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“Love this place and the view!” 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
Chatham, New York
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3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“Love this place and the view!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Perfect combo of gorgeous view (3rd floor deck) and great food. Their chowders are hearty and filling and their seafood is well prepared - the paella is delicious. We're in Maine for the seafood, so can't attest to the non-seafood dishes. Skip the stuffed peppadews - not bad, there are just more delicious items on the menu for an appetizer.

  • 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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Wayland, Massachusetts
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123 reviews 123 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 57 cities Reviews in 57 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
“Great tapas, spectacular view”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

We recently enjoyed dinner outside at the Bistro. They offer a huge selection of cold and hot tapas, grillers (panini style sandwiches) and paella. We enjoyed the Lobster Corn Cakes, Prawn and Cheese Grits and Beet Salad. The Deconstructed Coconut Shrimp was outstanding. The sliders were good. Our only complaint was the burger, ordered medium rare, which came out medium well. Our server, Jill, replaced it within minutes. We try to come here every summer when we vacation in the area. Choose the top deck in warmer weather to take advantage of the view of the harbor. The owners also run McSeagull's (very good and open year round) which is just a few steps away. They also recently opened Mine Oyster next door to McSeagull's which we haven't tried yet. The Bistro is open well into the fall but (sadly) closes for winter. Worth a visit!

Website: http://www.theboathousebistro.com/

  • Visited August 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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38 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Nice view, but would look for another deck”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

The best part was the partial view from the top deck on an amazing weather day. The rest of the experience not so much.

We just stopped in for drinks and a snack mid-day. The service and food where just ok, and over priced. The deck is really small, tight seating area, beat down and really needs a powerwasher cleaning. Its an interesting mix of customers as well. A lot of people around us that acted like someone owed them something.

We left this place, and went back to the smaller towns a few minutes north and had a much better time.

  • Visited August 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Franklin, Michigan
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“A Great Restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

While vacationing in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, we stumbled into this restaurant for dinner. I had Thai style halibut with curry sauce (not spicy or burning at all) and my wife had scallops. The appetizer was hummus with veggies and naan. We ate on the terrace, and it was great! So much so that we returned the next night, had the same appetizer and we each had salmon on a three cheese risotto, which was a little too much for my wife, but I loved it! Both meals were excellent and the service was great. Although we don't drink, there was a nice selection of wines. I'm sorry we couldn't go back again - there were more selections I wanted to try.

  • Visited August 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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63 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 44 cities Reviews in 44 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Not Like You Came Here For the Hot Dogs”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

So we are here for a long weekend and we thought we would go to the pier and figure something out. What luck. After we passed the perfunctory lobster roll shantys and fried seafood shacks, we came upon "the Bistro" and we're so glad we did. A real gastronomic treat here in Maine and moderately priced. Dishes are prepared with local ingredients and local flair. The paella is more of a lobster meat, scallop, and mussel stew served over rice in a hot skillet. The rice continues to cook and the seafood stays hot. Sort of like Korean bimbimbap. Delicious! The fish dishes were fresh caught and prepared as you like. The small wine list was fairly priced and the service was excellent. This is a destination, so if you get up this way, don't miss it.

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