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The Thirsty Whale Tavern

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40 Cottage St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1833
+1 207-288-9335
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11:00 am - 1:00 am
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Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 1:00 am
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A very popular place, yet good service with quick seating and eating at the bar. Tv's for sports, excellent menu, and GREAT bartenders. Reasonable prices, too.

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Thank imroth91
Newport Beach, California
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34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Best and biggest mussels we have had in a week in NZ. Had a remarkable burger. Ask for Sylvie. She was a great server.

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Thank jeffrey v
Heather S, Owner at The Thirsty Whale Tavern, responded to this review

This has been posted in the wrong location. We are located in Bar Harbor , we do not serve mussels and do not have a server named Sylvie. But I am glad you enjoyed such a wonderful meal wherever it was. Heather Sorokin More 

Galloway, New Jersey
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41 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Came here NYE before hiking Cadillac Mtn the next morning and the food was awesome, it had a great atmosphere, and was clean, but the bar tender wasn't very good, we sat with empty drinks for a while at the bar and it seemed as if we were bothering him. But the food was really good!

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Montreal, Canada
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96 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This has to be the home of Bar Harbor's best and biggest sandwich and, not surprisingly, the place was humming and full of locals on a Saturday at lunch time. Hubby had the impressive looking finger licking good Chicken BBQ sandwich with mushrooms and cheddar, served with French fries, while I really enjoyed the giant size fish (haddock) wrapped taco... More 

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Thank hurlp
Indianapolis, IN
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35 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I can't say enough wonderful things about this restaurant. Adorable on the inside, a delicious menu, and a wide variety of drinks and beers. The service was fantastic, and our kids (ages 7 and 10) were treated so nicely by the staff. I would definitely recommend going early, as there can be quite a wait for dinner. We arrived around... More 

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Thank MegBon
Heather S, Owner at The Thirsty Whale Tavern, responded to this review

Thank you so much. I am glad that you and your family enjoyed our restaurant. I hope you had a wonderful time in Bar Harbor and hope to see you again. Heather Sorokin More 

Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My first lobster roll and very good! It was a bit pricey but lobster always is. Social atmosphere for your group. Recommended.

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Carver, Massachusetts
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203 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Not touristy. Good food and drink at fair price. Beer and salmon sandwich with a salad. Great location and easy to chill out. Not formal and down to earth people who won't fuss over you. A very genuine place for real people

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Frackville
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2016 via mobile

Stopped by here for some lunch & drinks. The food was delicious & our waitress was very attentive & very courteous. Definitely would recommend.

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Thank cathyirishmom8
NH
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106 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2016 via mobile

Stopped in for dinner the other night. Got fried shrimp dinner and fish and chips. Shrimp was ok at best. Fish and chips were better than the shrimp but not amazing

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Chester, United Kingdom
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296 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2016

Great local food and beer choice. Its busy but worth a wait if there is no table - really fresh produce at a good price

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Bar, Soups, Delicatessen
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 40 Cottage St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1833
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  DownEast and Acadia Maine  >  Mount Desert Island  >  Bar Harbor
  • Phone Number: +1 207-288-9335

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