Scales

4.8
1975 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 1975 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.8
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Molly
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing meal and excellent service for a birthday dinner. Highly recommend.

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vipPaulaW
Miami
35 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as always ❤️❤️❤️, the food, the place, the ambiance, the service, the value. LOVE Scales Restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience!

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SteveT
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always. So glad they have reopened
Sat at the Bar and great service and felt very safe

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food well worth the price. The atmosphere is fantastic

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steve
New England
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second night open after a little winter break and they were on their game like they never left!

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Reacher
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came from Connecticut and ate here on a recommendation from a neighbor. One of the best meals ever! I can't stop thinking about it. The sauce on the pan roasted lobster was to die for. My husband claims this is the best chowder he has ever had.

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HudsonC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as always. Highly recommend, Scales is my favorite restaurant in Maine.

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MariaE
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing service! The Ambiance and the server was just perfect! They made sure to celebrate my Boyfriend’s BDAY just how i wanted it.

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vipMehh
New England
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Scales is one of the best restaurants in Portland. We have eaten here more times I can count and it’s always fantastic. The food, the staff, the service, the ambiance— always above and beyond. Whether you live here or are just visiting, Scales is a must-go-to spot. You won’t regret it!

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vipPaulaW
Miami
36 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great to be back in our beloved Scales! Everything was great as always! Food, ambiance & service ❤️❤️❤️

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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

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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
3 reviews
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!

FAQs

Scales is rated 4.8 stars by 1975 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.