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Burning Tree

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69 Otter Creek Dr, Route 3, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04660
207 288 9331
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 180
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  • 36
    Very good
  • 24
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  • 11
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  • 7
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Still Stellar After All These Years!

Burning Tree-- This charming hippie place, churning out a huge variety of dishes each night, has so many loyal regulars; we see and hear them every time we dine there. And they all say the same thing. "This is the best restaurant on the island!" It amazes me that chef/owner Allison is STILL in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 26, 2015
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boston,ma.
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boston,ma.
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69 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Burning Tree-- This charming hippie place, churning out a huge variety of dishes each night, has so many loyal regulars; we see and hear them every time we dine there. And they all say the same thing. "This is the best restaurant on the island!" It amazes me that chef/owner Allison is STILL in that kitchen every night, when Burning... More 

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Thank opinionatedchef
northern New Jersey
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

A truly gourmet restaurant on Mt. Desert Island (actually in Otter Creek, not Bar Harbor). Make your reservation as early as possible. My husband had a vegetarian dish and I had monk fish - both dishes were wonderful. A not-to-be-missed dining experience.

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1 Thank judypots
Waterboro, Maine
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

The Burning Tree,just a few miles out of Bar Harbor in Otter Creek has a spectacular menu of mostly fish but some beef, chicken and vegetarian entrees. The appetizers were beautifully presented and very flavorful as werethe entrees. Lots of Asian flavors and the freshest fish. Four well travelled adults found everything perfect especially the friendly, professional staff who answered... More 

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Thank 33carolyn
Maryland
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33 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

This is a great restaurant. The service was perfect, not overwhelming but she was there at the right moment every time and not there when not needed. The menu has a wide range of well prepared items from multiple cultures. A lot of locally sourced stuff which to me is a plus but not mandatory.

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Thank JLinMaryland
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

Well prepared food but not a whole lot of flavor. The waitress was good, the host was not. He didn't seem real interested in helping us.

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madison
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104 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

Very good! probably the best of three nice dinners we had on Mount Dessert Island. The service was very good and very attentive. I don't think they mean for you to feel rushed, just that they want to please and run a tight ship.

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Thank charles m
Bar Harbor, Maine
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015 via mobile

Went here for our anniversary and was just ok for $30 a plate. Service was just ok. I'm not sure if they were trying to be unenthusiastic because of the atmosphere but both the host and waitress were uninviting. Scallops and squid in miso were too over spicy and not described that way. Server didn't care when I mentioned it,... More 

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Winter Haven, Florida
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41 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015 via mobile

Unique menu, great presentations and superb meals. The appetizers were delicious and unique. The entree was great looking and even better tasting. The wait staff is knowledgeable about the items on the menu and carefully guide you to a wonderful dinner choice. We were full after dinner so did not try the desserts, they sounded tasty too. Well worth the... More 

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Thank Asa D
Tampa, Florida, United States
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18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

Quaint restaurant off the beaten path. The mussels appetizer was spectacular, and the best presentation that I have ever tasted, and I am a big fan of mussels. The cod was sublime. Wines were reasonable, and very good. I definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone liking fine dining.

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Thank Roger C
pennsylvania
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

A most wonderful meal, vegetarian friendly, a few miles from Frenchman Bay. Get Reservations for sure, It's small, intimate dining. I don't know how they do it - it can't be a very big kitchen!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 69 Otter Creek Dr, Route 3, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04660
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  DownEast and Acadia Maine  >  Mount Desert Island  >  Bar Harbor
  • Phone Number: 207 288 9331

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine

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