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Burning Tree

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69 Otter Creek Dr, Route 3, Bar Harbor, ME 04660
207 288 9331
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Good for:
Local cuisine
Special occasions

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  • 143
    Excellent
  • 27
    Very good
  • 19
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Best restaurant on the island, hands down

Food is by far the best we've ever tasted. A changing menu of fresh local ingredients feature the most amazingly fresh seafood. Chef-owners Alison and Elmer deliver cuisine on a level San Francisco diners would envy. "Crazy Good" - and then there's dessert......................

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 5, 2015
Suzanne F
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Bar Harbor
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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202 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Bar Harbor
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Food is by far the best we've ever tasted. A changing menu of fresh local ingredients feature the most amazingly fresh seafood. Chef-owners Alison and Elmer deliver cuisine on a level San Francisco diners would envy. "Crazy Good" - and then there's dessert......................

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Austin, Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

I had planned this stop well in advance given the reviews. We had just gotten married just down the shore from Otter Cliff and wanted have a nice dinner near by. We were seated pretty quickly given we had a reservation for my family and spouse. Between everyone's plates, they were all very good with the exception to "Swiss Chard... More 

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Pennington, NJ
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135 reviews 135 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Definitely in an out of the way location, this restaurant is outside Bar Harbor in a village called Otter Creek. If you blink you night miss it except for the many cars parked outside. It is absolutely original and creative. Be warned there is very little meat on the menu. It is a seafood restaurant mostly. Since that is what... More 

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Trexlertown, Pennsylvania
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31 reviews 31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Get out of town now and drive five miles to Burning Tree. A bit eclectic in décor, this restaurant is in a quiet country setting (a challenging parking lot in the dark of night) and has a more relaxed feeling than some of the other nicer BH establishments. Excellent drinks, experienced and attentive service that is not too formal. The... More 

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Princeton, Massachusetts
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

When going to a restaurant that you have not been to before one hopes the experience will be a good one. The Burning Tree primarily offers fish, wonderfully prepared, typically with organic vegetables grown in their own garden - this place is truly terrific. Interesting sauces, fresh organic vegetables, and salads make your meal a wonderful experience. A great wine... More 

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Coastal Maine, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Based on our research we chose Burning Tree for our annual Fall MDI week end. More restaurants are showcasing locally sourced ingredients prepared to highlight flavors, textures and visual appeal. Burning Tree seems to enjoy this direction. The hostess and servers were engaging, helpful and well versed in the menu and drinks. The shrimp,crab,scallop fritter appetizers were as good as... More 

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New Hampshire
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Burning Tree is by far my favorite restaurant on Mount Desert Island. It is just south of Bar Harbor and well worth the trek. I hadn't been in a few years, and I realized again as always what I was missing by not dining there more often. Burning Tree is small and requires reservations in adavance especially during the height... More 

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Maine
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114 reviews 114 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

When we come to Mt. Desert, we always look forward to dining at the Burning Tree. We are wondering what has happened. When we ate there a couple of days ago the service was poor and our food so salty as that it was mostly inedible. So very sad. We hope it was just a bad night, but we are... More 

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New York City, New York
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218 reviews 218 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Twas a great meal. My wife had the cod and it was excellent. I had a chicken and chorizo dish -- mmmmm. Service was also very good and the server -- young man - had good knowledge and explained the menu very eloquently. Drink were the proper size and the atmosphere was quite appealing

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EHT, NJ
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93 reviews 93 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

We had a little trouble finding the Burning Tree, but it was worth it. This is the kind of place that you seem to find out about, after you've left the area. We were visiting the Bar Harbor area and did some research and discovered The Burning Tree. Lucky us. Original dishes with the emphasis on freshness. We stayed with... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 69 Otter Creek Dr, Route 3, Bar Harbor, ME 04660
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  DownEast and Acadia Maine  >  Bar Harbor
  • Phone Number: 207 288 9331

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions

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