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McKay's Public House

) #16 of 87 Restaurants in Bar Harbor ₹₹ - ₹₹₹, American, Bar, Seafood
231 Main St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1744
+1 207-288-2002
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good28%
  • Average12%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible2%
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“bistro steak” (14 reviews)
“baked brie” (18 reviews)
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American, Bar, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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231 Main St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1744
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Reviewed yesterday

We had dinner here on a weeknight and early at that. Service was very good, although everything we had for dinner was definitely not worth the money. It was "just ok". We had a great meal at a lobster pound the next night and even...More

Thank drandmrsd
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The gyro burger was awesome. Haddock fish and chips was very bland and the fries were plain and boring.

Thank Karen H
Reviewed 5 days ago

Unfortunately our dinner at McKay's was not as expected. The place is really dark. The food is overpriced and nothing special. My Risotto was definitely microwaved, which is a No Go for that price.

Thank Philipp R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

After arriving in Bar Harbor late, cold and foggy; this pub was open for drinks and food. Large bowl of beef stew, bread and cup of hot tea hit the spot. Pub food at it's best. Sat by the fireplace chatting with other tourists, enjoying...More

Thank beahappy
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a great meal. The food and drink were great, but Theresa, our waitress is what made our visit to McKay's so wonderful. She was so personable, knowledgeable about the wine and food and not rushed. She was happy to relax and have a...More

Thank irishcolleen19
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

One of a handful of restaurants that's open during the off-season. We've been here several times and it's always good. Variety of items offered on the menu. Interesting beer selection. Appetizers included bacon wrapped scallops and beet salad. Both were delicious. Main course included a...More

Thank MainelyCamp
Reviewed 17 April 2017

We ate here twice, and the second time redeemed the first visit. Our hotel recommended McKay's as a nicer restaurant, and while the ambiance is more pub than white table cloth, the service and menu were definitely upscale. The food in general was solid, but...More

Thank JK4321
Reviewed 12 April 2017

We came I here late evening on Friday. We enjoyed nice, low key live music, delicious food and drink, and friendly, efficient service. It was so nice to sit outside even later in the season because they had heaters dispersed throughout the tables.

Thank Brenda C
Reviewed 7 April 2017 via mobile

Visited Bar Harbor for two nights on our tour. The staff at Mckays, in particular Chris on the bar, we're great and made our stay more special. The bar is a great little place to sit and have a drink with a fab selection of...More

1  Thank Mrs_RG2017
Reviewed 14 March 2017

We've eaten here three or four times in the last year. The food is phenomenal and expensive but well worth the price. Service is excellent. If you go in the winter, try not to have a seat by a window... it's an old house and...More

Thank Liz S
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Alice H
Do they have early bird specials?
9 August 2016|
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Response from Diana W | Reviewed this property |
It is definitely not a lobster shack. I have no idea where that other woman got that idea from. HA HA!! They do not offer early bird specials. It is a delicious restaurant in a great location. Highly recommend.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 231 Main St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1744
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  DownEast and Acadia Maine  >  Mount Desert Island  >  Bar Harbor
  • Phone Number: +1 207-288-2002
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