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Whale's Rib Tavern

20 Main St, inside Pilgrims Inn, Deer Isle, ME 04627-3888
+1 207-348-5222
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good26%
  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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American, Pub
20 Main St, inside Pilgrims Inn, Deer Isle, ME 04627-3888
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Reviewed November 24, 2015

Consistently good steaks and seafood, served in a warm atmosphere in a very old inn (Pilgrims Inn) that has been lovingly restored. Not inexpensive, but a fine dining experience and one of the best on the Blue Hill Peninsula. Not the most avant-garde chefs, just...More

Thank Ciderwinemaker
Reviewed October 25, 2015

We stayed on the island for a week and this was by far our best dining experience. Great charm to the facility, the staff was friendly and helpful and attentive. The food was presented well and just amazing! I had a Seafood Stew in which...More

Thank Rambler707
Reviewed October 18, 2015

Dined here during one of the very busy weekends in this area - during the Eggemoggin Reach Regatta in August - reservations are definitely required. However, despite the place's popularity dinner was relaxed, not at all hurried. Staff was pleasant and knowledgeable, dishes were prepared...More

Thank BobnBarbara
Reviewed September 6, 2015

My boyfriend and I stayed at the Pilgrim's Inn (reviewed separately, and including a review of the restaurant) and were so glad that we'd taken the advice of the Innkeepers and others by booking dinner here (as it is very busy and books up quickly)....More

Thank MimiPea
Reviewed August 23, 2015

We visited the Whale's Rib on Memorial Day weekend. It was busy and we did have to take a late reservation but we had a cocktail at home and arrived at our reservation time. we were seated right away, The waitress was busy but she...More

Thank nanaellie629
Reviewed August 4, 2015

We stayed at the Pilgrims Inn and were so pleae to bea ble to return to our home station, watch the sunset, and enjoy some of the best food of our whole trip.

Thank lenke5
Reviewed August 4, 2015 via mobile

We are dinner here twice. Amazing food. The scallops were delicious. The only point to make - we ordered a bottle of Prosecco and the waitress had no idea how to open it. No concerns, we gave her a lesson. Desserts are delicious as well

Reviewed August 1, 2015

Outstanding restaurant and bar. Traci was so attentive and excellent at allowing us to pace our way through the evening. The chowder was superb, the cold pea soup intricate and appealing. The house made chicken liver pate was just too good to be true with...More

Thank GamaMac
Reviewed July 31, 2015

We ate at the inn one evening during a recent stay at the inn. The setting is lovely and the restaurant is one of the few places for a nice dinner in the area. The shrimp cocktail with lobster mousse and the seafood stew were...More

Thank CindyMaine
Reviewed July 30, 2015

We found the Whales Rib to be the fanciest eats on the island. This restaurant seems to attract a lot of older people. We enjoyed the environment of the restaurant. The older group next to us was very snobby to our shared waitress who in...More

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We will be in town in July for a 50th wedding anniversary. We would like to have a nice dinner one evening. Can such a dinner for 25-30 people be accommodated? Thanks.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Pub
Breakfast, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Bar scene
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: +1 207-348-5222
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