We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
All 9 Deer Isle Restaurants

Whale's Rib Tavern

20 Main St, (inside Pilgrims Inn), Deer Isle, ME 04627
207-348-5222
Website
Menu
Improve this listing
Got a photo?
Add it.
Ranked #2 of 9 Restaurants in Deer Isle
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: American
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations

Hotels travelers are raving about...

Write a Review

67 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    40
    19
    4
    3
    1
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Natitingou, Benin
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

The Whale's Rib restaurant at Pilgrim's Inn in Deer Isle, Maine serves consistently good food in a warm and friendly atmosphere with excellent wait staff. I've been here many times over the years and it just keeps getting better and better. It's a credit to the owners that the restaurant is full year round, despite a difficult economy in this... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
New York City, New York
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

I really liked this dining experience for the friendly service and the ambience of the old inn. The food was very good.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Texas
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Had dinner here two nights, one at the bar, with my wife, on a recent visit to Deer Isle/Stonington, while staying at the Inn where the restaurant is located. Good choice, relaxing pace in the restaurant, not so much in the bar but the locals were fun to watch and listen to. Good food, nicely plated. Not cheap, but price... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Cincinnati
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Delicious! The halibut with lobster and pea risotto was fantastic and memorable. We were still talking about it at breakfast.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Carrabassett Valley, Maine
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Dinner here is not to be missed. The seafood is cooked perfectly. Creative entrees and locally sourced foods. Don't miss the risotto!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Lebanon, United States
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

They did not have shrimp for their Bloody Maria and service was sub par for a higher end restaurant. There was a fly buzzing around and the table was covered with paper over cloth which was not conducive to fine dining in my opinion. My meal came half cooked and was sent back. We did not stay for dessert. Overrated... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Warwick, New York
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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

Was this review helpful? Yes
New Haven, Connecticut
Reviewer
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

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Fort Myers, Florida
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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!

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Whale's Rib Tavern also viewed

Deer Isle, DownEast and Acadia Maine
Stonington, DownEast and Acadia Maine
 
Deer Isle, DownEast and Acadia Maine
Stonington, DownEast and Acadia Maine
 

Been to Whale's Rib Tavern? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

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
Cuisine: American

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing