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About 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.

Please also note that this reservation is for the Reading Room. Our outdoor restaurant, the Terrace Grill, is a separate restaurant and does not accept reservations..

1 Newport Dr.
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Daily: 7:00am - 10:30am (April - October); Dinner: Nightly: 5:30pm - 9:30pm (April - November)

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(207) 288-3351

Website:
http://www.barharborinn.com/

Entertainment:
Live piano nightly from 6-10 p.m.

Parking Details:
valet parking available

Executive Chef:
Lou Kiefer

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
For special events please contact Nicole Wallace, Group Sales, at 207-288-3351 ext. 317. Thank you!

Reading Room Restaurant at The Bar Harbor Inn Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.0

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Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (28)
Good for Anniversaries (23)
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Romantic (21)
Special Occasion (19)
Good for a Date (19)
Live Music (12)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Notable Wine List (9)
Local Ingredients (9)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Cozy (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Authentic (4)
Bar Seating (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Healthy (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Seasonal (4)
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Fun (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
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Comfort Food (3)
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Business Meals (2)
Great Beer (2)
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Afternoon Tea (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
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·Dined on August 17, 2017

The Reading room is lovely location with a beautiful view. It may have been an "off" night for our waiter but it was over 10 minutes before we were acknowledged by him and another 15 before our drink order was taken. We had had the lobster bisque the night before in the lounge and it was superb; I decided on that experience to order the lobster pie. I was very disappointed as the lobster was so overdone that I only had a few bites.
I did decide to have a dessert and though my partner ordered a regular coffee I asked for the "reading room" coffee, a specialty, but delivered to me was a regular coffee. My partner asked for the correction to be made but of course I had finished my dessert by the time the coffee arrived.
My other comment has to to with the style of restaurant. I do understand these days that there are very few fine dining establishments, especially in resort vacation destinations, that require you to dress for dinner. Though most people were in nice resort clothing there were a few in far more casual attire meant for outdoor dining.
If I should travel to Bar Harbor again this restaurant would not be on my list to revisit.
V. Chase

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on August 17, 2017

The Reading room did an excellent job of taking care of my special surprise for my Wife's birthday. We arrived early and they put us right by the window with the view. the service, drinks, and meal was perfect. Bob the Piano player does an excellent job of entertaining a soft amount of music while you dine.
I highly recommend the Reading Room to anyone looking for fine dinning in Bar Harbor

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Seemed to use meat tenderizer on steak and fish overcooked.

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View
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 (New England)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Congratulations to the Staff and Managers of this classic gem. For over twenty years we have visited the Inn and dined at the Reading Room. Never fails to meet all our expectations and match our fond memories.

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Waterfront, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Savannah)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Awesome view, wonderful food, great selection. A less casual, more formal dinning atmosphere. Great service, with some very nice touches like a sorbet between courses to cleanse the palette. We celebrated our anniversary there and found it to be well worth the price. I gladly recommend the Reading Room.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Notable Wine List, Waterfront
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·Dined on August 15, 2017

Excellent service and wonderful food. The grand piano music was delightful!

Tags: Romantic, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View
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·Dined on August 14, 2017

The food, service, and atmosphere were all amazing. The view is spectacular and romantic--being able to watch the sunset as we ate dinner was a wonderful experience. The staff were all extremely accommodating and appeared genuine. Suzy (our server) was just so sweet. The food was absolutely delicious.

Tags: Waterfront, Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Live Music, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Definitely a 5 star restaurant. Had dinner with my wife on 8/13 . The manager seated us at lovely table right by the window overlooking the harbor which I had requested beforehand. It was a beautiful night and we both decided to have the speciality of the evening ,pan seared native Halibut with a lobster buerre blanc sauce which was superb. Our server Paula B did an outstanding job . The price was very fair for the ambience, food , and service . Must stop in Bar Harbor for a wonderful experience .

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·Dined on August 13, 2017

Outstanding food and ambiance. Service was excellent! Highly recommended.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Waterfront, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Live Music, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 13, 2017

We had a wonderful dinner in a beautiful setting over looking the harbor. Our service was excellent very attentive.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Although the ambiance was very pleasant, the food definitely fell flat – especially considering the price tag. While I don't necessarily regret eating here, I expected much more out of this restaurant. I was hoping the reviews about the food were wrong, but it is clear to me now that they are spot on. If you do choose to eat at the Reading Room, make sure to go before dark and you will not miss out on the beautiful view. To end on a positive note, the live pianist was fantastic.

Tags: Waterfront, Live Music, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Lovely views and generally good service. Good wine list. Main course took quite a while to come out and prime rib was medium when ordered rare.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Waterfront, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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 (Miami)·Dined on August 11, 2017

The setting was beautiful and this restaurant is probably one of the more formal ones in the area.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Organic, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Food was good but way overpriced compared to other near by places. Got a free meal because of a kitchen screw up.

