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The Thirsty Whale Tavern

40 Cottage St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1833
+1 207-288-9335
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good37%
  • Average11%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“whale salad” (50 reviews)
“chowder” (156 reviews)
“lobster roll” (307 reviews)
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American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Delicatessen, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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40 Cottage St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1833
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place came recommended by the locals for seafood and burgers , and they were correct we ate there 2 times. The beers on tap are cold and varied and the crowd seems to go all evening long . The food was real good and...More

Thank Mike W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Ok, one of the few places that’s open in the winter… Not great food, but doable… Service is not great…

Thank Bubbagump17
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My friend and I had a fish burger and upgraded to onion rings for lunch. The window seat is comfortable and fun to watch the sights.It gets full rather quickly It was very good. Will go back again.

Thank JaneK473
Reviewed 9 December 2017 via mobile

Ok it is snowing and totally empty in this town however This little quaint tavern is open. Thankfully! We ordered the clam chowder which was the best I have ever had ..and the lobster roll was amazing! The bread was so fresh and buttery oh...More

Thank Allyson L
Heather S, Owner at The Thirsty Whale Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 11 December 2017

Thank you so much Allyson. We try to provide our guests with good food and even better drinks! Enjoy your time in Bar Harbor. Heather Sorokin

Reviewed 4 December 2017

best clam chowder hands down. people are very nice in this laid back lil town. they don't meet any strangers. being from the south that was refreshing. will come again.

Thank Katrina P
Reviewed 15 November 2017 via mobile

Friendly staff, good food. Had the veggie burger and wasn't disappointed. The French fries are crispy and delicious and I got seconds of the house dressing for dipping it was so good.

Thank Erin O
Reviewed 10 November 2017

Food was good, service was okay. We had fish and chips, fried shrimp and potato skins. Service was a little slow. Prices seemed fair. Street parking, not sure if there was a lot. We were there at end of season, but it was busy.

Thank JWO55
Reviewed 9 November 2017

Great food and drink. Prices are low. They have a nice assortment of beers. Fish is fresh. Burgers are great. Have never been dissappointed.

Thank bdr324
Reviewed 7 November 2017

Wonderful atmosphere and tasty food at a very reasonable price....once you get seated. Their policy of having you wait outside is a little unfriendly. I know the place is small but I've never been told to bugger off till a table becomes ready.

Thank paulhM9899NJ
Reviewed 6 November 2017

Food was good, had fish and chips. The fish portion was small, but tasty. Wife had a good burger. Drinks were well mixed with plenty of alcohol.

Thank eastcoastdave
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24 October 2016|
Response from Heather S | Property representative |
no we are not. I believe the dog and pony and gaylns are.
15 September 2016|
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Response from Heather S | Property representative |
ps. it is perfectly legal for me to have cameras. businesses all over the country have them and I will take my legal advice from my attourney not from the likes of you.
3 September 2016|
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Response from Heather S | Property representative |
I have been running my successful restaurant for over 20 years and unfortunately there are difficult people who you cannot make happy. Your review was not constructive criticism. It was just plain mean. Like I said in my... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 8 - US$ 20
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 40 Cottage St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1833
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  DownEast and Acadia Maine  >  Mount Desert Island  >  Bar Harbor
  • Phone Number: +1 207-288-9335
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