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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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Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 345
    Excellent
  • 103
    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
Anniversary Dinner

We made reservations here hoping to have the view of a beautiful sunset and we did! The service was great! The food was delicious. It was a very nice atmosphere as well. Be sure to dress nice when you go!

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 27, 2015
TLLever
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Beverly, Massachusetts
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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532 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Beverly, Massachusetts
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

We made reservations here hoping to have the view of a beautiful sunset and we did! The service was great! The food was delicious. It was a very nice atmosphere as well. Be sure to dress nice when you go!

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Naperville, Illinois
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

We made reservations for a nice meal for my husband's birthday. We ended up waiting at least a half hour before we got our table. The hostess station seemed overwhelmed and a bit unorganized. Not a good first impression. We didn't get a table by the window but we were close enough to still enjoy the view. Our waiter was... More 

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Saint John
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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
6 helpful votes 6 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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259 reviews 259 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
108 helpful votes 108 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
Top Contributor
100 reviews 100 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 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
Top Contributor
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
Top Contributor
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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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?