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“Delightfully Quaint with Sunset over the Harbor!”

Windows on the Harbor at The Boothbay Harbor Inn
Price range: US$ 5 - US$ 26
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Reviewed 28 July 2011

Everybody loves to treat themselves to restaurants while on vacation. Most of us gravitate toward fancy decor and celebrity chefs, but sometimes a quiet place across the harbor can be just as good. It is so with Windows on the Harbor, a restaurant on the main floor of the Boothbay Harbor Inn.

The room is simply decorated with blue awnings outside which are raised as the sun sets. A small bar sits at one end of the room and only nautical paintings distract from the real star here....the incredible food. On my last visit, I enjoyed a perfectly made bone-dry martini with two olives. The drink was about four ounces which didn't all fit in the glass. A small carafe was provided for the backup...nice touch. I ordered a baked seafood trio with a salad and steamers to start. The seafood trio was well-prepared and topped with buttered panko crumbs that gave the dish nice crunch. The shrimp, scallops, and haddock were delicately cooked and tastes were each easy to savor. Steamers were succulent and nicely served. One of my companions got the lobster fritters for a starter. They looked great.

Kevin at the piano is another reason to dine here. His medley of show and movie tunes were delightfully retro. He took the time to table hop and get requests. Nice guy and a credit to the restaurant.

The restaurant is very pleasant without a dress code. Wait staff couldn't be nicer...and the food is classic with a twist. So walk across the footbridge to the Boothbay Harbor Inn and try this place. I highly recommend.

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Reviewed 10 July 2011

If you haven't checked out the Boothbay Harbor Inn Windows on the Harbor Restaurant then you don't know what you're missing. The BEST jerk chicken skewers ever and the seafood fettucini was perfect - not too heavy and a lot of seafood. Great sunset, nice and quiet, tucked away on the east side. We will definitely go again!

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Reviewed 7 July 2011

We went here on the recommendation of the place we are staying. The view of the harbor is lovely but the atmosphere is really dated. The piano man was a nice addition. The food was really quite good - the seafood salad was delicious and only $12.95. Chef even made a shrimp cocktail though it is not on the menu (should be!) try the tomato soup - great! Service was ok. The food was the highlight.

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2  Thank HalcyonDaysUSA
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Reviewed 20 May 2008

this is without a doubt the absolute worseplace to dine ANYWHERE! lousy food and waaaay overpriced. they cater to bus loads of people and could care less about walkin traffic. Do yourself a favor and avoid this place!

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Reviewed 16 July 2006

If you want to waste your money on awful food and ruin your evening I would suggest dining here.

I wish I could give this restaurant a negative 5 stars because that's how bad it was.

The atmosphere was pleasant. The main dining room was elegant with air conditioning and a piano player playing soft music.

The service was OK. The waitress had a very thick Jamaican/carribean accent and was hard to understand.

I ordered the Chicken Marsala and my girlfriend got the seafood trio.

What they call chicken marsala is actually gravy master poured over chicken with canned mushrooms and thrown in the microwave. It was disgusting. The seafood trio was equally as disappointing as the stuffing had a very strange unpleasant flavor and unidentifiable pieces of meat in it.

Needless to say we didn't eat much of our meals. We paid the waitress and made a speedy escape as soon as we could and ended up getting sandwhiches from a nearby sandwhich shop.

This is one of the worst restaurants I have even been to and a pricey one at that.

I would recommend anyone viisiting Boothbay Harbor to avoid this restaurant at all costs!

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