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Thistles Restaurant

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175 Exchange St, Ste 26, Bangor, ME 04401-6537
+1 207-945-5480
Tue - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Dexter, Maine
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My partner and I were celebrating an anniversary and decided to go back to the place of our first official date. What a great choice we made. We had enjoyed Thistles on our first visit a year ago and this visit confirmed our first impression. It was terrific. The restaurant is well appointed and comfortable. The service was attentive without... More 

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Trenton, Maine
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23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The hostess was nice and sweet. The live jazz music made the atmosphere. The waitress was helpful and sweet.......My rack of lamb was OK ,but over done in spots. My wife's Pesto seafood was made by a mad chef. I only say this because he burnt the bread, only 3 slices of mushroom.....for 26.00 a plate it wasn't worth it.

Thank Kevin J
Cedar Crest, New Mexico
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241 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016

This is fine dining at its best. The menu is creative and interesting. The food is superb, featuring international dishes from Argentina, Cuba, and elsewhere. The service is excellent: prompt, courteous, yet restrained. The atmosphere is perfect: relaxing and pleasant. There was a classical guitarist performing the night we were there, playing very softly to provide background and not interfere... More 

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Skowhegan, Maine
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016 via mobile

I was looking for fine dining in Bangor, ME and discovered Thistles Restaurant through Trip Advisor. We were not disappointed. Everything from the Mojitos, the salads, the main course and deserts was excellent. The service was good and we highly recommend this place!

Thank Shronkedout
Bangor, Maine
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19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016 via mobile

Went to Thistle's after seeing a play at Penobscot theater and had a great meal. The steak was excellent as well as the service. My friend had the schnitzel and said it was excellent.

Thank John K
Stetson, Maine
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

The meals are filled with flavor! I love the grilled Bavette Seafood pesto and the Fettuccini ala Tricia The creme brûlée is the best I have ever had !!! Highly recommend I love the live music I love the family!!!

Thank chele1818
Bangor, ME
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

There are not many real Fine Dining places in Bangor, or they don’t seem to last long... Thistles has been one of the very top ones for 19 years. My wife and I recently re-visited Thistles after quite a while, and we were not disappointed. Nothing has declined. The owner’s roots from Argentina show with an interesting selection of international... More 

Thank grt47
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2016

The service and food are always excellent at Thistles! All six of us loved our food! The staff are friendly and very accommodating, filling water glasses long before they get empty. There is a private room in the back for a fee. They used to be open for lunch and I miss that. They have great acoustics so we can... More 

Thank 8summerluv
Bangor, Maine
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

We like to go out once a month for dining, our special treat. Thistles lived up to this occasion/treat. I had a flank steak that was very tender the veggies with it were still a bit crunchy, very good. My partner had seafood with pesto in it, The pesto as you can imagine was too strong for the delicate seafood.... More 

Thank Lou C
Newmarket, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2016

I had the clam chowder along with a huge portion of real deal paella both were really good. I had tres leche cake for dessert which was excellent but the best part of the evening was talking with the husband wife owners. They wanted to know how I enjoyed the food and I wanted to know about how it was... More 

Thank Kevin M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Private Dining, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Large groups, Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 175 Exchange St, Ste 26, Bangor, ME 04401-6537
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Bangor
  • Phone Number: +1 207-945-5480
For more than twelve years Thistles has been Bangor's premier international restaurant.

Located on Downtown Exchange Street in the Queen City, our restaurant has always possesed a special ambience but the newly completed rejuvenation in gorgeous modern decor makes us an even more special place to enjoy fine dining. Owned and operated by The Rave family, Thistles provides one of the best dining experiences in town.

At Thistles you will be introduced to a superb menu of cuisine that is truly global. Chef Alejandro's culinary talents include the ability to prepare gourmet ethnic dishes from around the world. Great recipes from Argentina, Colombia and other Latin American countries, Germany, Italy, Portugal and Spain are all part of his repertoire of culinary delights.

What are you waiting for? An international dining treat awaits all at THISTLES!

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?