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Reading Room

7 Newport Drive, Bar Harbor Inn, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
800-248-3351
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Ranked #13 of 122 Restaurants in Bar Harbor
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $0 - $37
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Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
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.
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English first
Glendale, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

This is a lovely restaurant. We were fortunate to be seated by the window overlooking the harbor: a wonderful setting. We had the rack of lamb and the lobster pie. Both were good. The service, however, was poor. It took way too long for our waiter to come over and greet us, and he was poorly attentive the entire evening.... More

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Cape Porpoise, ME
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW via mobile

Location: home run Food: hit and miss; lobster bisque very meh, entrees mostly very good, desserts good but not great Service: for us, unfortunately, a huge miss. Not sure I've ever had a meal where every single dish went to the wrong person - and this is with a party of two.

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Belle Mead, New Jersey
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Food was fantastic, views were even better. Staff was friendly, manager stooped by to chat. Piano player was a wonderful addition to a great dinner

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Belden, Mississippi
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Romantic view of Harbor outside @ Sunset-favorite night of our trip! Fresh Maine seafood steamed right in front of you with casual outdoor seating & terrific service-doesn't get any better than that!

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Hamilton, New Jersey
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW via mobile

Wonderful meal! Fantastic service. Fun informative bartenders (we arrived early for a drink). View is outstanding. Scallop appy to die for. Also drooled over our entrees haddock & lobster pie! Mmmm a bit pricey but you get what you pay for here!

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Warwick, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Classic dining room in historic hotel with great menu. Views of harbor, and sunset, pianist playing sets the scene, dress for dinner and a wonderful experience.

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Connecticut
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

The title of the review says it all. We ate dinner early and had a seat by the windows overlooking the harbor and the islands. The service was outstanding and both meals excellent.

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We ate at the outside Terrace Grille at the Reading Room. Fantastic view. Good food. A bit more laid back atmosphere than what you find inside at the Reading Room.

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Massapequa, New York
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

The Reading Room Restaurant in the Bar Harbor Inn was an experience. One of the more beautiful restaurants we have we have ever eaten it. The view (Rotunda) from the curved windows (our table was at one of the windows) over looking the harbor and bay was magnificent! The service was great! There was a live pianist playing in the... More

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Plymouth, Massachusetts
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

You can't beat the atmosphere and view if you're in bar harbor. The food was good, not great. It's very expensive to not have great food. The desserts were wonderful.

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