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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: Late Night, 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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  • 97
    Excellent
  • 51
    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
War reception and attention to detail in arranging the rooms.

FABULOUS scallops and halibut plus the warn chocolate shortcake!!! Terrific service from Giovanni and the staff as well as the extraordinary chef, Nick.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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Dallas, Texas
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Romantic
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
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Dallas, Texas
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

FABULOUS scallops and halibut plus the warn chocolate shortcake!!! Terrific service from Giovanni and the staff as well as the extraordinary chef, Nick.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Boothbay Harbor may be a touristy Maine town, but the Thistle Inn is far from a touristy restaurant. The food is uniformly excellent, well presented, and served by a top notch staff. Among the favorites from dinner - a lobster/oyster appetizer that was amazing; excellent halibut and salmon; a fantastic seafood medley with angel hair (though light on the lobster);... More 

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Hallowell, Maine
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

We were headed to a concert at the Boothbay Opera House last Saturday evening and decided to give The Thistle Inn just around the corner a try. There was a table for two outside which is what we were hoping for. The deck was pleasant, but there was a hubbub about the place. Our server, Lisa, gave us a heads... More 

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Boston
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Stumbled on this place looking for a late dinner and got a nice table outside. Ordered from the pub menu and got the 12 hour brisket sandwich. My husband loved it so much went back the next night, crab cakes were delicious as were the pork tacos!!! Great service with a generous martini! A+

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Oneida, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

The food was absolutely delicious. The presentation was excellent, and the drinks were not short on alcohol.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Really great food, excellently prepared and presented, a real 'fine dining' experience in Boothbay. Try and eat outside on the deck. Would have scored a 5 but let down by table service quality (though we may have been unlucky with our waiter)

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Bonita Springs, Florida
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

We knew about the restaurant and wanted to take friends that were visiting on a Saturday evening....our waiter Geo was a delight and explained the specials as we had are cocktails...we lingered before ordering never felt rushed. The blueberry grilled chicken and charturie appetizer and rib eye were the table favorites. What a historic place to enjoy a evening with... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

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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34 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 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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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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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: Bar scene, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions

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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?