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About Old Port Sea Grill

The Old Port Sea Grill, located in the heart of the Old Port, serves the freshest seafood prepared simply so that you can taste the flavor and quality of the product. We offer the largest selection of oysters on the half shell in town, with varieties from across New England and Canada, providing you with a unique experience here in Portland. Of course, we always offer a traditional steamed Maine lobster and one of the best lobster rolls in Portland. Take in the city streets from our picture windows while relaxing with friends, entertaining business associates or watching our flat screen TVs. We have sixty four seats in our dining room and over fifty in our bar and lounge area, featuring our custom-built marble and concrete bar, allowing plenty of room for larger parties and gatherings in either area. We always feaure local micro brews on tap and have a specialty cocktail menu that changes seasonally. Be sure to check out our 500 gallon aquarium, one of the largest in the area.

93 Commercial St.
Portland, ME 04101
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Mon-Fri
Mon–Sat 11:30 am–9:00 pm
Sunday Winter Hours
Sun 11:30 am–8:00 pm

Cross Street:
Custom House St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(207) 879-6100

Website:
http://www.oldportseagrill.com/

Catering:
Off premise catering for lunch and dinner parties is available. Please call us at 207.879.6100 to discuss how we may serve you.

Parking Details:
We are conveniently located near both the Custom House Parking garage (corner of Pearl and Fore) as well as Casco Bay Ferry Terminal Municipal Parking Garage (termination of Franklin Arterial at Commercial)

Executive Chef:
David Connolly

Private Party Facilities:
Our open, modern space provides many private dining options whether it be a corporate or social/family affair. Our lounge area can accommodate up to 60 guests for a cocktail party, while our dining room can accommodate up to 75 guests for a seated lunch or dinner. Reserving the entire restaurant will provide space for a cocktail party of approximately 150.

Private Party Contact:
Nathan Mohney: (207) 879-6100

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Old Port Sea Grill Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

3.9

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

75% would recommend it to a friend

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Authentic (10)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Waterfront (9)
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Fit for Foodies (8)
Special Occasion (8)
Good for Groups (7)
Romantic (6)
Bar Seating (6)
Cozy (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Fun (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Scenic View (4)
Business Meals (3)
People Watching (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Great Beer (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
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Tapas (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Comfort Food (1)
Healthy (1)
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·Dined 5 days ago

Everything we had was phenomenal! We enjoyed the large seafood fresh platter with lobster, little necks, 4 kinds of oysters, and shrimp, a salad and the delicious and steak cooked to perfection! My favorite wine was served as well. Thank you for a wonderful evening prior to
our tickets to the Portland Symphony on a romantic snowy night after being married 46 years!

Tags: Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 28, 2017

The atmosphere was casual and fine, the food was decent - like food you find in any typical city restaurant that is isn't striving to be fine dining, or high rated, or even delicious . The service was slow and inattentive and impersonal . A meal can be memorable in any price range and any setting - not here . Way way too many other great choices in this city .

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2017

I wasn’t impressed. The food was okay but not worth the cost. Much better food at other restaurants in the area. The service was fine but not very friendly. Would not recommend.

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 (Wilmington)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Hate to blight an otherwise positive review with a negative, but read on. Appreciated being able to make reservations via Open Table in this tourist city. Still, once we arrived and saw some available seating, we informed the hostess that we'd sit at the bar. Good choice: friendly and attentive bartenders, congenial patrons (which seemed to include both regulars and visitors)--and my husband could watch sports on the big TV. The food was good: superb Maine oysters on the halfshell, mixed greens, roasted brussels sprouts, mussels. So, what's not to like? Well, I ordered the scallop appetizer, priced at $18. Two scallops arrived. Beautifully presented, but: $9 per scallop?!? I neglected to ask before ordering how many scallops would be included---so, let the buyer beware. I swear I'm not a cheapskate, but: here, two scallops cost more than a bowlful of mussels. Cost more than five oysters. Cost more than two glasses of fine white wine. (Elsewhere in the city, a seared scallop appetizer is $14--I'm not sure how many are served, but....)

Tags: Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Tapas, Local Ingredients, Great Beer, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Annual trip to Portland w family

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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Was my boyfriends birthday and my waitress was excellent!! The food was excellent and we will differently be back!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Cozy
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·Dined on November 7, 2017

Had a wonderful light dinner with my boyfriend. Pemaquid oysters were so fresh, Scallops appetizer melted in my mouth. Enjoyed a lovely glass of Fess Parker Chardonnay. Really nice menu, great waitstaff.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Dined there on a Saturday evening
Reservations were easy and efficient.
Clam chowder was good.
Halibut was excellent stepped it up with the wild mushroom risotto
You won’t be disappointed with the food
Service was attentive too
Portland is a very competitive town for restaurants. This place anywhere else you would always have a line out the door

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

The raw appetizer with lobster, shrimp, oysters and clams was superb. My fish and chips was excellent; my wife's swordfish was cooked more than she liked and thinner than she thought it would be but she still enjoyed it.

Tags: Authentic, Local Ingredients, Waterfront
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

I never have a bad experience at Old Port Sea Grill. The food is predictably excellent, the drinks are well-made (thank you, Ian!), and the service is quick and spot on. It's a great place to bring people from out of town--good for visitors--and the location cannot be beat. Oysters are great, the chowder is a-MAZ-ing, the smoked salmon "butter" is addictive, and the calmari is over the top. I recommend this spot for any occasion. It's a tad on the loud side, but that brings energy and fun. Open Table was a great way to make reservations. A lovely night!

Tags: Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Casual, Bar Seating
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

This was an excellent restaurant, with exceptional and friendly service. I enjoyed being able to hear all parts of our conversations without noise distraction. The oysters were excellent!!

