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It's fresh, spicy, crunchy, divine! Pile some of the excellent cole slaw on top and you've got a sandwich you'll crave the next day!
This one of my favorite restaurants downtown BH and this IS my favorite fish sandwich anywhere! The fish is flaky, the blackened seasoning has a delicious kick, the bun is poofy, and it is always piping hot out of the kitchen! I usually pair it with their NEClam Chowder for a perfect meal!
The BEST fried clams anywhere. Period. We visited on our honeymoon and have been back to Bar Harbor every year since, making at least 2 or 3 trips to the Thristy Whale on each trip.
I've been to the Thirsty Whale several times and I always get the blackened fish sandwich! I can't help it, it's consistently delicious. I've also introduced the blackened fish (also available on a salad) to many happy friends and family. I also love the atmosphere of the restaurant and great location downtown.
This was by far the most amazing fish sandwich I've ever had. Service is always phenomenal anytime we visit. My husband and I love this place!!
Fried Pickles, Best Clam Chowder in Town and awesome Blackened Haddock Sandwich. This place never disappoints. Great Pub atmosphere and friendly servers. You can't do better.
Excellent chili--and with the jalapeños--wow! Wonderful cool weather dish. Thanks.
The whale salad with the blackened salmon and the creamy onion salad dressing is my favorite! Add a smutty nose and life couldn't be better!
Waitress was phenomenal. She was so kind and accommodating! As tourists, we were hoping for a great lobster roll and clam chowder experience and you did not disappoint. Thank you!
Tuna Salad Sandwich
This is the best sandwich on the island! Maybe on on on sandwich my Maine!
Best fish I have ever had! I live in Washington State and love Bar Harbor.
LOVE coming to this Pub, the people are friendly, the food is ALWAYS exceptional, and the environment is everything I need after a long shift or work week! I had the Whale Lemon Drop Martini, It touched my soul...so I HAD to have another one. I also had a Fried Chicken Sandwich with Fries for my meal...It was perfect, the chicken was good, and the fries are AMAZING! Overall this is a place that I always come to regularly anyways, and I will always recommend to people who ask for a great place with good food and good prices!
Delicious veggie burger, paired with a salad w blue cheese, you can't go wrong! Great atmosphere, friendly staff, I tell everyone "go to the thirsty whale"!
The best $12.99 ever spent is for the Seafood Sampler. The sampler most often satisfies our longing for a balanced, perfectly cooked assortment of scallops, haddock, clams, and shrimp. We add an outstanding Caesar salad to round out the joy. For those times when the sampler isn't quite enough, we know the Fisherman's Plate will be a larger serving of the same goodness, accompanied by fries, coleslaw, a whale salad, or the Caesar salad.
Our favorite Bar Harbor spot - been back three years in a row. Busy and vibrant. Consistently good service and great food! Maybe the best chowder we've had in our Maine travels. In the top three restaurants I remember when I think of Maine.
The Thirsty Whale never disappoints. Their lobster rolls and chowder are the best in town! Last week, I veered away from seafood and tried the beef short rib sandwich - it was amazing. They are always so consistent and putting out delicious items. One of Bar Harbors best!
Had the potato skins and the Seafood sampler. So good, good portion, and never disappoints 😁😁😁✔️✔️Thank u guys!
Haddock was deep fried perfectly, not oily or under cooked. Came with caesar salad that was also excellent. Thin sliced provolone and just enough dressing. Started my dinner with a bowl of lobster bisque,thick ,hot and tasty.
...always terrific and the best buy in town...
I'm usually not a huge fan of fish sandwiches or sort of fish in general. But man alive that was one of the best sandwiches I've had hands-down fish or no fish. Every single time I come to Bar Harbor I highly recommend all my coworkers go to the Thirsty Whale just so I can eat this sandwich. If they don't come with me to Thirsty Whale then I will go by myself to eat this sandwich. This sandwich is my life and a trip to Bar Harbor is not complete until I eat it.
This burger is HUGE, juicy, flavorpacked, and comes loaded with yummy blue cheese crumbles. Cooked to perfection every time, I get mine with a side of crispy fries! YUM! 😋 The Thirsty Whale is by far our favorite 'Go To' place in Bar Harbor.
