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“Always best in town”
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Thistles Restaurant
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: For more than twelve years Thistles has been Bangor's premier international restaurant. Located on Downtown Exchange Street in the Queen City, our restaurant has always possesed a special ambience but the newly completed rejuvenation in gorgeous modern decor makes us an even more special place to enjoy fine dining. Owned and operated by The Rave family, Thistles provides one of the best dining experiences in town. At Thistles you will be introduced to a superb menu of cuisine that is truly global. Chef Alejandro's culinary talents include the ability to prepare gourmet ethnic dishes from around the world. Great recipes from Argentina, Colombia and other Latin American countries, Germany, Italy, Portugal and Spain are all part of his repertoire of culinary delights. What are you waiting for? An international dining treat awaits all at THISTLES!
Reviewed June 3, 2014

I went to Thistles last week with my two adult sons. As always the food and service were top notch. Thistles has long been my favorite restaurant in Bangor.

1  Thank donaldl967
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Reviewed May 29, 2014

Bangor, Maine is rapidly expanding its dining options, but Thistle's remains a constant as one of the more upscale restaurants in the city. Specializing in Latin American dishes and food and wines of Argentina, the menu has enough variety to satisfy everyone in your party, service is attentive and knowledgeable, and the food is typically well prepared. Maria Rave and her family are solicitous in assuring that guests are happy. For special occasions, they can offer offer a small and intimate event room, working carefully with patrons to plan menus that are special to individual tastes rather than a "one size fits all" menu.

You can also expect a variety of live music, small jazz combos, and depending on the time, even tango dancing and other special events that accentuate the global and international flavor.

Always an enjoyable experience. Be sure to make reservations.

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Thank Colleen Cavell G
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Reviewed May 28, 2014

My husband surprised me one night with reservations to "Thistles" which is my favorite restaurant Bangor. As usual, the experience was great! I am always happy with the food and the service.

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Thank Gail B
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Reviewed May 13, 2014

Reservations are suggested. We did not have them that night however it was not a problem. Location can be hard to find if you are new to the town. Down the street from the judicial center. Don't expect a romantic view. Staff were friendly, good service, good food. Clean restaurant. There was a musician playing softly that night. Nice for part of a special night out .

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1  Thank TRUANE9296
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Reviewed April 26, 2014

I ordered the French onion soup. It was lacking in every way.
I also had the Cuban scallops creole. The asparagus lacked color and was overcooked. The scallops were cooked okay, but the red pepper was overcooked and mushy.
Service was ok. They did the best they could with our large party.
The bathrooms are dirty and need updating.

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2  Thank Littlestar52072
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