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McKay's Public House

231 Main St, Bar Harbor, ME 04609-1744
207-288-2002
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Ranked #39 of 122 Restaurants in Bar Harbor
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: American
Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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English first
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Mackay's has just about everything going for it. The atmosphere is nice with indoor and outdoor seating. Indoors has a great feel of dark wood and a historic feel. The service was attentive. The menu had a great selection, was reasonably priced and all the food fantastic. They have a nice wine list and a good selection of local brews,... More

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New York
Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW via mobile

Good food is not easy to find in Bar Harbor, but McKay's did not disappoint. Over the course of a week's stay my husband and I ate dinner there 3 times, all solidly good pub food. The burgers were very good, and the salmon I ordered was excellent. The jerk chicken wings were fine, as was the pork short rib.... More

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Altamont, New York
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Luckily, we were planning on an early dinner, and made a reservation for 5:30 without a problem. The restaurant filled quickly. We had chosen outside seating, but were offered a change if we were interested, since it looked a bit threatening. All for naught, we ate outside, and enjoyed lovely live guitar music. The crab cake appetizers were served with... More

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Delray Beach, Florida
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73 reviews 73 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW via mobile

There are a lot of things going for McKay's such as the beautiful outside setting, dinner music and friendly hosts. Unfortunately, that's about it. Our dinner reservation was for 7:45 PM last Saturday night. Although we were promptly seated, our waiter didn't show up to our table for at least 20 minutes. When he eventually arrived to take our drink... More

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Stamford, Connecticut
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Great food and a perfect outdoor dinning space with live music! The restaurant was not right in the hustle and bustle of downtown Bar Harbor so it was much more low key and relaxing.

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Sainte-Julie, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

We were a group of 8 from Montréal. I had reserved a table for 8 outdoors at 8 o`clock 3 days prior (for a Monday night). We were seated 20 minutes late, the propane lamp closest to our table wasn`t functional, and one of our party was extremely cold for the 2 hours we were there. Only one wine menu... More

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Vienna, Austria
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

What a nice spot! The outdoor seating is very accommodative to dogs, so my owner was happy to bring me along. Believe me, there are not many places in Bar Harbor which welcome dogs and provide great food! But my owner raved about his meal as did the entire family. McKay's is now a regular for us. They even brought... More

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Orlando, Florida, United States
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

We had a wonderful time at McKay's public house. The garden ambiance is absolutely perfect. The night we were there, they had live entertainment (folk guitar), which added so much to the evening. The service was beyond friendly and made us feel like we were family. They also gave us great tips on activities in and around Bar Harbor. The... More

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Maine
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15 reviews 15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Had a 3 to 4 star meal here early summer (2014); ordered the pub fish (deep fried halibut, I believe). Went back a month later (still summer), ordered the same thing and received a completely inedible meal. It was later in the evening (but still a full house of customers) and my fish tasted like it had been cooked early... More

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Hudson, New Hampshire
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

I had walked Bar Harbor looking at the dozens of restaurants to choose from for dinner and stopped and chose McKay's. There were a couple of locals there who said they love it and you go where the locals go. I sat outside in the front garden (note: Dogs are allowed in the garden so if you don't like that... More

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