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7 Newport Dr, Bar Harbor Inn, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1898
+1 800-248-3351
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07:00 - 10:30
17:30 - 21:00
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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3 reviews
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Visiting as a family, we ate two meals here (how could we not return after the first meal was so spectacular) in April. The view is as wonderful as the food. They had a couple different menus with inexpensive snacks as well as top end seafood and meat.

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Massachusetts
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We have been enjoying the Reading Room Restaurant at the Bar Harbor Inn for several years. We have never been disappointed. Our favorite (and most indulgent) breakfast is the Lobster Eggs Benedict. There is always a generous amount of tender, sweet lobster meat. It is the best in Bar Harbor. Dinner is well paced and includes lovely details such as... More 

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Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Last night in Bar Harbot and wanted a great lobster dinner! Upon checking in to Bar Harbor Inn we were given a voucher for $off our dinner here. So we made reservations and were treated royally. Staff was courteous, water was never empty, meal was superb. We were given anything on menu with soup or salad,a beverage and desert. One... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

First time ever for Easter Buffet. The food was amazing!!! The views were amazing also. The staff was friendly and wonderful to chat with. If you ever get the chance to enjoy this Easter Buffet don't pass it up. I can't say enough about the amazing food-all the choices.

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Maine
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153 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the 2nd time that I have come to the Bar Harbor Inn for Easter Buffet. Service is always good, great view- nice atmosphere. Lots of food choices as well- salad, appetizers including mussels, brie, prosciutto, fruit- for entrée there was lamb, ham, prime rib, chicken-fin n haddie- fingerling potatoes- pasta- and so many desserts! You always leave very... More 

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NicoleBHI, Director of Sales at Reading Room Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear mazooo, Thank you for choosing to dine with us for your Easter weekend brunch. We are so pleased you have enjoyed the ambiance of the restaurant and excellent customer service during your visits. We want to wish you our sincerest apologies for your experience at this year's buffet. Providing outstanding cuisine for our guests to enjoy is our highest... More 

Washington, DC
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74 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

You can't beat the views from this restaurant, unless you walk outside to enjoy the same views for free. This is probably the fanciest restaurant in town, but after eating at a half--dozen places during our stay here, I'd recommend finding more mid-level restaurants serving basic, local fare, than spending a lot of money here. The service is great, as... More 

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Thank JK4321
NicoleBHI, Director of Sales at Reading Room Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear JK4321, Thank you for taking the time to share your review of your recent visit with us. We are pleased that you enjoyed the service and beautiful views in the restaurant and disappointed to hear that your meal did not live up to your expectations. We apologize for the preparation of the duck and will share your comments with... More 

Lamoine, Maine
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30 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Was joined with two friends, and requested to be seated in the Oasis Lounge which adjoins the Reading Room. Our good friend and bartender Dave was in duty. The Lounge as well as the Reading Room had just opened for the season. Drinks were great, the hamburger that I had was just out of this world. The menue in the... More 

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NicoleBHI, Director of Sales at Reading Room Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear jaylsutter65, Thank you for taking the time to review your recent dining experience at the Reading Room Restaurant's lounge. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your drinks, menu options and the Bar Harbor Inn Pub Burger. We begin our live music on weekends in May and hope to see you soon to enjoy the live piano entertainment.... More 

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17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful restaurant, delicious food, friendly staff, breathtaking views. This was our first trip to Maine, a celebration of 20 years of marriage. We wanted a "traditional" Maine lobster dinner. We were not disappointed. We would highly recommend eating here. You will not be disappointed.

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Thank BridgetB1973
NicoleBHI, Director of Sales at Reading Room Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear BridgetB1973, We are honored that you selected the Reading Room Restaurant for your 20 year anniversary dinner! Thank you for sharing your kind feedback. We are glad to hear you enjoyed the food, ocean views and service. We hope to see you again soon! Warm Regards, Nicole Richardson Sales & Marketing Director More 

Falkland Islands
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The food, the atmosphere, and our waitress Phelecia were awesome. Highly recommend The Reading Room when visiting Bar Harbor.

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NicoleBHI, Director of Sales at Reading Room Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear RyanC55, Thank you for your review of the Reading Room Restaurant. We are delighted that you enjoyed your meal and that Phelecia provided you with excellent service. We look forward to your next visit! Warm Regards, Nicole Richardson Sales & Marketing Director More 

Virginia Beach, Virginia
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89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017

This was an anniversary trip so having a fine meal was a must. We opted for the Bar Harbor Inn. We got there early, asked for and got a window seat and proceeded to have a fine meal, served by well-trained and attentive staff. Good food, a bottle of wine (preceded by a cocktail) and a view to die for.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 37
Cuisine
American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
Meals
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
View, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
07:00 - 10:30
17:30 - 21:00
Monday
07:00 - 10:30
17:30 - 21:00
Tuesday
07:00 - 10:30
17:30 - 21:00
Wednesday
07:00 - 10:30
17:30 - 21:00
Thursday
07:00 - 10:30
17:30 - 21:00
Friday
07:00 - 10:30
17:30 - 21:00
Saturday
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
  • This restaurant is at Bar Harbor Inn
Description
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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