I cannot sing the praises of Thirsty Whale high enough! It is by far my favorite place to eat in Bar. I have never been disappointed no matter what I order (although the Fried Clams are transcendent. Have a napkin ready because they will make you weep from their perfection.) The staff is wonderful and always willing to make the prefect suggestion, not just for their menu but for other places around town. No one will argue that there are plenty of excellent restaurants in Bar Harbor. But if you are looking for a place that is no nonsense good-eats, great prices for amazing quality, (and not a tourist trap), look no further! I have always felt that the sign of a good restaurant is if it's frequented by locals and most of the time, it's half locals, half travelers. If they have captured the taste buds of the good people of Bar Harbor, they can certainly capture yours! Take it from someone who's husband is a professional chef for the past 20+ years (and tends to painfully critique every singe aspect of a restaurant) this is the only place in Bar Harbor that he will go to multiple times while on vacation.
Great atmosphere and good times. The potato skins were great. I would definitely recommend if you find yourself in the area!
The rolls were amazing ! My husband and I were visiting Maine for the first time & made sure we came in for a bite to eat. The food was amazing & the service was extremely pleasant. She gave us wonderful suggestions and we ended up with the seafood platter as an appetizer as well & all i can say is YUM! We will be back very soon!
The food was absolutely amazing. There was so much food in the seafood sampler that my daughter and I both had to take some home. The service was great and the waitress was great in making suggestions. The atmosphere is very comfortable and family friendly. I'm looking forward to trying the other menu items.
My wife and I drive down to Bar Harbor from Bangor every other weekend, and the Thirsty Whale is our go-to restaurant. When people ask us where the locals eat, this is the spot we recommend every single time. The food is fresh, the prices are great, and the ambience is second to none. Our favorite dish is the blackened fried haddock sandwich with a side of clam chowder. As a southerner with family down in Louisiana, I can tell you there is nowhere else in Maine with blackened fried fish this good. Best restaurant in Bar Harbor, hands down.
The Best Clam Chowder Ever!!! I actually had the Fried Haddock Sandwich and clam chowder lunch special. It was a match made in heaven!!! The chowder was so good that we went there three times during our short vacation in the area!!!
I have to recommend the Blackened Blue Cheese Burger to anyone who loves blue cheese. But combining that flavor with the Whales juicy, flavorful beef burger and crispy (not soggy!) bun makes it the best. Living in Bar Harbor year round, the Whale is truly a great place to enjoy good food and great service!
I had lobster role and clam chowder. It was excellent!! It hit the spot for the kind of food I wanted to try while visiting Bar Harbor.
Blackened Haddock Salad
I actually had the blacked fish on a small whale salad. It was, as always, delicious. 😊
Best clam chowder I have had in my whole life! However, everything I had was amazing. The food here is delicious, fairly priced and high quality. Unlike many other restaurants in MDI, The Thirsty Whale does not give up on quality.
I love everything I've ever ordered from the Whale. We are regulars and visit often and I am never disappointed. When people visit town and ask where to get great seafood in a relaxed environment, I always mention the Whale. The Whale Salad is the only salad I order when eating out- it's so good that I choose it over fries! I have friends with gluten allergies and they always adjust the food to keep it safe and enjoyable for all.
The absolute best fried haddock sandwich in Bar Harbor, delicious, fresh haddock, brioche bun, lettuce, tomato and tartar. Perfection. I dined with eleven friends for our end of season dinner, and everything was delicious-chicken wings, onion rings, fried cheese sticks, seafood platter, burgers and cocktails. Great food, great service, great atmosphere!
Generous sampler plate of seafood. Over battered and over fried. Disappointing.
Always super fresh fish, we've enjoyed this and many other dishes for over 25 years
The BEST lobster roll I have ever had! Service was fast and friendly, and the atmosphere was perfect. The tap list was wonderful too.
Chicken, Walnut and Cranberry Salad Wrap
Had this in a wrap, delicious. French fries came with it, nice and crispy. Very busy and we ate at the bar ,service was very attentive. Can't wait to come back.
On point as always!!!!!
The BEST chicken sandwich I've ever had! I paired it with a Caesar salad. Perfect!
New England Clam Chowder
I'm listing you guys on Cruise Critic as a place to eat!! When our cruise stops at Bar Harbor on Oct. 15th.. https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2609724-canada-new-england-october12-2019/page/3/
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