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80 Commercial St, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538-1770
207-633-4434
Today
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 75
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  • 78
    Very good
  • 40
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  • 14
    Poor
  • 10
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Nice dinner

We found this restaurant while driving around Boothbay Harbor on a foggy evening. It was a fairly quiet evening and not many tourists (too early in season). The waitress was very attentive. The food was a bit pricey for portion size, but not unexpected. We had a great dinner! Everyone in our party... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
CrystalNPP
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Canton, New York
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Canton, New York
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

We found this restaurant while driving around Boothbay Harbor on a foggy evening. It was a fairly quiet evening and not many tourists (too early in season). The waitress was very attentive. The food was a bit pricey for portion size, but not unexpected. We had a great dinner! Everyone in our party thought the food was great. My husband... More 

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Glenville, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

This was the best lobster bisque I've ever had. Along with the sautéed lobster it was by far one of the best meals I've had on this vacation

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Quaint little restaurant with a great view. Simple menu with interesting twist on basic items. Pesto Mayo on three tier BLT was a bit much, but the lobster bisque is some of the best.

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Trumbull
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87 reviews 87 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Restaurant was 50% full but it took 45 min to get a simple lobster roll & we never got our drink. Waitress was attending every table but ours. Lobster rolls just ok. Had to chase her down for bill which of course included charge for drinks. Never again.

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BSS59, General Manager at Tugboat Inn Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Please accept our apologies for the long wait and delays in your service. Our restaurant was much busier than we had expected on that day and unfortunately we were short handed. We pride ourselves on serving good food, giving timely and attentive service and providing an enjoyable, relaxing experience in our restaurant, and we are... More 

Carmel, Indiana
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51 reviews 51 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Tugboat makes a great lobster bisque. Lot's of lobster flavor. The dinners are also pretty good. The last couple times I ate there I had the scallops and a seafood crepe. Both were well prepared and I would recommend them. It is partially in an old tugboat and right on the bay. A comfortable classic Maine restaurant.

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Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

We had their crab cakes and they were very good. Lots of crabmeat and good seasoning. The rolls were very good, too. The restaurant had a beautiful view of the harbor.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Always get the lobster bisque when we stay at the Tugboat Inn. Food in the restaurant is always good. Not really on the high side $$$ compared to other restaurants we eat at. The restaurant and Inn was closing a week after we stayed and ate there so the beverage selection was limited but not a problem. If you travel... More 

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Byron, Georgia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Ate here the first night of our stay in Boothbay. Food was very good and the atmosphere (being on the bay with great water views) add to the dining experience.

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Jacksonville, Florida
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Have enjoyed dining there for last 2 years during October and the food and service is very good. Also if you are going to Boothbay Harbor after Columbus Day they will be open after many other restaurants are closed for the year. Also stayed at the inn in a room overlooking the harbor - the room was comfortable clean and... More 

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conn
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66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Had lobster bisque, very creamy and thick, a little lacking in taste though. I had hoped to get a few chunks of lobster but didn't. Followed with a lobster roll, smaller serving of tasty lobster in light mayo on a toasted hot dog roll. I expected more lobster for the price. My wife had a juicy burger with fries, again... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 80 Commercial St, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538-1770
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Mid Coast Maine  >  Boothbay Harbor
  • Phone Number: 207-633-4434

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm

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