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Side Street cafe

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49 Rodick St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1805
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Runnemede, NJ
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Enjoyed a delicious lobster roll minus the mayo and blueberry lemonade.....delicious. Quaint place on a side street from shopping. Lots of unusual offerings, I'm sure you'll enjoy.

Thank Carol G
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

As a dry wine drinker I didn't realize I would love the special Apple Cider Margarita with the brown sugar rim. I did! A lot. We shared the lobster avocado salad (very little salad and way more chips but the salad was delish). Then we shared the lobster mac n cheese. Again not too much lobster but who doesn't like... More 

Thank Naomi D
London, United Kingdom
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186 reviews
158 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Had read reviews and came across this when walking on the side streets . It was just about warm enough so we sat outside with heaters. They do a good margarita and had a good choice of local beers. We had the warm roasted vegetable salad , which was lovely and unusually they used cauliflower and broccoli amongst others ,... More 

Thank Michael W
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We had a very nice dinner here earlier this week. We both had lobster rolls and were not disappointed. It was busy but we lucked out and got a seat in the bar area immediately.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Manistique, Michigan
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Service was great. Food was wonderful. Husband had slab of ribs and said they were the best he's ever had. I had mac & cheese with chunks of lobster on top. Wasn't hot enough, waitress took it back to the oven, Perfect. The restaurant was in an old house, I think. Nothing fancy, which we like. The décor was original.... More 

Thank Suz375
Kansas City, Kansas
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We went there for lunch, and the food was just your average for the fare on the island. We had the lobster roll and the lobster mac n cheese and some drinks. In my opinion, the food was over priced, but the drinks were strong. Our server was nice, and attentive enough, but not memorable. We ate outside which is... More 

Thank sarahryn03
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We came here specifically because of the reviews about the lobster rolls. In fact, the menu boasts, "we're not trying to be the cheapest, we're trying to be the best." In my opinion, fail. I will say that the amount of lobster and the quality of the lobster were phenomenal, but there was no seasoning or sauce of any kind.... More 

Thank Kim M
Atlanta, Georgia
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64 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We found this restaurant on the advice of a local. We wanted to experience the "whole Maine lobster" dinner and this is the place to do it. As the name suggests, it's not on the main street of Bar Harbor but on the back side of the town square down a side street. The atmosphere is fun, lobster bibs and... More 

Thank WestwardBound54
High Point, North Carolina
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This place stays busy because it has a wide variety of selections, reasonable prices, and a vibe. Good food but not the most fantastic meal you will find. A good value for this area, however.

Thank Bwdell
Cherry Hill, New Jersey
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

My wife and I absolutely loved this place. Excellent lobster Cobb salad for her and great, though small, lobster roll for me. And the blueberry pie was awesome.

Thank lukelives

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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 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$8 - $25
American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Large groups, Kids, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 49 Rodick St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1805
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  DownEast and Acadia Maine  >  Mount Desert Island  >  Bar Harbor
  • Phone Number: 12078012591

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