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Reading Room Restaurant

7 Newport Dr, Bar Harbor Inn, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1898
+1 800-248-3351
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  • Excellent66%
  • Very good19%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“lobster pie” (94 reviews)
“rack of lamb” (47 reviews)
“petite filet” (11 reviews)
Open Now
5:30 PM - 9:00 PMAll hours
American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
7 Newport Dr, Bar Harbor Inn, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1898
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Reviewed yesterday

We dined here with several other couples in September. The service and dinner options were superb (as was the wine). The view is also included in the price! The icing on the cake was the pianist.

Thank JimmyMD
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We made a reservation at this establishment for our anniversary dinner. We were seated at a less than desirable table and when we asked for a table closer to the window for the view we were told those are for hotel guests. It was as...More

Thank CDavis683
Reviewed 2 days ago

First, we were NOT guests of the Bar Harbor Inn, though it looked like a fabulous place and we'd absolutely love to go back for a weekend there sometime. No, this review is about the Reading Room Restaurant there at the Inn. My wife and...More

Thank gcthompson
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We enjoyed the best dinner of our vacation here. The food was fabulous, ambiance perfect and waiter attentive. It is a little difficult to find but well worth the hunt!

Thank KathleenIndiana
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The Bar Harbor Inn’s prominent view of the bay was the start of a delightful and memorable evening. The concierge, Joe, accommodated my party of 4 on short notice during a busy time. He made the extra effort to ensure our evening began well. We...More

Thank Mark D
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We had dinner with family at the Reading Room Restaurant. It is elegant with a wonderful ambience. The service is first rate. The food is delicious with a lot of choices including daily features. My husband had the fillet mignon with the Cabernet Demi glaze...More

Thank Margaret B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our party of four dined tonight (with reservations) and we had a great dining experience! We were seated by Joe and given an awesome history lesson about the hotel and the entire island. SHAYNA served us and was amazing...very kind and engaging. All our menu...More

Thank farabea
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very solid restaurant. Service is excellent. View is phenomenal. Food is solid. Has vegetarian options as well. Definitely a classic.

Thank carmenandmike
Reviewed 1 week ago

It's hard finding an upscale restaurant in Bar Harbor because of all the tourist-oriented lobster and seafood places. Made a reservation at one of these place on the harbor, checked in with my wife, and within 5 minutes decided it was not going to be...More

Thank trathey
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our experience was actually with a family celebration in the upper level Porcupine Room, but I would think that the same standards would be observed. We had a group of 30 or so for a dinner reception. For a group that size you might be...More

Thank goinmobile68
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31 August 2017|
Response from dgrlk | Reviewed this property |
No special during high season Im afraid
11 April 2017|
Response from NicoleBHI | Property representative |
Dear jaylsutter65, Please leave a review on our Reading Room Restaurant page as it operates directly with the Oasis Club Lounge. Thank you, Nicole Richardson Sales & Marketing Director
26 August 2016|
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Response from cellar978 | Reviewed this property |
I would recommend "smart casual"- no jeans, sweat shirts, t-shirts or sneakers. This has more of an "old school" vibe.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, View, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
7:00 AM - 10:30 AM
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:30 AM
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:30 AM
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:30 AM
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:30 AM
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:30 AM
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:30 AM
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7 Newport Dr, Bar Harbor Inn, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1898
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  DownEast and Acadia Maine  >  Mount Desert Island  >  Bar Harbor
  • Phone Number: +1 800-248-3351
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  • This restaurant is at Bar Harbor Inn
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!
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