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The Thistle Inn Restaurant

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55 Oak St, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538-1818
+1 207-633-3541
17:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Southport, Maine
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Thistle Inn Restaurant is under new management/ownership and are getting accolades from locals. We've eaten there three times in the last couple weeks and had great meals every time, They have an excellent dinner menu or you can order from their pub menu (or eat in their pub) - all at reasonable prices. I've had a burger and fries... More 

Thank beej22
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016

On 8/11/16 my in-laws took us (7 altogether) out to eat. Our waitress was very pleasant, and the appetizers arrived reasonably quickly. After we moved inside (mosquitoes) we waited nearly 2 hours for the rest of the meal. Our waitress was embarrassed by the wait, but only after we inquired. After the food finally arrived, we were disappointed by the... More 

2 Thank Michael W
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50 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016

Fabulous dining experience. Probably best place to eat in all of Boothbay Harbor. Meal was absolutely delish!

Thank Owl90
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372 reviews
271 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016

We returned for our second meal here of the summer and were disappointed both with the food and the service. Haddock and lobster in pastry were both overcooked. Our waitress may have been new or she was having an off night, but she seemed rushed, only brought bread halfway through the meal, and then after offering to do separate checks... More 

1 Thank Bi-coaster
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43 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016 via mobile

My husband and I went for a meal with my siblings and really enjoyed ourselves. The little lights in trees were charming and the weather was perfect. We enjoyed an excellent baked pastry puff with lobster for an appetizer and my husband enjoyed his seared crusted tuna entree and I liked my halibut. A very pleasant final family evening before... More 

Thank Meramore
Boston, Massachusetts
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24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016 via mobile

We went here for dinner on the recommendation from friends. We ordered the oysters app which were not on ice and not cold. We both ordered the lazy lobster and risotto for the main course. It took over 1 1/2 hour for the dinners to arrive. The lobster was mediocre and the risotto was cold, pasty, and unedible. The wait... More 

1 Thank Steve S
Nashville, Tennessee
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016

My husband and I both ordered the Lazy Lobster which was touted to have the meat of a whole lobster and risotto that sounded amazing. The lobster was very tiny--I thought they had to throw them back under a certain size--but even though the portion was small the flavor was good and very tender. The risotto was another story. It... More 

1 Thank lee2dew
New York City, New York
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

We were seated on the porch, which was really quite pleasant, but the dinner was somewhat disappointing. The grilled Ceasar salad was good, but the croutons had no garlic taste. The rucola salad was also good, but a bit small. The lazy lobster was over-cooked by approximately 90 seconds, just long enough to toughen the meat. I didn't understand the... More 

1 Thank maestrokenneth
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016 via mobile

Dark, dirty... took over an hour to get appetizers, another 45 minutes for entrees. Over priced for what you get. Will never go back

1 Thank Patricia B
Hagerstown MD
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64 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016

We have visited Thistle Inn several times in the past and were always delighted with the meal, the atmosphere snd the service. Well the atmosphere and service haven't changed. It is still charming and our server was attentive without being over-bearing. Perhaps it was an "off" night but the food was not the quality we have come to expect. For... More 

Thank TrTreasure

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$30
American, Seafood
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 55 Oak St, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538-1818
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Mid Coast Maine  >  Boothbay Harbor
  • Phone Number: +1 207-633-3541
The Thistle Inn is the perfect mix of fine cuisine and casual fare. We use only the freshest ingredients and everything is home made, including salad dressings, fresh baked breads and desserts. The best way to describe our food is an eclectic mix of American cuisine with a hint of international flavors. We let the availability of local produce and seafood influence the menu.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?