Mount Desert Island Restaurants

  • Enjoy your sandwich at a picnic table
    Enjoy your sandwich at a picnic table
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  • Pick up a portable lunch to enjoy on the water
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  • MDI is at the end of a row of businesses
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Best Rated Restaurants in Mount Desert Island

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    Cafe This Way: In Bar Harbor

    by TempNomad Written Aug 13, 2006

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    We were wandering about and saw a sign for Cafe This Way and decided to go for it. It was a lovely place! The service was a little slow due to a very large, difficult table in our section, but the servers were all very friendly and brought us our drinks and bread/spread quickly.

    The menu is great for vegetarians and meat/fish lovers. It's not focused on seafood only, so it might be nice for a break from lobster and steamers. The atmosphere is relaxed, funky, and romantic for dinner. It's also child-friendly, and has accomodations for groups.

    Favorite Dish: I really liked my salad with fruits and cheeses and a delicious dressing. We also loved the spread they brought out. The flavors are wonderful.

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    Mount Desert Island Ice Cream: Ice Cream with a twist

    by TempNomad Updated Aug 20, 2006

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    MDI is at the end of a row of businesses

    Lots of exceptional and creative flavors. There are tons of places to go for ice cream right in Bar Harbor, but we chose this place because it looked a little off-center. The flavors had ale, caramels, kahlua, and lots of fun combinations. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. The staff was very friendly, and they allow tastes.

    Favorite Dish: I had something called Bucketful of (something) - and it was amazing. I just can't remember what it was full of because there was so much. So good!!

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    Michelle's Brown Bag Cafe: Brown Bag It or Eat In

    by TempNomad Written Aug 13, 2006

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    Pick up a portable lunch to enjoy on the water

    We wanted to get something to go and eat in Bar Harbor's central Green, so we figured this was the perfect choice. Michelle's has GREAT sandwiches and a fabulous gazpacho. Loads of things to choose from including basics like chicken salad and turkey breast to lobster salad. The condiments range from simple cheeses to sweet pickled red onion and homemade herbed stuffing. You can also order salads. For kids (or simple palates) there is PB&J or Grilled Cheese. Paninis also grace the menu. Very affordable and absolutely delicious! You can eat in or take out. Taking sandwiches to the water and watching the boats is something I wish we'd thought to do also!

    Weekdays: 10 AM - 4 PM
    Fri/Sat: 10 AM - 8 PM

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    Mother's Kitchen: Real Good Food - REALLY!

    by TempNomad Written Aug 13, 2006

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    Enjoy your sandwich at a picnic table

    Need a break from seafood and crowded downtown restaurants while on MDI? Mother's Kitchen ROCKS. You can take out the sandwiches, or eat at one of the two/three picnic tables just outside. It's only open until 2 PM, so get there quick!

    They make their own bread and the sandwiches were truly the best I've had in a LONG time. Lots of comfort food (meatloaf sandwich, honey-baked ham) and lots of healthy and not-so healthy choices for vegetarians. There are yummy homemade pies, cookies, cakes, and scones to choose from as well. It's tiny, wonderful, and very friendly.

    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

    Favorite Dish: I had the egg salad with capers and lettuce on anadama bread. Mmmmm.

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    Reel Pizza: Pizza and a Movie

    by TempNomad Written Aug 13, 2006

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    Pretty Unique, I think. Order a pizza and eat it while watching an Art film or a first run movie. There's quite a selection of movies and pizzas here. The schedule changes every few days, so check on it. While we were there, they were playing Pirates of the Caribbean and An Inconvenient Truth.

    It opens at 4:30, and there is a parking lot, but it was full whenever I saw it. Check the schedule at: www.reelpizza.com

    Film info: 207 288 3811
    Takeout/office: 207 288 3828

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    Thurston's Lobster Pound: Best Lobster!

    by turtlebella Written Jun 28, 2007

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    Thurston's has the best lobster on the island, and probably the best in Maine! It's a bit off the beaten path but well worth it. Located in Bernard it's on the harbor (Bass Harbor) of a proper working, lobstering town. The restaurant is dockside so you can watch lobster boats come and go, and the general bustle of the harbor. The lobster is fresh fresh fresh, you pick out your own lobster, cooked to order. They also have clams and various non-seafood items to eat. Their sides- especially blueberry cake- are super yummy.

    The place is very simple, paper plates and whatnot, but they do sever beer and wine. You eat on their covered/screeed porch, so bring a sweater as it might get on the chilly side in the evening. They close at 8.30 so be sure to get out there and enjoy a fabulous lobster dinner!

