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Maine Dining Guide: Best of Bar Harbor, Maine Restaurants

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Bar Harbor, Maine is well known for its food scene. With its coastal location, Bar Harbor is known for its fresh seafood that is caught daily, especially the lobsters, right off the shores. The Bar Harbor Restaurants are plentiful with cuisines to suit every palate including Italian, Mexican, Asia, American and of course Seafood. I’ll include my favorite Bar Harbor, Maine Restaurants are we are frequent visitors to the area.

The majority of my recommendations for the best restaurants in Bar Harbor, Maine are located within walking distance of downtown, but I’ll also note a few that are located out of the main tourist area. I’ll not only mention the top restaurants in Bar Harbor, Maine, but also the best coffee shops, ice cream shops, places to buy local beer and wine as well as which restaurants serve the best lobster and restaurants that are open in the winter.

After a day exploring Acadia National Park, the surrounding towns of Northeast Harbor and boat tours out on the water, you’ll no doubt work up an appetite and the Bar Harbour Restaurants will be sure to satisfy. So without further ado, let’s explore the best of Bar Harbor, Maine Restaurants!

Best restaurants in Bar Harbor Maine

Best Restaurants Bar Harbor, Maine

I’ve included some of the best restaurants Bar Harbor as to offer with the address, hours (breakfast, lunch dinner) and recommendations for what to eat. If you click on the name of the restaurant you’ll be redirected to their website for additional information, if available. 

I’ve dined at each of these top restaurants in Bar Harbor, Maine on my repeat visits. Acadia is one of my favorite National Parks and Bar Harbor is the perfect jumping-off point to explore.

If you want to read more about what to do inside Acadia National Park, you can read my post by clicking this link.

1. Side Street Cafe (Bar Harbor)

Side Street Cafe Bar Harbor, Maine is one of the best restaurants in Bar Harbor.

The Side Street Cafe has something for everyone in this family-run cafe. The friendly staff serves sandwiches, soups and is one of the downtown Bar Harbor restaurants that is sure to impress. As its name suggests, it is on a side street just a few blocks from the main tourist area. This is where the locals dine and enjoy the island vibe!

Cuisine: American

Location: 49 Rodick St, Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Hours: Open for Lunch and Dinner from 11 am – 10 pm

Recommendations: BEST Lobster Rolls, Macaroni and Cheese, Blueberry Pie

Things to Note: Gluten-Free Options, Vegetarian Options, Indoor/Outdoor seating options, Popular- so make reservations or dine early/late.


2. Geddy’s (Bar Harbor)

Geddy's Restaurant in Bar Harbor, Maine.

Geddy’s is a family-friendly restaurant with a relaxed atmosphere (pub-style) and has been a staple in Bar Harbor for over 40 years. Located off the main street and near the town pier, Geddy’s serves a variety of fare including lobster, burgers, pizza, and fresh drinks. With a fun atmosphere and friendly staff, it’s another popular spot for locals and tourists.

Cuisine: American

Location:19 Main St, Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Hours: Open for Lunch and Dinner from 11 am – 9:30/10 pm

Recommendations: Pizza, Lobster Rolls, Blueberry pie

Things to Note: Vegetarian and Gluten-Free Friendly, tell the kids to color the menu for a free prize in the gift shop, store below has great souvenirs, organic produce.


3. Stewman’s Lobster Pound (Bar Harbor)

Stewman's Lobster Pound is one of the lobster restaurants in Bar Harbor Maine.

If you are looking for waterfront dining, then Stewman’s Lobster Pound is the place to visit. Its menu focuses mostly on seafood options, including their lobster bake with melted butter for dipping and a choice of side. They also have sandwiches, salads, burgers, and non-seafood fare. Open seasonally, this is the place to enjoy the surrounding harbor and the benefits of fresh seafood caught and delivery daily.

Cuisine: Seafood

Location: 35 West St, Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Hours: Open for Lunch and Dinner from 11 am – 9:30/10 pm (Memorial Day- End of October)

Recommendations: Lobster Experience: lobster, corn, clam chowder, mussels, and blueberry pie.

Things to Note: Outdoor seating with views, on the pricey side, large portions.


4. The Thirsty Whale Tavern

The Thirsty Whale Tavern is a great option if you are looking for a laid back place to enjoy some good food. The staff is friendly with quick service and the food is pub style and delicious. You can order the typical lobster dishes or switch things up with fried oysters, hearty sandwiches and a good drink from the bar. This spot also offers affordable prices.

Cuisine: Bar and Grill

Location: 40 Cottage St, Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Hours: Open for Lunch and Dinner from 11 am – 1 am (Open Year Round)

Recommendations: Fried pickles, fish sandwich, beers/local root beers, and fish & chips.

