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Thistles Restaurant

175 Exchange St, Ste 26, Bangor, ME 04401-6537
207-945-5480
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Ranked #11 of 158 restaurants in Bangor
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Good for: Romance, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
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Good for: Romance, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
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  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Smithfield, Rhode Island
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50 reviews 50 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014 via mobile

Went to Thistles with another couple while vacationing in nearby Ellsworth after purchasing a Groupon. We were looking for a nice night out in town minus their toddler and Thistles was a great choice. Pleasant atmosphere, friendly & attentive service from Holly, plus a sophisticated menu of fusion delights. The French onion soup was very good, as was the seafood... More

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4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

You are guaranteed to have a great meal! The owners are excellent and always friendly. Wine selection is great and staff is knowledgable about pairing the wine with meal. Always a first choice in Bangor!

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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

We have consistently received excellent food and service at Thistles. Whenever we want a sit-down meal, Thistles is our first choice. I wouldn't consider this a family restaurant, although the prices are very reasonable for the quality of the food. Their take-out quality rivals eating in the restaurant, and it reheats well. They also take added precautions with shellfish allergies,... More

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Bangor, Maine, USA
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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I went to Thistles last week with my two adult sons. As always the food and service were top notch. Thistles has long been my favorite restaurant in Bangor.

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Bangor, Maine
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Bangor, Maine is rapidly expanding its dining options, but Thistle's remains a constant as one of the more upscale restaurants in the city. Specializing in Latin American dishes and food and wines of Argentina, the menu has enough variety to satisfy everyone in your party, service is attentive and knowledgeable, and the food is typically well prepared. Maria Rave and... More

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Bangor, Maine
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

My husband surprised me one night with reservations to "Thistles" which is my favorite restaurant Bangor. As usual, the experience was great! I am always happy with the food and the service.

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Bangor, Maine
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25 reviews 25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

Reservations are suggested. We did not have them that night however it was not a problem. Location can be hard to find if you are new to the town. Down the street from the judicial center. Don't expect a romantic view. Staff were friendly, good service, good food. Clean restaurant. There was a musician playing softly that night. Nice for... More

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Bradley, Maine
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014 via mobile

I ordered the French onion soup. It was lacking in every way. I also had the Cuban scallops creole. The asparagus lacked color and was overcooked. The scallops were cooked okay, but the red pepper was overcooked and mushy. Service was ok. They did the best they could with our large party. The bathrooms are dirty and need updating.

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Scarborough, Maine
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 via mobile

They ruined a double birthday celebration with a table of six when a gentleman wanted a fifth beer for dessert. Food was stuck together and overpriced as well. Don't plan a celebration here. Disgusting end to a nice celebration.

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ThistlesRestaurant, Owner at Thistles Restaurant, responded to this review

According to the laws of the state of Maine "it is unlawful to sell or allow consumption of liquor to a visible intoxicated person, or allow an intoxicated person to remain on premise." We follow the laws here at Thistles and as the owner I am very proud of my staff for making the difficult decision of not serving you.... More

Franklin, Tennessee
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16 reviews 16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

My wife and I recently visited Thistles for a Friday evening dinner. We were initially quite pleased with the ability to be seated without a reservation. Our first negative impression was the dated decor. It is "90's" in appearance BUT I must say that it is pleasantly clean and well maintained. The 90's look was complete with a live electric... More

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