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Reading Room

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7 Newport Drive, Bar Harbor Inn, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, 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, Late Night, Lunch, Delivery, 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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  • 417
    Excellent
  • 123
    Very good
  • 70
    Average
  • 24
    Poor
  • 15
    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
Delicious!! Worth every penny!!!

I put off eating here for eons just because I had always heard that it's so expensive. I assumed it was just another restaurant. I could get decent food just about anywhere. Well, I got invited as someone's guest. How can you pass that up! The food is out of this world. This is, by far, the best... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
MarySchoRit
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Hawthorne, New Jersey
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
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Hawthorne, New Jersey
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

I put off eating here for eons just because I had always heard that it's so expensive. I assumed it was just another restaurant. I could get decent food just about anywhere. Well, I got invited as someone's guest. How can you pass that up! The food is out of this world. This is, by far, the best food I... More 

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Seneca, South Carolina
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Dinner was AMAZING! We had the Mâché & mixed green salads...they were very fresh & the house made dressing was great. The lobster with sherry sauce was very good. The sauce was not overwhelming, the way it should be. Some restaurants smother the food, not this one. My husband had the lamb chops & was gnawing the bones. He said... More 

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Burlington, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

I found this from NYT 36 hours in Bar Harbor. Views were probably the best Bar Harbor has to offer. Meal was above average. Live piano was a plus. Kids were able to play on the lawn after dinner. Beautiful hotel and lobby. And free valet parking.

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Strongsville, Ohio
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

This restaurant is worth eating at just for the view of the water. This view created a delightful way to dine. Our server was excellent, happy and helpful. All four people in our group enjoyed their meals. Most of all the atmosphere was relaxing after a very busy day.

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phila
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

15 years ago I stayed at the Bar Harbor Inn and remembered the Reading Room for its sophisticated atmosphere and gourmet food. It is still as upscale dining rom for Bar Harbor but the food is at best mediocre. The lobster was good but the green beans were overcooked and the potatoes dry and not creamy. The special for the... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Waiter seemed inexperienced, have to say the service wasn't good overall. They wouldn't seat us at a better view on my request, despite the fact that there were only two other couples in there, and instead sat us directly next to one of them. Foodwise, the cinnamon roll french toast was good. Eggs Benedict were overdone, sent back, then underdone.... More 

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DEstin Fl
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

We loved our anniversary meal here--- perhaps because of Tonya, the world's best server! The food is superb and the service was spot on!! We enjoyed both the clam chowder and the lobster bisque. The filet+ lobster was perfect as was the lobster removed from the shell-- great sides with mashed potatoes, green beans, carrots and squash. For dessert, you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

We had the opportunity to dine in the Reading Restaurant, and it was outstanding. Excellent, friendly service, and the food was delicious and well worth the trip. Very awesome find!

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San Francisco, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

We at here to celebrate a special occasion. We had a wonderful table by the window and enjoyed our lobster dinner. I felt the service could have been a little better. We ordered cocktails before dinner and wine with dinner. The cocktails arrived with our salad. Then when our dinner arrived we were told our wine would be delivered immediately.... More 

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Orono, Maine
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Don't let the atmosphere and the nice location fool you because you will spend a ridiculous amount of money for a very disappointing meal. We had the bruschetta chicken and it was horrible! I even tried to give the dessert a shot, and was again disappointed...never again!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 7 Newport Drive, Bar Harbor Inn, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  DownEast and Acadia Maine  >  Mount Desert Island  >  Bar Harbor
  • Phone Number: 800-248-3351

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 37
  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romantic, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions

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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?