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The Thistle Inn Restaurant

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55 Oak St, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538-1818
+1 207-633-3541
17:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

From our experience, the Thistle Inn serves fairly basic entrees (steak tips, haddock, roasted chicken) that are executed very well. I had steak tips, covered in onions, and liked them quite a bit. The building has a lot of character, it definitely captures the rustic, coastal New England, feel very well, something I really enjoy in restaurant ambiance. The building... More 

Thank Spencer J
Montclair, NJ
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24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2017

My wife and I stopped here for breakfast on our way into town. Great little spot. Very popular and friendly place. Service was a little slow but we were in no rush. Coffee and breakfast worth the wait.

Thank RFM3
Harwich Port, Massachusetts
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121 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2017

First visit since ownership changed hands. On a Friday night the place was packed; reservations required to eat at a convenient time. They are serving a winter menu with nearly all dishes under $20. Our meal was excellent in all respects - attentive service and great food. My daughter ordered a salad special with salmon: I had the pork tenderloin... More 

1 Thank Eric G
Pearl River, New York
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30 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

This was our first time to the Thistle Inn. Apparently it has new management. The food and atmosphere were great. The night before we visited, there was a crowd of people waiting outside before they opened. We knew it had to be good...and it was!

Thank Jan C
East Boothbay, Maine, United States
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27 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

The new ownership is spot on now. They had some food timing issues in the launch period, but it appears they have fixed it. The food, service and upbeat vibe is right on.This young couple is doing an excellent job of providing the community with a top rated restaurant in Boothbay Harbor. Quaint, cozy, a varied menu and a new... More 

3 Thank Ernie W
Boothbay Harbor, Maine
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

Thistle Inn and Restaurant is soon to be a new triumph in the community of Boothbay Harbor. The elegant atmosphere and city style dining is not to be missed. The menu offers many local and house favorites that are prepared and cooked to perfection. Some favorites such as the grilled Cesar salad, and french onion soup are delicious. For dinner,... More 

Thank Traveltosucceed
Midcoast Maine
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152 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

Years ago the Thistle Inn was mediocre and that's what I remembered. But very recently it is in the hands of bright young couple and we were told it was excellent. After visiting the Gardens Aglow at the Botanical Garden, we drove to the Thistle. Parked up, of course, and we were glad we had a reservation, for though it... More 

Thank sacrebleu62
Boothbay, ME
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016 via mobile

Having recently changed hands, my wife and I were eager to return to the Thistle. The atmosphere at this restaurant is cozy and unique. We love dining in the pub, and at the Dory Bar, in particular. Bartenders Kathleen and Melissa take great care of patrons, and Melissa's cocktails are top shelf (for me, an Old Fashioned). We shared the... More 

Thank Jon8400
Derry, New Hampshire
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

My wife and I stayed at the Inn. The new owners had just taken over both the inn and the restaurant. Our stay at the inn was comfortable and the dinner was absolutely superb. We had mussels and scallops that were as good as we have ever had. The wine list was extremely good and all the servers were knowledgeable.... More 

Thank George K
Southport, Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

The Thistle Inn Restaurant is under new management/ownership and are getting accolades from locals. We've eaten there three times in the last couple weeks and had great meals every time, They have an excellent dinner menu or you can order from their pub menu (or eat in their pub) - all at reasonable prices. I've had a burger and fries... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$30
American, Bar, Seafood
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
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
The Thistle Inn is the perfect mix of fine cuisine and casual fare. We use only the freshest ingredients and everything is home made, including salad dressings, fresh baked breads and desserts. The best way to describe our food is an eclectic mix of American cuisine with a hint of international flavors. We let the availability of local produce and seafood influence the menu.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?