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Claremont Road, Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04679
+1 207-244-5036
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good25%
  • Average6%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible3%
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“swordfish” (7 reviews)
“gelato” (2 reviews)
“salad” (2 reviews)
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Claremont Road, Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04679
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Reviewed 10 October 2017

We loved our dinner at Xanthus. It was quiet and not very full, which we loved as Bar Harbor can be so over-crowded. Our Swordfish and Haddock were great, as was our locally-sourced heirloom tomato salad! Pricing wasn't cheap, but for how regal it was,...More

Thank Eric K
Reviewed 9 October 2017

I love this place and always look forward to having a wonderful dinner there when I am in Southwest Harbor. Writing this review is extremely painful for me.This time I arrived at my usual 7:15 and strangely the place was empty. Usually it is filled...More

Thank Catskillperson
Reviewed 6 September 2017

Food is upscale and very good. Not as good as some local farm to table restaurants. But you won't be disappointed.

Thank KRBSilverSpring
Reviewed 21 July 2017

I love good food when it is served correctly. My "rack" of lamb consisted of one chop plus a part [small] of another. All the other racks of lamb I have had, had at least 4 chops in the rack! If I wanted a [1]...More

1  Thank Brewster45
Reviewed 23 May 2017

This is a place for special occasion dining. GOod American standard items well prepared. BEautiful setting.

Thank Helene T
Reviewed 13 October 2016

Everything was wonderful. The food was as expected, just wonderful. The service was impeccable. Great experience.

Thank Catskillperson
Reviewed 10 October 2016

I went out with my girlfriends for a night out. We picked Xanthus as none of us had ever been there before. The lovely dining room manager, Melissa, showed us to our table right away and we had an ocean view. I had the panzanella...More

Thank MicheleinMaine12
Reviewed 19 September 2016

The evening waitstaff was fantastic. The breakfast waitstaff needs intensive training in customer service and manners.

Thank Scarlett422
Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

Beautiful scenic waterfront dining. Ordered BLT sandwich, which would have been perfect if they had blotted the fat off the bacon. It was too greasy. Skimped on tomatoe. But it was on wonderful bread. With this great flavored mayo. Waitress got our drink order wrong....More

Thank My Info W
Reviewed 18 August 2016

We ate at Xanthus three times this summer. The food is outstanding; the service is pleasant; the views from the dining room are spectacular. This is among the very finest places to eat on Mt Desert Island. In addition to dinner, we also enjoyed an...More

Thank ralphn442
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Restaurant Details

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  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$40
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Parking Available, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Claremont Road, Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04679
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  DownEast and Acadia Maine  >  Mount Desert Island  >  Southwest Harbor
  • Phone Number: +1 207-244-5036
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Each table in Xanthus boasts a view of Acadia's mountains, Somes Sound, and the outer islands of Frenchman's Bay. A buffet breakfast and dinner are served daily when the hotel is open. The new hotel bar, which features an atrium skylight and detailed woodwork, is a popular setting for pre- dinner cocktails. Evening dinner service includes candlelit tables, linen, fresh flowers and attentive service. The menu changes regularly and features thoughtful regional cuisine using the finest local ingredients, fresh seafood and organic produce. Our wine list is carefully selected and offers interesting wines from around the world, both by the bottle and the glass. In keeping with the setting, appropriate attire is requested in the evening, and while jackets are not required, they are suggested.
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