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Reading Room

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7 Newport Drive, Bar Harbor Inn, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
800-248-3351
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5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Refined pleasures await you in the Reading Room Restaurant. You will enjoy...
Refined pleasures await you in the Reading Room Restaurant. You will enjoy a dining experience where the delicious cuisine and attentive service are surpassed only by the breathtaking ocean view. Our menu includes fresh seafood, choice cuts of meat, daily specials and memorable desserts. Please note that we are unable to guarantee window tables You can request a window and we will do our very best! Come join us and the nightly live entertainment of grand piano music which provides the perfect ambiance to the fine dining experience. Dinner is served nightly and the dress code is informal.
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  • 345
    Excellent
  • 102
    Very good
  • 54
    Average
  • 18
    Poor
  • 12
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Excellent meal

My wife and I had dinner here in Oct 2014. Food and service was excellent. Elegant dining room looking out over the harbor. Highly recommend.

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 3, 2014
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Saint John
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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531 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Saint John
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

My wife and I had dinner here in Oct 2014. Food and service was excellent. Elegant dining room looking out over the harbor. Highly recommend.

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 via mobile

We ate dinner here our first night in Bar Harbor. We loved it. This restaurant had a great atmosphere. The service and food were excellent. We highly recommend it to anyone vacationing in Bar Harbor.

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Delmar, New York
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260 reviews 260 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

We stayed at the Bar Harbor Inn and Resort in Bar Harbor Maine and were given a coupon for their restaurant, The Reading Room for a full dinner as part of the package deal we chose. It was EXCELLENT. The view on the water was stunning and the food top notch. Everything about the Bar Harbor Inn and this Restaurant... More 

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Westbrook, Maine, USA
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

WOW, amazing food and drink options. Everything has a special touch and is made with intention. The service is top notch.

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Park Ridge, New Jersey
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I and another couple dined at the Reading Room twice during a recent vacation in Bar Harbor, Maine. We would highly recommend this restaurant. The dining room is comfortably elegant with an informal yet classy ambience, enhanced by delightful offerings from a proficient pianist playing unobtrusively in the background. The meals were expertly prepared and well-presented, served... More 

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Grand Isle, Vermont
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97 reviews 97 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

The Reading Room is clearly geared for handling hundreds of covers per night. So the menu reflects ingredients they can acquire in those quantities and is a contrast to the "farm to table" that is what the best places are doing. Food was good but not great and pretty predictable for an upscale place. Service was efficient but mechanical. Room... More 

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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163 reviews 163 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

Another popular restaurant in Bar Harbor frequented by locals, hotel guests and tourists. We were pleased to have made a booking as this was a busy night. Service was a little on the slow side but our meals were well cooked and presented. Maybe there are other restaurants in Bar Harbor which have a better atmosphere and probably better food... More 

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Hunterdon County
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57 reviews 57 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Though we were here after sundown, one can imagine the spectacular water-side view afforded by most of the seating in this classic restaurant. Excellent New England chowder; my husband had a fabulous filet mignon and lobster tail, I had a seafood medley over rice - the dish was listed as spicy on the menu, and when I asked our server... More 

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Carmichael
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34 reviews 34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

This is the restaurant in the hotel and we had breakfast two mornings and the food had freshly made flavor and was served piping hot. The dinner was multi course and they serve a sorbet before the main course. Everything we ordered was excellent!

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Sydney, Australia
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120 reviews 120 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Disappointing as we were told it was excellent and were very much looking forward to it. When we arrived our request for a window was met with vague apologies and half hearted apology. We were also told that this restaurant had a dress code -we wasted our time dressing to see a couple in frayed jeans and t-shirts seated not... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 7 Newport Drive, Bar Harbor Inn, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  DownEast and Acadia Maine  >  Bar Harbor
  • Phone Number: 800-248-3351

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 0 - 37
  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

Description

Refined pleasures await you in the Reading Room Restaurant. You will enjoy a dining experience where the delicious cuisine and attentive service are surpassed only by the breathtaking ocean view. Our menu includes fresh seafood, choice cuts of meat, daily specials and memorable desserts. Please note that we are unable to guarantee window tables You can request a window and we will do our very best! Come join us and the nightly live entertainment of grand piano music which provides the perfect ambiance to the fine dining experience. Dinner is served nightly and the dress code is informal.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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