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Scales

4.8
4.8
4177 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
A traditional New England restaurant with modern touches, Scales is 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.

Bar seating is available for dinner service by reservation only. Please check with the host to inquire about bar seating.

Please note our patio reservations are weather dependent. If we need to make any changes due to weather, we'll call you on the day of to cancel or reschedule.

Our lounge is open for cocktails and oysters every day beginning at 4:00pm.

We are only able to seat complete parties at this time.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 155 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American, Contemporary French

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:30 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (207) 805-0444

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Frederic Eliot

  • Private party contact

    Assistant Front of House Coordinator Kelly Scharf: (207) 805-0444

  • Neighborhood

    Portland

  • Parking details

    We have complimentary valet parking while you are dining with us.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 4,177 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Boston / New England

    Seafood

  • Boston / New England

    Most Booked

  • Maine

    Hot Spot

  • Maine

    Seafood

  • Maine

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  1. SC

    SouthernCross99

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best meals I’ve had in awhile. Best scallops I’ve ever had. Highly recommend!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great service. Halibut was outstanding
  3. DC

    DelC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our two top was too close to the next to top. Felt like we could rub elbows. The food was excellent and thoughtfully created. Nellie was well trained and engaging.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a fantastic dinner! We made a reservation for bar seating & I’m so glad we did! We got the 3 different types of oysters and they shuck them directly in front of you on the bar! Also the corn crab chowder, clover leaf rolls, brown butter halibut, and lobster roll were very good! 10/10 recommend!
  5. a

    anthonyb

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic experience from the minute we walked in the door. We were celebrating a birthday and it was acknowledged by several employees including a card at our seat. The service was the best and the food was top-notch. We will definitely be back.
  6. MF

    MattF

    Omaha

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere and delicious food! Highly recommend
  7. J

    Janine

    New England

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food - best steamers we have ever had, and we live on the New England coast. The service was great too.
  8. a

    amazing

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat at the bar, which was fun. Oysters served on ice and opened in front of us. The food and drinks were amazing! Lots of people hustling around; overall the service was just right. Noisy but could still talk and the atmosphere was upbeat and lively. Of course Portland prices are high but on par with elsewhere.
  9. JS

    JaneS

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The Haddock dish could you use a lighter touch on the cream. Any good chef knows it shouldn't be thick as chowder. Please try to get more oysters from the Damariscotta region. Otherwise, this is the best restaurant for seafood in Portland and lots of fun.
  10. EB

    ElaineB

    Louisville

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    75th Birthday
  11. B

    Belino

    New England

    72 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    72 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful halibut!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding venue, food and service!!!!!! I can’t wait to come back with a few other family members.
  13. CH

    CurtH

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience. The team went out of their way to make our anniversary special.
  14. TG

    TomG

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Upon entry diners are pleasantly and promptly welcomed and quickly seated. There is a very friendly feel to the experience. Food is gourmet, very good wine list, innovative entrees. Overall ecellent experience.
  15. KA

    KarenA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great and expensive but worth it for the quality-- one of my fav restaurants
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dinner and fantastic service at our bar seats. It was very fun and the food was good. We will be back!
  17. NA

    NancyA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently the best place to go in Portland for delicious food, a lively atmosphere and personalized service. It’s the place to celebrate important occasions or show visiting guests why we live here!
  18. T

    Teri

    New England

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Very Very noisy. Halibut had nice preparation however was over cooked. Not to be expected at this price point. Delicious oysters. Significant size difference in portions of same order. Loved the waterside setting
  19. DA

    DAVIDP

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time to Scales, although we are locals. Reception and service was outstanding. Branzino was excellent.
  20. SM

    SusaMac

    Caribbean

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the time you walk in, to the valet who shared the umbrella with my 92yo mother when we were waiting in the rain when we left, it was wonderful! The waitress was very patient in explaining the menu questions to my mother, she was so pleasant. Although the noise level is loud, we still really loved the food, (Pollock with succatash, oysters and crab fritters, and pot roast) were so delicious!
  21. DC

