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Bar Harbor Winter Dining?

JakeN Jan 23, 2010 03:27 PM

We're thinking of exploring Bar Harbor and whatever parts of Acadia are open in February. Can anyone suggest some Bar Harbor restaurants that are open for breakfast and dinner in February?

  1. hal2010 Oct 13, 2011 10:31 AM

    We were in Bar Harbor last week and I highly recommend Mache Bistro.

    For our deep-fried seafood fix we hit the The Chart Room and West Street Cafe. Talking to people in line for the West Street Cafe you'd think it was the best place in town - we found it was good but nothing exceptional. The Chart Room had better food. Scallops and clams were perfectly cooked without too much breading and the blueberry pie with ice cream was very good.

    West Street Cafe
    76 West St, Bar Harbor, ME 04609

    Chart Room
    Hulls Cv, Bar Harbor, ME 04609

    1. d
      disburg Feb 22, 2010 05:03 AM

      Hope this isn't too late for you, but here are a few places open here this time of year....

      Morning Glory Bakery and Side Street Cafe are the only places I'm sure are open for breakfast this time of year.
      For dinner:

      McKay's Public House (Full menu and pub-food menu)
      Jack Russell Pub (Brew pub with full menu)
      Siam Orchid (Thai food and Sushi, 7 days, drinks)
      Side Street Cafe (Lunch and dinner, drinks)
      Geddy's (Bar and Grill and Local hangout. It seems to me this is the most popular spot with us year-round residents. They are reliably open 7 days all year, decent food, reasonable prices. The G is pronounced as a J.)
      China Joy (cheap Chinese-style food for lunch and dinner 7 days, beer, wine, mixed drinks)
      Red Sky in Southwest Harbor (Fine Dining)
      Town Hill Bistro (Fine Dining in Town Hill, one of the villages in the Bar Harbor area. Close to my house and very good. Try the Hollander and DeKoning mussels farmed by my friend right in bar harbor.)

      I'm sure I'm missing a few. FYI, very few places are open every night, but you can generally find SOMEthing open on any night.

      Contrary to postings below, Mache Bistro is not open year round, and doesn't open until April this year.

      5 Replies
      1. re: disburg
        HDinCentralME Feb 22, 2010 06:36 AM

        welcome to chowhound. thanks for contributing.

        1. re: disburg
          mbw1024 Mar 25, 2010 02:38 PM

          would Mache Bistro likely be open in late October? the 24th to be exact. Looking for a place for my birthday while we're on vacation up there. thanks!

          1. re: mbw1024
            mainemal Mar 26, 2010 04:33 AM

            Can't say for certain, but they were open through the week between Christmas and New Years' this past year.

            1. re: mbw1024
              Passadumkeg Mar 26, 2010 05:28 AM

              I think they are, but may be only Thurs - Sun.

              1. re: Passadumkeg
                mbw1024 Mar 26, 2010 05:36 PM

                Thanks. I will give a call before we head that way.

          2. b
            BikeToEat Jan 28, 2010 04:37 PM

            Looks like Red Sky will be open after Feb 12. Open for dinner on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. They are in Southwest Harbor...worth the drive to the other side of the island.

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            1. re: BikeToEat
              Passadumkeg Jan 28, 2010 04:56 PM

              The old Cozy Cove is open til 2 for breakfast and lunch in SWH too. Diner fare.

              1. re: BikeToEat
                disburg Feb 22, 2010 05:05 AM

                Red Sky is very much worth the drive. Creative fine dining, lovely atmosphere (very small) and super-nice owners who will usually also be your servers. Great wines.

              2. m
                meremortal Jan 28, 2010 06:36 AM

                I'm in the same boat, looking for food in the BH area for the next week or so. My sister and her family live here, and she recommends Morning Glory Bakery (breakfast pastry, soups and breads) and Pectic Seafood in Trenton (open 7 days/week!).

