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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 pot” (96 reviews)
“rack of lamb” (47 reviews)
“lemon sorbet” (18 reviews)
Open Now
17:30 - 21:00All hours
American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
7 Newport Dr, Bar Harbor Inn, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1898
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Reviewed 11 November 2017

Had 3 dinners and 7 breakfasts there while staying at Bar Harbor Inn. Setting is fantastic, especially at window seats. Live piano music at appropriate volume at dinner. Service fine, but not particularly polished. Had gorgonzola and pecan spinach salad twice--excellent. Maine lobster pie was...More

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Reviewed 10 November 2017

I love the elegant ambiance of this restaurant. It is located right on the water in Bar Harbor with water views from almost every table in the restaurant. My husband and I were there on a Friday night and there was a pianist playing popular...More

Thank Linda W
Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

We had a fabulous dinner at the Reading Room while catching up. Arrived early and were given a table by the window; perfect to enjoy the sunset! Crab cake, lobster bisque and glazed salmon were delicious! We will not hesitate to fight the traffic of...More

Reviewed 9 November 2017

Had the extreme pleasure of dining in the Reading Room. Location and view is exemplary, right on the waterfront! The service was excellent. Attentive, but not overbearing. But the food!!! A great menu, but lobster was the absolute best! All in all a very fine...More

Thank Mark B
Reviewed 4 November 2017 via mobile

Every time I have dinner at the Reading Room it is simply fantastic. The lobster bisque is the best I've had on Mount Desert Island (and I'm a local). I would highly recommend the Reading Room to anyone who wants an amazing night out. The...More

Thank Stephany B
Reviewed 2 November 2017

I was surprised to find this was the best lobster dinner in my life. I only wish I had eaten there again. Service, ambiance, food all exceptional. The price is reasonable and better than other places we went with better food. Definitely try this one.

Thank taki888
Reviewed 1 November 2017 via mobile

A special dinner for a big (50) birthday for my wife. We sat on window seats which offered a beautiful view of the harbor as the sun set. We each had filets with mine having a split lobster tail surrounding it. It was a very...More

Thank Wsm0723
Reviewed 30 October 2017

We ate breakfast here this trip although we've eaten dinner in the past. The breakfast was your typical breakfast fare and the prices were in line with the other breakfast places in downtown Bar Harbor, but the location and views here at the Reading Room...More

Thank TLH61293
Reviewed 29 October 2017

Breakfast and Dinner is first class all the way. Chef Joe was very accommodating to me for breakfast and Suzy always gave her fantastic service. On her night off we had Paula who took excellent care of us. The Maitre'D Joe is always enjoyable to...More

Thank allyallie
Reviewed 29 October 2017

I was back for a dinner again this year. As I expected it was really wonderful. This place has never let me down. My appetizer was the lobster bisque soup which was wonderful. For my entree I had the special which was a sliced filet...More

Thank Catskillperson
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Questions & Answers
30 August 2017|
Response from dgrlk | Reviewed this property |
No special during high season Im afraid
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.
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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
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, View
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
  • E-mail
  • 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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