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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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great food and service

Over all great food. The service was good. I was not crazy about the dish I ordered. It was cooked correctly, but I just was not crazy about the spices. Not their fault. We had some good laughs and a good bottle of wine. Nothing better than sharing a meal with great friends. The atmosphere was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 3, 2015
Lo3rn
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Bangor, Maine
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
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Montreal, Canada
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117 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Their menu is apparently influenced by South America cuisine and contains some exotic selections. Risotto Latino was the only dish we liked. We tried the coconut salmon, but it was overly sour with lemon juice to a point that we did not even taste a hint of coconut in the dish. The shrimp dish which I forget the name about... More 

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Halifax, Canada
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23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Good quality food. Piano player was a nice touch. Decent wine list. It was in an odd location so know where you are going.

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Bangor, Maine
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127 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Over all great food. The service was good. I was not crazy about the dish I ordered. It was cooked correctly, but I just was not crazy about the spices. Not their fault. We had some good laughs and a good bottle of wine. Nothing better than sharing a meal with great friends. The atmosphere was perfect for a fairly... More 

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Newport, Maine
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

From a great goat cheese salad, to perfectly cooked duck breast, and Argentine wines by the glass to just right service, Thistles is an excellent place to eat.

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Bangor, United States
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35 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

I have gone to this restaurant over the years for special occasions and it is always consistently a great dining experience with a variety of menu items that seems to have an emphasis on South Amercan cuisine. If you want a quiet restaurant with high quality food and service you won't be disappointed.

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bangor, me
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44 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 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
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42 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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
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57 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 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
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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47 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 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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Additional Information about Thistles Restaurant

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

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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