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The Thirsty Whale Tavern

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40 Cottage St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1833
11:00 am - 1:00 am
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 1:00 am
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Front Royal, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

My husband & I had lunch at the Thirsty Whale in Bar Harbor this past week. Food was great! We had a few drinks and bowls of clam chowder. The best part of this restaurant was the Staff. The hostess seated us immediately, waitress was engaging and seemed extremely interested how we felt about our lunch. The bartender made outstanding... More 

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Watkins Glen, New York
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The food was good and the service was great! Nice cozy little tavern off the main drag with good food and very friendly service. The waitress we had was awesome. Nice selection of local brews and decent menu. Prices were about average to the area.

Thank dande2day2
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61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Had dinner at the Thirsty Whale during our trip to Bart Harbor. Chose this place because there was a way to order a burger without French fries . The burgers were juicy and the whale salad was great. Prices are the best in town for the food you get.

Thank biscotti2
Trevose, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Local restaurant/bar that's open year round. Dinner on a Thursday was crowded, had about a half hour wait for a table but the homemade hummus appetizer made the wait worth it. Delicious! My fish wrap was good too.

Thank CherylBucksCounty
Ravenna, Ohio
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

My daughter and I went here on three occasions while staying in Bar Harbor. Great food, drinks, etc. Very nice local place - clean, good service, good food. Best priced food for the area!

Thank lovingarizona
Cape Elizabeth, Maine
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5 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The menu was varied, but the food was generic. My wife had the fish and chips and the fish looked like frozen fish sticks. I had the clam chowder, and although it wasn't canned, it hadn't been made there. Suspect I could have gotten the same or better at Panera Bread, and I am not putting Panera Bread down. Food... More 

Thank David F
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We spent all week trying every chow-dah hoping to fine the best and we found it on our last night in town. I was sad when I ate my cup and immediately wished I had ordered a bowl. Their haddock was pretty great too!

Thank Laura L
Bath, Canada
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Great place to enjoy seafood and drinks with football on the big screen! The lobster bisque & lobster roll were great!

Thank cindysquyres
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Super place to dine and drink. Great local brews. Outstanding hamburgers and salads. And they have Lobster rolls. Nice service from nice people. Near center of town.

Thank Lenny K
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Loud but great food at great prices.great lobster roll 1495 also comes with whale salad which is awesome. Also a great blackend haddock sandwhich which is also great and as a bonus they have great glutten free rolls and wil make things glutten free for customers. Also good service great value for your dollar Ron Andreano 2016.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
American, Bar, Pub, Soups, Delicatessen
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children, Bar scene, Dining on a budget
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: 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?