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“Great Little Find”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Sips

Sips
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $25
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Bar scene, Families with children, Kids
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Belmont, Massachusetts
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great Little Find”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2013

Well run gem in Center of Southwest Harbor, Maine. Small, intimate French oriented menu with a cozy bar and relaxed atmosphere. Excellent for breakfast, lunch or a romantic dinner...Also lovely for children as well. Good wine list..Crepes and their Lobster/Seafood Risotto/Mussels are a unique feature. Good daily specials as well...Seafood is right off the dock from the Harbor...Well kept secret...
Joyce S

Visited August 2013
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Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
United States
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442 reviews
363 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 241 helpful votes
“4 of 4 stars (excellent, casual dining).”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2013

(see explanation of ratings below)

We drove all the way from Bar Harbor (based on other reviews) and were not disappointed.

Allow sixty minutes for lunch.

About $15 per person.

Recommended: the BLAT (bacon, lettuce, avocado & tomato).

Also, the petite burgers.

Loved the lobster chowder.

About my ratings:

Only high-priced dining establishments can garner five stars. Until TripAdvisor realizes that a fast food joint cannot possibly be ranked equally with a $100 per person place, I need to draw the line somewhere. If we were only talking about the quality and presentation of the food, it would be a different story. But, as we know, TripAdvisor's rankings take into account the entire dining experience.

Therefore, I divide restaurants into three categories (and I wish TripAdvisor would do the same):

1) fast food and "fast-casual", low-priced (no table service).

2) casual, mid-priced dining (table service, average entrée price: $10-$20).

3) fine, high-priced dining (linen napkins, no plastic cups, no TV's in dining room, average entrée priced at more than $20, can vary depending on the city).

High-priced dining can earn a max of five stars. Mid-priced dining can earn a max of four stars. Fast food can earn a max of three stars.

  • Visited August 2013
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McLean, Virginia
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“good, reasonably-priced food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2013

This is a good place for a good, simple meal. The only draw back is slow service when the restaurant if full.

Visited August 2013
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Boston, Massachusetts
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63 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Nice dinner option on quietside of mt. Desert island”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2013 via mobile

We stopped in after a day of hiking with four very hungry boys. It was 4:30 pm on a Sunday and we were able to sit right down. I enjoyed the mussles, nicely done with geek olives! Delish! The salads were terrific with homemade dressings, all with a unique twist on classic recipes. The sandwiches were nice and they offer a decent kids menu. The food is well done and atmosphere was fun!

  • Visited August 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Open all day”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2013

Sips is ood for grabbing a bite when all of the other lunch places were closed. Nothing too fancy, but just right.

Visited August 2013
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Thank Cindy V
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