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“Special dining experience”
Review of Mache Bistro

Mache Bistro
Ranked #22 of 151 Restaurants in Bar Harbor
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $25
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Mache is a casual neighborhood bistro in downtown Bar Harbor, Maine. We offer an ever-changing menu:our appetizers, salads, entrees, small plates, and house-made desserts are prepared with the finest produce, freshest seafood, and organic & natural meats available. Full bar and eclectic wine list.
Reviewed October 24, 2013

Great ambience, French music, French food with local flavors. We celebrated our anniversary there, had a delightful meal (although my hanger steak could have been more tender), including the best wine ever (Columbia Valley CMS), the best local goat cheese ever, and great service.

Thank Ken_Blanchard
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Reviewed October 21, 2013

Great place for a romantic dinner. Menu changes nightly with some staples. Great service. Make reservations!

We love this place and ate the following:
Diner One - goat cheese plate (three types with spiced honey and pear compote), duck confit
(amazingly tender and flavorful) with polenta and spinach, crème caramel (best desert in the area),
one hefe weizen
Diner Two - grilled bread with mushroom and cheese, salmon (tender) with white beans and spinach,
mango sorbet, two glasses of house blended wine
Price:$119.00 without tip

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Thank buffgray
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Reviewed October 21, 2013

The décor was warm and inviting. The eclectic music added a nice ambiance. And the attentive service was everything you’d expect from a highly-rated French restaurant in Bar Harbor. But at the end of the day, it really boils down to the food. This is where I think Mache Bistro falls slightly short of its #1 rating.

I ordered a signature steak dish (along with two appetizers and a desert). Although nicely prepared, the meat was kind of tough – and the flavors seemed to be somewhat out of sync. It’s hard to explain (when evaluating the entire dining experience), but it almost seemed as though the chef was trying too hard to emulate French cuisine, forgoing a more simplistic approach.

In my mind, the local ingredients (like fresh caught seafood) are the true stars of the show, and any French-inspired preparation should subtly play on those themes without dominating them. Like a fine art painting or photograph, sometimes the most powerful images are the simple ones. Mache Bistro is still an excellent restaurant worth exploring, although I’d give top flavor honors to Fathom.

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3  Thank Spiritualized67
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Reviewed October 16, 2013

I really like this place.

In a town that can sometimes seem completely overrun with tourists and the business trying to make money off them, Mache Bistro is refreshingly different. To start with, the place is small, maybe a dozen tables. So reservations are a must. It is a pretty intimate and casual environment, conducive to nice conversation. In fact, we wound up chatting with the locals at the table next to us intermittently throughout our meal. They confirmed that Mache Bistro is at the top of the local heap for inventive, well prepared food.

The service was friendly and efficient. The one page wine list was interesting and very reasonably priced. Likewise, the menu (also one page) had a handful each of starters and entrees, each of which seemed very appealing. My wife had the beet salad to start and the cassoulet, while I had the pork belly followed by the local scallops. Each dish was fantastic. Prices were extremely reasonable for the quality of the food.

I would have been happy eating at Mache Bistro every night we were on MDI. Highly recommended!!!

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Thank Travel_2_Texas
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Reviewed October 15, 2013

Very small restaurant but good menu. Book early to get a reservation and be sure to show up because they hold your table with your credit card . There is a penalty of $50 a person if you cancel within 24 hours of your reservation. Other than the stress of getting there on time, the meal was worthwhile.

1  Thank MWang
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