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Whale's Rib Tavern

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20 Main St, (inside Pilgrims Inn), Deer Isle, ME 04627
207-348-5222
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 8:00 am - 9:30 am
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations

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  • 49
    Excellent
  • 24
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 3
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  • 1
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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
Superb food and drink right in your backyard!

Outstanding restaurant and bar. Traci was so attentive and excellent at allowing us to pace our way through the evening. The chowder was superb, the cold pea soup intricate and appealing. The house made chicken liver pate was just too good to be true with house made crackers, chutney and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
GamaMac
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Naples, Florida
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  • Local cuisine
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Naples, Florida
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20 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

Outstanding restaurant and bar. Traci was so attentive and excellent at allowing us to pace our way through the evening. The chowder was superb, the cold pea soup intricate and appealing. The house made chicken liver pate was just too good to be true with house made crackers, chutney and marinated onion. SO YUMMY! We had beautiful fish for our... More 

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Maine
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

We ate at the inn one evening during a recent stay at the inn. The setting is lovely and the restaurant is one of the few places for a nice dinner in the area. The shrimp cocktail with lobster mousse and the seafood stew were both excellent. Arrive early for a cocktail or glass of wine out on the lovely... More 

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Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

We found the Whales Rib to be the fanciest eats on the island. This restaurant seems to attract a lot of older people. We enjoyed the environment of the restaurant. The older group next to us was very snobby to our shared waitress who in our opinion was very nice and patient, therefore we treated her as such.

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Food was terrific. Need reservations. I think it is the only restaurant in the town of Deer Isle and is associated with an inn. Limited hours. Worth the call and the drive. we came from Stonington. Reasonably priced for the food. I had the halibut which was excellent. My wife had the seafood stew which included an entire lobster.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

We ate at the Whale's Rib Tavern for the first time this evening: potato leek soup followed by a rack of lamb for me; malbec, local organic mixed greens and pasta with halibut, shrimp and a tasty sauce for Sandy. The food was very well prepared and presented. Our waitress Paige, was attentive, efficient and personable.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

My husband and I enjoyed a lovely meal recently while staying at the inn. Smallish cozy dining room with local artists about. Food was very good, although menu a bit limited. Evening staff was very friendly and attentive.

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Melrose, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Top quality food. Especially enjoyed the smokey fish chowder, steamers, and scallops. The salads were fresh, crispy, and delicious. The atmosphere is perfect for the setting: exposed, original barn wood with views of the water and grounds. And, if you finish dinner early enough, repair to the bar (which closes around 9 pm) for an after dinner drink. The tequila... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

The dining room at Pilgrim's is housed in a converted historic barn with exposed wood that is at once charming and yet elegant in its white table cloths. On a summer evening, with the barn doors and the windows open, the sun setting, and water views from two sides, it's a nearly perfect Maine night out. The food matches the... More 

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Worcester, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

You can't get a bad meal at the Whale's Rib! Everything on the menu is fresh, delicious, and prepared to perfection. Great service and a warm, inviting atmosphere make for a really wonderful experience.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

This is a pretty magical spot. The restaurant is in the tiny town of Deer Isle (one street) and overlooks a charming harbor. The decor is classic nautical Maine (wood walls, model ships, super cute!) and the staff really has the machine well oiled. Polite and quick attention from the hostess, drinks at the bar, ushered to our table, delicious... More 

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Additional Information about Whale's Rib Tavern

Address: 20 Main St, (inside Pilgrims Inn), Deer Isle, ME 04627
Phone Number: 207-348-5222
Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  DownEast and Acadia Maine  >  Deer Isle
Open Hours:
Monday 8:00 am - 9:30 am  5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 9:30 am  5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 9:30 am  5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 9:30 am  5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 9:30 am  5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 9:30 am  5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Cuisine: American, Pub

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 20 Main St, (inside Pilgrims Inn), Deer Isle, ME 04627
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  DownEast and Acadia Maine  >  Deer Isle
  • Phone Number: 207-348-5222

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine
Open Hours
Monday
8:00 am - 9:30 am
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 9:30 am
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 9:30 am
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 9:30 am
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 9:30 am
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 9:30 am
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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