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Reading Room Restaurant

7 Newport Dr, Bar Harbor Inn, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1898
+1 800-248-3351
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  • Excellent66%
  • Very good19%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“lobster pie” (84 reviews)
“rack of lamb” (44 reviews)
“petite filet” (11 reviews)
Open Now
17:30 - 21:00All hours
American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
7 Newport Dr, Bar Harbor Inn, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1898
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Reviewed yesterday

We had a great dinner here the last night we were in Bar Harbor. From lobster, mussel, chowder, salmon it was all excellent. They had a piano player which was excellent.

Thank ewhite1955
Reviewed 2 days ago

We ate here for my husband's birthday. I made a reservation a month in advance. Shown to a window table, as requested...Our waitress was about as boring as a tree. The food was good, but nothing to rave about. The cappers salad with burratto cheese...More

Thank annehassel
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Ten of us went to Reading Toom Restaurant for our farewell dinner. Friendly service providers. Lobster bisque was good, but did not have pieces of lobster like other restaurants we visited. My sword fish was good but coconut rice had no taste and was dry....More

Thank Josephine003
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Dining at the Bar Harbour Reading Room restaurant this evening was a real treat. The views are incredible, the music provided by the wonderful piano player was great, the service provided by Mary Ellen and those working with her was superb, the menu had many...More

Thank Karen K
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The reading room is in the bar harbor inn. A pricey table cloth restaurant with great views over the water. Service is efficient. The food was disappointing, certainly for the price. We had two fish specials (tuna and haddock). The ingredients were good and fresh,...More

Thank Michel W
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Simply fantastic! Ate here with 11 y.o. daughter and wife for vacation dinner. I had filet mignon of black angus, wife had lobster pie and daughter had pasta dish from children's menu. Great atmosphere great service that was matched equally by food.

Thank Betsy J
Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful views. Great food, great service. A little more formal than most joints in town this is fine dining and worth the trip

Thank Awsomeinc
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Reading Room at the Bar Harbor Inn is the perfect restaurant! The food is wonderful. Over the course of our stay in Bar Harbor, my husband and I had the lamb, swordfish special, lobster and filet, and seafood ciopino and all were outstanding. The...More

Thank Barbara S
Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed a beautiful day out on the terrace. Their lunch menu was wonderful, nice selection. I highly recommend the lobster salad.

Thank beachadventurer1007
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Most of the Food was great. Our wait staff Shayna was wonderful. The lobster was delicious and the view of BarHarbor just made it an experience to savor. Only issue was the gnocchi was not traditional in its presentation. Dinner was all about the atmosphere.

Thank Lana D
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Questions & Answers
11 April 2017|
Response from NicoleBHI | Property representative |
Dear jaylsutter65, Please leave a review on our Reading Room Restaurant page as it operates directly with the Oasis Club Lounge. Thank you, Nicole Richardson Sales & Marketing Director
25 August 2016|
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Response from cellar978 | Reviewed this property |
I would recommend "smart casual"- no jeans, sweat shirts, t-shirts or sneakers. This has more of an "old school" vibe.
Gary R
10 July 2016|
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Response from McBrown12 | Reviewed this property |
We wore shorts at breakfast. Khakis, summer dresses at dinner.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, View, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
07:00 - 10:30
17:30 - 21:00
07:00 - 10:30
17:30 - 21:00
07:00 - 10:30
17:30 - 21:00
07:00 - 10:30
17:30 - 21:00
07:00 - 10:30
17:30 - 21:00
07:00 - 10:30
17:30 - 21:00
07:00 - 10:30
17:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7 Newport Dr, Bar Harbor Inn, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1898
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  DownEast and Acadia Maine  >  Mount Desert Island  >  Bar Harbor
  • Phone Number: +1 800-248-3351
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  • This restaurant is at Bar Harbor Inn
Refined pleasures await you in the Reading Room Restaurant. You will enjoy a dining experience where the delicious cuisine and attentive service are surpassed only by the breathtaking ocean view. Our menu includes fresh seafood, choice cuts of meat, daily specials and memorable desserts. Come join us and the nightly live entertainment of grand piano music which provides the perfect ambiance to the fine dining experience. Dinner is served nightly and the dress code is informal.Please note that we are unable to guarantee window tables You can request a window and we will do our very best!
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