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“Great food in a great setting”

The Thistle Inn Restaurant
Price range: $7 - $30
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Special occasions, Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: A piece of authentic Maine history, The Thistle Inn still stands as a place to gather and celebrate what makes life all the more worth living: great food, great company, and a home away from home. Originally built in 1861 for a prominent sea captain, our restaurant and Inn embody the unique period character of Maine’s past, with updated fixtures for modern comfort. From our seaside favorites to our world-class wine list, our menu is an exploration of classic coastal cuisine prepared with nature’s freshest ingredients. Guests looking to extend their visit will find six different lodging options at their fingertips, and the best of Boothbay Harbor just a short walk from their quarters. Whether it’s a meal that brings you to us, or an escape to our quaint Inn, we invite you to relax, stay awhile, and soak up some true downeast hospitality.
Wilmington, Massachusetts
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great food in a great setting”
Reviewed May 14, 2013

Loved the authentic English tavern feel of this time-honored inn, with that warm, welcoming atmosphere. And the food was absolutely first-rate.

Visited May 2013
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Boston, Massachusetts
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Wonderful dinner with friends.”
Reviewed January 14, 2013

Enjoyed a fabulous dinner with friends in the Tavern last month. The atmosphere was welcoming and cozy on a cold night. The food options were varied and the entrees we selected were very tasty. An excellent dining experience overall!

  • Visited December 2012
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Concord, New Hampshire
Level 6 Contributor
117 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Excellent experience at the Thistle Inn”
Reviewed November 23, 2012

We recently stayed in Boothbay Harbor and ate at the Thistle Inn. It was an excellent experience. The Inn is less than 5 minutes walk from the main section of town, the restaurant interior is very attractive with natural tones and wood, the menu selection was varied, great service and a extensive wine list. I had the Braised Caesar salad which was a nice variation on a classic. We both had Salmon with a bacon and apple cider glaze. With the meal you get rice, a vegetable, and that night a tasty red pepper puree. Well prepared and flavorful, the salmon was cooked just right. For dessert, we split a flourless chocolate cake that melted in your mouth. A really great meal - service was excellent and the prices very reasonable for the quality and quantity of food. Highly recommend it.

  • Visited November 2012
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Thank responsibletravel
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Peabody, Massachusetts
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Happy surprise in Boothbay Harbor!”
Reviewed November 4, 2012

Great choice especially after the tourist season is over. Winter menu has all entrees for $20 or under and 1/2 price cocktails from 5-6 Had a fantastic dinner there last night. Excellent filet mignon and rack of lamb-best we have had for quite some time. Service was very good and the bar knows how to make a perfect martini. No complaints here.

  • Visited November 2012
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Thank BBGulls
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Boothbay Harbor, Maine
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“perfect!!!”
Reviewed October 23, 2012

what can i say?? Great location!! good atmosphere, good staff, excellent food...dont beieve me? just go! no, it is not cheap but it is woth it to try, we went there to celebrate my birhtday and we all love it, we were only 2 couples.

  • Visited April 2012
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