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The Thistle Inn Restaurant

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55 Oak St, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538-1818
+1 207-633-3541
17:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Pearl River, New York
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was our first time to the Thistle Inn. Apparently it has new management. The food and atmosphere were great. The night before we visited, there was a crowd of people waiting outside before they opened. We knew it had to be good...and it was!

Thank Jan C
East Boothbay, Maine, United States
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25 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The new ownership is spot on now. They had some food timing issues in the launch period, but it appears they have fixed it. The food, service and upbeat vibe is right on.This young couple is doing an excellent job of providing the community with a top rated restaurant in Boothbay Harbor. Quaint, cozy, a varied menu and a new... More 

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Boothbay Harbor, Maine
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Thistle Inn and Restaurant is soon to be a new triumph in the community of Boothbay Harbor. The elegant atmosphere and city style dining is not to be missed. The menu offers many local and house favorites that are prepared and cooked to perfection. Some favorites such as the grilled Cesar salad, and french onion soup are delicious. For dinner,... More 

Thank Traveltosucceed
Midcoast Maine
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148 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

Years ago the Thistle Inn was mediocre and that's what I remembered. But very recently it is in the hands of bright young couple and we were told it was excellent. After visiting the Gardens Aglow at the Botanical Garden, we drove to the Thistle. Parked up, of course, and we were glad we had a reservation, for though it... More 

Thank sacrebleu62
Boothbay, ME
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016 via mobile

Having recently changed hands, my wife and I were eager to return to the Thistle. The atmosphere at this restaurant is cozy and unique. We love dining in the pub, and at the Dory Bar, in particular. Bartenders Kathleen and Melissa take great care of patrons, and Melissa's cocktails are top shelf (for me, an Old Fashioned). We shared the... More 

Thank Jon8400
Derry, New Hampshire
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

My wife and I stayed at the Inn. The new owners had just taken over both the inn and the restaurant. Our stay at the inn was comfortable and the dinner was absolutely superb. We had mussels and scallops that were as good as we have ever had. The wine list was extremely good and all the servers were knowledgeable.... More 

Thank George K
Southport, Maine
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

The Thistle Inn Restaurant is under new management/ownership and are getting accolades from locals. We've eaten there three times in the last couple weeks and had great meals every time, They have an excellent dinner menu or you can order from their pub menu (or eat in their pub) - all at reasonable prices. I've had a burger and fries... More 

Thank beej22
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016

On 8/11/16 my in-laws took us (7 altogether) out to eat. Our waitress was very pleasant, and the appetizers arrived reasonably quickly. After we moved inside (mosquitoes) we waited nearly 2 hours for the rest of the meal. Our waitress was embarrassed by the wait, but only after we inquired. After the food finally arrived, we were disappointed by the... More 

2 Thank Michael W
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67 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016

Fabulous dining experience. Probably best place to eat in all of Boothbay Harbor. Meal was absolutely delish!

Thank Owl90
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381 reviews
280 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016

We returned for our second meal here of the summer and were disappointed both with the food and the service. Haddock and lobster in pastry were both overcooked. Our waitress may have been new or she was having an off night, but she seemed rushed, only brought bread halfway through the meal, and then after offering to do separate checks... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$30
American, Seafood
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
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
The Thistle Inn is the perfect mix of fine cuisine and casual fare. We use only the freshest ingredients and everything is home made, including salad dressings, fresh baked breads and desserts. The best way to describe our food is an eclectic mix of American cuisine with a hint of international flavors. We let the availability of local produce and seafood influence the menu.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?