Side Street Cafe

Seafood Restaurant and Café$$$$
Bar Harbor
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  • Don't forget it is Thanksgiving Day today. You may want to call to confirm this place is open.
  • Kelli K.
    "The lobster Mac and cheese is amazing!"(6 Tips)
    Yasemin
    "Amazing lobster rolls, loved the blueberry pie."(20 Tips)
    Kelsey A.
    "Lobster stew was 👌🏻 and lobster dinner was a steal!!"(4 Tips)
    Chris
    "Try the Nomad Burger!"(5 Tips)
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  • Ami H.
    Ami H.October 12
    Great meal- diverse menu w/ lots of lobstah choices, respectable selection of tasty local craft beers, comfortable, unfussy dining, able and pleasant wait staff. Lobster combo dinners are tops.
  • Kelsey A.
    Great family-owned spot!
  • Kelsey A.
    Lobster stew was 👌🏻 and lobster dinner was a steal!! A whole lobster for $20!
    Upvoted Oct 12
  • Kapil B.
    Kapil BhutadaSeptember 3
    Awesome food.. and live music.. Must visit
  • Katherine H.
    Hubs and I split the lobster mac, lobster roll, and blueberry pie- all were very tasty and came out very quickly. Bartender was also a great server and provided honest & helpful recommendations.
    Upvoted Oct 12
  • Wanderlust
    WanderlustOctober 7, 2016
    Skip this place & go to Cafe This Way. Side Street Cafe *seems* like a hotspot, but it's food speaks volumes, its so BAD. Overpriced, small servings, thrown together & over or under cooked meals. 👎🏼
  • Kiwi W.
    Kiwi WangOctober 5, 2016
    Best lobster roll hands down. And the Mac and cheese is on Paula Deens top macs list so it's definitely a wowzer!
    Upvoted Oct 12
  • Derek A.
    Derek AllardSeptember 23, 2016
    Great restaurant! Food was outstanding and they took great care of my wife who has celiac disease. Highly recommended.
  • Don F.
    Don FlowersSeptember 21, 2016
    Some of the greatest servers around! Friendly helpful and quick! And the lobster rolls are FABULOUS!
  • Gajtana S.
    Gajtana SimonovskaSeptember 14, 2016
    Love this place. Excellent food, service, and ambience in good downtown location. Happy hour daily from 3-6 p.m. Freshest ingredients around.
  • Brett B.
    Brett BinnsSeptember 2, 2016
    I enjoyed the fish taco. I am not a fan of raw onion and the waitress was concerned that the slaw used had onion in at and therefore served the slaw on the side. The onions were well pickled.
  • Tina M.
    Tina MaffeoAugust 27, 2016
    I had the lobster roll and soup combo was delicious
  • Hal M.
    Hal MackinsAugust 21, 2016
    Huge menu with quite a few dependable options. The lobster mac 'n' cheese could've only been improved by some toasted breadcrumbs on top.
  • Cam B.
    Cam BAugust 19, 2016
    Great customizable burgers.
  • Vaughn M.
    Vaughn MerrittAugust 19, 2016
    Lobster Mac and Cheese is very good.
  • Alex M.
    Alex MontagueAugust 18, 2016
    Lobster roll has excellent meat, and you can get it with a cup of clam chowder as a side option.
  • Jim C.
    Jim CoburnJuly 15, 2016
    The chowder was good.
  • Kelli K.
    Kelli KargJuly 9, 2016
    The lobster Mac and cheese is amazing! A half order is still huge!
  • Dana V.
    Dana VillmoreJune 24, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Always a great meal! Get the blueberry soda and anything with lobster :)
  • Dave M.
    Dave MortensenJune 18, 2016
    Lobster rolls!
  • Bev L.
    Bev LukeApril 9, 2016
    Roasted veggie salad and clam chowder were perfect after hiking all day.
  • Sam S.
    Sam SNovember 28, 2015
    All the lobster things are delicious. The quesadilla and mac and cheese are especially good. Finish with a slice of perfect blueberry pie, which has a hint of lime.
    Upvoted Oct 12
  • Molly M.
    Molly McOskerOctober 11, 2015
    Raspberry gimlet was amazing!! We also tried the baked avocado appetizer and it was awesome! The server jasmine was friendly, helpful and took great care of us! Definitely can't wait to go back!
  • Christine
    ChristineSeptember 10, 2015
    It's was expensive and not worth the money, but food is good. It was about 30$ for what you see... Management didn't care that I was not satisfied by the size of my lobster meal
  • Bryson H.
