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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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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good37%
  • Average11%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“whale salad” (50 reviews)
“chowder” (156 reviews)
“lobster roll” (307 reviews)
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American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Delicatessen, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
40 Cottage St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1833
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Ok it is snowing and totally empty in this town however This little quaint tavern is open. Thankfully! We ordered the clam chowder which was the best I have ever had ..and the lobster roll was amazing! The bread was so fresh and buttery oh...More

Thank Allyson L
Reviewed 1 week ago

best clam chowder hands down. people are very nice in this laid back lil town. they don't meet any strangers. being from the south that was refreshing. will come again.

Thank Katrina P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Friendly staff, good food. Had the veggie burger and wasn't disappointed. The French fries are crispy and delicious and I got seconds of the house dressing for dipping it was so good.

Thank Erin O
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Food was good, service was okay. We had fish and chips, fried shrimp and potato skins. Service was a little slow. Prices seemed fair. Street parking, not sure if there was a lot. We were there at end of season, but it was busy.

Thank JWO55
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great food and drink. Prices are low. They have a nice assortment of beers. Fish is fresh. Burgers are great. Have never been dissappointed.

Thank bdr324
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wonderful atmosphere and tasty food at a very reasonable price....once you get seated. Their policy of having you wait outside is a little unfriendly. I know the place is small but I've never been told to bugger off till a table becomes ready.

Thank paulhM9899NJ
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Food was good, had fish and chips. The fish portion was small, but tasty. Wife had a good burger. Drinks were well mixed with plenty of alcohol.

Thank eastcoastdave
Reviewed 3 November 2017

We were on a cruise and wanted to try a local lobster roll which we had heard so much about. This is a reasonably priced local restaurant that offered this and was a go to place. They did offer other seafood dishes along with regular...More

Thank redcatcec
Reviewed 29 October 2017

Midafternoon lunch was quite nice. Seated quickly. Drink orders taken and delivered asap. Food was a little slow to come but the great craft beers kept us happy. Clam chowder was a little too rich for us - thick and creamy. A little cool. Both...More

Thank John M
Reviewed 26 October 2017 via mobile

The place is very well located near everything in town, the only problem was that there was a 15 to 20 minute wait line and they make you wait outside... it was raining so they should have a waiting room. If you are looking for...More

Thank charloalc
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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 |
ps. it is perfectly legal for me to have cameras. businesses all over the country have them and I will take my legal advice from my attourney not from the likes of you.
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
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
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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