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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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“lemon risotto” (5 reviews)
“baked haddock” (8 reviews)
American, Bar, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
55 Oak St, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538-1818
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Reviewed 27 July 2017

Awesome colonial tavern environment in an historic inn. The fish and chips was an excellent compliment to the colonial tavern ambiance.

Thank Steve G
Reviewed 25 July 2017 via mobile

We are pleased to report that under new ownership, the Thistle is back to being a very good place to dine! On a rainy night, their back room with its old-fashioned wooden booths is cozy and comfortable. We enjoyed our grilled Caesar salads and were...More

Thank Bi-coaster
Reviewed 21 July 2017

My wife and I really enjoyed this place, The atmosphere is very cozy and the food was great. Prices were very fair. The lazy lobster was outstanding. Be sure to have a reservation since it can get crowded.

Thank Patrick P
Reviewed 21 July 2017

Had delightful dinner on the patio. Food was outstanding and the service was excellent. Had steak and Lobster and a delicious chocolate dessert...Highly recommend.

Thank Glen F
Reviewed 20 July 2017

My husband and our mothers ate here two weeks ago and enjoyed everything about it. My husband is a chef & was very impressed with our entire experience. The restaurant is quaint and fitting for the area. Ben was our server and he was fantastic.

Thank Anne C
Reviewed 16 July 2017

Charming ambiance in a lovely Maine house. Each small dining area has a warmth of it's own. Loved the food and the service. Went with my family for a birthday dinner and we all agreed it was a do over!

Thank Dianne K
Reviewed 11 July 2017

Having made reservations, we were very disappointed to be seat in a booth that was so very tight that I felt like I was right on top of my food. After asking if there was alternate seating we were told no that the restaurant was...More

Thank FoodFan2911
Reviewed 10 July 2017

Had dinner for the first time at the Thistle Inn and loved it! Was wondering if there would be many menu options since we don't eat beef, pork, or lamb. There were! The baked haddock was EXCELLENT!! It came on a bed of jasmine rice...More

Thank M C
Reviewed 9 July 2017

We ate here with two other couples and thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. We understand that the ownership had changed I it seemed that the food was better than a couple of years ago. I actually had a salad and an appetizer and they were plenty...More

Thank Robert M
Reviewed 5 July 2017 via mobile

We have been coming to BB for several years and this time we decided it was time to try the Thistle Inn for dinner. Overall, the meal was ok and the service was fine. My only complaint was the atmosphere and scenery, which was minimal...More

Thank MikeRochester
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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
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Romantic
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
  • E-mail
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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