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The Looking Glass

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20 Highbrook Rd, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1119
+1 207-288-5663
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7:00 am - 10:30 am
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Sherbrooke, Canada
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2014

My husband had lamb and asked for it medium rare, it was blue to rare on the outside. The lamb was COVERED with a sauce that had crushed nuts in it - we had asked if it was crusted prior to ordering and the waitress said yes, NOT. The lamb plate came with vegetable as did mine and both were... More 

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1 Thank Sharon G
hospitality04609, General Manager at The Looking Glass, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review for the Looking Glass on tripadvisor. I am very sorry to hear that you did not care for the style of our dining room or the meals you and your husband had. I assure you that this is not a common complaint and hope that you will consider visiting us... More 

Harpswell
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4 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2014

I'm vegan and they had a good number of choices. The potato/cabbage/vegan cheese croquettes were OK — they should had made them pancakes instead, they were kind of runny. There were no vegan options for dessert. And the room has a very high ceiling, which makes the restaurant noisy and the lighting is not very flattering to people or food.... More 

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Thank ConnieMaine
hospitality04609, General Manager at The Looking Glass, responded to this review

Thank you for coming in to try our vegan menu and for taking the time to write a review. I am sorry that you were not pleased with your meal. I hope that you will consider giving us another try if you are in the area again. We are always tweeking our menu and will be presenting some new options... More 

Brainerd, Minnesota
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2014

had a great breakfast. excellent Bloody Mary's and lobster with our eggs.very friendly. Awsome views in all directions located up on the hill just outside downtown Bar Harbor.

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Thank Stan W
hospitality04609, General Manager at The Looking Glass, responded to this review

Well I wish I had had breakfast with you! I am very happy to hear that you enjoyed your meal and wonderful view. We feel very honored to be able to present such a beautiful spot to our guests and it sounds like you had the type of experience we strive for with everyone. Thank you for taking the time... More 

Williamsburg, VA
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2014

Good food. Confusing, strange serving discipline made the experience not so great. It is customary to ask or bring cream with coffee. We had FOUR different people attend to us during our brief breakfast, and there seemed to be ZERO communication among them. This is a small restaurant with perhaps 14 tables! The original waitress that seated us, #1, asked... More 

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Thank malecki4
hospitality04609, General Manager at The Looking Glass, responded to this review

I have to say that your description of the breakfast service you recieved is confusing to me as well. I do apologize for your experience. There is really no excuse for poor service so please know that I take your feedback very seriously and will follow through on my end to make sure that your concerns are addressed. I do... More 

Atlanta, Georgia
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2014

This place has a great view but thats about all. Waitstaff was very friendly but not to up on menu. They had to keep looking & stumbled over the specials of the day. I started with the lobster bisque & tasted like it was out of the microwave with large pieces of lobster that I could have used a steak... More 

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Thank jg0611
hospitality04609, General Manager at The Looking Glass, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review for us. I am very sorry to hear that you had such a disappointing experience and assure you that this is not a common one. I don't know where you live or whether you are near enough to us for me to offer you a dinner on me but if... More 

Londonderry, New Hampshire
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2014

We ate breakfast and dinner there several times. The food was always delicious and presented in a lovely way. With the octagonal design, you get amazing views of the ocean and surrounding area. We also enjoyed Happy Hour on the deck around an open fire, listening to live entertainment.

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Thank Linda3252
hospitality04609, General Manager at The Looking Glass, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the great review of our restaurant. It is wonderful to hear that you enjoyed our view as much as we do. I am also very pleased to hear that you had the opportunity to hear our Jazz on the deck and took advantage of Happy Hour from 5-6pm. I certainly hope that we will have... More 

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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2014 via mobile

We enjoyed the view and food so much we came back again. Seafood was excellent and the filet exceptionally tender. Service was ok. The view is almost as nice as atop Cadillac Mountain.

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Thank Taoi
hospitality04609, General Manager at The Looking Glass, responded to this review

I am very happy to hear that you enjoyed the Looking Glass so much that you came more than once. We are very proud of both our location and of course our fabulous food by Chef Montes. I hope that you will have another opportunity to join us in the future and thank you very much for taking the time... More 

Dalton, Massachusetts, United States
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2014

Gorgeous views of Frenchman's Bay and Bar Harbor. Great staff. Fancy food. Expensive. Good place to go for a special occasion. Breakfast and dinner only.

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Thank Bonnie E
hospitality04609, General Manager at The Looking Glass, responded to this review

Thank you for coming in to the Looking Glass and taking the time to review our restaurant. I hope that you will be coming again and hope to meet you personally when you do. Thank you, Jim Ash General Manager More 

Escondido
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2014

The reviews of this restaurant looked good so we gave it a try. We found the food dull and expensive. The service was slow.

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Thank Bill E
hospitality04609, General Manager at The Looking Glass, responded to this review

I am sorry to hear that you were disappointed with your experience with us. I hope that you will consider giving us another chance some other time and wish you happy travels. Jim Ash General Manager More 

Amherst, New York
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70 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2014

Once we found it and got a window table we were rocked by the ambiance. Oysters Rockerfellar ($16 for 5) were outstanding, the best I have had. The mixed grill was good, not great. The center of the grill - lobster tail was a tad over-done and that is too bad. But when you pay those prices, you do expect... More 

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Thank George S
hospitality04609, General Manager at The Looking Glass, responded to this review

Thank you for spending an evening with us and thank you for your review of the Looking Glass. I am sorry that you were disappointed in the preparation of your meal but very happy to hear your compliments about the Oysters Rockerfellar. I hope that you will give us another chance to live up to your expectations sometime. Jim Ash... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$25 - $100
Cuisine
American
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Scenic view, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 10:30 am
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 10:30 am
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 10:30 am
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 10:30 am
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 10:30 am
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 10:30 am
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 10:30 am
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 20 Highbrook Rd, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1119
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  DownEast and Acadia Maine  >  Mount Desert Island  >  Bar Harbor
  • Phone Number: +1 207-288-5663

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?