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McKay's Public House

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$$ - $$$
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231 Main St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1744
+1 207-288-2002
17:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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Marblehead, Massachusetts
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445 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate dinner - twice- at McKay's on recent January nights. The food is so good and the service is excellent. Cozy and warm with the fireplace going, the old house is very charming. Love it no matter the season!

Thank smthibs
Montreal, Canada
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96 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a cosy restaurant/pub with smallish dining rooms, our one with a fireplace and thankfully the restaurant is open through the winter months. We took a night off from the wine list, opting instead for the delicious Maine brew of Runabout beer. We shared a McKay's large salad as a starter, greens with hazelnuts, sliced apple, raisins and Cashel... More 

Thank hurlp
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great food and service in a beautiful old building. We liked the fact that there are many small rooms for dining, rather than just one, large open area.

Thank Nancy C
Lunenburg, Massachusetts
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104 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I am someone who has a wide palate and this place shut it down quick...except for the pretzels appetizers. First of all, the beet salad had goat cheese (marked as chevre...a word I need to memorize), and that's one cheese I am not fond of but it was "okay". . The pesto was lousy. Not a scrap of pesto flavor... More 

Thank Bowtiebiker
Trenton, Maine
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45 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wonderful place which actually stays open during the winter and serves until 9.30pm. Comfortable warm seating. I had 1/2 a beet salad and EXCELLENT broiled scallops-it was a perfect meal! There is an extensive beer and wine menu boasting some really unusual draft beers and ciders. Funny, kind, and patient with our food enquiries, our waiter was great. A great... More 

Thank Maggie H
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016 via mobile

One of few places open; stumbled on it accidentally, and was pleasantly surprised. Not many people there, so we sat at the bar. Fireplace in the dining room was very cozy & inviting. Foot was creative and well-prepared, including dessert. Good wine and beer & cider selection. Would highly recommend it.

Thank TravelerNewton_MA
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56 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

We ate here for dinner in early September. The garden seating on a pleasant night is definitely the way to go. They had a fun beer selection to choose from. The food was perfectly fine; some dishes were better executed than others.

Thank Bibblet
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89 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

Had dinner here our first night in town, near the end of the season. Enjoyed sitting outside on the porch, but the propane heater behind us was too hot and too close for comfort. Would love to sit out in the garden on a beautiful day. Maybe next time!

Thank LizardSC
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22 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

I've been here before. Sat outside on lovely patio for lunch. This time inside on a chilly, rainy night upstairs at the cozy bar. Great cocktails, hearty delicious dinner and wonderful staff.

Thank Leslie B
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

Second stop on a rainy night!! Recommended stop here walked up street through the paths and found it!! Chris bartender makes a mean cocktail! A must stop!

Thank Ftlaud9876

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Seafood
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 231 Main St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1744
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  DownEast and Acadia Maine  >  Mount Desert Island  >  Bar Harbor
  • Phone Number: +1 207-288-2002

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?