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“Really good food in a beautiful setting” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Reading Room

Reading Room
Ranked #11 of 143 Restaurants in Bar Harbor
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $37
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic, Scenic view, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Brunch, Lunch, Full Bar, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Description: Refined pleasures await you in the Reading Room Restaurant. You will enjoy a dining experience where the delicious cuisine and attentive service are surpassed only by the breathtaking ocean view. Our menu includes fresh seafood, choice cuts of meat, daily specials and memorable desserts. Please note that we are unable to guarantee window tables You can request a window and we will do our very best! Come join us and the nightly live entertainment of grand piano music which provides the perfect ambiance to the fine dining experience. Dinner is served nightly and the dress code is informal.
NJ
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147 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Really good food in a beautiful setting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2014 via mobile

The room is great...overlooking the harbor w amazing sunset views! The food is quite good--lobster out of shell and cioppino (?sp?) were both good. Decent wine list..good blueberry pie (as expected!)...adequate service...busboys were quite nice! Definitely a place to try!

Visited July 2014
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Avondale Estates, GA
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“Wonderful dinner”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2014 via mobile

Food was very good. Our family had lobster, surf and turf and haddock. Service was very attentive and view of the harbor was wonderful. A little pricey, but overall a wonderful dinner.

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atlanta
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Special”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2014

The Reading Room has one of the best coastal views of any restaurant I have ever visited; comparable to previous favorites of mine including places such as: Lake Como, Portofino, Barbados and Sausalito. The service was first class. I had the Seafood Cioppino which was perfect. My wife loved her Halibut and our son devoured the largest plate of grilled lamb chops I have ever seen. This meal was expensive but no more than any fine restaurant in the U.S. and it's service food and views are worthy of a special dining experience.

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San Francisco, California
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“Highlight of the trip”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2014

We had dinner at the Reading Room to celebrate a special birthday during our vacation in Bar Harbor, and it was a highlight of the trip! The dining room itself is elegant and beautiful, but the real aesthetic treat is the stunning view of the ocean. Live piano music is another lovely touch, and our son age 7 was made to feel like a valued guest. The food was very good although the restaurant might be a bit overpriced just for the food alone, but when you consider the whole experience of view, ambience and service it is a very good value.

Like many restaurants in Bar Harbor, the staff and kitchen are accustomed to large groups, and our party of seven received flawless service. Valorie our main waitress seemed to anticipate our every need, the staff helped make the birthday cake a surprise, and the pianist burst into "Happy Birthday to You" just as the lighted cake came out. Thank you, Reading Room, for making someone's day!

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BHI-GM, Manager at Reading Room, responded to this review, July 20, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to review the Reading Room Restaurant on Tripadvisor. I was happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us. The Reading Room is ideal for celebrating a special occasion! Our beautiful dining room was built in 1887 as a Private Men's Club. I am pleased to hear that you appreciated the whole experience. We are so fortunate to have such a talented pianist who adds that special touch to an already enjoyable dinner! Thank you and we look forward to your return to our restaurant.

Cathy Walton
Food Service Director
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“Disappointment in Bar Harbor”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2014

We went here after reading the good reviews.The restaurant has a beautiful view, nice setting and very pleasant and attentive service staff. The positive experience ended there. If you sit down in a restaurant with $30 entrees and they serve you margarine instead of butter it would probably be smart to leave then. The duck confit was probably one of the worst dishes I have been served in a restaurant. The duck looked and tasted like it was boiled in water,pulled apart and thrown on the plate. The sweet potato purée looked and tasted like it sat in a warmer for three hours. The only thing edible on the plate were three blackberries. The server did take it off our bill. The scallops in the scallop appetizer were cooked perfectly but tasted frozen. For entree's we had the asparagus strudel which sounded wonderful on the menu . It turned out to be fairly tasteless,and made with what tasted like frozen asparagus.The cioppino was pretty good ,but would have been better served in a bowl that held more broth. We decided to skip dessert when we found out the blueberry pie was made with frozen blueberries in Maine in July. In a town with many restaurants I would not waste your money here.

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