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Thistles Restaurant

175 Exchange St, Ste 26, Bangor, ME 04401-6537
207-945-5480
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Ranked #10 of 160 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
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  • Spanish first
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English first
Alexandria, Virginia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

On the last night of our 10 day vacation to the Canadian Maritime provinces, we arrived in Bangor and wanted a memorable final meal of the trip. Thistle's more than filled the bill. The menu had something for everyone -- from excellently prepared duck to fabulous salmon. The sleek, modern interior was tempered by subtle lighting, the wait staff was... More

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Maine
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

We had dinner at Thistles very recently and thoroughly enjoyed our meal. Our server Heidi was superb and expertly looked after us all evening. My husband and I absolutely had a most relaxing and delicious meal. I had gazpacho for a starter, then we split the empanadas. I had one of the house specialties, Cashew Chicken with apricot sauce. And... More

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Smithfield, Rhode Island
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51 reviews 51 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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
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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
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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
12 restaurant reviews
94 helpful votes 94 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
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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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27 reviews 27 reviews
21 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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