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The Thistle Inn Restaurant

55 Oak St, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538-1818
+1 207-633-3541
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good25%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“lemon risotto” (7 reviews)
“jasmine rice” (4 reviews)
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American, Bar, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
55 Oak St, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538-1818
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Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here
Sponsored by: The Thistle Inn Restaurant
1. Excellent service and food
"We accidentally stumbled upon this hidden gem and couldn’t be happier."
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2. Perfection
"this is a definite "must eat at" place for everyone"
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3. Excellent
"Atmosphere is dark and colonial with several small dining rooms."
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A cut above the many restaurants in Boothbay Harbor. From the friendly interesting wait staff to the beautifully presented fare Thistle Inn is a favorite of many of the locals.The atmosphere is old world pub with a charming half dory bar. It is not on...More

Thank Barbara B
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Reviewed 15 August 2018 via mobile

This was my first time in Boothbay and my first visit to this restaurant. From our before dinner cocktails to our dessert, the drinks, the food and especially the service were amazing! Our server Kaan was such a nice guy and he took such great...More

Thank Lisa K
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Absolutely wonderful! Great service! And very cozy! Food was out of this world! Best restaurant in Boothbay!

Thank iranianprincess7
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Thistle Inn is a high end place and deservedly so. The menu is varied and gourmet level. The wines are appropriate - but the service is way beyond what you expect in a non-urban area. The relatively new Manager of the restaurant knows his...More

1  Thank ColonelLarrySanJose
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Two couples went on a rainy night in Boothbay Harbor and they made it worth our while to brave the weather! Our drinks were wonderful and the meal to die for. Every bite was better than the one before and they made us Southerners feel...More

Thank Wahoo428
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The ambience of this restaurant is fabulous. You are met with a friendly greeting at the door and seated in a lovely old style room with lots of character. The menu was interesting and food sensational. I especially enjoyed the lobster paella which was delicate...More

Thank Sage2724
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We eat here on occasion. Spouses 75th this evening and out to diner. Spouse had a rack of lamb after a shrimp app. I always go for there crab cakes and they do a great lobster risotto. Service was nice and relaxed, Owner stoped by...More

Thank Fran M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This Restaurant offered a good variety of food. They had two menus. The regular one with a wide variety of choices and the pub menu that you could order from anywhere in the restaurant. Our food was delicious and the service was great. I recommend...More

Thank jpr16532013
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We spent our 1 year wedding Anniversary staying and eating at the Thistle Inn. Our accomadations were nice, a little tired but clean and comfortable. Our dinner was out of this world and our server “Anna” was gracious, attentive and lovely. We cant wait to...More

Thank Traci B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We came here on a cold night in Boothbay Harbor, and had a great time. The French onion soup was a perfect way to warm up. I had a Caesar salad and my husband had the salmon. It was all great and our waitress was...More

Thank Amanda S
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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
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
09:30 - 14:00
16:00 - 21:00
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11:00 - 14:00
16:00 - 21:00
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16:00 - 21:00
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16:00 - 21:00
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11:00 - 14:00
16:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
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
  • E-mail
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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