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The Thistle Inn Restaurant

55 Oak St, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538-1818
+1 207-633-3541
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good27%
  • Average7%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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American, Bar, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
55 Oak St, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538-1818
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Reviewed October 19, 2015

We made sure to get there at 5pm for Happy Hour at the bar and enjoyed a lovely cocktail along with delicious food in the lovely cozy bar area.

Thank Karen C
Reviewed October 15, 2015 via mobile

Doilies, lace & grandma's foo-foo kinda place. Fine food, service & atmosphere. But, if you're not a somnambulist, and like at least a little liveliness - then this place will probably put-you-to-sleep.

1  Thank GrodTzu
Reviewed October 15, 2015

This is a fantastic little historical inn and pub in Boothbay Harbor, We only frequent it for the happy hour (5-6) and pub grub, but the atmosphere is old alehouse style and still sophisticated. A half boat serves as the bar, and the food is...More

Thank panajef
Reviewed October 14, 2015

When we travel we tend to bar hop and try a lot of places for a drink and app. We really liked the style of the Thistle Inn. The food was good and the Drinks were really good that we stayed longer than anticipated.

Thank Nosedive225
Reviewed October 14, 2015

We ate at Thistle several times in the last couple of weeks. The first time was fabulous. That was before Columbus Day. Last night was not so great. It was the first night of the fall menu. All four meals came out with the wrong...More

Thank pelican33
Reviewed October 9, 2015

A delightful tavern type restaurant with a great and varied menu. Added to list of go back to places, ate there twice!

Thank Lynda20176
Reviewed October 9, 2015

It has been years since I have visited this Boothbay Harbor institution. I didn't realize that a new owner had purchased it and done a complete remodeling. Although, the charm, from what I remember is no longer there, the new renovation has only improved. The...More

Thank forshara
Reviewed October 6, 2015

The halibut with cashew pesto was fabulous; a generous cut of fish, and beautifully seared. My husband equally loved his scallops over a delicious homemade creamed corn. The bread that was brought to the table was yeasty, and salted. Homemade strawberry buttermilk ice cream was...More

Thank jenbrem1
Reviewed October 3, 2015

Ate at the very cozy bar and the fish and chips were plentiful and delicious. The rest of the menu looked fabulous but I was in the mood for some Allagash beer and fish and chips.

Thank 01Silver1986
Reviewed September 30, 2015

My colleagues and I ate at the Thistle Inn on a recent night our from a conference and it was the BEST food we ate all week! It was a colorful presentation and unbelievable taste with each one of our food choices. We raved about...More

Thank BathCityUSA
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July 21, 2016|
Response from 290JohnT290 | Reviewed this property |
Should be on its website.
July 9, 2016|
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Response from SovereignSage | Reviewed this property |
Sadly, it is all closed until someone leases it. Would be a great turn key for manager who knows how to treat staff well.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$7 - $30
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Bar scene, Romantic
Open Hours
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 55 Oak St, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538-1818
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Mid Coast Maine  >  Boothbay Harbor
  • Phone Number: +1 207-633-3541
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A piece of authentic Maine history, The Thistle Inn still stands as a place to gather and celebrate what makes life all the more worth living: great food, great company, and a home away from home. Originally built in 1861 for a prominent sea captain, our restaurant and Inn embody the unique period character of Maine’s past, with updated fixtures for modern comfort. From our seaside favorites to our world-class wine list, our menu is an exploration of classic coastal cuisine prepared with nature’s freshest ingredients. Guests looking to extend their visit will find six different lodging options at their fingertips, and the best of Boothbay Harbor just a short walk from their quarters. Whether it’s a meal that brings you to us, or an escape to our quaint Inn, we invite you to relax, stay awhile, and soak up some true downeast hospitality.
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