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McKay's Public House

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231 Main St, Bar Harbor, ME 04609-1744
207-288-2002
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5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Good for:
Romance
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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    Very good
  • 72
    Average
  • 48
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  • 18
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Good food, great people

We were in Bar Harbor out of season but McKays was open and became a regular eating place for us in the evenings. We found the ambience excellent, food good and the people great. We enjoyed the bubbly nature of Theresa (don't hold me to the spelling) from Jamaica - awesome lady!

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
Ogsplash
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Gerringong, Australia
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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Gerringong, Australia
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44 reviews 44 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

We were in Bar Harbor out of season but McKays was open and became a regular eating place for us in the evenings. We found the ambience excellent, food good and the people great. We enjoyed the bubbly nature of Theresa (don't hold me to the spelling) from Jamaica - awesome lady!

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Bangor, Maine
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

We were welcomed by the owner who was very personable and made us feel welcome. Our waitress was a delight! Food was out of this world - fantastic beer selection. Will be back for sure!

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Bar Harbor, Maine
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

We go to McKay's every year when we visit Bar Harbor. We enjoy the good location, menu selection and good wait staff.

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Mount Desert, Maine
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99 reviews 99 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

This is one of few restaurants, in Bar Harbor, that we frequent summer or winter. We're happy that they stay open in the winter when most everything else closes. Owner most alway greets you at the door, is always cheerful and smiling. The staff are pleasant and don't rush you. The menu, from my past experience, is ever changing and... More 

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ottawa, canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

We've been visiting Bar Harbor for the past six years but only stopped in to this restaurant during our last trip this past June. It was a very pleasant surprise, great beer on tap, good wine options and great food and service. We will be back this summer.

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Revere, Massachusetts
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

I have visited McKays twice now. It is quite possibly my favorite restaurant in Acadia. Great service, beautiful spot for outdoor dining. The restaurant itself is so cozy and intimate. Great servers, and creative dishes. A total foodie find at a reasonable price.

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Bedford, New Hampshire, United States
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41 reviews 41 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

This place was right next to the hotel so we ate here a couple of times. Food was always great. Service was good. A lot of unique beers. The outdoor dining experience is comfortable and fun. Live music but not overbearing. Would gladly eat here again.

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Wareham, United Kingdom
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54 reviews 54 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Whilst the place is named a 'Public House' it was more like a restaurant, as the bar area is relatively small. However, this is no bad thing, as there are a variety of eating rooms as well as a pleasant outside courtyard. After a few drinks, we opted to eat outside, which proved a good choice - an added bonus... More 

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Ellsworth, Maine
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36 reviews 36 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

McKays is 1 of our favorite "go to" destinations. The menu is varied, lots of great apps, small plates & entrees. Whatever food mood you are in, they can accommodate. We had a lovely server, we had a couple of wine questions & she was knowledgeable & gave us a taste of both so we could decide. The owner, Brian... More 

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Venice, Florida
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128 reviews 128 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

I have eaten here nights that were great and some that were less than great. Most of the time, good food and service.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 231 Main St, Bar Harbor, ME 04609-1744
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  DownEast and Acadia Maine  >  Bar Harbor
  • Phone Number: 207-288-2002

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?