Scales

4.7
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1446 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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.

Please note:
Bar seating is available for dinner service by reservation only, beginning at 4pm.
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 when entering and exiting the restaurant. Face coverings may be removed only when 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!
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.8
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4.7
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4.6
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4.3
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 15 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. One of my top 10 favs.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and service was amazing would definitely return

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Felt welcome from the start. Beautiful ambiance on the water followed by a beautiful meal

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impeccable food and service every time!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing meal! Some of the best seafood dishes in the Portland area!! Octopus, crudo, scallops, and halibut were top notch.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat at the bar and Josh was amazing! He taught us how to open up a whole lobster and recommend what to order. It was a great way to celebrate our 4th and wedding anniversary!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!! Our sever Tom was great, the food was delicious. Sat right on the water and watched fireworks through the huge windows!

ER
EmilyR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I went to Scales this weekend to celebrate our 1 year anniversary and Scales went above and beyond to accommodate us and make us feel special! It was a wonderful night, the ambience is very romantic, the food is incredible and everyone working was so friendly. Thank you for a great night!

JB
JeanB
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Scales needs to offer more creative seafood options on its menu. Fresh fish is great but scales is charging a lot of money for a very sub-par dining experience. We loved the outdoor dining and the heat lamps were a nice touch. The service is always excellent, but the food....just nothing special. Go to Street and Co. if you want a really special meal. Go to Scales to sit on the wharf and enjoy the ambiance...

DB
DavidB
New England
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite spot on the water in Portland! Highly recommend!

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mrperazzi
New England
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My favorite fish restaurant, a must for us when in Portland.
Great oysters
Sit at the bar for shellfish

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every year we come to Maine, Scales is a must have stop for us. Food is unbelievable

RF
vipRebeccaF
Adelaide / SA
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Scales never fails to delight and impress me. It’s the first dinner reservation I make when heading back to Portland. The seafood is spectacular. They’re hell a bit in brown butter sauce is amazing. We always get the fried clams to start and of course we have to get the Parker House rolls. There’s nothing I don’t like about this place!

JM
JessicaM
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and wine! What a beautifully decorated restaurant with exceptional ambience. Will definitely come back.

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WillT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing meal as usual and great service. Beautiful, pretty quite and outstanding service.

MN
vipMizNela
New England
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

It was better than ever, thanks to the fact that they removed a ton of the tables. Before you felt crammed in there and the noise level was deafening. Now it's an absolute pleasure.

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Travelinqueen
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food4service5ambience3

We had a reservation for 7PM at the bar & was seated immediately. Our server was very helpful as I asked for his recommendations. We miss not having our Oysters served on the ice trough-with Covid-they were served on a round platter. The ambiance was different but the Oysters were delicious! No rush we were told -we had a very enjoyable evening. We make Scales are MUST go to every time we visit Portland.

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Grace
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I ate at Scales July 3rd and we absolutely loved it. I was a bit apprehensive because we were only able to make a reservation at a bar seat due to making it last minute. But I’m so happy we were seated there. The bartenders were attentive personable and knowledgeable. We had amazing drinks with grapefruit juice tequila and jalapeño, they were outstanding. The oysters were incredible and the steamers were the best we’ve ever had, everything was delicious. The ambiance was perfect and exactly what we wanted! I hope to come back next time I’m in Portland!

MB
MatthewB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valet Parking was great- Service was amazing and the food was even better, great sanitation practices.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Scales is top-Notch.

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NicoleS
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful views. Great food. Good service. Would definitely recommend to others.

DC
DaveC
New England
36 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was phenomenal as usual. The grilled octopus is a must-have! As are the seared scallops.

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KarenH
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s a culinary experience. Everything was delicious.

TS
T10SDME
Anchorage
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

excellent food, non-intrusive competent service, fine waterfront experience, very pricey

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Portlanddiner
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Food (mussel appetizer, halibut w/baby potatoes entree, sorbet dessert) was flavor packed, well cooked, and nicely presented. (4 stars instead of 5 because I only got two very baby potato sliced on my fish - seemed more like a garnish than part of the dish).

Drinks (Valkyrie Cocktail, white wine, coffee) were well executed and paired well with food.

Atmosphere was airy and felt safe (waitress and staff all wore masks) and we felt separated from other tables without feeling alone.

Service was very knowledgeable (I have Gluten and Dairy food restrictions and she knew the menu very well and how I could be accommodated).

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SusanC
New England
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal with everyone honoring safe, social distancing procedures.

LM
vipLoveMaine21
New England
67 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

this is a fun place to go. the clam chowder was excellent. I was disappointed in the pan cooked lobster. Maybe because it was a hard shell lobster and difficult for me to crack the claws-it just wasn't that meaty. Husband had the pot roast which he liked. The service was perfect and we ate indoors because it was a horrid day outside, but we felt safe-tables were far apart and everyone wore masks.

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vipdla911
New England
134 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been here twice since they reopened. The first was the first night and, let's say. the kitchen was getting its legs. The second time was on par with all our experienced before they had to close in March. Excellent!

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Dianna
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Scales, as always, is perfect. The halibut in brown butter is one of my favorite dishes anywhere. Sat at the bar; Brie was wonderful. Great evening!

CF
CherylF
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant with wonderful atmosphere and ambience. You can expect to have a great meal and a wonderful experience.

EC
EdwardC
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

the food and atmosphere was good. The prices were high.

GC
GinaC
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favorite places to dine in Portland. Everything is prepared with impeccable precision.

LL
vipLunchLover
Pittsburgh
21 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In the age of Covid 19, Scales did a really good job not making it feel like we were eating in a hospital cafeteria. The tables were well spaced. but a nice use of planter boxes filled the space and gave it a fuller feeling. This created actual ambiance, as opposed to the "we just moved half of the tables out" feeling of so many restaurants these days. There were no ugly crates filled with disinfecting spray visible, which I appreciated. As always, both the food and the service were beyond compare. Scales never disappoints.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was AMAZING!!

MC
MikeC
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was outstanding, very courteous and professional and helpful in choosing a delicious wine to pair. Food was wonderful as always. The deck seating was great, was the first time we sat out there and felt very much an extension of the restaurant but featured the sounds and scents of the waterfront. Overall exactly what we wanted for a dining experience on our anniversary!

EH
vipElizabethH
Amsterdam
8 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The evening in Scales was truly one of the most remarkable we have had in New England. The food was EXCELLENT, the service friendly, professional and well-informed about the menu as well as wines. In spite of covid restrictions, this place was truly remarkable and will definitely be on our "Do Again" lists for a long time. It's worth the drive from Boston - even if just for dinner!

TK
vipTonyK
New England
56 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our meal was amazing. Everything from The oysters and mussels that we had as appetizers to the Scallops and Halibut entrees and Baked Alaska for dessert. Our waitress Sandra was wonderful. Very attentive and always there when we needed something. Couldn’t have been happier with our overall dining experience. Well recommended.

JS
JimS
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent grilled pacific salmon. My wife’s fried oysters were scrumptious

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vipChris
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I love Scales. Everything was fabulous as usual. It's our favorite restaurant in Portland.

ML
MarcL
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food! Went their for our anniversary and will be going back there for sure!

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