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XYZ Restaurant

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80 Seawall Rd, end of Bennett Lane, Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04679-4024
(207) 244-5221
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5:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Greenfield, Massachusetts
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Enter XYZ and you will find yourself greeted by the owner and shown to an oil-cloth covered table, which will be graced with a mighty fine meal as your dinner progresses. Expect to start with bread and a couple of salsas, followed by a small, locally grown organic lettuce salad that you dress yourself with lime juice and olive oil.... More 

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Rome, New York
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31 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Mexican dining with a bit of a flare! Great margaritas, excellent food. Be seen there by "who's who" -- seems "everyone" goes to XYZ Restaurant and it's obvious why!

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Princeton, New Jersey
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65 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Until we have been to the XYZ for dinner we do not feel that summer has officially started. Our tradition on our first dinner there? I have the Camarones Ajillo (Veracruz) – tiger shrimp and my wife the Costilla de Res (Chihuahua) – beef short rib. Always an excellent choice each summer!! The beef short rib was lean and juicy.... More 

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Thank Al M
Mont Vernon, New Hampshire
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36 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

XYZ is a casual top-notch restaurant with food for the real Mexico. You won't find Tex Mex or fish tacos here.... Instead there's "inland" Mexican food from Mexico City, Yucatan, Oaxaca and the like. All the food except the flour tortillas and the bread is gluten free... And everything but th bread and tortillas is made in house, . And,... More 

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Mobile, Alabama
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50 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

XYZ remains a legitimate reason to forgo seafood once while doing the Maine sea coast restuarant scene. Great margaritas, beer and sangria complement real Mexican food of discernment. No guacamole and chips here, just good Mexican home cooking. A good mid-week break from lobster.

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Thank Rwi302
Southwest Harbor, Maine
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I ordered the avocado soup. The waitress said, " It has a little heat." "Ok", I said. It came and 3 bites later it was uneatable with spicey heat. The manager noticed and in conversation said, "I thought it would just have a little kick, but the more you eat the hotter it gets-- I'll have to say something"(she didn't... More 

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McLean, Virginia
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

The restaurant owners spend their winters in San Miguel de Allende and come back with all the spices and know-how to create authentic Mexican dishes, much better than any we have found in the DC area. The Margarita Especial is worth the splurge. The marinated mushrooms and avacado soup are wonderful appetizers. For the main course, the mole chicken thighs... More 

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Princeton, New Jersey
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65 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

We always have to enjoy a dinner at the XYZ to celebrate a great summer! We head there first thing when we arrive and the last dinner out before we leave MDI. I like to start and end the summer with the Camarones Ajillo (vera Cruz). The remainder of the summer its try various dishes. All excellent! Our choice for... More 

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Titusville, Florida
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76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

Don't try to come here without reservations, you most likely will not get in. Small amount of seating available, and even more limited parking here, but it adds to the charm of an intimate little out of the way family run restaurant that guarantees no crowds. Menu choices are also limited, and not inexpensive, but the food and service are... More 

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Massachusetts
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

It's seems a mystery that Southwest Harbor and MDI have such a Mexican gem. No Tex Mex here, but an interesting and delightful real Mexican menu. It's hard to pick highlights since you can't go wrong, period. But the queso fundido is very popular and tasty. The 7-chile chili will burn most taste buds, but we can't not order it!... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$20 - $30
Cuisine
Mexican
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Reservations, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Open Hours
Sunday
5:30 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
5:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
5:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:30 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 80 Seawall Rd, end of Bennett Lane, Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04679-4024
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  DownEast and Acadia Maine  >  Mount Desert Island  >  Southwest Harbor
  • Phone Number: (207) 244-5221

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