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The Thistle Inn Restaurant

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55 Oak St, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538-1818
+1 207-633-3541
16:00 - 21:00
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Tue - Sat 16:00 - 21:00
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Monroe Township, Nj
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 2015

We have been going to the Boothbay area the last few years for vacation and each year we say we have to go back to the Thistle Inn. Excellent food wonderful service and the outdoor patio is so nice and relaxing sitting under beautiful lit trees. Can't wait to go back for the Filet MIgnon the best

1 Thank Linda R
Dallas, Texas
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 August 2015

FABULOUS scallops and halibut plus the warn chocolate shortcake!!! Terrific service from Giovanni and the staff as well as the extraordinary chef, Nick.

1 Thank Tartangolf
Hingham, Massachusetts
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134 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 August 2015

Boothbay Harbor may be a touristy Maine town, but the Thistle Inn is far from a touristy restaurant. The food is uniformly excellent, well presented, and served by a top notch staff. Among the favorites from dinner - a lobster/oyster appetizer that was amazing; excellent halibut and salmon; a fantastic seafood medley with angel hair (though light on the lobster);... More 

Thank chrissrli
Hallowell, Maine
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55 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2015

We were headed to a concert at the Boothbay Opera House last Saturday evening and decided to give The Thistle Inn just around the corner a try. There was a table for two outside which is what we were hoping for. The deck was pleasant, but there was a hubbub about the place. Our server, Lisa, gave us a heads... More 

Thank Bob M
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21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2015

Stumbled on this place looking for a late dinner and got a nice table outside. Ordered from the pub menu and got the 12 hour brisket sandwich. My husband loved it so much went back the next night, crab cakes were delicious as were the pork tacos!!! Great service with a generous martini! A+

Thank ajjl57
Oneida, New York
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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2015

The food was absolutely delicious. The presentation was excellent, and the drinks were not short on alcohol.

Thank Shepang
Belfast, United Kingdom
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137 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2015

Really great food, excellently prepared and presented, a real 'fine dining' experience in Boothbay. Try and eat outside on the deck. Would have scored a 5 but let down by table service quality (though we may have been unlucky with our waiter)

Thank James R
Bonita Springs, Florida
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 August 2015

We knew about the restaurant and wanted to take friends that were visiting on a Saturday evening....our waiter Geo was a delight and explained the specials as we had are cocktails...we lingered before ordering never felt rushed. The blueberry grilled chicken and charturie appetizer and rib eye were the table favorites. What a historic place to enjoy a evening with... More 

1 Thank Jesse R
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 July 2015 via mobile

We visited on a Wednesday night at about 8 pm and waited at our table for 30 min for someone to bring us drinks! We contemplated getting up and walking out but decided to stay. Despite the terribly slow service and mosquitoes, the food was great!

1 Thank Megan T
North Easton, Massachusetts
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39 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 July 2015

We just wanted a light meal around six pm, it was our last night in the area and we had looked at this place several times but the parking areas were always full. However, on this evening, parking was not an issue so we thought we'd give the place a try. The pub is quite small and when we walked... More 

2 Thank birstall46

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$30
American, Bar, Seafood
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar Scene, 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
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
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?