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“Great view, Great Atmosphere, Great food”

Reading Room Restaurant
Ranked #15 of 153 Restaurants in Bar Harbor
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $37
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations
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. 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.Please note that we are unable to guarantee window tables You can request a window and we will do our very best!
Reviewed September 18, 2017

We've been married 35 yrs. and both my husband and I felt this restaurant and meal turned out to be one of our best date night dinners ever! Our waitress Tonya was fantastic and guided us to some pretty amazing menu selections. We decided on 5:30 dinner to ensure a lovely window table overlooking the harbor and watched as the evening fog rolled in on the boats. There was even live piano entertainment with just the right songs. I love it when we pick the perfect place when we are traveling and we sure did this time!!

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Thank Victoria F
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Reviewed September 18, 2017

We just stayed six nights at the fabulous Bar Harbor Inn, and we had wonderful dining experiences every evening. We enjoyed starting each evening at the happy hour at the Oasis Club Lounge, where there was a great wine and beverage selection for half price. Ryan, Lee and David were great bartenders.

In the restaurant, we were always greeted warmly by Cathy, Joe and/or Mark, who made sure we had a lovely table. We enjoyed the live piano music and the outstanding view of the harbor and the sunset. The menu had a great selection of appetizers, salads, soups, entrees and desserts, plus interesting nightly specials. Every meal was delicious, with fresh warm bread and wonderful fresh salads (we never ordered appetizers). We loved the amuse-bouches and palate-cleansing sorbets. Entrees and sides were always perfectly prepared, fresh, of outstanding quality, and delicious. Desserts were wonderful. The chefs did an outstanding job of accommodating my dietary requests. All the servers were helpful, accommodating, professional, and friendly. Thank you Sabrina, Tanya, Drew, Mary Ellen, and all their assistants.

We have tried other restaurants in Bar Harbor, but we have no reason to dine elsewhere, unless it would be at the Bar Harbor Inn’s Terrace Grill, We highly recommend the Reading Room, and look forward to many great evenings there.

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Thank bjh04
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Reviewed September 15, 2017 via mobile

A glimpse of old Bar Harbor. An old stately and elegant hotel on the water. Great spot for viewing the harbor while dining. Lobster, chicken and lobster stew were decent. An upscale, visit for the ambience restaurant.

Thank K O
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Reviewed September 15, 2017 via mobile

A lovely all-around experience, we thoroughly enjoyed delicious food, excellent service and a beautiful ambiance during sunset. Not a place for young kiddos as this is a restaurant for a dining experience as opposed to a quick meal. Worth the prices.

Thank happytrailsNewYork
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Reviewed September 14, 2017

Old fashion setting like your grandmother would take you to. Dinner was good tasting but menu choices not enticing. Service was friendly but slow when the dining room was busy.

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Thank StephenB1942
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