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The Thistle Inn Restaurant

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55 Oak St, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538-1818
207-633-3541
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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Special occasions, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Romantic
Description: The Thistle Inn is the perfect mix of fine cuisine and casual fare. We use...
The Thistle Inn is the perfect mix of fine cuisine and casual fare. We use only the freshest ingredients and everything is home made, including salad dressings, fresh baked breads and desserts. The best way to describe our food is an eclectic mix of American cuisine with a hint of international flavors. We let the availability of local produce and seafood influence the menu.
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  • 114
    Excellent
  • 57
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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The restaurant is one of the (or THE?) best in town. Go at happy hour and get drinks and appetizers at a bargain. And the inn is a great place to stay, year-round.

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 14, 2015
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Boston, MA
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Glastonbury, Connecticut
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80 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had dinner at The Thistle Inn Restaurant after the XMAS holiday. I ordered the Pork Tenderloin and was surprised at the meager amount of food offered. What I ordered was an entree which came with 3 small pieces of meat. The quality was average. My husband had a pub style burger which was a better choice. The remainder of... More 

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Boston, MA
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11 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

The restaurant is one of the (or THE?) best in town. Go at happy hour and get drinks and appetizers at a bargain. And the inn is a great place to stay, year-round.

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Thank cultureobserver
Boothbay, Maine
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015 via mobile

A little expensive. ...but very tasty. I recommend the tater tots with cheese curds, bacon, and duck gravy. ;-)

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Thank Daniel B
New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

We made sure to get there at 5pm for Happy Hour at the bar and enjoyed a lovely cocktail along with delicious food in the lovely cozy bar area.

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Thank Karen C
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289 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015 via mobile

Doilies, lace & grandma's foo-foo kinda place. Fine food, service & atmosphere. But, if you're not a somnambulist, and like at least a little liveliness - then this place will probably put-you-to-sleep.

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Panajachel
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

This is a fantastic little historical inn and pub in Boothbay Harbor, We only frequent it for the happy hour (5-6) and pub grub, but the atmosphere is old alehouse style and still sophisticated. A half boat serves as the bar, and the food is well proportioned. We'll almost always split a burger (they're large) which comes with delicious fries,... More 

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New York
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161 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

When we travel we tend to bar hop and try a lot of places for a drink and app. We really liked the style of the Thistle Inn. The food was good and the Drinks were really good that we stayed longer than anticipated.

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Thank Nosedive225
Boothbay, Maine
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62 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

We ate at Thistle several times in the last couple of weeks. The first time was fabulous. That was before Columbus Day. Last night was not so great. It was the first night of the fall menu. All four meals came out with the wrong sides.We also felt the food was not prepared as well as on our previous visit.... More 

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Leesburg, Virginia
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

A delightful tavern type restaurant with a great and varied menu. Added to list of go back to places, ate there twice!

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Thank Lynda20176
Cape Elizabeth, Maine
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44 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

It has been years since I have visited this Boothbay Harbor institution. I didn't realize that a new owner had purchased it and done a complete remodeling. Although, the charm, from what I remember is no longer there, the new renovation has only improved. The atmosphere is still friendly and inviting. It is a great place to meet the locals.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 55 Oak St, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538-1818
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Mid Coast Maine  >  Boothbay Harbor
  • Phone Number: 207-633-3541

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 7 - 30
  • Cuisine: American, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Romantic

Description

The Thistle Inn is the perfect mix of fine cuisine and casual fare. We use only the freshest ingredients and everything is home made, including salad dressings, fresh baked breads and desserts. The best way to describe our food is an eclectic mix of American cuisine with a hint of international flavors. We let the availability of local produce and seafood influence the menu.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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