                Morning Glory Bakery
                39 Rodick Street
                Bar Harbor, ME
                (207) 288-3041 (call for hours)

                Pectic Seafood
                367 Bar Harbor Road
                Trenton, ME
                (207) 667-7566
                Open 7 days/week, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

                I also checked out COA's Take a Break -- they post their menu weekly here: http://www.coa.edu/tabmenu.htm

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                1. re: meremortal
                  Passadumkeg Jan 28, 2010 04:33 PM

                  If one is gonna eat in Trenton, might as well go to Ellsworth and try Cleonise.

                2. c
                  candykat Jan 25, 2010 01:10 PM

                  We stayed at the Bar Harbor Inn in December of 2008. The Reading Room restaurant was exceptional. It is in the main building of the hotel, directly on the water. Also, nice quaint bar, good service. Let us know if you try this. Good luck. There is not much open in Bar Harbor in the winter months.

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                  1. re: candykat
                    Passadumkeg Jan 25, 2010 01:57 PM

                    I don't think the Bar Harbor Inn is open right now.

                    1. re: Passadumkeg
                      GabachaYucateca Jan 25, 2010 04:53 PM

                      Ah!!! This is making me nostalgic. The first winter in Bar Harbor, the only grocery store closed at 5 pm. In subsequent years, it was open until 9. Each winter that I spent there, it seemed that we had more offerings, though still few choices. I spent a lot of time playing darts with an elderly WWII vet with a huge boil on his neck who looked like the Gordon's fisherman in the Thirsty Whale.

                      1. re: GabachaYucateca
                        Passadumkeg Jan 25, 2010 05:50 PM

                        I've spent more time at The Thirsty Whale than I care to admit. I was really surprised how many fewer places were open than the "old days".
                        GY, Listen to Gracia a la Vida on WERU at 11 on Sat morning at www.weru.org for great Latin music..
                        Arbor Vine in Blue Hill was open and excellent. Had Duck 3 Ways.

                  2. Benjamino Jan 25, 2010 03:51 AM

                    I think Geddy's (spelling?) is open year-round too. Not cheap, but decent pub grub and surprisingly great desserts.

                    1. philbkr Jan 24, 2010 06:17 AM

                      I'm pretty sure Jordan's is open year round. Check it out: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant...

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                      1. re: philbkr
                        JakeN Jan 24, 2010 06:30 AM

                        I believe Jordan's is closed for February and March. Too bad because I really enjoy their breakfasts during my Spring visits to Bar Harbor!

                      2. m
                        Mainegal Jan 23, 2010 06:16 PM

                        Rodick Street, in Bar Harbor, tends to have quite a few places that stay open year round, catering to the Jackson Lab and COA folks--there are a few breakfast place, but not sure on winter status. Mache Bistro is also open year round, great for a nice dinner. Also check Town Hill Bistro (on the island, but not in Bar Harbor). I think Cafe This Way is open for breakfast year round, but can't guarantee it. The college, of course, has a cafeteria and actually quite good food and it's open to the public.

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                        1. re: Mainegal
                          westernmaine Jan 24, 2010 05:37 AM

                          We tried to have breakfast at Cafe this Way in December and it was closed. Looked like it was closed for the season. We ended up at the Side Street cafe. Very limited breakfast menu but good quality.

                          They made their own tea bags for tea and it was quite tasty.

                          I had baked eggs and salmon.....small portions but was good. Mother and sister had breakfast panini that were good sized.

                          Not really a breakfast place though.

                          1. re: Mainegal
                            JakeN Jan 24, 2010 06:28 AM

                            I checked the college's web site and could find nothing about their dining room being open to the public. Are you sure about that? For breakfast and dinner?