    Bryson HallAugust 14, 2015
    Get a burger with lobster!! You won't regret it!
  • Meg
    MegJuly 28, 2015
    The mac and cheese is soupy and kinda icky.
  • Nathan
    NathanJuly 15, 2015
    Lobster roll is kick a%*! 👌🏼
  • Alex R.
    Alex RavenelJuly 2, 2015
    Gets super crowded, be prepared to wait. Can call ahead however.
  • Shih-Dun L.
    Shih-Dun LiuJune 18, 2015
    Lobster Mac and cheese
  • Amol K.
    Amol KJune 18, 2015
    Lobster mac and cheese was big enough to split 3 ways. And amazing.
  • Juliana M.
    Juliana MolinaOctober 26, 2014
    Good food, but the mac & cheese with lobster for $22 comes with little fragments of lobster. In fact, no stairway to HEAVEN.
  • Christine H.
    Christine HollemanOctober 25, 2014
    Lobster! !!
  • Travis B.
    Travis BloomOctober 13, 2014
    Mac and cheese is so so
  • Travis B.
    Travis BloomOctober 13, 2014
    The lobster roll is deliberately bare. They take pride in the quality of the meat and want the raw flavors to come through. One of the best I've had
  • Volker F.
    Volker FränkleOctober 8, 2014
    Waiting time for walk-ins ist round about one hour in the evening. Make a reservation in advance. Friendly service. Large menu. Tried Mac & Cheese and the Nomad Burger.
  • Greg G.
    Greg GSeptember 8, 2014
    Great food. Build your own Mac n Cheese is a good idea, and half portion was still large. Pretty good beer selection.
  • Tobias N.
    Tobias NegeleAugust 27, 2014
    We came all the way from Germany to visit Bar Harbor. I checked foursquare to find some nice restaurants locals enjoy and found the Side Street Cafe. I had the Mac-And-Cheese with Lobster... Perfect.
  • Steven Y.
    Steven YAugust 7, 2014
    Get the lobster roll, lobster mac and cheese and especially their lobster quesadilla
  • Avneesh K.
    Avneesh KohliAugust 3, 2014
    Burgers are really great. Definitely worth substituting the chips with the pub fries.
  • Rory P.
    Rory ParnessJuly 13, 2014
    A half order of the mac and cheese is enough for a full meal. Jalapeno and bacon is the combo to get!
  • Jennifer J.
    Jennifer JacksonJuly 12, 2014
    Nomad with grilled chicken was tasty- fries weren't hot or exciting- my brothers Mac and cheese was super good and buffalo chicken dip is a must! Service was slow but I would come back to try the mac
  • kate r.
    kate ryanJuly 9, 2014
    Margs are where it's at
  • Pedram S.
    Pedram SafariJuly 3, 2014
    Delicious lobster stew and lobster roll.
  • Yasemin
    YaseminJune 15, 2014
    Wonderful place! Amazing lobster rolls, loved the blueberry pie. Not cheap but is definitely worth every penny.
  • James V.
    James VaughnJune 9, 2014
    Anything with mac and cheese = heaven. You can't go wrong - amazing! Great service too!
  • Shana M.
    Shana McMinnJune 6, 2014
    Food is amazing! Lobster mac and cheese is perfection!
  • Mary Anne R.
    Mary Anne RodisMay 24, 2014
    Tasty clam chowder! :)
  • Lisa A.
    Lisa A-MJanuary 18, 2014
    Get the Mac & Cheese. It will make you happy.
  • David S.
    David ShipmanOctober 18, 2013
    Happy hour 4-6pm. Small margarita pitcher $10. (Reg $15) Try the blueberry or seasonal apple cider varieties! Best in BH
  • Julie D.
    Julie DahmerOctober 17, 2013
    Try the B.L.A.T.!
  • Aaron S.
    Aaron SOctober 16, 2013
    Lobster quesadilla was amazing. Great break from the traditional lobster roll.
  • Jordan B.
    Jordan ByronOctober 12, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Best food in Bar Harbor.
  • Perze A.
    Perze AbabaSeptember 15, 2013
    The Lobster Highliner has got to be the best lobster dish I've tasted in this trip. Get it, you won't regret it.
  • Tobias K.
    Tobias KemperAugust 15, 2013
    After your hike? Nomad Burger wins.
  • Lauren S.
