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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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Punta Gorda, Florida
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153 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2015

I have wanted to eat at this restaurant for a long time, but each time we are in Boothbay Harbor the restaurant is full. Well, this visit we made it and am I glad. The food was excellent, wait staff friendly and attentive and the food was delicious. I got the shrimp, my husband got the grilled scallops. They came... More 

Thank edodge
Tutukaka, New Zealand
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88 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2015

Excellent food and friendly staff. Rustic and charming atmosphere. For seafood and meat eaters alike.

Thank Kathryn M
Oceanside, New York
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40 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2015

After a horrible experience at the Inn at Cuckolds Lighthouse we went to the Thistle Inn Restaurant based on a recommendation. The Inn is in a charming 19th century house, lots of wood beams and low ceilings. We ate outside where the service was lovely, and everyone took an interest in our well being after what had happened to us.... More 

1 Thank CBartholomew
Boothbay, Maine
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2015

The Thistle has a great bar, with an excellent pub menu and a great dining room(s) with excellent dinners. The ambiance is great and the staff very friendly. The chef is very creative and I highly recommend them !!

Thank Patricia G
Cosby, Tennessee
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497 reviews
406 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 332 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2015

We have been regular visitors to this idealic quaint village for the last 15 years. We decided to try the Thistle for the first time this year based on the good reviews on TA. The food was pretty good. The service lacked basic menu knowledge. We started with a shared order of the chef's mussel preparation of the day. Excellent... More 

Thank Richard F
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89 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2015 via mobile

Haven't eaten there in a while but when we did it was great. I think they got a new chef since so I don't know how it is now.

Thank Antone D
Garland, Texas
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186 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2015

Have not eaten here since 2002 but not sure why we skipped it. Food such as the Mussels was very good and had very good desserts and friendly wait staff. You can order off the Dinner menu as well as the pub menu for those who desire a little less food.

Thank Robert M
Nashua, NH
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2015

Whether you choose to eat in the restaurant or in their Dory Pub, you will be blown away by the everything-atmosphere, attentive wait staff, incredible food-the whole package in the heart of Boothbay Harbor. You must treat yourself to a relaxing dinner experience you won't forget!

Thank Louise H
Bangor, Maine
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31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2015

The first night we elected to dine in the pub where Paula enjoyed fish and chips; four large pieces of fresh cod and some amazing fries. I had a cheese burger which was topped with tiny, thin Tabasco flavored onion rings. The burger was perfectly prepared, although so thick I had to squish it to get it into my mouth.... More 

1 Thank DonHBangor_Maine
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30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2015

A jewel of a place to enjoy an excellent gourmet dinner. wonderful New England ambiance. great history in this place. love the place. Dinner was excellent, tasty and well price. i will recommended to all my friends.

3 Thank Drc1967

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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, Bar, Seafood
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Local cuisine
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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?