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I used to take my grandmother here twice a week. The staff was very accomidating with her age and handicap. She loved the fishermans sampler. If it's not the staff that will keep you coming back, it will definatly be the delicious menu!!! For us, it was both. Miss seeing you guys! Matt from Bayside
We love going to The Whale, the food is consistently delicious, with friendly service. I usually look at the menu, but almost always get the fish taco wrap, it's so good! As MDI locals, we always know we'll be happy with our meals when we go to The Whale.
This was by far one of the best Blackened Chicken Sandwiches I have ever had!!! WOULD RECOMMEND 10/10
This is a phenomenal burger. We live in bar harbor 6 months out of the year and this is the only thing I ever order paired with the Whale salad. Simply delicious!!!
Wonderful fish sandwich. Thin crispy coating and perfectly cooked fish.
The Not So Traditional Buffalo Sandwich is amazing everytime!! The chicken is always cooked to perfection. Crisp and juicy. The bun is never burnt and always fresh. You can get a side salad onion rings or fries. I always get the fries and they are always cooked perfectly. A must try!!
Have not been there in several years. We always went there when we were in Maine. The haddock is the greatest. I will be coming back this September & The Thirsty Whale will be the first place I go.
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.
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"!
This burger is my go to. The homemade scallion dressing is what makes it for me! You gotta try it!!!
The absolute best!
All of the food at The Whale is outstanding, great presentation and very flavorful. The blackened chicken is my all time favorite. One of the best features of this restaurant/bar is that you might be seated next to someone working a professional job on one side and someone who just got off a lobster boat and everyone is so friendly.
The Fish n Chips at Thirsty Whale is the best meal bargain in Bar Harbor, hands down! Good, fresh fish at a great price!
Oh we do love The Thirsty Whale!! It is not just the blackened Blue Cheese Burger that we love, but anything on the menu, and I think we have tried it all🤗! We are always willing to wait if there is a crowd, because it is always worth the wait. Our plan is always to refuel with really great food and continue with hiking or shopping or relaxing somewhere with a beautiful view. Please do not pass up The Thirsty Whale if you are visiting Bar Harbor!!
The best fried seafood in town. The Sampler is a taste of it all. It's a meal paired with a Caesar salad. Staff are friendly and attentive. Feels like home!
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!
Thirsty Whale has the most amazing whole belly fried clams (the only way to fly with fries clams!!). From the great, light, crispy breading to the absolute off-the-dock freshness, they are the best!
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!
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