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Reading Room

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7 Newport Dr, Bar Harbor Inn, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1898
+1 800-248-3351
7:00 am - 10:30 am
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 10:30 am
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Littleton, Colorado
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6 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love their lobster bisque! The food is so yummy and presented in a enticing way. We had both dinner and breakfast there. The breakfast buffet is wonder and you can get an omelete made to order.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

After looking around town for somewhere that I could have steak and my fiancé could have lobster this seemed to be the best (and probably most expensive) option. It was the most delicious meal that we had during our trip both of our meals were perfect and worth the money. We only ate in the bar as the restaurant was... More 

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midwest usa
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50 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We read some nice reviews and had our selection narrowed down to the Reading Room and one other restaurant. We settled on Reading Room. We were seated by the window but it was dark, so we weren't fully able to enjoy the view but enjoyed being seated along the edge of the room. The dining room was gorgeous. Our server... More 

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Stratford, Connecticut
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

everything about this place was very appealing. the atmosphere, food, service, location, hostess, everything just perfect. had the surf and turf mom had the lobster saute the best she has ever had. would recommend this restaurant to anyone who is looking for a great night out in bar harbor.

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128 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We happened to be in town for our anniversary, so we searched out a "special occasion" place for dinner. This was as stuffy and uncomfortable as you'd expect for a grand old hotel. We were the youngest people in the room (and we're eligible for AARP). Most diners, I assume, were from the cruise ships. The gentleman playing the piano... More 

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Management response:

Dear Orlandoroadtrip, Thank you for your feedback regarding your recent visit with us. We are disappointed that you did not enjoy your meal and will take your comments into consideration as we are always looking for ways to improve our guests’ experience. We hope you will give us another chance to impress you on your next visit. Warm Regards, Nicole... More 

Stonington, Connecticut
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The filet mignon and lobster tail dinner was excellent, if not very hot. The breakfasts are to die for: don't miss the lobster, dill, and havarti omelet! And their coffee is hot and strong but not bitter--just perfect!

Thank Janieek
Management response:

Dear Janieek, We appreciate your kind comments about your meals at the Reading Room Restaurant. We agree that the Lobster Omelet should not be missed when dining at breakfast! We hope to see you back again soon! Warm Regards, Nicole Richardson Sales & Marketing Director More 

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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Top of the list! We ate dinner & 2 breakfasts here. Everything we ordered was delicious and service was excellent as well. Views are beautiful and doesn't matter where you sit, there is a view. Special place with a lot of hospitality.

Thank Michelle T
Management response:

Dear Michelle T, Thank you for taking the time to share your dining experiences at the Reading Room Restaurant. We strive to provide our guests with excellent service and are pleased to hear our breakfast and dinner teams are doing a wonderful job. We are fortunate that there is a stunning view of Frenchman Bay from every table in the... More 

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44 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016 via mobile

We celebrated our wedding anniversary with dinner and food was great, piano music was great, service was great, everyone was friendly. I'd definitely go back

Thank shottbj
Management response:

Dear shottbj, We appreciate you taking the time to share a review of the Reading Room Restaurant. We are honored to be selected out of the many restaurants in Bar Harbor for your special occasion and hope you will visit us again next season! Warm Regards, Nicole Richardson Sales & Marketing Director More 

Dallas, Texas
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34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016 via mobile

We had a great meal, my wife's filet mignon was among the best I've tasted including hometown Dallas, New York, Chicago. My cioppino was fantastic although seemed to be short on broth. Service from Phelecia was most pleasant. This may have been our best meal in Bar Harbor.

Thank LarryD
Management response:

Dear LarryD, Thank you for your wonderful comments about your meal at the Reading Room restaurant. We are delighted that your filet was one of the best you have tasted and pleased the you enjoyed the service Phelecia provided. We hope to have the pleasure to welcome you back to dine with us! Warm Regards, Nicole Richardson Sales & Marketing... More 

Biddeford, Maine
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

From the time we arrived to the time we left, this dining experience deserved this review's excellent rating. The appetizer (lobster bisque for me and gonzegola sald for my wife),the entree (petit filet & lobster tail for me and lobster pie for her) and finally for dessert (terrr=Missouri for me and lemon chiffon cake for her) all contributed to an... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Large groups, Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Scenic view
Open Hours
7:00 am - 10:30 am
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:30 am
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:30 am
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:30 am
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:30 am
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:30 am
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:30 am
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7 Newport Dr, Bar Harbor Inn, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1898
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  DownEast and Acadia Maine  >  Mount Desert Island  >  Bar Harbor
  • Phone Number: +1 800-248-3351
Refined pleasures await you in the Reading Room Restaurant. You will enjoy a dining experience where the delicious cuisine and attentive service are surpassed only by the breathtaking ocean view. Our menu includes fresh seafood, choice cuts of meat, daily specials and memorable desserts. Please note that we are unable to guarantee window tables You can request a window and we will do our very best! Come join us and the nightly live entertainment of grand piano music which provides the perfect ambiance to the fine dining experience. Dinner is served nightly and the dress code is informal.

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