Things to Note: Large portions, fast service, kid-friendly with coloring sheets and crayons (just ask), and great local root beers. Vegetarian options (veggie burger).


5. Cafe This Way (Bar Harbor)

Cafe This Way is one of the best seafood restaurants in Bar Harbor Maine.

Looking for a great place for breakfast and locally sourced foods? Be sure to add Cafe This Way to your list of place to eat during your visit to Bar Harbor, Maine. The interior has a fun vibe with retro-tables, comfortable chairs, and funky decor. The restaurant prides itself as part casual and part gourmet with it’s international cuisine.

Cuisine: Cafe

Location: 14 Mt Desert St, Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Hours: Open for Breakfast from 7 am-11:30 pm (Mon-Sat) and Sunday from 8 am – 1 pm. Dinner is served from 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Recommendations: Breakfast: Kit’s Burrito, Egg’s Benedict, Blueberry pancakes, and corned beef hash.

Dinner: Fish cakes, fried brussel sprouts, cauliflower hummus, and fish cakes.

Things to Note: Vegetarian and Vegan options, kid’s menu, outdoor seating, gluten-free substitutes.


6. Trenton Lobster Pound (Trenton Bridge)

If you are looking for a traditional lobster pound, then head to Trenton where they’ve been cooking up delicious seafood for over 60 years. This is where you’ll find fresh seafood boiled over an open fire in large pots of saltwater. The restaurant is simple and the focus is on the food. Pick out the lobster of your choice and then sit back while it is cooked. The menu also includes clams, blueberry pie, sandwiches, and drinks. This is one of the top voted Bar Harbor seafood restaurants, so don’t miss it!

Trenton Bridge Lobster Pounds is one of the top restaurants in Bar Harbor Maine for its pick and steam Lobster!

Cuisine: Lobster Pound

Location: 1237 Bar Harbor Rd, Trenton, ME 04605

Hours:  Open in the Summer Mon – Sat, 8:00 am – 7:30 pm (Open Sunday on Holidays weekends)

Recommendations: Lobster and seafood!

Things to Note: Non-Seafood Option available: ham and cheese or peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Seating is outside (covered or uncovered).


7. Galyn’s (Bar Harbor)

Galyn’s Restuarant has been a staple in the Bar Harbor area for over 30 years. Located right off the main street in downtown Bar Harbor, it is an easy place to locate and pop into for a nice lunch or dinner. This family-run restaurant is housed in a building originally used as a boarding house for local sailors and now has two floors of dining space with views of Agamont Park.

Galyn's is one of the top restaurants in Bar Harbor, Maine.

Cuisine: Seafood Restaurant

Location: 17 Main St, Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Hours:  Open for Lunch and Dinner from 11 am- 10 pm.

Recommendations: Lobster tails, shrimp scampi, crab cakes, and filet mignon

Things to Note: Family run with gluten-free and vegetarian options. Sitting on the front porch is a great place to people-watch while you eat. Make reservations in the busy season.


8. West Street Cafe (Bar Harbor)

The West Street Cafe re-opened in 2018 with a beautiful new interior and a revamped menu. They are best known for their “Downeast Special” which includes 1 1/4 lbs of fresh Maine lobster, a cup of clam chowder, french fries, coleslaw and a slice of blueberry pie. Yum!

West St. Cafe Seaside Grill is near Acadia National Park. Restaurants are plentiful in Bar Harbor, 5 minutes from the National Park.

Cuisine: Seafood Restaurant

Location: 76 West St, Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Hours:  Open for Lunch and Dinner from 11 am- 8:30 pm.

Recommendations: Clam Chowder, Lobster, Fish Sandwiches, blueberry pie, and stuffed shrimp.

Things to Note: Early bird dining options between 11 am – 6 pm daily. Children’s menu is available.



Best Seafood Restaurants in Bar Harbor, Maine

Bar Harbor lobster restaurants.

Looking for the best Seafood Restaurants in Bar Harbor? With its coastal location, you can be assured that the seafood is fresh and often caught directly off the shore. The following restaurants are our favorites for their seafood options and fresh taste.

  • Trenton Bridge Lobster Pound– Fresh seafood, cooked to order with a focus on great seafood! One of the best lobster restaurants in Bar Harbor, Maine.
  • Side Street Cafe– Voted one of the best Bar Harbor lobster restaurants for their lobster rolls and lobster stew.
  • Galyn’s Restuarant– For a more upscale option with full lobsters and sides.

Bar Harbor Restaurants Open in Winter

There are a few restaurants in Bar Harbor Maine open in winter.

