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The Thistle Inn Restaurant

55 Oak St, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538-1818
+1 207-633-3541
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good27%
  • Average7%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“lemon risotto” (5 reviews)
“cheese curds” (3 reviews)
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American, Bar, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
55 Oak St, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538-1818
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The food is exceptional here, and the staff are incredibly nice and accommodating. Just ask for something like home made bread and it will appear. The pub atmosphere reminded me of Scotland. You can't go wrong here!

Thank jholmgre
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Dined at Thistle Inn on a Monday night in October. We arrived early and and did not have reservations but getting a table was not a problem. Service was very friendly. The atmosphere was romantic. The biggest challenge was deciding what to order from their...More

Thank DocChesapeake
Reviewed 1 week ago

Reservations are suggested as this is a popular and lively restaurant. Dining is on the lower level with a old tavern atmosphere with a fairly high noise level. The server was friendly and very accommodating, and the menu included a variety of specials, including seafood...More

Thank Jim2525
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went here twice during our visit. Knowledgeable servers and great food. They were extremely accommodating to my brother's dietary restrictions.

Thank leccvg
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had our 30th anniversary dinner at Thistle Inn - the food was delicious and the setting was so charming. We'll definitely be back next time we visit Boothbay Harbor.

Thank Maria H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have eaten here several times, and feel that it is by far one of the best restaurants in Boothbay Harbor. The food is both creatively presented and a delight to the palate. The ambiance is especially nice on a cool fall evening with the...More

Thank Linekinlady
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Don't know why we stuck it out except for the undeserved reputation. Two tables near me left rather than continuing to wait for service. Was better back in the day.

Thank JaimeMexico
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The lovely wife and I ate here on our first night in Boothbay and we are glad we did. We shared an arugula salad, which was incredible. We then had baked haddock and lobster paella. Both were awesome, perfectly cooked fish and accompanying rice dishes....More

Thank Dave B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Service was great! The clam chowder was to die for. Interestingly, the crab cakes were thin, but well spiced. Crab cakes, two cups of clam chowder, fish and chips, 4 beers, tip, $70

Thank sbj04769
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We arrived early and despite a vibrant bar crowd, were seated alone in a back room. It was a little weird at first but we arrived early and eventually others were seated. Situated in a very old house, there's lots of character in the surroundings...More

Thank agghopp
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21 July 2016|
Response from 290JohnT290 | Reviewed this property |
Should be on its website.
9 July 2016|
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Response from SovereignSage | Reviewed this property |
Sadly, it is all closed until someone leases it. Would be a great turn key for manager who knows how to treat staff well.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$30
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 55 Oak St, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538-1818
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Mid Coast Maine  >  Boothbay Harbor
  • Phone Number: +1 207-633-3541
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A piece of authentic Maine history, The Thistle Inn still stands as a place to gather and celebrate what makes life all the more worth living: great food, great company, and a home away from home. Originally built in 1861 for a prominent sea captain, our restaurant and Inn embody the unique period character of Maine’s past, with updated fixtures for modern comfort. From our seaside favorites to our world-class wine list, our menu is an exploration of classic coastal cuisine prepared with nature’s freshest ingredients. Guests looking to extend their visit will find six different lodging options at their fingertips, and the best of Boothbay Harbor just a short walk from their quarters. Whether it’s a meal that brings you to us, or an escape to our quaint Inn, we invite you to relax, stay awhile, and soak up some true downeast hospitality.
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