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“Locals love it!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Thirsty Whale Tavern

The Thirsty Whale Tavern
40 Cottage Street, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
207-288-9335
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Ranked #31 of 120 Restaurants in Bar Harbor
Cuisines: American, Delicatessen, Hamburgers, Seafood
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Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin
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63 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 44 cities Reviews in 44 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
“Locals love it!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013 via mobile

Had my first lobster roll at the Thirsty Whale, and although I have nothing to compare it with, it was very good as were the sweet potato fries. The tavern is obviously popular with the locals, and we tourists were easy to identify. If you want good food, lots of beer choices, fast service and reasonable prices, this is the place. If you want a quiet, romantic dinner, it's not. It's very noisy, but that would not stop us from eating there again.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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54 reviews 54 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
“Great Place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

It's a great place to watch game or relax and have seafood. Atmosphere is nice, service is good. I had lobster roll and i really liked it. Prices are good,location is perfect in downtown...

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Great place, good prices and quick service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

Ordered lobster roll, reasonable price and delicious. Ate there three times after browsing and trying other places.

  • Visited October 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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Kentwood, Louisiana
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Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
“The Thirsty Whale delivers again”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

I'm certainly no expert on lobster rolls, being from the deep south, but the lobster rolls here are the best I've had on my many trips to Maine. They are consistently good. Combine it with a whale salad or chowder and a couple of Shipyards on draft and you have a perfect meal. My mouth is watering as I type. Highly recommend. This place is a classic.

  • Visited October 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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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“A hearty whale of a meal!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

We went to this charming pub upon the recommendation of a local & were not disappointed with our choice. I enjoyed the lobster roll/clam chowder combo whilst my husband had the regular size fish & chips. Both meals were tasty, generously sized & great value and the accompanying service was friendly & efficient. HIGHLY RECOMMEND for a fun, informal & filling lunch stop.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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