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Boathouse Bistro Tapas Lounge & Restaurant

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French, Spanish, Bistro
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12 By-Way, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538
(207) 633-0400
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11:00 am - 1:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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  • 357
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  • 178
    Very good
  • 43
    Average
  • 16
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  • 15
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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
Nice change of pace

Dinner here was a great mixture of small plates ranging from scallops to duck, an excellent seafood risotto, and well prepared desserts. Service, even on a busy night with a short staff, was top rate. You will not be disappointed.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
chrissrli
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Families with children
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Bar scene
  • Scenic view
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  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
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English first
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

We stopped at the Boathouse Bistro for drinks so we didn't have dinner. The bartender was very nice and when we asked for dinner recommendations (other than the Boathouse) she made several suggestions. We later found out that 2 of the 3 recommendations were sister restaurants of the Boathouse Bistro owner. A couple we spoke with the following morning mentioned... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Dinner here was a great mixture of small plates ranging from scallops to duck, an excellent seafood risotto, and well prepared desserts. Service, even on a busy night with a short staff, was top rate. You will not be disappointed.

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philadelphia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

The food and service were very good. We were directed here by a staff member at our hotel. Good choice.

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Old Saybrook
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

We loved the food, the view and the blueberry sangria. But be warned that sharing dishes as is traditional in a tapas bar can lead to ordering more than you really want to eat.

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Manahawkin, New Jersey, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

I would have given this place a five star but I was not impressed with my waitress and especially the hostess. We went to the top deck obviously for the view and there were seats available in the corner. She sat us next to the bar. I asked if we could sit at the table across and she said no... More 

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Houston, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

My husband and I recently went to the Boathouse Bistro for dinner. Our cocktails were watery and contained virtually no alcohol. The vegetables in our salads were fresh and flavorful but the dressings were thin and tasteless. My husband's entree turned out OK (grilled salmon on risotto) but mine was the quintessential tourist rip-off -- what the menu describes as... 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

This is our second visit in a year. We were in town for a concert at the Boothbay Opera House (check it out). We attended an event last year about this time and chose the Boathouse for the rooftop dining with its great view of the harbor. It was foggy inland and more so on the coast. That didn't dampen... More 

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

The food we had was Excellent. The staff was very pleasant. We would definitely have had a second meal there is we were staying more than 3 days.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Enormous menu choice, great food, great view from the top deck, be prepared to wait for a table as you can't book ahead.

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Little Silver, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

We went here on a recommendation from our B&B and were very impressed. The drinks were excellent. Service was super friendly and good, and the food was very very good. The scallops w potato pancakes and blueberry sauce was excellent. The Thai mussels were also very fragrant and fresh. They reminded me of Thailand which is always a good sign!... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 12 By-Way, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Mid Coast Maine  >  Boothbay Harbor
  • Phone Number: (207) 633-0400

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: French, Spanish, Bistro

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Scenic view
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Monday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 1:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?