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McKay's Public House

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231 Main St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1744
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Restaurant was very busy, but we were seated right away. We were given five menus. Waiter came over asking what we wanted, we said we needed more time, he seemed frustrated. We ordered wine and a beer, it took 15 minutes to get the beer. The salad and appetizer were good. I had lamb which was good, my wife's fish... More 

Thank Richard N
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We stayed at the Bar Harbor Grand which was next door to McKay's. it really looked like a neat place and passed it many time on our walk to town. They had a blackboard out front of their menu and after seeing roasted bone marrow we were turned off. Never have it a chance.

Thank Kerney1943
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Go for happy hour and then stay for dinner. Nice bar with good offerings. It was comfortable. The wait staff came to get us when our table was ready. Happy hour wraps up at 6:00 on the dot. This is a Pub that serves almost all seafood. I don't eat seafood but my pork chop was very nicely done .

Thank rjfennell
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We went there for dinner. Our waiter was very friendly. Our appetizer came out almost immediately but there was a long wait for our entrees. The food was okay but nothing especially memorable.

Thank McLeod P
Bar Harbor, Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Just a terrific restaurant, warm, friendly, comfortable, delicious food and drink. A great, wide-ranging menu, strong on local sources, great specials, outstanding wine and beer lists. Great for families, lovely garden space. Absolutely one of my first choices to bring guests to MDI.

Thank RobinAnnBarron
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
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49 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We visited McKay's Public House twice while visiting Bar Harbor 3 years ago and couldn't wait to return when we booked our stay again this year. This time we were thrilled to be able to share this wonderful place with 4 people we met while biking in Acadia National Park. After returning from a long day on biking on Acadia's... More 

Thank Tim G
Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Went to dinner after having worked up an appetite and a thirst hiking in Acadia. We were not disappointed! Our meal was excellent starting with our soups, continuing with our entrees and finishing with dessert. Our entrees included the free range chicken, the salmon and the duck cassoulet. And we enjoyed a wonderful selection of draft and bottled beers as... More 

Thank DaveAzToMaine
Dayton, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I asked at the hotel to direct us to a pub, and ended up at McKay's. This is one of those places that plays jazz too loud, turns the lights too low, and has fairly fancy dishes. The people at the next table were actually using their cell phones to read the menu. Not really what I think of as... More 

Thank Michael S
Des Moines, Iowa
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It was a chilly night, but the outdoor patio with all the heating lamps looked inviting. It was a lovely setting and a busy night for the restaurant. There was a man playing fabulous music which added to our enjoyment of the setting. But the food...not so wonderful. The clam spaghetti was really quite tasteless, no broth. Had to ask... More 

Thank auvoir
williamsburg, va, USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We really enjoy this restaurant. The food is great and the atmosphere is quaint and romantic. You can eat inside or outside (pet friendly). They have a variety of food, all cooked with love and to perfection. Adequate wine list.

Thank linda201198

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar scene, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Romantic, Kids, Special occasions
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 231 Main St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1744
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  DownEast and Acadia Maine  >  Mount Desert Island  >  Bar Harbor
  • Phone Number: 207-288-2002

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