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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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  • 40
    Excellent
  • 20
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
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
Lovely Ambiance!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
coastalpleasures
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Maine
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
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Maine
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17 reviews 17 reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
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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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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 

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New York City, New York
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29 reviews 29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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.

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Texas
Top Contributor
103 reviews 103 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 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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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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.

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Carrabassett Valley, Maine
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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!

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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 

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37 reviews 37 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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Warwick, New York
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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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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