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The Looking Glass

20 Highbrook Road, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
(207) 288-5663
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Ranked #53 of 122 Restaurants in Bar Harbor
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $25 - $100
Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 11:00 am
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Fairfax, Virginia
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

Enjoyed my lobster omelet. Service was slow. View was beautiful but I was disappointed that I couldn't walk around the outside deck.

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hospitality04609, General Manager at The Looking Glass, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant the Looking Glass. I am very happy to hear that you enjoyed your lobster omelet and the view while you were there. I am not sure I understand why you were not able to use our deck, as it provides quite a bit of seating and has a firepit that... More

Glen Allen, Virginia
Top Contributor
154 reviews 154 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

A last minute phone call netted us a window table for an early dinner. The view was spectacular. Watching the changing colors on the water as the sun set and the tide coming in to cover the bar provided plenty to observe. Our waitress was attentive, in spite of the rapidly filling room, and our food was plentiful, beautifully presented... More

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hospitality04609, General Manager at The Looking Glass, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely comments about your recent experience in our restaurant the Looking Glass. I am pleased that you enjoyed our beautiful panoramic view and your meal selections. We certainly look forward to having you back! Jim Ash General Manager More

Boston
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

We were staying at the adjacent resort, so had the opportunity to visit the Looking Glass on two occasions. We really liked our first visit, where we enjoyed cocktails on the open deck with fantastic views of Frenchman's Bay. We had great service, and the musical performers were really good. Unfortunately, our second visit was not as pleasant. After a... More

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hospitality04609, General Manager at The Looking Glass, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and I assure you that I will look in to the situation you describe right away. I am certainly happy to hear that you were able to recover a great evening in spite of the percieved rudeness and it sounds as though our bartender did a great job for you. I hope that we will... More

Silver Springs, Florida, United States
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We came here because we had heard about the spectacular view and were not disappointed. Ours was a late breakfast (nearly 11) and we had mimosas with our eggs and such. Service was decent and the food just average, but overall we were pleased. Pretty pricey for what we had, but the view is nearly priceless! It's a place I... More

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hospitality04609, General Manager at The Looking Glass, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. I am very pleased to hear that you had a good experience with us. Our view is truly breathtaking. I certainly hope that you will consider joining us again sometime. We serve a very elegant dinner and have traditional Maine fare to offer as well as extensive options for vegans and those who require a... More

Linville, North Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Our group was a party of 10 which is always hectic for the waiter but our service was good and food was tasty but nothing special. The prices were high but we had a coupon from Ollie's Trolley for a 15% discount which brought the prices in line with other restaurants. We all agreed that you should go for the... More

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hospitality04609, General Manager at The Looking Glass, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review of the Looking Glass. While I am very happy to hear that you would recommend that others visit us I do feel bad that your experience of our food was not outstanding. That is not the usual experience and I feel something must have been amiss in your situation. In... More

Litchfield ME
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

this place is outrageous $3.00 for coffee? The old Yankee dollar does not go far here. Maybe I'm cheap or maybe I just place more value on our dollar.

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Staff (particularly hostess) were rude and arrogant. We felt as though they did not want us there. We were 4 couples from all over the country, who were staying at the hotel. The restaurant was empty at the time we had a 5:30 pm res --so it was not as though they were under pressure. We have dined at many... More

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hospitality04609, General Manager at The Looking Glass, responded to this review

My apology to you for the fact that you felt you were treated rudely. Friendly customer service is one of my absolute priorities. I appreciate the fact that you are still willing to give your experience of our food such a positive rating and assure you that I will investigate what I can about your experience in our restaurant. I... More

Stockton
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 via mobile

This is the restaurant that is part of the Wonder View/Bluenose Inn complex just out of the main part of Bar Harbor itself. It commands spectacular views over the coast and the islands, and has a dog friendly terrace with a fire pit. That alone gives it three stars to start with! Good menu, and tasty food, though the dinner... More

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hospitality04609, General Manager at The Looking Glass, responded to this review

Thank you for your recent review of the Looking Glass. I am very happy to hear that you enjoyed your meal and appreciated the view. I assume you might have brought along your pet too, so we are pleased we were able to take care of all of you. I hope that you will have the occasion to return, and... More

Plymouth, Massachusetts
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Staff was FABULOUS. Views are spectacular. Food was good. Their big seller is the Lobster plate. A Typical Maine Lobster plate. We unfortunately were Lobstered out. They had a large party and the staff asked if we would like to move to the bar area, but no view from there. We stayed in the dining room overlooking the harbor and... More

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hospitality04609, General Manager at The Looking Glass, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. I am very pleased to hear how much you enjoyed your meal in the Looking Glass. It sounds like customer service is very important to you and I am glad to hear that you found our great team to be responsive and helpful. I hope that you will be back and that you will introduce... More

Houlton
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We (2 people) had to wait almost 15 minutes for a table at breakfast even though there were several tables empty in the dining room. I'd say they didn't have enough staff on. When we finally got seated, I had to ask 3 times for a clean fork, the last time was after the food was served. There were 3... More

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hospitality04609, General Manager at The Looking Glass, responded to this review

I am certainly sorry to hear that you were so disappointed in your experience at the Looking Glass. Unfortunately I am not able to pinpoint from your description exactly what might have caused the timing issues at your breakfast but I most certainly will inquire. I hope that you will consider giving us another opportunity to provide you with great... More

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