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XYZ Restaurant

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80 Seawall Road, end of Bennett Lane, Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04679-4057
(207) 244-5221
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5:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:30 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations

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    Very good
  • 7
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  • 9
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  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
creative delicious expensive little portions

Very excellent creative cooking but overpriced. Whereas we usually can share a portion, here it was too small.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 24, 2015
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Rockbridge Baths, Virginia
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66 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

We spent a week in Southwest Harbor and didn't discover/try XYZ until the last night we were there, which was unfortunate because we would likely have returned several times! My wife, daughter and I all had delicious dinners at XYZ and the dining room has a relaxed, lovely ambiance. This is authentic Mexican cuisine, which one doesn't expect to find... More 

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Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

I love this place. When you want something other than boiled lobster, treat yourself to a flavor extravaganza here. I dream about the avocado soup in the winter. Wonderfully spiced meat dishes and a killer shrimp dish. Only disappointment was the "salad" a few limp leaves that were too long in fridge.

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Trenton, Maine
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

The food is good, but you may leave hungry. I ordered the chicken and when it arrived, I was dismayed to see a little crop of beans, rice, and ONE chicken thigh. The salads are also tiny--so if you don't get dessert, you will either have to order more off their expensive menu or go hungry.

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BOSTON
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

This is one of our favorite restaurants on MDI! The food is creative, with a melding of spices that gives the slow cooked tender meats a delicious taste. This is not Tex-Mex food, but authentic Mexican fare. The marguaritas are SO good and Janet, the owner/hostess is delightful and fun. This is the one restaurant that we go to on... More 

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albany, ny
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

The limited menu is extremely expensive, given its quality, which is to say, the meat was tasty but bland and the black beans tasted like they were right out of a can. Where were the spice, the salsa, the vegetables, the corn tortillas? Mexican meals never start with bread, as this did, and a pathetically small dish of lettuce passed... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Very excellent creative cooking but overpriced. Whereas we usually can share a portion, here it was too small.

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Princeton, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

This my 16th summer dining at the XYZ. The first dinner is always the Camarones (Tiger Shrimp) and they were excellent again this summer. It is my benchmark to start the summer. We try different menu items as the summer continues. All stand up to expectations. Janet, co-founder and co-owner, is always there to greet us with a warm welcome.... More 

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

We have been coming to MDI for 8 years now. XYZ is one of our very favorite restaurants on the island. Our children, 11,10, and 7, all list XYZ as one of the top things they look forward to on our Maine vacation (and the list is long). We love the margaritas, and the food is outstanding. It's not your... More 

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New Hope, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Great flavorful food in a well thought out atmosphere. Servers always make the evening go well and Janet is a wonderful hostess. It's like a little speakeasy, tucked up the hill on a private road for a special night out. Must have reservations, but Janet is pretty accomdating and works hard to squeeze you in.

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Groton, Massachusetts, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

If your looking for great Mexican food and out of this world Margaritas, XYZ is the place to go! It's a bit a drive (not that bad from Bar Harbor), definitely worth the trip. The food is fantastic, definitely much better than your average Mexican restaurant The Margaritas are outstanding and worth the trip alone! I would recommend this restaurant... More 

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Additional Information about XYZ Restaurant

Address: 80 Seawall Road, end of Bennett Lane, Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04679-4057
Phone Number: (207) 244-5221
Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  DownEast and Acadia Maine  >  Mount Desert Island  >  Southwest Harbor
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:30 am - 9:00 pm
Monday 5:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 5:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 5:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 5:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 5:30 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 5:30 am - 9:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 20 - 30
Cuisine: Mexican

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 80 Seawall Road, end of Bennett Lane, Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04679-4057
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  DownEast and Acadia Maine  >  Mount Desert Island  >  Southwest Harbor
  • Phone Number: (207) 244-5221

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 30
  • Price Range: $ $ $
  • Cuisine: Mexican
Open Hours
Sunday
5:30 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
5:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
5:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:30 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 am - 9:00 pm

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