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“Good food & Folk Music.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Black Friar Pub

Black Friar Pub
10 Summer Street, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609
+1 207-288-5091
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Ranked #7 of 107 Restaurants in Bar Harbor
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $32
Cuisines: American, Pub
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Drinks, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
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Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Drinks, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Bar Harbor, Maine
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21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Good food & Folk Music.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

Took a visit to the Black Friar Pub several times over the summer to listen to some good local folk music. First off, the interior is very nice. It's like being in an old English pub in some small UK town. It can be crowded, but it's perfect for a nice old fashion bar setting. In the back is a more open space with books and couches that you can eat and drink at, but in the front of the house is a nice old fashion bar. One of the best things about this place is the entertainment they offer. I saw several local folk bands perform here and besides, "Side Street Cafe", the "Black Friar Pub" is one of the best places to get entertainment in Bar Harbor. The food is simple, but delicious. It's ordinary all-american comfort food along with some pub food. It's not greasy or huge portions. The service is wonderful and the owner is always open to chatting and socializing with his customers at the bar. They also serve breakfast, I haven't gone there for breakfast, but next summer I look forward to doing that. Perhaps I'll write a part 2 review after I do that. The singer was good, she covered some Emmylou Harris and Joni Mitchell hits as well as singing a few songs of her own. While many bars carry the young generation crowd of sports fan, this place manages to carry the 60's-70's generation, so for that, you get great entertainment of local music.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
Bangor,Maine
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34 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Great service, OK food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

We ate there the last weekend of the season. The service was outstanding. (well, there was that incident about the bartender supplying mead instead of chardonnay). The beer & burgers were great, the scallops only so so. The setting was neat. If the food had been as good as the rest, it'd be a "can't miss' place.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Mansfield, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“What a find!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

I have to completely disagree with an earlier reviewer - fried food is not a necessity in an English pub but good beer is! We found the pub part way through our stay in Bar Harbor and were lucky enough to coincide with some live music. We sat at the bar and ate an excellent meal - the chef was rushed off his feet, but our meals were both first rate. We found both the owner and barmaid to be very friendly - as were other guests. My only criticism was the lack of cider (hard cider, that is). I was assured that this omission would be rectified during the next season! We had one of the most enjoyable evenings of our month long holiday in the USA in this bar and we would definitely recommend to the visitor to Bar Harbor.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Eastern
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53 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
“good food, good value”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

Nice, corner-pub atmosphere on a side street away from the packed tourist places. Healthy, tasty food in a quiet atmosphere.

Visited September 2012
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Panama City Beach, Florida
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46 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Great place to eat.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

The B&B has a pub that serves excellent food and drinks. Had the Lobster that was fantastic! Cozy atmosphere and reasonably priced. Service was great, too.

Visited September 2012
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