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Tugboat Inn Restaurant

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80 Commercial St, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538-1770
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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289 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

It is in an old tug boat! The seating is a bit cramped. Most tables have a view of the harbor. Lobster and seafood are the specials. They have a full bar and a lounge. The food is not fantastic, but certainly very good. The lobster bisque is quite good. Same for the crab cakes.

Thank QQ1234
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Stopped in for lunch. Haddock sandwich was yummy and the lobster bisque was excellent. Looks like the restaurant was actually a tugboat at one time. Very creative.

Thank Karen H
Wampum, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I am not a sea food lover but got brave and ate my first Lobster here. It was delish! The waitress helped me learn how to crack it and pull the meat out. She was very nice. We only stayed the one night but would have liked to try the other food there.

Thank Cheryl T
Rochester, New York
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Whole lobsters and lobsters with the meat already taken out for you are several dollars less than the other restaurants in town. The dining room overlooks the harbor and the staff are friendly. Try the blueberry pie! We kept going back for the pie!

Thank Kim V
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice lunch on Boothbay Harbor - you can stay here as well - food and service were both excellent. Would go back next time we're in Boothbay Harbor.

Thank Frederick M
Nantucket, Massachusetts
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48 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We chose to try this restaurant because it was a bit away from the bustle of the port area of Boothbay Harbor but still was on the water with street-side parking. (Turns out they have an adjacent parking lot for guests of the inn and restaurant.) We went early, 6:30pm, hoping to get a table at the window, but most... More 

Thank Junior119
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Food was very good, and right on the harbor so the view is awesome. We even spend 3 hours in the lounge listing to Dan play the piano and it was great!

Thank Wendy G
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Lobster Bisque is better than most! The crabcakes are good but very small. The lobster rolls are loaded with crab meat but almost no mayo or sauce, very dry. The drinks and local wines are very good. The service is very friendly and checks on you often, but some servers are friendlier than others. The view is amazing except... More 

Thank mullson23
Portland, Maine
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stayed at the Tug Boat Inn a couple years ago for a wedding and I remember how convenient the location was. The room had nice oceanfront view. The restaurant is hard to miss! It is built like a boat with novelties inside. The waitress was very attentive and the nice. I ordered the tuna sandwich with avocado and bacon.... More 

Thank FlowerFilledField
Worcester, Massachusetts
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The place looked very nice and professional but then I waited 2 and 1/2 hours for my dinner rolls and food. I also didn't receive my dads dinner and when my family complained about not receiving the food,was given a hard time by waitresses. Also the management refused to talk directly to my mom. I honestly am disgusted by the... More 

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BSS59, General Manager at Tugboat Inn Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments. We are so sorry that you had an unsatisfactory experience in our restaurant. We did respond to Lisa but have not heard back. We do apologize for the wait for food, and for the issues with service. We nomally have many, many happy customers, and we are sorry that we dropped the ball on this... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
American, Soups, Seafood
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Reservations, Seating, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Families with children
Open Hours
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 80 Commercial St, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538-1770
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Mid Coast Maine  >  Boothbay Harbor
  • Phone Number: 207-633-4434

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?