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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:
Daily beginning at 11:30

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

3.8

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

80% would recommend it to a friend

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 20, 2014

The menu offers great selection, but for the price and quality, Street and Company is where you should go. We spent $117 on two appetizers and two entrees. No alcohol, no dessert. For that price, I was very underwhelmed and very disappointed.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 20, 2014

Spouse had the grilled swordfish and stated that it was the best ever had and is a New Englander so no stranger to fish. I had the grilled scallops with cajun spice which was very good. Accompaniments of fingerling potatoes and roasted brussel sprouts were excellent. The only thing we were disappointed with was the minimal menu choices and the noisy atmosphere. Would definitely return.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 16, 2014

Nice restaurant with a good selection of fish, perfectly prepared with wonderful service

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 12, 2014

Fine if you love a loud bar, but the lack of acoustics made it too loud for us.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 12, 2014

It was my first beef tartare and I was amazed at the flavors and textures that blessed my palate. I had the lobster and steamers for dinner and again it was amazing. The lobster was cooked perfectly and the steamers were cleaned and ready to eat. The bread was made on site and the other meals eaten in my party were the lobster roll which I might add had three lobster tails and served with amazing homemade French fries and the grilled scallops were equally amazing. For dessert I had the Blueberry Creme brûlée. It was rich and yet light with a light berry flavor and delicate brûlée.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on August 13, 2014

We were looking for a quick bite so we opted for the bar. Drinks came quickly; I asked a few questions & we ordered. Then we waited, & waited, & waited. Couple that came in after us got their food, ate & left before our food came - we did not order anything complicated - mussels & caesar salad. Bartender came by once to say it would be out shortly. As we were about to leave - food arrived. Mussels were great - bread delicious, caesar with shrimp was fine but by this point wait soured our visit. Reviews claim 1 of the best lobster rolls but at $21 what I saw was not too impressive. The bartender comp'd our drinks which was lovely but overall we likely would not go back when there are so many other restaurants in this city.

Tags: Good for Groups
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 12, 2014

The oysters ( supposedly a specialty of the restaurant) were small and pretty uninteresting--no great salty taste, all about the same even though we ordered four different ones. The swordfish was very tasty--though a thin flat piece. The ambience--bare wooden tables--was fine but not cheery or welcoming.service was attentive and fine.

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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on August 7, 2014

Awesome service and the best lobster bisque and lobster roll ever. A bit pricey and very noisy from the bar.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on August 6, 2014

Serviceable, but nothing memorable -- worked fine on an evening where many of the name spots were booked

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 1, 2014

If you are looking for a seafood restaurant, this is a place to go to. Selection was good, our server was extremely helpful and took the time to explain the menu choices. The deserts we chose were delicious. We had a wonderful time and would return should we find ourselves back in the area.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (Naples)·Dined on August 1, 2014

I'll get right to it; we were a party of 4 for dinner. We ordered mussels, steak tartar and oysters from the raw bar. All had amazing flavor and were ample portions. We then ordered the flounder and swordfish. The flounder was a big hit. Crazy good flavor. Enough to prompt us to order another. The swordfish was perfectly cooked and delicious. We shared the chocolate mousse and we given some really yummy salted chocolate cookies. In addition we had a bottle of sparkling cider and a bottle of red wine. Obviously I can't say enough about our dining experience... except that it was made even better by our server, Devon. She was charming, knowledgeable and able to make recommendations for us and was a delight to interact with. Great time !

Tags: Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on July 29, 2014

Food was delicious, the presentation was delightful and the service was excellent. Even though we brought a 2 year old, we felt welcomed; and the child certainly enjoyed the large fish tank.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (New England)·Dined on July 26, 2014

The restaurant was ok not great. It was very load and there were a lot of open tables. The service was a little fast. We were just finished with our appetizers when out entrees came out.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 26, 2014

We come to Portland every year in July...until this summer, Old Port Sea Grill was the only casual, moderately priced (yet relatively upscale) restaurant we found where you could enjoy a seafood meal that was not deep fried, and actually included a vegetable other than steamed corn.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on July 25, 2014

good location, good food, good service. The noisiest restaurant we have ever been in. we won't go back again

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 23, 2014

We had lunch at Old Port Sea Grill a few days ago. We found it all to be fine - the dining room was fine, the service was fine, the food was fine. While it was all "fine", none of it was particularly exceptional. While I'm happy we tried it, we probably wouldn't return given all the other options in Portland.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 18, 2014

Food was ok. Potato side was flavorless. Salmon dish was very good.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 16, 2014

If you love oysters then this is the place for you. We ordered the small sampler appetizer and it was excellent. The restaurant is lovely and the waitstaff was very attentive. Overall a great place for dinner.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on July 5, 2014

