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“Not worth it with so many other options”

The Thirsty Whale Tavern
Ranked #34 of 151 Restaurants in Bar Harbor
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $20
Cuisines: American, Deli, Seafood
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Good for: Local cuisine, Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Takeout
Reviewed September 21, 2013 via mobile

We went to the thirsty whale and we were told it would be about ten minutes for a table so we went to the bar. It took nearly that ten minutes for the bar tender to acknowledge us and it was not overly busy in the place. We finally got our drinks and at the same time our table was ready. We ordered with the waitress and then about one minute later we asked her to add an appetizer- boneless wings. After quite a bit of time passed she said the kitchen was busy so there was no way the wings would come out before the meal. I've worked at restaurants for many years and I know wings are very quick and you can always hold up the dinner a few moments. We agreed, but the likelihood was that she forgot to put the order in for them. All the food took a very long time and when it came it was just ok. There are so many better places to eat in bar harbor that this place just is not worth it.

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Thank nwrightnj
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thewhale2007, Owner at The Thirsty Whale Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded September 22, 2013

I am sorry to read that you were not happy with your service. The problem we have is that we are a small 14 table tavern in a small town that gets very busy in the summer and fall. Admittedly, not a bad problem to have. The day you wrote your review we had 2 large cruise ships in town and we were packed all day. We have a very small kitchen that can sometimes get backed up and I am not sure what happened with your order on that day. It is possible that after you added on your wings the waitress was not able to get them in to the kitchen right away and your meals were already started. Again, I am sorry your experience was not up to your standards. Our staff is human and sometime makes mistakes and sometimes we have days that just don't go so well. I hope you enjoyed your visit to Bar Harbor.

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Reviewed September 20, 2013

We sat at the bar. The customer next to us gave us great advice on what to order. The chowder was outstanding. Had the haddock wrap with sweet potato fries. The food was fresh and tasty. The beer selection was excellent. The prices were right. There was a shift change while we were there but the new bartender took over seamlessly. Very friendly place. Lots of fun. We would hang out at this place.

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Thank SeaStar41
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Reviewed September 19, 2013

Both my wife and I were in Bar Harbor on Wed. 9/4/13 and were looking for a place to eat lunch. I had ask our tour guide where to get good lobster roll and she recommended the TWT. Food was very good, and a array of beer's, service was good, prices good
In all we enjoyed it greatly.
Elaine & Frankl

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Thank Francis F
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Reviewed September 19, 2013

We stopped in several times for drinks or lunch during our recent stay in Bar Harbor. We liked that it seemed to be popular with locals. It gets very busy at lunch time, but the staff remains friendly and efficient. We enjoyed the clam chowder, blackened haddock sandwich, and the lobster roll over several visits. We enjoyed everything we sampled.. I particularly loved the no-nonsense lobster roll. Prices are very reasonable, as well.

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Thank ShaliOgt
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Reviewed September 18, 2013

Had dinner here one night during our stay in August,great atmosphere,the steak and cheese sandwich was delicious .Would definitely eat here again.

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Thank Diane M
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