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Side Street cafe

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49 Rodick St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1805
+1 207-801-2591
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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58 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We went to Bangor and Bar Harbor for my birthday and noticed this little place on our way back to our car to head home, so we decided to have a bite to eat there, it was a great decision! We only waited a few minutes before we were seated, cute restaurant and very upbeat and happy staff. Everything looked... More 

Thank abctravelers
Florida City, Florida
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32 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited BH via a cruise ship port stop and wanted a nice lunch after walking the path along the water. The Side Street cafe did not disappoint! We were quickly seated and ordered our drinks and a delicious bowl of clam chowder to start. My wife and I then split the 1/2 portion (plenty big) of the lobster mac... More 

Thank TicoLee
Pennington, New Jersey
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397 reviews
349 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Came here for lunch with my family after a day in Acadia National Park. It's a small space but we got a decent meal with me and my wife sharing the summer spinach salad. The kids had a mac n cheese and a kids burger. I had the tasty Old Soaker root beer from Maine and the rest had sodas... More 

Thank KidLove
Wellington, New Zealand
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23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went here for lunch with a large group without booking. They accommodated us all and did their best to meet all of our needs prioritising orders for those who needed to leave early. Everyone enjoyed the delicious food and fabulous service.

Thank 80Georgia
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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Bar Harbor as a port on a Canada/New England cruise. I live in the southern United States but grew up in New England. I always enjoyed a boiled or steamed lobster dinner and was excited to be able to order my favorite meal in Maine. The anticipation was matched by the perfectly prepared lobster I was served at... More 

Thank Susan A
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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61 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Loved the Side Street. The lobster stew is really lobster bisque and is delicious. We loved the Cesar salad with lobster, the Mac n cheese with lobster, and the quesadilla with lobster. Yum. Entrees are pricey, so go for appetizers, salads, and such. Hard to get table, small groups can jump on a deck spot which is much nicer to... More 

Thank Beth J
Quebec City, Canada
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When we were here in the summer we never got to eat at this restaurant because it was way too crowded. In October we decided to try again. I made a reservation and then they texted me when the table was ready. It was a rainy evening and was so nice to be inside this cozy restaurant. I had a... More 

Thank SophieDiva1
Austin, Texas
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great little side street stop for lunch. And yes, there were many locals there. The onion rings were the best we've had in many years.

Thank indubidibly
Poulsbo, Washington
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101 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We wanted a Bar Harbor experience and our first lobster roll. We chose the perfect spot. It was clearly a local hangout with a smattering of tourists, and they treated us wonderfully. The lobster roll was everything we hoped for, and the burger was also excellent. We can't wait to travel from the west coast to the east coast to... More 

Thank McSix
Frederick, Maryland
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19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

They service a lobster mac and cheese that is delicious. They have the usual selection of beer. Very informal, sit outside if you can get a seat.

Thank mscri

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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
Average prices
USD 8 - USD 25
American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 49 Rodick St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1805
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  DownEast and Acadia Maine  >  Mount Desert Island  >  Bar Harbor
  • Phone Number: +1 207-801-2591

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