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Thistles Restaurant

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175 Exchange St, Ste 26, Bangor, ME 04401-6537
+1 207-945-5480
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Tue - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Winthrop, Massachusetts, United States
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64 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My wife and I traveled to Maine for our annisvesary trip and my wife found this place online. The atomsphere was very good and the decor. There was music playing by a 3 piece group and they were really good. Jeremy our waiter was outstanding and when we didnt understand what even he was saying to us and asked to... More 

Thank Dave S
Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Spin entering this restaurant I asked the hostess where the restrooms were and they sent me down this long dark hallway to this disgusting bathroom, no TP, just gross. That was the first sign. After being there for a half hour they finally came around for our drink orders. Half hour later, finally came for our food order. We had... More 

Thank Tamster1958
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73 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Although Thistles is tucked away off the street, it is well worth a visit. The service was excellent, the location is quiet and romantic, and the food is excellent! We started with the queso fresco with guava sauce which is fantastic. Husband had the Wiener schnitzel and I had the Latin grilled pork chops for entrees. Both were prepared perfectly... More 

Thank Amanda C
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Thistles- delicious dinner, live music, stylish atmosphere and very friendly server. We are overdue for a return visit!

Thank nativemainers
Bangor, Maine
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30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Tonight Paula and I had another delicious meal at Thistles. The superb customer service starts immediately as one enters and continues until one leaves. The menu has so many enticing options that it is difficult to make a decision. And then there are the specials. Tonight I could not say "No" to the Gazpacho or the Salmon Portuguese. Both were... More 

Thank DonHBangor_Maine
Dexter, Maine
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2016

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 

Thank dissatisfied307
Trenton, Maine
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23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2016 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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246 reviews
149 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 

Thank TJG214
Skowhegan, Maine
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles 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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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining
Good for
Large groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special occasions
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?