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“A Great Restaurant”

Boathouse Bistro Tapas Lounge & Restaurant
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $20
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Good for: Romantic, Scenic view, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Special occasions, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Franklin, Michigan
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51 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“A Great Restaurant”
Reviewed August 30, 2014

While vacationing in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, we stumbled into this restaurant for dinner. I had Thai style halibut with curry sauce (not spicy or burning at all) and my wife had scallops. The appetizer was hummus with veggies and naan. We ate on the terrace, and it was great! So much so that we returned the next night, had the same appetizer and we each had salmon on a three cheese risotto, which was a little too much for my wife, but I loved it! Both meals were excellent and the service was great. Although we don't drink, there was a nice selection of wines. I'm sorry we couldn't go back again - there were more selections I wanted to try.

  • Visited August 2014
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salm01@optonline.net
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119 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Not Like You Came Here For the Hot Dogs”
Reviewed August 30, 2014 via mobile

So we are here for a long weekend and we thought we would go to the pier and figure something out. What luck. After we passed the perfunctory lobster roll shantys and fried seafood shacks, we came upon "the Bistro" and we're so glad we did. A real gastronomic treat here in Maine and moderately priced. Dishes are prepared with local ingredients and local flair. The paella is more of a lobster meat, scallop, and mussel stew served over rice in a hot skillet. The rice continues to cook and the seafood stays hot. Sort of like Korean bimbimbap. Delicious! The fish dishes were fresh caught and prepared as you like. The small wine list was fairly priced and the service was excellent. This is a destination, so if you get up this way, don't miss it.

  • Visited August 2014
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Thank Trevi_Sal
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New Hampshire
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20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Scallops at their BEST”
Reviewed August 29, 2014

The Boathouse Bistro and Tapas Bar - Boothbay Harbor (We've eaten lunch here years ago)
It was a late lunch/ early dinner as were on a Whale Watch earlier. I had the Pistachio Encrusted Scallops served with blood orange gastrique. (fancy sauce) Next time we are in Boothbay I think I will go to the Boathouse and order 2 servings of these to-die-for scallops. Over the top 5 stars! The bistro is a 3 level establishment and you have to climb to the top of the third floor to enjoy the rooftop dining..... Not only was this dish worth every penny... but was well worth the climb to the top. Bruce had the Duck Legs with Spicy Peach BBQ and he also thoroughly enjoyed the tapas. My entrée was the Crispy Beer Battered Haddock... Again was oh so delicious. Nothing fancy - just fish and chips done right. again 5 stars

Hubby had the Seafood Paella.... He's been looking for a great paella that he remembers from Spain.... He may have found one.

Visited August 2014
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Thank Verdantthumb
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Glocester, Rhode Island
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36 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Hidden back street treasure”
Reviewed August 29, 2014

The exterior of the building looks like it could use some work, but don't let that fool you. If you are a risotto fan, this place is for you. Tapas or small portions allow for diversity of choices. The calamari was as good as any in R.I. The vegetable risotto was heavenly. A different flavored risotto every night. Choice of two outside decks on second and third floor offer harbor views or first floor inside offer great seating options. This place should be moved up in the ratings

Visited August 2014
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Thank Roger E
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Fort Worth, Texas
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263 reviews
142 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
“food was good--service was iffy”
Reviewed August 28, 2014

We ate here on a recent visit--pretty sure our waitress was high--she made herself scarce after we ordered and just acted goofy when she did come to the table. We were charged for more glasses of wine than we had..same thing happened to the table next to us so check your bill. Our food was delicious--no complaints there!

Visited August 2014
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Thank wiggygailTX
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