                            1. re: JakeN
                              Passadumkeg Jan 24, 2010 08:16 AM

                              Jake, I eat at COA every time I go to town on weekdays, don't go on weekends.
                              We were in BH yesterday and there was precious little open for lunch. Basically only The Thirsty Whale. Many are only open Thurs-Sun. for supper.
                              Mainegal is spot on, as usual, except for Cafe This Way.
                              Give the Rodick St. Cafe a try, open for brunch and diner.
                              Jordan's is closed, but the cafe down on Main is open.
                              Even The Thirsty Whale is closing for Feb., but Jack Russell's is open at 4 pm.
                              Honestly, you are much better dining in Ellsworth, everything is open, except Jordan's and Lobster Pot, and there is some great dining there.
                              Nothing was open in Northeast or Southwest harbors for lunch, we wound up getting sandwiches and a bottle of Bogle for lunch out at Seawall picnic ground. Great view.

                              1. re: Passadumkeg
                                GabachaYucateca Jan 24, 2010 04:42 PM

                                I love the fact that you eat at COA when you visit! Oh my, I miss my alma mater! To JakeN, I'd imagine that you could also show up for lunch...breakfast was never nearly as creative as lunch and dinner. And, at least when I was there, it's pretty much a la carte and friendly to a fault, so you'd have no problems wandering into Take a Break and getting food.

                                1. re: GabachaYucateca
                                  JakeN Jan 24, 2010 07:05 PM

                                  Does either of you know what the breakfast hours are at COA's Take a Break? Sometimes we'll sleep in a bit when on a leisure trip. I sure wish they had some info on their web site!

                                  1. re: JakeN
                                    GabachaYucateca Jan 24, 2010 07:25 PM

                                    Sorry, don't know the hours now...but maybe at least until 10:30? Just call! I'm sure they don't advertise Take a Break hours because people probably aren't beating down the doors to eat there from outside and everybody on campus knows.

                                  2. re: GabachaYucateca
                                    Passadumkeg Jan 24, 2010 11:36 PM

                                    Jake, I don't know the hours, but call. I love their lamb spinach curry. COA has its own farm and Gab, they are about to add the Rockefeller farm, over 300 acres, on Crooked Road & Norway Dr. as well.

                                    1. re: Passadumkeg
                                      Passadumkeg Jan 25, 2010 02:14 AM

                                      ps Also check the weekend dining hrs. of COA, I think they differ from weekdays;,Gabacha?

                                      1. re: Passadumkeg
                                        GabachaYucateca Jan 25, 2010 10:05 AM

                                        Well, as of when I graduated (2000), they didn't serve food at all on the weekends except for an occasional breakfast. That very well may have changed, but I'd imagine that the hours are still VERY limited.

                                        1. re: GabachaYucateca
                                          Passadumkeg Jan 25, 2010 10:24 AM

                                          Still the same. Go Black Flies!!!

                                        2. re: Passadumkeg
                                          IthacaNancy Sep 6, 2011 09:31 PM

                                          COA dining is closed on the weekends.

                                      2. re: GabachaYucateca
                                        JakeN Jan 26, 2010 08:21 AM

                                        I sent an inquiry yesterday to COA to learn more about hours, etc. If/when they respond, I'll post that additional info here.

                                        1. re: JakeN
                                          JakeN Jan 28, 2010 06:32 AM

                                          OK, it's been 3 days now, and COA has not responded at all to my inquiry. I find that surprising and disappointing, but perhaps it just indicates a lack of interest by them on outside visitors eating there.

                                          1. re: JakeN
                                            Passadumkeg Jan 28, 2010 04:32 PM

                                            Phone 'em. They still can't be on break.

                                  3. re: Mainegal
                                    mainemal Jan 25, 2010 11:15 AM

                                    Second the motion on Mache Bistro. Here's my review from this past autumn: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/657122

                                    MacHe Bistro
                                    135 Cottage St, Bar Harbor, ME 04609

                                    1. re: mainemal
                                      disburg Feb 22, 2010 05:07 AM

                                      Nice place, but their website says they aren't open till April this year.

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