoma. But to to it off, our bill was almost $200 and the server didn’t tell us until the bill came that they don’t take Discover! Neither of us had another card and had to cobble together cash to pay. Their response when talking to the manager was a laugh and a “there is no law we have to tell you that up front; there is an ATM next door.” What? This is a pricey tourist restaraunt. The food and management response is enough for us never to return and we come here every summer. Good luck to them staying open with only a view to offer. The whole beach is full of places with a view.

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2018

Our dinner here was excellent. We selected it because of the high Trip Advisor rating and the experience definitely aligned with it. Service was impeccable and the food was absolutely delicious. Next time we are in the area, we will definitely have dinner there again. Highly recommended!!!

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4.0Dined on August 7, 2018

We were seated in an open un air conditioned room on an evening that was extremely hot and humid. Not expecting to as this was not mention when we reserved our seats.. .we asked why and we were quickly moved to a much cooler location.. no explanation but totally enjoyed be the rest of our dining experience!! Great food.

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3.0Dined on August 7, 2018

Joseph’s has a great location. The idea of eating breakfast beach-side is appealing and kept us coming back for several years when we visited OOB. But ... the breakfast food is so poor and bland. I don’t think food is cooked to order. I would guess everything is cooked in bulk and staged buffet style in the kitchen to be plated when ordered. If you’re a foodie, this is not the place for you.

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

View was amazing and the food was also great. Overall a great place to eat in Old Orchard

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

We went here while we were camping in nearby Saco with our 17 month old son for an early dinner. The waitstaff was incredibly acommodating for us. They even had a wooden table game for our son to play with as we waited for our meals. We sat near the ocean with the windows open. It was very relaxing and beautiful. It felt upscale and fresh without feeling stuffy. The food was all excellent. We had escargot, rib eye, and Jamaican jerk salmon. All were cooked perfectly and were delicious and plated beautifully. Plates were priced appropriately. Would go again in a heartbeat!

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

We really enjoy going to Joseph's by the Sea, at least once when we come for vacation in the summer! Great food, beautiful outdoor covered seating area that looks out onto the water. Had the swordfish this time, delicious, would get it again!

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Special anniversary celebration
Service was fabulous everyone very friendly.
Lobster pancake outstanding. Husband had haddock delicious and I indulged in rib eye.
Bar service good too!

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

our favorite restaurant. so we went there for my wife's 75th birthday. we usually go for our anniversary as we did this year again. 52 years. can't think of a nicer place to celebrate any event.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Delicious! Server was wonderful and the view was spectacular.

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3.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Although we were given a lovely table with view of the ocean the room temperature was so cold you could not relax. Had to run out to get jackets. The filet mignon was delicious but the halibut special was horrible— dry and without any flavor. Had to ask for lemon. The food was cold within minutes because the room was so cold. Salads should be included or soup or something....not cost an extra $18 for salads. Wine was good. Waitress was just ok, no special greeting or conversation of any kind. Hostess was friendly. Didn’t have dessert. Too cold to want to stay longer. Also....there was no available parking!

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

We booked a table at Joseph's by the Sea for our 40th anniversary dinner. It was a marvelous choice for our special dinner.
From the time we were shown to our table until we stood to leave, everything was perfect!
Thank you to everyone at Joseph's!

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4.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Restaurant is in a sketchy area, however the ambiance inside and views are spectacular. Food was very good and service was excellent. Not sure we would go back because of the actual area, but if you are in the area, I would definitely recommend for a nice date night. And get there early so you can get a seat on the window.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Awesome beautiful views, wonderful server Amanda. food was fabulous

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4.0Dined on July 26, 2018

Fully enjoyed our experience so we booked twice for great evening dinners that were back to back

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

We have been coming to Joseph's since it opened 50 years ago and it's a highlight of our summers! We dream about their lobster potato pancakes, chowder, fish specials, and banana crepes all year long! Sitting in the open room and looking out at the ocean is picturesque and a relaxing, yet "beachy" elegant experience.

