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125 Atlantic Ave, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538-2221
207-633-6644
Today
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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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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  • 14
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    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 12
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great location!

The location is awesome, right on Boothbay Harbor but the opposite side of all the hustle of town. Great views; awesome sunsets! No one greeted us when we walked into the dining room, but we were heading for the bar to have a drink and dinner. The service staff were friendly and courteous, but... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed October 4, 2014
HawaiianHercules
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Montgomery, Alabama
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English first
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24 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

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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5 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

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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103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015 NEW

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
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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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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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27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
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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Boothbay, Maine
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3 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Two waiters on for the entire restaurant and a new bartender who had clearly never tended bar before. It took a half hour to get our drinks and an hour and a half to get our food. The food was good, but not excellent. The coleslaw was some of the best I have had at a restaurant though. We were... More 

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Putnam, Connecticut
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

The Whale's Tail Restaurant at the Carousel Marina is hidden off Atlantic Avenue on the east side of the harbor, but is well worth seeking out. We experienced a great lobster dinner, with excellent service by our waiter, Bevin. We were entertained throughout the meal by Jim Lavalle, who offered songs from the American songbook. His relaxed delivery is soothing... More 

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Montgomery, Alabama
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

The location is awesome, right on Boothbay Harbor but the opposite side of all the hustle of town. Great views; awesome sunsets! No one greeted us when we walked into the dining room, but we were heading for the bar to have a drink and dinner. The service staff were friendly and courteous, but seemed a little stressed out and... More 

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Maine
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23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Wonderful food, great service, quiet location. A bit off the beaten path but worth the effort to find this hidden jewel.

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Additional Information about Whales Tale

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

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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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?