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The Thirsty Whale Tavern

40 Cottage Street, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
207-288-9335
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Ranked #30 of 121 Restaurants in Bar Harbor
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Cuisines: American, Delicatessen, Hamburgers, Seafood
Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert

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Ipswich, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

After enjoying a whale watch it seemed like the fitting place to have lunch. It is not fancy, but the food was good and reasonably priced. We went to a play the following evening and during intermission the MC said he was going to the Thirsty Whale because the ending was so sad. In September we were in Sorrento, Italy... More 

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thewhale2007, Owner at The Thirsty Whale Tavern, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your wonderful review. What a small world we live in. I am so glad you enjoyed your stay in Bar Harbor and hope that you will visit us again if you are ever in the area. Heather Sorokin, owner More 

Milton, Georgia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

We were told about this restaurant by our cruise bus driver and it didn't disappoint, We had the most delicious lobster rolls while sitting at the bar. The bartender, Heather, was so friendly and treated us like we were neighborhhod locals. What a find!

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Chicago, Illinois
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109 reviews 109 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

No place else seemed to be open in Bar Harbor on this snowy January day, but that was our good luck after all. The lunch we ordered of fried clams and a hummus plate was fresh and tasty. Beers and wine were fine. The server was delightful. This seems a very good place to enjoy a casual meal or just... More 

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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Our friends brought us here and it's turned into one of our favorite spots the locals frequent. I enjoyed their nachos and washing them down with a great blueberry beer!

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Naples, Florida
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33 reviews 33 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

This place was recommended to us by a man on the boat docks so we went. The service was less than optimal and the food was average. Nothing to write home about...maybe just a bad night for them??

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Hancock, Maine, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

The Whale is a local favorite that is sure to please. They have strong drinks, great food, good prices, a great local atmosphere, and live music most weekends during the season. Everything I have had at The Whale is good. My favorite are the mozzarella sticks, Whale salad, and a burger. Second runners up are the fried clams and chili.... More 

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Venice, Florida
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92 reviews 92 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

I have been here for lunch and dinner. Always a good meal and good service. Also, was there for a band entertainment one evening.....very good.

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travelman04101
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

Having travelled to Bar Harbor off and on over the course of several years we make the Whale as the locals call it one of our must stops on our visit to the down town. I can not tell you how many times we have eaten here but has always been a good choice. The food, service and price are... More 

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Abingdon, Maryland
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101 reviews 101 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

While in Bar Harbor with family we decided to have lunch at The Thirsty Whale. They did not have a table for six adults without a wait so we broke up into a table for four and my husband and I ate at the bar where we ended up having some delightful conversations with a few locals and some tourists... More 

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Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Chili Dogs and Burgers and beer. Pleasant atmosphere, lovely servers. Def recommend if you're looking for a pleasant pub grub situation.

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Additional Information about The Thirsty Whale Tavern

Address: 40 Cottage Street, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Phone Number: 207-288-9335
Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  DownEast and Acadia Maine  >  Bar Harbor
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Monday 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Tuesday 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Wednesday 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Thursday 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Friday 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Saturday 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Cuisine: American, Delicatessen, Hamburgers, Seafood

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