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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, Late Night
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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Good for:
Romance
Bar scene
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night

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Visitor rating
  • 86
    Excellent
  • 42
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 8
    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
Most recent review
John and Sue Ross

We went to our favorite restaurant last night with my visiting sister and brother in law from the Boston area. We live here and I think they come more for the trip to the Thistle, than to see us(I'm just saying) we had the best meal ever. My sister had the pub style steak, I had the braised beef... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 25, 2015
Susan R
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North Oaks, Mn.
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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144 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
North Oaks, Mn.
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

We went to our favorite restaurant last night with my visiting sister and brother in law from the Boston area. We live here and I think they come more for the trip to the Thistle, than to see us(I'm just saying) we had the best meal ever. My sister had the pub style steak, I had the braised beef, brother... More 

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East Boothbay, Maine, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

Slow time of the year may well be the best for this time honored, hidden gem in Boothbay Harbor. Ask to see the new and evolving wine list and you will be astounded at the high end quality, and the new desserts are the best kept secrets in town. The service is outstanding, starting with the wonderful Hostess..

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Plymouth, Massachusetts
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

atmoshere,service, excellent menu.Always place this on our place to go for dinner.It is away from the crowds yet a short walk from the harbor. You have to try this at least one time

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San Diego, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

The inside is so cute. The style is very eclectic and funky. You feel like you are in an old ship or something. We had the mussels and special mushroom soup to start and they were fantastic. The food was refined but very laid back. Overall a great spot!

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Cedar Crest, New Mexico
Top Contributor
162 reviews 162 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
367 helpful votes 367 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Perhaps our expectations were set too high. The tone was set by a server who seemed to have served way too many meals and was almost unpleasant as she shuffled through the evening, not making eye contact, not making any specific recommendations ("it all good"). Unfortunately, I lost my notes but do recall that although good, nothing that my husband... More 

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Hagerstown MD
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30 reviews 30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

This was our first visit to this restaurant and it won't be the last. I love fish and chips and order it every chance I get while we are in Maine so I can tell you from lots of great experiences that this was the best fish and chips I've ever eaten. The coating on the fish was light and... More 

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New Jersey
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Lovely bar scene happy hour followed by another delicious meal. Great staff too. Love the decor and coziness of the front dining room.

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Germantown
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41 reviews 41 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

The Thistle Inn has become our regular Sunday evening dinner place on our annual visits to Maine. This year six of us dined together in the back room - a quiet place to visit with friends. We revisited some of our favorites on the menu - the Caprese salad features slices of large heirloom tomatoes, ripe and delicious. The entree... More 

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Harwich Port, Massachusetts
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59 reviews 59 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

This is a place we return to when whenever we are in Boothbay Harbor. We sat in the back dining room, decorated in a wine cellar motif that did not work for me. I prefer the cozier front rooms. The restaurant runs an off-season menu with entrees priced under $20 – a great value given the quality of the food.... More 

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Putnam, Connecticut
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

On a recent weekend in Boothbay Harbor, we had two wonderful meals at the Thistle Inn. The service was impeccable, from the cordial greeting by Mary Lou to the excellent service by our server (sorry, can't remember her name). Ah, the food...wonderful preparation and excellent flavors. And, not to be forgotten, "happy hour" in the Dory Bar, with 1/2 price... 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: Romance, Bar scene, 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?