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Thistles Restaurant - CLOSED

175 Exchange St, Ste 26, Bangor, ME 04401-6537
+1 207-945-5480
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good21%
  • Average8%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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“paella” (14 reviews)
“flan” (6 reviews)
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American, Mediterranean, Argentinean, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
175 Exchange St, Ste 26, Bangor, ME 04401-6537
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Reviewed March 12, 2014

My wife and I have been to Thistles many times over the years. This is by far the worst experience I have ever had there. Our waitress mentioned after she brought our apps. to our table that 2 of the servers called in sick and...More

2  Thank BangorME123
ThistlesRestaurant, Owner at Thistles Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded March 17, 2014

Thank you for your honest review and on behalf of the entire Thistles staff I want to apologies for your recent experience. Our goal is to make quality food that is consistent and offer incredible service. Signature elements that we failed to provide to you...More

Reviewed March 4, 2014

We often eat here when we want a reliable upscale meal and are willing to pay the price for service, cloth napkins & tablecloths. Food is a combination of Mediterranean and South American (the proprietor is from Argentina.) Seafood & grilled meat choices have been...More

Thank GeeDubya
Reviewed February 19, 2014

Had read the reviews and wanted to check it out. The food did not disappoint. Everything sounded great and the paella was everything it said it was - delish! Service was solid, knowledgeable and friendly. The atmosphere was very tastefully done - very modern and...More

1  Thank EastCoastTrekker
Reviewed February 9, 2014

The lobster was fishy. The paella was only fair with the pork detracting from the flavor. The bread was fresh but plain whole wheat. Nice live jazz guitar. Overall: pretentious, overpriced and not as good as one could make at home.

Thank E K
Reviewed February 8, 2014

We ate at Thistle a few years back and it was good but we never made it back until last night. We were a group of 6 and we all loved it. The pasta special was some of the best pasta I have ever had....More

Thank GKimb
Reviewed January 22, 2014

We used the private room for a birthday celebration for my husband. There were eleven of us. The menu had great variety, and I liked that some meals had a smaller portion option. I wasn't thrilled with our waitress and though the food was good...More

Thank Jennifer G
Reviewed January 10, 2014

Used their private room for a business dinner for 10- the second time in the last couple of months. My experience the first time, as well as this time, was excellent. We ordered off the menu- all very good meals. The wait staff made excellent...More

1  Thank 201charleso
Reviewed December 1, 2013 via mobile

Perfect and affordable food and wine. Smiles that make you feel at home, but still... special ! This is an awesome family owned business

1  Thank zze_one
Reviewed November 30, 2013

This was not my first visit to Thistle's but it was a first with my family. We celebrated our parents 60th wedding anniversary November 29th. When we reserved our date on line we were not notified until I called the restaurant they were not open...More

Thank Michelle C
Reviewed November 19, 2013

This place was hard to find but well worth the hassle. My steak was 1st class, as was the lamb my dinner companion ate. Service was prompt & friendly. I'll be back for sure!

Thank esddi
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Restaurant Details

Good for
Business meetings, Romantic, Large groups, 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
  • E-mail
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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