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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: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 103
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  • 60
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  • 19
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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
Perfect after a long day of hiking!

We decided to come here after our long day of hiking. I was really excited to come here after seeing their menu. When we arrived we of course did not have a reservation and the wait was well over an hour. We were given the option to wait in the bar or even dine there if we could get seats.... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
scubagal125
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Alexandria, Virginia
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Alexandria, Virginia
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37 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We decided to come here after our long day of hiking. I was really excited to come here after seeing their menu. When we arrived we of course did not have a reservation and the wait was well over an hour. We were given the option to wait in the bar or even dine there if we could get seats.... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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51 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016

Dined here on NYE and was impressed. The name public house implied to me that it would be, well a pub but this was more of a fancy restaurant with very good food, drinks and service. Oysters were some of the best we had during our trip and my fish was very good.

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Telford, Pennsylvania, United States
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

We were so happy this lovely restaurant was next door to our hotel. The children loved the mac and cheese, my hubby loved the steak, and I loved it all. The food, atmosphere and live guitar music. We ate there twice and enjoyed the outdoor dining in July, not something we can always do comfortably in PA. This is a... More 

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Elgin, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

My wife & I had dinner here. We both had the Lobster Mac & Cheese and it was the one of the best meals we had in BH. 2 Beers, shared salad (which was excellent) and a couple of coffees.. $94. Nice place but I would not go spend another $100.

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Thank Tom R
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015 via mobile

Cool little restaurant in an old house that is thankfully open in the off season! We had the boiled lobster with the delicious mashed potatoes and lobster Mac n cheese. Both were great!! Service was very friendly as well and I wish I knew our waiter's name because he was very nice and helpful in showing us how to get... More 

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St Albans
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

We were recommended this place by Holbrook House and it proved an excellent tip; we ate here twice. Excellent food from an extensive menu. Busy place so book ahead or arrive early. Very good bar with expert barman - terrific cocktails!

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Thank ClassicalBoy
Pittsburgh
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55 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

We stopped here on a recent trip to Bar Harbor and were so happy we did. Sat at the bar where we had great conversation with the bartender and enjoyed delicious appetizers and drinks. The ambiance is wonderful - cozy, dark, great decor. Definitely a place to enjoy some cocktails and I'm sure the food is good too!

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Thank Pgh15203
Texas
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18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015 via mobile

We ate here the last night of their season and we are glad we did! The lobster Mac and cheese was amazing as was the clam chowder. An excellent selections of local beers. Our server was very attentive, prompt and helpful. We highly recommend this restaurant and would return again.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

On a night of bar hopping, had a beer and appetizer, korean tacos which were scrumptious and spicy. Very nice bar area, great vibes and it was crowded in the middle of the week. Bartender was nice and made some good recommendations on the local brews. People around me all commented on the quality of the food and it looked... More 

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Ithaca, New York
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35 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015

Came across this place on a trip to Bar Harbor in September. Located at the end of Main St, the restaurants boasts a really incredible garden dining experience. Lots of different dining spaces inside the restaurant as well, plus a tiny bar. We didn't have a reservation and were initially told a 20 minute wait, so we went to the... 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: Bar scene, Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic
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?