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Reading Room

7 Newport Drive, Bar Harbor Inn, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
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Ranked #10 of 116 restaurants in Bar Harbor
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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84% Recommend
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English first
St Austell, United Kingdom
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

One of the best meals I've had in the USA! Lovely presentation and taste to the food. Setting of the restaurant is picture book location with uninterrupted views of the ocean.

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Mississauga, Canada
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46 reviews 46 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW via mobile

What a wonderful dinner. Had my birthday dinner and it was wonderful. For was fantastic, service was great. Everyone was so friendly. I would like to stay there next time, it looks like such a nice inn.

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Denville, New Jersey
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172 reviews 172 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
238 helpful votes 238 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

We stayed in the hotel on a rainy night to have dinner in the restaurant. The dining room looked very charming and inviting and we were not disappointed. The food and service were equally good and it turned out to be a very nice evening. Best dinner we had in Bar Harbor.

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Niagara Falls, Canada
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55 reviews 55 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

Do yourself a favor - for a more modern and contemporary dining experience, go to a more cutting-edge place. There are a few of them in town. The Reading Room is right out of the 1950s ( serving up, one could argue, similarly-prepared food ). The bow-tied maitre d' is still there. He'll sit you down acting like you're about... More

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Bar Harbor, Maine
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

This past summer I celebrated the engagement of my sister and her fiance with a fine dinner in the Reading Room. Our waiter was very attentive and personable, the view was stunning, and the food was absolutely delicious. I highly recommend their luscious chocolate lava cake for dessert! It was the perfect setting for such a celebration. I will most... More

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Hoover, Alabama
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

Everything on the menu is great! Love their breakfast and dinner selections. Also, the room service menu is the same as the dining room's.

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Luzon, Philippines
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

I had my dinner at the restaurant together with my 6 girlfriends last October 2013. I really loved the ambiance of the restaurant and we were seated near the window over viewing the Frenchman Bay. Before we have our dinner we ordered cocktail drinks at the Lounge and it was Awesome!! The food was SUPERB! And I had a delectable... More

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Plymouth, Massachusetts
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139 reviews 139 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

Several decades ago, we were regular yearly diners at the Reading Room in the Bar Harbor Inn. Back then, the food was very inventive and creative and well worth the high menu prices. At some point in time, a decision was apparently made to dumb down the menu in order to accommodate the tastes of what they considered their target... More

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Seal Harbor, Maine
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

We realized this restaurant was about to close for the season, so we just had to go again. We could not have asked for better service from our waitstaff and from the hostess, The food was superb. We had grilled scallops with mushroom risotto and asparagus wrapped in puff pastry with Gruyere cheese that were almost main course sized appetizers.... More

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Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

We sat along the window every time and never got tired of the view. The service was impeccable but still relaxed. The food was fantastic and there were a number of options we liked the look of so after one failed attempt to eat elsewhere we just decided that despite the cost it was worth it to go back and... More

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