Not sure which restaurants in Bar Harbor, Maine are open in winter? The following restaurants are open year-round. Always be sure to check their website just in case they change their hours as some will still close in February/March.

  • Side Street Cafe
  • Geddy’s Bar and Grill
  • Siam Orchid
  • McKay’s Public House
  • Choco-Latte
  • Havana

Coffee, Tea, and Bakeries in Bar Harbor

Bar Harbour restaurants that serve the best coffee!

Mornings in Bar Harbor are a treat with some wonderful options for a delicious coffee, tea and sweet treat to start your day. During the busy season, you’ll often see lines forming out the door!

1. Choco-Latte (Bar Harbor)

Up early and looking for a place to grab a coffee and bagel or breakfast sandwich, then head over to Choco-Latte located just off the main street in downtown Bar Harbor. Known for its home-made bagels, delicious chocolates and baked goods sourced from nearby Mount Dessert Bakery (also on our list). They also have amazing coffee that is nitro infused to get your zip in the morning! Not a coffee drinker? The hot chocolate is divine!

Choco Latte Coffee Shop in Bar Harbor, Maine

Cuisine: Coffee Shop

Location: 240 Main St, Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Hours:  Open ALL day from 7 am – 8 pm (Off-season hours vary)

Recommendations: Hot chocolate options, choco-latte, breakfast sandwiches, and blueberry muffins.

Things to Note: Fun unique flavors like blueberry latte and pumpkin spice. It gets busy in the main tourist season, so get there early for a seat.

2. Coffee Hound Coffee Bar (Bar Harbor)

Specializing in hand-crafted specialty coffees from around the world, this coffee bar is sure to serve something to delight your palate. Need a bite to eat with your coffee or smoothie, they also serve crepes varying from savory (ham and cheese) to sweet (Nutella and powdered sugar). Yum!

Coffee Hound Coffee Bar in Bar Harbor, Maine

Cuisine: Coffee Shop

Location: 27 Main St B, Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Hours:  Open May-October from 7:30 am – 5:30 pm

Recommendations: Crepes, signature coffees (Acadian Turtle is my go-to), and lattes. Grab a blueberry to go pie on your way out.

Things to Note: Zero plastics- so enjoy those recyclable and compostable cups and straws! Check out their monthly coffee subscription service for amazing coffee delivered right to your door.

3. Mount Dessert Bakery (Bar Harbor)

A bit off the beaten path, but less than a mile away from the Main Street, you’ll find this Bakery oozing with delectable treats that are baked fresh daily. A family-run operation that prides itself on bread and pastries baked from scratch. So cozy up and enjoy a slow morning with coffee in one hand and a pastry in the other.

Mount Dessert Bakery in Bar Harbor, Maine

Cuisine: Bakery

Location: 122 Cottage St, Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Hours:  Open 7 am – 4 pm Monday-Friday, 8 am – 3 pm on Saturday, Closed Sundays

Recommendations: Everything! Seriously, you’ll have a hard time making a decision. Pick up a blueberry pie to share for later too!

Things to Note: Free wifi, friendly staff, and light lunch options.

Ice Cream and Sweets

Summer is the perfect time for ice cream and sweet treats. Downtown Bar Harbor has no shortage in places to grab a scoop, or a few candies to enjoy while you walk. With so many choices, I’ve narrowed down the best places to visit.

Best Ice cream in Bar Harbor, Maine

1. Ben & Bill’s Chocolate Emporium (Bar Harbor)

Do you have a bit of a sweet tooth? Indulge that sweet tooth and Ben and Bills. Handmade candies, fudge and ice cream will delight you. Are you daring enough to try the Lobster Ice Cream?

Best chocolate shops in Bar Harbor Maine

Cuisine: Candy Store

Location: 66 Main St, Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Hours:  Open daily 9 am – 11 pm

Recommendations: Blueberry ice cream in a chocolate-dipped waffle cone is always a favorite!

Things to Note: The place gets busy on the weekends, so wiggle in. A bit pricey, but large portions, so you might want to share a scoop. Sorbet options for those with lactose intolerance or vegans.

2. Mount Desert Island Ice Cream (Bar Harbor)

Another great ice cream shop to help melt away the summer sun. Perfect for enjoying while window shopping, lazing in nearby Village Green or sitting on a bench and people watching along Main Street. Made with real ingredients and made in small batches to keep the ice cream fresh and ready for you!

Mount Dessert Ice Cream in Bar Harbor, Maine

Cuisine: Ice Cream Shop

Location: 7 Firefly Ln, Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Hours:  Open Spring-Fall from 11 am – 9 pm. Summer hours a bit longer from 10 am – 11 pm.

