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The Boathouse Bistro Tapas Lounge & Restaurant

12 By-Way, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538
(207) 633-0400
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: Bistro
Good for: Families with children, Romance, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Scenic view
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Scenic view
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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New York
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46 reviews 46 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Have tried to go here several times but always discouraged by the wait for the rooftop. Finally got in with about an hour wait with a not very courteous hostess until she finally led us to our table. After that everything was great! We had this amazing blueberry sangria. I forget what I ordered but all of us thoroughly enjoyed... More

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Chatham, New York
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Perfect combo of gorgeous view (3rd floor deck) and great food. Their chowders are hearty and filling and their seafood is well prepared - the paella is delicious. We're in Maine for the seafood, so can't attest to the non-seafood dishes. Skip the stuffed peppadews - not bad, there are just more delicious items on the menu for an appetizer.

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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43 reviews 43 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

The best part was the partial view from the top deck on an amazing weather day. The rest of the experience not so much. We just stopped in for drinks and a snack mid-day. The service and food where just ok, and over priced. The deck is really small, tight seating area, beat down and really needs a powerwasher cleaning.... More

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Franklin, Michigan
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

While vacationing in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, we stumbled into this restaurant for dinner. I had Thai style halibut with curry sauce (not spicy or burning at all) and my wife had scallops. The appetizer was hummus with veggies and naan. We ate on the terrace, and it was great! So much so that we returned the next night, had the... More

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salm01@optonline.net
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69 reviews 69 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

So we are here for a long weekend and we thought we would go to the pier and figure something out. What luck. After we passed the perfunctory lobster roll shantys and fried seafood shacks, we came upon "the Bistro" and we're so glad we did. A real gastronomic treat here in Maine and moderately priced. Dishes are prepared with... More

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New Hampshire
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17 reviews 17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

The Boathouse Bistro and Tapas Bar - Boothbay Harbor (We've eaten lunch here years ago) It was a late lunch/ early dinner as were on a Whale Watch earlier. I had the Pistachio Encrusted Scallops served with blood orange gastrique. (fancy sauce) Next time we are in Boothbay I think I will go to the Boathouse and order 2 servings... More

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Glocester, Rhode Island
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

The exterior of the building looks like it could use some work, but don't let that fool you. If you are a risotto fan, this place is for you. Tapas or small portions allow for diversity of choices. The calamari was as good as any in R.I. The vegetable risotto was heavenly. A different flavored risotto every night. Choice of... More

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Fort Worth, Texas
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172 reviews 172 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

We ate here on a recent visit--pretty sure our waitress was high--she made herself scarce after we ordered and just acted goofy when she did come to the table. We were charged for more glasses of wine than we had..same thing happened to the table next to us so check your bill. Our food was delicious--no complaints there!

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Newburyport, Massachusetts
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32 reviews 32 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

We visited the Boathouse twice and sat on the 3rd floor deck. We had a really fun experience the first time, great service, food and adult bevs-Sangria was really good! Tuna tartar was also fabulous-- The second time, the service was a little weak (no one was there, yet they said we couldn't sit on the parameter of deck (e.g.... More

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Ashburn, Virginia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

We ended up going back every day to get their specialty Blueberry Sangria! Very refreshing ... make sure to make it to the 3rd floor rooftop bar!!

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