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Whales Tale

125 Atlantic Ave, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538-2221
+1 207-633-6644
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  • Excellent38%
  • Very good26%
  • Average10%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible21%
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American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Pub
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125 Atlantic Ave, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538-2221
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Seems like the turistas don't come here often. What a fun place!! Waitstaff is a hoot, and bar and pub food is good.

Thank JaimeMexico
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Whale’s Tale has an excellent outdoor patio area (dog friendly) that is west facing to see the great sunsets over Boothbay Harbor. I like that it is on the “quiet side” of the harbor. We had the garden salads with cucumber wasabi dressing (amazing!)....More

1  Thank MBJBride0520
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Back again to this waterside establishment for its clam chowder. Decent hot onion roll and oyster crackers served with the chowder. Still one of the best chowders I've eaten! Go if you are in BBH.

Thank mungie2014
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

We had both types of flatbread pizza, pepperoni and vegetarian, and both were very good. We also had the haddock bites, small pieces of fried haddock served with tartar sauce and cole slaw, also good. We are locals and go there often. Absolutely the best...More

Thank itaylor340
Reviewed 6 September 2017

Horrible slow service, poor expensive food. There are lots of better places to try. Have had good luck at Browns, Boothbay Co-Op, or Kalers and Tugboat on other side of harbor.

Thank Bam C
Reviewed 31 August 2017

We really enjoyed our night out at the Whale's Tail. It seems like a locals hangout as it seemed everyone knew each other. They really made us feel at home, however, and we felt like we were part of the crew by the time we...More

Thank luvfergie27
Reviewed 19 August 2017

Must have the seafood pie and bacon wrapped scallops! Great menu with specials. Very well known local stop. Beautiful nautical decor. Docking and mooring for boats of all sizes. Only gas dock in Boothbay Harbor. Best place for happy hour and have dinner with entertainment...More

Thank anetref
Reviewed 15 August 2017

A great place to dine outside with great views of the inner harbor and all of the boating activity -- indoor seating is available if you prefer, but you will miss the view. Food is good, service is usually good and friendly, and prices are...More

Thank Alan S
Reviewed 30 July 2017

My friend & I both had excellent meals. I have eaten there often, living in Boohbay Harbor during the summer. Jack Cogswell, the owner, oversees the whole operation. Most of the meals are his own recipes. The food is excellent & reasonably priced. We both...More

Thank Fred B
Reviewed 13 July 2017 via mobile

Just got in and unpacked, Whales Tale is first stop. Wife had seafood platter (scallops, haddock, shrimp, whole belly fried clams). This plate was enough for two hungry adults. It seems to grow each year. I kept it simple. LOBSTAH!. These were two great meals....More

Thank gavph
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 125 Atlantic Ave, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538-2221
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Mid Coast Maine  >  Boothbay Harbor
  • Phone Number: +1 207-633-6644
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