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McKay's Public House

231 Main St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1744
+1 207-288-2002
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good28%
  • Average12%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“bistro steak” (14 reviews)
“baked brie” (19 reviews)
Open Now
17:00 - 22:00All hours
American, Bar, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
231 Main St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1744
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We should have walked out when our server didn't show up for 20 minutes after being seated- our mistake. We were drawn in to the gorgeous atmosphere after a great day of hiking- having made it clear to the hostess that we were looking for...More

Thank Abbyontheroad79
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Local food cooked well. Our 2nd time visiting. The outdoor space is separated from the street by foliage and flowers. Each time we've been there was a solo guitarist quietly playing in the background. We love it here. Good beer on tap. Sip of Sunshine...More

Thank laurieharbeck
Reviewed 2 days ago

My husband and I had reservations in the outside area. The patio is lovely and they provide heaters for your comfort if it gets too chilly. Unfortunately, that was one of few highlights of our visit. After we were seated, several servers walked by, but...More

Thank Tracey G
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Whenever in Bar Harbor Maine we make it a point to come here. The food is always great, they have a decent vegetarian selection as well. Also lots of local beers.

Thank RLH12302
Reviewed 4 days ago

We save McKay's for our last night of vacation, saving the best for last! We have visited for several years and it only gets better. The seafood risotto alone is worth the nine hour drive! My family also recommends the fish and chips and salmon....More

Thank vbear26
Reviewed 4 days ago

It was a wonderful evening in August in Maine, outside in the courtyard and enjoying the fresh air. The menu looked nice, but was a little disappointing. I had haddock, which was fresh and tastey, but a bit "sushi" in the middle (raw) and I...More

Thank BruceUSA
Reviewed 4 days ago

We make it a point to have dinner at McKay's every summer, and we've been coming to the area for the past 30 summers! We just love McKay's. We went there twice during this vacation. The service is consistantly excellent, the food is always delicious....More

Thank Marsha T
Reviewed 4 days ago

We were very glad that we had reservations because this restaurant was very busy. The menu had a large variety of choices. The mussel appetizer prepared in a wine sauce was plentiful, tender, and well-seasoned without being over powering. Most of our party of 4...More

Thank CaptBill617
Reviewed 4 days ago

Cute place with a great outdoor dining area (umbrellas for shade). I ordered the duo of beets salad with grilled chicken. It was good and the perfect size for a light meal. My husband had the halibut with fingerling potatoes and vegetables, which was very...More

Thank Karen Z
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went there for pub fare and came away really pleased with what was at the high end of pub food. Steak, mussels, soft pretzels and beer cheese. Would go back with the family on a heartbeat.

2  Thank glover99
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Alice H
9 August 2016|
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Response from Diana W | Reviewed this property |
It is definitely not a lobster shack. I have no idea where that other woman got that idea from. HA HA!! They do not offer early bird specials. It is a delicious restaurant in a great location. Highly recommend.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Kids, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
17:00 - 23:00
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: 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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