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The Thistle Inn Restaurant

55 Oak St, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538-1818
+1 207-633-3541
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good27%
  • Average7%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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American, Bar, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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55 Oak St, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538-1818
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Reviewed yesterday

The Inn is serving Thanksgiving diner for a donation to the local community Resources Council. It takes a special business to open there restaurant on a holiday to assist the community. Thanks so much!!!! Now the meal, the usual but not usual. Roasted turkey, stuffing,...More

Thank Fran M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a quaint old inn that remains open in the off season on the coast of Maine. The food is outstanding-fresh seafood/fish, interesting salads, good wine, it's a cozy warm spot in cold months. Service is professional and welcoming. Very much a favorite.

Thank WinnieBea
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I had excellent dinners at this restaurant. He had a rib steak that was absolutely gorgeous and I had a tuna dish that was one of the best I've ever, ever had!

Thank Imanaturelover
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We ate here a couple times and would have eaten there more if we would have tried it earlier during our visit. Service was outstanding and the food was superior. Atmosphere was very pleasant.

Thank CenTex08
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great little Bar and then dinner in the restaurant is fantastic. We had Ahi and Scallops. The presentation was lovely and the portions were generous

Thank T210HRkerrym
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Good food, good service, lovely rooms. Can’t go wrong. Popular restaurant with the locals, and for good reason.

Thank Carol S
Reviewed 19 October 2017

The food is exceptional here, and the staff are incredibly nice and accommodating. Just ask for something like home made bread and it will appear. The pub atmosphere reminded me of Scotland. You can't go wrong here!

Thank jholmgre
Reviewed 17 October 2017 via mobile

Dined at Thistle Inn on a Monday night in October. We arrived early and and did not have reservations but getting a table was not a problem. Service was very friendly. The atmosphere was romantic. The biggest challenge was deciding what to order from their...More

Thank DocChesapeake
Reviewed 11 October 2017

Reservations are suggested as this is a popular and lively restaurant. Dining is on the lower level with a old tavern atmosphere with a fairly high noise level. The server was friendly and very accommodating, and the menu included a variety of specials, including seafood...More

Thank Jim2525
Reviewed 10 October 2017

We went here twice during our visit. Knowledgeable servers and great food. They were extremely accommodating to my brother's dietary restrictions.

Thank leccvg
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21 July 2016|
Response from 290JohnT290 | Reviewed this property |
Should be on its website.
9 July 2016|
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Response from SovereignSage | Reviewed this property |
Sadly, it is all closed until someone leases it. Would be a great turn key for manager who knows how to treat staff well.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$30
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 55 Oak St, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538-1818
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Mid Coast Maine  >  Boothbay Harbor
  • Phone Number: +1 207-633-3541
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A piece of authentic Maine history, The Thistle Inn still stands as a place to gather and celebrate what makes life all the more worth living: great food, great company, and a home away from home. Originally built in 1861 for a prominent sea captain, our restaurant and Inn embody the unique period character of Maine’s past, with updated fixtures for modern comfort. From our seaside favorites to our world-class wine list, our menu is an exploration of classic coastal cuisine prepared with nature’s freshest ingredients. Guests looking to extend their visit will find six different lodging options at their fingertips, and the best of Boothbay Harbor just a short walk from their quarters. Whether it’s a meal that brings you to us, or an escape to our quaint Inn, we invite you to relax, stay awhile, and soak up some true downeast hospitality.
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