Fresh. Local. Delicious.

Here on Mount Desert Island, culinary opportunities abound, offering travelers a full range of choices.  From inventive cuisine to more traditional New England dining, elegant to a seaside picnic, fresh seafood to vegetarian delights; the island offers an enjoyable dining experience. While the majority of island restaurants tend to be found within the downtown areas of Bar Harbor, Southwest Harbor, and Northeast Harbor, some of the most popular with the locals tend to be hidden gems.
Of course, with the ocean being the major backdrop to Mount Desert Island, seafood is always recommended. If you are looking for lobster, the island is the place to be. Grab a bib at most any seaside restaurant and enjoy local seafood and lobster from area fisherpeople.
Seafood is certainly not the only dining choice on the island. From relaxed meals on a budget to elegant fine dining, Mexican to Cuban to Thai, you’ll want to enjoy the Mount Desert Island dining experience to its fullest. There is something fresh and tasty everywhere you turn.
Featured Restaurants
The Bistro, Bar Harbor, Maine

The Bistro

Experience casual fine dining, a full bar in a relaxed atmosphere and a view of Frenchman Bay, with local and international cuisine at The Bistro at The Atlantic Oceanside in Bar Harbor.

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The Reading Room, Bar Harbor, Maine

The Reading Room

Delectable local Maine cuisine and attentive service, at The Reading Room in Bar Harbor, are surpassed only by the magnificent panoramic ocean views of Frenchman Bay.

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The Terrace Grille in Bar Harbor, Maine

The Terrace Grille

Fresh ocean air and stunning views surround you at the Terrace Grille, one of Bar Harbor’s premier outdoor restaurants overlooking Frenchman Bay and the Porcupine Islands.

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La Bella Vita in Bar Harbor, Maine

La Bella Vita Ristorante

The great ambience & spectacular harbor views are reminiscent of the tiny harbor villages along the Italian coast, making this one of Bar Harbor’s premier dining spots.

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Havana in Bar Harbor, Maine


Located in beautiful Bar Harbor, Maine near Acadia National Park, Havana has been committed to serving local and organic meats, produce and seafood since it opened 20 years ago.

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Dining on Mount Desert Island