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“Great Find!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Bar Harbor Restaurant

Bar Harbor Restaurant
Ranked #4 of 65 Restaurants in Ketchikan
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $19 - $50
Cuisines: American, International
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Large groups, Scenic view, Kids
Dining options: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Tampa, Florida
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great Find!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2013

Wow, I wasn't expecting to have so much fun, plus enjoy such great food, in Ketchikan, AK! However, the service was great (watch out when they bring out the giant pepper grinder) and the food was terrific.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Roger A
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English first
Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada
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52 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“You have to eat here!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2013 via mobile

The restaurant looks completely unremarkable from the outside. Walk in and it is cozy and all you would expect from a nice restaurant on the water. Step out on the deck right on the Marina, plants and flowers, twinkly lights. Incredible!

The food was amazing! We started with Gorgonzola fries. Crisp and perfectly salted an excellent match for the tangy cheese. Coconut prawns that were hands down the best we have had. Plank baked halibut with a light drizzle of garlic butter and capers. I had wild rice and fella had mashed potatoes.

The wine list is extensive and excellent. We chose Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc (NZ). Great pairing!

Dessert was homemade cinnamon ice cream with bread pudding. YUM!! The coffee was also great.

Family owned and fully served. This restaurant is a real gem!! A 10 for us in every category!!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Trish L
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Lynnfield, Massachusetts
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291 reviews
182 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
“"Great" by Ketchikan standards, "OK" by any other”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2013

Spent a total of 5 nights in Ketchikan. Ate out, as opposed to "dined out" on three occasion two of which were at the Bar Harbor Restaurant.

If the weather is good they have outdoor seating overlooking the Marina. Yes the food is good, yes it's "quirky" and the owner is extremely solicitous.

Two different servers both of whom were nice people both of whom had deficiencies. Yes, I get the fact we were not in the culinary/server center of the universe but they're certain basics one would expect. Such as the server taking the time to become aware of the menu...on our second night our server had to return to the kitchen on three occasions to find out how a particular dish was prepared. Not a good thing. On the other night our server poured the wine without a sample taste for our host.

OK, so maybe I'm overreacting since this is a local, small restaurant but it seems to me this is "Server 101". Is this a big deal...given the local environment and lack of Ketchikan restaurants, probably not.

So...my take is if you're in Ketchikan Bar Harbor Restaurant would be a good place to have dinner, be patient with the wait staff if you're used to top shelf attention. Again, they're friendly and responsive just not on top of their game as servers.

In response to a couple of the other reviews, I agree "They're the best in town" since there's an absence of good Ketchikan restaurants. My take is the food is good, not great and I just can't describe it as "Exceptional".

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank jax14fun
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Honolulu, Hawaii
1 review
“best in town”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2013

ate here last week and it was outstanding, food ,service, wine selection and charming location. been in the business for 30+ years they do a great job.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank mike n
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Palmer, Alaska
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40 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Great food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2013

It is a quirky little place built into a old house, with an eclectic décor. the Food is Great and I have no complaints Service is great as well

Visited August 2012
Helpful?
Thank thebigtiny
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