Recommendations: Blueberry sour crumble is amazing! Crunchy caramel bits with smooth blueberry ice cream flavor. Another favorite is the Sweet Maine cream, yum!

Things to Note: There are multiple locations, but this recommendation is for the Firefly Lane location off Main Street. It’s a popular spot, so the line is often out the door. Lots of unique options, so open your mind and try them, but if the kids MUST have chocolate chip, you’ll be out of luck.

3. Jordan Pond Ice Cream & Fudge (Bar Harbor)

Delicious ice cream and fudge with free samples, need I say more? Located near Agamont Park and closest to the harbor, it’s a great spot to grab a sweet treat before lazing in the park to enjoy free music in the summer and watching the boats come and go from the harbor. Support a local business who has been around for over 80 years!

Jordan Pond Ice Cream in Bar Harbor, Maine

Cuisine: Ice Cream Shop

Location: 45 Main St, Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Hours:  Open Spring-Fall from 11 am – 9 pm.

Recommendations: Blueberry ice cream, coffee with heath bar, all creamy with a great texture. Ask for samples to decide.

Things to Note: No single scoops, but you can split a double into two cones. Classic and fun flavors to choose from.


Beer and Wine

Looking for a nice bottle of wine to enjoy at your Bed and Breakfast or Hotel? The following recommendations are places to grab a nice bottle of wine or beer during your visit to Bar Harbor.

Where to grab a nice bottle of wine or brewery to enjoy some beer in Bar Harbor, Maine.
Assorted Beers in a Flight Ready for Tasting

1. House Wine (Bar Harbor)

We loved this shop during our visit to Bar Harbor. On our second visit, our son was around 6 months and we wanted a nice bottle of wine with a cheese/charcuterie plate to enjoy after he fell asleep. House wine has a great selection of local, regional and international wines to suit every palate. They also offer beer, but no liquor. The staff is friendly and helpful in pairing your items together. They also offer wine tastings on select days, check their website for more details.

Cuisine: Wine and Beer Shop

Location: 227 Main St, Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Hours:  Open daily from 10 am – 9 pm.

Recommendations: Check out their local wines, the blueberry wine is delicious!

Things to Note: They are open early, so grab a cheese/meat platter to enjoy inside Acadia National Park or in the many green spaces scattered throughout Bar Harbor, Maine. They have a great 6 bottles for $60 deal!

2. Atlantic Brewing Midtown (Bar Harbor)

Do you have a beer lover in your family? Then don’t miss a visit to Atlantic Brewing Midtown in downtown Bar Harbor. They’ve been around for almost 30 years and have expanded quite a bit over the years with two locations in the Bar Harbor area. Check out their late afternoon tours (Knox Road location) or stop by their tasting room with samples. Then grab a few options to enjoy during your visit in their salesroom.

Cuisine: Brewery

Location: 52 Cottage St, Bar Harbor, ME 04609/ 15 Knox Rd, Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Hours:  Open daily from 11:30 am – 9 pm. Tours seasonally (Memorial Day- Mid-October) at 2 pm, 3 pm & 4 pm.

Recommendations: It depends on which type of beer you like, but be sure to try their local Blueberry Ale!

Things to Note: Take the 20-minute tour with 15-minute guided tasting (Knox Road location). Can’t make a tour time, stop by the tasting room to enjoy some samples or grab a few options to try in their store. Non-beer drinkers can enjoy blueberry soda and other specialties.

3. Bar Harbor Cellars (Bar Harbor)

Located about a 15-minute drive from downtown Bar Harbor, Bar Harbor Cellars is a winery ready to impress. For $6 you can pick up to 6 different wines to taste. Then after your tasting, you’ll be offered a free tasting of their Hard Cider using local apples. The blueberry wine makes a great gift.

Cuisine: Winery

Location: 854 ME-3, Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Hours:  Summer Hours: 10 am – 6 pm, shorter hours in the Spring and Fall from 10 am – 5 pm.

Recommendations: Be sure to try the blueberry wine! (Are you tired of blueberry everything yet?) Try the locally made chocolates for a great pairing with your wine.

Things to Note: Great pricing for tastings and you can $3 off if you buy 3 bottles. It’s a smaller winery, so get there early on busy weekends in the summer. We loved the friendly staff.


So that’s the round-up of the best Bar Harbor, Maine restaurants. Are you feeling as hungry as I am? I’m ready to hop a flight and head back up to Maine for another visit! Leave me a comment with your favorite restaurant from the list, or if I’ve missed one and need to try on my next trip. Happy to answer any questions. Happy Travels!

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