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Claremont Road, Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04679
+1 207-244-5036
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Nantucket, MA
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3 reviews
Reviewed 1 September 2015

So incredibly pleased with the service, food, selection, view. Everything was top notch! Coming from Nantucket, we were pleasantly surprised by the very reasonable prices too! Our dinner was incredibly romantic, I believe the staff could tell how happy we were and they respectfully allowed us all the time we wanted to enjoy our appetizers, dinners and 2 desserts (I'm... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 August 2015

The Claremont's flagship restaurant is named " Xanthus," which is also the first name of the Civil War artist whose painting of this hotel hangs on the wall in the hotel's parlor. The staff is more laid back nowadays than it was in the late nineteenth century when the hotel welcomed its first guests. I noticed that hotel guests swinging... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2015

This was one of our worst dining experiences ever! When we arrived to check in (we were staying at the hotel for the 3rd time) the hostess seemed confused, Apparently, she had checked in another group under our reservation. We were left standing at the desk as she went over to check on this table, Not sure why that was... More 

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3 reviews
Reviewed 7 August 2015 via mobile

We only visited for dinner to celebrate our silver wedding anniversary whilst on holiday in the U.S. (staying in SW Harbor at the time) Food was fabulous (I had the tab, scallops and chocolate soufflé ) All perfectly cooked and the magical setting overlooking the water is perfect. Definitely worth a visit.

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washington dc
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31 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 August 2015

This is an excellent restaurant choice even if you are not staying at the Claremont. Delicious and elegant.

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Thank elizapen
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 July 2015 via mobile

The atmosphere was beautiful the service was excellent the food was superb. The prices were a little high but well worth it. I would recommend this to anyone looking to go out for a special meal.

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Colorado
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119 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 184 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 July 2015

Touring Mt. Desert Island, we stopped for a light lunch here. We selected an outside table, no umbrella. That turned out okay, the day was cool, but I strongly recommend waiting for a table with an umbrella. We tried the clam chowder and a Cuban sandwich. Both were quote good. Service makes huge difference and our Bulgarian waitress was just... More 

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684 reviews
403 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 478 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 July 2015

We went out with friends who live in the area. This is a comfortable but classy dining experience in an historic inn. Very well-priced for the quality. We had a variety of starters and main courses, and each was very good. There is talent in the kitchen, whether you order one of the more traditional preparations (e.g. grilled swordfish or... More 

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1 Thank Mme_X
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37 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 July 2015

We stopped here for cocktails to enjoy the view and quiet on a Monday night. Restaurant was packed and seemed lovely for a date night, but alas we had our three kids with us. Service was a little slow to get drinks on the porch- but it was a Monday so probably under staffed. View is gorgeous and we managed... More 

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New England
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255 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2015

This restaurant has an amazing view of the water and is a nice place to dine. The menu is nice. I had fish and it was delicious. My husband ordered steak and the waitress (who was apparently having a bad night) brought him out the same dish I had ordered. She gave some excuse as to why she was having... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
USD 8 - USD 40
Cuisine
American
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Parking Available
Good for
Groups, Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
18:00 - 21:00
Monday
18:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
18:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
18:00 - 21:00
Thursday
18:00 - 21:00
Friday
18:00 - 21:00
Saturday
18:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Claremont Road, Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04679
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  DownEast and Acadia Maine  >  Mount Desert Island  >  Southwest Harbor
  • Phone Number: +1 207-244-5036
Description
Each table in Xanthus boasts a view of Acadia's mountains, Somes Sound, and the outer islands of Frenchman's Bay. A buffet breakfast and dinner are served daily when the hotel is open. The new hotel bar, which features an atrium skylight and detailed woodwork, is a popular setting for pre- dinner cocktails. Evening dinner service includes candlelit tables, linen, fresh flowers and attentive service. The menu changes regularly and features thoughtful regional cuisine using the finest local ingredients, fresh seafood and organic produce. Our wine list is carefully selected and offers interesting wines from around the world, both by the bottle and the glass. In keeping with the setting, appropriate attire is requested in the evening, and while jackets are not required, they are suggested.

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