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on August 10, 2017

The experience for the 10 of us our first night in Maine was fantastic. The wait staff, view, and food was the best. What a way to start a vacation. Thanks to all of you.

Tags: Waterfront, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Romantic, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 9, 2017

Beautiful place on the water. Lovely sunsets and sailboats. Good service. Swordfish was very dry. Lobster bisque hasd not one chunk of lobster in it. Onion soup was sooooo salty (and I love salt. ) My teenage daughter loved her pasta and veggies dish, which they made vegan on her request.

Tags: Waterfront, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Louisville)·Dined on August 8, 2017

My husband and I dined here based on the recommendations on this site. The restaurant is pretty, many bustling servers. Food was disappointing except for the Bruschetta. Mushroom appetizer, both pastas were fairly flavorless. Starter soup was a re-named minestrone. Coffee was first tepid; upon re-brewing, waaaay too strong. Maybe an off night, but otherwise dine less expensively and go out in town.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 7, 2017

We were looking forward to dining at the Reading Room. It was located on the water in Bar Harbor. Entering the dining room was great as a piano was being played and the view was magnificent of the harbor. However, that was really the highlight of the evening.

While those having meat dishes were satisfied, the fish was much less so. We needed to avoid a number of items due to a sensitivity and they seem to get it, but the fish was undercooked for the individual and had to be sent back to the kitchen. It came back and was still undercooked and smelled "fishy". The server suggested the lobster as a replacement (the rest of the party had nearly completed the main course) and even that was unsatisfactory as it tasted poorly. Service was less than ideal given the problems. We chose not to stay for desert.

I would return to the restaurant for the view but the food and service were lacking.

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View, Waterfront
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·Dined on August 6, 2017

Spectacular view. Classy service and great food. Many nice local seafood options and even a few excellent vegetarian options for my "friend".

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 5, 2017

A destination! Equal to Williamsburg Inn, Woodstock Inn and Inn at Little Washington. Would recommend to everyone that appreciates top of the line.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 4, 2017

OK, so this place is great if you are looking for a beautiful water view in a very nice hotel restaurant. We were celebrating our engagement anniversary (24 years ago) in Acadia and decided to give this place try. Good reviews so figured it would stand up to the rep. It totally does on the view and location - wonderful! The service was prompt, we were ushered to a corner table on the window - (a plus!) Our waitress was very attentive and friendly - no fault there. We did however feel a bit rushed. About 90 seconds after ordered, the salads were there. They were swept away and an intermettso placed down (a delicious sorbet). Barely had the spoon been set down after last bite and the dinners arrived. Not a minute to just have a few sips of wine between courses. Usually we are fairly fast eaters, but even my husband noticed a kind of "churn them in, churn them out" feel. Anyway, the food: the little amuse-bouche was yummy, the salad was very nice, not drowning in dressing. We both love fresh seafood and were hoping for some local fresh fish specials. Unfortunately we were disappointed as the only fish offered was salmon...then 3 lobster dishes. Anyway, we both got the Maine Lobster Pie which did have a great flavor to the dish - but the lobster we had at Side Street Cafe in our lobster roll was significantly more tender! The crumbs are just OK as a topping and end up forming a goo at the bottom of the ramekin by the end of the dish. The vegetables were a nice idea - but the carrots were basically crunchy while the delicate green beans a bit soft. The broccolini was OK but all were a bit bland. The little puff pastry thing stuck on top of the crumbs was terrible. Took one bite and set it aside. Unpleasant texture and no flavor. So not great meal - particularly for the price. We didn't have room for dessert - but they did have some very tempting options. Unbeatable view - great service - food doesn't measure up.

Tags: Special Occasion, Seasonal, Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Really like the restaurant. The service was great but with my appetizer Camembert in crust were berries that were behind serving. With my main course the carrots were not even cooked.
For a meal that is expensive please looke at de details.
De waitress we had was excellent.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 2, 2017

The setting is beautiful and we were fortunate to see a spectacular sunset. The food was a disappointment. The lobster bisque tasted like the melted cheese of a grilled cheddar sandwich-absolutely no flavor of lobster and no lobster meat. I doubt it had any in it. The scallops were rubbery and the salad had sat too long and was very soggy and wilted. The service was slow. And to top it all off, I was reported to Open Table as not honoring my reservation. Trust me, I wish I had cancelled this reservation.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Waterfront
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on August 1, 2017

Restaurant came close to being really great, but it was fairly average in our book. We were put in a corner table by the server's station when there were other tables with views available during the duration of our experience. The lobster didn't taste fresh, and the risotto was over cooked. Wine list wasn't very interesting. The views are great and the service was great. Nice place to sit and have a drink and take in the views, but we weren't impressed with the food.

