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McKay's Public House

231 Main St, Bar Harbor, ME 04609-1744
207-288-2002
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Ranked #36 of 119 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
Stevensville, Maryland, United States
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Food was hit or miss for 4 diners. My wife had the Seafood Risotto and it was very tasty. I had the Duck Meatloaf because I like to experiment. It was terrible. Not because it was duck but because it was deep fried like Peking Duck! It came with a blackened outer layer. No where was this described in the... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

My boyfriend enjoyed his lobster mac and cheese, but I'm a vegetarian, and the curry dish was a little odd. The flavor was good, but the mixture of vegetables (although fresh) was weird-- tons of carrots, some broccoli and cauliflower, all over rice and black beans. Many cooks just don't know what to do with veggies.

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Ottawa
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Visited twice while in Bar Harbor. Both times the food was delicious. My husband had the seafood risotto twice! I tried the shepherd's pie and the beet salad. Both had a unique twist and were very flavourful. The lamb in the shepherd's pie was very tender. Also had the smoked haddock dip. I wasn't sure I would like it but... More

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Fredericton, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Had dinner on Thursday night, July 17th. It was the perfect evening to sit outside in their cozy outdoor area. The owner/manager was very nice and sat us at our seats. There was a guitarist playing outside and the music was lovely. Our server has very friendly and helpful. We were a little slow receiving our drinks but the food... More

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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

The food was delicious and the host was very helpful in seating us at a table we preferred. The outdoor seating was really nice with a guitar player for entertainment. The wait for our food was a little long but not enough to keep me from going back!

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New Jersey
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Went to McKay's after doing a little research on TripAdvisor and asking a few locals. Dined outside and enjoyed the outside dining area. Tried the pork appetizer served over a waffle with maple syrup. Waffle was cooked too much and pork lacked taste. Had the consistency of tuna salad. For dinner we shared the jerk chicken and the steak entrees.... More

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Virginia
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85 reviews 85 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Great atmosphere and they have a guitar player at night. Service was great and the food was fresh and hot. They also have a happy hour between 4 PM and 6 PM, however unlike a lot of the other restaurants in the area they only offer two dollars off draft beer and no discount on wine. Had the salmon which... More

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Hampton,ct
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39 reviews 39 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

we had the flounder special tonight. It was very good but it wasn't enough to feed a child and I'm not a big eater......

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Cortlandt Manor, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

This restaurant certainly has the ambience! We ate outside under the string lights with the guitarist playing in the background. We ordered a few apps: sweet potato fries and jerk wings. Both very good, though skimpy on the wings portion. My filet mignon and my husband's ribeye were underwhelming. The cuts didn't seem prime. Overall would not come back, thought... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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30 reviews 30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We would have enjoyed sitting outside in the garden but it was a bit too windy that evening, so we sat at an inside table. The service was average; our waitress couldn't find drink menus, the dinner came out while we were still eating appetizers, etc. The food was very good and I l

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