My wife and I stayed at the Bluenose Inn, part of a family-owned hillside lodging and dining complex that includes The Looking Glass Restaurant, where we had dinner the evening we arrived.The restaurant was less than elegant, but the view of the island-dotted harbor was terrific. We both had lazy lobster, which was tender, tasty and there was plenty of it. I also had a salad with a vinaigrette dressing, which was WAY heavy on the vinegar -- so much so, I couldn't eat it. I wasn't going to say anything, but our waitress asked how everything was, and I told her. I expected that the salad would be replaced or we wouldn't be charged for it. Neither resolution was forthcoming, or even mentioned. That was 8 bucks down the drain.
If this had been our only experience of The Looking Glass, I would never recommend it. A complimentary breakfast was included, however, in the already reasonable price of our room at the Bluenose Inn, so we returned the next morning. I wasn't sure what to expect would be on offer, but we simply ordered everything we wanted from the breakfast menu -- for example, I had a lobster/gouda/mushroom omelet that was absolutely delicious -- plus fresh orange juice, fruit, wholewheat toast and coffee. Our waitress (the same young lady who'd served us the night before) went out of her way to see that everything was exactly how we wanted it -- and it was! I estimated that between the two of us, my wife and I enjoyed a wonderful breakfast that would have cost us $45 or $50 if we weren't guests at the inn; all at no extra cost, except for a tip.
So, something of a mixed bag; but overall we left Bar Harbor pleased with our stay at the inn and, for the most part, with The Looking Glass Restaurant. I'd say skip dinner there -- or, at least pass on the salad dressing -- and go there for breakfast.
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