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The Thirsty Whale Tavern

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40 Cottage St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1833
207-288-9335
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11:00 am - 1:00 am
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 1:00 am
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Long Island, NY
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35 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The food, atmosphere, and beer selection were all excellent. One of the top places we ate at on our trip. Would have given this a 5 star rating if I didn't find some tiny bits of shell in my lobster roll. It was about a 40 min wait but we walked around the nearby stores and checked in a few... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

That and a beer is all we had! It was super fresh and very tasty. Nice selection of beers. Prompt and knowledgeable service. Great for a quick lunch.

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Asheville, North Carolina
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43 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This was nothing to write home about. No kids menus as I thought they had. My mistake. That being said, I asked to split items. Asked if we could have a Bowl of clam chowder in two small bowls to split. Brought it to me so I could split it. Don't mind doing that with many things, but it was... More 

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Texas
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41 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My family just needed light meal and we found the place very comfortable, with tasty food and very friendly waitress. My bowl of clam chowder and garlic bread was very yummy, and had enough to share with my daughter. The Southwest burger with salad, and the lobster roll with fries were just what we needed. No wait when we got... More 

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Colonial Beach, Virginia
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We ate lunch here and the fish and chips was awesome. The atmosphere was super comfortable and we felt right at home. The location was great also.

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Thank Kelley S
Roanoke, VA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Yum yum yum! We had friendly service (even with a toddler!) Pomegranate margaritas were especially tasty and refreshing! Then - not on regular menu but on specials menu - we discovered their fish taco wrap! Delicious!!!

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Thank Kay K
Medina, Ohio
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43 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Our kayak guide recommended this to us when we got back and it was an excellent choice. The fish sandwiches were very tasty and huge. It was also a good value especially for the area

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Thank Jeff F
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Lobster roll on buttered roll with light mayo spread tasty for dinner with mouth watering lobster bisque. Do like the Romans do! Recommended by our rock climbing instructor for value. My wife's salmon was a bit over cooked and dry. Prices were reasonable.

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Albrightsville, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Just got to Bar Harbor for the first time, and had to have a lobster roll to christen the event. The Whale offers one with a cup of clam chowder. Don't miss out on this New England tradition.

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Rochester, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Agree with the other positive reviews- delicious! Service fast and friendly, prices very reasonable. Buffalo chicken tenders were extra good and memorable. Portions were enough to share!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Cuisine
American, Bar, Pub, Soups, Delicatessen
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, Families with children, Bar scene
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
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: 207-288-9335

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