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3.0Dined on July 23, 2018

TOO EXPENSIVE FOR WHAT WE ATE. 140$ US OR 195 CANADIAN IS TOO MUCHE FOR WHAT WE HAD.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

The service was awesome and the food was fantastic. This was by far the best restaurant we have ever been to, so much so that we went back the next day for breakfast. Our picky eater, our daughter, loved the food and even took a picture of her filet and posted it on social media.

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2.0Dined on July 20, 2018

They did not greet us when we walked in. What looked like the owner was counting money and the host was off seating someone but did not say hello as we came in. We also put in our reservation celebrating our honeymoon and no acknowledgment of that was done. As we sat the server came up and did not even introduce herself (I still don’t know her name) and was very short. We asked about sharing dishes and her response was you can go upstairs for lighter fare. We wanted to sit on the deck and enjoy our honeymoon. So overall service was awful. But food wasn’t much better. Our rolls were still dough, the calamari was cold, and being in Maine I expected wonderful seafood but the mussels were the size of thimbles. Was a very poor experience overall and I will not be coming back.

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5.0Dined on July 19, 2018

Awesome food and awesome views. We asked for a window seat and they sat us in their open air room - one wall open to the view, smells and sounds of the sea. Best ever in the many years we've visited on our yearly vacation to great state of Maine!

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5.0Dined on July 17, 2018

Outstanding in every way. Exceptional meal, exceptional service, exceptional location.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

As usual the food and service was fantastic. There was a small problem with parking. Had to wait for a spot to open up. This is the best place to get baked stuffed lobster. Have been here many times and never had a bad meal.

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3.0Dined on July 13, 2018

Overall it was a good experience. My fish was a little overdone.

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4.0Dined on July 12, 2018

Great service, tasty drinks, and beautiful views! Our meals were great and prices were reasonable. Would go again!

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5.0Dined on July 12, 2018

Very nice evening. It’s hard to beat the open air patio atmosphere on the ocean. Food is always consistently very good. Servers are extremely courteous and helpful and attentive. Also high on the value end, as we would have to pay perhaps 30-50% more to have the same dinner in the Old Port in downtown Portland.We may be a little bit biased because this is where we got married, but we have gone back every year and have never been disappointed in a meal or experience.

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3.0Dined on July 12, 2018

Stuffed lobster no lobster in tail only scallops, food was ok. Would not go back.

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

Very nice. The vista is incredible and made dinner feel very special.

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

Outstanding view and ambiance. Food and service were outstanding. Not rushed and courses were well timed for enjoyment and conversation.

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5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

Great food, great view and good service as well! The fact that they had gluten-free options was a lifesaver for me.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

We were on a visit to Old Orchard beach and Joseph's was recommended to us as a very good local restaurant. We were not disappointed. The food , service and ambiance was superb. We will put it on our list of a place to go the next time we are in the area.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

This was a very special occasion. It could not have been more perfect in any way...

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

I've been wanting to get to this restaurant for years, but for whatever reason it never worked out. It was a last-minute decision to head toward Old Orchard Beach and I looked online and set up a reservation with OpenTable for a time. That worked for us. We had a fabulous time and will be returning again very soon! Thank you for an excellent dining experience!

I'd post more photos, but apparently they are too large.

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Best place in OOB, away from the fried foods, wonderful

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5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

The location is fantastic as well as the sunset, amazing food

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4.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Food was good. Two of us ordered the scallops and one the halibut special. Scallops were good but not outstanding, they came with a little rice and a salsa type mix. Hard to justify the price for what comes with the meal except the atmosphere and view were very good. Overall I would go again for a special occasion.

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5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

A lovely setting for my daughter's 50th birthday celebration. In our party
were 2 vegans. There were limited vegan selections, but the chef worked
with us to provide a meal to everyone's liking. I was very impressed with the
way they accommodated us. It was the day after July 4th, there was a wedding
and reception in their private room ~~ and yet all went well, despite a busy setting.
Thank you, Joseph's. It's your 50th birthday as well .. Keep on making your
patrons happy for many more years to come ..

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