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The Thirsty Whale Tavern

40 Cottage St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1833
+1 207-288-9335
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good37%
  • Average11%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“whale salad” (50 reviews)
“chowder” (155 reviews)
“lobster roll” (305 reviews)
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American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Deli, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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40 Cottage St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1833
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Reviewed yesterday

First place we ate in Bar Harbor. My husband and I shared potato skins and each had burgers. The potato skins were really good and we were so happy to see them on the menu as you hardly see them anymore. The burgers were great,...More

Thank Denise S
Reviewed 2 days ago

We stopped in on a Sunday night after getting into town. I feel like this is a typical pub, but the chowder was fantastic! I had a salad with salmon which was average. The house dressing was really yummy though. Service was very slow and...More

Thank Dpeshl
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Based on the reviews and star ratings, we chose this place for my husband’s birthday dinner for a few reasons: it is rated ‘good for kids,’ Downeast cider on draft, and good reviews of the fish and chips (which hubby really wanted for dinner). The...More

Thank Shannon C
Heather S, Owner at The Thirsty Whale Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

I'm sorry that you were disappointed with your experience. We do not advertise a children's menu. We do however have many kid friendly items. As far as the fish and chips are concerned, our haddock is fresh and hand battered not frozen fish sticks. It...More

Reviewed 2 days ago

We stopped in here for an early dinner so we could make sunset on Cadillac Mountain. The food was good but average. The lobster roll was what my husband and I both ordered and it was good but no mayo on it with no butter--just...More

Thank Tracy H
Reviewed 2 days ago

We had tried several times to get into the Thirst Whale but there was generally a long wait. We finally made it in our last night in Bar Harbor. Service was a bit slow but the food was excellent! My hubby had a grilled haddock...More

Thank sewcraz4361
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Went here on the first night based on reviews from TA. The service and food were just ok, ho-hum. The fish and chips were kind of flavorless and dry. The blackened fish was better. We asked for more water and had to ask again. Asked...More

Thank TravOhioan
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Probably the best value we had in Bar Harbor behind 2 Cats. Pretty much bar food with some Maine? twists like fish Rueben

Thank edinsb2018
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We had a nice dinner. My daughter had a fish wrap that she really enjoyed. My lobster roll was a little disappointing. No real flavor to it. My husband enjoyed his Cuban sandwich. Very big and full of flavor. We ordered our food for 3...More

Thank TeacherLH
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to the Thirsty Whale after being recommended by a friend. The Thirsty Whale did not disappoint. Fresh and delicious french fries (a must) and an excellent fish sandwich were in order, both were great. Service was excellent and they have a decent beer...More

Thank NEFBoston
Reviewed 1 week ago

This might be the most reasonably priced restaurant in Bar Harbor. If you're on a budget, you can get away with a burger each for under $10pp. Nice bonus is you can get a side salad without it being an upcharge. I appreciate that. Heads...More

Thank Kimberly G
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24 October 2016|
Response from Heather S | Property representative |
no we are not. I believe the dog and pony and gaylns are.
15 September 2016|
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Response from Heather S | Property representative |
ps. it is perfectly legal for me to have cameras. businesses all over the country have them and I will take my legal advice from my attourney not from the likes of you.
3 September 2016|
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Response from Heather S | Property representative |
I have been running my successful restaurant for over 20 years and unfortunately there are difficult people who you cannot make happy. Your review was not constructive criticism. It was just plain mean. Like I said in my... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$20
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Bar scene, Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 40 Cottage St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1833
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  DownEast and Acadia Maine  >  Mount Desert Island  >  Bar Harbor
  • Phone Number: +1 207-288-9335
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