Tags: Waterfront, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 29, 2017

We wanted to have a beautiful evening, our last one before flying home to NY tomorrow. So happy we were able to spend it here. Attentive and polite servers, our food was so delicious. I had the 1 1/2 lobster bake and my husband, the lobster pie. Wow! For an appetiser, we shared the sweet mussels in a light curry and coconut broth. My oh my! So good. And of course, the lovely sunset just added perfectly to the ambiance of our evening.

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·Dined on July 29, 2017

You obviously can not argue with the location or the view, but the wait staff and bar manager were crass, and the food including the special entree was poor, bland, and cold. Dinner occurred 7/28/17.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Food was average and came out cold. Waiter tried to overcharge us for two entrees we didn't order. Not close to the quality of food and service we enjoyed in Portland.

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 (Key West)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Clearly one of the nicer, more elegant restaurants in Bar Harbor. Lovely location and view. The pianist was quite good and added an upscale feel to the dining experience. The service was attentive and the lobster predictably delicious.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Waterfront
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·Dined on July 28, 2017

The venue and setting are very nice with a good ambiance. Appetizers were delicious as was the lobster bisque, but the main course of lobster pie and out-of-shell lobster left much to be desired. Desserts had good flavor, but were poorly executed. Wait staff was friendly.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 28, 2017

We came on family vacation and had a wonderful experience with Tonya. The martinis were phenomenal. The palate cleansers were great. Would recommend in bar harbor.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 26, 2017

Our wait staff was courteous and attentive. The views from the dining room are spectacular. Our salmon and filet mignon dinners were delicious. It was a very pleasant experience!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on July 26, 2017

Restaurant was one of the classiest I've ever experienced. Elegant. Food was wonderful, service impeccable.
The price level shown on OpenTable is on the low side for this restaurant, and should be adjusted up one additional dollar sign.

Tags: Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 25, 2017

Chose this restaurant as it was recommended in TripAdvisor for a "Best place for lobster". The lobster was available and as expected. The wait staff was friendly and kind. However, service was slower than expected with long periods of waiting, including the initial drink order and initial food order. Our waiter nearly made an expensive mistake that I caught, nearly serving a Chateau Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape Rouge instead of the Chateau Beaucastel Chateaneuf-de-Pape Blanc that was ordered (and with different numbers and different locations on the wine list). Also, the wines were listed without year, something I do not see with top end wine lists.

The view of Bar Harbor was wonderful, particularly at sunset. The maitre d' and wait staff were highly accommodating for our 2 sons (9 and 10 years old). That said, nearly all other tables were adults and given this scene on a Tuesday, I would probably go there without kids if we were to do it again or go elsewhere.

Bottom line, I would probably pick another place in Bar Harbor for a high end or a lobster dinner, unless I wanted that view.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 24, 2017

Great service and ambience but pretty mediocre food. Lobster was ok. Steaks were so overcooked they were inedible.

Tags: Business Meals, Seasonal, Waterfront, Romantic, Scenic View
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on July 23, 2017

We went to The Reading Room for our Anniversary dinner. The view is spectacular and we had a great evening. Our server was friendly and helpful but not overbearing. The only disappointment was the quality of the food. My wife ordered the veal special and I ordered the fish special but neither dish was something to rave about. The veal was dry and tough. The desserts were good. Go for the ambiance.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on July 23, 2017

The Inn does classic seafood items with class combined with excellent service. The views cannot be beat.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Waterfront, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Absolutely 100% recommend this place ! Service was amazing (Tonya) and the food I will be dreaming about for months . Go!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Scenic View, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 21, 2017

We were seated although we were early. The view from the seat by the window was beautiful. We enjoyed appetizers and dinner was timely. My only complaint was my steak was over cooked. Dessert was good.

Tags: Waterfront, Bar Seating, Scenic View
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Restaurant was lovely with a beautiful view all around. Loved that there are no cell phones in the dining room. The server was knowledgeable and attentive; answered questions and made great suggestions. The food was amazing. We were told that while in Maine, we had to try Lobster Pie so that's what we had. It was blueberry season, so we had Blueberry Pie for dessert. No regrets! Would recommend and would definitely return.

Tags: Good for a Date, Seasonal, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Casual, Good for Groups
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 (Denver)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Tired food/menu in a beautiful location. The chef must be phooong it in. Droopy, over cooked veggies, mass prepped hotel style food, tasteless and bland-- easily chewed for a retiring set who likes pomp and ritual without inspiration and spice.

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