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“Tasty fare inside or out!”

The Thistle Inn Restaurant
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Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $7 - $30
Cuisines: American, Bar, Seafood
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Good for: Bar scene, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
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.
Florida
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407 reviews
298 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
“Tasty fare inside or out!”
Reviewed July 22, 2014

While it was slighly cool, we opted to eat outside on their terrace and the waitress kindly provided a blanket for my knees. Inside is great for winter, but also cosy on a chilly summer night. The caprese salad with heirloom tomatoes and burrata was very good, although the accompanying lettuce could have used a bit more vinegar and oil. The Statler chicken with basi mashed potaotes (how could you go wrong with this combo) was perfectly done. My spouse had their lobster on puff pastry with brandy sauce (a perennial favorite) followed by the haddock. We then sampled the creme brulee which was appropriately warm and creamy. This is consistenlty some of the best food in Boothbay!

Visited July 2014
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English first
Boothbay, Maine
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12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Always very good”
Reviewed July 21, 2014

One of the best places to eat with the food consistently very good and a great wine selection.
On hot evenings the outside dining is well shaded and cool.

  • Visited July 2014
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Thistle Inn”
Reviewed July 20, 2014

They have chilli to die for, and their wine selection is phenomenal. The staff is incredibly welcoming, and they have a very homy feeling.

  • Visited December 2013
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1 Thank Jessica M
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north conway NH
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Anniversary dinner ”
Reviewed July 20, 2014 via mobile

We had a great dinner on the deck under the light for our anniversary! It was wonderful :) service and food were wonderful. My husband had crab cakes that were so yummy and my Cesar salad was one of the best I've had! We both has the haddock which was wonderful as well- perfectly cooked and I couldn't get enough of the couscous! We shared two desserts and were stuffed but very happy!!! The only small negative was due to us eating on the late side the bugs did make an appearance during dessert but not enough to really be anymore then a small bother- the decks ambiance was worth a few bugs!

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Fayetteville, New York
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3 reviews
“Excellent breakfast and dinners1”
Reviewed July 13, 2014

Foodies will love this place - fresh and tasty seafood and for my allergic hubby, great steak and chicken dishes!

Visited July 2014
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Thank Daryl F
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