Scales

4.8
635 reviews
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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.
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Columbus
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We attended for our anniversary dinner, and as always, Scales didn’t disappoint. We started with oysters and cocktails, which were amazing. We ordered pan roasted lobster and scallops, and they were sublime. We will be back!

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FP
New England
29 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service are always excellent, and I love the local spirits on the bar. I wish it weren't quite so noisy...

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RH
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of 3 restaurants affiliated with one another; Scales, Street my wife never had octopus but she is now hooked (ha ha). The whole fish, especially the grilled whole fish, was the best I've had. The price - a touch high - is reasonable for a top notch restaurant along the wharf area. You must try Scales!

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L
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for our anniversary and my husband’s birthday! The service was great and our table was great!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food!!

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JH
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal at Scales the other night. The food was outstanding, particularly the scallops (SO tender and sweet and perfectly prepared) and the Brussels sprouts in duck confit. My daughter had the hake and loved it; my husband had a sauteed lobster special (with a wine sauce) that was delicious. All the fish was incredibly fresh. We shared a baked Alaska dessert that was to die for. The servers couldn't have been more attentive and friendly without being intrusive, and the atmosphere is casual but upscale in just the right way. We will definitely be back! It will be a great place to bring out of town guests.

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RP
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were new to Portland, Scales was recommended by a customer. The oysters were divine, the fish was fresh, the presentation fantastic, the staff friendly, the decor full of character and the prices entirely reasonable given how good everything is. A night to remember.

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b
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Meal(s), there were three of us, were from beginning to end very good. Strong menu. Food well prepared. Not crazy long, but strong wine list. Comfortable atmosphere and seating. A place to go back to and try the other things on the menu.

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and great menu.

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JL
New England
12 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Scales is a great Portland Restaurant. Thought it was a little pricey for what we ordered. Service was excellent and atmosphere was very good. I would recommend highly and will return in the future.

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DS
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Warmth on a cold winters night. Delivers fresh perfectly accentuated dishes. Oysters and mussels hit the spot. Hake flaked readily. Bread to drool for. Staff did not rush but served. Just get better coffee.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent, portions were perfect. Our server was friendly and attentive. Great experience, we will recommend Scales to our friends.

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RB
New England
7 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent seafood, we loved the ambience with a view of snow falling on the fishing boats. We had steamers for an appetizer and they were perfect. My husband had the Arctic Char and I had the Seared Scallops.... both wonderful! Excellent service. We will be back for sure!

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PC
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Scales is my favorite place for fresh Maine seafood in Portland. The food is always incredible, and the service is some of the best in Maine. Have never been disappointed!

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JP
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was our 1st time at Scales. We celebrated a birthday, enjoyed the atmosphere, and the food was very good. We felt the prices were a little high yet the restaurant is on the water. The main disappointment of the evening is that we had an early reservation and was one of the first parties to be seated for the Sunday dinner crowd. Yet, in light of the restaurant being fairly empty and being told that it wasn't going to be a busy night, we were placed at one of the least desirable booths. It's one thing if the restaurant was full (it wasn't) and there were no other seating options. On a positive note, the service was great.

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New England
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a drink in bar area. They settled it up easily and off to our table. We had good suggestions by the waiter and enjoyed a great wine list and wonderful food options

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n
New England
24 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The first time that we went to Scales, I would have given it a Five stars. This time was a bit different. My dish, scallops, was delicious but very rich. I wish that there had been more spinach included rather than the few pieces. The clam chowder was very salty as well. My husband's grilled lobster dish was good although he felt that it had been precooked before grilling. Something was off about the dish. Lastly, Why not just add bread to the menu rather than charge $4.00 for one piece cut into four sections? We do like Scales atmosphere and have always had servers that were very good. We do enjoy Scales and will return.

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t
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent meal as usual. Wait staff outstanding. Only small issue was they reserved a booth for 6 of us. Too small to be comfortable and with a handicap person that required a chair. No tables were available for 6 so we made due. Will call directly to request table not booth next time

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AA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

All six of us enjoyed our meal, and we had a great waitstaff person. Delicious food.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were amazing! I will definitely be booking another reservation soon!

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CC
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super fresh seafood, great ambiance, looking forward to my next visit. The oysters were so delicious.

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M
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

2 out of the 4 meals were too salty, appetizers were also a bit salty. Overall the food was good other than the salt level. The prices are a bit much for the portion size.. this was our second time here.. The restaurant itself is beautiful and the pier location is nice.

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PA
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Like always a outstanding restaurant ecperience!
Fresh food, very tasty. Nice location and very friendly staff

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PP
New England
19 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was awesome as always. Bourbon Old Fashioned was meh. Glass white wine waiter recommended was meh as well. Server was excellent.

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W
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there and it was awesome! Great food and scenic view..
Best of all was the free valet parking in a city that charges way to much to park

We will make this a place we visit on regular basis

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ST
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Location is right on the water and the food is top notch with fresh seafood from local suppliers. Really nice for a business meal and special occasions.

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MV
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An absolute favorite when in Old Port. Never disappoints!

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SP
New England
7 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly a joy and a delight. Incredible food and the thoughtfulness of a note at the table congratulating us on our anniversary. Timing of dishes and the humorously knowledgeable wait staff-- all perfect. We will be back!

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K
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently excellent meals, this past evening no exception. Combination of food, atmosphere, visual appeal, great service all around, this is one of our very favorites in Portland.

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t
New England
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent menu and food is terrific. The steamers were delicious, as was the calamari, salad, and cod. It's expensive, but I'd rather pay and get top quality.

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OT
New England
20 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Casually elegant setting and menu. Professional and knowledgable staff. Nice wine list with many reasonable choices. Generous entree portions with creative choices for sides and accompaniments.

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FP
New England
29 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We dined at Scales tonight for the first time. Two excellent entrees, a draft craft beer, a dessert and a sherry came to $99.90. We were very satisfied; we'll be back.

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Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful, wonderful....from the valet parking attendant to dessert service, delicious and delightful.

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KC
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Scales never disappoints. Great food and service. Friendly host, hostess and servers. Lively atmosphere. We will be back!

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SH
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a wonderful night with exceptional food, service & drinks!

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JS
New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food,service and ambiance. Our new favorite in Portland.

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MC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LOVE this place ... the food, the pace, the environment - all of it!!

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KC
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Scales to celebrate a birthday. We were not disappointed. All the food offerings we tried were excellent and pricing seemed reasonable. Love the ambience that this large restaurant provides. Wait staff was super. We are already looking forward to a return visit. KenC

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j
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, staff very knowledgeable with explaining the menu. Food never disappointing, oyster's delicious, and a nice presentation. Enjoyed the experience with friend's, their first time dining with you, through my recommendation, and they will be back, as will I.

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service from dropping off the car to leaving. Cocktails, bread, appetizers, all excellent for our group of four. Would highly recommend.

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