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Reading Room Restaurant at The Bar Harbor Inn
Reading Room Restaurant at The Bar Harbor Inn

Reading Room Restaurant at The Bar Harbor Inn Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.barharborinn.com/
  • Phone: (207) 288-3351
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast: Daily: 7:00am - 10:30am (April - October); Dinner: Nightly: 5:30pm - 9:30pm (April - November)
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Lou Kiefer
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Live piano nightly from 6-10 p.m.
  • Special Events & Promotions: For special events please contact Nicole Wallace, Group Sales, at 207-288-3351 ext. 317. Thank you!

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: valet parking available
A word from Reading Room Restaurant at The Bar Harbor Inn
Refined pleasures await you in the Reading Room Restaurant. You will enjoy a dining experience where the delicious cuisine and attentive service are surpassed only by the breathtaking ocean view. Our menu includes fresh seafood, choice cuts of meat, daily specials and memorable desserts.

Please note that we are unable to guarantee window tables You can request a window and we will do our very best! Come join us and the nightly live entertainment of grand piano music which provides the perfect ambiance to the fine dining experience. Dinner is served nightly and the dress code is informal.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Food is consistently prepared and is very good, of course including many seafood options as well as meats. Presentation is excellent, service is personal and the view over Frenchman Bay is magnificent. We listened to live piano music while we dined in the evening and it was lovely. Prices are what you would expect for such an experience."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "We had dinner at the Reading Room to celebrate a special birthday during our vacation in Bar Harbor, and it was a highlight of the trip! The service was fantastic--our server seemed to anticipate our every need, the staff helped make the birthday cake a surprise, and the pianist burst into "Happy Birthday to You" just as the lighted cake came out. Thank you, Reading Room, for making someone's day!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "My love and I are on a New England Tour. We've been to Martha's Vineyard, Bar Harbor, Portsmouth, Gloucester and Boston. The Reading Room was outstanding in every way. Believe it or not it was not overly expensive, which we expected and well worth every penny. The highlight of our dining experience thus far."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "This was a lovely spot (the Reading Room) for a quiet dinner for two. The view was great of the harbor. The service was exceptional as was the food; the open lobster with all the work done in the kitchen was perfect for the more formal dinner. We noted the open patio below for the more casual dinner, and full lobsters, especially nice for families with kids as they could run around on the grounds between courses."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "This will probably be our most memorable restaurant on our Maine vacation. Everything was perfect. I easily modified our reservation on open table just a couple hours before it was to be because we were out longer than expected that day and needed more time to get ready for the evening. Service was pleasant and excellent. The views of the harbor through the panoramic windows were fantastic. The food was delicious. A piano player helped add a special note that Saturday evening. Delightful."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The dining room was wonderful. It made a very romantic spot for our anniversary. The food was decent. I had the special fish with apricot sauce, my husband had their chicken and that was delicious. Their sides were delicious and they had an extensive wine listing which was great."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "I wanted something special for our 44th wedding anniversary dinner. We had the filet mignon (melt in your mouth) and the sesame crusted tuna special (great flavor). Wine was waiting for us when we arrived (gift from my daughter). Our table by the window had a terrific view. Dessert (delicious chocolate torte for my wife and outstanding blueberry pie for me) was delivered with a candle in each while the pianist played our wedding song. The Reading Room made our special night that much more special."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "When my son-in-law, a world-traveler, said his clam chowder (a favorite) was the best he'd ever eaten, I knew we were off to a good start. It went uphill from there. My broiled haddock was truly a filet (not just a thin slab) and was also, the best ever. With the exception of the pastry decoration on my daughter's lobster (hard and tasteless) *everything* was superb. We recommended it to Maryland visitors the very next morning."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "We loved it and went back the second night. The view of the bay is wonderful. The food was great and a wonderful presentation. I wou.ld highly recommend the lobster pie"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "This is a wonderful place to dine. The service and food were perfect. For a lovely meal please find this restaurant superb"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "It is a hike but the inn is great and so is the restaurant"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We went there for my husbands birthday - the dining staff were very accommodating, I called ahead to ask if they have his favorite dessert, tiramisu on their menu. Since they don't normally, they made it for us as their dessert special of the nite. The food was incredible - dining staff were charming and friendly. However...our primary waiter (August was his name) was horrible. He was just downright cranky - he seemed like he was doing us a favor by being our waiter. It was a game by the end of the evening to see if I could make him smile (I couldn't). Everything else about the restaurant was superb, but August stressed out my husband on his birthday with his less-than-stellar attitude. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Our late dinner in the Reading Room was delightful. We had essentially the best table in the house to enjoy the evening sun, and sunset. Service was attentive, professional, and friendly. Our meals were consistently excellent - Maine lobster out of the shell and the rack of lamb in particular. Good wine list as well."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Nice views. Food okay but expensive. Asked to reserve front window table with 6 month notice but didn't get it."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "The food was excellent. We had a lovely evening for our special occasion."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Was hoping the food would be better. I enjoyed many other places while in bar harbor at similar price points - the reading room was by far the least favorite. Wish we would have repeated another restaurant. I wouldn't recommend this restaurant period. Everyone was friendly, but the food just wasn't up to the quality of other restaurants in the area."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "It's definitely a top ten on our list. Only bad part is we're 1,500 miles away but look forward to returning again someday. Everything was fantastic about this restaurant...menu, service, location, history, atmosphere, view, you name it. An outstanding place to have a romantic dinner that will melt in your mouth."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "Dining next to the ocean is an amazing experience. We ordered the lobster pie and haddock. The food is delicious and well-prepared. What I like most about the service is the attention to detail. Even though you only order the main course, they do those little things such as sample size complimentary chef choice and small sorbet to make it a very enjoyable evening."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Nice place with amazing views and great food. Can be a little pricey but well worth it!"
