Joseph's by the Sea

4.5
388 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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
Sat 7:30 am–10:30 am
Sun 7:30 am–12:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 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, 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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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 388 People Are Saying
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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 30, 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 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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TT
Philadelphia
130 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
18 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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JA
Miami
14 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
1 review
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
5 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
3 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
1 review
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
5 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 3, 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 3, 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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BC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice restaurant that we have enjoyed for years.

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SL
New England
27 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

While service was good, food was mediocre at best. Definitely not worth the price. The quality of the rib eye was sub par and it was overcooked. I also expected a better selection of vegetables to come with the steak than sauteed zucchini from a place that calls itself "fine dining" and charges as much.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for our first wedding anniversary dinner. Had the halibut special, the orecchiette seafood pasta, the escargot, and the creme brulee. Everything was amazing. Our server Deana was outstanding. Beautiful scenery and great for pictures.

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AN
New England
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, great food and service. Cheryl is an outstanding server🙂

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F
New England
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible eats, staff, and ambiance. They have an amazing rooftop deck overlooking the sea. If in the area, please don't miss this place!

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Montreal
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Festivité du Ironman

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LO
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very professional staff with attention to detail.
From cocktails on the roof deck to fabulous delicious meal in new garden room!
Ambiance wonderful!

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CD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Margarita’s, Lobster Potato Pancake , Jamaican Charred Salmon and best of both worlds entree’s were excellent. Only negative was the limited parking. Had to pay$15 to park at the Pier.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Lobster was cold, had to send back. Came back still not hot. Jamaican Salmon was good.

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G
New England
15 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were on vacation in Old Orchard Beach and always eat at Joseph’s. This time we had breakfast three times and dinner once. Breakfast was good all 3 days, but the service was slower then usual on one day. Dinner was delicious as always.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service! Great staff!

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IR
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 2

The parking is bad
We had reservations and arrived 10 minutes early, We sat at the bar while we waited for our table and the bartender did not acknowledge us for at least 10 minutes
Once seated it was very loud and crowded and our waitress seemed overwhelmed

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PB
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal service and view. Only complaint is the parking. Had to park on the other side of the railroad tracks and quite a walk through downtown if you have a timed reservation.

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K
New England
14 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Had lobster and petit filets—beef perfect, lobster dry and not very tasty. Cocktails very good. Enjoy Joseph’s—have been there many times—a special place!

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E
New England
8 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Our table was next to large floor to ceiling windows opening to the outdoors, offering a spectacular view of Saco Bay. Our food was very good. The salmon in the pasta dish was a tinge over cooked for our taste, and we would have preferred larger pasta in the lobster sauté (I.e., the orecchia would have been a better choice than pearl size pasta). Overall, a memorable dining experience & great choice for a romantic dinner or special occasion.

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WS
New England
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

There was no Parking i had to spend 20.00 to park. I got the “best of bothh workds” surf and turf. My steak was rare i sent it back i ordered it med. it came back the same “rare” they were good enough to credit me for the meal but it was still quite a letdown.

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RS
New England
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Comfortable. Nice by the ocean (can’t see the water, though). Food well prepared. Attentive service. Good drinks.

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MC
New England
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Site enchanteur.

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HG
New England
7 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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