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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
Good for:
Families with children
Romance
Bar scene
Local cuisine
Outdoor seating
Special occasions
Scenic view

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  • 286
    Excellent
  • 135
    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
Most recent review
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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!!... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
Brigitte F
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Gardner, Massachusetts
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Local cuisine
  • Outdoor seating
  • Special occasions
  • Scenic view
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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Gardner, Massachusetts
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

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
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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18 reviews 18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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
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45 reviews 45 reviews
29 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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Mount Vernon
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

This place is much better in good weather when you can sit outside, but even the bar area is pleasant. The food is above average.

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Portland, Oregon
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

It was too cold to be on either of the two top levels so we decided to eat in the first floor main dining room of the restaurant. The décor is typical nautical décor, kind of on the plain side but that didn't matter as the food was excellent. I guess you should expect awesome lobster in Maine but wow...it... 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

Always enjoy a beautiful meal at the top floor bar. The food is delicious and the bartender a delight. He makes an incredible Ketel martini! The outdoor deck was closed when we were there, but there are beautiful views from up there as well.

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New Hampshire, USA
Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Fabulous scallops and lobster. Warm and cozy atmosphere. My only complaint: dinner portions were large and so i had no room for dessert - and the desserts sounded great!

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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26 reviews 26 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Such a refreshing new take on seafood. Cosy bar area, 3 levels to choose from. Of course lobster is ubiquitous in Maine, but this place has a lovely appeal and clever choices. The Mister chose Salmon Tartare and Duck Legs, and as I usually test a place by ordering several appetizers, I was delighted with the Roasted Vegetable Terrine and... 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 0 - 20
  • Cuisine: Bistro

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Romance, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, 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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?