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“Better than starving to death”

Lighthouse Inn & Restaurant
Price range: $5 - $24
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Reservations
Description: The Lighthouse Inn and Restaurant is under "New" management. Same family for 50+ years, third generation. We've changed our menus and will be making more changes as we progress. Thank you for visiting with us in the 2015 season.
Reviewed August 21, 2013 via mobile

Staying locally we decided to take in breakfast down the street. Amazingly our large party was easily accommodated on short notice. In fact, there were only a few people dining in this dusty 1970's themed Bar/restaurant.

While waiting for our water to be delivered (didn't get to the coffee and order taking for at least 10 minutes in) we took in the brightly spray painted hydrangeas, and the life sized mermaid in the corner.

Atmosphere was unusual, and a bit quirky, but the cleanliness was a bit questionable. Perhaps this first impression was from the dust on all the many curiosities adorning the dining area, and musty odor from the bathroom. Regardless, I had set my expectations to "very low" especially with what seemed to be a thinly veiled hostility by the waitstaff toward tourists (and don't get me wrong - I can't stand tourists either but they pay the bills).

However, and to my surprise, the food was pretty good. General breakfast fare, but not bad for quality and flavor. They used real fruit in the fruit pancakes, and real egg in the scramble and omlette.

If you can get past the kitsch to the kitchen, and try to suppress the memories from all the episodes of Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares, apart from the slightly startled/inexperienced(?) staff, the rather long wait time, you can get a breakfast that tastes better than you think it would. And if "camp" is your thing, then if you can hold your nose and ignore the grime, it could be quite a bit of fun.

If you are into that kind of thing.


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Thank CoosBay2Boston
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Reviewed August 19, 2013

Came here for a quick lunch. First impression was that I did not smell very nice. Can't tell you what the odor was. Service was sluggish. However, the lobster roll was pretty good. Would not go out of my way to go here but it was convenient and 'serviceable' after several hours of hiking.

Thank mitchm11741
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Reviewed August 17, 2013 via mobile

Had the crab sandwich and it was stinky and tasted horrible! When I told the waiter he sent it back to the kitchen but shortly returned with the plate saying that the lady (I'm guessing the owner) wouldn't take it back. The waiter admitted that other customers had also complained but there was nothing he could do. We still had to pay and order something else in the menu. Really shirty that we had to pay for such disgutinf food. Save your money and stay away from this place!!! How are they still in business?!

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2  Thank 69sealyart
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Reviewed August 17, 2013 via mobile

Don't go here...you'll get food poisoning!!! The crab meat sandwich was clearly spoiled but the kitchen lady said that she would not accept it and the poor waiter had to return it to the table. Of course I declined and had to order a burger instead. That was barley edible. Do yourself and favor and eat anywhere else but here.

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2  Thank Lars H
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Reviewed August 9, 2013

We ate breakfast here while camping at Blackwoods.(5 minute drive- towards Northeast Harbor) NIce atmosphere, nice old building , tin ceilings etc. Good breakfast of eggs, toast ,potatoes , bacon, french toast. Breakfast starts at 8, so, if you are early, stop next door at the coffee shop and chat with the locals.They also serve lunch and dinner. Right down the road is Seal Harbor- nice beach, trail heads. Skip the hubbub of Bar Harbor and enjoy this restful and gorgeous area.

Thank mtnwen
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