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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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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good28%
  • Average12%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible2%
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“bistro steak” (14 reviews)
“baked brie” (18 reviews)
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American, Bar, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
231 Main St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1744
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Enjoyed eating outside on porch. Had lighter fare that included delicious mussels appetizers and salad and delicious chowder. Good service excellent blueberry pie. Thanks

Thank jad11111
Reviewed 6 days ago

Loved my French fries appetizer, despite the waiter's disapproval. Seafood risotto was exceptionally good. Hostess and waiter could use some more training in customer service.

Thank cdemurphy
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I ate dinner here a few days ago. The chowder was pretty good and the salad needed more dressing, but overall enjoyable. What I really appreciated was the service. All smiling faces and very polite! Loved our waitress!

Thank Westfall864
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Delicious food with a lot of local flare in a unique and quaint atmosphere, very close to downtown Bar Harbor. Highly recommend.

Thank Jeremy T
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Expected better from reviews. The lobster was soggy and tasteless. Perhaps because a soft lobster crab cakes tasteless. Pretzel and bacon wrapped scallops good. Waiter's service was very good. Sorry I would not recommend

Thank Marilyn A
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great dinner for a family. Desserts were stellar. Generous portion sizes, although the food was a bit salty. Kids dishes were mature & thoughtful. Wait staff was courteous. We booked a last minute table, so weren't able to sit outdoors, but the indoor decor/ambiance was...More

Thank AiyanaAC
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

From the street this restaurant does not look like much more then an outdoor eatery, but it actually has nice indoor seating as well on two levels. The atmosphere is cozy, the service excellent and the food is some of the best in town. I...More

Thank NOLANE208
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great outdoor patio and lovely music. The restaurant was in an old house. The food unfortunately wasn't as good as the atmosphere.

Thank Sandra T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Although this place has a limited menu, the food was fresh and delicious!! A little pricey but worth it. The homemade chips are delicious. It was nice to sit outside; the staff are very friendly and attentive.

Thank Debski95
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Food was great, service great and the atmosphere very friendly. Nice outside eating area as well. Inside there is a quaint bar too.

Thank Claudia M
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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
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
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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