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“Something special!”
Review of Burning Tree

Burning Tree
Ranked #14 of 151 Restaurants in Bar Harbor
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Reviewed August 10, 2014

So we drove to Otter Creek from our hotel in Bar Harbor, arriving 45 minutes early to walk around downtown Otter Creek before dinner. Big mistake. The restaurant is located directly off the highway, and there are no sidewalks. Likewise, there is no downtown in Otter Creek.
When we showed up at 5:15 for our 6:00 reservation, the hostess was pretty unfriendly, and wasn't sure she could seat us. This seemed a little ridiculous. The place was empty. Clearly, our 6:00 table was available at 5:15. There was plenty of staff present to attend to us.
Despite the distatsteful beginning, everything after that was wonderful. The waitress was friendly, attentive and knowledgeable about the menu. We began with the squash blossoms- wonderful summer squash stuffed with goat cheese, and coated in a very light batter and splash fried. There were three on the plate and I could have eaten thirty of them. After that, we enjoyed an entree of poached grey sole, served pinwheel style, over a corn veloute, topped with crab meat and fresh tomatoes, and drizzled with curry butter. Incredible flavors came from the vegetables, many of which are grown in a garden next to the restaurant. We finished with a lemon pie, topped with fresh blueberries, and an order of homemade molasses pecan ice cream. This meal was really something special.
During our visit, we ate at Fathom, Mache Bistro and Burning Tree. All were very good, but Burning Tree was a notch above.

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1  Thank Mike W
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Reviewed August 7, 2014

We ate here last night. I remember the waitresses cute, individual outfits best. The food was fine but nothing special. I had the Swiss Chard stuffed with the scallop, lobster and shrimp. The sea food stuffing had been pulverised into a glutenous, homogenous lump - no texture and the tastes were blended like baby food. It would be much better if the crustaceans and shell fish had retained their natural textures and tastes. The sorrel sauce was creamy and fresh, the pasta unnecessary.

We much preferred Thurston's at Bernard for an authentic Maine experience. Their lobster stew is amazing, the view of the working harbor is endlessly fascinating and the new bar is beautiful.

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Reviewed August 5, 2014

We go to Bar Harbor every year. It is an 11 hour drive that is well worth it. There are mountains overlooking the ocean, great hikes and gorgeous bike trails. Our favorite place to eat while there is Burning Tree. They serve largely fresh fish items. Very creative well prepared appetizers , and each meal is unique. The quality is excellent. We highly recommend it.

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1  Thank Ron N
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Reviewed August 3, 2014

This is a lovely restaurant and the seafood was very fresh. Our appetizers were very tasty. For entrees we had the bouillabaisse and the cod in broth which were quite generous portions. There was a wonderful-sounding cheese plate the night we were there. We wanted to have it for "dessert" but were too full. We enjoyed our dinner here enough to make a reservation to return again in a few days.

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Reviewed August 2, 2014

If you've ever been to a restaurant where almost everything on the menu looked terrific, then you might have been to Burning Tree. It took us quite a while to decide on our entrees and we wound up having to narrow our choices first to 5 and then 3 (with help and advice from our server) before we finally were comfortable with our decision. We chose the cod and scallop dishes (almost all of the dozen entrees and specials are seafood) and were thrilled with both of them. The combination of fresh and complimentary ingredients made for a most enjoyable experience. We eat here every time we're in the area and the quality of the food has not diminished over the last 27 years. Don't go to Burning Tree for the super location or a charming interior. Focus on the food and you'll leave with a smile on your face!

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1  Thank Tom D
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