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Reading Room Restaurant

7 Newport Dr, Bar Harbor Inn, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1898
+1 800-248-3351
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  • Excellent66%
  • Very good19%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“lobster pie” (81 reviews)
“rack of lamb” (44 reviews)
“petite filet” (11 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
7 Newport Dr, Bar Harbor Inn, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1898
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1 - 10 of 1,030 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Simply fantastic! Ate here with 11 y.o. daughter and wife for vacation dinner. I had filet mignon of black angus, wife had lobster pie and daughter had pasta dish from children's menu. Great atmosphere great service that was matched equally by food.

Thank Betsy J
Reviewed 4 days ago

Beautiful views. Great food, great service. A little more formal than most joints in town this is fine dining and worth the trip

Thank Awsomeinc
Reviewed 4 days ago

The Reading Room at the Bar Harbor Inn is the perfect restaurant! The food is wonderful. Over the course of our stay in Bar Harbor, my husband and I had the lamb, swordfish special, lobster and filet, and seafood ciopino and all were outstanding. The...More

Thank Barbara S
Reviewed 4 days ago

We enjoyed a beautiful day out on the terrace. Their lunch menu was wonderful, nice selection. I highly recommend the lobster salad.

Thank beachadventurer1007
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Most of the Food was great. Our wait staff Shayna was wonderful. The lobster was delicious and the view of BarHarbor just made it an experience to savor. Only issue was the gnocchi was not traditional in its presentation. Dinner was all about the atmosphere.

Thank Lana D
Reviewed 5 days ago

Everything was great. Had a window seat with a great view of the harbor. Dinner was delicious service was great. Will go back again on my next visit.

Thank Robert L
Reviewed 5 days ago

We also dined in the Light Fare lounge which was absolutely perfect for us. The food was beautiful but served in smaller portions where we could 'mix and match' our choices without being presented with huge plates of food which simply puts us off eating....More

Thank stronach01
Reviewed 6 days ago

First, ask for a window table when you reserve. If you walk in, still good but don't expect a window. Breakfast: Although I wanted all the lobster I could eat, the lobster omelet and lobster eggs Benedict were only okay, and the veggie frittata was...More

Thank Karen K
Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped for breakfast at the Reading Room. Food was good, service attentive and quick. Great place to get away from the loud crowds.

Thank Peter K
Reviewed 1 week ago

In choosing a restaurant to celebrate the birthday of a very good friend who had just arrived in Maine to spend a few days, we chose the Bar Harbor Inn Reading Room for it’s ‘old time and grand elegance’! The atmosphere was wonderful, unhurried and...More

Thank Linda S
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Questions & Answers
11 April 2017|
Response from NicoleBHI | Property representative |
Dear jaylsutter65, Please leave a review on our Reading Room Restaurant page as it operates directly with the Oasis Club Lounge. Thank you, Nicole Richardson Sales & Marketing Director
26 August 2016|
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Response from cellar978 | Reviewed this property |
I would recommend "smart casual"- no jeans, sweat shirts, t-shirts or sneakers. This has more of an "old school" vibe.
Gary R
10 July 2016|
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Response from McBrown12 | Reviewed this property |
We wore shorts at breakfast. Khakis, summer dresses at dinner.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 37
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Local cuisine, View, Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
07:00 - 10:30
17:30 - 21:00
07:00 - 10:30
17:30 - 21:00
07:00 - 10:30
17:30 - 21:00
07:00 - 10:30
17:30 - 21:00
07:00 - 10:30
17:30 - 21:00
07:00 - 10:30
17:30 - 21:00
07:00 - 10:30
17:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7 Newport Dr, Bar Harbor Inn, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1898
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  DownEast and Acadia Maine  >  Mount Desert Island  >  Bar Harbor
  • Phone Number: +1 800-248-3351
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  • This restaurant is at Bar Harbor Inn
Refined pleasures await you in the Reading Room Restaurant. You will enjoy a dining experience where the delicious cuisine and attentive service are surpassed only by the breathtaking ocean view. Our menu includes fresh seafood, choice cuts of meat, daily specials and memorable desserts. Come join us and the nightly live entertainment of grand piano music which provides the perfect ambiance to the fine dining experience. Dinner is served nightly and the dress code is informal.Please note that we are unable to guarantee window tables You can request a window and we will do our very best!
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