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Whale's Rib Tavern

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20 Main St, inside Pilgrims Inn, Deer Isle, ME 04627-3888
8:00 am - 9:30 am
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Closed now
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Mon - Sat 8:00 am - 9:30 am
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Wolfeboro, New Hampshire
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42 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed here so we also had breakfast. Each morning a different very special hot item was added to the ample buffet. Blueberry pancakes, Mushroom omelet + applewood bacon, Belgian waffles with that great bacon again. Each day was special. Service was superior. We had dinner one night and ate at the bar another. I had a seafood stew with... More 

Thank Carl C
Alton Bay, New Hampshire
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43 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food was excellent steaks were prepared perfectly and the appetizers were worth the trip to Maine. 2lbs lobster and seafood chowder were to die for. Will go back just toe eat if for no other reason. It will be worth the trip.

Thank Guy C
East Greenwich, Rhode Island
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25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were fortunate to be staying at the Pilgrim's Inn so were able to dine right where we were staying. The dining room is a historic barn-like room full of character. I had the halibut with lobster risotto and it was perfectly seasoned and just melted in my mouth. We were pleased with everything we had for dinner and would... More 

Thank Linekinlady
High Point, North Carolina
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156 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Love eating at the bar in Whale's Rib Tavern since I'm flying solo these days. It is cozy and the staff is warm. Get the burger which is a revelation. The Cosmopolitans come in a carafe that fills your glass twice so it's like two martinis for the price of one. The ambiance is laid back and yet romantic and... More 

Thank paintergurl
New York City, New York
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465 reviews
336 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

We had dinner in the bar with local friends, and everyone enjoyed their meal, especially the seafood stew, a large and well prepared assortment of fish. The smoked cod and clam chowder was very good. The fish in the fish and chips were very good, but the fries were limp.

Thank Trotpeg
Burlington, Vermont
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2016

I dined here on our trip around Blue Hill Pennisula. This meal for my wife and I was unforgettable. The food was mediocre at best. The service was friendly. Overall, I'd rather splurge for dinner somewhere else.

Thank buxtondavid974
naples florida
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14 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2016

Reliable excellent kitchen. Friday's fish and chips is the best ever. Halibut with lobster risotto is a clear winner. Good wines, great service, wonderful ambiance. Snug crowded bar

Thank olderenttraveler
kalamazoo, mi
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24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2016

We were happy to be seated right away, by the friendly staff there tonight. Dinner was great. We shared an entree and a strawberry salad. Don't know where they got such tasty berries this time of year! Greens were most likely local and fantastic, as was the goat's milk feta. My halibut was served atop risotto that was seasoned wonderfully.... More 

Thank jamiek830
Newton, Massachusetts
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35 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2016

If they are offering halibut, order that, but everything is well-prepared and presented nicely. Good wine list.

Thank robertalan2016
Greenfield Center, New York
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78 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2016 via mobile

If you ever visit Stonington...don't pass"downtown" Deer Isle.. The setting...atmosphere...and of course...the food are superb... Do not miss this one... You can also stay at the Inn

Thank RCXcellentAdventures

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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
American, Pub
Breakfast, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Reservations, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special occasions, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Romantic
Open Hours
8:00 am - 9:30 am
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
8:00 am - 9:30 am
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
8:00 am - 9:30 am
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
8:00 am - 9:30 am
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
8:00 am - 9:30 am
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
8:00 am - 9:30 am
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 20 Main St, inside Pilgrims Inn, Deer Isle, ME 04627-3888
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  DownEast and Acadia Maine  >  Deer Isle
  • Phone Number: 207-348-5222

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