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“Hidden Gem!”
Review of The Friar's Pub

The Friar's Pub
Ranked #16 of 153 Restaurants in Bar Harbor
Price range: $10 - $32
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed August 27, 2017

Black Friar Pub is a bit off the beaten path but still close to Downtown Bar Harbor, near the corner of Cottage and Bridge Street. We were in the mood for a pub style meal on our first night in BH. Our innkeeper said she had been wanting to try BFP so we gave it a try.
It turned out to be our best meal of the week. Our server Taylor was charming, friendly and an excellent waitress. She let my wife try a taste of 2 wines that we were trying to choose from, which was very helpful.
My wife ordered the Haddock and I got the Halibut, which was a special for the night. Wow! Both dishes were cooked perfectly by Tom, the owner of the Inn and the chef at the restaurant. The portions were plentiful, which added to the value of the meals. Sides included a mashed potato cake that was browned on both sides (excellent!) and roasted brussel sprouts (our favorite). The rolls were freshly baked and came with a maple blueberry butter made by another waitress.

We suggested the BFP to some other couples staying at our Inn and they went and loved it as well.

Unfortunately, it was very slow the evening we were there, so I hope more people discover the Pub via our review. If you go and love it, please write a review so this place stays around awhile. Whenever we return to Bar Harbor, we plan to stay here as well.

Can't wait to eat here again!

2  Thank Jeff L
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Reviewed July 26, 2017 via mobile

Very interesting historical Inn & restaurant. Cute little bar area, small but cozy. Friendly staff, delicious food . Open breakfast & dinner

Thank Beth D
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Reviewed July 21, 2017

My husband and I were delighted to find this pub! Unlike other pubs we had been to, this one felt as if we had been transported to Britain. The pub is actually located in a bed and breakfast and the food is prepared by the inn-keeper himself! I had the delicious lobster thermador and my husband had seafood hash. The side dishes were seasonal, local vegetables that were well-flavored and not over-done. Dessert was a berry cobbler prepared by our waitress that day. The food was absolutely lovely and the whole experience was complemented by after-dinner conversations with our waitress and Tom, the inn-keeper/chef. We felt personally cared for and connected! It was truly a wonderful evening! Do yourself a favor and seek this one out!

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2  Thank Jeanne G
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Reviewed July 1, 2017 via mobile

Dead on a Friday night. Should have been a tip off.
Food took forever to be prepared considering the low customer count, only to be delivered undercooked. Had haddock and potatoes, the fish was about 3/8 inch thick, and still opaque looking. Small portion, big price. The potatoes were only half cooked yet still crunchy on the outside and room temperature on the plate, less than half a potato is your portion size. Also some other veggies on the plate that seemed to be a random mix of whatever was in the cooler.
Strip steak was ok, small portion. Crazy amount of money for such small portions of non-gourmet food.

1  Thank NHDebandAl
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Reviewed June 20, 2017 via mobile

This place is a great find! Use the Trip Advisor App to help navigate if needed. The food is high quality fine dinning taste and the place itself is a cozy pub. We sat near the kitchen which was fun to see them cooking while we quizzed each other with the trivia cards on the table. The mussels were amazing! I wanted to drink the broth it was so good! The pioccino was also amazing and the rosemary scallops were done perfectly. The wait staff were very attentive but not annoying at all. They have a full bar & live music on Saturday nights if you decided to hang around. Very happy we overheard another couple talking about this place the night before while at breakfast!

Thank StLeRu
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