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The Boathouse Bistro Tapas Lounge & Restaurant

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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: Dessert, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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  • 289
    Excellent
  • 137
    Very good
  • 35
    Average
  • 15
    Poor
  • 9
    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
Good food, friendly staff

We had lunch and the food was good, the staff was great and if the weather had been a tad bit nicer the view from the top would have been awesome of the harbor. Worth the price!

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
dhkmo
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Florida
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Scenic view
  • Romantic
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Families with children
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485 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Florida
Top Contributor
76 reviews 76 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

We had lunch and the food was good, the staff was great and if the weather had been a tad bit nicer the view from the top would have been awesome of the harbor. Worth the price!

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Sidney, Maine
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

We loved everything. They took such great care of our group. It was like they were a part of our celebration. We had the whole first floor. Chef Karin, prepared several varieties of tapas that were truly amazing. The best food and wine event ever. We have so many beautiful memories because of their attention to detail. The service was... More 

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Waterboro, Maine
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

We had late lunch for Mother's Day at the Boat House. The Upper Level was perfect with the panoramic views and the day was perfect mix of sun and clouds. My daughter had a haddock sandwich (the haddock was extremely generous) with a slightly spicy sauce. It was delicious! I had the vegetarian flat bread sandwich. It comes with real... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Very happy to have this place open year round now - it's always on the top of our list when we are in town. This past week it was too cold for the upper deck to be open, but we had a fun dinner upstairs (2nd floor). Warm & cozy on a cool night, delicious food, good wine selection -... More 

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Winthrop, Massachusetts
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

We ended up at the Boathouse Bistro at the recommendation of the owner of our bed & breakfast. We had a big lunch and were looking for something with small plates, so this worked out well. We sat at the bar on the second floor. There were very few tables (mostly 2 tops) on that floor. Once seated at the... More 

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Gardner, Massachusetts
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

We love to eat here because it is relaxed and has very good food and good sized and generous gin & tonics - the way they should be - and a decent beer & wine selection! They offer a tapas menu which is great when you just want smaller portions or want a taste of many things and cannot decide!!... More 

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Danbury, CT
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

We hit this awesome place every year on vacation. The food is ways on point, the staff is always friendly, and the rooftop deck on a nice day is amazing. If you're lucky, you can catch Mark on the rooftop deck bragging about his wife's menu and cooking. With good reason. This place is a must not miss.

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Boothbay, Maine
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19 reviews 19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

We are so happy to have the Bistro open for the winter months! Great Happy Hours deals! The winter menu has something for everyone....from their wonderful tapas to full course dinners with a lot in between. Warm friendly staff...don't miss it!

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Atlanta, Georgia
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Enjoyed cocktails, a tartine, pistacio encrusted scallops, and the view of Boothbay Harbor. Get there early, though, as the rooftop fills up quickly.

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Boston, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

From street level, this restaurant looks like any other tourist restaurant in Maine. What's surprising is the third floor rooftop deck view and menu. I have no idea what the interior floors look like but the rooftop deck is hard to beat. You have a panoramic view of the harbor. While the food can be a little hit or miss... 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: Spanish, Bistro

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Scenic view, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Families with children
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?