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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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8:00 am - 9:30 am
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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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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  • 4
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  • 3
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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The location is excellent with interesting view of the island. The menu is quite varied and should satisfy any hungry traveler. The seafood was especially good and fresh. I liked the steamed mussels for a starter. my partner liked the seafood pasta.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 8, 2015
NesralinJaffrey
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Jaffrey, New Hampshire
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  • Local cuisine
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Jaffrey, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

The location is excellent with interesting view of the island. The menu is quite varied and should satisfy any hungry traveler. The seafood was especially good and fresh. I liked the steamed mussels for a starter. my partner liked the seafood pasta.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

We came back to Deer Isle a 2nd time and are staying at Pilgrim's Inn in one of the cottages. Part of the reason for staying here is the food at their restaurant, Whale's Rib Tavern. Last night we both had the halibut. It was perfectly cooked and served on a bed of lobster risotto. The chunks of lobster were... More 

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Maine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I always like going there. There is just not enough time in a summer to do everything that is wonderful on the Blue Hill Peninsula. Go here so you can catch the sunset across the road to the west. The food is pleasantly upscale and the rustic interior is welcoming. I go for dinner and although there is a bar,... More 

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Natitingou, Benin
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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 

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New York City, New York
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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.

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Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 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 

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Cincinnati
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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.

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Carrabassett Valley, Maine
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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!

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Lebanon, United States
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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 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 via mobile

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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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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