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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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Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, 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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  • 400
    Excellent
  • 116
    Very good
  • 62
    Average
  • 21
    Poor
  • 13
    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
Bar Harbor Trip

Great location and excellent food! Comfortable atmosphere to have children with and still enjoy great food.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
Abbey H
via mobile
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW via mobile

Great location and excellent food! Comfortable atmosphere to have children with and still enjoy great food.

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Rochester, Minnesota, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

The views at the place are probably the best of any restaurant in Bar Harbor. The atmosphere is a bit stuffy though. The service was good. The food was overall really disappointing. I had the "lobster pot pie" which was literally consisted of chunks of lobster in a dish of was appeared to be milk and soggy bread crumbs. I... More 

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Wayland, Massachusetts
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

We really enjoyed our experience at the Reading Room restaurant. Our server, Tonya was so helpful with the menu and the area. Our meal was delicious from start to finish! We will definitely return to the restaurant and possibly stay at the Inn.

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Amsterdam, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Lobster pie was full of flavor. They made smart cocktails. The filet mignon was excellent. Meyer lemon cheesecake was out of this world, as was the blueberry pie. Server was attentive to our every need. Great view of the harbor!

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

If you're looking for a classy place for dinner in Bar Harbor, we can definitely recommend the Reading Room. Fairly formal atmosphere, beautiful dining room with great views, professional service. Good but expensive food choices. A place to go if you want to splash out.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

From start to finish, our dining experience was thoroughly enjoyable. We needed to downsize our party from 8 to 4 less than an hour before our reserved time. As a result, I was concerned that we wouldn't be able to have a harbor view, but the staff graciously granted our request, despite the late change. Our server, Valorie, was personable... More 

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Phoenix, Maryland
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed everything the Reading Room had to offer. Breakfast and dinner choices will suit all tastes. Excellent presentations. Would highly recommend.

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Reading, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Visited the Reading room several times during our stay. The bar is cozey and intimate, the restuarant is exceptional and so is the food. We had an excellent experience and highly encourage aanyone to take it in during their stay in Bar Harbor.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

A bit pricey for the food, but if you're staying at the hotel it is convenient. The view is nice on a pretty day. Overall impression is that the place is overdue for a major renovation -- just seems tired. If you have the energy and inclination, you're probably better off bellying up to one of the more casual eating... More 

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Macon, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Dinner music played while we overlooked the harbor. We were in Maine so we had to order the lobster, right? The lobster arrived and it was wonderful! It was sweet & huge! There was an array of breads and of course we had blueberries - even corn muffins with the berries. The tiramisu was out of this world.

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Additional Information about Reading Room

Address: 7 Newport Drive, Bar Harbor Inn, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609
Phone Number: 800-248-3351
Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  DownEast and Acadia Maine  >  Mount Desert Island  >  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, 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: Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic

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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?