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Old Port Sea Grill

4.4
548 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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  • Bar Seating
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood
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Hours of operation
Mon-Fri
Mon–Sat 11:30 am–9:00 pm
Sunday Winter Hours
Sun 11:30 am–8:00 pm
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Phone number
(207) 879-6100
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
David Connolly
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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.
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Private party contact
Nathan Mohney: (207) 879-6100
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Custom House St.
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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)
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 548 People Are Saying
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4.2
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4.0Dined on May 18, 2018

We had a wonderful dinner. We chose to sit at the bar as the dining room was quite noisy. The oysters were incredibly fresh and delightful with lots of varieties.
We both had the scallops. I selected the appetizer portion and my mom had the simply grilled scallops. Both were delightfully fresh and lovely.
Great wine and local beer selection. The bartender was very nice in letting me sample some of the local beers that I had no knowledge of prior to this visit.

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Oysters were delicious. I got the lobster pasta and it was fabulous. My husband got scallops and my sister got mussels and fries and they were very good. Our server Devon was great. It was casual but quality food and a good ambiance. This was our best dinner in Portland.

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

My wife and I both enjoyed excellent and well prepared meals and a lovely bold wine. I did think that there might be more choices of different seafood, but what we selected was done very well.

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3.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Food and service very good. Overpriced by 20-30%- Boston and MYC Prices.

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4.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Excellent seafood right in the heart of things in Old Port. Very casual atmosphere with super nice staff and delicious food.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

I was looking for a seafood restaurant, between casual and fine dining, and which also serve cocktails. Old Port Sea Grill did fit the bill. I was a little disappointed with the food, the clam chowder was not a style I personally liked, and a lobster was a bit tough, but otherwise very tasty. My friend, however, was exceptionally pleased with her food... I believe she had one of the plain grilled fish entrees, probably the salmon. Overall, we quite enjoyed this restaurant.

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4.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Good food.
Amazing lobster.

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2018

The sea food was fresh and delicious. We enjoyed the appetizer sampler with the raw oysters and shrimp. The grilled salmon was also fresh and wonderful. I would have appreciated a children's menu as spent $18 on an entree for my 8-year old that she didn't eat.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Food and service were impeccable. There were 4 of us and we all fully enjoyed our meal. I had the rainbow trout and it was delicious. We also shared a small sampler from the raw bar and the shrimp and oysters were Devine. Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Once again a delicious, flavorful and perfectly prepared meal!

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

I've been here many times before, but usually for happy hour. We were seated at a table for four right at the front window, allowing us both a nice view. You know how when you get seated at a two top and someone gets to look at the wall all night? Not so here. My husband ordered oysters and I had the clam chowder. My husband is a seafood aficionado, and he said the oysters had plenty of brine, which is the mark of a good shucker. The clam chowder was good, and had a dollop of crispy bacon on top. We each had a mixed drink and shared a bottle of wine with dinner. We both had scallops, his with curry, mine with bernaise. I think if we could have gotten away with licking the plates, we would have. Everything was perfection. Although the scallops were different sizes, each one was cooked perfectly. You know when something is overcooked, but I also hate undercooked, too, when the center has that raw dark look, and chewy texture. Not here. Our waitress was attentive without being overbearing. Just a great dining experience that we're still commenting on.

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4.0Dined on March 19, 2018

The food was terrific but the noise level made it less than pleasant

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

From start to finish we had a wonderful time! The chef offered to make me a special vegetarian pasta dish, and it was one of the best meals I've had in a long time. The seafood lovers were very satisfied as well.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Great food! Fresh and creative dishes with options for all types of diets! Service was impeccable, efficient, and very friendly. We had a party of 6 but can certainly handle more. Also a great spot for a romantic dinner for two. Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Thank you so much. Today was just what we needed. The food and service were excellent, as usual. We love the view on Commercial St. A special thanks to Justin for providing a taste (and an education) of some truly great wine.

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3.0Dined on February 25, 2018

It was okay. Nothing special.

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Met some friends and while we were in a corner nook - it was still a bit loud to have easy conversation. Food was fine - 2 of us had the scallops and the others had fish and chips. I would go back but it wasn't super special.

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4.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Everything was Great!! We enjoyed our time there very much

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2018

We make a point to stop by every time we’re in town. The seafood is phenomenal and they even do a great job with the accompaniments. You know it’s good food when you’re even complimenting the vegetable sides or the fresh bread!

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Came here for NYE dinner. The restaurant is beautiful and the staff was very friendly and attentive. I got the lobster roll and my boyfriend got the NY strip. Highly recommend both!

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5.0Dined on December 29, 2017

Great food, great service

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2.0Dined on December 27, 2017

I found this to be an overpriced restaurant. While the food was okay I would not recommend this place. There are many other restaurants in the area that we’re better choices.

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2017

Good food very accommodating

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5.0Dined on December 15, 2017

The staff was amazing! We went for my boyfriend’s birthday and they had a handwritten note and a bottle of wine waiting for us. Definitely recommend this one!

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5.0Dined on December 9, 2017

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!

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3.0Dined 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 .

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3.0Dined on November 25, 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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4.0Dined on November 24, 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....)

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2.0Dined on November 17, 2017

Annual trip to Portland w family

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5.0Dined on November 10, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on November 6, 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.

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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on November 3, 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!

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5.0Dined 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!!

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4.0Dined on October 13, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on October 12, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on October 9, 2017

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

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4.0Dined 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.

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