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McKay's Public House

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231 Main St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1744
+1 207-288-2002
17:00 - 23:00
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

One of few places open; stumbled on it accidentally, and was pleasantly surprised. Not many people there, so we sat at the bar. Fireplace in the dining room was very cozy & inviting. Foot was creative and well-prepared, including dessert. Good wine and beer & cider selection. Would highly recommend it.

Thank TravelerNewton_MA
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56 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We ate here for dinner in early September. The garden seating on a pleasant night is definitely the way to go. They had a fun beer selection to choose from. The food was perfectly fine; some dishes were better executed than others.

Thank Bibblet
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Had dinner here our first night in town, near the end of the season. Enjoyed sitting outside on the porch, but the propane heater behind us was too hot and too close for comfort. Would love to sit out in the garden on a beautiful day. Maybe next time!

Thank LizardSC
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22 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

I've been here before. Sat outside on lovely patio for lunch. This time inside on a chilly, rainy night upstairs at the cozy bar. Great cocktails, hearty delicious dinner and wonderful staff.

Thank Leslie B
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

Second stop on a rainy night!! Recommended stop here walked up street through the paths and found it!! Chris bartender makes a mean cocktail! A must stop!

Thank Ftlaud9876
Atlantic Beach, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

We started with a bottle of the plungerhead old vine Zinfandel paired with the local crab cakes and their version of a caprese salad made with heirloom tomatoes, balsamic reduction and chèvre goat cheese. The seafood risotto was recommended by our server Sarah and it was amazing! The roasted cauliflower soup and duo of beer salad also packed a great... More 

Thank Jennifer H
Gibsonia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

A recent fall evening brought us to dine outside at McKay’s.  The musician was playing soothing finger guitar and the slight breeze in the air was warmed by the propane heaters.  Matt M, our waiter, was friendly and got our initial drinks quickly. My husband ordered the fresh local oysters, which he said were super fresh and tasty.  He also... More 

Thank jen829
Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

We ate upstairs; had a nice atmosphere though a little dark and hard to read the menu. Everyone enjoyed their food and the service was pretty good considering how busy they were. I had the Blueshinetini and Seafood Risotto. Both were quite good as was the Baked Brie appetizer; I like the way it was served. The beet salad wasn't... More 

Thank tibber55
Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

This is more of a high end type restaurant. It's located in an old 1800's house with a large courtyard out front. Had the weather been better, it would have been a great experience to eat outside. August was our waiter and very informative and had a fun personality. We had a group of four that all ordered different dishes... More 

Thank WestwardBound54
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

Restaurant was very busy, but we were seated right away. We were given five menus. Waiter came over asking what we wanted, we said we needed more time, he seemed frustrated. We ordered wine and a beer, it took 15 minutes to get the beer. The salad and appetizer were good. I had lamb which was good, my wife's fish... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Seafood
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?