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The Thirsty Whale Tavern

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40 Cottage St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1833
+1 207-288-9335
11:00 - 01:00
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Mon - Sat 11:00 - 01:00
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Stopped in for dinner the other night. Got fried shrimp dinner and fish and chips. Shrimp was ok at best. Fish and chips were better than the shrimp but not amazing

Thank SweetDee11
Chester, United Kingdom
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267 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Great local food and beer choice. Its busy but worth a wait if there is no table - really fresh produce at a good price

Thank drpeterr23
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great chowder and lobster roll. Best of the three lobster rolls I had while in ME. Served with a great quality salad or a large serving of fries. Service was fast and friendly. Beers were expensive and the prices weren’t noted, which I find annoying. Restaurant was busy, with 20-30 minute waits for lunch, and this wasn’t even during the... More 

Thank PensantALaMer
Milan, Italy
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We decided to try the Thirsty Whale Taver during our second day in Bar Harbor as the reviews here on TripAdvisor made it look like a decent choice. We were not disappointed as the food quality was pretty good while the selection in the menu was just in line with most of the places in the area. The positive surprise... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I both had the fish and chips for lunch and it was fantastic! I only order fish and chips at the coastal "hole in the wall" type places. The Thirsty Whale Tavern did not disappoint! Fish was very lightly breaded and so tender, and the fries were superb.

Thank tdmerc
Seattle, Washington
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66 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very crowded on miserable, rainy day. Lobster rolls were excellent. Good beer selection. ALso known for chowder and fish sandwiches.

Thank Marjorie G
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

In town for a conference 10 of us chose this restaurant because of its high Tripadvisor rating. Disappointment reigned. Small terekihi fillets on mashed potato for $29 did not cut the mustard. Neither did the small over priced burgers. Perhaps it was a case of expectations being too high. Setting was good and service ok

Thank 002andliz
Heather S, Owner at The Thirsty Whale Tavern, responded to this review

I'm afraid that you posted your review in the wrong place. We do not serve teriyaki filets or mashed potato. We are a pub with sandwiches. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great company and awesome food. Steak meal was to die for. Sheree our host was fantastic. Very friendly and accommodating. Great evening overall.

Thank georgiemorgan5
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had Wonderful food and service. Our bartender was great in helping us try something new to drink while on our trip. During this time of year not many things were open but the thirsty whale served until 730pm full menu and was open for drinks until 1 am.

Thank Acgier
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Tried the fish sandwich and the lobster roll both were good. Excellent clam chowder. Service was great!

Thank ebogi

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Soups, Delicatessen
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Bar Scene, Cheap Eats, Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 40 Cottage St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1833
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  DownEast and Acadia Maine  >  Mount Desert Island  >  Bar Harbor
  • Phone Number: +1 207-288-9335

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