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The Thirsty Whale Tavern

40 Cottage St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1833
+1 207-288-9335
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good36%
  • Average11%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
Travelers talk about
“whale salad” (51 reviews)
“chowder” (157 reviews)
“lobster roll” (314 reviews)
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American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Deli, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
40 Cottage St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1833
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We stumbled across this place and it is a great find. The food was really good and the cocktails were amazing. I’ve never had a gimlet and theirs was amazing.

Thank Jody A
Reviewed yesterday

We went back a couple times for just drinks. Nice pours and my date recommends the Ship Yard Pumpkin Head Ale. really tasty and even better if you can find the sugar and cinnamon coated rim. The employees were friendly and the service was good....More

Thank Don M
Reviewed 2 days ago

The end of our first full day in Bar Harbor found us dashing out of the rain into this busy little spot. We were seated quickly but it was a bit later and in the off season. Hungry after a day of trekking on foot...More

Thank David H
Reviewed 2 days ago

Located in town a great place to get a quick bite to eat and a good drink! Definitely worth a try! :-)

Thank Catherine D
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Love the history of this place aahes the gorgeous wood bar. We ate the fish and chips and the fish sandwich, both were exceptional! The fries were perfect, tender inside and really crispy on the outside. Malt vinegar was on the table, no asking required!

Thank Jennifer K
Reviewed 3 days ago

We came here on our first night in Bar Harbor. The food was delicious, fresh and hot. I had the salad with blackened salmon which was seriously the best piece of Salmon I can remember having. Even thought the place was packed the service was...More

Thank Michelle M
Reviewed 5 days ago

We loved the clam chowder and fried haddock sandwich special. Our waitress, Lisa, was super nice and helpful with our kids. We had so much fun I even bought a T-shirt. Highly recommend.

Thank Jeff T
Reviewed 6 days ago

I was so disappointed. This restaurant was recommended and so we went. They had a couple gluten free items and a gluten free bun on the menu. When I asked the manager about cross-contamination she was borderline rude. Sighing when I asked and saying, "YES....More

Thank Lissa J
Heather S, Owner at The Thirsty Whale Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

I am do sorry if someone was rude to you. . I'm not sure who you spoke with but it wasn't a manager. My husband and I manage the restaurant. I will have a staff meeting and re educate my team on our many gluten...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We loved our dinner! Fresh well prepared food, excellent service and a good atmosphere. The lobster roll was fresh and delicious, the chowder was tasty and the haddock was fresh. The prices were moderate. We will be back!

Thank thalialou
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We asked the locals and 3 of them recommended this place. It was great! We had the blackened haddock and it was sooo good. Chowder was delicious and a good choice of beers.

Thank Missybell34
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Questions & Answers
Rae V
September 26, 2018|
Response from Heather S | Property representative |
No we don't. We are a local spot so our prices are pretty reasonable.
Rae V
September 26, 2018|
Response from dennisk634 | Reviewed this property |
They did
Cheri H
September 14, 2018|
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Response from Charles C | Reviewed this property |
Sounds like you want your lobster roll Connecticut style. The lobster is warm with melted butter on the side
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$8 - $20
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Local cuisine, Bar scene, Families with children, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
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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