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37 Cottage Street, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609
207-288-9592
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7:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 1:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Seating, Takeout
Description: The Trailhead Cafe is the local year round source for the finest coffee,...
The Trailhead Cafe is the local year round source for the finest coffee, tea, espresso, breakfast sandwiches, and picnic lunches in Bar Harbor. Family owned, friendly, year-round community cafe offering Acadia National Park information.
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  • 36
    Excellent
  • 20
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
G8 LATTES

Popped in after I got breakfast down the street to get a pick me up latte for my 6 hour drive back down to Mass. Cute lil place, seems very cozy. The woman who worked there seemed to know the locals who come in regularly, which is cool. If you're into lattes, they're good here & you should go... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Elise L
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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77 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Entirely forgettable coffee and staff. I ordered two single-shot espressos (due espressi) which were served in mugs, not espresso cups. The woman motioned to the front of the shop and said. "There's where you'll find milk and other stuff that you might put in YOUR coffee." Huh? It was not said in a friendly way, which seemed odd to me.... More 

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Thank PortlandRover
Boston, Massachusetts
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35 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Popped in after I got breakfast down the street to get a pick me up latte for my 6 hour drive back down to Mass. Cute lil place, seems very cozy. The woman who worked there seemed to know the locals who come in regularly, which is cool. If you're into lattes, they're good here & you should go! Always... More 

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Thank Elise L
Sarasota, Florida
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

The lady working made my Americano with a LONG pour and it absolutely rocked! It takes more time to make the delicious cup this way but she was most concerned with making her guests happy than hurrying through it-don't get me wrong, this is not a lazy, gonna take forever to get your cup o'joe, because it doesn't...I just truly... More 

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Thank 4NanMarie
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

Went to this cafe and got a Latte. The wifi you gain access to by purchasing a drink and then they give you the password. The girl working there was very rude and acted like I was wasting her time by coming in and ordering something. However the drinks were good and it was obviously popular with the college kids... More 

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1 Thank Bridgett S
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35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015 via mobile

Really good coffee and the staff was super friendly. It was amazing. Really glad we went here in our coffee search in Bar Harbor.

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Thank Jessica L
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

A small cafe with good coffee, great muffins and free wi-fi. Friendly staff. Nice place to relax and have a cup of coffee with checking your mail or talking to your friends. Recommended

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Thank Gilead B
Georgetown, Massachusetts
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130 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

Lousy service, lousy coffee. I do see what people say about the cozy decor. If it changed hands it might be fine but right now I'd stay away. Odd, because they have so much competition.

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2 Thank Louetta
Michigan
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36 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

We had just spent a few hours down by the bridge and island and were looking for a place to eat. This place doesn't look like much. It's small. There were four of us, two adults and two teenagers, and we all enjoyed our food. I've seen some complaints about the service, but we were treated well. My son has... More 

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Thank ljmach
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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54 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

Terrible iced coffee - worst I have ever paid for. Staff barely acknowledged my existence. I do not recommend this place and would recommend trying every other place for coffee in Bar Harbor.

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2 Thank dstambaugh3
NY
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77 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Hands down, one of the best lattes (and cappuccinos, for my husband) we ever had. Staff is friendly and welcoming, and they get your drink quickly. We went one night and the drinks were amazing. The next day, with another barista, the drinks weren't as incredible, but still delicious. Donuts are also fantastic.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 37 Cottage Street, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  DownEast and Acadia Maine  >  Mount Desert Island  >  Bar Harbor
  • Phone Number: 207-288-9592

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 25
  • Cuisine: Cafe

Description

The Trailhead Cafe is the local year round source for the finest coffee, tea, espresso, breakfast sandwiches, and picnic lunches in Bar Harbor. Family owned, friendly, year-round community cafe offering Acadia National Park information.
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 1:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 1:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 1:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 1:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 1:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 1:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 1:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?