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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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Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
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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  • 91
    Excellent
  • 49
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
HIDDEN GEM!!

I have wanted to eat at this restaurant for a long time, but each time we are in Boothbay Harbor the restaurant is full. Well, this visit we made it and am I glad. The food was excellent, wait staff friendly and attentive and the food was delicious. I got the shrimp, my husband got the grilled... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 7, 2015
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Beverly, Massachusetts
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
  • Bar scene
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English first
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

We visited on a Wednesday night at about 8 pm and waited at our table for 30 min for someone to bring us drinks! We contemplated getting up and walking out but decided to stay. Despite the terribly slow service and mosquitoes, the food was great!

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North Easton, Massachusetts
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33 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We just wanted a light meal around six pm, it was our last night in the area and we had looked at this place several times but the parking areas were always full. However, on this evening, parking was not an issue so we thought we'd give the place a try. The pub is quite small and when we walked... More 

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Beverly, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

I have wanted to eat at this restaurant for a long time, but each time we are in Boothbay Harbor the restaurant is full. Well, this visit we made it and am I glad. The food was excellent, wait staff friendly and attentive and the food was delicious. I got the shrimp, my husband got the grilled scallops. They came... More 

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Old Saybrook
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Excellent food and friendly staff. Rustic and charming atmosphere. For seafood and meat eaters alike.

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Oceanside, New York
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16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

After a horrible experience at the Inn at Cuckolds Lighthouse we went to the Thistle Inn Restaurant based on a recommendation. The Inn is in a charming 19th century house, lots of wood beams and low ceilings. We ate outside where the service was lovely, and everyone took an interest in our well being after what had happened to us.... More 

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Boothbay, Maine
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

The Thistle has a great bar, with an excellent pub menu and a great dining room(s) with excellent dinners. The ambiance is great and the staff very friendly. The chef is very creative and I highly recommend them !!

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Cosby, Tennessee
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 198 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

We have been regular visitors to this idealic quaint village for the last 15 years. We decided to try the Thistle for the first time this year based on the good reviews on TA. The food was pretty good. The service lacked basic menu knowledge. We started with a shared order of the chef's mussel preparation of the day. Excellent... More 

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7 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Haven't eaten there in a while but when we did it was great. I think they got a new chef since so I don't know how it is now.

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Garland, Texas
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96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Have not eaten here since 2002 but not sure why we skipped it. Food such as the Mussels was very good and had very good desserts and friendly wait staff. You can order off the Dinner menu as well as the pub menu for those who desire a little less food.

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Nashua, NH
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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Whether you choose to eat in the restaurant or in their Dory Pub, you will be blown away by the everything-atmosphere, attentive wait staff, incredible food-the whole package in the heart of Boothbay Harbor. You must treat yourself to a relaxing dinner experience you won't forget!

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Additional Information about The Thistle Inn Restaurant

Address: 55 Oak St, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538-1818
Phone Number: 207-633-3541
Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Mid Coast Maine  >  Boothbay Harbor
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
Average Prices: USD 7 - 30
Cuisine: American

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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

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?