Be sure to reserve a table in advance to insure a fabulous dining experience - this local and tourist favorite is not a "walk-in" establishment. I've enjoyed the bistro's creative farm-to-table menu for two summers now and confess to having fantasies about their hand-made pan seared gnocchi with fresh peas, mushrooms and onions in a bed of lemon-thyme cream sauce. We always share a plate of gnocchi as an appetizer even though it is considered an entree. The sea food is a must to experience. Like everything on their menu, all fish/crustaceans are creatively prepared (tuna, halibut, lobster) with beautiful accompaniments such as tomato risotto and mashed artichoke and potato. In total, I've dined here five times because of the cozy rustic ambience, friendly and knowledgeable staff and above all, a stellar menu and consistently beautifully prepared food showcasing high quality locally sourced ingredients. Portions are just right and service is impeccable at every turn. Diners appear in jeans to dinner jackets and the Bistro greets everyone with the same hospitality - very refreshing especially as this is obviously a fine dining experience. The deserts are phenomenal (out-of-this world panna cotta) and the coffee is fantastic (even decaf). Bring a sweater as it tends to be drafty. If you want to enjoy a more "private" romantic evening, be sure to request one of their cozy corners as tables are very close together. Town Hill Bistro is off-the beaten tourist path and that is one of its many charms that make this establishment a gem. I feel it's rare to find an establishment that offers upscale farm to table dining with flair, passion, impeccable service and genuine hospitality at "affordable prices" (soups, salads and small plates $7-$12 and large plates $17-$20). If you want to immediately feel "at home" and enjoy the best that Mount Desert has to offer, you will LOVE The Town Hill Bistro.
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