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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.
Old Orchard Beach, ME 04064
Hours of Operation:
Sun 7:30 am–12:00 pm
Thu 5:00 pm–8:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–8:30 pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Please take note that our parking lot is first come first serve.
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
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
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.
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
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?
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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!
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.
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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