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The Thirsty Whale Tavern

40 Cottage St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1833
+1 207-288-9335
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good37%
  • Average11%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“whale salad” (51 reviews)
“chowder” (156 reviews)
“lobster roll” (306 reviews)
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American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Deli, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
40 Cottage St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1833
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Best meal in Bar Harbor!! Blackened haddock salad with sweet cream dressing was unbelievably great!! A MUST!!

Thank Laura H
Reviewed 3 days ago

We stopped in late afternoon after a day of Acadia sight-seeing. The staff were nice, but tired. We were on vacation and hoping for a chatty fun bartender and patrons. Our visit was low key, messaged "tired", and while friendly, nothing we needed to rush...More

Thank HornsAndTail
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This was my second trip to The Thirsty Whale and while my first one was fine, this one would have put Captain Ahab in a particularly dark mood! I won’t say my experience was terrible but I can’t say it is good either. I would...More

1  Thank Douglas A
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We had a late lunch at the packed Thirsty Whale. We both had the lobster roll. It was wonderful!! We also shared a cub of clam chowder (very good and balanced) and cole slaw (good mayo based). This was a fast first meal after arriving...More

Thank ahamernik
Reviewed 4 days ago

We ate at the bar because the tables were filled. I had the Freuben which is a Reuben with haddock instead of corned beef. It was excellent. My companion had a lobster roll which was also excellent.

Thank Jeannie C
Reviewed 5 days ago

We ate at the Thirsty Whale twice when visiting Bar Harbor. It was very busy but Lisa was on it took great care of us. The food is excellent. Never tried Lobster bisque before it was amazing. My husband also loved their burgers. Best restaurant...More

Thank justicebb
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This restaurant was recommended to us by the B & B we were staying at. It was spot on! Great atmosphere. Great prices. Delicious food. Good portions. Good service. The blueberry margaritas were awesome. The chowder was really good.

Thank KLSkillz
Reviewed 6 days ago

After being disappointed at a couple of Bar Harbor restaurants, we needed some comfort food and The Thirsty Whale did the trick! I had the haddock sandwich with onion rings and my husband had a burger and onion rings. All were delicious!! The service was...More

Thank Anne S
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Had dinner here this past Saturday night. We were seated quickly. Waitress was attentive, and friendly. Reasonably priced, good food, large portions. All five of us had different meals and each of them were really good. Would dine here again!

Thank Kirsten M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place feels like your home town bar. Friendly people great service and great food. We went back to this place several times during our trip.

Thank Keisha_HB0216
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24 October 2016|
Response from Heather S | Property representative |
no we are not. I believe the dog and pony and gaylns are.
15 September 2016|
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Response from Heather S | Property representative |
ps. it is perfectly legal for me to have cameras. businesses all over the country have them and I will take my legal advice from my attourney not from the likes of you.
3 September 2016|
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Response from Heather S | Property representative |
I have been running my successful restaurant for over 20 years and unfortunately there are difficult people who you cannot make happy. Your review was not constructive criticism. It was just plain mean. Like I said in my... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$20
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 40 Cottage St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1833
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  DownEast and Acadia Maine  >  Mount Desert Island  >  Bar Harbor
  • Phone Number: +1 207-288-9335
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