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XYZ Restaurant

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$$ - $$$
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80 Seawall Rd, end of Bennett Lane, Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04679-4024
+1 207-244-5221
05:30 - 21:00
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Manchester, Maine
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51 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 September 2016

It is certainly worth leaving the beaten path to find this restaurant, for some really good Mexican food. The starters we tried were very good--the queso fundido w/ chorizo and the spicy pepper strips in cream were very good, and the shrimp cocktail with avocado was excellent. Both the pork and beef entrees (including 'gato viejo' and 'cochinita') were very... More 

Thank Sara K
Wilton, Connecticut
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22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2016

Some of us loved it, some were horrified. The restaurant wasn't at fault and they tried their best to accommodate the non-spice eaters in our party, without success. The beef dishes were amazing, the appetizers great. Could take a pass on the oxtail next time - the shrimp were delicious. Maybe not a kid place, but the people were helpful.

Thank Buck B
mexveritas, Owner at XYZ Restaurant, responded to this review

XYZ is a Mexican restaurant serving Mexican food. If one is horrified by Mexican food then please do not come to a Mexican restaurant. There are of course options for the spice adverse but this diner dismissed them all, was condescending, and extremely rude. More 

Bar Harbor, Maine
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225 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 330 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 August 2016

I don't ever order a margarita in a restaurant except at XYZ; everywhere else they taste artificial and full of syrupy mixer. The food is fresh and fine and there is always the option to opt for the comfort of a tried and true favorite like the conchinitas or an especial de la noche. Finish with an XYZ pie? Si... More 

Thank Tellurian
New York City, New York
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71 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 August 2016

Depending on what how you lean, you'll either like this place a lot or just find it okay. The queso fundido, for example, is mostly chorizo, not mostly cheese. So if you like that, you'll love the queso fundido. Really nice presentation of dishes. A lot of thought goes into what the plate looks like. Main dishes vary.

Thank profcritic1
mexveritas, Owner at XYZ Restaurant, responded to this review

ah the queso fundido, our most popular appetizer for 23 years, We make 50 lbs of chorizo every week. While yes it is true that in Mexico,queso fundido is about the cheese one should also bear in mind that the cheese available here in the states does not come close to the quality of cheese that we use in Mexico.... More 

Sandwich, Massachusetts
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2016

Food was wonderful! Drinks Fantastic! Service was Fabulous! One thing to remember, this is Yucatan, not Tex Mex. Don't expect Salsa and Chips, but do expect a great margarita! You need reservations.

Thank Erin R
Southwest Harbor, Maine
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133 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2016

This is a must go place to go when I have some time in SW Harbor. Been around forever and the owner really gets what she tries to do there right. Not a huge menu but that's OK because there is still a lot of different choices for your tastes. AND the house Margaritas are damned good and if you... More 

Thank DalenM782
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 22 August 2016

If you're looking for chips and salsa - not going to find it here. But you will find great margaritas and authentic interior Mexican cuisine. Loved the mole rojo, pork dishes and chilled avocado soup.

Thank Linda B
Level Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

Large gatherings or just a romantic evening the restaurant has great energy! The margaritas are amazing and the XYZ pie is the final touch To a fun yummy meal!!!

Thank Ali K
New York City, New York
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2016

The owners of XYZ have put a lot of effort into creating authentic Mexican dishes and you'll be rewarded by their efforts. Forget your guacamole and chips and savor their unique menu. The place is always packed, reservations necessary and the food is amazing.

Thank Professor_Court
A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 10 August 2016 via mobile

We went in with high hopes, but disappointed. The regulars were given special treatment, but we were not. The food was mediocre and we won't be back.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$30
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
05:30 - 21:00
05:30 - 21:00
05:30 - 21:00
05:30 - 21:00
05:30 - 21:00
05:30 - 21:00
05:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 80 Seawall Rd, end of Bennett Lane, Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04679-4024
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  DownEast and Acadia Maine  >  Mount Desert Island  >  Southwest Harbor
  • Phone Number: +1 207-244-5221

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?