Reading Room Restaurant at The Bar Harbor Inn

4.6
1196 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
- The Reading Room Restaurant is indoor dining. Reservations recommended.
(- Terrace Grille is a separate restaurant - outdoor dining. Does not take reservations.)

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. (please note that we are unable to guarantee window tables).
Our menu includes fresh seafood, choice cuts of meat, daily specials and memorable desserts. 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1196 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Overpriced food for unfortunately poor service. Only thing worthy of a 5 star are the crab cakes. Was recommended to us. Very overpriced and underwhelming.

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AnneMarie
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Our waitress started off distracted and inattentive but we noticed a toddler had fallen off his chair. Once she regrouped, the service was as wonderful as the food. Morgan, Maryellen, Lee and the “piano man” definitely added to the experience

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Never a disappointment! Great service, delicious meal and ambiance is so relaxing and romantic. Live pianist is always there also!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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simscity
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Well, I dont recall her name but the server was one of the best we have ever had!
food was good - we forgot it got dark so there was no exterior view when we were there.
a guy was playing the piano and that was pleasant. Overall, I am glad we went!

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MikeW
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great view, live piano player, good service, food was OK

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great bartender, great server, live piano music. Had great views and a great time.

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AmandaB
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was amazing!! We loved the piano player. It's so great to have live music like that. Our waitress and all staff were amazing!

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vipPyxedust
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant for a really nice dinner. Located in a hotel right downtown Bar Harbor on the water. We had great service. The Lobster a good size and the meat was sweet and moist. The sea bass was cooked excellent. Decadent deserts.

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vipYummy
Orlando
20 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We had great service, Maryellen and other staff were attentive, gave great suggestions, timed everything to be served well, and very personable. I had seen previous reviews stating service wasn't great and maybe a bit rude. No one was rude, maybe sort of straight to the point which might come off as a bit blunt but we didn't see an issue with it. And it certainly didn't lessen the capabilities of providing great service. We spent a couple hours here and really enjoyed the pianist (acoustics were great) and atmosphere, the windows and little library nook were lovely, and we explored the lobby a bit afterwards. The wall art they had up was really neat with some old coins and notes, newspaper clippings, etc. The food was good, not the best we've had but overall still delicious. Oysters and the bloody mary mignonette were wonderful! Scallop appetizer was really good- cooked perfectly and seasoned well except I didn't love the puree it came with. A bit sweet for my taste. The side greens in the cheese tuile cup were a nice accompaniment. We ordered the lamb which was also cooked perfectly and seasoned well. I wish they had cut off the bottom a little more since they were very connected by bone and it was difficult to cut through to separate the chops. But the sauce was really nice, it came with garlic potatoes instead of the cheddar potatoes as listed on the menu but I preferred the garlic either way. Good sized portion of everything including the veggies. Veggies were a bit under seasoned but still tasty and cooked well. The filet mignon and lobster tail were also cooked perfectly and seasoned well. Good drink selection. Oh and the blueberry sorbet as a palate cleanser between apps and entrees was HEAVEN. Would go back just for a cup of it. Unfortunately, we don't know the source of the sorbet even though we asked. If anyone knows, please share! We were too full to have dessert but everything sounded great.

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cwvoigt
New England
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Reading Room is about the only place that we feel safe inside a restaurant. Ventilation is good, ceilings are high, and tables are spaced nicely. The service and the food is excellent.

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Mike
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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JerseyMom
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in Bar Harbor to celebrate our 30th anniversary. Cathy was so accommodating when we needed to add our friends to the reservation. Our waitress was friendly and funny! Food was delicious and served promptly. Highly recommend!

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vipLeeroimay
New England
43 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our meals. Great service. Delicious food. Great experience overall. We shared our main course for a small upcharge the kitchen did split our surf and turf and it was perfect!

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Mike
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Poor service. Rack of lamb and filet were average at best. Wedding food.

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vipJulieD
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Food was excellent - especially the beet salad and the bouillabaisse! Desserts were average. Our server was very nice and attentive!

