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Whale's Rib Tavern

20 Main St, (inside Pilgrims Inn), Deer Isle, ME 04627
207-348-5222
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Ranked #1 of 9 restaurants in Deer Isle
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: American
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
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English first
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

I just had the most fabulous meal with my parents! I had the halibut with lobster risotto, my father had the Hanger steak with red pepper polenta, and my mother had the rack of lamb. All were cooked perfectly as we asked including mine without cream. The entrees were beatifully presented with nastursiums from their own herb garden. Jodi, our... More

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Warwick, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

This place was a very pleasant surprise. We went to Deer Isle for a family vacation and were looking for a nice restaurant for our last night. There is not much to choose from in this area and after passing the Pilgrim's inn a number of times we decided it looked interesting enough to give it a try. We were... More

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New Haven, Connecticut
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Ate here one night on a recent stay in Deer Isle. We had eaten here several years ago when the glass of wine was large and inexpensive and the food was ordinary at best. This year, the food was very good -- an excellent fish stew and nicely prepared scallops. The menu has somewhat limited choices and prices have definitely... More

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Fort Myers, Florida
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37 reviews 37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

The grounds are gorgeous, and the people are wonderful! We wandered around, decided to eat there, it was early in the evening, there was no room but we were brought to the small pub area, where we had a great meal with lovely surroundings. The risotto was great, the ribeye perfectly cooked. I love finding these places!

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Sedgwick, Maine
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Great innovative menu with good selection. The atmosphere is wonderfully Maine like & service is friendly & helpful always.

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Waynesboro, Virginia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

This is a great restaurant. We stayed at the inn where the tavern is located so we ate here a few times. Each meal was very special. The atmosphere is great as well.

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Kentucky
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Good selection, good presentation and really good food. Menus are new each Tuesday. When they run out of any entree, it's not on the next days menu. Good and fresh tasting fish.

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Deer Isle, Maine
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014 via mobile

The Whales Rib is classy but also it is a very relaxing atmosphere. The building itself is comfortable, with the open -ceiling barn in the dining room and, quaint barroom. Whether you are there for the first time or for the twentieth, you're sure to feel the same...welcome.

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Purcell, OK
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56 reviews 56 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2013

The rustic atmosphere was nice with candles on the table; but the food was only average. My wife and I were on the end run of northeast trip when my uncle took us to dinner here. We started dinner started with orders of muscles and oysters. They were much better than we get in our land-locked Midwest state. Because of... More

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Brooklyn
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

While staying at the Pilgrim's Inn, we had a reservation for late Sunday. It was packed! I found the food and wine selection was very good. It looks like it's a local fave, so if you're planning on going, definitly book ahead!

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