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The Thistle Inn Restaurant

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55 Oak St, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538-1818
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Atlanta, GA
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72 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 via mobile

I took a group of photographers to the Thistle Inn restaurant because one of our people has celiac disease. The Thistle is known for having gluten free options and they did not disappoint in that regard. Once we were seated in the dining room we were treated to excellent friendly service and delicious food. I would definitely eat there again.... More 

1 Thank RKPhoto
New York City, New York
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

We moved to Boothbay Harbor a year ago from New York after more than 40 years visiting in Maine in the summers. We've had a wonderful time discovering the town out of season and have met many wonderful people who run the local businesses. This year, after a winter away, we've come "home" to enjoy the early days before the... More 

1 Thank lesleeanne
Boothbay Harbor, Maine, United States
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

If you have a special gent or lady you want to impress, You may you may want to wine and dine them. So you know 'The Thistle Inn' is truly the best. The air so romantic, the ambers do glow, But it's the food served there nightly that is the tops Better said, the very best of the rest!

Thank Janet H
Buckingham, Pennsylvania
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70 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

We came to Boothbay Harbor in Septempber 2014 and wanted a nice dinner. Very nice atmosphere, great service and the food was amazing! My husband had the Lazy Lobster-perfectly cooked lobster in a butter sauce accompanied by risotto and asparagus. I had the 30 day House Aged Filet Mignon. Cooked perfectly!! We would definitely recommend coming here and we would... More 

1 Thank skoobaru
North Oaks, Mn.
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 via mobile

We went to our favorite restaurant last night with my visiting sister and brother in law from the Boston area. We live here and I think they come more for the trip to the Thistle, than to see us(I'm just saying) we had the best meal ever. My sister had the pub style steak, I had the braised beef, brother... More 

1 Thank Susan R
East Boothbay, Maine, United States
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18 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

Slow time of the year may well be the best for this time honored, hidden gem in Boothbay Harbor. Ask to see the new and evolving wine list and you will be astounded at the high end quality, and the new desserts are the best kept secrets in town. The service is outstanding, starting with the wonderful Hostess..

1 Thank Ernie W
Plymouth, Massachusetts
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

atmoshere,service, excellent menu.Always place this on our place to go for dinner.It is away from the crowds yet a short walk from the harbor. You have to try this at least one time

Thank Jmatak
San Diego, California
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

The inside is so cute. The style is very eclectic and funky. You feel like you are in an old ship or something. We had the mussels and special mushroom soup to start and they were fantastic. The food was refined but very laid back. Overall a great spot!

Thank Regan R
Cedar Crest, New Mexico
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165 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 345 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Perhaps our expectations were set too high. The tone was set by a server who seemed to have served way too many meals and was almost unpleasant as she shuffled through the evening, not making eye contact, not making any specific recommendations ("it all good"). Unfortunately, I lost my notes but do recall that although good, nothing that my husband... More 

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Hagerstown MD
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64 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

This was our first visit to this restaurant and it won't be the last. I love fish and chips and order it every chance I get while we are in Maine so I can tell you from lots of great experiences that this was the best fish and chips I've ever eaten. The coating on the fish was light and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$7 - $30
American, Seafood
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar scene, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 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: 207-633-3541
The Thistle Inn is the perfect mix of fine cuisine and casual fare. We use only the freshest ingredients and everything is home made, including salad dressings, fresh baked breads and desserts. The best way to describe our food is an eclectic mix of American cuisine with a hint of international flavors. We let the availability of local produce and seafood influence the menu.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?