Tonight was our last opportunity to eat dinner in Bar Harbor during this trip. We have had wonderful dinners the last two nights in restaurants that we picked just walking down the street. Tonight I decided to do some research on the internet. I did a search for bar harbor and best lobster. I came up with some interesting results. One place that popped up was named Stewman’s Lobster Pound. It sounded really interesting. But I found another page that had customer reviews of different Bar Harbor restaurants. The most popular was Geddy’s Pub where we ate last night, and loved. It got 4.5 out of 5 stars. The second most popular was West Street Cafe and Grill. It got 5 out of 5 stars. Wow. Stewman’s was a little ways down the list. We decided to try West Street Cafe.
We showed up just after 6pm missing the early bird specials. Oh well. We were quickly seated at a table, but offered a booth when one opened up. We took the booth. I thought the seats were uncomfortable, but my wife said they were okay. We ordered a couple Old Soaker Root Beers. They are brew locally. They taste like A&W but more expensive. I ordered the Downeast Special which comes with a cup of New England clam chowder, a Maine lobster, French fries, cole slaw and a slice of blueberry pie. I asked a they substituted some sautéed vegetable medley for the cole slaw. My wife ordered the Baked Stuffed Shrimp which are large shrimp packed a seafood stuffing and baked. It also came with a potato side, and cole slaw or vegetables. My wife chose the fries, and cole slaw. She also ordered a cup of clam chowder for herself.
The clam chowder came out first. It was okay, but not as good as what we had at Geddy’s. It was on par with what we had at the Fish House Grill on Monday night.
Then they brought out our entrees. The lobster was a little smaller than what I had at Fish House Grill. I broke into the tail first. The meat was also a little tough. Then noticed I didn’t get any lobster tools (bib, crackers, etc). I asked the waitress, and she apologized, and brought some out for me. The fries were just okay. The sautéed vegetables were good.
My wife liked the baked stuffed shrimp. I tried them, and they were good.
After eating my lobster, I headed to the restroom to wash my hands. The cold water didn’t work. The hot water came out fine, but when you turned on the cold water, it just dribbled. So I washed my hands in hot water, which fortunately wasn’t too hot! I mentioned this to the waitress, but she was unaware of this, and would report it.
Then she brought out the blueberry pie with ice cream. I am not a huge blueberry fan, but my wife likes them. I sampled the pie, and it was okay. My wife liked the blueberries, but didn’t like the crust. The pie was left unfinished.
The total cost for the meal was higher than either of the other two places we ate at. And of the three, this was my least favorite. I would not eat here again. My recommendation is to skip this place, and go to Geddy’s Pub and Grill. There are probably some other great places in town also, but we only had three nights in town.
West Street Cafe & Grill is located at 76 West Street, Bar Harbor, ME. (207) 288-5242