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Cook's Lobster & Ale House

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68 Garrison Cove Rd, Bailey Island, ME 04003-2503
+1 207-833-2818
11:30 am - 8:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Crowthorne, United Kingdom
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98 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016

This is the sort of place I do not enjoy. Very busy, very noisy and very large. Food okay but woefully slow. Hard benches and chairs did not help the two hours it took us to eat. Perched on the end of Bailey Island the location is pretty good but as we were there in the evening unable to see... More 

Thank crowbird
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016 via mobile

Good lobster roll and halibut - great homemade onion rings! Excellent view of Bailey Island - lobster buoys everywhere. Nice low key ambiance with friendly staff.

Thank Betsy P
Birmingham, Alabama
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44 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

Ate here with hubby and sat in the new bar area. Sat at the bar, which was hopping for a Friday night. I ordered the jalapeño margarita, which was way too spicy for my liking. Luckily the bartender did not mind swapping it out for a beer, Lunch (Maine brewing company) on tap, was a great substitute. We ordered hot... More 

Thank Brandis-Dandies
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2016

A couple of Maine brews, delicious boiled lobster, fries, and blueberry pie on the patio by the water. Food, service, ambience--all made for a wonderful, laid-back early dinner in mid-October. This was one of our favorite dinner experiences on our 9-day road trip along the beautiful Maine coast.

Thank conniez811
West Newbury, Massachusetts
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

we went to Cooks Saturday night. With the old owners we saw it fade to below mediocre. Our second review under new ownership the first having been within a month of the new owners. It is hands down everything The owners answer to us promised it would become. The bar is cute, the place is clean , the food was... More 

Thank Peter C
Greenville, SC
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67 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2016

My very first dinner in Maine! I had the fried combination dinner that included clams, haddock, shrimp, and scallops. Everything was very good, and our server was very nice and helpful. I am withholding the 5th star only because there was nothing that set Cook's apart from other seafood restaurants.

Thank sloeplum
Rindge, New Hampshire, United States
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2016

There aren't many places to eat on Bailey's Island so we visited this restaurant again (as we have on previous trips). The food here is decent but not spectacular. I was able to get a decent-sized glass of wine and we had a couple fairly good after-dinner drinks in the bar after dinner. One thing that was upsetting was that... More 

Thank Barbara S
Brunswick, Maine
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2016

I have stayed on Bailey Island summers for most of my life. Then I moved there and lived on the island for 12 years. I am very familiar with Cooks, as it has been on Bailey Island for decades. Cooks was purchased not long ago, and the new owners did a lot of work on the place, especially the tavern/bar,... More 

Thank mewannabe1
Peoria, Illinois
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2016

Recommended by a friend to visit Bailey Island, we found this place by chance and so glad we did! Great atmosphere, right on the harbor and even got to eat outside on the patio in October! Great service, great food and would definitely recommend for anyone to try! Just what we wanted to find in Maine!!

Thank Deanna H
Millerstown, Pennsylvania
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110 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2016 via mobile

Stopped in on the way back. Very nice place right on the water. Great view of cribstone bridge. Lobster roll and stew are very good. My wife had haddock sandwiche which was nice and fresh as well. Staff very friendly and efficient. Service was quick as well. Definitely would stop and eat again.

Thank Craig W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Seafood, Soups
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Scenic view, Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
11:30 am - 8:00 pm
11:30 am - 8:00 pm
11:30 am - 8:00 pm
11:30 am - 8:00 pm
11:30 am - 8:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 68 Garrison Cove Rd, Bailey Island, ME 04003-2503
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Bailey Island
  • Phone Number: +1 207-833-2818

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?