There are so many wonderful restaurants on the island; too many to list. If you are looking to walk to dinner, The Kingsleigh Inn is a perfect location. Most restaurants are casual dress even though the menu may be upscale. Most restaurants open sometime late May and close mid-October, and usually close by around 9pm, though there are a few open year round, with limited hours and we've noted them as such. Since there are too many to list, we have just listed a few in town as well as a couple of popular restaurants within a 15-20 minute drive. We have all area restaurant menus at the inn for you to peruse. And so many of Mount Desert Island's restaurants have received wonderful reviews from Fodor's Travel Guides!
In Southwest Harbor...(within walking distance to our inn)
Dine at this casual, but upscale restaurant and bar for innovative, contemporary cuisine using local and organic ingredients in a warm, elegant and hip ambiance. Enjoy Lobster Risotto, Aged New York Strip, Seared Scallops and Lamb Chops, to name a few. Dinner only. Reservations are suggested. Open almost year round.
Cafe 2 and Eat-a-Pita are the same restaurant with different menus at lunch and dinner. At lunch enjoy fresh pitas stuffed with fresh veggies and various meats, salads and creative sandwiches and by evening, dine on fresh pastas, such as Lobster with Asparagus and Farfalle in Cream Sauce, seafood, duck, lamb and nightly chef specials. The atmosphere is fun, rustic and casual with something interesting to look at wherever your eyes land. Reservations are suggested. May-Oct
Bringing a farm-to-table dining experience and hand-selected music to Southwest Harbor.
Serving New England pub-style food focusing on fresh, sustainable ingredients, all the food at Coda is made in-house – everything from stocks and soups to mustards and pastas are handmade and uniquely Coda’s.
The musical acts are selectively screened to provide the best possible evening for all guests. Come in for a visit and experience a night fit for Southwest Harbor
Situated at the head of Southwest Harbor with views across the harbor. Serving a broad menu.
This Southwest Harbor spot is brought to you by Sawyer's Specialties Wine & Cheese - this wine bar style restaurant serves wine friendly half and whole portions of innovative creations including salads, cheese & olive plates, bruschetta, seafood crepes, desserts and more. A nice selection of wines by the bottle or glass. Open for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
This casual restaurant & bar serves fresh seafood, steaks, steamed lobster, great burgers and lobster rolls. Open for lunch and dinner. May-Oct
Little Notch Cafe & Bakery
This small, gourmet cafe makes wonderful artisan breads and pastries. Enjoy fresh sandwiches made with their breads, homemade soups and salads. A great place to get your picnic lunch ingredients. Casual cafe style lunch and takeout. Open year round, limited hours.
Within a couple miles of our inn...
At the top of the hill heading north out of Southwest Harbor now stands the reincarnation of Town Hill Bistro, which closed in the spring of 2014. Within weeks of re-opening in July 2015, the parking lot is full and the new restaurant has climbed to the top of the rankings on TripAdvisor. The seasoned wife and husband team, Maureen Cosgrove and JJ Zeph, are calling their new venture the Rogue Café. Reservations recommended.
This casual spot in Bass Harbor serves freshly caught seafood just inches from the water! Enjoy your lobster steamed whole or
sautéed in butter. Wonderful lobster rolls and fried clams, just to name a few. Try a heaping bowl of garlic steamed mussels with a warm loaf of bread to dip along with a local brew out on the patio - how good does that sound? Dine on their patio steps from the water or inside the restaurant. Open for lunch and dinner. May-Oct
Authentic Mexican cuisine
named after Xalapa, Yucatan and Zacatecas in Mexico found right here in Southwest Harbor! Dinner only. May-Oct; 7 days only July & August
Lobster Pounds within a few miles...
A lobster pound is a very informal and casual way to enjoy a Maine Lobster. You choose the size lobster you want, it is steamed and brought to your picnic style table on the dock. It arrives very hot and in its whole form with claw crackers to assist you. Some pounds have covered seating, others simply have umbrellas. Wherever you choose to lose yourself in this experience, it is a Maine tradition. Do not wear your finest clothing as you will cause Maine lobster juice or drawn butter to splash about!
Thurston's Lobster - in Bernard, May-Oct
Beal's Lobster - in Southwest Harbor, May-Oct
In Bar Harbor...
Dine at this casual, but upscale restaurant and bar for very creative, Latin inspired, contemporary cuisine using local and organic ingredients. The atmosphere is warm, simple and elegant. Enjoy their incredible Mushroom Spring Rolls appetizer, entrees include Havana's Seared Tuna, Chile and Cocoa Rubbed Filet Mignon, Cumin Dusted Salmon or Havana's Paella, just to name a few. Extensive wine list, spirits. A favorite with locals and tourists. Dinner only. Reservations are suggested. May-Dec
This casual and fun restaurant is located on a side street in Bar Harbor and serves a nice mix of fresh, local and organic seafood, meats and veggie entrees, some with a nice Asian flair. May-Oct
This large, family friendly casual spot serves pub-fare until late night (one of the few open late). Burgers, fajitas, wraps, pizza, whole steamed lobster and more. Open for lunch and dinner. Open year round.
This casual but elegant restaurant serves primarily steaks and seafood. Enjoy whole steamed lobster or sauteed lobster off this large menu. Open for lunch and dinner, usually until around 10. A great option for those that want surf and turf! Open nearly year round, March-Nov
This English style pub-restaurant serves pub fare in addition to a larger, creative dinner menu. Enjoy local seafood, steaks, whole steamed lobster, and much more. Open year round
This Mexican restaurant is a popular one with locals for its great, affordable menu and half priced margarita specials! Try the fish tacos with a fresh mango salsa - a wonderful combination of flavors! Open 7 days for dinner.
This casual Northeast Harbor dining spot does a great lunch and dinner. Outside dining on the deck is available as well as their wonderful baked goodies from the balery.
The Burning Tree
This Otter Creek restaurant has received numerous rave reviews for its fresh seafood menu. Open for dinner only. Reservations are suggested. May-Oct
A Maine tradition since the late 1800's, this restaurant has been serving their famous popovers and tea on the lawn to many a visitor. Enjoy a fresh seafood lunch or dinner at their glass enclosed restaurant. Make sure to try the lobster stew! Open lunch and dinner. Reservations are suggested. May-Oct
Foods for your picnic and hiking needs...
Before hitting the trails, pick up meats, fresh fruit, cheeses & breads at Sawyer's Market...pick up a bottle of wine, locally brewed beer and some incredible cheeses for your picnic on the rocks at Seawall from Sawyer's Specialties...or carry out a sandwich on homemade artisan bread from Little Notch Cafe to toss into your cooler...feeling like a fresh pita chock full of veggies or meats and veggies to take along? Have Eat-a-Pita wrap one to go for your lunch out on the trails!