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Reading Room Restaurant

7 Newport Dr, Bar Harbor Inn, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1898
+1 800-248-3351
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  • Excellent65%
  • Very good19%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
7 Newport Dr, Bar Harbor Inn, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1898
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Reviewed October 30, 2017

We ate breakfast here this trip although we've eaten dinner in the past. The breakfast was your typical breakfast fare and the prices were in line with the other breakfast places in downtown Bar Harbor, but the location and views here at the Reading Room...More

Thank TLH61293
Reviewed October 29, 2017

Breakfast and Dinner is first class all the way. Chef Joe was very accommodating to me for breakfast and Suzy always gave her fantastic service. On her night off we had Paula who took excellent care of us. The Maitre'D Joe is always enjoyable to...More

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Reviewed October 29, 2017

I was back for a dinner again this year. As I expected it was really wonderful. This place has never let me down. My appetizer was the lobster bisque soup which was wonderful. For my entree I had the special which was a sliced filet...More

Thank Catskillperson
Reviewed October 28, 2017

A step back in time the Reading Room is beautiful. The service, the piano playing, the food was more than we could have hoped for to celebrate a 50th birthday dinner. Worth the 7.5 hour drive!

Thank Lisa D
Reviewed October 27, 2017

We asked for and got a table near the windows for the view. Because we drove 26 hours to Maine, we ordered lobster. It was great. Our server was professional and made our dining a very good experience. Probably one of the highlights of our...More

Thank Barbara L
Reviewed October 26, 2017 via mobile

Two couples dined last night(19/25) and three of the main courses we're terrible. Although we returned only one the other two should have been. The course returned was advertised as a gnocci dish. The "chef" substituted tortellini for gnocci saying "it was his interpretation of...More

Thank cwpeckham
Reviewed October 23, 2017 via mobile

An excellent restaurant. Appetizers and main course were excellent as was the service. Changed our dinner reservation to 5:30 and so glad we did as we were able to enjoy sunset.

Thank Dennis F
Reviewed October 23, 2017

I'll preface this review by stating that we are very fortunate to be able to travel all over the world and live in Manhattan with access to restaurants with excellent chefs. If you think that going to the Olive Garden is a culinary experience then...More

2  Thank austan2017
Reviewed October 22, 2017 via mobile

We loved our stay at the Bar Harbor Inn. 28 women and every meal was wonderful. We ended with the Lobster Bake. Delicious!

Thank Robin L
Reviewed October 22, 2017 via mobile

This restaurant was enjoyed by all four of us. The servers were extremely friendly and professional. We all agreed the food was excellent. The atmosphere was outstanding with a great piano player playing throughout the evening.

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August 30, 2017|
Response from dgrlk | Reviewed this property |
No special during high season Im afraid
April 11, 2017|
Response from NicoleBHI | Property representative |
Dear jaylsutter65, Please leave a review on our Reading Room Restaurant page as it operates directly with the Oasis Club Lounge. Thank you, Nicole Richardson Sales & Marketing Director
August 25, 2016|
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Response from cellar978 | Reviewed this property |
I would recommend "smart casual"- no jeans, sweat shirts, t-shirts or sneakers. This has more of an "old school" vibe.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups, 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
  • E-mail
  • This restaurant is at Bar Harbor Inn
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. 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.Please note that we are unable to guarantee window tables You can request a window and we will do our very best!
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