Delicious but small entrees, and the service and the atmosphere are less than you'd expect for the prices you pay. It looks like a typical neighborhood bar/restaurant and isn't particularly upscale. The oysters were very good, but the clam chowder was the worst we've ever had -- watery and bland. The beer selection was also lacking.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 4, 2014

The crab cakes basically looked and tasted as if they just came out of the freezer and were microwaved before being plated - a la Gordon fish sticks. The salmon was tasty, plentiful but the potatoe slices and asparagus on the side felt like an after thought. Five good size scallops were plated and were okay. But again potatoes and asparagus were the sides. Hoping for a little more variety here since we both like to share each other plates in the hopes of tasting something new.My partner and I have eaten at various seafood restaurants, some pricey and others not so much,but we always felt at the restaurants we patroned we got what we paid for until we ate here. The presentation, inspiration and style of the dishes do not demand their price.

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on June 26, 2014

Seeking a local spot featuring seafood on a business trip to Portland, this restaurant was perfect. It combines a great view, uniquely Portland ambience, fresh seafood and friendly wait staff.

Tags: Good for Groups, Scenic View, Notable Wine List
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 22, 2014

The oysters were delicious however lacked variety of origin location.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Greensboro)·Dined on June 9, 2014

Good food overall but not a lot of choices if you just want something small at a little lower cost.

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 (New England)·Dined on June 4, 2014

Was meeting an out-of-state friend for dinner and needed to find someplace in Portland to dine. She was pleased and so was I. I had the muscles and they were really plump and tasty.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 25, 2014

Was my first visit to Portland, & was told how wonderful the food there was & about all of these amazing restaurants. Wanted to try Hugo or Emilitsa, but it was Sunday & they were closed. Settled for the old port sea grill, and the food was bland & disappointing.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 16, 2014

The food was generally good. One entree in the group order was of unsatisfactory flavors and textures. The waitress removed it from the bill. Very friendly and accommodating. Will return when the opportunity presents itself.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 12, 2014

$34.00 for 6 or 7 Scallops. Really. $24-$28 for a Tiny piece of Salmon?

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 (New England)·Dined on May 10, 2014

We enjoyed the friendly bar staff who talked us through the menu and wine list. We followed their recommendations and are happy we did. Fine oyster platter, good fries, lobster a bit over cooked but still it's lobster.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on April 16, 2014

Food preparation: 5 stars: The crab cake appetizer: 5 stars. The standard burger: 4 stars. The organic chicken: 5 stars. Presentation: 5 stars. Wait staff: Good but really shy, which is okay. Ambiance: Clean, spacious, tidy, upscale, modern, not noisy on Wednesday evening. Other pluses: Location and fish tank. Minuses: I didn't encounter any. I have been here a few times over the past three years and I have always been satisfied with the skill behind the food that comes out.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on April 3, 2014

Everyone was very nice especially we were there with 2 small kids to celebrate a birthday. Steak came very over done, ordered medium rare and came medium well and kids Mac and cheese came with frozen chunks. I'm not the kind to send food back though. Other than everything was great, oysters were delicious.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 31, 2014

It took almost half an hour for my lobster to arrive. It was lukewarm, over priced and disappointing! The mussels were outstanding as an appetizer.

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 (New England)·Dined on March 28, 2014

From the apps to entrees everything was delicious and cooked perfect. Had the salmon, burger, oysters, and seared tuna app. Waitstaff was very friendly.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 8, 2014

Had dinner and drinks in the bar! Food was absolutely delicious and the dirty Martinis we're spot on!

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 (New England)·Dined on January 20, 2014

Apps were good & portion adjusted for our table to share. But dinner sides were cold and only 1 dessert was available - they ran out of chocolate. *what?!!* Generally, food is good, but overpriced.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2013

I made New Years eve reservations for this restaurant because I had never been there. The reservation was late (8pm). The restaurant was not bust, but couldn't take us until 8pm. They sat us by the door and it was very cold that night. We had to ask the hostess for the space heater they were using at the hostess station. The food wasn't bad, but there is a lot better very close. This one didn't leave a great impression (I don't remember what I had), the food was so-so, the atmosphere was cold, and so wasn't the service.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2013

claim chowder was not very good and the mussels were alright. Need new recipes for both. Too rich and creamy.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 14, 2013

Great restaurant! The food and desserts were phenomenal! There is a vast selection in beer and wine. Will return again.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 1, 2013

A rainy, cold Sunday evening & the place was quite
quiet, as we were the only guests.
We were seated quickly, drink orders taken &
Menues presented.
I opted for 2 starters for my meal : BBQ calamari
(Don't be fooled by the name) was delish with
a subtle curry flavor & a nice cup of clam
chowder with plenty of clams (not overloaded
with potato!). My Fiancé enjoyed the flounder.
A very pleasant dining experience.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on November 27, 2013

Food was very good but a bit pricey for lunch.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2013

Forget the lobster roll..... The mussels are the best I've had!!! Also had the butternut squash soup which was really good.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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