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The Thistle Inn Restaurant

55 Oak St, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538-1818
+1 207-633-3541
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good28%
  • Average7%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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American, Bar, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
55 Oak St, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538-1818
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We had a very good dinner with friends. Unfortunately we did not eat on the deck outside which has been described as quite an experience in other reviews. Service was very good and unobtrusive. My lazy lobster was just OK - the lobster was overcooked...More

Thank capec0dtraveler
Reviewed 6 days ago

Two long time employees of this very good restaurant got together and made it better than ever. The restaurant was full, service was fast and very efficient, food was fantastic. We hadn't been here in quite some time because of earlier management changes. We'll be...More

Thank Dave B
Reviewed 6 days ago

First time visiting since new owners. It was wonderful, delicious so good!! Had the lobster pasta special the sauce was to die for. The service was perfect (Thank You Igor) We are local so we can go anytime!

Thank Deb B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Last evening in Boothbay Harbor we decided to come here for our final dinner out. What a great place..cocktails are half price for happy hour for 2 hours! Great menu really nice choices and prices are great. The food presentation was amazing, and it tasted...More

Thank abenvie
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our meal was wonderful! If the weather is nice, make sure you eat on the deck. It's so pretty and they turn on the string lights in the evening. Located in the downtown area so it's an easy walk from most places in Boothbay.

Thank AtlantaHappyTraveler
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We ate at the Thistle Inn one night during our stay in Booth Bay. Hands down the best meal we had. You must, must get the lazy lobster. It was amazing. I'm still thinking about the lobster meat socked in butter and the lemon risotto....More

2  Thank mandmort
Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I sat at the bar for a couple drinks during happy hour. Good beer selection, and the staff and customers were very chatty and made us feel welcome. The bar's design is very cool - it is crafted from an old wooden...More

Thank 439design
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Ate at the bar. bartender was very nice and the food was good. The bar was full, but we had no trouble getting excellent service. Arugula salad was a little "tart", but still good. Flatbread pizza was a bit spicy. Still... an enjoyable experience.

Thank Barb T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My mother and I ate a wonderful dinner at The Thistle Inn Restaurant when in Boothbay last month. We were personally turned off by all of the massive, tourist-filled restaurants that lined the harbor in Boothbay. We were looking for high-quality food, a nice bottle...More

Thank serendipity789
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have eaten here a few times on our trips to Boothbay The food and service is much better under new ownership This time I had two delicious appetizers Knowing the portions were generous Reservations recommended but often walk ins can he accommodated The only...More

Thank 1955brit
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22 July 2016|
Response from 290JohnT290 | Reviewed this property |
Should be on its website.
10 July 2016|
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Response from SovereignSage | Reviewed this property |
Sadly, it is all closed until someone leases it. Would be a great turn key for manager who knows how to treat staff well.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$30
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Romantic
Open Hours
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 55 Oak St, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538-1818
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Mid Coast Maine  >  Boothbay Harbor
  • Phone Number: +1 207-633-3541
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A piece of authentic Maine history, The Thistle Inn still stands as a place to gather and celebrate what makes life all the more worth living: great food, great company, and a home away from home. Originally built in 1861 for a prominent sea captain, our restaurant and Inn embody the unique period character of Maine’s past, with updated fixtures for modern comfort. From our seaside favorites to our world-class wine list, our menu is an exploration of classic coastal cuisine prepared with nature’s freshest ingredients. Guests looking to extend their visit will find six different lodging options at their fingertips, and the best of Boothbay Harbor just a short walk from their quarters. Whether it’s a meal that brings you to us, or an escape to our quaint Inn, we invite you to relax, stay awhile, and soak up some true downeast hospitality.
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