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The Thirsty Whale Tavern

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Address: 40 Cottage St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1833
Phone Number:
+1 207-288-9335
11:00 - 01:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 01:00

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Had the Freuben (haddock Reuben) It was excellent. Blackened Salmon was also very good. Chowder was fair. Bartender was very friendly. Warm environment. Would definitely... read more

Reviewed 24 October 2016
Kathryn J
Watertown, Connecticut
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Watertown, Connecticut
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6 reviews
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Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

Had the Freuben (haddock Reuben) It was excellent. Blackened Salmon was also very good. Chowder was fair. Bartender was very friendly. Warm environment. Would definitely recommend

Thank Kathryn J
Allendale, Michigan
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72 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

Great spot for anything! We came for snacks and a cocktail and beer. Excellent lobster roll, though it was my first so nothing to compare to, and the best clam chowder I've ever had. The whale lemon drop martini tastes like rainbow sherbet. Seems like the locals love this place. Great atmosphere and friendly service.

Thank Mkmartin620
Blackburn, Lancashire
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51 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 September 2016

We ate her one evening whilst on holiday and the food was tasty and reasonably priced. It has a great atmosphere and service was friendly and efficient.

Thank John F
Winchester, Virginia
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28 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

Great food and outstanding bar. Outstanding chowder. Haddock sandwich is the best. Very pleasant wait staff. Lucca gets an A+

Thank chneff
Pensacola, FL
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 August 2016

So here's the deal..... You go and put your name in because social media and word of mouth must have blown this place up. 40 minute wait.... So what, go shopping in the charming shops around this place and wait your turn. We had fried clams and fried haddock. Both were great and the cheapest meal we had in Bar... More 

Thank nephilim
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Reviewed 22 July 2016 via mobile

Family decided to do brunch after hearing the 945am Sunday mass. Thirsty Whale was supppsedly scheduled in my ITI as dinner, but since it opens at 11am, ive decided to bring the family check. To our delight service was quick, everybody loved their Clam Chowder soup, i liked their Haddock and kids really liked their lobster roll. Service was fast... More 

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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6 reviews
Reviewed 18 May 2016 via mobile

Great place with an amazing local atmosphere! Place was packed even in the off season. Fruben was amazing as was the Fish Taco wrap. Both are not New England traditional, but well worth it. If busy, stick it out, the food is worth it!

Thank MIchael S
Cape May Court House, New Jersey
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270 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 November 2015 via mobile

They make a mean sustainable cheeseburger! The fresh Whale Salad easily fed the two of us. The staff are friendly! Full bar. Nice place.

Thank John H
Gordonsville, Virginia
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28 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 August 2015 via mobile

After 10 hours of driving our motel recommended this for a light dinner. We had a short wait at 6:30pm and ordered the lobster corn chowder with 2 dinner rolls. The food was very good but it took 28 minutes to arrive which seemed excessive for soup. The place is not very big and I suspect our order got lost... More 

1 Thank Linda B
Odenton, Maryland
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56 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 August 2015

This is your classic home town tavern. Service was good, and so was the food. The lobster roll here was highly recommended, and I definitely enjoyed mine.

Thank basadventuretime

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