    DanielC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Noisy, NYC atmosphere. Our server was attentive and on point. My wife’s appetizer was crab fritters with crispy and light crust, well seasoned crab stuffing and she thoroughly enjoyed it. My appetizer was tuna crude with Aleppo pepper and lemon aioli. We’ll done! The flavors bursted in my mouth as I ate. Seared sea scallops with corn was good, sauce could have been a little more cohesive. Duck breast entree with duck sausage was cooked to specifications (med rare) but could have used a more robust, flavorful sauce. Dessert was cherry cheesecake which was enjoyable and roasted peach pound cake which was so so. The cake was over baked and dry and the peaches should have been caramelized
  22. MK

    MKH714

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were in town for a few days and booked this ahead of time based on outstanding reviews. The food was incredible! We were "wow"ed by every single thing we ate! You can't skip this place. Absolutely a 5 star meal. We highly recommend the corn bread, scallops, and squash au gratin!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    A bit expensive for what it is. However, I would 100% go back! The service and environment and fantastic
  24. A

    Alberti

    New Orleans

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Scales is a beautiful restaurant. The atmosphere and service are outstanding. Portland does not have many dining options but this is a great new addition . My appetizer and oysters were wonderful but my main dish was not great The haddock special in a baked bean succotash was not wonderful. The sauce overpowered the fish. My husband’s halibut was very salty. I would return but I would be wary of the menu.
  25. P

    Packard40

    New England

    73 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Scales is on the water which makes a great atmosphere. Food was delicious and portions large. Large wine list. Even though you pay extra for the bread selection it is worth it. The rolls we had to die for. Highly recommend
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took my best high school friends (from LA, Scottsdale & Charlotte) to Scales to celebrate turning 50. The scallops were amazing as usual as were the other dishes we had including the seafood stew, and halibut. We sat outside and even had entertainment by the cover band at a neighboring establishment. Scales always delivers!
  27. D

    Domer84

    Chicago

    39 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great food… but the number of guests they welcomed is so large that it impacted the service (not as attentive as in the past) and food (just a tad off the mark… fish too well done for example)
  28. JD

    JoeD

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    We were seated right away, table was in an OK area, there was lots of foot traffic. Waitress was fair, we had to ask for the specials and we heard the waiter give it to the people next to us and there was an entree special. Our waitress didn’t tell us the entree, when I questioned it she said there wasn’t an entree, they never have an entree special . Really? Oh well. Our food was very good, our wine was very good. Overall it was a good dining experience.
  29. RJ

    RebeccaJ

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always an amazing dining experience!
  30. m

    mdroz

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had bar seat reservations, wonderful bar server, great ambiance. Chatted with people left and right.Food was delicious and plated perfectly. Cannot wait to return!
  31. JR

    JenniferR

    Seattle

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent, staff was friendly and helpful, loved our experience from start to finish.
  32. F

    Formerfoodie

    Minneapolis

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always enjoy Scales. It is very loud inside so weather permitting suggest eating on the patio.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everyone loved what they ordered. Our waitress was exceptional.
  34. V

    Visitor2022

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brought some friends, some that even said they didn't like seafood. Everyone was amazed by the food.
  35. J

    Johno

    Baltimore

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Spacious venue with harbor view. Great service and food. Our favorite place in Portland.
  36. KB

    KateyB

    Atlanta

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was one of the best meals I’ve ever experienced. The scallops were outstanding. They also made extra effort to recognize our milestone birthdays that we were celebrating which was a nice touch. I’ll definitely go back the next time I’m in Portland.
  37. JH

    JohnH

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic dinner!!! The dining room was loud enough that it made conversation a little challenging. With that said, the meal was amazing and the service was outstanding!
  38. SL

    SherylL

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall2food4service4ambience1
    Our table wasn’t ready when we arrived for our reservation. We were seated within about 15 minutes. The noise level was so load that I had to yell at my husband across the table which was a big drawback. The food was good. We wouldn’t stay for dessert since it was too loud. Frankly, it was a roar.
  39. LR

    LeslieR

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    It is a bit noisy! But the food is fabulous! Ambiance and service were very good.
  40. MN

    MarcyN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful place. The food was EXCELLENT!!! Highly recommended.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Scales is rated 4.8 stars by 4177 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 155 times today
Google Map for Scales

68-72 Commercial St, Portland, ME 04101

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Portland

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:30 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American, Contemporary French

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    We have complimentary valet parking while you are dining with us.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Frederic Eliot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (207) 805-0444

  • Private party contact

    Assistant Front of House Coordinator Kelly Scharf: (207) 805-0444

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