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Boathouse Bistro Tapas Lounge & Restaurant

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12 By Way, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538-1868
+1 207-633-0400
11:00 - 01:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 01:00
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Not much open at this time of year - but we were very pleased to fine such a welcoming place. Excellent food - delicious chowder, scallops and more - tasty beer and a very friendly host.

Thank mk101
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a great spot. Booth Bay Harbor was a ghost town on March 4th, but this place was open and the food was marvelous. I had a blackened scallop Caesar salad. Hope you make it.

Thank Robert Z
Charlottesville, Virginia
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The manager was very knowledgeable about wines and provided attentive and professional service. Their seafood risottos were very good and the wine list had a great selection. The bar drinks were also good,especially their martinis ! The restaurant atmosphere was very cozy in the winter time but the flying bridge deck is wonderful in the summer time.

Thank william r
Ossining, New York
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103 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not much is open in Boothbay Harbor in February, but the locals all know to head for the Bistro. The place was hopping with happy drinkers and diners. They have some seafood, but the natives went for the pastas and especially the excellent wiener schnitzel. The appetizers were tasty, especially the scallops over a deep blueberry sauce and the mushroom... More 

Thank atravellingman
Mid Coast Maine, Maine
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45 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2017 via mobile

This is our go to spot when we want a fabulous meal. No, it's not on the water and only has a view from the 3rd floor during the summer... but the food makes all that irrelevant. The risotto is amazing, the seafood delicate and fresh, and if you like mushrooms..... the wild mushroom ragout appetizer is a must. I... More 

Thank kingbyriverk
Boothbay, Maine
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34 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

We had a delightful dinner just after Christmas and the quality was great, just like mid-summer. It was a slower night and the owner/manager did a professional job serving while his Austrian wife was chef. He knows his wines and recommended a robust red to pair with our flank steak which as in a pepper sauce. We'll hurry back in... More 

Thank clamcove
Freeport, Maine
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21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

There are plenty of options here, but in my opinion the Risotto is the way to go! There are quite a few options as well as a nightly special. You can get seafood on it, which is key being in Boothbay by the water. The portions are huge and filling so plan accordingly!

Thank Megan S
South Paris, Maine
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76 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

Came in for new years eve, hung at the bar. Bartender was very nice. Nice atmosphere. Karaoke started around 10 and went till 2. Had the chilli and it was good and a good size.

Thank IamSamSamIam
Sanford, ME
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187 reviews
161 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016 via mobile

After n evening visiting the Botanical Gardens SN DuPont advice of our hotel, we stopped by this local haunt and were quite surprised with the good food. We only had a couple of appetizers but both the apple scallops and the spicy chicken quesadilla were excellent. Reasonably priced and good service! Will be back.

Thank CarlGagnon
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128 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

While we enjoyed our dinner here, the atmosphere wasn't what we expected of a "tapas bistro." This was a rambling two-story house (not on the water) with a bar and screened-in porch upstairs. Like everything else in Boothbay Harbor, it felt a bit run-down. The food was good, though. We first tried a lobster cocktail with mango foam, a delightful... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Bar, Seafood, Pub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
View, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 12 By Way, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538-1868
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Mid Coast Maine  >  Boothbay Harbor
  • Phone Number: +1 207-633-0400

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?