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357 Main St, Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04679-4404
(207) 244-5842
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Today
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 9:30 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Dessert, Reservations

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  • 52
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  • 72
    Very good
  • 30
    Average
  • 14
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Ate there opening night of the season

Onboard our boat at a marina in Southwest Harbor for a month. Walked to Cafe Dry Dock. It was their opening night of the season. Place was 1/3 full when we arrived and we sat immediately. Very pleasant waitress served us. Food was excellent. Wife had the crispy Chilean Haddock. Very good. I had the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
ScottMacD50
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Green Cove Springs, Florida
Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
  • Bar scene
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Green Cove Springs, Florida
Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Onboard our boat at a marina in Southwest Harbor for a month. Walked to Cafe Dry Dock. It was their opening night of the season. Place was 1/3 full when we arrived and we sat immediately. Very pleasant waitress served us. Food was excellent. Wife had the crispy Chilean Haddock. Very good. I had the fish of the day special... More 

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Islandlocal90, Owner at Cafe Dry Dock & Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for joining us on the first night of our 30th season here. We had a good turn out and it feels good to be back in business. It was a long winter here and we had more snow then I can remember in a long time. As year round residents we take pride in what we do and... More 

Havre de Grace, Maryland
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

The Cafe Dry Dock & Inn in Southwest Harbor Maine is a real gem. If you are looking for a quaint, clean room to come and go as you please without the hotel kind of feel you will find it here. The rooms are equipped with sink, frig, coffee, etc along with the usual you will find in a hotel... More 

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Islandlocal90, Owner at Cafe Dry Dock & Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for staying with us at our inn. We are open 365 days a year and have generator back up for those days when we loose power. Our restaurant is now open and we join the list of other business' preparing for a great summer. Thanks again for your great review. More 

New Braunfels Texas
Top Contributor
80 reviews 80 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

The restaurant is OK and service was fine although a bit slow. If you drive to Bass Harbour you can probably do better. Ordered soup, crab stuffed portabello (not a lot of crab meat), salad and a glass of wine. Ticket was $32

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Islandlocal90, Owner at Cafe Dry Dock & Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and spending time with us. Fresh local crabmeat has become very expensive the last few years. There is a shortage of crabs which is driving up prices. There is a lot of imported crab on the market, but our policy is to buy local. This imported crab does not have the flavor or quality, but... More 

Carmel, Indiana
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

This place is about 10 miles from Bar harbor but a world away from the hustle and bustle that can occur in Bar Harbor. The dining rooms are comfortable and service is always good. The menu varies a bit but always has scallops on it; they are baked with a little breading and not overcooked. One of the daily special... More 

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Islandlocal90, Owner at Cafe Dry Dock & Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for your great review. We always have scallops and also they are local scallops caught right of the Western side of this island. Much of our seafood comes directly from island fishermen and we support them and their families. Our restaurant has a large selection of local seafood dishes. Our gardens give us many local products also and... More 

Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

After touring the coast and seeking out fresh seafood, we stopped at this eclectic inn and restaurant. The wait was minimum, but the food was delicious! The scallops were divine as well as the atmosphere. Our waitress was topnotch and friendly despite a busy lunch crowd. The restaurant is small, but oh my goodness the tiny restroom should be enlarged.... More 

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Islandlocal90, Owner at Cafe Dry Dock & Inn, responded to this review

Scallops we have. We buy only locally caught scallops from one fisherman on the island. This way, together, we can control the quality. His boat is located in Bass Harbor and goes out daily bring us the best we can buy. Other seafood is done in the same manner including, lobsters (Andy Mays), Scallops (Lucas Lemoine), mussels and oysters (Evan... More 

New Forest National Park, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Large well equipped room. Very clean. Even had a small kitchen area (beware the toaster starts off the fire alarm). It was just as well that the room had a small kitchen because we couldn't find a cafe in South West Harbour that opened for breakfast before 10.00, so we had to buy sufficient food for breakfast at the local... More 

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Islandlocal90, Owner at Cafe Dry Dock & Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. With all the breakfast places around, and my problem getting out of bed at 5 am, we have decided not to get into the breakfast scene. We can get noisy in the restaurant and that's why our two separate dinning rooms work. The inn has been re -done many times since 1923 serving as a... More 

St. Paul, MN
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

We enjoyed our meals, and the server was very patient, attentive, and give us very good information on the menu choices. I enjoy salads, so I ordered the salad with the addition of broiled scallops. It was delicious. The salad part could be larger, but it was topped with a lot of large scallops which made the meal filling. The... More 

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Islandlocal90, Owner at Cafe Dry Dock & Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Scallops, we have and lots of them. Our scallops come from Blue Hill Bay and are by far the best around as we have one fisherman who sold exclusively to us. Lobster, scallops, mussels, and oysters are all caught local and we buy them directly from the person catching them. This ensures us the best... More 

Frankfurt
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11 reviews 11 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

This was my second visit to the Dry Dock after 2007 and, like back then, it was only my second choice, with the restaurant around the corner closed (2007) or fully booked (2014). Once again, I had no reason to curse fate for this turn of events, though, as I was very happy with my experience here. The Martini and... More 

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Islandlocal90, Owner at Cafe Dry Dock & Inn, responded to this review

First of all you need to make our restaurant your first choice. We are open while others close after the season. We have really good local seafood and cut our own steaks. We grow some of our vegetables and herbs. Our hamburgers are ground fresh everyday from our local market. Our clam chowder is the best on the island and... More 

Black Mountain, North Carolina
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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Where to eat in Mid-October........My wife and I were staying in Southwest Harbor for a few nights and decided to hit up all the spots to eat. We ate at Cafe Dry Dock on a Tuesday around 7pm. It.It wasn't busy when we got there,but filled up closer to 8. Small but decent draft selection (beer wasn't "ice" cold, but... More 

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Islandlocal90, Owner at Cafe Dry Dock & Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for your nice review and enjoying your meal here. We have been in the chowder business so long that we can make it in our sleep. I do all the beer selections and as a local restaurant we have a lot of local favorites with some area mico brews. Our beer cooler is large and doubles as a... More 

1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Melissa was sweetly attentive to us and so warm - as was the fresh-baked bread that almost melted in our mouths. My husband's a steak & potatoes guy, so the fillet and the garlic mashed potatoes hit the spot. And my sautéed lobster was to die for. Lastly, the fresh-baked blueberry pie a la mode was sinful. Maria Jasion (Baltimore,... More 

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Islandlocal90, Owner at Cafe Dry Dock & Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Melissa is a really good server and has been with us for awhile. She is local which gives her the knowledge of this area and can answer many questions about sights to see and places to visit. She was really happy when she read your review. Thank you for your review and experiencing our menu. More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 357 Main St, Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04679-4404
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  DownEast and Acadia Maine  >  Mount Desert Island  >  Southwest Harbor
  • Phone Number: (207) 244-5842

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Entertaining clients, Local cuisine, Families with children, Bar scene
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 9:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm

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