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McKay's Public House

231 Main St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1744
+1 207-288-2002
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Overview
  • Excellent52%
  • Very good28%
  • Average12%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“seafood risotto” (95 reviews)
“salad” (101 reviews)
“bistro steak” (14 reviews)
Closed
All hours
CUISINES
American, Bar, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
231 Main St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1744
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1 - 10 of 1,184 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have high expectations when we go out to eat, especially for our bday bash. McKay’s did not disappoint. No reservations, no problem. We waited out our 30 minutes in the cozy upstairs bar, with a perfect martini for me and a perfectly chilled local...More

Thank Carol P
Reviewed 1 week ago

We found this place while walking through Bar Harbor on a cold rainy evening and it turned out to be a good choice. The building seems to be an historic public house. We were seated promptly, without reservations, in a small room with just a...More

Thank Linda W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ate outside so I can't offer much commentary on the inside, but it was lovely with the heaters to sit outside and enjoy Bar Harbor. The food was excellent and while we were there as a family this is a good place for couples....More

Thank TLH61293
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had dinner one evening during our stay in Bar Harbor. They have a lovely outdoor seating area, but it was too cool for us, so we dined inside in the pub atmosphere. The service was excellent and the food very good. Would recommend for...More

Thank kateted
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have been to Bar Harbor more than a dozen times, but we just discovered McKay's. On a night when we had no reservation and found it too chilly to sit outside even under a heat lamp, we were happy to get a snug table...More

Thank Birdwalk48
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Having read the reviews and seen the menu online, we were pleasantly surprised. We made a reservation and were seated withing 10 minutes of our time, which was fine considering how busy they were. The menu is creative and well executed. We had the seafood...More

Thank HereAtLast
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

So good I went two nights in a row and if my trip had been longer I would have returned again. Great variety on the menu, lovely setting and good people.

Thank I4380KSjenniferd
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant was conveniently located a short walk from my motel. The outside seating has a great atmosphere and heaters. But over all the food was average. Had oysters for an appetizer, very large and tasty. For my main course lobster carbonara, great but felt...More

Thank Heykris89
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The food was just OK, way over priced and the waiter was VERY snooty! My husband's lobster was good, but nothing out of the ordinary. Can't believe we wasted time and money here.

Thank Crystal N
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We happened upon this place when walking down the shore path, and I thought it looked so nice with the fire heater outside that I asked my husband if we could just go sit and have a glass of wine. We ended up loving it...More

Thank Alli M
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Questions & Answers
TravelingKramers
2 September 2017|
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Response from Marsha T | Reviewed this property |
If it's summertime, you definitely should have reservations, especially if it's a nice night and you want to sit outside in their patio.
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Alice H
9 August 2016|
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Response from Diana W | Reviewed this property |
It is definitely not a lobster shack. I have no idea where that other woman got that idea from. HA HA!! They do not offer early bird specials. It is a delicious restaurant in a great location. Highly recommend.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 231 Main St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1744
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  DownEast and Acadia Maine  >  Mount Desert Island  >  Bar Harbor
  • Phone Number: +1 207-288-2002
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Description
McKay's will be closed October 29th-November 7th.

Our November schedule will be Wednesday- Saturday, open at 5 PM.

We will be closed on Thanksgiving
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