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McKay's Public House

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231 Main St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1744
+1 207-288-2002
17:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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American in Bogota
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400 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 207 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Of 4 dinners in Bar Harbor this was the best we tried. Definitely good quality food, creatively prepared, very tasty, nice ambience, upscale but not stuffy at all. We were adults and kids and everybody was happy with their food. I would definitely go back.

Thank ChiquiMonster
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10 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great food fish and chips were amazing, beer and wine list A+. Would have given them 5 stars but the service was poor, food came out scattered and one person in our party didn't get their dinner until everyone had had theirs for at least 10min. They also forgot one appetizer, with no apology.

Thank Nawal D
Brookline, Massachusetts
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31 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I am in Ba-haba in February, - deep winter. I am on assignment at the JAXLABS on Biz. The island is beautiful in winter and we are snowed in. It is very difficult to find a restaurant open at his time of year. If you are also trying - CALL AHEAD. Many of the reviews in TripAdvisor say the restaurant... More 

Thank awaterguy
Wayland, Massachusetts
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77 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Coq au vin pour moi. Seafood risotto for da wife. 2 seafood pesos for others. A really good rioja. Mixed berry torte with vanilla ice cream was the only thing not outstanding, merely very good.

Thank ScooterM52
Charlottesville, VA, United States
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58 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We felt that the food, the service, and the outside seating were all very good. Bar Harbor has so many dining options that it is difficult to compare, but we enjoyed our experience here very much.

Thank Dennis H
Marblehead, Massachusetts
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449 reviews
245 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

We ate dinner - twice- at McKay's on recent January nights. The food is so good and the service is excellent. Cozy and warm with the fireplace going, the old house is very charming. Love it no matter the season!

Thank smthibs
Montreal, Canada
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107 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

This is a cosy restaurant/pub with smallish dining rooms, our one with a fireplace and thankfully the restaurant is open through the winter months. We took a night off from the wine list, opting instead for the delicious Maine brew of Runabout beer. We shared a McKay's large salad as a starter, greens with hazelnuts, sliced apple, raisins and Cashel... More 

Thank hurlp
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

Great food and service in a beautiful old building. We liked the fact that there are many small rooms for dining, rather than just one, large open area.

Thank Nancy C
Lunenburg, Massachusetts
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104 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

I am someone who has a wide palate and this place shut it down quick...except for the pretzels appetizers. First of all, the beet salad had goat cheese (marked as chevre...a word I need to memorize), and that's one cheese I am not fond of but it was "okay". . The pesto was lousy. Not a scrap of pesto flavor... More 

Thank Bowtiebiker
Trenton, Maine
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45 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

Wonderful place which actually stays open during the winter and serves until 9.30pm. Comfortable warm seating. I had 1/2 a beet salad and EXCELLENT broiled scallops-it was a perfect meal! There is an extensive beer and wine menu boasting some really unusual draft beers and ciders. Funny, kind, and patient with our food enquiries, our waiter was great. A great... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Seafood
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 231 Main St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1744
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  DownEast and Acadia Maine  >  Mount Desert Island  >  Bar Harbor
  • Phone Number: +1 207-288-2002

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