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125 Atlantic Ave, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538-2221
207-633-6644
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Today
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations

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  • 16
    Excellent
  • 11
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 13
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
4 stars

Had the pasta primavera because I didn't feel like seafood and it was quite good; nice sauce and lots of veggies. I have had the fish n' chips before and it was also excellent. MASSIVELY GENEROUS PORTIONS! I couldn't even eat half of my plate, but definitely saved it for next day lunch. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 6, 2015
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Providence, RI
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Waxhaw, North Carolina
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47 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Great place to eat...outside seating is available. They do not stay open super late but the food is good enough to get there early! There were 6 of us and we all enjoyed what we each ordered!

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Portland, Maine
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Ordered a swordfish entree & a salmon entree which, on a day that did not appear too busy, still took just over an hour to appear. Both fish dishes so very dry that they could not be chewed & swallowed--best described as doormats. Broccoli veg was tired & looked to be old & reheated. That will be our last visit... More 

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Fort Myers, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Visited with friends for lunch. The Seafood Chowder was recommended by my Boothbay Harbor friends and it did not disappoint. (rumor is that it has won local chowder cook-offs repeatedly). Two in our group had a burger abd thet were equally satisfied with their meals. Whale Tale is perched just above a marina in Boothbay Harbor and offers and ever-changing... More 

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Providence, RI
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Had the pasta primavera because I didn't feel like seafood and it was quite good; nice sauce and lots of veggies. I have had the fish n' chips before and it was also excellent. MASSIVELY GENEROUS PORTIONS! I couldn't even eat half of my plate, but definitely saved it for next day lunch. The owner, Jack, is the friendliest guy... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

We went to Whale's Tale on a foggy, last night of our vacation. We sat outside and thoroughly enjoyed our clams and lobsters. Waitress was friendly and attentive. She also told us interesting details about the well made model ships inside the restaurant.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Made a reservation for a Saturday night. When we arrived there was a man singing pleasantly in the inside dining area. We waited for someone to take a drink order or give us a menu. Nothing. After ten minutes, we got up and got our own menus. After waiting a long time, we just decided to leave without having to... More 

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Manchester, Connecticut
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Spent the afternoon with dad after driving up from Ct., we just love Boothbay, and Boothbay Harbor. We've been to the Whale's Tail before and always enjoyed ourselves just as we did today. Good food and service, friendly staff.

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Wethersfield, Connecticut
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

We have come to Boothbay Harbor for 20 years and have always been treated wonderfully wherever we went. That streak ended when we went to the Whales Tale. The service was absolutely horrible only to be outdone by the worst food we have experienced in our 20 years of vacationing in town. The prime rib was inedible, overdone, and tasted... More 

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hartford ct
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

it takes a lot for me to complain about a meal and/or service; I am usually pretty easy going about this stuff. We have been coming to Boothbay Harbor for about 15 years and all I can say is this is by far the worst meal I've ever had... here or anywhere else for that matter. I ordered the prime... More 

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Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

They serve huge bowls of seafood chowder and it is wonderful. The best we've ever had. You have to try it if you visit the Harbor. The Whale's Tale is on the west side of the harbor, the more quiet side, and there is seating outside as well as inside. Great views of Boothbay Harbor. Their service is fast and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 125 Atlantic Ave, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538-2221
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Mid Coast Maine  >  Boothbay Harbor
  • Phone Number: 207-633-6644

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Pub
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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