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Side Street cafe

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49 Rodick Street, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609
(207) 801-2591
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Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 152
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  • 44
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  • 18
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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We never make it in the summer, but committed to going on this trip-lobster mac & cheese was the best I have ever had!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Jessica C
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Westfield, Massachusetts
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Westfield, Massachusetts
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We never make it in the summer, but committed to going on this trip-lobster mac & cheese was the best I have ever had!

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73 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

On a cold afternoon, three of us stopped here for lunch and we were all happy with our choices! Two of us had clam chowder, the other the vegetable soup of the day. Both were very good. Two had the slider burger with avocado & fries and I had the slider burger with bacon & barbeque sauce & fries. Very... More 

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Wayland, Massachusetts
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47 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Not much competition in January, but it would be good during the summer. I had chowdah, and a half rack of ribs, and a glass of red wine. Simple, basic, GOOD. Plus they did not mind my 1 1/2 year old grandson wandering around, though we were in the back, and we kept his wanderings somewhat in check.

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Maine
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13 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great hamburgers and fries. Plus the service was excellent. Busy and lively even in the middle of January.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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37 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had a long day of driving coupled with a long walk around Bar Harbor and I was excited to come to Side Street because of all the good reviews I saw. We were greeted right away and luckily it was early enough that we were seated right away. The decor is a bit simple but that's A OK. Here... More 

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Andover, MA
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Side Street Cafe was recommended by our B&B hosts. We were seeking vegetarian fare and there were several options on the menu. They also feature a build-your-own Mac & Cheese dish which was tasty.

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Thank Sundog17
Baltimore, Maryland
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161 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

June 10, 2015 - We ate a great little dinner at the Side Street Café. Apparently, on Wednesday's during the summer, the restaurant has a small band that plays up front near the bar area. The band can be heard in the dining areas as well as in the bar area. We had a mini burger with garden salad and... More 

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key west
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93 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

This place came highly recommended from relatives who lived in Bar harbor and go back each summer. As a result, this was our first stop after checking into our bed and breakfast. Of course, I ordered the lobster stew. I was thankful I ordered the bowl instead of the cup. The desserts sounded good, but I had no room. On... More 

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Harbeson, Delaware
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58 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015

Went for a lobster dinner and was NOT disappointed. We did not go for the special but rather the full 2 pounder and enjoyed it. It goes without saying when in Bar Harbor you must try the blueberry pie.

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Oak Ridge, Tennessee
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88 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015

This was a great meal. We had made reservations so we were promptly seated ahead of a long line. This was night since it was raining and cold out. The decor is basic but very function for handling the crowds they must attract. We had the lobster rolls which were the best I've eaten. Light on the sauce with butter... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 49 Rodick Street, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  DownEast and Acadia Maine  >  Mount Desert Island  >  Bar Harbor
  • Phone Number: (207) 801-2591

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 - 25
  • Cuisine: Soups, American, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Romantic, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Business meetings

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?