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Cafe Drydock & Inn
Chicago, Illinois
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12 reviews
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“Lovely Rooms”
Reviewed 25 June 2013

Checking in to your room with the bartender in the restaurant lets you know this is a bit different than your usual hotel stay! What a treat! The rooms are very nice, with different configurations to choose from. Our room had a good sized kitchenette and queen bed. It was very comfortable and quiet. Southwest Harbor is a great location, for those going to Acadia and Bar Harbor. I would highly recommend a stay at this inn. We also ate dinner in the restaurant and it was very good. A very positive experience overall.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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Islandlocal90, Owner at Cafe Drydock & Inn, responded to this review, 28 June 2013
Thank you very much for your review. We do have a bar for a front desk and it surprises many people. We are a step back in time as well as the town. All are rooms are all modern and updated including free WIFI and flat screen TV, and air conditioning. There are 1600 year round residents in this community and our hotel is open 365 days a year with the restaurant only open from May to October. I am glad you were able to dine with us. Thanks again for your review.
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West Rondout, NY
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Reviewed 24 May 2013

The restaurant offers a variety of excellent dishes expertly prepared. The service and atmosphere are first class and make you want to return, which we have on many occasions. The rooms are beautifully appointed and comfortable, reminiscent of accommodations in major cities without the hassles of an urban environment. If you haven't visited the Cafe Drydock & Inn in Southwest Harbor, you haven't lived.

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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled on business
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Islandlocal90, Owner at Cafe Drydock & Inn, responded to this review, 28 May 2013
Thank you very much for your review. We are glad everything went well for food and lodging. This year we have a mostly new staff and are busy getting them trained up for the up coming season. We haven't had the restaurant open a week yet, but our kitchen staff has been with us a long time and will be here throughout the season. I have been meeting with distributors and procuring the best seafood from local sources. I have contacted local fishermen to ensure we have an abundant supply of fresh products off the boat and to the table. Myself and two of our chefs completed "Safe Server" and now are certified in this mandatory course on food handling and safety. There is always room for improvement and we try to stay on top of any changes in the industry. Thanks again for your review. We now enter our 27th year with this restaurant.
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San Diego, California
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Reviewed 11 November 2012

ThIs review is for the restaurant.

We went here at the end of season so it was difficult finding an open restaurant for lunch. When we saw the "open" sign we pulled over right away! Getting into this restaurant was a challenge. There are 3 doors, and the one you're actually supposed to use needs to be yanked really hard. I'll admit we never figured it out. A customer saw we were having trouble and helped us out. Once we got in we were sat right away. It was nice and warm inside and our server was good enough.

We made our lunch a shellfish extravaganza! We had so much trouble deciding what to get and then our server reminded us we had another menu full of specials. Oh goodness it was difficult. We ended up getting mussels, clam chowder and oysters. The clam chowder was gooood. It was thick and flavorful and had a ton of big clams is it. The mussels was a huge dish, my eyes got a little bigger when she brought them out. We had a lot of fun eating every single one of them. We both thought the sauce was unlike any other mussel dish we'd had but it was still tasty. I just wish we had gotten some bread to lap up the sauce. Our server disappeared while we were eating so I never got the chance to ask. Oh well. The oysters were delicious as well. I forgot what kind we got, we asked our server and took her suggestion. They were sweet, slimy and fresh. Very memorable.

When we tell people about our trip, we always mentioned this place. I'm a sucker for shellfish and this was some of the best I've had. Would recommend this place 100%

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Islandlocal90, Owner at Cafe Drydock & Inn, responded to this review, 14 November 2012
Thank for visiting us and the great review. Our clam chowder is one of the best on the island as we have been making it for over 25 years. The secret to it is the cooks on our staff that make it. They are dedicated and do a great job. Our mussels come directly from the harvesters and we pick the up fresh from the bay every few days. We buy only enough to last about 3 days to ensure their quality. The oysters are also done this way. Both the oysters and mussels come from waters sourrounding the island so their is very little distance from the water to the table. Thats what makes great seafood. We have two different oysters, Tauton Bay and Blue Hill Bay oysters. Thank you again for your visit.
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Rockland, Maine, United States
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Reviewed 8 October 2012

