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Lisa Newman May 26, 2006 06:12 PM

I'm looking for restaurant recommendations for Bar Harbor, Maine. My husband and I will be going in July. Thanks.

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    veggielover Jul 27, 2006 01:04 AM

    I haven't been to Bar Harbour for two years, but the last time we were there, Havana's was my favorite by far. I didn't enjoy George's or The Reading Room nearly as well. For breakfast, you can't beat Two Cats. And I like lobster most places that have already been mentioned!

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      spa Jul 27, 2006 01:36 AM

      I was there this weekend and can vouch for the amazing breakfast at Two Cats. Can't wait to go back.

      Dinner at Chowdah's was forgettable.

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      waltello Jul 26, 2006 11:48 PM

      I've been dying to tell someone about a new spot not exactly IN Bar Harbor, but en route, along scenic 1A. It's actually a campground, with an unprepossessing sign. Who would think to stop for a meal here? I wouldn't have, but we were starving, so we did, and discovered the most outstanding lobster rolls that we've ever eaten. The meat is impeccably fresh, and abundant; the bun lightly grilled and seasoned with fresh parsley; the price is actually somewhat lower than what most Maine establishments charge for a lobster roll (with half the meat). The campground is called "The Red Barn" and is approximately 5 miles South of Bangor en route to Bar Harbor via 1a. The restaurant, run by a wonderfully friendly woman named Cynthia, also features home-made whoopie pies, fresh fruit pies, local ice cream, and other local delights. Interior is tiny (but not cramped), diner-style, or you could opt for picnic tables outside. It's the perfect stop if you want an outstanding and reasonably priced lobster roll before hitting the higher priced joints in Bar Harbor, about an hour away. Enjoy!

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        leahinsc Jul 10, 2006 05:31 PM

        Havana - cool decor - great food and service

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          yumyums12 Jul 9, 2006 08:17 PM

          Any place you can find that serves pork ribs, chops, roast.

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            tastinglife Jul 9, 2006 01:59 AM

            I've just returned from a road trip that touched down in the Bar Harbor area. If you're willing to travel a little bit (maybe 1/2 hour from Bar Harbor) and are willing to pay $30-40 per entree, then make reservations now for Le Domaine (french) in Hancock, ME. This must be the best restaurant in all of Maine! The food and service were both superb! Everything is made from the best and freshest ingredients. Their wine list includes wines from every region of France. I'd call this 4 1/2 star dining at a 3 star price.

            Enjoy!

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              GG Mora Jul 8, 2006 01:19 AM

              Has no one insisted on popovers at the Jordan Pond House?

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                AndreaU Jul 10, 2006 05:29 PM

                Yeah, Raedia did last month! ;)

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                Grayhound Jul 7, 2006 03:05 PM

                I second Beal's Lobster Pound. Also, Thurston's Lobster Pound in Bernard has fantastic lobsters, amazing chowder (try the scallop if they have it) and is just generally all-around great. Enjoy!

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                http://www.clamlove.com

                1. hiddenboston Jul 5, 2006 07:05 PM

                  I second the Lompoc Cafe. Great food, bocce, and outdoor patio, and it's not usually crowded, since it's a block or two in from the main drag.

                  I also like Jordan's Restaurant for breakfast. It's quick, friendly, and cheap, and the food is excellent.

                  One other place to check out is Mama DiMatteo's, which is on the same block as the Lompoc. They have very good Italian entrees, such as veal ravioli, a variety of pastas, and several chicken and seafood dishes. The night we went, they had macaroni and cheese with fresh lobster meat, which was a truly amazing dish.

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                    Jennifer Jun 26, 2006 02:17 PM

                    I recommend Galyns in downtown Bar Harbor. If Scott, the waiter, is still there he puts on quite a show when he de-shells your lobster for you table side.

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                      AndreaU Jul 5, 2006 06:54 PM

                      Ditto the Galyn's recommendation!!!! LOVE this place... you must try the Indian Pudding for dessert, too. :)

                      Actually, everything mentioned already is also good but as someone who is in BH every summer, Galyn's is my absolute favorite. For a casual snack and drink, Lompoc Cafe is great- play some bocce ball there, too! And don't forget Ben & Bill's for some awesome homemade ice cream (yes, even lobster ice cream) and chocolates.

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                        Peterslise Jul 26, 2006 11:34 PM

                        ooo...can't say I agree about Galyn's. I found the food pretty tasteless. Try Cafe This Way instead...the food is much more creative and tasty.

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                      Raedia Jun 2, 2006 11:25 AM

                      Abel's Lobster Pound in Somesville for lobsters - it's right on the sound, so it has a beautiful view. Two Cats for brunch (on the porch if it's warm enough, though there are heaters), Cafe this Way for brunch or dinner, and the natural foods market that's right there to get some snacks for a hike. Also Morning Glory cafe for baked goods. Popovers at the Jordan Pond House are a must (sure it's a tourist favorite, but there's a reason for that). Havana is supposed to be excellent, but I didn't have the wallet for $30 entrees. Enjoy!

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                        rl Jun 2, 2006 10:58 AM

                        If you like bbq and beer, hit up Atlantic Brewing Co. on a Sat. afternoon for their all you can eat bbq lunch special. Have some slow smoked BBQ and a beer or two, get a brewery tour, hang out with some locals, and eat more Q before you leave.

                        I can recommend Beal's Lobster pound in SW Harbor for lobster and steamers - usually my first stop in the area. I'm sure other lobster pounds are just as good, but I've only been to Beal's.

                        Rupununi for drinks (and great beer) and appetizers.

                        Bring a sweater and long pants, you may need them in BH. We went July 4th weekend two years ago and froze our butts off when the sun went down.

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                          HDinCentralME Jun 2, 2006 06:36 AM

                          Since nobody's mentioned it in this thread...I will chime in with Havana. A special restaurant that could be in NY or SF but happens to be in Bar Harbor. Caribean-style fish, seafood, and meats. Fun atmosphere. A splurge but well worth it. Reservations a must in season.

                          Link: http://www.havanamaine.com

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                            Dave May 29, 2006 08:09 PM

                            Have not been there in a few years. If it is still there George's downtown behind a bank on Main Street was fabulous.

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                              JMF Jun 18, 2006 09:10 AM

                              I haven't been in two years myself, and I agree George's was Fantastic. A great room with the tables far apart, great service, an incredible menu of really great food.

                              Link: http://www.jmforester.com

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                              Thomas of Delaware May 28, 2006 07:41 AM

                              The Reading Room at the Bar Harbor Inn

                              Image: http://www.acadiainfo.com/barharborin...

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                                Thomas of Delaware May 28, 2006 07:42 AM

                                trying for image again.

                                Link: http://www.acadiainfo.com/barharborin...

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                                JoAnn May 27, 2006 05:24 PM

                                Can't really help you, but I'll be anxious to see the responses. We'll be in Salsbury Cove (10 min. north of Bar Harbor) the second week of July.

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