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Our Latest Reviews

Lmshore 13 days ago

Seafood Sampler

Have been ordering this for years! Best deal in town and tastiest seafood around!

Adowellus 14 days ago

Blueberry Margarita

This is a drink you have try absolutely amazing.

Mistydawnjordan 15 days ago

Fried Haddock Sandwich with Clam Chowder

As a long time resident of Bar Harbor, the Whale is a place that can't be beat. The prices are reasonable, the atmosphere is great and the best part is the FRESH, QUALITY ingredients. My usual go to is the Fried Haddock Sandwich. It's real haddock and it's fresh. Add a whale salad and a cup of chowder and you are set! Their chowder is authentic Maine chowder and not the heavy creamed stuff that is so thick that most restaurants serve. Thirsty Whale is the best for your budget and your palate!!

Nicolemarie0829 19 days ago

Whale Salad

I am not usually a big "salad person," so when I tried the Whale Salad the first time, I wasn't sure how I'd feel. Now it is a staple! As a local, whenever I think of the Whale, I think of this salad and have to have it! It's so good that I even get it on "cheat" days :)

Evag 19 days ago

Blackened Fried Fish-n-Chips

What's better thanFish and Chips? Blackened Fish and Chips at The Thirsty Whale! I like to quench my thirst with a nice cold beer too. Can't wait to go (again)!

Annsaltzman 19 days ago

Fried Maine Whole Belly Clams

You cannot find better fried clams! A great crisp batter and so tasty.

Wendy 24 days ago

Southwest Burger

Really good! Love the jalapeños, and really love the chipotle mayo.

Denise about 1 month ago

Blackened Haddock Salad

I have had this before. It was so good had to try again (perfect) I also love the fish taco masks were being worn by the workers this was nice to see. We will be back throughout the year.

Malinda about 2 months ago

Fresh Haddock Fish-n-Chips

I was here in 2018 and had the Fried Haddock with the Whale Salad. I had this several times over the 2 months that I was here. I have been looking forward to having this again this year. The Whale Salad is to die for.

Portia about 2 months ago

Blackened Haddock Salad

I always think of this dish happily though it has been a long time since I've had one. That ends today! The crisp fresh carrots, celery and other salad ingredients play so very well with the subtle haddock and crisp, just spicey enough, blackening turn simple tavern fare into a savory dining joy. I mean it, this is a delicious salad! The ever friendly staff are just an added bonus.

Kelly8977 about 2 months ago

Blackened Wild Caught Alaskan Salmon

Their salmon sandwich is the best ever. So fresh, so flavorful! I order it every time I go.

Taylorfernald about 2 months ago

Garden Burger

One of my many favorite items on the menu this garden burger has chunks of delicious veggies topped with the house made sweet cream and scallion dressing, it's a treat for sure! (Pro tip: get an extra side of the dressing to dip the crunchy fries, you won't be disappointed!)

Shannon about 2 months ago

Blackened Wild Caught Alaskan Salmon

Delicious as always. The Whale always has great food and their curbside pick up option is very thoughtful and safe. Thank you guys for what you do for our community!

Matthew 3 months ago

Seafood Sampler

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

Kayd73 3 months ago

Fish Taco Wrap

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.

Morgan 3 months ago

Blackened Chicken Sandwich

This was by far one of the best Blackened Chicken Sandwiches I have ever had!!! WOULD RECOMMEND 10/10

Sewnsusy 4 months ago

Blackened Blue Cheese Burger

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!!!

Jrhhb00 5 months ago

Fried Haddock Sandwich

Wonderful fish sandwich. Thin crispy coating and perfectly cooked fish.

Pandaparkin 5 months ago

Not So Traditional Buffalo Chicken Sandwich

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!!

Suepblai 5 months ago

Fresh Haddock Dinner

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.

John 13 days ago

Fried Maine Whole Belly Clams

You can't get whole belly clams back in Michigan...SHAME! Thirsty Whale is a MUST on every frequent trip to Bar Harbor!

Kelly 15 days ago

Fried Maine Whole Belly Clams

Super good! I really appreciate that they do take out and will bring the food out to you.

