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“Not impressed”
Review of Side Street Cafe

Side Street Cafe
Ranked #19 of 120 Restaurants in Bar Harbor
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$8 - US$25
Cuisines: Pub
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Good for: Romantic, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations, Takeout
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Food was just ok for the price. We had the seafood appetizer which was shrimp cocktail and a few bites of lobster. Would not recommend for the price. Steak sandwich was mostly peppers and onions. Service was ok. I would say if you need something make the most of your server while they are at the table because they likely won’t be back to check on you.

Date of visit: August 2021
Thank MargaretG297
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Reviewed 18 August 2021

After spending too much time waiting in line for fancier restaurants in town, Side Street was a welcome find. Spartan in decor, staff demeanor, and foodie items, it makes up for in plenty of seating, speed of service, family-friendly, and solid food offerings. The fish tacos were a good size helping, and delicious. The make your own Mac and cheese toppings list was excellent, and the meal fed two hungry people easily. The kids meal was a generous sized serving (for a hot dog) and came with a giant cookie.. And with milk available, our 5-year old was pretty happy.
Our server Mike was on point, courteous given the number of tables he was turning over, and good about checking in on us. Food was served quickly, and the hot foods were served HOT!
If you want fancy, make reservations to one of the 3, 4, & 5-star restaurants in town. But, if you have a couple impatient young children & want quick, good food, with a side of some old New England “charm”, you can’t go wrong with Side Street cafe.

Date of visit: August 2021
Thank christY7707LF
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Reviewed 18 August 2021

After spending the morning meandering around Bar Harbor we decided to find lunch. 13 y/o daughter, dead set on trying lobster mac & cheese, found Side Street Cafe. Like the name says, it is on a side street in Bar Harbor, just enough off the main drag to provide a respite from the crowds. The staff was friendly and professional.

Everyone in the family loved their food. 13 y/o was very happy with the Lobster Mac & Cheese. We also enjoyed the BLAT, a bacon cheeseburger and a lobster melt. The fries were seasoned nicely. The potato chips were excellent, from a local ME company called Fox Family.

We would not hesitate to eat there again.

Date of visit: August 2021
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Thank BPD171
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Reviewed 18 August 2021

Side Street was so great we went there twice during our stay. The lobster and shrimp mac and cheese was awesome. Staff very friendly and courteous. The kids menu was good and each kids meal came with a big cookie. One of the best restaurants we visited in Bar Harbor.

Date of visit: August 2021
Thank Worldtravel1219
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Reviewed 17 August 2021

not welcoming and helpful servants,
very noisy environment,
average food,
cheap looking place, we went only because of good reviews! but were totally disappointed!

Date of visit: August 2021
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