The Veranda

21 Albert Meadow, Bar Harbor ME 04609
$$$$$ New American Recommended New Editor's Pick View

Since 1986 The Balance Rock Inn has been offering luxury accommodations for the summer season in Bar Harbor. The original restaurant began in 1998 serving prix fixe dinner in our breakfast room. Although popular, we wanted to offer a service to complement the hotel. The Veranda Bar now offers innovative cocktails and food with an unparalleled view of Frenchman’s Bay. We present a seasonal cocktail menu with only fresh made mixers, syrups, and infusions. Product local to New England is the main inspiration in the kitchen. Our menu changes weekly depending on the ingredients local farmers have to offer. Check out our “partners” page for more information on the farms we source from.

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Reservations

Booking Notes:

Due to limited seating capacity outside seating is not promised or guaranteed.
Any dietary restrictions or requests must be made at least 24 hours prior to arrival.

Business Info

  • Address: 21 Albert Meadow, Bar Harbor ME 04609
  • Cross Street: Main
  • Cuisine: Contemporary | New American | Norwegian | Nouvelle |
  • Cost: | Very Expensive
  • Category: Fine Dining
  • Star Rating:
  • Reservations: Recommended
  • Dress Code: Casual Elegant
  • Meals Served: Dinner | Late |
  • Parking: Public Lot |
  • Payment Options: VISA | Amex | MasterCard | Discover | Cash |
  • Corkage Fee: 40.00 |
  • Phone: (207) 288-9900
  • Features: Full Bar, Ocean View, Hotel Dining, Late Dining, Organic Ingredients, Outdoor Seating, Winning Wine List, Working Fireplace, Lounge / Bar, Free Wi-Fi, Tea Service, Farm-to-table,
  • Occasion: Romantic Dining, Dining Alone, Business Dining, Meet for a Drink, People Watching, Special Occasion, Quick Bite, Trendy / Hip, Celebrity Spotting, Date Night,

Photos

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Business Hours

Reservations Available
Monday
Dinner - Restaurant 5:30 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Valid between: May 14, 2021 - Oct. 23, 2021
Tuesday
Dinner - Restaurant 5:30 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Valid between: May 14, 2021 - Oct. 23, 2021
Wednesday
Dinner - Restaurant 5:30 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Valid between: May 14, 2021 - Oct. 23, 2021
Thursday
Dinner - Restaurant 5:30 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Valid between: May 14, 2021 - Oct. 23, 2021
Friday
Dinner - Restaurant 5:30 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Valid between: May 14, 2021 - Oct. 23, 2021
Saturday
Dinner - Restaurant 5:30 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Valid between: May 14, 2021 - Oct. 23, 2021
Sunday
Dinner - Restaurant 5:30 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Valid between: May 14, 2021 - Oct. 23, 2021

F.A.Q.s

Frequently Asked Questions
The Inn parking is limited and reserved for guests of the hotel. Guests of the Veranda can find public parking at the end of Albert Mdws, next door to the Inn
Most guests like to dress smart or business casual.
All reservation deposits are refunded directly to the credit card on file once seated. The refund will not show on your dinner bill.
We have limited seating in our dining room and only a few tables that can accommodate larger parties. We ask for tables of 5 or more guests to please reserve by phone.
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Customer Reviews & Ratings

4.77 out of 5 stars based on 684 votes

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 20, 2021
Rachel Y.
My husband and I chose The Veranda for our 1st wedding anniversary dinner. It did not disappoint. Our waiter Kurt was fabulous! Food and atmosphere were amazing! 5 star!

Overall: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Oct 18, 2021
Melinda P.
We loved our server Alexandra! I appreciated that she was both attentive while giving us plenty of space to enjoy our conversation

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Oct 17, 2021
Robert W.
Wonderful meals, and we look forward to returning

Overall: 10/10
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Oct 08, 2021
Nicol P.
That was some of the best service I’ve ever experienced! Thank you so much for a wonderful night. The food was phenomenal.

Overall: 10/10
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Value: 9/10
Oct 06, 2021
Jennifer R.
Food was excellent and staff was attentive.

Overall: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Oct 04, 2021
Bettina K.
Beautiful restaurant. Great service and delicious food in a lovely setting. Bread was also amazing, as they promoted. Looking forward to returning.

Overall: 10/10
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Oct 03, 2021
Keith N.
Very good all away around. My server Kurt (so?) was awesome. Expensive but well worth it.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Sep 30, 2021
Carla H.
Elegant and romantic, a perfect dinner and experience!

