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McKay's Public House

231 Main St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1744
+1 207-288-2002
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good28%
  • Average12%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible2%
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“seafood risotto” (100 reviews)
“salad” (101 reviews)
“bistro steak” (14 reviews)
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American, Bar, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
231 Main St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1744
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Reviewed September 26, 2015 via mobile

Rushed service. Brussel sprouts uncooked. Sweet potatoes tasted off. Food was cold and poor quality. Given previous reviews a major disappointment.

Thank Sherry B
Reviewed September 23, 2015 via mobile

Everything was wonderful! From the moment we walked up to the hostess stand. The staff was super friendly and accommodating considering we didn't have reservations. Once we got say our waitress was knowledgable about the drinks and food. Words cannot truly describe the quality and...More

Thank Kristy I
Reviewed September 23, 2015 via mobile

We had dinner here our first night in Bar Harbor and it was one of the best on our vacation. The courtyard seating with a live guitar player was really pleasant, our server was attentive and knowledgeable and the food was tasty and well prepared....More

Thank Hope S
Reviewed September 23, 2015

Not near the water but the food, friendly staff and great music is worth giving up the view. Very pretty outdoor dining area that was perfect for enjoying lovely fall weather. Bartender gave lots of helpful suggestions and made great drink suggestions. We would definitely...More

Thank Lisa D
Reviewed September 21, 2015

There was a feeling of disorganization from the beginning of the meal until the end--the staff didn't seem to know which end was up. Our server was okay, though we didn't get the bread that all the other tables received. My meal sounded good on...More

Thank grace m
Reviewed September 21, 2015

We ate at McKay's on our last night in Bar Harbor and had a beautiful evening. I definitely recommend sitting outside under the string lighting - with the sea breeze and the buzz of conversation, the entire patio felt alive. The menu was small, but...More

Thank John M
Reviewed September 21, 2015 via mobile

Great food, outstanding service, and a lovely fall evening made for a perfect evening. Our first time visit and our waitress, Theresa, helped us through wine selections, appetizer choices, entree, and recommended dessert. Everything she suggested was excellent. We would definitely go back next time...More

Thank SteelRibbons
Reviewed September 20, 2015

Had dinner there with my husband 9-20-15 after being recommended from the staff at a local hotel. We arrived around 7pm and were surprised to be seated right away. Very nice waiter and was helpful in deciding what to have. My husband ordered the Ahi...More

Thank pacerkathy
Reviewed September 20, 2015

Three of us (two with the same name as the restaurant) went for an early dinner on a Friday night. Were told we couldn't sit outside but were seated pretty promptly in the upstairs room. Had to ask not to be seated in front of...More

Thank debra3472
Reviewed September 20, 2015

the season was winding down so short of help. Our salads were delicious, my friends ribs were very tough , pork belly that came with it unbeatable , she was disappointed . I had the steak , it was ok , another friend liked her...More

Thank Alieda R
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Questions & Answers
September 1, 2017|
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Response from BethWe | Reviewed this property |
We walked by one night and asked about reservations and the hostess recommended getting them, especially if it's a weekend.
Alice H
August 8, 2016|
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Response from Diana W | Reviewed this property |
It is definitely not a lobster shack. I have no idea where that other woman got that idea from. HA HA!! They do not offer early bird specials. It is a delicious restaurant in a great location. Highly recommend.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Large groups, Special occasions, Romantic, Bar scene, Families with children, Kids
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 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: +1 207-288-2002
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