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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW via mobile

Our dinner at McKay's was the gastronomic highlight of our stay in Bar Harbor! Everything from the featured wines to the brownie sundae was tasty and beautifully presented. The broccolini with Parmesan, prosciutto and an egg over easy was spectacular as was the Caesar salad, heirloom tomato salad, lamb burger,seafood risotto and filet. Our server Mckenzie was cheerful, knowledgeable and... More 

Thank Nshanahan
Littlehampton, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We'd looked up a few possible locations to eat before visiting Bar Harbor, but selected McKay's on the night because it looks reasonably priced and relaxed. The place itself looks beautiful. We arrived outside to a fairy light-draped garden in front of the magnificent old building itself. We were fortunate enough to be seated on the veranda on a warm... More 

Thank MichaelT1979
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We were in a roll eating lobster....rolls but eventually you have to give it up and have some risotto. We had a lovely evening listening to live music, mulling over which geeky beer to order and debating who had ordered the best dish. I'm sure I did with the risotto and scallops but I couldn't help eating 1/4 of my... More 

Thank Bmccall07
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Nice atmosphere, and good food. Service was pretty slow. It looked like one server was covering the entire second floor, and possibly part of the first. He was trying and was nice, but waiting 15 minutes for a beverage refill is annoying.

Thank MSC73
Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We were there on a beautiful night. The garden was a very pleasant place to eat. Some of the food was very good but some was not. Also, our server seemed to be too busy to pay much attention to us. We ordered two different soups. One was piping hot and delicious (parsnip) and one was lukewarm and only ok... More 

Hampton, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Our innkeeper recommended this reastaurant and he was 3 for 3. They have a lovely outdoor seating area and a pub like interior. The food was good, service same. Went back later in the evening for dessert. Blueberry pie and German chocolate cake. So delicious!

Thank Kay628
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Great food and attractive decor. Service was exceptional and the bar had a nice selection. The best salad and fish and chips both got 4 thumbs up from us.

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Carmel, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We dined at McKay's Public House in Bar Harbor, because we knew they offered great food, good and efficient service and a wide variety of menu items and beverages. The outdoor seating area seemed to be a popular place to dine, however it was rather busy so we decided to dine in the uniquely cozy inside private dining room. Our... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My fellow travelers really enjoyed this restaurant. It is a bit overpriced for the food you get...there are better places to go.

Thank Tina C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

When I go back to Bar Harbor I will definitely want to visit this restaurant again. We both totally loved it. The outside garden is a very romantic setting. The food was awesome. The service good but not overbearing. The bar is really packed and fun. We were so excited to just find this place .............we totally enjoyed it !

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
American, Bar, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic, Families with children
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?