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
Hulls Cv, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
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.
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.
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)
367 Bar Harbor Road
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
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.
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.
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".
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Arbor Vine in Blue Hill was open and excellent. Had Duck 3 Ways.
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.
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.
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.
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.