Scales

4.7
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1367 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!
What 1367 people are saying
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TraceyPW
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Scales food is delicious! Varied menu. Something for every foodie. There is freshk local seafood, oysters and salad greens are crisp. The booths are cozy for up to 6 people but there are lots of tables in the great room area, which can lead to high noise level and difficult to have conversations if there are more than 4 people at your table. The bar area is really comfortable and I love to go early to have a cocktail before seating. Their bar has all the high end liquors and the tequila selection is awesome!

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OpenTable Diner
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing fo

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vipDavid1225
New England
27 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best seafood restaurant in Portland right now. Completely reliable, fun atmosphere. Reserve early! And don't forget to go to Eventide, too. A more casual Portland seafood eatery with a much bigger selection of Oysters.

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ElizabethB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Freshest fish! Beautiful restaurant and delicious food! Service was excellent

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Scales never disappoints

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Meredith
New England
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Scales is a fun, upscale dining experience! The food is high quality and delicious! Also, beautifully plated. I would highly recommend!

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FayeW
New England
11 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Had great good and wine list. Wide open seating so the noise level was high.

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BenjaminB
New England
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of the top three restaurants in Portland, Maine, in my opinion. Or maybe the best. The food is exceptional, but so is the service and ambiance.

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Lulu
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful evening to celebrate my two sons birthdays and nephew’s engagement. Great three hours well-paced with appetizers, meals, deserts. A really enjoyable experience! Thank you to Sandra, our waitress. Terrific!

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LizaD
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love Scales! Great NA beer, and loved the beet salad and monkfish

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

49th Anniversary 03/06/2020
We had an exceptional experience. The entire staff starting with the valet parking were fantastic. My wife prefers more simple fare and was anxious about the menu choices. We were quite pleased with how the staff completely made her comfortable and served her some great dishes.

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vipSALT
New England
41 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Food and atmosphere were very nice. Our server albeit friendly was not in synchronized with our table. For a $200+ dinner we felt rushed as timing and delivery of food was scattered.... My wife was still eating and she cleared the table and offered desert to the rest of us - actually this was rude.... overall nice high end restaurant, they need to train their staff to be high end and more professional

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vipCutisNP
New England
21 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing...hidden away on the waterfront..excellent service and food! Fast easy valet parking.

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Chica
New England
16 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, new preparations , beautifully presented in an exciting environment on the waterfront

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AM73
New England
26 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great atmosphere in an unique ocean pier setting. Food was delicious but pricey. After being seated, given water and menus, we were left unattended so it was necessary to hail a waitstaff, not ours, to get a cocktail and then had another lengthy wait until the beverages arrived. Over all, an enjoyable evening.

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JeannaL
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Weekend away

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PatrickA
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the best seafood restaurant I’ve experienced in all of New England. The food is so delicious, the staff is professional and efficient, and it’s in a very cool building with great decor. I can’t wait to go back there again!

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MatthewM
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service drinks oysters food presentation all world-class! Such an outstanding experience overall.

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DebH
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic room and food. Portions were satisfying and cooked perfectly.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great spot worth visiting. Large and loud so be warned not a romantic destination. Food excellent, service on-point. Excellent seafood focused destination.

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LisaC
New England
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great restaurant right on the water! Lively atmosphere and good food.

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ElizabethH
New England
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Our three main courses were way over-priced considering the quality and quantity. One of our party had serious GI problems after the meal. Oysters were delicious. Service was good.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant. Highly recommended

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BarbaraC
New England
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere. Waiter knowledgable, professional, food exquisite

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PeterM
New England
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great.. the timing between courses good and the waitress pleasant & just the right amount of attention. The table for two just a bit small for my liking. A nice option to use valet parking which is a plus.

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vipSuperb
New England
38 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my go to restaurant for seafood. I’ve never had a bad meal or poor service. The dining room is vibrant and comfortable. Clam chowder and fried clam plate are my favs.

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pruss
New England
8 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a lovely dinner. We never felt hurried and our server was very attentive and thorough. Food was very good though scallops were a a bit over cooked and rubbery. Would love to see more plant-based options for entrees. Thank you.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The whole package...family night out. Good for everyone.

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vipRandyR
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Very nice time.

As a way for you to improve:
We felt the pressure to leave after the food was eaten.
Work on a better approach in asking the guests to clear the table while we were talking. Their are smoother ways to interrupt and ask for help or just clear somethings and the rest after we leave.

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KalynS
New England
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such an amazing spot! The ambiance inside is very cool and modern and the food was truly amazing. Perfect birthday dinner spot!

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HeidiD
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mind blowing and delicious food. Amazing waitstaff and runners. Thoughtful birthday touches from beginning to end. We will be back.

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karruka
New England
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My fiancé and I ate perfect briny oysters... they needed no more than a squeeze of lemon. We shared an endive and stilton salad which we totally enjoyed. Our main meals were also delicious... with everything accompanied by a good and reasonably priced bottle of Prosecco. Our server was personable and attentive without being officious. All in all... a wonderful experience. Recommended highly.

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Char
New England
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service & food! Be certain to make a reservation.

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MeganB
New England
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Scales was a great experience! The Happy Hour $1 oysters were fantastic and a great deal for locally sourced varieties. Had the halibut cheeks (nice pairing with the cured ham) , New England cornbread (honey butter was amazing), and cod croquettes to start. My wife had the seared scallops (big portion for scallops, sauce could have been lighter) and I have the endive salad (very fresh and dressing was delicious) and tuna tartare (extremely fresh and flavorful but the sauce was overwhelming). Altogether it was a great meal, the service (Bree helped us at the bar and Aidan served our meal) was top-notch and very friendly, and we would go back again.

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vipDTDTDT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was good. I think the 2 top table is kind of dinky for a place like that. You have multiple plates, multiple water glasses, wine glasses, a wine bottle etc, that table is too small. Not really a complaint though. The place has good food and the wait staff understand the menu options and what is in each dish.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding dining experience in every way.

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vipAnonymous
New England
181 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Many thanks to the staff at Scales for an incredible end to a long weekend. Our server was amazing, and the food was really great. Everywhere we went all day, servers told us they eat at Scales and love it. That says a lot in a food town.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our second time going to Scales. We’ve had amazing food and service both times.

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vipLucyL
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has become one of our favorite restaurants in Maine. It is always busy, so there's a great atmosphere. and the food is phenomenal. Can't wait to go back!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The place was hopping. Good vibe and atmosphere. Had reservations at 7 and we were seated by 730 ish. The food was very good and our group tried a variety of dishes. Some thoughts....the lobster roll was not that impressive. Would have thought there would be more there, there. Belle isle in Winthrop mass takes the crown! I had the seafood stew. It was good, not great. Not as much to the broth (flavor) as I expected. I wouldn’t usually be as critical, but seafood is their specialty, so the bar is higher. Also had the oysters - top notch! The service was pretty good although my meal arrived 10-15 mins after everyone else’s. I give props to the manager who came over to apologize - I never mentioned it, he did it on his own. All in all, pretty good place. I’d go back as the menu has some other interesting items with trying.

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