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Reading Room

7 Newport Drive, Bar Harbor Inn, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
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Ranked #8 of 120 restaurants in Bar Harbor
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $37
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
Kensington, Maryland
Top Contributor
74 reviews 74 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We had the lobster bake, which was served without much fanfare. The chowder was a little bland, as were the blueberry muffins. The clams were also very gritty, but the mussels were good. The butter for the lobster was very bland-margarine. However, the blueberry pie was pretty spectacular, matched only by the view of the harbor. I'm happy with our... More

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Evanston, Illinois
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43 reviews 43 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

I went and sat at the terrace with my family and there a total of 10 people. A person in my party had called to make a reservation on the terrace, but was told they could not reserve the terrace unless we spoke to the restaurant's manager about it in advance. The manager was called several times the week before... More

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Miramichi, Canada
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

The friendliness, extravagance, the view was unreal, the food was unreal and it was the best service I have ever had in all my travels (and that is a lot)!!

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Oneonta, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Our family had 2 dinners at this excellent restaurant as part of a package deal through our hotel. The food was excellent and the service was excellent. The prime rib was cooked as ordered, and the lobster was delicious. Dinner was accompanied by a talented pianist, and the overall atmosphere was elegant and relaxing. The harbor views are lovely.

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Top Contributor
82 reviews 82 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

The room is great...overlooking the harbor w amazing sunset views! The food is quite good--lobster out of shell and cioppino (?sp?) were both good. Decent wine list..good blueberry pie (as expected!)...adequate service...busboys were quite nice! Definitely a place to try!

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Avondale Estates, GA
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Food was very good. Our family had lobster, surf and turf and haddock. Service was very attentive and view of the harbor was wonderful. A little pricey, but overall a wonderful dinner.

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18 reviews 18 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

The Reading Room has one of the best coastal views of any restaurant I have ever visited; comparable to previous favorites of mine including places such as: Lake Como, Portofino, Barbados and Sausalito. The service was first class. I had the Seafood Cioppino which was perfect. My wife loved her Halibut and our son devoured the largest plate of grilled... More

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San Francisco, California
16 reviews 16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We had dinner at the Reading Room to celebrate a special birthday during our vacation in Bar Harbor, and it was a highlight of the trip! The dining room itself is elegant and beautiful, but the real aesthetic treat is the stunning view of the ocean. Live piano music is another lovely touch, and our son age 7 was made... More

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BHI-GM, Manager at Reading Room, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review the Reading Room Restaurant on Tripadvisor. I was happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us. The Reading Room is ideal for celebrating a special occasion! Our beautiful dining room was built in 1887 as a Private Men's Club. I am pleased to hear that you appreciated the whole experience.... More

Boston, Massachusetts
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We went here after reading the good reviews.The restaurant has a beautiful view, nice setting and very pleasant and attentive service staff. The positive experience ended there. If you sit down in a restaurant with $30 entrees and they serve you margarine instead of butter it would probably be smart to leave then. The duck confit was probably one of... More

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Mount Lebanon, Pennsylvania
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

This was the best meal we had in Bar Harbor. It was not inexpensive ,but it was worth it. From the manager,to the server ,they were professional and seemed to take pride in their respected jobs. It was one of the meals you remember years later. I bought one of the chef's cookbooks which he was nice enough to have... More

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BHI-GM, Manager at Reading Room, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind comments regarding your meal in the Reading Room Restaurant. I am happy to say that each member of our staff enjoys what they do. Dinner in the Reading Room is an enjoyable experience! I look forward to seeing you again (and I hope you enjoy your cookbook!) Cathy Walton Food Service Director More

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