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The Thistle Inn Restaurant

55 Oak St, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538-1818
+1 207-633-3541
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good27%
  • Average7%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
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American, Bar, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
55 Oak St, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538-1818
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Reviewed 12 April 2016

I have visited Boothbay many many times. I've always wanted to stay and eat at The Thistle Inn. Last year we stopped in for a drink and to check out the bar and restaurant. The beers were good and the service was fine. Granted there...More

Thank MRM M
Reviewed 23 March 2016

We have been to the Thistle Inn Restaurant many times and can always count on superb food being served. The bread basket is full of goodies, the salads are delicious and the meats and fish are perfectly rendered. The service is good, not great. We...More

Thank qartet
Reviewed 19 February 2016 via mobile

My wife and I, along with our daughter's mother in law, visited and dined at The Thistle again, same time roughly as last year. Gotta say that this cozy friendly place has become our favorite when staying at a nearby summer home. We knew happy...More

Thank 290JohnT290
Reviewed 13 January 2016

We had dinner at The Thistle Inn Restaurant after the XMAS holiday. I ordered the Pork Tenderloin and was surprised at the meager amount of food offered. What I ordered was an entree which came with 3 small pieces of meat. The quality was average....More

Thank Retired662013
Reviewed 14 November 2015

The restaurant is one of the (or THE?) best in town. Go at happy hour and get drinks and appetizers at a bargain. And the inn is a great place to stay, year-round.

Thank cultureobserver
Reviewed 7 November 2015 via mobile

A little expensive. ...but very tasty. I recommend the tater tots with cheese curds, bacon, and duck gravy. ;-)

Thank Daniel B
Reviewed 19 October 2015

We made sure to get there at 5pm for Happy Hour at the bar and enjoyed a lovely cocktail along with delicious food in the lovely cozy bar area.

Thank Karen C
Reviewed 15 October 2015 via mobile

Doilies, lace & grandma's foo-foo kinda place. Fine food, service & atmosphere. But, if you're not a somnambulist, and like at least a little liveliness - then this place will probably put-you-to-sleep.

1  Thank GrodTzu
Reviewed 15 October 2015

This is a fantastic little historical inn and pub in Boothbay Harbor, We only frequent it for the happy hour (5-6) and pub grub, but the atmosphere is old alehouse style and still sophisticated. A half boat serves as the bar, and the food is...More

Thank panajef
Reviewed 14 October 2015

When we travel we tend to bar hop and try a lot of places for a drink and app. We really liked the style of the Thistle Inn. The food was good and the Drinks were really good that we stayed longer than anticipated.

Thank Nosedive225
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21 July 2016|
Response from 290JohnT290 | Reviewed this property |
Should be on its website.
9 July 2016|
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Response from SovereignSage | Reviewed this property |
Sadly, it is all closed until someone leases it. Would be a great turn key for manager who knows how to treat staff well.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$30
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
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
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A piece of authentic Maine history, The Thistle Inn still stands as a place to gather and celebrate what makes life all the more worth living: great food, great company, and a home away from home. Originally built in 1861 for a prominent sea captain, our restaurant and Inn embody the unique period character of Maine’s past, with updated fixtures for modern comfort. From our seaside favorites to our world-class wine list, our menu is an exploration of classic coastal cuisine prepared with nature’s freshest ingredients. Guests looking to extend their visit will find six different lodging options at their fingertips, and the best of Boothbay Harbor just a short walk from their quarters. Whether it’s a meal that brings you to us, or an escape to our quaint Inn, we invite you to relax, stay awhile, and soak up some true downeast hospitality.
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