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Thistles Restaurant

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175 Exchange St, Ste 26, Bangor, ME 04401-6537
+1 207-945-5480
17:00 - 21:00
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Tue - Sat 17:00 - 21:00
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Bangor, Maine, USA
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55 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I went to Thistles last week with my two adult sons. As always the food and service were top notch. Thistles has long been my favorite restaurant in Bangor.

1 Thank Donald L
Bangor, Maine
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2014

Bangor, Maine is rapidly expanding its dining options, but Thistle's remains a constant as one of the more upscale restaurants in the city. Specializing in Latin American dishes and food and wines of Argentina, the menu has enough variety to satisfy everyone in your party, service is attentive and knowledgeable, and the food is typically well prepared. Maria Rave and... More 

Thank Colleen Cavell G
Bangor, Maine
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

My husband surprised me one night with reservations to "Thistles" which is my favorite restaurant Bangor. As usual, the experience was great! I am always happy with the food and the service.

Thank Gail B
Bangor, Maine
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58 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2014

Reservations are suggested. We did not have them that night however it was not a problem. Location can be hard to find if you are new to the town. Down the street from the judicial center. Don't expect a romantic view. Staff were friendly, good service, good food. Clean restaurant. There was a musician playing softly that night. Nice for... More 

1 Thank TRUANE9296
Bradley, Maine
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2014

I ordered the French onion soup. It was lacking in every way. I also had the Cuban scallops creole. The asparagus lacked color and was overcooked. The scallops were cooked okay, but the red pepper was overcooked and mushy. Service was ok. They did the best they could with our large party. The bathrooms are dirty and need updating.

2 Thank Littlestar52072
Scarborough, Maine
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2014

They ruined a double birthday celebration with a table of six when a gentleman wanted a fifth beer for dessert. Food was stuck together and overpriced as well. Don't plan a celebration here. Disgusting end to a nice celebration.

5 Thank Mikeosun
ThistlesRestaurant, Owner at Thistles Restaurant, responded to this review

According to the laws of the state of Maine "it is unlawful to sell or allow consumption of liquor to a visible intoxicated person, or allow an intoxicated person to remain on premise." We follow the laws here at Thistles and as the owner I am very proud of my staff for making the difficult decision of not serving you.... More 

Franklin, Tennessee
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24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2014

My wife and I recently visited Thistles for a Friday evening dinner. We were initially quite pleased with the ability to be seated without a reservation. Our first negative impression was the dated decor. It is "90's" in appearance BUT I must say that it is pleasantly clean and well maintained. The 90's look was complete with a live electric... More 

2 Thank Paul5688
Bangor, Maine
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2014

Absolutely Fabulous!! The friendly and knowledge wait staff, paired with a quiet, classy ambiance always makes for enjoyable evening. The Risotto Latino is unbeatable (and gluten free), along with the most tender Duck ever topped with their special Raspberry Mojo.. and don't forget about dessert; Tres Leches Cake & Banana Custard. YUM!

Thank TAllenRE
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12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2014

My wife and I have been to Thistles many times over the years. This is by far the worst experience I have ever had there. Our waitress mentioned after she brought our apps. to our table that 2 of the servers called in sick and this was on a Saturday night. Totally not her fault but why would we have... More 

2 Thank BangorME123
ThistlesRestaurant, Owner at Thistles Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your honest review and on behalf of the entire Thistles staff I want to apologies for your recent experience. Our goal is to make quality food that is consistent and offer incredible service. Signature elements that we failed to provide to you and your wife. I personally will work on your concerns and hope you will give... More 

Maine, USA
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60 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2014

We often eat here when we want a reliable upscale meal and are willing to pay the price for service, cloth napkins & tablecloths. Food is a combination of Mediterranean and South American (the proprietor is from Argentina.) Seafood & grilled meat choices have been memorable. Service is attentive, but can be slow if they are busy. Also a popular... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 175 Exchange St, Ste 26, Bangor, ME 04401-6537
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Bangor
  • Phone Number: +1 207-945-5480
For more than twelve years Thistles has been Bangor's premier international restaurant.

Located on Downtown Exchange Street in the Queen City, our restaurant has always possesed a special ambience but the newly completed rejuvenation in gorgeous modern decor makes us an even more special place to enjoy fine dining. Owned and operated by The Rave family, Thistles provides one of the best dining experiences in town.

At Thistles you will be introduced to a superb menu of cuisine that is truly global. Chef Alejandro's culinary talents include the ability to prepare gourmet ethnic dishes from around the world. Great recipes from Argentina, Colombia and other Latin American countries, Germany, Italy, Portugal and Spain are all part of his repertoire of culinary delights.

What are you waiting for? An international dining treat awaits all at THISTLES!

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?