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“Quintessential Maine in August, superb cuisine overlooking the harbor” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Boathouse Bistro Tapas Lounge & Restaurant

The Boathouse Bistro Tapas Lounge & Restaurant
12 By-Way, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538
(207) 633-0400
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Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: Bistro
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Scenic view
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Richardson, TX
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“Quintessential Maine in August, superb cuisine overlooking the harbor”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

The Boathouse Bistro Tapas Bar and Restaurant is quaint 3 story restaurant overlooking Boothbay Harbor. If you don't mind the climb, go up to the top level for the best view. Wish they would put the electrical wires underground, but it's still worth it for the food...The minute you see the appetizers you'll know you're in a special place. We started with the butternut squash soup laced with coconut milk which added a slight sweetness and then started in on the hot appetizer/tapas - we shared 3 items: the Asian Lobster and Crab Cakes, pan seared with a coconut lemon grass sauce, my sister dove into the Maine Maple Scallops, seared medium rare, with a risotto pancake and that famous Maine blueberry sauce and finally the caramelized onion and cheese tartlet..It's 2 months later and I can still enjoy the memory of that lunch...You will not be disappointed in this wide/varied menu..It's gourmet dining in a very casual setting..Check out the menu and the pictures on their web site www.theboathousebistro.com.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Copley, Ohio
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47 reviews 47 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Wonderful tapas/smaller portions of great food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

We had great local beer (try the allagash) and I had sliders. Husband had goat cheese prawns and maple scallops. All were amazing. 2 tapas for him and 3 sliders for me made plenty for dinner. We sat on the 3rd floor roof and watched boats sail into the harbor. Perfect evening.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Venice, Florida
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
“Others can not be wrong?”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

When we read the reviews...wow...can that be?
YES it can be!
Chowder great! Lobster wonderful!!
Only bummer was that bartender just talked to those he knew at bar. Would love to have had a chance to chat but never came our way.
But food GREAT!!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Great food and atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

Our biggest problem at this restaurant was deciding on only one meal! The menu choices were so good that we wanted to try it all. We ended up getting the paella and the seafood risotto. Both were outstanding! The decor is laid back and the service was good. It was too cold at night to sit outside, but the deck seemed like it would have a nice view in the summer.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Great Discovery!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

We have been coming to Boothbay harbor annually for five years and decided that we wanted to try a different restaurant. We studied Trip Advisor and decided on the Boathouse Bistro. Once we had dinner there, we went back the next, and last night, we were in town. Above all the other excellent dishes, I have to say that the risotto is to die for, whether you get it alone or in combination with other items. Mussels, chowder, veggie dishes, beer choices, wait staff, all outstanding. The prices are reasonable.We had two very enjoyable and atmospheric evenings on the third floor deck, watching the tide, boats, and sunset. Perfect! We'll definitely be back next year.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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