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The Thirsty Whale Tavern

40 Cottage St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1833
+1 207-288-9335
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good38%
  • Average11%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“chowder” (163 reviews)
“whale salad” (46 reviews)
“lobster roll” (275 reviews)
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American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Delicatessen
$$ - $$$
40 Cottage St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1833
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This place is wonderful. Food is great, service is timely. Great local atmosphere. Salad was all fresh. Reuben sandwiches were great. We took 1/2 home!

Thank Jo D
Reviewed 2 days ago

we stopped for drinks and had an appetizer at the bar. service was a little slow and bartender was not very social. We were not disappointed with our food and drink.

Thank 918sue2016
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We arrived in Bar Harbor ready for lunch. After walking through the Main Street we kept walking down a side street and had read ok reviews of TheThirsty Whale. Although I did not want to eat there as it feels more like a bar/pub, we...More

Thank Beth L
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Everything is just good. Service good. Bar food good. Nothing will knock your socks off, but they have a solid burger for those who are several days into their vacation and a bit done with seafood.

Thank Matt594
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Fantastic local place to wet your whistle and grab a bit to eat in Bat Harbor. Many interesting beers on tap. Makes solid cocktails too.

Thank Jennifer M
Reviewed 3 days ago

The food is great. The bartenders are great. The draft selection is great. Just a great place to stop in, hang out, have a lobster roll, have a beer, and just chill out. It does get crowded, and, if you're flexible enough to sit at...More

Thank Mcx-PA
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We were curious about the Thirsty Whale primarily because of the long lines and long waits to get in. We checked a few occasions and there was an hour wait to get into this little pub. What was it about this place that would get...More

Thank Troubledog1
Reviewed 4 days ago

Our dinner experience started out okay. Whale salad (Greek salad) was very good. Lobster roll was nothing to talk about. Server messed up the bar order. It never came. She realized it after she cleared the table. My son, who had ordered the beer, wanted...More

2  Thank Anìta V
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The lobster bisque and lobster roll were delicious and a great price. Small dining area with a bar feel. My kids were happy to look out the window at all of the Bar Harbor tourists walking by.

1  Thank Travelswithkids17
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We seem to be outliers, but did not find the food to be particularly exciting or tasty. The burger and chicken sandwich were mediocre. May have been a different experience if we ordered more exciting food.

Thank ZiplocJ
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Questions & Answers
24 October 2016|
Response from Heather S | Property representative |
no we are not. I believe the dog and pony and gaylns are.
15 September 2016|
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Response from Heather S | Property representative |
if you try had issues to bring to my attention, you could have messaged me here, called my business, looked up my website and emailed me etc. your review was not meant to be constructive critism. it was cruel, injected with... More
3 September 2016|
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Response from Heather S | Property representative |
I have been running my successful restaurant for over 20 years and unfortunately there are difficult people who you cannot make happy. Your review was not constructive criticism. It was just plain mean. Like I said in my... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$20
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, Local cuisine, Kids, 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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