Whether you’re looking to grab a quick breakfast before setting out to explore Acadia National Park, or aiming to unwind after a long day of sightseeing with some delicious seafood or farm-to-table fare, terrific options abound in one of Maine’s best-loved resort towns. Read on for our recommended Bar Harbor restaurants.
Talk about a two-fer: Enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner from the wood-fired oven at Sweet Pea Café and purchase Maine-made wine, beer, and chocolates at Bar Harbor Cellars (the town’s only winery), both located on Sweet Pea Farm. Named a 2015 Yankee Editors’ Pick for “Best Twofold Food Stop.”
A bit quirky and charmingly eclectic, this Bar Harbor café ticks all the breakfast boxes: organic and vegan options, a slew of Benedicts and omelets, and pancakes and French toast with real maple syrup. Named a 2017 Yankee Editors’ Pick for “Best Breakfast.”
Anything from hanger steak and duck confit to Atlantic scallops and lamb shanks might be on chef Kyle Yarborough’s daily-changing menu, featuring traditional French cuisine with Mediterranean accents. Named a 2015 Yankee Editors’ Pick for “Best Bistro Fare.”
Watch the chef prepare meats and veggies on an Argentinian-style wood-fired grill as the bartender concocts you a memorable mojito at Parrilla, the casual open-air, streetside bar of Bar Harbor restaurant Havana. Cobble together a Maine-accented, Latin-inspired tapas meal or choose from entrée-sized offerings. Named a 2017 Yankee Editors’ Pick for “Best Bar Food.”
The Burning Tree may be a bit off the beaten path but well worth seeking out (you’ll need a reservation, FYI). The seafood specialties vary seasonally, and the vegetarian options come straight from the chef’s garden. Don’t miss out on the signature cocktails.
If you’re searching for a more casual option, look no further than Rosalie’s, in the heart of downtown. They’ve served up pizza, calzones, and subs for more than 35 years, and the Wurlitzer jukebox is a real step back in time.
What are your favorite Bar Harbor restaurants?
This post was first published in 2017 and has been updated.