    Lauren SloanAugust 14, 2013
    Best bang for your buck lobster on bar harbor! Friendly atmosphere, I will be returning to next trip.
  • Laura T.
    Laura TroyAugust 1, 2013
    Create your own Mac and cheese is amazing. The half size portion is enough for your meal.
  • Lisa R.
    Lisa Robotham RiceJuly 17, 2013
    Lobster roll is not cheap but it is worth every penny. . Also any variety of Mac n cheese is a winner. The service is not the fastest but the staff is very courteous and accommodating.
  • Lynn M.
    Lynn MalkoJuly 10, 2013
    The Lobster Roll is FAB-U-LOUS. Kids Mac & Cheese is the perfect size for kids.
  • Laura S.
    Laura SohnJuly 9, 2013
    Lobster stew is amazing. Very milky served with thick lobster chunks. Nomad burger was a good burger. By far impressed with the crab melt. Melts in your mouth. Simply divine.
  • Kelly Anne
    Kelly AnneJune 25, 2013
    We've been here twice in three days. Everything is wonderful an fresh. A great vibe too. This is a Bar Harbor must!
  • Matthew H.
    Matthew HillikerJune 24, 2013
    Lobster Rolls are incredible. Fries are disappointing (especially after the fries at Finback Alehouse) so stick with the chips.
  • Timothy M.
    Timothy MuddJune 24, 2013
    Food was delicious. Fresh, local ingredients! The service was slow, but we will be back for the food.
  • Sara H.
    Sara HallMay 28, 2013
    Great food and great ambiance (including a fab playlist!)
  • Compusult, Inc
    Compusult, IncFebruary 2, 2013
    Chicken salad wrap with bacon, tomato and green pepper - what a great lunch!
  • Michael S.
    Michael SalesNovember 1, 2012
    The Buffalo Chicken dip is awesome! Food is generally overpriced (it is Bar Harbor) but it is very tasty!
  • Suzanne C.
    Suzanne CosteOctober 16, 2012
    Recommend the mini burger with salad. Had the nomad burger and caesar!
  • Gary B.
    Gary BoutonSeptember 1, 2012
    Espresso alcohol drink tastes like an old polo shirt...... will get you drunk....
  • Joolee L.
    Joolee LeeSeptember 1, 2012
    Excellent bloody mary's!
  • Jobu J.
    Jobu JemasAugust 24, 2012
    Yeah the lobster stew is good but if your tired of eating that while your in Maine, get the Northern Cuban sandwich. Pretzel bun = awesome!
  • Brendan R.
    Brendan RastetterJuly 31, 2012
    Order the lobster roll. It has a more than generous helping of meat for the price. Also, excellent service. Friendly and fast!
  • College Prowler
    College ProwlerJuly 24, 2012
    For any College of the Atlantic students craving lobster, Side Street Cafe is the place to go. The Lobster Rolls are to die for, and everything else is equally as good... Including the service.
  • Lisa S.
    Lisa S.May 28, 2012
    Bring your dog! It's dog friendly!
  • Michael O.
    Michael OvertonMay 3, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Happy hour can't be beat.
  • Danette C.
    Danette ConnorApril 26, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    With Bethany Shea
  • Nicole O.
    Nicole OuelletteOctober 18, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Apricot Brandy Sidecar with their own infused brandy. Great place to have a classy drink with friends. Read more
  • Nicole M.
    Nicole MathewsAugust 23, 2011
    Lobster roll is the best in Bar Harbor. Steak & cheese melts in your mouth. Food is great, service is even better. Make this your 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choice.
  • Katherine S.
    Katherine ShawAugust 16, 2011
    the avocado on the hamburger - delicious. the cranberry margarita - even more so. refreshing option in the sea of bar harbor restaurant choices.
  • Nick N.
    Nick NamiasJuly 24, 2011
    This place was great with kids. I had a great lobster roll, and there was PBJ for the 4 year old. Perfect for the family on a night when you're not venturing out to a lobster pound.
  • Astrid W.
    Astrid WaltonJuly 14, 2011
    You must try the fluffernutter! Great dessert!
  • Chris
    ChrisJune 24, 2011
    Try the Nomad Burger! It is divine!
  • Erica B.
    Erica BrooksMarch 22, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    fantastic!! favorite place for locals.....great gimlets, lobster rolls, and much more!!
  • Kirsten C.
    Kirsten CalkinsSeptember 25, 2010
    Make your own mac and cheese...best idea! Delicous!!
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