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McKay's Public House

€€ - €€€American, Seafood,
231 Main St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1744
+1 207-288-2002
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good28%
  • Average12%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible2%
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“bistro steak” (14 reviews)
“baked brie” (19 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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231 Main St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1744
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Reviewed yesterday

Had dinner at McKay's Public House on a recent trip to Bar Harbor. The restaurant is in an old Victorian house that has and interesting and unique atmosphere. We were there on a Saturday night, but fairly early, so did not have to wait. I...More

Thank BoilerFan_10
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

While the food was ok the service made the food unappetizing. The burger was good; the whole lobster did not live up to expectations.

Thank Margret S
Reviewed 2 days ago

Next to the Bar Harbor Grand Hotel on Main. Enjoy a nice glass of wine in a beautiful garden patio setting. Dinner not recommended though. A Maine staple, the lobster boil, was bland and tasteless, and quite frankly foul smelling; the prime rib (not the...More

Thank MaryMargaret312
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I would like to say that if you are going to have a special to draw people in then it should be "knock your socks off" good. We ordered the center cut ribeye and the meat was tough, under cooked, and full of grizzle. The...More

Thank Darlene C
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This restaurant was recommended by our hotel staff and with good reason. Service was attentive and our dinner was served with little waiting and piping hot. Prices are reasonable.

Thank Bob S
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We ate at McKay's our first night in Bar Harbor. We all had the lobster roll- two hot and two cold. The cold rolls were better. While they were good, we had better lobster rolls later on our trip. We shared an order of sweet...More

Thank Florida-Traveler-US
Reviewed 6 days ago

We always enjoy this restaurant. It has wonderful food and the atmosphere is lovely. You can dine inside or outside. This time we sat at the bar and I had the sweet potatoe fries and a salad that was yummy. My husband had meatloaf and...More

Thank linda201198
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place was recommended by some folks we met while walking the shore path earlier in the day. We found the service to be...overwhelmed. Which meant sitting too long while waiting for the next course and trying to get the server's attention. The drinks (cocktails)...More

Thank happytrailsNewYork
Reviewed 1 week ago

Got the lobster carbonara. It was mostly pasta with very little lobster, and very over priced. The staff was very friendly though.

Thank kinf0
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My favorite time here we were served a Maine halibut 5 inches thick (who knew that was possible) under charming outdoor string lit sky and a guitarist in the background. Service was also impeccable. It was a dream dining experience. Upon return, the halibut was-thin-like...More

Thank RikkiP
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Questions & Answers
1 September 2017|
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Response from BethWe | Reviewed this property |
We walked by one night and asked about reservations and the hostess recommended getting them, especially if it's a weekend.
Alice H
9 August 2016|
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Response from Diana W | Reviewed this property |
It is definitely not a lobster shack. I have no idea where that other woman got that idea from. HA HA!! They do not offer early bird specials. It is a delicious restaurant in a great location. Highly recommend.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Groups, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 231 Main St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1744
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  DownEast and Acadia Maine  >  Mount Desert Island  >  Bar Harbor
  • Phone Number: +1 207-288-2002
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