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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” (154 reviews)
“burger” (167 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

We had dinner here on our last night in Bar Harbor after a recommendation from our hotel. Prices were very reasonable for the tourist area. I had a lobster roll and chowder and my husband had a grilled chicken sandwich. We were both amazed! Definitely...More

Thank Kayla B
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We had the New England Clam Chowder, Club Fish Sandwich with Blue Cheese Dressing and Onion Added , mozzarella sticks, Nice dinner Rolls, French Fries and awesome Drinks. Our waiter Rob was totally awesome. He was super efficient , very polite and personable. He knew...More

Thank Elwood C
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is what you’d expect for pub food - but they do it really well! Perfect fry on the fish, everything served piping hot. The waitstaff have full command of the lunch rush with smiles, efficiency and patience for and indecisive 10-year-old.

Thank WITraveller251
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We stopped in for lunch at the recommendation of our host. We were not disappointed. We had a lobster roll and whole belly clams as well as some libations. The service was spot on and we had barely any wait time.

Thank Kate S
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We are summer residents and enjoy the thirsty whale probably once a week. Good service, great food, and terrific atmosphere. So glad to be back.

Thank Ann1019
Reviewed 1 week ago

Best fried clams I've ever had! Good beer list. Nice low key bar/restaurant. We actually ate hear twice during our stay in the area.

Thank cleope
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went here on several local recommendations (asked 8 locals and 6 said Thirsty Whale among others). We were not disappointed, The staff were very friendly and the restaurant/bar was clean. We had a Lobster Roll as well as their Chili Bowl, both were very...More

Thank wctrvlr
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband brought me here for lunch on my birthday and it was amazing!! The fried clams were so good, best I have ever had, but it didn’t stop there. I ordered the blackened salmon salad with the whale salad. The piece of salmon was...More

Thank MrsGilreath
Reviewed 12 April 2018 via mobile

We came for lunch and did not want anything too rich. They advertise ‘lighter fare’ and we thought the menu looked good so we plunged in. We had just the one course - a plain hamburger and the speciality ‘fish club sandwich’. Both were a...More

Thank cmasb
Reviewed 12 April 2018

During a recent trip to Bar Harbor stopped in for early dinner. We had some local beers with clam chowder, french onion soup with our fish and chips dinner. All were great and the service and hospitality was greatly appriciated. Would return.

Thank Thomas L
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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
Kids, Families with children, Local cuisine, Bar scene
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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