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Reading Room

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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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Sun - Sat 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Dessert, Lunch, 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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  • 382
    Excellent
  • 106
    Very good
  • 57
    Average
  • 19
    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
A step above the typical "View" restaurant

We were pleasantly surprised with our experience at the Reading Room. This 100% location and sunset view dining room offered very good food and service at a reasonable price. After a week of solid seafood I opted for the filet mignon (delivered as ordered medium-rare) in a delicious wine sauce... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
Ken P
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Dallas, Texas
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
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Dallas, Texas
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

We were pleasantly surprised with our experience at the Reading Room. This 100% location and sunset view dining room offered very good food and service at a reasonable price. After a week of solid seafood I opted for the filet mignon (delivered as ordered medium-rare) in a delicious wine sauce, and my wife had the lobster served out of shell.... More 

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Portland, Maine
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

Time Warp. My wife and I had dinner at the Reading Room last night, and are happy to report that the 1980s are alive and well in this stodgy seaside dining room. From the burgundy vested and black bow-tied wait staff, white lacquered furniture and live piano muzak, right down to the steamed vegetables with a sprinkling of colorful diced... More 

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Munster, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

A must see Inn and restaurant. So beautiful and you can see the bay I think from almost every seat. We sat right by the window. Staff was very friendly and very helpful, food was excellent, chef does an excellent job.

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Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

We were traveling with 2 other couples. We went to the Reading Room and had Valerie for our server. She did an outstanding job, keeping our glasses filled and paying attention to all of the dinner details. Our dinner was excellent. We had the Maple Salmon. The view from our table was amazing especially as we watched the sunset. We... More 

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Middletown, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

The food was delicious, beautiful views and a pianist. The service was wonderful. Do not have to dress formal despite being one of the top notch restaurants in town. I got the vegetable wellington and it was amazing. Will be going back.

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Boxborough, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015 NEW

Have been here before 10 years ago and decide to go back with the family for the Father's Day dinner. Probably the best location in town, right on the water overlooking the harbor. Ask to be seated at the window... When you walk-in, the first impression you get it is like being back in time, old fashion New England upscale... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

The finest restaurant in this charming town. The food was amazing, the view spectacular and the service was incredible. Many of the wait staff is from Jamaica so they are fun loving and add sizzle to the dining experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Reservations help to get better dining views. Ask questions and don't be shy to request items you prefer, they are very accommodating.

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Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

As an update to my previous review of this restaurant, the difference in the wait service was like night and day. Less formal, chaotic movement, water glasses not refilled, used silverware not replaced, gentlemen served before the ladies and untrained wait staff. We actually heard a waiter chastise a customer at another table for using salt. The food was still... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

We (wife,son,myself) had one of the best meals we have ever had here on our recent vacation to Boston and Maine. We were staying at the Bar Harbor Inn so they gave us a voucher for for each of us to have a complete meal (soup/salad, entree, dessert, soft drink) for only $43 a piece, which ended up saving us... 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 37
Cuisine: Seafood

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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, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, 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?