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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, Lunch, Dessert, Dinner, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
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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Visitor rating
  • 365
    Excellent
  • 104
    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
The Perfect Anniversary Dinner

Great piano music. Beautiful waterfront view for every seat on the dining room. Professional service. Perfectly prepared food. You get what you pay for here.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Local cuisine
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English first
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Great piano music. Beautiful waterfront view for every seat on the dining room. Professional service. Perfectly prepared food. You get what you pay for here.

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TICONDEROGA
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155 reviews 155 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed the view of the harbor and the history and decor of the hotel in which this restaurant is found. My wife very much enjoyed the crabcakes, while I found that my lobster

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Glenburn, United States
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Chef Lou at the Bar Harbor Inn serves the very best lobster stew in Maine. A a lifelong Mainer, I have had more stews than I can even remember but this one, served in a homemade bread bowl, loaded with tender lobster and perfectly seasoned, stands out as extraordinary. Add to the experience Kathy Walton's well trained staff, who always... More 

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Bar Harbor, Maine
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

We come here at least once per year to enjoy the views and the incredible food, We usually eat outside on the water and that has the BEST views. Wait staff are friendly and the Food is to die for.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Beautiful views of the bay. Fabulous food. The halibut with lobster buerre Blanchard sauce was so good I wanted to lick the plate! It lived up to its reputation.

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Baldwin, New York
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3 reviews 3 reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

While we did not stay at the Bar Harbor Inn, we did dine at their Resturant which over looks the harbor. Can't say enough about the food and service. The pace of the meal, presentation and quality were all above expectations. Highly recommended!

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Havre de Grace, Maryland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

We reserved for Reading Room in Bar Harbor through open table - and this restaurant did not disappoint! Unquestionably the best harbor view in Bar Harbor with elegant surroundings, warm atmosphere, excellent food and wine list. Staff are attentive without being intrusive. Piano bar next to the restaurant. Outside patio tables. The second floor boasts a large semi circle dining... More 

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Morrisville, Vermont
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Food and views. We watched the sunset over a cup of lobster bisque. Tonya made sure we got nice pieces of lobster in there. Followed up with lazy lobster in sherry sauce it doesn't get any better than this. Make sure you get the wine pairing it's devine!

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Morristown, New Jersey
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

We went to the Reading Room for cocktails and appetizers one night during a long weekend in Bar Harbor - we will definitely be going back on our next visit. The bartenders were fantastic - very personable, fun and extremely knowledgeable about both food and cocktails. We had the mussles in coconut curry sauce - absolutely out of this world.... More 

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West Palm Beach, Florida, United States
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100 reviews 100 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Had breakfast here with a friend while visiting in the area. Tried the new veggie frittata and it was excellent. Gorgeous views and attentive staff. Not many people here for breakfast as the tourist season has not started yet.

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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 37
  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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?