Scales

4.8
1963 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
A traditional New England restaurant with some modern touches. Located on Maine Wharf next to the Casco Bay Ferry Terminal. Enjoy classic fried seafood as well as locally sourced land fare, while enjoying the view of a quintessential working Maine harbor.

Please note:
Bar seating is available for dinner service by reservation only.
Please arrive at the time of your reservation. All guests will be required to wait outside of the restaurant until their table is ready.
We are only able to seat complete parties at this time.
Please be mindful of social distancing guidelines at all times while dining with us.
As per the guidance from the State of Maine, all guests are required to wear a face covering in the restaurant, including while seated at the table.
If you have a cough or a fever, please join us another time. We’ll look forward to seeing you when you’re feeling better!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1963 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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MeghanP
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Absolutely unbelievable food. My husband and I got pan roasted lobster and seared scallops and they were amazing. Perfectly done.

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vipLhdnyc
New England
25 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tasty food with fresh ingredients. The menu features a diverse but not overpowering selection of choices. The lighting is warm and at the right brightness.

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PatF
New England
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely excellent dining experience. Interesting flavor combinations. Excellent service. Our server’s recommendations were spot on. Make sure you save room for dessert - the “baked Alaska “ was phenomenal. Will definitely return.

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vipksmmame
New England
15 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the fresh seafood and creative combinations. They are always true to the taste of the food and the season, combining perfectly other foods and and spices.

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Jamielee
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am blown away by the quality of the food, as well as how its put together.
Everything from ny cornbread with chili-honey butter, to my fantastic scallop dish, and especially the sticky toffee pudding, WOW. The only words I can think of is decadent, and exquisite!
A must go, I will be back!

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BVee
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Scales! Food is delicious and the service is always wonderful. We come to Maine a few times a year and everytime we visit we find ourselves at Scales. We can’t get enough.

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DonnaT
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and as we were a party of 6 everyone was pleased with entree choices. Our server was the best!!! Highly recommend for an overall fabulous dining experience,

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PortlandVacay
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful dinner at Scales! The whole experience is so fun. You walk up to an unassuming door lit by a single lamp on the pier and inside is a bustling and gorgeous restaurant. Decorated beautifully for the holidays, the ambiance inside is warm and energetic. Our hostess was wonderful, and answered every question for us. You could tell the seafood was fresh and high quality. All in all, a wonderful evening that is worth the price. We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my husband for his birthday and he loved it!

JD
JanetD
New England
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was on point! Most importantly we felt very covid safe and comfortable dining. The food was delicious, drinks perfect, service was great! Thank you Scales - job well done!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and service

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Jenner03
New England
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I’ve ever had. Great ambiance, beautiful and warm decor. We sat at the bar and had the greatest bartender. She was very informative and helped us decide when we wanted several items on the menu. My only regret was not saving enough room for dessert. Fantastic cocktails, mussel appetizer and the scallops & halibut were top notch. A must try if you’re visiting Portland!

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Louisevt
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oh my gosh, I can't recommend "Scales" enough. The food and the service was outstanding. Only regret is that we do not live close-by enough to eat at "Scales" more often.

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HeatherG
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and Oysters were super fresh and delicious.

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KitS
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Everything we have ever had there has been amazing!

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ChrisR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Sat comfortably & ate at the bar. Outstanding service & food.
Felt safe, satisfied & well cared for!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Very pricy for portion size but the food was delicious.

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vipGeorgeH
New England
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience1

Food is still up to the highest standard in Portland. Asking people to wear a mask while seated at a table is kind of foolish thought.

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SteveD
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

great outside eating with nice heat lamps, dealing with covid well

ML
vipMaxL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazingly fresh and seasonal ingredients from the entire seafood spectrum. Thoughtful service from all staff made this an excellent meal.

MM
vipMindyM
New England
49 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always wonderful, food and experience keeps us going back

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Unfortunately, beyond the tuna crude which was excellent, the best thing that arrived at our table was our son’s grilled cheese. Broiled cod was flavorless, the dorade was just a mess after they deboned it, and the chowder was not balanced (too much clam juice and had a weird gray color). The tab was $300+ for a family of five, and it just wasn’t worth it for that uninspired quality of food. Our server was awesome, really great guy and very helpful.

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RobertM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to Scales many times and always enjoy the ambiance and the excellent menu options. Valet parking is a big plus.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and wonderful night. A little pricey but we were celebrating a special anniversary.

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lisac
New England
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always had a fabulous overall evening at scales and food was again top notch. Service was tremendous as well

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vipSatisfiedCustomer
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience. Sat at the bar and received exceptional service!

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vipPanquemao
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience, the food was stunning everything pretty good but the clam chowder
Ben was our server and he was so gentle and with aknowledge of the food, wine and desserts
We were doubting because just read a lot of negative comments but we gave it a try and it worth it

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Laflores1
Caribbean
11 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely place,
Fabulous food! First time in Portland, 25 th anniversary.they were very kind and helped us celebrate with a nice glass of champagne!

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vipJERRID
Orlando
27 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food selection, wine selection, environment was super nice for a Saturday night. Reasonable prices. Obviously the restaurant is called Scales for a reason. Only seafood on the menu for the most part.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!

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vipElizabeth
New England
14 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Exceptional food -- cannot recommend the big eye tuna or the scallops entre more. Enjoy!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service for a friends birthday with a nice handwritten card and message on plate.

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NicoletteC
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our bartender was superb. Super friendly and knowledgeable. Second time coming back to Scales and the food was outstanding yet again. Ambiance is superb and the complimentary valet parking eases the mind of finding parking in downtown Portland. Will definitely be going back to Scales soon!

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JessiS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything, even got a “table lobster” to share so we all could try it and still enjoy everything else the menu had to offer.

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MikeP
New England
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome time! Would definitely recommend this venue to anyone!

PF
PortlandFoodie
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and attention to detail. Great staff!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great! Loved the halibut and the oysters.

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vipAshleyB
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter and I went to Scales while we were in Maine for the weekend. She got a fabulous lobster roll and I got the halibut with browned butter with the clover rolls to start. Everything was amazing! A great recommendation and we will be back out next trip to Portland!

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Janitor21
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

One of my favorite spots in Portland. Got seated in the middle of a handful of tables, not the best spot especially considering today's climate of eating out. Mussels were great, main courses as well. Feel the pan roasted lobster is a little overpriced (know what Portland restaurants pay for Hard shell lobster).

Was seated timely and our server was very good.

Overall a good experience as usual but have had better experiences there as well.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, service, atmosphere. Very safe Covid precautions with distanced tables and masking

FAQs

Scales is rated 4.8 stars by 1963 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.