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“Great setting, great food.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of McKay's Public House

McKay's Public House
231 Main St, Bar Harbor, ME 04609-1744
207-288-2002
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Ranked #39 of 122 restaurants in Bar Harbor
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
PA
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16 restaurant reviews
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
“Great setting, great food.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

I had the lobster mac and cheese, which was excellent. The ambiance was terrific, with great outdoor and indoor seating perfect for a late summer night.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Hope, ME
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89 reviews 89 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
“Definitely worthy of a visit.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

With only a few restaurants open in the winter in Bar Harbor, you have to give credit to any of them that persevere. McKay's does more than persevere. The menu offers lots of choice, the price range is good, the food was very good, and the service was excellent.

They had a fire pit going outside at the front of the restaurant in the snow, which added to a very lovely atmosphere. The pub has several rooms which gives some intimacy and privacy. The menu had plenty of options. Although on the night we were there one dinner and one dessert were not available and we were not told until we had ordered them. Very good food, reasonable prices and a lovely dinner out.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Delray Beach, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“adorable”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

Whenever I am in Bar Harbor this is the place I come to multiple times. The ambience is great - if it's warm out, the garden patio is perfect, otherwise inside is pretty cute with little nooks and great privacy in some rooms. The upstairs bar is always a nice place to it too - a little more out of the way than downstairs. They have a delicious pate, VERY tasty mussels, and generally have a good featured wine...I remember the white sangria s being remarkable. Good prices too -- the waitstaff isn't remarkable -- have had one REALLY good waiter whose name I cannot recall, unfortunately. All in all though, definitely a great place to grab a bite to eat.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Fantastic Beer selection, great food!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

We found in Bar Harbor, that finding good LOCAL Maine beers were nearly impossible to find. McKay's has the passion, and the beer selection is about the best in Bar Harbor. As well, it's a great place to eat, and the prices are super reasonable, and the portions were huge!!! Overall, great place to eat, and the beer selection had us coming back! Service was great too- everyone was friendly. Thanks McKay's!

Visited April 2012
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New Milford, Connecticut
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
“Loved everything about it”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

McKay's Public House offfered two things that made it for me immediately endearing. The first was an expansive and inviting outdoor seating area. The second was a first rate draft beer selection that can be served in a tasting 'flight". These alone would have moved me to heartily recommend MPH. The fact that the food was memorably different and downright delicious only enhances my regard for the place. We ate outside on a crisp night in early October(their space heater more than made it comfortable). I took a look inside and found the main pub/restaurant had that dark, cozy, 'Ye Olde Tavern" type of atmosphere that goes so well with this kind of food and drink. The eager and professional service we experienced was the cherry on top of the sundae.
Try the Duck Meatloaf....it was sublime!

  • Visited October 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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