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Bar Harbor in July

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

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  1. 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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      Thomas of Delaware

      The Reading Room at the Bar Harbor Inn

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      1. 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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        1. re: Dave

          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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          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

          1. 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.

            1. 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!

              1. 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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                1. re: Jennifer

                  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.

                  1. re: AndreaU

                    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.

                2. 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.

                  1. 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!


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

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                      1. re: GG Mora

                        Yeah, Raedia did last month! ;)

                      2. 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.


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

                          1. Havana - cool decor - great food and service

                            1. 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!

                              1. 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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                                1. re: veggielover

                                  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.