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Boathouse Bistro Tapas Lounge & Restaurant

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12 By Way, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538-1868
+1 207-633-0400
11:00 - 01:00
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Mid Coast Maine, Maine
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41 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is our go to spot when we want a fabulous meal. No, it's not on the water and only has a view from the 3rd floor during the summer... but the food makes all that irrelevant. The risotto is amazing, the seafood delicate and fresh, and if you like mushrooms..... the wild mushroom ragout appetizer is a must. I... More 

Thank kingbyriverk
Boothbay, Maine
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34 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

We had a delightful dinner just after Christmas and the quality was great, just like mid-summer. It was a slower night and the owner/manager did a professional job serving while his Austrian wife was chef. He knows his wines and recommended a robust red to pair with our flank steak which as in a pepper sauce. We'll hurry back in... More 

Thank clamcove
Freeport, Maine
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21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

There are plenty of options here, but in my opinion the Risotto is the way to go! There are quite a few options as well as a nightly special. You can get seafood on it, which is key being in Boothbay by the water. The portions are huge and filling so plan accordingly!

Thank Megan S
South Paris, Maine
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76 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

Came in for new years eve, hung at the bar. Bartender was very nice. Nice atmosphere. Karaoke started around 10 and went till 2. Had the chilli and it was good and a good size.

Thank IamSamSamIam
Sanford, ME
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186 reviews
161 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016 via mobile

After n evening visiting the Botanical Gardens SN DuPont advice of our hotel, we stopped by this local haunt and were quite surprised with the good food. We only had a couple of appetizers but both the apple scallops and the spicy chicken quesadilla were excellent. Reasonably priced and good service! Will be back.

Thank CarlGagnon
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128 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

While we enjoyed our dinner here, the atmosphere wasn't what we expected of a "tapas bistro." This was a rambling two-story house (not on the water) with a bar and screened-in porch upstairs. Like everything else in Boothbay Harbor, it felt a bit run-down. The food was good, though. We first tried a lobster cocktail with mango foam, a delightful... More 

Thank Orlandoroadtrip
Buffalo, New York
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311 reviews
228 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

The Boathouse Bistro is one of my favorite restaurants in Maine! They have a nice patio overlooking the water and shops in Boothbay Harbor. Every single dish on the menu is spectacular! They also happen to serve the most delicious Lobster Mac n Cheese that I've ever had! That is not a compliment to be thrown around lightly! The menu... More 

Thank Jane B
Russia, Ohio
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Asked at our hotel of a good place to find seafood and the Boathouse Bistro Tapas Lounge and Restaurant was suggested. So glad we went. They did ask us if we wanted to sit upstairs and we replied yes. They might be difficult for some people but we were fine with it. The haddock was very good and my husbands... More 

Thank Linda C
Washington DC
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221 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

We had come from a food tour of Portland ME and we weren't expecting to find anyplace this good. Friends of ours in Bath mentioned the Boathouse and urged us to go. We did.....on two consecutive nights while we were in Boothbay. Here's the important information you need to have a great time. Location and where to sit: Go early... More 

Thank bumper1965
Boothbay, Maine
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

We ate and drank local brews on the upper outside deck. The food was great the staff was friendly and efficient. We had a wonderful and enjoyable time

Thank Don S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Bar, Seafood, Pub, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
View, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 12 By Way, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538-1868
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Mid Coast Maine  >  Boothbay Harbor
  • Phone Number: +1 207-633-0400

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?