Tags: Romantic, Tasting Menu, Casual
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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Great food and a very pleasant server! I'd visit again.

Tags: Waterfront, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 12, 2017

This restaurant was recommended by my hotel administrator and it was worth the walk. The lobster was great.

Tags: Waterfront, Casual, Authentic, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on October 9, 2017

We initially had a long wait due to a large group that night, but the manager was extremely attentive and provided some free appetizers & drinks in the interim. Food was excellent, worth the wait, and I would not hesitate to return next time we visit Portland.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 9, 2017

We had some great appetizers. The mussels were outstanding. Lobster and Fresh fish were hits at the table.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Paleo Friendly, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Our first time here, and I think we will return. Clearly, you have to like seafood, because there are not many other choices. Everything seemed fresh and tasty, with four choices of sauces for broiled seafood.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Waterfront
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Simple decor in historic building, Right across from harborfront, service a bit cool, food OK just not memorable.

Tags: Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on October 2, 2017

We met friends who came to Portland on a cruise coming into the Ocean Terminal. Restaurant was a short walk from the dock. They said all they wanted was lobster, which they loved. Lobsters were between soft and hard shell, so very easy to eat. They also had clam chowder and Ceasar salad - everything that we had was great. My husband and I had delicious grilled swordfish and I had fresh clams. All in all a very positive experience.

Tags: Waterfront, Casual, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 1, 2017

We arrived a little early and they were able to seat us which was nice. The service was excellent, can’t remember our server’s name but she was from Greece and she was attentive and friendly. Bread with a yummy salmon Pate was complimentary. We both ordered the halibut which was delicious. It came with green beans and potatoes but I substituted Brussels sprouts for the potatoes and loved the entire meal!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Poor service. Had to look for waiter to get water and coffee refills.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Has to ask for bread, veggies were not seasoned all just grilled in oil!

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·Dined on September 30, 2017

My husband I visited this restaurant for our Anniversary dinner while in Portland. The food was excellent, the server was great and the atmosphere was very nice. If you are looking for local and fresh seafood I would highly recommend. The prices were not out of line with the other dining spots in the area.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 29, 2017

This restaurant was recommended by the concierge in our hotel. We gave it 5 stars. There was a variety of dishes to choose from. Everything was presented very nicely. The meals were delicious. We would definitely recommend this restaurant and come back.

Tags: Authentic, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 28, 2017

I was disappointed. The restaurant was not particulsrly busy but it felt like we were rushed through. Very unwelcoming service people. Ambiance tended toward school cafeteria. Waitress was quite cool. Yet as pricey as any in the area.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 24, 2017

This restaurant is a cut above. The quality and taste was top shelf.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 23, 2017

OPSG has curb appeal and looked inviting …online - but dinner was a disappointment -zero ambiance and food that was just so-so. Average wine list . We both had whole lobster
that had not been fully drained before plating so the plate was a mess and my roasting fingerling potatoes became mushy before I could finish . Bottom line - will not return, and will not recommend .

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Okay. Pricey. Service a little weak.

Lobster roll okay but nothing special. Fries good. Salmon BLT good. Fish and chips not good.

Tags: Casual, Seasonal
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 (New England)·Dined on September 17, 2017

This is the place to go for fresh seafood. Clam chowder (few potatoes) and steamed lobster were excellent. It was a quiet Sunday night but service was great.

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·Dined on September 17, 2017

My friend got the blueberry or blackberry mojito and it was awesome!

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 (Naples)·Dined on September 16, 2017

We discovered Old Port Sea Grill on our first trip to Portland, maybe 12 years ago. This is a great place. It always seems to be underrated for some reason. Consequently, we always can get in. Last time we ordered the large sampler with a Caesar salad. We ate at the bar, excellent food and excellent service. The seafood was terrific, cooked and chilled perfectly. We will be back!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Happy Hour, Cozy, Great Beer, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Tapas, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Romantic, Casual
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

Okay. Nothing special or negative

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 (Orlando)·Dined on September 5, 2017

The Pemaquid oysters were a real treat. Try the blood orange margarita and blackened scallops appetizer.

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Creative Cuisine, People Watching
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·Dined on September 4, 2017

My experience at Old Port Sea Grill was amazing because of the wonderful service provided by Jacqueline and the delicious food! I will definitely be returning the next time I am in Portland.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Went a few nights ago expecting to have a really nice dinner. Our outcome was more like Ok considering we are talking $30 plus plates I was expecting more. The raw bar was excellent, but besides that none of our plates really impressed us.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 28, 2017

The food was overpriced, but acceptable. The service was excellent.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 28, 2017

We were in Maine for a family dinner before my son left for the army. Based on the reviews I was really looking forward to dinner. Unfortunately it was disappointing. We waited quite a while for the waitress to come over. She was so quiet and had no energy. It was hard to even hear her. The food was ok. Nothing special. Menu was limited. I had to send my mussels back because it was covered in red pepper and was way too spicy. They did make a new one and it was fine. Overall unremarkable

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 (Montreal)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Good service on a very busy night! Always great seafood and a dining companion reported the burger to be very good too.

Tags: Authentic, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Seasonal
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 (New England)·Dined on August 22, 2017

Great people watching in the seats by the window. Service was very good-attentive but not overwhelming. Swordfish and fried chicken both well prepared. And be sure to save room for dessert!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Not great, fair. Greens served practically raw, very crunchy. Grilled shrimp too saturated with. butter. Lobster pasta dish too heavily sauced. Hey we all know to cut butter/grease/heaviness of sauces. I am more tempted to stay away from restaurants now because they just don't get it. Simplistic, unsaturated dishes are so much better tasting if you start with good ingredients and are better for you.

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·Dined on August 20, 2017

Everything was mediocre for the price we were paying.

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