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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%
Travellers talk about
“lobster pie” (76 reviews)
“rack of lamb” (43 reviews)
“petite filet” (11 reviews)
Open Now
07:00 - 10:30All hours
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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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Excellent food & service - celebrated husband's 60th here. Loved the entertainment and he sang ☺ 🎂. Definitely would revisit !!!!

Thank barbaradonlin
Reviewed 2 days ago

We visited this restaurant within the Bar Harbor Inn 3 times during our week long vacation in Acadia/Bar Harbor. We enjoyed cocktails on the patio, after dinner drinks on the upstairs deck near the bar and Lobster Dinner on the patio. The service is great,...More

Thank Islands4me22
Reviewed 2 days ago

We enjoy a wonderful dinner at this restaurant. The ambiance, service and view were excellent. Food was served professionally and the server was very knowledgeable. Good selection of wines. Everything was delicious. We highly recommend this place.

Thank aboniforti
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This restaurant is on the pricy side but is worth it. It's a nice place to dress up for and get an amazing view. We out in reservations which was great because it filled up very quickly. There was a live piano player that added...More

Thank helloozoeee
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Our family of 15 dined in the Reading Room to celebrate my parents 50th anniversary. The food was exceptional, and the experience was magical. I had the lobster bisque and the lobster pie and my wife had the Gorgonzola and spinach salad and the "out...More

Thank kjprice
Reviewed 4 days ago

The view is beautiful. The nicest part of the restaurant is that it likely does not appeal to 95% of the tourist, as it is likely too expensive for them. The food is good, but this is Bar Harbor good, not New York, Boston or...More

Thank John C
Reviewed 5 days ago

If you're looking for a spectacular view, delicious food and an unforgettable memory, then this is the place. A wonderful treat of sophistication in Bar Harbor. My husband and I treated ourselves while away on our Babymoon and it lived up to the hype. The...More

Thank MMM1215
Reviewed 5 days ago

Atmosphere and view was amazing. We decided spur of the moment, to go here for dinner. We surprisingly got a prime table at the window with an incredible view. Also, I was pleasantly surprised to see our waiter was drew since I had read many...More

Thank luckyrab7
Reviewed 6 days ago

We recently dined here during our stay at the Bar Harbor Inn. The food is seriously very good! We are so often disappointed in the food at restaurants and I can't tell you what a pleasure it is to eat at this restaurant. We have...More

Thank Oldmarsh
Reviewed 1 week ago

We did not have reservations however after a short wait we were seated at a window table with a great view of the sunset. I had the lobster, my husband the steak and lobster. Both were great. The service is what really set this place...More

Thank Grace C
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I am interested in Oasis Club Lounge, which is located at the Bar Harbor Inn, and ajoins the Reading Room Restaurant. I would like to furnish a review on the Lounge.
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
I would also like to know what sort of dress is appropriate for dinner--we are coming the last week of August for early evening supper
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
Are shorts acceptable
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, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Groups, Romantic, View
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
  • E-mail
  • 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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