Paulrchrdsn 16 days ago

Not So Traditional Buffalo Chicken Sandwich

One of my favorite sandwiches anywhere! Spicy and a bit sweet with excellent fried chicken breast.

Stephs3010 19 days ago

Fried Maine Whole Belly Clams

Going to The Thirsty Whale and ordering a basket of their Fried Maine Whole Belly Clams is always at the top of my list for my yearly Bar Harbor trip! The bellies are plump and well fried without being greasy and they are a great generous portion. The only question remaining is do you go appetizer clams or for the full dinner? My suggestion would be appetizer so you also have the opportunity of ordering a delicious bowl of clam chowder with a side salad or trying some of the other amazing seafood and sandwiches on the menu. The best meal in Bar Harbor!

Paulsaltzman 19 days ago

Fresh Haddock Fish-n-Chips

Goes excellent with a Baxter. All good.

Saltvqs10 19 days ago

Blackened Fish Sandwich with New England Clam Chowder

One of my all time favorites. It's a must have every time I visit. Don't miss the Thirsty Whale 🐋

Mdi 27 days ago

Fried Maine Whole Belly Clam Appetizer

I go to the Whale often. Their fried whole belly clams appetizer with their sweet potato waffle fries is my all time favorite. They are both amazing and full of flavor

Betsy about 1 month ago

Fried Maine Whole Belly Clam Appetizer

Fresh and not heavily breaded but yes! Very crispy whole clams. Delicious, plentiful with no added salt (I think). Easy to order on line and ready for prompt pick up. Staff even brought it out to my car. Excellent service.

Vicky about 2 months ago

Pub Burger

I completely enjoyed my Pub Burger. It was hot and the bun was nice and toasty. A real treat. Thanks

Susanjmarinho about 2 months ago

Fried Maine Whole Belly Clams

Best fried clams! Small not chewy fried lightly. Also lobster roll was excellent.

Caitlin about 2 months ago

Blackened Fried Haddock Dinner

Thirsty Whale has the best haddock in town. We have been coming for years and keep coming back because we have never had a disappointing meal. Every single meal has been top notch. They have even nailed the take out game! A meal here is a must have when in Bar Harbor!

Kcmclau about 2 months ago

Lobster Roll with New England Clam Chowder

I traveled alone to Bar Harbor on July 9th, 2019 from my home in Delaware. As a teacher, I have summers off and visiting Bar Harbor/Acadia National Park had been on my bucket list for years. This restaurant was where I got dinner during my first night in the town. After doing some light hiking and walking around the town, I came across the Thirsty Whale around 9 PM and looked on Yelp real quick to get an idea about the "must try" dishes. Of course, being coastal Maine, lobster rolls were the most frequently mentioned. I decided to go with that and a bowl of clam chowder, and paired with a nice IPA (can't remember the brewery). Needless to say, it was an incredible dinner with the freshest of seafood imaginable. I stayed for a bit after finishing my meal and had a second beer while talking to the bartender and some local residents and just conversing about life in this part of America. It left such an impression on me that I'm planning another trip back up to Bar Harbor in late July of this year with my girlfriend (COVID-19 restrictions pending). I can't wait to come back!

Cheryl 2 months ago

Southwest Burger

Great food and friendly staff. Perfect for both locals and visitors. Best fish sandwich and chowder around.

Matthew 3 months ago

Garden Burger

This burger is my go to. The homemade scallion dressing is what makes it for me! You gotta try it!!!

Cheryl 3 months ago

Pub Burger

The absolute best!

Webbergary1953 4 months ago

Blackened Chicken Sandwich

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.

Rickosann 4 months ago

Fresh Haddock Fish-n-Chips

The Fish n Chips at Thirsty Whale is the best meal bargain in Bar Harbor, hands down! Good, fresh fish at a great price!

Gtrfan67 5 months ago

Blackened Blue Cheese Burger

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!!

Bikebarharbor 5 months ago

Seafood Sampler

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!

Joycedall 5 months ago

Blackened Fried Haddock Sandwich

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!


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