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Reading Room Restaurant

7 Newport Dr, Bar Harbor Inn, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1898
+1 800-248-3351
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  • Excellent67%
  • Very good18%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“lobster pie” (104 reviews)
“rack of lamb” (51 reviews)
“cioppino” (22 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
7 Newport Dr, Bar Harbor Inn, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1898
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We got the steak and lobster and lobster bisque. It was all delicious. The setting was beautiful and include live piano music. It was a bit expensive but not more than you would expect for this type of restaurant.

Thank Keith S
Reviewed yesterday

On a very rainy day(when it was impossible to walk downtown without being soaked to the bone) the Reading Room restaurant was open for lunch. Normally, only the Open air Terrace restaurant is open for lunch. The service was quite good and the food was...More

Thank maize345
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We went for Dinner at the Reading Room restaurant for our 30th Wedding Anniversary. Phelecia, was our server. Her service was five star! She was friendly and made our dinner one to remember! Thank You Phelecia and the Chef and Staff.

Thank Tammy R
Reviewed 3 days ago

We dined at sunset and the view over the harbor was beautiful. As good as the food. The service is excellent and I didn't want to leave. The hotel/restaurant setting is exquisite

Thank Edward L
Reviewed 3 days ago

Well trained professional staff (unlike many spots here using inexperienced wait staff), scenery is very special, and food was perfectly prepared. Great service, fresh fish, very nice evening.

Thank Eric S
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

My husband and I had a beautiful night at The Reading Room. Service is wonderful, food is delicious, ambience is fantastic. Sometimes I think other reviewers are being ridiculously picky. We are used to eating at fine restaurants, staying at 5 star hotels. You will...More

Thank 356Nancy
Reviewed 6 days ago

Spurred on by generally good reviews, we ate here on our first night in Bar Harbor. While the room had a nice view of the waterfront, it was not matched by the heavy, old-fashioned cooking, which generally lacked flavor and appeal.

Thank healthlaw
Reviewed 6 days ago

Linen tablecloths, piano in background, gracious service, and very good food. The seafood tasted like it was just caught. The Atlantic Halibut was especially good.

Thank Buckthorn5345
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great atmosphere with a wonderful view of bar harbor. Our server Paula was great and very delightful. The filet was very tasty and the beet salad was great. Others in party had lobster pie and they loved it. Great romantic atmosphere with nice piano player....More

Thank Dave P
Reviewed 1 week ago

By location and design this should be a first-class dining experience but we found the service slow and the room noisy. The menu was acceptable but not great but the preparation and presentation were fine. It felt like they were trying for something elegant and...More

Thank Wil S
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Suresh H
14 May 2018|
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Response from MaineFlatlander | Reviewed this property |
I see on the Trip Advisor site, it does say Vegan Friendly, sorry but I am not one to ask for the choices. The staff seem so accommodating to the patrons, so wouldn't hurt to let them know your needs, but do enjoy when you... More
30 August 2017|
Response from dgrlk | Reviewed this property |
No special during high season Im afraid
11 April 2017|
Response from NicoleBHI | Property representative |
Dear jaylsutter65, Please leave a review on our Reading Room Restaurant page as it operates directly with the Oasis Club Lounge. Thank you, Nicole Richardson Sales & Marketing Director
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, View
Open Hours
07:00 - 10:30
17:30 - 21:00
07:00 - 10:30
17:30 - 21:00
07:00 - 10:30
17:30 - 21:00
07:00 - 10:30
17:30 - 21:00
07:00 - 10:30
17:30 - 21:00
07:00 - 10:30
17:30 - 21:00
07:00 - 10:30
17:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7 Newport Dr, Bar Harbor Inn, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1898
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  DownEast and Acadia Maine  >  Mount Desert Island  >  Bar Harbor
  • Phone Number: +1 800-248-3351
  • E-mail
  • This restaurant is at Bar Harbor Inn
Refined pleasures await you in the Reading Room Restaurant. You will enjoy a dining experience where the delicious cuisine and attentive service are surpassed only by the breathtaking ocean view. Our menu includes fresh seafood, choice cuts of meat, daily specials and memorable desserts. Come join us and the nightly live entertainment of grand piano music which provides the perfect ambiance to the fine dining experience. Dinner is served nightly and the dress code is informal.Please note that we are unable to guarantee window tables You can request a window and we will do our very best!
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