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Boathouse Bistro Tapas Lounge & Restaurant

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12 By Way, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538-1868
+1 207-633-0400
11:00 am - 1:00 am
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 1:00 am
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Sanford, ME
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183 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

After n evening visiting the Botanical Gardens SN DuPont advice of our hotel, we stopped by this local haunt and were quite surprised with the good food. We only had a couple of appetizers but both the apple scallops and the spicy chicken quesadilla were excellent. Reasonably priced and good service! Will be back.

Thank CarlGagnon
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128 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

While we enjoyed our dinner here, the atmosphere wasn't what we expected of a "tapas bistro." This was a rambling two-story house (not on the water) with a bar and screened-in porch upstairs. Like everything else in Boothbay Harbor, it felt a bit run-down. The food was good, though. We first tried a lobster cocktail with mango foam, a delightful... More 

Thank Orlandoroadtrip
Buffalo, New York
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303 reviews
220 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Boathouse Bistro is one of my favorite restaurants in Maine! They have a nice patio overlooking the water and shops in Boothbay Harbor. Every single dish on the menu is spectacular! They also happen to serve the most delicious Lobster Mac n Cheese that I've ever had! That is not a compliment to be thrown around lightly! The menu... More 

Thank Jane B
Russia, Ohio
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

Asked at our hotel of a good place to find seafood and the Boathouse Bistro Tapas Lounge and Restaurant was suggested. So glad we went. They did ask us if we wanted to sit upstairs and we replied yes. They might be difficult for some people but we were fine with it. The haddock was very good and my husbands... More 

Thank Linda C
Washington DC
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121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

We had come from a food tour of Portland ME and we weren't expecting to find anyplace this good. Friends of ours in Bath mentioned the Boathouse and urged us to go. We did.....on two consecutive nights while we were in Boothbay. Here's the important information you need to have a great time. Location and where to sit: Go early... More 

Thank bumper1965
Boothbay, Maine
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2016 via mobile

We ate and drank local brews on the upper outside deck. The food was great the staff was friendly and efficient. We had a wonderful and enjoyable time

Thank Don S
Moultonborough, New Hampshire
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2016

If you visit Boothbay Harbor, don't miss this restaurant. Their seafood Risotto is THE BEST anywhere. They have an extensive menu; great service, and in the summer you can sit on the third-story deck and see over the bay. We eat there almost every night while in Boothbay Harbor.

Thank grandmabarb104
Atlanta, Georgia
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016

The place was recommended by a waiter at another restaurant for watching a football game. They had football but also great food and beverages served by friendly staff members. Oysters were super and chowder was too. I would go back here!

Thank rhc742
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2016

What a wonderful place. We sat and watched the sun set over the bay while we ate tapas and drank blueberry sangria. The food was great. We particularly loved the shrimp and grits. If we get back to Boothbay Harbor, we'll certainly make this our first stop.

Thank FilEFan
Red House, West Virginia
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31 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2016

It was cool the day we were there, but we did chose to sit on the upper deck to enjoy the view of the harbor. I had a recommended dish, it was an award winning lobster crepe. I was a bit skeptical, but I must say the dish was GREAT, a local root beer "Eli" and the mood was set.... More 

Thank Harry F

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Bar, Seafood, Pub, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Bar scene, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 12 By Way, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538-1868
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Mid Coast Maine  >  Boothbay Harbor
  • Phone Number: +1 207-633-0400

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