Overall: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Sep 28, 2021
Daniel O.
A memorable experience

Overall: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Sep 24, 2021
Lisa Z.
My husband and I celebrated our Anniversary dinner at the Veranda and loved every moment. The ocean view with the sunset, amazing service, and the best dinner in Bar Harbor. We will definitely return.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 8/10
Sep 19, 2021
Rick B.
Great view, wonderful food, attentive service.

Overall: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Sep 12, 2021
Guilford S.
I had trout as the main course, and it was the best I have ever eaten. The atmosphere was great and service outstanding. Truly a five star experience!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Sep 11, 2021
Stephen R.
I didn’t know what to expect walking in. Walking out I and my friend were as happy as we have been in a while leaving a restaurant. Great creative and tasty food and enjoyable atmosphere. Make a reservation!

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 09, 2021
Marianna G.
It was incredible!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
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Value: 9/10
Sep 08, 2021
Kerensa H.
The food got a 9/10 only because the drinks didn't have a sub category. Loved the food, it was just a tad pricey for the entree portions. The bread was amazing and all the gels, emulsions and sauces were so innovative and well textured. The drinks were mild in flavor, not weak in the pour, just not anything to wow. But the food was phenomenal.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 27, 2021
Dacia P.
This was the absolute best experience of all restaurants we tried in Maine. Absolutely magical evening.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Aug 21, 2021
Eric N.
We were guests at the hotel and saved this for the last meal of our trip. We didn’t really know what to expect as the restaurant wasn’t even mentioned in the two different Maine/Acadia guidebooks we had read. We were initially disappointed when we didn’t get the requested outdoor table we hoped for. Everything changed once the meal began. The food was outstanding. We eat at lots of high end restaurants and have pretty high standards. As we savored each course we came to the conclusion that this was one of the best meals we have ever had, anywhere. Each dish had some unique and delicious flavor we hadn’t experienced before. We would definitely return if ever in the area again.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 19, 2021
Keith G.
Hard to say what was better ... the food or Jeremy! All around an amazing experience to have our anniversary dinner at The Veranda! Needless to say the food was excellent, the service was top notch, and the location is beautiful. Having a menu titled specially for our anniversary was a wonderful surprise and greatly appreciated. It will be framed and hung next to other special memories from our trip. The only drawback would be having a dog walking through the middle of our finest dining experience since our wedding 20 years ago. Although we are dog lovers and recognize that Bar Harbor is extremely dog-friendly we would suggest the dining area be a no-go during dinner where 5 courses are being served. Please know that this does not outweigh the positive aspects of the experience.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 8/10
Aug 13, 2021
Colleen T.
Everything was delicious, it was a super special evening. Thank you!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Aug 12, 2021
Angie C.
The hostess offered me a blanket. The waiter was joyful, kind, knowledgable, passionate, and calm. The setting was serene, the view amazing, and the food was exceptional. Halfway through the dinner we decided, we had to count this as our 10 year anniversary dinner. (Our plans to France had been delayed due to Covid.) It was just that special.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 8/10
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Aug 11, 2021
Daniel C.
Delicious food and beautiful environment.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 9/10
Aug 07, 2021
Ruth C.
Outstanding. Loved everything about The Veranda from the welcome, the magician bartenders creations, our server and his suggestions, the view, the cozy atmosphere even the tablecloths. Unusual and delicious preparations. Wine list a bit too expensive. Expect to spend $100+ pp and have CC charged to reserve, but my birthday celebration there was beyond expectations and we are very experienced diners. Thank you…we have recommended it to everyone!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Aug 06, 2021
Mark H.
Wonderful experience for our 20Th anniversary! The hostess was amazing. Personable and a beautiful beaming personality! (I wish I remembered her name, but she used to live in Michigan). Likewise our waitress was knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful (she is from neat Pittsburgh). The food, as always, was exquisite. We love making dinner at the veranda part of our yearly Bar Harbor experience!

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 30, 2021
Steven J.
One of the best meals in a decade !!!!

