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“Fish Sandwich and Clam Chowder Special” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Thirsty Whale Tavern

The Thirsty Whale Tavern
Ranked #19 of 143 Restaurants in Bar Harbor
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Bar, Soups, Delicatessen
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, Bar scene, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Hudson, North Carolina
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33 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Fish Sandwich and Clam Chowder Special”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2013

This is always one of our first stops in Bar Harbor. We love the fish sandwich and clam chowder with a side of Guinness. Service is good.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Ellen R
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Portland, Maine
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75 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“the best fried clams...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 1, 2013

so the bartender brought menus to us and she said..."do you like fried clams?" I said yes, and she said, "I'll be right back I am placing your order and they are the best!" WHAT CAN I SAY - BUT THEY WERE!!!!

Visited January 2013
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Thank Stephen J
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Killingworth, CT
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539 reviews
396 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
“Terrific bar for lunch”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2013

During the off season the Thirsty Whale is a bar for locals, and one of the few places that stays open during the winter. Their fresh haddock sandwiches are unbelievably delicious and their homemade clam chowder is perfect--it is flavorful, loaded with clams, not full of pasty flour or filler. This place is just great.

Visited January 2013
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Thank v0yageur22
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Normal, Illinois
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56 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“Great Name, Great Food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2013

This was our very first meal experience in Bar Harbor. I have to say, since I love animals, I was instantly attracted to their sign, The Thirsty Whale. But it was more than just that after we ate. The food was good, much better than "bar food" and there were many choices, even for someone who doesn't eat meat. The service was good, fast and helpful. We didn't have any beer, but it looked like there would have been plenty to choose from if we had wanted it.
And we did end up with a tee-shirt and mug! A fun, casual, not too expensive place to have lunch. I would go back again.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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1 Thank sbrovens
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Bar Harbor, Maine, United States
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59 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“very nice”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2013

it is a nice place to come and have dinner or lunch. the food is verg good and the prices is also good.

Visited October 2012
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Thank Robert W
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