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The Thistle Inn Restaurant

55 Oak St, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538-1818
+1 207-633-3541
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good27%
  • Average6%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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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 1 week ago

As locals, we have been to The Thistle many times, and keep going back. We usually try to make it to "Happy Hour" in the tavern, then stay for dinner. Other times we reserve a table in the dining room...and I would definitely try to...More

Thank Ken D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent local restaurant with fresh seafood and meat dishes, attentive service and a great bar. Restaurant also has a very nice selection of wines. Daily specials are always very good.

Thank william r
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The atmosphere was so cozy. It was a chilly night and we were seated in a rustic section of the barn next to a heater with a roaring fire. My husband and I both started off with the French Onion Soup...delicious. We both ordered the...More

Thank BandS2005
Reviewed 5 February 2018

It is a treat to dine at the Thistle Inn. They off lunch and dinners with an eclectic menu. There is a cosy pub with a wide variety of pub grub style things and, generally, good beers, though lately missing. Their spaghetti squash is wonderfully...More

Thank clamcove
Reviewed 29 January 2018

Food and service are some of the best in town. This is one of the places we always go to each visit to Boothbay Harbor. One of the few places open in January!

Thank Meredith P
Reviewed 29 January 2018 via mobile

Just visited Boothbay Harbor and had the pleasure of dinner at the thistle inn. The food is always delicious and creative! One of our favorite spots in Boothbay.

Thank TrixieHick
Reviewed 15 January 2018

We went in the other day for lunch. Two women came in with a dog! Now, this is a wonderful establishment, but we had to leave, explaining to our waitstaff the reasons.Dogs, except for real Service Dogs do not belong in restaurants! Some people are...More

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Reviewed 3 January 2018

We went here with friends and it was delightful. It was an old Irish pub with lots of history but lots of warmth too. They just loved it as well. The food was very good and we all enjoyed ourselves immensely.

Thank beth190
Reviewed 31 December 2017

We visited The Thistle Inn on a -5 degree night and were welcomed by a cozy, warm gas fireplace and friendly faces. Each of the three in our party ordered something different on the menu - the salmon pasta special of the evening, a pork...More

Thank PLR1227
Reviewed 30 December 2017

This was a wonderful place to stay after viewing the Gardens Aglow event at the Botanical Gardens. The temperatures outside were below zero, but the staff and cozy accommodations easily warmed our spirits. We enjoyed a great meal and drinks in the attached restaurant/bar. Our...More

Thank swissmiss408
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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
USD 7 - USD 30
Dinner, Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 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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