    Favorite Dish: That would be the lobster. You can't go wrong. It's the best lobster I've ever had!

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    Mache Bistro: Sophistication in Bar Harbor

    by turtlebella Written Jul 22, 2007

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    Mache Bistro is a tiny place in Bar Harbor. While the vast majority of Bar Harbor restaurants are touristy type places, Mache Bistro is a far different place. The food and atmosphere are casually elegant, a little bit of sophistication in the middle of vacation tourism land. The decor is whimsical modern. Tables are all made of copper and the water glasses are mismatched and there are funky cool lights and sconces. The food is more or less American posh, with a bit of Italian and French tossed in, using lots of fresh ingredients. They focus on using local, organic produce and meats. The wine list is lovely and they have local beers too.

    Favorite Dish: The menus changes, depending on the season and what is available locally. Every time I've gone they've had some version of a pavlova for dessert, with local, fresh fruit. YUM!

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    Havana: Cuban in Bar Harbor

    by turtlebella Written Jul 22, 2007

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    First off, they have an astounding wine list, apparently they've been written up in the wine media, so I guess it isn't surprising. They also have some yummy cocktails-- mojitos, caiprinhas, etc. We quite enjoyed what I would call the Cuban/American/Latin American fusion food- I had an Argentinian style steak sandwich which was quite tasty and my husband had filet mignon that came with purple potatoes in a gratin style. For desert we had local ice cream- from MDI Ice Cream, which was a nice end to the meal. Havana makes a point of using local produce and meats. Reservations are suggested.

    Favorite Dish: My mojito was scrumptious!

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    Trenton Bridge Lobster Pound: Lobster Pound

    by TempNomad Written Aug 13, 2006

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    So, there are tons to choose from, and we love Thurston's in Bernard, but I have to put in a word for the Trenton Bridge Lobster Pound. It's on Route 3, just before crossing over to MDI - it's on your right on the way to the Island.

    There are the BEST crab sandwiches here. No, not rolls, sandwiches. They cost $12, but they are twice the size of rolls anywhere else. And SO GOOD. The Lobster stew also rocked, as did the clam chowder. From what I hear, the Lobsters were pretty great too.

    Apparently, you can order lobster on-line and have it shipped. Certified Maine Lobster. :)

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    Pat's Pizza: Maine Pizza Chain

    by TempNomad Written Aug 13, 2006

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    So being from NYC, the pizza doesn't impress me. However, Pat's is kind of an institution and the one in Ellsworth has a great deck. If you went to the LL Bean outlet in Ellsworth and worked up an appetite, this might just be the place to go. There is a huge selection of toppings, as well as typical italian dinners, subs, and appetizers. The servers are friendly, and while it was very busy when we picked up pizzas, I'd still go back to try out the deck. They open daily at 11 AM.

    Favorite Dish: They have single size pizzas as well as large pizzas. You can call ahead to have it ready.

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    Havana: Great meals

    by Pat_and_Al Written Dec 23, 2004

    Havana serves very high quality food with a Caribbean/latin flair. They have a great wine list, good service, and a nice atmosphere.

    Favorite Dish: The pork chops are to die for. They change their menu frequently, but it's always good.

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    Mainely Meat: Bar-b-cue and Brew - made right there!

    by LostViking Updated Apr 4, 2011

    "Mainely Meat" as its name implies, is no place for namby-pamby veggie fascists - its all about mounds of barbecued delights served within spitting distance of Mt. Desert's very own Atlantic Brewing Company brewery.

    Not a place for those who frown on paper plates and beer served in the bottle - like God intended. You are just as likely to share a picnic table with a Motorcycle gang as you are to be sitting next to a Rockefeller "slumming it". Classic Rock is played over the speakers as you enjoy an evening outside (remember the insect repellent!).
    The attraction is the food: Burgers, Sausage, Ribs and anything else your carnivorous heart could ask for.
    This is a local’s place that most tourists will never be lucky enough to discover - only you and yours thanks to VT!

    Before eating, walk over to the brewery and ask about a tour or visit their great gift shop.

    Favorite Dish: My personal favorite is the Italian Sausage, which is divine! The Baked Beans on the side are a classic - a little spicy for some, but really good.

    There is more on your plate than you can probably eat, but who cares? This is American Barbecue and overindulgence is the order of the day.

    Wash it all down with a wonderful Summer, Blueberry or Real Ale made right next door.
    Have a "Bar Harbor Bar" for dessert...trust me on that one!

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