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Burning Tree

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69 Otter Creek Dr, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04660-6705
+1 207-288-9331
17:00 - 22:00
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Wed - Mon 17:00 - 22:00
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Los Angeles, California
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219 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 November 2013

They say that Burning Tree is in Bar Harbor, but it is not in the town. it is about 15 minutes away in a little town called Otter Creek. Well worth the drive though, as the food is very special. This restaurant is excellent in every way except for the party of 8 seated next to us who were a... More 

1 Thank Jean H
Hollister, CA
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118 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 October 2013

This was my 4th visit to the Burning Tree and go every time I am in Bar Harbor. It is pure joy....always. It is unassuming from the outside but please note their expansive gardens where they grow many of the vegetables and herbs used in the restaurant. The service is wonderful and friendly without being obtrusive. The food is just... More 

2 Thank 49erlover
Ocean, New Jersey
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108 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2013

This is a dinner you treat yourself to once and a while. We eat here once a year when we are in town, and have for many years. Consistently good food, service and atmosphere. Elegant surroundings, first class all the way. We arrived just before our reservation time and were warmly greeted and seated immediately. The server went over the... More 

1 Thank PatrickOcean_nj
Congers, New York
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112 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 178 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 October 2013

My husband and I ate dinner during our recent vacation in Bar Harbor. We asked some locals what restaurants they would recommend, and Burning Tree was consistently on the top of their lists, so we figured we had to give it a try. SERVICE: We called ahead to get a reservation for 8 pm on a Wednesday, and were a... More 

Thank Amush
Bar Harbor, Maine, United States
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 7 October 2013

I've been to the Burning Tree many times, and it is by far the best cuisine on MDI. The food is incredible and delicious. The chef's creations are imaginative and creative with the unexpected combinations of flavors. The seafood is almost always perfectly cooked, and their wide selection of dishes are all fantastic. The ingredients, as well as the flavors... More 

1 Thank Will G
North Scituate
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 October 2013

We went to The Burning Tree to celebrate my birthday. Even though I love seafood, nothing on the menu was appealing--way too complicated--I don't like fish camouflaged and over seasoned. I finally settled on an appetizer, a Thai chicken wing. It was OK. My companion had a pasta dish with a seafood mousse (I think lobster, scallops, and shrimp??), wrapped... More 

3 Thank Cynthia S
Bar Harbor, Maine
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58 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 September 2013

My wife and I ate here a few weeks ago and we still talk about how good it was. Being a local I make it a point to visit many of our restaurants in order to help visitors make dining decisions and this place is in my Top 2 list of restaurants on the island. The seafood (and it is... More 

Thank Greg D
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215 reviews
158 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 September 2013

Food is imaginative and well-prepared. They make extensive use of the produce from their gardens. We had a chat with one of their gardeners. Service is excellent. And the vibe is low-key. We try to get there every year when we visit Acadia

1 Thank KaseyME
Cornish, New Hampshire
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78 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 September 2013

My husband and I went here recently. There are a lot of unique menu choices. However, there are very few entrees that are not fish/seafood-related. I don't like fish or seafood so I chose rabbit although I would have liked something else. The rice that came with one of our dishes was absolutely delicious. Dessert was yummy. It's awesome because... More 

2 Thank Liz-Karl
New York City, New York
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282 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 September 2013

How can a restaurant be better than you remember, even after several visits? This is how: smoked mussels in Harissa on lettuce, crispy kale with little neck clams, Japanese eggplant in pomegranate and yogurt sauce, bouillabaisse, and monkfish with their coconut rice and flavors. This meal was as amazing as it sounds. Add to that fantastic service (thanks Rowan!) and... More 

1 Thank chris72206

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
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: 69 Otter Creek Dr, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04660-6705
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  DownEast and Acadia Maine  >  Mount Desert Island  >  Bar Harbor
  • Phone Number: +1 207-288-9331

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?