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175 Exchange St, Ste 26, Bangor, ME 04401-6537
+1 207-945-5480
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: For more than twelve years Thistles has been Bangor's premier...
For more than twelve years Thistles has been Bangor's premier international restaurant. Located on Downtown Exchange Street in the Queen City, our restaurant has always possesed a special ambience but the newly completed rejuvenation in gorgeous modern decor makes us an even more special place to enjoy fine dining. Owned and operated by The Rave family, Thistles provides one of the best dining experiences in town. At Thistles you will be introduced to a superb menu of cuisine that is truly global. Chef Alejandro's culinary talents include the ability to prepare gourmet ethnic dishes from around the world. Great recipes from Argentina, Colombia and other Latin American countries, Germany, Italy, Portugal and Spain are all part of his repertoire of culinary delights. What are you waiting for? An international dining treat awaits all at THISTLES!
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Good for:
Romance
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • 68
    Excellent
  • 31
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Consistently great

We have dined at Thistles many times and are never disappointed. They rely on fresh, quality ingredients and let the food shine. I never get the feeling they're trying to hard or over thinking the process. The service is always great. The option to get half portions of entrees is nice. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 8, 2015
skimaine
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bangor, me
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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118 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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bangor, me
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

We have dined at Thistles many times and are never disappointed. They rely on fresh, quality ingredients and let the food shine. I never get the feeling they're trying to hard or over thinking the process. The service is always great. The option to get half portions of entrees is nice. The beer and wine selection is extensive. On our... More 

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Bangor, Maine, USA
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I go there regularly and it is where I go with clients when I want to be sure they are impressed. Thistles never let's me down

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Maine
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Finding a restaurant that is open during the winter months in Maine is a challenge unto itself. Finding one that serves a quality meal is yet another. Both challenges were satisfied when we booked a reservation at Thistles for a special birthday treat for my wife. From the before dinner drinks, to the shared appetizer, entree, wine, dessert and coffee... More 

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Was skeptical that such an eclectic and extensive menu could actually be executed well. Skepticism GONE! Been here 3 times now (twice this week!) and have yet to have a meal less than fantastic - including the tastes I've "stolen" from my dining partners' plates! :-) Great place for business dinners, special occasions and large groups with diverse and discerning... More 

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Gray, Maine
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42 reviews 42 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

I had purchased a Groupon to Thistles since we knew our son would be attending college in the Bangor area. The Groupon required reservations and thank goodness it did. My husband and I were meeting our son and his best friend for a special dinner. We got to the restaurant a little early but were seated immediately. The boys were... More 

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Bangor, Maine
Top Contributor
97 reviews 97 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

Hard to locate. Once located....it was nice. I had the GRILLED BAVETTE STEAK, Flank steak. it was cooked perfectly. I am a Filet Mignon person...but this was excellent. A little heavy on the sauce...took away from the steak flavor. i would order it again. I'm not NOT not keen on all the weird style food places serve...Thistles is no different.... More 

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Maine
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118 reviews 118 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

My husband and I had a date night Friday night dinner here. He had the rack if lamb- I don't think it was seasoned as well as it could have been. I had a delicious pasta dish. The service was fine, with no delays. The atmosphere was lovely. Dinner for two with one drink for one, a shared dessert abound... More 

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Bangor, Maine
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38 reviews 38 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Perhaps my hopes were too high, but I had heard wonderful things about Thistles. So, I decided to give it a try. The first time I found the food bland and the staff seemed distracted and inattentive. I tried again a year later and found the service had improved greatly, but the food continued to lack much appeal. So, I... More 

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Union, Maine
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

My wife and I went in a date night dinner to Thistles recently and had a very pleasant evening. We ordered two appetizers - grilled avocado salad and lobster caponata crostini. Both were delicious and generous in their portions. We had duck with raspberry mojo and the housr speciality Argentine steak. Both were very good, although the steak was ever... More 

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Meddybemps, Maine
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

This was our second visit to the restaurant and it was excellent, as it was the first time. Food is fresh and prepared perfectly. Menu has many interesting choices. Waiter was very friendly and professional.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 175 Exchange St, Ste 26, Bangor, ME 04401-6537
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Bangor
  • Phone Number: +1 207-945-5480

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

Description

For more than twelve years Thistles has been Bangor's premier international restaurant. Located on Downtown Exchange Street in the Queen City, our restaurant has always possesed a special ambience but the newly completed rejuvenation in gorgeous modern decor makes us an even more special place to enjoy fine dining. Owned and operated by The Rave family, Thistles provides one of the best dining experiences in town. At Thistles you will be introduced to a superb menu of cuisine that is truly global. Chef Alejandro's culinary talents include the ability to prepare gourmet ethnic dishes from around the world. Great recipes from Argentina, Colombia and other Latin American countries, Germany, Italy, Portugal and Spain are all part of his repertoire of culinary delights. What are you waiting for? An international dining treat awaits all at THISTLES!
Open Hours
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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