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Tugboat Inn Restaurant

80 Commercial St, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538-1770
+1 207-633-4434
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  • Excellent36%
  • Very good36%
  • Average18%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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“salad” (21 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Soups
$$ - $$$
80 Commercial St, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538-1770
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This place is just plain average. Nice views but nothing to distinguish this restaurant. I a man somewhat of a foodie and I a man sorry to say, we wasted a dining experience by dining here. They told use the lobster was a 1 1/4...More

Thank BVI_my_favorite
Reviewed 6 days ago

We had a pleasant first experience at the Tugboat Inn Restaurant on a recent Friday evening. This is a large restaurant just a short walk from the center of town. The dining room has a commanding review of the harbor which lends to a pleasant,...More

Thank Drivingmissmary
Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a wonderful lunch here. My husband said the chowder was excellent. The salad was great with fresh greens not iceberg. My Reuben was nicely done and great portions. The waitress was friendly and the service was excellent. Try it!

Thank Stephanie J
Reviewed 1 week ago

Good food, fresh lobster, boiled, sautéed , and bis. Coffee ok. Simple continental breakfast. Service friendly, and quick. Food and service great

Thank Okhobieman
Reviewed 1 week ago

What a surprise to find a place right across the street from where we were staying that had good food. Lobster bisque to die for as was my salmon. Wait staff could have been a bit better.

Thank hands34639
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The tugboat inn is right on the water in Boothbay Harbor. It has a great view of the harbor. The restaurant is built around a real tugboat which was placed on shore. But it is really just a tourist draw. The food and service at...More

Thank c2h5oh_1
BSS59, General Manager at Tugboat Inn Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review of our restaurant. We appreciate all of your detailed comments and will pass these along to our chef. We have updated our menus on the website, but will be sure to check that everything is accurate. We are...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We always enjoy the Tugboat and were glad they were open for our stay. We have had many family dinners here.

Thank Dave S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Tugboat has a unique building, great atmosphere right on the water, full bar/tavern. We had lobster rolls which were okay but a little bit toughMore

Thank deaconbluestraveller
BSS59, General Manager at Tugboat Inn Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed our restaurant. We are very sorry if the lobster roll seemed a bit tough - we know that fresh lobster tail meat is sometimes a bit chewy, however we will be sure...More

Reviewed 11 March 2017

The flavors you'll taste from their selections are pure heaven to your taste buds! This "total foodie" was in absolute heaven dining here for lunch with my sweet Hubby! The Apple Cheddar Salad with Maple Cider-Vinaigrette tastes like everything was just picked from an organic...More

Thank Donna S
Reviewed 18 February 2017

On a recent trip to this area we enjoyed lunch twice in their bright and airy dining room. One of our favorite spots for lobster rolls.

Thank Wheatontravelers
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Are you open for business as of the end of February?
26 February 2016|
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Response from Zwerbach | Reviewed this property |
we were there in October therefore I do not know about February. Better give them a call or look for another place, we were not satisfied with their service and food was just average.
Is it open daily now, or has the season not yet begun??
26 February 2016|
Response from BSS59 | Property representative |
Thank you for checking - our Inn opens for the season on Friday, April 22. Our Restaurant opens the following Friday, April 29.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 10 - USD 20
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Television, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 80 Commercial St, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538-1770
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Mid Coast Maine  >  Boothbay Harbor
  • Phone Number: +1 207-633-4434
  • E-mail