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The Thistle Inn Restaurant

55 Oak St, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538-1818
+1 207-633-3541
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good27%
  • Average7%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“lemon risotto” (5 reviews)
“cheese curds” (3 reviews)
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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 13 June 2017 via mobile

Our family of 6 including a baby had dinner here during our trip to Boothbay Harbor. It is a step back in time to a rustic, quaint Sea Captain's house turned Into an Inn/Restaurant. It has several cozy dining rooms with a chef that makes...More

Thank 144lori
Reviewed 5 June 2017

The Thistle Inn restaurant was sold and is under new management as of this year. We have gone to the restaurant for years under several different owners and liked it very much until the past few years. We actually gave up on it a couple...More

Thank Eileen H
Reviewed 23 May 2017

No matter what season it is I would advise making reservations for dinner! Excellently prepared American dinner cuisine accompanied by fine cocktails and wines. The clientele is a mix of out of towners and year round residential regulars. Everyone is pleasant (waitstaff is very warm)...More

Thank Christopher M
Reviewed 17 May 2017

To my understanding, the restaurant is under new management. I would highly suggest reservations. The dining room was extremely cozy and the bar is amazing. The food portions are large, and well worth the money. I will definitely dine there again!

Thank littlebettyjr
Reviewed 16 May 2017

The food is good, the service is completely uncoordinated. 15 minutes for even a hello, no explanation of the specials, disappearing waitress (where DOES she go???) and worst of all a long wait to get the asked for bill and run the credit card. This...More

Thank island04575
Reviewed 14 May 2017

Meal was great, atmosphere was low lights and tableclothes. Really good service and music in the bar.

Thank Dave S
Reviewed 10 May 2017 via mobile

Was looking forward to dining here because of its great reputation. Service was horrible Overheard the boss was out of town. Food actually was pretty good We had steak,lobster,and scallops All not awful but not worth the abuse of wait staff I won't subject myself...More

Thank Philroberts1945
Reviewed 27 April 2017

Great menu with New England classics and imaginative daily specials. There is a wonderful pub there as well with a less formal menu for those who want lighter fare or who are in a hurry. Cute bar top made of an old dory. Not a...More

Thank Asquam
Reviewed 20 April 2017

We've just spent a week around Easter in Boothbay Harbor. The whole area was just coming out of hibernation - so many places were still closed. We were lucky to find The Thistle Inn on our first night and just loved it. The place was...More

Thank Hampt0n
Reviewed 18 April 2017

The food was undeniable perfectly prepared! My husband had the pork tenderloin that in his words was superb. I had the seared scallops with risotto that was creamy and delightful. We like it here so much we made the effort to return the next day...More

Thank toby5229
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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, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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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