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The Thistle Inn Restaurant

55 Oak St, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538-1818
+1 207-633-3541
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  • Excellent63%
  • Very good26%
  • Average6%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“jasmine rice” (4 reviews)
“risotto” (22 reviews)
“baked haddock” (11 reviews)
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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 2 days ago

My husband and I visited last weekend and returned to the Thistle Inn as we had been there quite a while ago but remembered it as having excellent food, well prepared and presented. We were again treated to a delicious meal.

Thank Kathy D
Reviewed 2 days ago

We ate here two nights the first we had the Yellow FinTuna, It was perfectly prepared and wonderful taste. The second night we had the Scallops, large portion, crisply seared and the lemon Risotto made my wife a risotto fan.

Thank stipetic2018
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

My wife and I received many recommendations from locals here that this restaurant was where you want to eat. This place was fantastic, gourmet. We had the tuna tartar and the crab cake appy,absolute paradise. We then shared the 14 oz rib eye and lobster...More

Thank Daniel B
Reviewed 1 week ago

The first night, sat by the fireplace and had the Tuna, fantastic. Second night had the scallops and lemon risotto, wonderful. They serve local beers on tap too.

Thank sstipetic2018
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were looking for somewhere with style and grace, we found it. Lovely small rooms with low lighting, lots of atmosphere and then the food and service to top it off. Chelsea our server was attentive without being in our face, observant of our needs...More

Thank nickvandekar
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited over Memorial Day weekend, and what a surprise this was. Not right in the vicinity of the downtown BBH location, but a great 10 minute walk on a sunny day to a great local establishment. We started with the fried calamari to share. Perfectly...More

Thank K4047IS
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Thistle Inn is a cozy restaurant that is quaint and offers fine dining cuisine, yet classy pub style food if you are in the mood for a change of pace. This place reminds me of a Wolfgang puck establishment with the vibe and upscale setting....More

Thank Traveltosucceed
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very nice casual, but upbeat atmosphere with wonderful service & great food! We'll be back. Booths are comfortable & private...I like the high tops in the bar...just like the open space.

Thank JimBoothbayCC
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We started (and continued later... ugh) with drinks. My brother-in-law ordered a Tanqueray Up ($10), My brother-in-laws wife had a Vodka Martini Up ($10), my wife and I had Cosmos ($8) each. To my dismay (later that evening and the next day) we also enjoyed...More

1  Thank c2h5oh_1
Reviewed 3 May 2018

First, the food has been excellent since the new owners took over - the chef is consistent and the quality high. It's not the most innovative place for food, but, the cozy atmosphere lends an air of familiarity, helped by the fact that many regulars...More

Thank island04575
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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, Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
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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