Since I got lots of recommendations from this board for our Bar Harbor trip I thought someone might like to hear how it went.
Macays Public House. Eh. I ordered the corned beef with cabbage and veggies, husband ordered the Bistro Steak special. The corned beef was tough but the cabbage and veggies were perfect. The steak was a little bland, but tender and pleasant. Both meats were served in a pool of thickened beef broth that tasted a bit canned, the low sodium variety.
We drank a local ale the name of which escapes me. Bar Harbor Brew? The beer was good. I probably wouldn't return. Good for kids, it's noisy.
Maggies. FABULOUS. Lovely. I had the lobster crepes and they were delicious. I believe they were in a brandy sauce but could be misremembering. I had the upsidedown plum ginger cake for dessert and it was also scruptious.
Kidswise, it was a disaster. Do not go with more than just your own well behaved kids. No groups.
Ascitou Inn in Northeast harbor. Our concierge sent us here because we wanted to go somewhere out of town with a view. Go on a warm evening and sit on the balcony. The view is spectacular. Inside was quite formal with traditional summer people in suits and pocket handkerchiefs. I had lobster ravioli that was served on the most delicious very chunky tomato sauce with slices of fresh mozerella. The ravioli had little peices of sweet pepper and other savory bits in with the chunks of lobster. My husband had the shrimp and scallop scampi and that was also very tasty. Desert was average. The brownie chunk cake was a bit dry. Expensive restaurant but may have been our best night.
Morning Glory bakery. My favorite find. Go for an easy breakfast or lunch. Fresh baked breads, bagels, pastries. They make yummy sandwiches. I like the green monster sandwich or a bagel with salmon cream cheese the best. The salmon spread has dill, capers and red onions. We had them make sandwiches for our hikes.
Cafe this Way. Great place for breakfast. Lovely food and surroundings. Everything on the table was beautifully prepared and creative. I had most perfect oatmeal with berries and soymilk and my husband had the breakfast sandwich where the bread is French Toast. It was also very good.
Harborside Inn-La Bella Vita. We stayed there. A terrific surprise for a hotel restaurant. The food there was as well prepared, if not better, than anywhere else we ate. I liked the portabello sandwich with sweet potato fries. Breakfast was terrific. My husband had a beautifully prepared and perfectly fluffy omlette.
AVOID Stewmans ice cream next door to Stewmans Lobster Pound on the harbor. I have never had such bad ice cream. We never tried the Lobster Pound.
Hope this helps the next person.