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“Fine dining” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Thistle Inn Restaurant

The Thistle Inn Restaurant
55 Oak St, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538-1818
207-633-3541
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Price range: $7 - $30
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Bar scene, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: The Thistle Inn is the perfect mix of fine cuisine and casual fare. We use only the freshest ingredients and everything is home made, including salad dressings, fresh baked breads and desserts. The best way to describe our food is an eclectic mix of American cuisine with a hint of international flavors. We let the availability of local produce and seafood influence the menu.
New York
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51 reviews 51 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Fine dining”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

A little off the beaten path and no view but a lovely, charming inn with a euro feel dining room. Also a nice outside seating area which we did not use but which was packed. Food was very good, not the best I've had but very tasty. Service was a little slow but more in a relaxing manner rather than a lack of good service. We weren't rushed and thoroughly enjoyed our meal.

Visited August 2014
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New Orleans
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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Tired of lobster? Eat here!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

It's hard to pass up the lobsters in Maine, but we decided to try the Thistle Inn restaurant for something different one night. It's a cozy restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating. The food was amazingly good. We enjoyed wonderful lamb chops, shrimp risotto, lobster risotto, lovely salads, and nice wines. It's a great treat.

  • Visited August 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Boothbay, Maine
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4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Great for kids too!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Although they don't have a children's menu, they do have OUTSTANDING chicken fingers from the pub menu that you can get in the dining room if you go with a child. Yummy mussels too!

Visited August 2014
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New Hampshire
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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Great food, Great service.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Thistle Inn Boothbay..... Dinner - Seared Sea Scallops.
Crisp Parma Prosciutto and Creamy Orzo, Sautéed Spinach and Heirloom Tomatoes....

Scallops were cooked perfectly..... Accompanied by two little dollops of mustard seed, somehow sautéed to an awesome full flavor that was sweet and a little crunchy - a perfect match. Paired with a glass of white wine, who could ask for more?
A little pricey but still worth the 5 stars from me.
For dessert, I had a flourless chocolate cake that would satisfy any chocoholic. 4.5 stars

  • Visited August 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Petoskey, Michigan
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325 reviews 325 reviews
184 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 104 cities Reviews in 104 cities
253 helpful votes 253 helpful votes
“Outstanding in Every Way!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

We almost don't want to tell you about The Thistle Inn, because we want it all to ourselves. We went three times in five days...twice for dinner and once for breakfast. By far, this is the best restaurant in Boothbay Harbor. The food is excellent, the servers are all top-notch and the Happy Hour is wonderful. We couldn't get a seat the first time we attempted Happy Hour in the Dory Pub, so we headed straight outside for a fabulous dinner. The lazy man's lobster is awesome - fresh, tender and the risotto is just perfectly done. My husband had the haddock and raved about it. The next time we came early and had a splendid martini at the Dory Pub. Dinner followed at a cozy booth where I tried the scallops and husband took my earlier lead and enjoyed the lazy lobster. Excellent wine list with reasonable prices. We asked the server where she would recommend breakfast and she said, "here." So, we went back the next morning and I had amazingly, perfectly cooked eggs benedict and my husband had waffles. Great service (again) and lovely to sit outside. They are apparently one of the few places open year round and I can see why. We've been to Amsterdam, Bruges, Baltimore, Detroit and Los Angeles this year and this ranks as one of the best restaurant experiences of our whole year.

  • Visited August 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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