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Reading Room

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7 Newport Dr, Bar Harbor Inn, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1898
+1 800-248-3351
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07:00 - 10:30
17:30 - 21:00
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Pennsylvania
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259 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Came here for a special dining experience. Loved it so much we came back for breakfast. The breakfast was the meal of a lifetime! Eating Lobster Eggs Benedict was looking over Frenchman Bay!!! A little pricy but the view makes it worthwhile!

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Thank Woodsylady
New Hampshire
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had an Amazing dinner, the food was delicious, the setting is Gorgeous and full of history, the server was great!! Very expensive but it was well worth it! Will come back!

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Thank Chary74
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

The food was so good, the view was beautiful, and the staff was accommodating while answering the same questions that I'm sure they're asked all day every day (namely, when do I need to arrive to sit by a window). Would go back if we go to Bar Harbor again.

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Thank Dorothy M
NicoleBHI, Director of Sales at Reading Room, responded to this review

Dear Dorothy L, Thank you for choosing the Reading Room Restaurant and sharing your kind words about your meal with us. We are delighted to learn that you enjoyed the food, view and accommodating staff during your visit. We hope to see you the next time you return to Bar Harbor. Warm Regards, Nicole Richardson Sales & Marketing Director More 

Bar Harbor, Maine, United States
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

I've been to the reading room a number of times and absolutely love everything about it. The quality of food is among the best in Bar Harbor, with some absolutely breath taking views of Frenchman Bay. I've only ever ordered the lobster pie as the main entree and would recommend this over and over and over again.

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Thank Ron W
NicoleBHI, Director of Sales at Reading Room, responded to this review

Dear Ron W, Thank you for sharing your positive feedback on your dining experiences at the Reading Room Restaurant. We are so pleased to learn that you rank us among the "Best in Bar Harbor" and have enjoyed your meals with us. We look forward to seeing you soon for an evening of beautiful views and lobster pie! Warm Regards,... More 

Valparaiso, Indiana
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129 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

My husband and I decided to spend our last evening in Bar Harbor at the Reading Room. Great decision! The food, atmosphere, view...all perfect! While not a cheap meal...it was worth every penny! This will go down as a foodie memory...lobster pot pie...I mean...where else can you get that and have it taste so good?! If you will be in... More 

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NicoleBHI, Director of Sales at Reading Room, responded to this review

Dear JodiDanTravel, Thank you for taking the time to share your dining experience at the Reading Room Restaurant. The lobster pie is definitely a favorite dish and one not to be missed when visiting us! We are honored to be a perfect foodie memory for you and hope to see you the next time you visit Bar Harbor. Warm Regards,... More 

Littleton, Colorado
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6 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

I love their lobster bisque! The food is so yummy and presented in a enticing way. We had both dinner and breakfast there. The breakfast buffet is wonder and you can get an omelete made to order.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016 via mobile

After looking around town for somewhere that I could have steak and my fiancé could have lobster this seemed to be the best (and probably most expensive) option. It was the most delicious meal that we had during our trip both of our meals were perfect and worth the money. We only ate in the bar as the restaurant was... More 

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Thank 80Georgia
midwest usa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

We read some nice reviews and had our selection narrowed down to the Reading Room and one other restaurant. We settled on Reading Room. We were seated by the window but it was dark, so we weren't fully able to enjoy the view but enjoyed being seated along the edge of the room. The dining room was gorgeous. Our server... More 

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Stratford, Connecticut
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

everything about this place was very appealing. the atmosphere, food, service, location, hostess, everything just perfect. had the surf and turf mom had the lobster saute the best she has ever had. would recommend this restaurant to anyone who is looking for a great night out in bar harbor.

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Orlando
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128 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

We happened to be in town for our anniversary, so we searched out a "special occasion" place for dinner. This was as stuffy and uncomfortable as you'd expect for a grand old hotel. We were the youngest people in the room (and we're eligible for AARP). Most diners, I assume, were from the cruise ships. The gentleman playing the piano... More 

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Management response:

Dear Orlandoroadtrip, Thank you for your feedback regarding your recent visit with us. We are disappointed that you did not enjoy your meal and will take your comments into consideration as we are always looking for ways to improve our guests’ experience. We hope you will give us another chance to impress you on your next visit. Warm Regards, Nicole... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$37
Cuisine
American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Groups, Romantic, View, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
07:00 - 10:30
17:30 - 21:00
Monday
07:00 - 10:30
17:30 - 21:00
Tuesday
07:00 - 10:30
17:30 - 21:00
Wednesday
07:00 - 10:30
17:30 - 21:00
Thursday
07:00 - 10:30
17:30 - 21:00
Friday
07:00 - 10:30
17:30 - 21:00
Saturday
07:00 - 10:30
17:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7 Newport Dr, Bar Harbor Inn, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1898
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  DownEast and Acadia Maine  >  Mount Desert Island  >  Bar Harbor
  • Phone Number: +1 800-248-3351
Description
Refined pleasures await you in the Reading Room Restaurant. You will enjoy a dining experience where the delicious cuisine and attentive service are surpassed only by the breathtaking ocean view. Our menu includes fresh seafood, choice cuts of meat, daily specials and memorable desserts. Please note that we are unable to guarantee window tables You can request a window and we will do our very best! Come join us and the nightly live entertainment of grand piano music which provides the perfect ambiance to the fine dining experience. Dinner is served nightly and the dress code is informal.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?