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The Thirsty Whale Tavern

40 Cottage St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1833
+1 207-288-9335
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good37%
  • Average11%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“chowder” (154 reviews)
“whale salad” (48 reviews)
“lobster roll” (297 reviews)
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American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Delicatessen
$$ - $$$
40 Cottage St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1833
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Reviewed yesterday

One trip here and we knew the reviews were right! The lobster roll was amazing.....excellent french fries ...Haddock sandwich cooked to perfection. This restaurant stands out in Bar Harbor among all the other tourist traps. The cooking is healthy and high quality. The cocktails are...More

Thank chiantiConnecticut
Reviewed 2 days ago

After a long days drive, all we wanted was a lobster roll, a nice salad, and a good local beer. Bar Harbour has a 'diverse' range of restaurants, some obviously touristy or a bit noisy. However, we happened on this place; nice and quiet, but...More

Thank hw46
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a local favorite to eat at. It took us 3 time before we could get in with out having a long wait, however it was worth it. No wonder the locals eat here.

Thank Renee91813
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Saw this place had good reviews so gave it a try and am so glad we did. Excellent clam chowder, great lobster roll and great fish made this little tavern an enjoyable lunch spot.

Thank kim5462015
Heather S, Owner at The Thirsty Whale Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you Kim. I hope that you enjoyed your time in Bar Harbor. Heather Sorokin

Reviewed 3 days ago

We asked for a local restaurants popular with the locals and were steered to the Thirsty Whale. We enjoyed our food so much we came back twice. The lobster roll is exactly what I wanted: good amount of lobster meat, not much else. Other options...More

1  Thank JimmyMD
Reviewed 3 days ago

Dined here in late September on a Monday, arriving around 5:30pm. A line quickly formed after that- so arrive early if you don't want to wait. Nice beer list, great food and atmosphere. Friendly and fast service. I'll have to work through the rest of...More

Thank JeepGirl19
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I am coming to appreciate the area and understand the foods offered. While this is not the best meal I have ever had, it's the best fare I've had so far in coastal Maine. I ordered the haddock Freuben with the Whale salad. The flavors...More

Thank carolyn2003
Heather S, Owner at The Thirsty Whale Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you so much Carolyn. the Freuben was a special that we put on the menu in the winter. It was such a hit with the locals that we decided to keep it on the menu. I hope that you are enjoying your time in...More

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

My husband and I were going to eat lobster, but a cruise ship and 6 buses decided to stop..it was a madhouse! So in one of the T-shirt stores, an employee was talking about the fish and chips at the Thirsty Whale...that is, Fresh haddock...More

Thank Lindakitchen8
Reviewed 5 days ago

This whale salad was the best salad I ate in Bar Harbor. Great little tavern atmosphere with good eats at reasonable prices.

Thank tkhs
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This is my 2nd day in Bar Harbor . I am here for a full week to take some pictures. Last night my friend and I decided to go to this place on cottage street. It’s Sunday, nice but windy and the end of the...More

Thank Gerald M
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24 October 2016|
Response from Heather S | Property representative |
no we are not. I believe the dog and pony and gaylns are.
15 September 2016|
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Response from Heather S | Property representative |
ps. it is perfectly legal for me to have cameras. businesses all over the country have them and I will take my legal advice from my attourney not from the likes of you.
3 September 2016|
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Response from Heather S | Property representative |
I have been running my successful restaurant for over 20 years and unfortunately there are difficult people who you cannot make happy. Your review was not constructive criticism. It was just plain mean. Like I said in my... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$20
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 40 Cottage St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1833
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  DownEast and Acadia Maine  >  Mount Desert Island  >  Bar Harbor
  • Phone Number: +1 207-288-9335
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