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Reading Room

7 Newport Drive, Bar Harbor Inn, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
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Ranked #18 of 120 Restaurants in Bar Harbor
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $37
Sun - Sat 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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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Saint John
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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
16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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240 reviews 240 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 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
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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92 reviews 92 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 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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56 reviews 56 reviews
44 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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Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
19 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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103 reviews 103 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 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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Additional Information about Reading Room

Address: 7 Newport Drive, Bar Harbor Inn, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Phone Number: 800-248-3351
Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  DownEast and Acadia Maine  >  Bar Harbor
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
Average Prices: USD 0 - 37
Cuisine: Seafood

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