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vipMDannaher
New England
17 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful!! Food was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the Reading Rooms ambiance and the live piano music. The food and service were great with gorgeous views

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vipAliH
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly staff. Live music. Gorgeous view.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Husband and I ate here one night as part of our honeymoon; hostess and servers were all so sweet and took great care of us!! Our food was delicious and came promptly. There was lovely live piano music as well. When we ordered dessert, “Happy Honeymoon” was written in chocolate on the plate and our server even took a picture of us :) We look forward to coming back!!

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viptmm222
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fantastic!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The absolute best food we had while we visited bar harbor and we went to all recommended restaurants and highly rated restaurants while there.
The Reading Room was so much better than all of them. Highly recommend!

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Beth
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go to Bar Harbor at least once every year and we always spend one evening at the Reading Room. It is very special with a wonderful view of sunset over the bay. We love the piano. The food and service is always first rate.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful, except no decent decanter for our nice bottle of wine.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful Restaurant!

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timh
Naples
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and piano music

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lorik
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience5

beautiful view, lovely ambiance but the duck breast was fatty and overcooked.
i was so looking forward to this dinner but overall was a bit disappointing especailly for the price. my husband had the lobster bisque which was the smallest cup of soup i have ever seen with a large crouton in the center to take up even more space from the small amount of bisque. i would give the quality of food 2 stars.

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vipVictoriaWatson
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I came here with 6 members of my family and my now husband after we eloped in Acadia. What a wonderful dining experience! It was perfect for our needs, and we felt treated with such attention and excellence all evening. To cap it all off; there was even a live pianist who played the song that was supposed to be our first dance 🥰

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Randy
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Our first time at the Reading Room Restaurant. Overall it was a good experience, and this may be a bit picky, but you need to train your staff that at these prices, this is a dinning experience, not Applebee's. Before we were even comfortable in our seats, our wait person tried to take our drink and our entrée order together, never mind an appetizer. Then again another attempt before our pre dinner drinks arrived, it wasn't very busy, so what is the rush? Then when dinner was finished, a reminder (from us) that we might want dessert or a coffee, then a long wait for the check at the end. As I said, this may be picky, but this is a fine dinning establishment and it just didn't feel like one. It was also my wife's birthday, but no one picked up on that, or even asked why we selected the Reading Room Restaurant for dinner. This was a lost opportunity to build future return business.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Reading Room is always wonderful. The atmosphere is elegant, the food delicious and the staff attentive. We make sure we eat here when traveling to Acadia and Bar Harbour. Wouldn’t miss it!

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vipMarkB
Detroit
11 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent venue. Always enjoy the service, ambiance and food!

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vipjstabile
New England
17 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Everything was excellent except the hostess. We arrived early and the bar was full. She told us to wait in the lobby AND THAT SHE WOULD COME AND GET US. We waited until 15 minutes after our reservation and when I went to check there were numerous tables available. I pointed out that we had been waiting for her and she just shrugged. An apology would have been appropriate.

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GeneM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience2

The food and service were great. I had the surf and turf for $42 which was the best I have ever had. Also had the lobster bisque...exceptional. The piano player added to the pleasant atmosphere. Only mild criticism I have is it is very bright in there. All white walls and white table clothes and bright chandelier and lighting. Could have toned that down a bit. Highly recommended!.

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vipMaryP
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant, delicious food, attentive waitstaff. Thoroughly enjoyable experience

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vipRobK
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant with the best view. Enjoyed our surf and turf

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JenniferS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I celebrated with a beautiful meal at the Reading Room. We enjoyed the surf and turf which was excellent. The filet was cooked perfectly and the lobster tail was great. There was a pianist that evening with nice dinner music that lifted the spirit. I highly recommend this place.

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MarkN
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made reservations for a nice dinner for our family and was not disappointed. The food was great (Of course we had lobster) and generous proportions. The service was impecable and the atmosphere was very nice but not stuffy. I loved the piano! A wonderful evening.

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vipFrank
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had wonderful live piano and striking views of the bay that just accentuated the great food and service

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DonnieE
Savannah
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. Food was fabulous but overpriced but worth it.

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vipShellyK
14 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Not worth it. So many better spots in BH.

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Reading Room Restaurant at The Bar Harbor Inn is rated 4.6 stars by 1196 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.