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "our hotel recommended this restaurant and I was quick to inform them of our great dining experience"
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "This restaurant was everything we expected. Being guests at the Bar Harbor Inn was an added bonus. The lobster was awesome and reasonably priced (cheap L.A. standards!!) "
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Great view, excellent meal, but the service and attention to detail took it over the top. Service without knowing they were even there, all needs meet and an overall excellent experience. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "After being in the BarHarbor area for a few days during the off season we chose the Reading Room to see the sunset. We couldn't have asked for more... Although the sunset wasn't very spectacular the food and music were. The service was efficient but a little stuffy. The Blueberry Martini was a real treat! Thanks for being open, we will return if ever in Bar Harbor again! "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "When you combine great food, a wonderful view and an outstanding waiter (Wayne), the results have to be very good. The Reading Room brought all these elements together two nights in a row. Definitely a place for that special occasion!"
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "Food was excellent, however, vegetables were cold. Service slow. That's great if in a group or a romantic couple, but I was solo and wanted to eat and get back to my room. "
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "Elegant, stunning view. Fine dining with very classy atmosphere. Service is great. We really felt pampered and special. Great choice if you want a break from the 'tourist' ambience everywhere else."
    Dined on 7/30/2013
  • "Chose this restaurant as it was one of the few seafood places still open in late October and my hotel gave a discount. It was a great meal, definitely more tasty than I expected for the moderate prices. The petit filet might have been the best beef I've ever had! Cooked perfectly, so tender, and minimally seasoned. I can still taste it if I close my eyes! Service was great and, yes, the view is beautiful. I arrived in time to catch the sunset. Would dine again for sure!"
    Dined on 10/29/2013
  • "We read a review in the New York Times online when looking for somewhere when we arrived in Bar Harbor. The dining room is nice and has views of the harbor/ocean. The choices on the menu & food itself were excellent - great starter, swordfish and blueberry pie! Good wine list. Service was attentive. Live piano music. Hotel has good bar and lounge area too."
    Dined on 10/14/2013
  • "lovely view, great ambience, very attentive staff, however the food when served the first night was almost cold, the soup was fine , the potatoes were miserable, cold and clumpy, lobster was luke warm , desert was terrific . The second night was a little better but the potatoes were still miserable."
    Dined on 10/28/2013
  • "We stayed in the greater Bar Harbor-Acadia NP area for a week and picked the Reading Room for our anniversary dinner. It did not disappoint and we had a wonderful meal there. The setting is gorgeous, the room is grand, and the service was outstanding. We enjoyed the organic field green salads followed by the Petite Fillet and Maine Lobster Tail. Th wild blueberry pie with ice cream was a wonderful way to finish the meal.The little touches like the complimentary cantaloupe appetizer, the sorbet between courses, the piano player, and the candles in our pie helped make this a memorable meal."
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "We had 7:30 reservations. We were not seated until close to 8. The food was basically thrown to us. We had barely finished our appetizer when the entrees appeared. Dessert was served with the check. Couldn't even get a second cup of coffee. Just a terrible experience."
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "My wife and I chose this venue for our 30th wedding Anniversary dinner. Such a historic place that dates back to the 1880's leaves you in wonder of all the gents and ladies who have celebrated special events there. Atmosphere is truly elegant. Costly? Yes, but, you don't get to dine in this grand a place every year!"
    Dined on 10/15/2013
  • "This dinner was our last night in Bar Harbor & what a wonderful place to spend it. Food, service & overall experience was fabulous! This was part of a package we had purchased at the Bar Harbor Grand Hotel and we are so glad we did that. Hope to return to Bar Harbor and will definitely return to the Reading Room!"
    Dined on 10/8/2013
  • "The Reading Room has a very nice selection of seafood, meat, and vegetarian dishes. The menu is a la carte so you are not locked into a big meal. My onion soup had the right amount of seasoning, not too salty, but had less cheese than I expected. My wife and I shared the baked haddock entree, which was excellent. The service and ambience were perfect, and the live piano music was pleasant. We would definitely eat here again, and recommend it to others."
    Dined on 10/14/2013
  • "first time there. outstanding experience. tremendous menu. we will be back next time in Bar Harbor."
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "We celebrated my wife's 70th birthday at the reading room, and as always, the atmosphere, food and the service was in keeping with past dining experiences at the BH Inn,...... Wonderful!!! In addition, the beautiful Fall weather and the peak foliage made our week along the coast of Maine and the Bar Harbor area a special memory maker!!!!!"
    Dined on 10/10/2013
  • "Could not have asked for a better experience. Excellent food, excellent service, fantastic view."
    Dined on 10/7/2013
  • "We loved our dinner here. Everything was top notch - the food, the service, the wine list, the acoustics, the live piano music. Lobster bisque and the asparagus strudel were great starters. For entrees, we ordered surf 'n turf and the special of the night, sole stuffed with lobster. Everything was great."
    Dined on 9/30/2013
  • "We have only dined at dinner time. The food has always been delicious and the presentation outstanding. The service is top notch and the piano entertainment added just the right touch to a great evening."
    Dined on 9/28/2013
  • "We had a fabulous dinner to go along with the fabulous view."
    Dined on 9/26/2013