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McKay's Public House

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231 Main St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, 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
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations

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    Very good
  • 90
    Average
  • 54
    Poor
  • 19
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Nice Place for Dinner

There was no space outside, so we sat inside in one of the small rooms. It was nice & quiet. The food was good and the portions were adequate. I had fish & chips while my wife had the meatloaf, which she enjoyed very much. The service was disappointing as our original server never came back and her... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
Robert I
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Tampa, Florida
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
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English first
North Conway, New Hampshire
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35 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

We were celebrating out anniversary and chose this venue because of the reviews - and I strongly feel the need to steer others to this destination. Very good food, the lit garden was a delight, beautiful live guitar music in the background, our server Lucca was a delight and had excellent wine recommendations. This is a diamond in the rough... More 

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Waltham, Massachusetts
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32 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

After strolling through town on a busy Saturday night (a few cruise ships had pulled into the harbor), we tried to find someplace for dinner that did not have an overwhelmingly long wait. We were drawn towards McKays by the live music (courtesy of Bob Bowman) and lovely lit garden seating. There was a short wait to sit outside in... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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27 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

There was no space outside, so we sat inside in one of the small rooms. It was nice & quiet. The food was good and the portions were adequate. I had fish & chips while my wife had the meatloaf, which she enjoyed very much. The service was disappointing as our original server never came back and her replacement had... More 

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Saint Petersburg, Florida, United States
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

This was recommended by the owners of the B&B we stayed in. Great recommendation. He is a chef himself and it is one of his favorites. We split the lobster mac and cheese. We also split an appetizer of a country rib. Both were delicious. There was a whole 1 1/4 pound lobster in our dish. Very pleasant atmosphere.

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW via mobile

We went here based on the recommendation of the hotel and we were not disappointed. It is the perfect location for a romantic dinner. We sat on their beautiful patio on a loverly fresh evening and even a short rain shower could not drive us inside although many of the guests relocated to dryer quarters. I had the duck confit... More 

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Lexington, Kentucky
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

The patio/porch/garden has a great ambiance. The lobster mac & cheese is to die for. Good selection of locally sourced meat, seafood & veggies.

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Mississauga, Canada
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

We were directed to McKay's by the B&B we stayed it - we managed to get a seat on the patio early evening - a great place to unwind after a long drive. Our meals were both excellent (Sea Food Chowder & Lobster Mac & Cheese) and the service was prompt and attentive. I think if we lived nearby we'd... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

We enjoyed fine dining and a couple of drinks outside in the garden like setting. Lights are strung in trees and also from tree to tree, making the table settings intimate and warm. Happy we dined there!

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Providence, Rhode Island
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Right next to the Grand Hotel. A nice place at night for some acoustic live music (i could hear it from the Grand Hotel room I had if the windows were open)

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Maine
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

My boyfriend and I were seating outside in their garden patio. It was beautiful with lights and shrubs and even little birds around us. It was adorable. We both order the sirloin and it was average for steak. We ordered it medium and there was no pink in either steak. I would go again just for the atmosphere and give... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions
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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