Overall: 10/10
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Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Jul 30, 2021
Maryann P.
We had an amazing experience at Veranda. The food, decor, view and service were all outstanding. Out waitress, Alex, was exceptional.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Jul 21, 2021
Lynne T.
It was amazing hostess and server exceptional and the food was one of the best meals we’ve ever had. The rolls no words!! So delicious!!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 4/10
Jul 16, 2021
Doug F.
Fabulous. Expensive but first rate

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 14, 2021
Chris R.
The Veranda is lovely, the food is exceptional and the service was really superior. It’s a beautiful setting on the water, and everything was great. Can’t recommend it enough.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Jul 05, 2021
Necia M.
Wow! My husband and I visited The Veranda on our honeymoon 7/1/21 and we were blown away by how hospitable the staff was, and the attention to detail, at every step of our visit. Upon checking in with the hostess, she noted that our dinner was to celebrate our honeymoon and the printed menus had a personalized congratulatory message at the top. Upon being seated, we were then given a celebratory glass of champagne to recognize our special occasion. After the bubbly, our server was well-versed in the courses offered on the menu, and made recommendations based off our taste preferences. The food prepared by the chef was INCREDIBLE! During the course of our dinner, our water glasses were never empty, our wine glasses were always maintained (from our bottle), and every person we interacted with was so polite. This was an incredible experience, and one that we will never forget. We can't wait until our next visit to Maine to visit The Veranda again! We enjoyed The Veranda so much, that at our next trip to Maine we want to stay at The Balance Rock Inn!!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 9/10
Jul 04, 2021
George H.
This is a foodie restaurant. The only problem was a very hot night in Bar Harbor and the air conditioning could not keep up. Great service. Innovative and excellent food. Amazing and presentation

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 9/10
Jun 24, 2021
Mallory P.
Gorgeous outdoor table with blossom-laden pergola above; and beyond the table, views of a sparkling pool, grassy lawn, and the bay. All staff trained in excellent customer service, including our knowledgeable but down-to-earth server. One dish the server suspected may have been missing a key ingredient (truffle), so he brought some out separately. First courses are small so savor them slowly, but entrees are reasonable in portion size. Seriously consider ordering one of each of the 4 desserts; they're all exceptionally creative with multiple contrasting textures & flavors.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 9/10
Jun 23, 2021
Anthony W.
I already wrote a lengthy review on Tripadvisor.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 7/10
Jun 18, 2021
Jean H.
Best meal of my life. Very pricey but exquisite and memorable. Pate foist grad and swordfish recommended.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
May 23, 2021
Shauna S.
Can safely say we've discovered the best chef in Bar Harbor. Had the most creative, comfortable, exquisite dining experience delivered to us by Chef Aaron Miles; the manager; and our server, Christopher. Not to mention the best-dressed host ever encountered (and I'm from NYC).

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
May 21, 2021
Peter W.
2nd time we have eaten there. The dinners are out of this world; interesting taste combinations, incredible tastes, good variety of choices...two of the best meals I've ever had.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
May 17, 2021
Jillian P.
Incredible food and service, we will be back!!

Overall: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Oct 26, 2020
Tim W.
Veranda was epic!! Food was amazing and our server Kurt was great!!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Oct 19, 2020
Michelle B.
Fantastic! Best fine dining in Bar Harbor.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Oct 05, 2020
Kathie W.
We enjoyed a delicious dinner with a wonderful view of the harbour.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Oct 02, 2020
Peter W.
Best meal I've had in 10 years...I eat out frequently. The food and service was exceptional. You'd expect this quality of food and service in NYC. Expensive but you get what you pay for!

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 29, 2020
Peggy D.
Everything was perfect! Server was wonderful

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 25, 2020
Kathleen O.
We loved it! Beautiful setting and wonderful food and service. It was a magical evening!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 9/10
Sep 24, 2020
Lisa R.
Spectacular dinner. Outstanding service and truly amazing food.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 24, 2020
Melanie Z.
The nicest dining experience I’ve had in a long time! Thanks for the great service :)

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 23, 2020
Shannon H.
Thank you for adding little personal touches to make the start of our honeymoon special! Fabulous service and the scallops were absolutely amazing! We both agreed it was of the best things we’ve ever eaten!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 8/10
Sep 18, 2020
Lisa L.
The Veranda restaurant at The Balance Rock Inn was absolutely wonderful. We stayed at the Inn and the staff couldn't be nicer and more helpful. Dinner was amazing from start to finish and the atmosphere beautiful with a gorgeous view. I would highly recommend having dinner here but make sure you make a reservation.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Sep 16, 2020
Linda S.
The entire dining experience was beyond excellent !! Food, service, staff made you feel like you were the only diners. Highly recommend!!!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Sep 14, 2020
Rebekah A.
A beautiful evening sitting outdoors at The Verenda. The staff is attentive and friendly. The homemade bread is as delicious as they say. Excellent wine. The Scallop appetizer was delicious, entrees were very good! I highly recommend The Veranda for a wonderful evening in a beautiful setting.

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 12, 2020
John M.
Excellent all around

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 10, 2020
Kathleen C.
Great service was informative, friendly and the food was fantastic