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The Thistle Inn Restaurant

) #17 of 42 Restaurants in Boothbay Harbor ₹₹ - ₹₹₹ American, , Seafood
55 Oak St, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538-1818
+1 207-633-3541
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good27%
  • Average7%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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“risotto” (19 reviews)
“tuna” (7 reviews)
“cobb salad” (4 reviews)
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American, Bar, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
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55 Oak St, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538-1818
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Reviews (236)
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Reviewed 4 days ago

The restaurant is located in a building dating back to the mid-1800s, but the menu is very forward thinking and chef inspired. I enjoyed the Lazy Lobster, a generous amount of lobster meat and split lobster tail atop a bed of perfectly prepared lemon risotto....More

Thank Jim H
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Situated in an old sea captain's house the restaurant of the inn is partitioned into several rooms. If you are looking for a quiet room ask for seating in the back where it is easy to converse with your party. The green salad was very...More

Thank Nancy D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Ate here with three adult family members on our last night in town, which was a shame cause it meant we only got to visit once!! We started with cocktails, which were excellent, especially the Hibiscus Margarita. For an appetizer we had the mussels. Had...More

Thank Jnajarian
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went to the Pub, ordered medium rare hamburgers. Hamburgers were RAW, absolutely uncooked except for slight browning on outside. Made them redo the order which took too long. If a cook can't do a medium rare hamburger, they should look for another job. The french...More

Thank SuzanneDon
Reviewed 1 week ago

Pub type restaurant. Food was very good as well as the service. A bit too warm inside for late May, as the stove was lit.

Thank dczahor
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our family of 6 including a baby had dinner here during our trip to Boothbay Harbor. It is a step back in time to a rustic, quaint Sea Captain's house turned Into an Inn/Restaurant. It has several cozy dining rooms with a chef that makes...More

Thank 144lori
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Thistle Inn restaurant was sold and is under new management as of this year. We have gone to the restaurant for years under several different owners and liked it very much until the past few years. We actually gave up on it a couple...More

Thank Eileen H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

No matter what season it is I would advise making reservations for dinner! Excellently prepared American dinner cuisine accompanied by fine cocktails and wines. The clientele is a mix of out of towners and year round residential regulars. Everyone is pleasant (waitstaff is very warm)...More

Thank Christopher M
Reviewed 17 May 2017

To my understanding, the restaurant is under new management. I would highly suggest reservations. The dining room was extremely cozy and the bar is amazing. The food portions are large, and well worth the money. I will definitely dine there again!

Thank littlebettyjr
Reviewed 16 May 2017

The food is good, the service is completely uncoordinated. 15 minutes for even a hello, no explanation of the specials, disappearing waitress (where DOES she go???) and worst of all a long wait to get the asked for bill and run the credit card. This...More

Thank island04575
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would like to see a menu
22 July 2016|
Response from 290JohnT290 | Reviewed this property |
Should be on its website.
Is the restaurant open Mondays?_
10 July 2016|
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Response from SovereignSage | Reviewed this property |
Sadly, it is all closed until someone leases it. Would be a great turn key for manager who knows how to treat staff well.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 7 - US$ 30
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 55 Oak St, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538-1818
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Mid Coast Maine  >  Boothbay Harbor
  • Phone Number: +1 207-633-3541
  • E-mail
A piece of authentic Maine history, The Thistle Inn still stands as a place to gather and celebrate what makes life all the more worth living: great food, great company, and a home away from home. Originally built in 1861 for a prominent sea captain, our restaurant and Inn embody the unique period character of Maine’s past, with updated fixtures for modern comfort. From our seaside favorites to our world-class wine list, our menu is an exploration of classic coastal cuisine prepared with nature’s freshest ingredients. Guests looking to extend their visit will find six different lodging options at their fingertips, and the best of Boothbay Harbor just a short walk from their quarters. Whether it’s a meal that brings you to us, or an escape to our quaint Inn, we invite you to relax, stay awhile, and soak up some true downeast hospitality.
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