I have been attending the Arcadia Octoberfest for 17 years and always have stayed in Bar Harbor, this time I decided to venture out and stay in southwest Harbor,man what have I been missing out on! The Dry Dock Inn and Restaurant is awsoume, the menue is great and the food is even beeter, we have eaten dinner all three nights of our stay and the food was wonderfull has well has the service,top noch. The inn was just has incredible,very nice and comfortable, and the owners/ inn keepers were wonderfull. all in all a vey nice experiance,and thats what its all about ,the experiance ! We will be returing to this gem year after year. ! Hats off to the owners and staff,they have it all down

Room Tip: choose any room they are all great, we stayed in room #3 it was wonderfull,but I hear room 31 IS A G...
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled on business
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Islandlocal90, Owner at Cafe Drydock & Inn, responded to this review, 14 November 2012
Thank you for your review. We are glad you enjoyed your time with us. I spent 7 hours at the entrance to Octoberfest greeting people and checking passes. It is a great event and the last good time before cold weather sets in and most of us close our doors for the season. The restuarant closed the 27th of Oct.but the inn remains open 365 days a year. We are already planning next years Octoberfest and have been meeting with the beer represenatives. My wife not only works on our restaurant and inn, but also is the finance officer for the local chamber of commerce. She is in meetings today with them and wears many hats in our small town. Thank you again for your great review.
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Traverse City, Michigan
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Reviewed 26 September 2012

Stayed 3 nights. The room/suite was very nice though a little unusual with the toilet/shower situation. It needs some more towels bars or hooks and or a shelf for toiletries or hanging a toiletry bag.We never met the owners but when we encountered a problem(burned out lights or more soap) the staff was helpful. Location is great as everything in town is walking distance. It would have been very quiet but our bedroom was just above a motor/blower (maybe the restaurant refrigeration unit) that ran all night long. Earplugs will mostly take care of this. All in all it was a very nice place and great location. Sure beats downtown Bar Harbor.

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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 28 June 2012

Pros: Comfortable, spacious, very attractively decorated. Friendly owners, gracious staff, good location.

Cons: No parking (or instructions on where to park), and not great on housekeeping details-- missing soap in bathroom, no spoons or bowls in kitchenette.

Overall, a nice place to stay for a couple nights in Southwest Harbor.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Southwest Harbor, Maine
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Reviewed 9 February 2012

As a local business leader, I rely on the Cafe Dry Dock to provide rooms for clients and other visitors to stay. I am pleased to say that everyone I have had stay in one room or another at Cafe Dry Dock has had a great experience there. It is important for me to know that their experience is good while they are here on business. Thanks to Marty and John for keeping a clean, fresh and relaxing place for my clients to stay in!

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled on business
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Property: Cafe Drydock & Inn
Address: 357 Main St, Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04679-4404
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Region: United States > Maine > DownEast and Acadia Maine > Mount Desert Island > Southwest Harbor
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Southwest Harbor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Cafe Drydock & Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Come and experience the timeless charm of a coastal Maine village.  A pleasant walk brings you to the docks, boatyards, and Coast Guard Station of this working harbor. On the opposite shore lies Manset, home of the world famous Hinckley Boatyard. There are many beautiful mountain top or seaside walks on the quiet side of Acadia National Park.  Ship Harbor, Wonderland, and Beech Mountain are but a few sights to see.  Cafe Drydock and Inn is located opposite the Village Green in the center of Southwest Harbor.  You will be within a five minute drive to many activities, including sailing, canoeing, golfing, swimming and biking.  Make Cafe Drydock and Inn your comfortable accommodations while experiencing your island adventures.We have 8 rooms and are not a bed and breakfast but a small inn. ... more   less 
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